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January 7, 2019

IN THE NEWS: MARRIOTT DATA BREACH

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — It was bad. But it turns out the Marriott data breach wasn’t as bad as first thought. The hotel chain says fewer guest records were compromised by the breach. The company says about 5.25 million unencrypted passport numbers were accessed. The compromise of those passport numbers has raised alarms among security experts because of their value to intelligence agencies. The FBI is leading the probe into the data theft. So far investigators suspect the hackers were working on behalf of the Chinese Ministry of State Security. The agency is the Chinese equivalent of the CIA.

IN THE NEWS: E-CIGARETTE CAUSES FIRE ON FLIGHT

CHICAGO (AP) — An e-cigarette nearly caused an emergency on a flight from Las Vegas to Chicago. American Airlines says a passenger’s electronic cigarette started a fire on Flight 168 from Vegas to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. An airline rep says the battery in the e-gig overheated after the flight landed Friday night — but flight attendants stamped out the fire. No one was injured — and the flight carrying 138 passengers and crew of six taxied to the gate. Federal authorities ban e-cigarettes from checked bags because they can catch fire. Passengers may put then in carry-on bags, but can’t use them aboard planes.

ON THE WEB: DISNEYLAND PRICES

CYBERSPACE (AP) — It’s a more expensive world, after all. Disneyland Resort is raising prices at its facilities. The increases apply to tickets, annual passes and parking. The bump-up in prices comes in advance of the scheduled opening of a Star Wars-themed expansion, where the cheapest daily ticket is over $100. Last year, prices were raised by up to 18 percent.

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IN STORES: GADGET SHOW

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The CES 2019 gadget show is getting under way in Las Vegas. And one of the biggest things expected to make their mark on the event are “smart” devices. That was also true last year. And even though many people have already scarfed up items like Amazon Echoes, Ring doorbells and Nest thermometers, it’s expected sales for such devices will rise again this year. The Consumer Technology Association expects nearly 37 million smart speakers to be sold this year — up 5 percent from last year.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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