Skimm for September 23rd

Skimm'd in UGG boots surrounded by all the pumpkin things

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"What's the best way to reach you…email?" — Zach Galifianakis, chatting with Hillz between two ferns. She did not respond.

CALL ME BREACH ME

THE STORY

Yesterday, Yahoo said 'oh by the way, at least 500 million user accounts were hacked…two years ago.'

WAIT. WHAT?

Last month, a hacker called "Peace" claimed to be selling data from 200 million Yahoo users. Yahoo said it was investigating the claim, and then yesterday, the company said 'yup, it's true and it's worse than we thought.' According to The 'Hoo, more than half a billion user accounts were hacked in 2014. The good news? Yahoo doesn't think sensitive financial data was affected. The bad news? Things like names, email addresses, and telephone numbers were affected. Yahoo says it think this was a "state-sponsored actor," but they're not naming any countries yet. Which opens the door to lots of fun guessing.

DIDN'T SOMEONE JUST BUY YAHOO?

Yes. Earlier this year, Verizon said 'mine' to Yahoo's core internet properties (think: email, news, sports). But the almost $5 billion sale isn't final yet, and Verizon says it just learned about the breach this week. So how this affects the deal is TBD. Also TBD? Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's job. She was brought on in 2012 to turn things around. Spoiler: things turned. Just not around.

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This is potentially the largest cybersecurity breach ever. And it comes as Yahoo's been trying to get off the struggle bus, and as the rest of the US has been nervously watching hack after hack after hack. 

*Also if you have a Yahoo account...change your password. And welcome to 2016, Mr. Banks.

REPEAT AFTER ME...

WHAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT…

Terence Crutcher. Yesterday, the police officer who fatally shot Crutcher was charged with first-degree manslaughter in Tulsa, OK. Last week the officer, who is white, shot and killed Crutcher, who is black, after police responded to reports of an abandoned car. They found Crutcher, who was unarmed, at the scene. Video shows him walking toward his car with his hands up. But the officer's lawyer says he wasn't following orders and was reaching into the car window when he was shot. The officer turned herself in early today and was released on bond. The charges come after days of protests in Tulsa and Charlotte, NC over the shootings of black men by police officers. Earlier this week, Keith Lamont Scott, who was black, was shot by a black police officer in Charlotte. Two nights of violent protests led the city's mayor to impose a curfew. Last night's protests were mostly peaceful.

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU BUY A BATHING SUIT BUT THE TOP AND BOTTOM ARE SOLD SEPARATELY...

That's deceiving. Earlier this month, Facebook announced to advertisers that it's been overestimating how much time people spend watching video on the site. Oh, and this has been going on for two years. Yesterday, the WSJ published an article that said advertisers are not so happy about the news. That's because the company has only been counting a video as 'viewed' if it was watched for more than three seconds. So when the Book gave advertisers info about how long their video was viewed on average, the company didn't count users who watched it for less than three seconds, or not at all. Meaning the average was inflated, and advertisers felt a lottttt better about themselves and their videos than they should have. Facebook has said 'our bad,' and apologized to ad buyers and marketers. Now, the company says it's using a more accurate metric. Good idea. This is a face-palm moment for the company, which has made video a huge part of its growth strategy. TBD on how this could affect business at The Book.

WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR FRIEND WHO WON'T GO ANYWHERE WHERE THERE IS ZIKA...

And how do you feel about lights? Earlier this week, a massive power outage led most of the US territory to spend two days bumping into walls. And the governor to declare a state of emergency. The outage occurred after a fire at a power plant on Wednesday and affected about 1.5 million people. Aka almost half of Puerto Rico's population. Cue traffic jams, canceled school days, and a mad dash to stock up on candles. At least one person died from carbon monoxide poisoning after using a personal generator. PS: Puerto Rico is going through a years-long financial crisis that's led to widespread unemployment and defaulting on debt payments. Earlier this year, Congress rushed to pass a rescue package to get the island back above water. So, great timing for a blackout. Yesterday, power was restored for some. But officials said many were still in for another night with the lights out.

WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR FRIEND WHO CAN'T STOP READING TMZ…

Didn't see this coming. Yesterday, it came out that allegations Brad Pitt got physically and verbally abusive with one of his kids have now been passed on to the FBI for a look. In case you somehow missed it, Brangelina is no more. Earlier this week, Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt. They have six kids, and she wants physical custody of all of them. The FBI says it's "continuing to gather facts" and will decide whether to investigate. So many thoughts.

SKIMM READS

"The Kept Woman" by Karin Slaughter

About a detective brought in to investigate a murder on the property of one of Atlanta's most famous athletes. It's a thriller that's part "True Detective," part "The Girl On The Train." All parts gripping.


SKIMM WINE

Yes way, Willow Way. This South African white is a perfect way to ease into fall. It's got hints of apple and tropical fruits, and goes great with those 'homemade' appetizers you throw in the oven before friends come over. Oh, and it's $18, including shipping. The end.


SKIMM THE VOTE

Hi. Aren't excited by your choices this election? Good for you. But you still need to register to vote. Why? Because you're about to get shut out by state deadlines coming up. No excuses, get it done. And since we're not above bribery, we've got some presents for those who register. Today, twenty of you will get a Draper James "Vote Y'All" tote. Already registered? High five. You're already entered to win.

PS: If you like the tote enough to buy it now, theSkimm might get some cash money. Thanks.


SKIMM BIRTHDAYS

* indicates Skimm'bassador. Balloons for you.

Charles Bonello (New York, NY); *Sarah Robinson (Stafford, VA); *Anita Wright (Bloomington, IL); *Ami Mehta (Anaheim, CA); *Ashley Nibbana (Greensboro, NC); *Elisabeth Seamon (Honolulu, HI); *Jessica Van Dyk (Grand Rapids, MI); *Lauren Cardick (Washington, DC); *Lexie Rindler (Columbus, OH); *Lisa Caputo (Taylor, PA); *Stephen Bowen (Cleveland, OH); Judith Weaver (Mill Valley, CA); *Stefanie Blechman (Reading, PA); *Aisha Nwandu (Lexington, KY); *Caitlin Ryan (Boston, MA); *Miranda Druga (New York, NY); *Toni Stevens (Hammond, LA); *Alicia Trezza (Chicago, IL); Caldwell Harden (Boston, MA); *Cali Comeaux Mitchell (Lafayette, LA); *Courtney Chapman (Norman, OK); *David Nelson (Johnson City, TN); *Kristi Stoughton (Hudson, NH); *Tara Levine (Boca Raton, FL); *Natalie Seward (San Francisco,CA) *Elizabeth Tigges (Grinnell, IA); *Sherrie Callahan (Quitman, TX); Kara Keith (Myrtle Beach, SC); Amy Husted (Akron, OH); *Sara Lytle-Pinhey (Modesto, CA); Abigail Hopkins (Philadelphia, PA); Adrienne Kriezelman (Winnetka, IL); Mike Grover (Denver, CO); Christopher Preziosi (Charlotte, NC); Altovise Lupi (Schertz, TX); Annie Cleary (Northport, New York); Ashlie Ford (New Braunfels, TX); Brooke Morrissey (Chicago, IL); Parisa Juma (Toronto, Canada); Brooke Nelson (Pittsburgh, PA); Caroline Gross (New York, NY); Cathy Levering (Daytona Beach, FL); Corinne Livingston (Durham, Canada); Mary Brown (New York, NY); Elizabeth Kadrich (Gainesville, FL); Elizabeth Rennie (Portland, ME); Elyse Copeland (Grand Rapids, MI); Hope Miller (Dallas, TX); Joan Jacus (Boulder, CO); Jordin Luke (New York, NY); Julia Price (Baton Rouge, LA); Kelly Rehfuss (Houston, TX); Rachel Parris (Charleston, SC); Kris Kachirisky (Portland, OR); Lauren Upton (Fort Smith, AR); Madeleine Moore (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania); Maggie Ibrahim-Taney (Boston, MA); Marina Blackwell (Bloomington, IN); Frankie Pagliaro;  Marissa Cessna (Atlanta, GA); Marluan Vargas (Bronx, NY); Mary Brown Winchurch (New York, NY); Megan McBride (Berwyn, PA); Michael Cameron; Nick Sampogna (New York, NY); Peter Keenan (Evanston, IL); Rob Sampogna (New York, NY); Robin Salomon Dye (Wheaton, IL); Shea Northfield (Portland, OR); Susan Arnold (Atlanta, GA); Tammy Beasley (Huntsville, AL); Virginia Hassell (Amherst, MA); Nick Wilcox (Dallas, TX); Collette Block (Chicago, IL); Marc Edson (Chico, CA); Sara Johnson (Cincinnati, OH); Ally Barnes (Columbia, SC); Lauren Edwards (Brick, NJ); Whitney Harrington (Franklin, TN); Caroline Gross (New York, NY); Holly Marquez (Albuquerque, NM); Lyric Resmodo (Marietta, GA); Emily Winchurch (New York, NY); Bailey Verdone (Hoboken, NJ); Becca Dargatz (La Crosse, WI); Casey Houlihan (Milwaukee, WI); Christina Norman (Chicago, IL); Erin Lukowiak (Westfield, NJ); Georgia Walker (New York, NY); Jamie Rubinstein (Chicago, IL); Jolene Spivack (New York, NY); Jonathan Risco Aguero (New York, NY); Jordan Maser (Potomac, MD); Katherine Hess (Washington, DC); Kiel Hollo; Kristin Miller (Ridgeland, MS); Lindsay Reid (Columbus, OH); Lizzie Faust (Berkeley, CA); Marmo Burya (Cleveland, OH); McKenzie Dean (College Station, TX); Nancy Oetinger (Wallingford, PA); Pam Swenk (Chicago, IL); Patrick Galvin (Maplewood, NJ); Renee Cesaretti Stavron (Bernardsville, NJ); Shyama Mathews (New York, NY); Talar Hadadan (Woodcliff Lake, NJ); Tami Schneider (New York, NY); Tanyia Pfennighausen (Valley Center, Ca); Taylor Reiman (Kansas City); Karen Fry (San Francisco); Jeannette Santovasi (Old Saybrook, CT); Lauren Vukina (Carrboro, NC); Kaitlinn Solinsky (Clovis, Ca); Vatsala Anuj (Fair Lawn, NJ); Alison Porter (Columbus, OH); Kiley Frazier (Rumford, RI); Janna Jiang (Providence, RI); Annie Kiley (East Hampton, NY); Carly Swartz (Dedham, MA); Charlotte Lepic (New York, NY); Corey Rath (Glastonbury, CT); Cornelia Bird (Atlanta, GA); David Kennedy (Wauwatosa WI); Worth Brown San Miguel de Allende (Chicago, IL)

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