Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Marissa Mayer is expecting identical twin girls!
The Yahoo CEO, 40, shared the happy news on her Tumblr Tuesday, writing that the "twins part was quite a surprise, because I have no family history of twins or any other predisposing factors."
Mayer said she is due in December and it appears she won't be taking full advantage of Yahoo's parental leave policy.
"Since my pregnancy has been healthy and uncomplicated and since this is a unique time in Yahoo’s transformation, I plan to approach the pregnancy and delivery as I did with my son three years ago, taking limited time away and working throughout," she wrote.
Mayer was back to work soon after she gave birth to her son in 2012, the same year she took over as Yahoo's CEO.
"I've shared the news and my plans with Yahoo’s Board of Directors and my executive team, and they are incredibly supportive and happy for me," she said. "I want to thank them for all of their encouragement as well as their offers of help and continued support."
The announcement of her pregnancy comes as Yahoo prepares to spin off its stake in Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba into a new entity called Aabaco Holdings. The move is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year.
While Mayer's quick maternity leave drew some criticism that she was setting an unrealistic example for many women, she later followed up by extending Yahoo's parental leave, offering mothers up to 16 weeks of paid maternity leave, which also applies to adoption, foster child placement and surrogacy, and eight paid weeks for fathers.
InterestingLight/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that highway speed cameras have "led to long-term changes in driver behavior and substantial reductions in deaths and injuries" in at least one community near Washington, D.C.
Speed cameras were introduced in 2007 in Montgomery County, Maryland, the study notes. As of 2014, the area had 56 fixed cameras, 30 portable cameras and six mobile speed vans. Six months after the installation of the first cameras, the proportion of drivers traveling more than 10 miles per hour over the speed limit had dipped, according to the IIHS.
Further, the study found, after seven years, the program continues to work. IIHS says cameras have reduced the likelihood of a driver exceeding the speed limit by over 10 miles per hour by 59 percent compared to similar roads in nearby counties without speed cameras.
The camera program is also credited with a 19 percent reduction in the likelihood of crashes involving a fatality or incapacitating injury.
"We hope this research will help energize the discussion around speed," IIHS President Adrian Lund said in a statement. "We're all accustomed to seeing posted limits ignored, but it's a mistake to think nothing can be done about it."
The study also argues that speed corridors, in which enforcement is focused on long stretches of road rather than precise locations, are even more effective. "Speed-camera corridors force drivers to watch their speed for the length of the road, instead of slamming on the brakes at a specific location and then speeding up again," IIHS Senior Vice President for Research Anne McCartt said.
Interestingly, the study also found that cameras are only effective in altering drivers' behavior if the drivers are aware that they are there. More than three-quarters of drivers in Montgomery County reported reducing their speed due to the speed camera program.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Login information for as many as 225,000 Apple accounts may have been stolen using a sophisticated malware called KeyRaider that targets jailbroken devices -- those that have hardware restrictions removed and are no longer protected by Apple.
Cyber security company Palo Alto Networks, working alongside Chinese technology group WeipTech, published research detailing the breach, which apparently allows hackers to download apps using the person's account to remotely lock a device and hold it for ransom.
"We believe this to be the largest known Apple account theft caused by malware," researcher Claud Xiao wrote.
The malware appears to have been spread by being built into jailbreak tweaks, which are software additions not evaluated by Apple, Xiao said. The tweaks have been downloaded more than 20,000 times, leading researchers to believe at least that many people are taking advantage of the 225,000 stolen account credentials.
Some people have reported unusual purchasing history in their App Store accounts while others have had their devices locked for ransom, according to researchers.
Apple advises users to not jailbreak their devices due to security issues.
"Jailbreaking your device eliminates security layers designed to protect your personal information and your iOS device," Apple's support website explains. "With this security removed from your iOS device, hackers may steal your personal information, damage your device, attack your network, or introduce malware, spyware or viruses."
Palo Alto Networks said it provided the stolen account information to Apple on Aug. 26. It was also noted that researchers were only able to recover half of the stolen account information before the hacker fixed the vulnerability.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It's finally the end of the worst month for stocks in several years as Wall Street closes mostly down, but crude oil is up nearly 30 percent in just three days.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 114.98 to finish the session at 16528.03.
The Nasdaq also lost 51.82, ending at 4776.51, while the S&P 500 dropped 16.69 to close at 1972.18.
Crude oil rose nearly 8 percent, closing at more than $49 a barrel, the biggest three-day gain since 1990. Business Insider attributes the surge to OPEC, as they stand "ready to talk to all other producers."
Still no word on whether or not the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates, however a Fed official said over the weekend a September interest rate hike was still possible.
Apple and Cisco Systems are working together in a new attempt to try and sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers. It's an effort to work on Internet networking gear and to allow workers' office phones to be synced up as well.
Blue Bell ice cream is back in grocery stores, four months after the company shut down production due to a listeria outbreak. Ice cream from the Texas-based company is now available at stores around Houston and Austin and parts of Alabama.
Bill Pugliano/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Is a merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and General Motors possible? GM has so far rejected any ideas of a merger, but the FCA chief isn't backing off.
In a recent interview with Automotive Magazine, FCA Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne said "it would be unconscionable not to force a partner" when discussing a potential merger.
Marchionne told Automotive Magazine, "Look, the combined entity can make $30 billion a year in cash. Thirty. Just think about that [expletive] number. In steady-state environments, it'll make me $28 to $30 billion."
According to Marchionne in the interview, the upsides of the merger would be too great and he refuses to accept "no" as an answer.
Though this might sound "hostile," Marchionne told Automotive Magazine there is nothing hostile about it.
"There are varying degrees of hugs," said Marchionne to Automotive Magazine. "I can hug you nicely, I can hug you tightly, I can hug you like a bear, I can really hug you. Everything starts with physical contact. Then it can degrade, but it starts with physical contact."
Even though Marchonne is pushing for a merger, he tells Automotive Magazine GM isn't answering his calls.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Apple Watch just got some competition from Android Wear.
Google announced in a blog post today that newer wearables running the open source platform will also have iPhone compatibility.
Android Wear owners can download a free app to their iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6 or 6 Plus running iOS 8.2 or later. After pairing their watch with their phone, users should be all set to take advantage of the watch's always-on displays, fitness tracking and a savvy assistant to answer questions and give reminders.
There have been reports of the app also working with older Android Wear watches, according to 9to5Google. The official word from Google, however, is the app will work with the LG Watch Urbane and all future editions of the devices released by various companies including Huaiwei, Asus and Motorola.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Traffic may be a killer in your state, but when all the negative things that come with driving are accounted for, one southern state ranked the worst for drivers, according to a recent analysis.
All 50 states were ranked by Bankrate.com according to six negative factors for drivers, including fatal crashes, car thefts, gas spending, insurance, car repair costs and, of course, average commute times.
The best state is Idaho, according to Bankrate.com's report, driven by low gas prices and insurance premiums, plus below-average commute times and thefts. In Idaho, the average commute each way is 19.5 minutes and annual gas spending is about $733.06. Their average five-year insurance premium is $656.08 while there are about 95 car thefts per 100,000 people. And there were 1.34 fatal crashes per 100 million miles driven.
At the bottom was Louisiana, due in part to having the nation's highest car insurance costs ($1,279.42 five-year average insurance premium) and above-average fatal crash rate (1.51 crashes per 100 million miles driven).
“We built this ranking because we’re always looking for new entry points into a conversation about personal finances," Bankrate.com's research and statistics analyst Chris Kahn said.
Population density has a major effect on the rankings, Kahn said, as wide-open spaces can be a better environment for driving. But, still, Louisiana was a surprise, he admitted.
"They’re not dominated by big, urban areas like the other states at the bottom. What sank them in our ranking was their sky-high insurance premiums and high rate of fatal crashes," Kahn said.
Here are the top 5 states for drivers, according to Bankrate.com:
Carl Court/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Adultery website Ashley Madison said today it has continued to attract new members, many of whom self-identified as female when signing up for the service.
Avid Life Media, the parent company of Ashley Madison, said in a statement Monday that "hundreds of thousands of new users signed up for the Ashley Madison platform" in the wake of an unprecedented hack that left as many as 37 million members exposed. Of the new Ashley Madison members, the company said 87,596 are women.
"Recent media reports predicting the imminent demise of Ashley Madison are greatly exaggerated," a statement from Avid Life Media said. "The company continues its day-to-day operations even as it deals with the theft of its private data by criminal hackers. Despite having our business and customers attacked, we are growing."
The latest statement comes three days after Noel Biderman, the CEO of Avid Life Media, announced he was stepping down from his position and handing over control of the company to its senior management team until a new chief executive is selected.
"This change is in the best interest of the company and allows us to continue to provide support to our members and dedicated employees. We are steadfast in our commitment to our customer base," a statement posted on Avid Life Media's website said. "We are actively adjusting to the attack on our business and members' privacy by criminals."
A 500,000 Canadian dollar reward (approximately $376,000 USD) is being offered for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators.
Personal data believed to have been stolen from Ashley Madison was posted on the dark Web a little more than a week ago, apparently exposing names, email addresses and phone numbers for some of the website's 37 million members, among other information.
The data dump came one month after Avid Life Media confirmed a "criminal intrusion" into its system.
Going by the name "The Impact Team," the hacker or hackers said the breach was spurred by a disagreement with Avid Life Media's business practices, specifically a "full delete" feature. For $19, the company allows repentant cheaters to scrub their information from the website.
"Full Delete netted ALM $1.7mm in revenue in 2014. It's also a complete lie," the Impact Team wrote after the hack last month. "Users almost always pay with credit card; their purchase details are not removed as promised, and include real name and address, which is of course the most important information the users want removed."
Business practices aside, the hacker or hackers also had another message: "Too bad for those men, they're cheating dirtbags and deserve no such discretion...Too bad for ALM, you promised secrecy but didn't deliver."
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Adair Mahoney may only be 9 years old, but she knows how to get things done.
The North Carolina native was shopping for pajama pants on line at the popular store, Vineyard Vines, when she noticed that boys’ bottoms were called “lounge pants,” while the girls’ pants were called described as “lazy pants.”
“I thought, ‘uh, did they really just call me lazy?’” Adair said in an interview with ABC News’ Mara Schiavocampo.
Adair decided to write a letter to Vineyard Vines, and she didn’t hold back.
“I think boys and girls and men and women should all be treated the same,” she wrote. “I don't want to wear lazy pants because it makes me feel bad. Can't we all just wear comfy pants?”
Adair’s mother, Janet, said she was “shocked and impressed and incredibly proud when she saw Adair’s letter.
After they received the letter, Vineyard Vines founders Shep and Ian Murray — who are brothers — took immediate action.
“You know we didn't mean that women were lazy, we meant that they were pants for when you guys wanted to have a, you know, a lazy day,” Shep said.
The brothers invited Adair and her family to their Connecticut headquarters, where she renamed the girls’ “lazy pants,” dubbing them “lounge pants” instead.
The Murrays also invited Adair to help design her own pair of pajamas. She selected her pattern and colors, then watched as her design became reality.
“Her design was so smart because she said she wanted to have fish going one direction and a whale going the other. And she clearly is that whale … She's not afraid to follow her own path,” Ian said.
As for what she was going to call the pants she designed?
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(LOS GATOS, Calif.) -- Now's the time to catch some of the biggest blockbusters on Netflix.
Netflix announced in a statement on Sunday that they will dropping its contract with Epix, the cable network, in pursuit of creating more original content.
Without Epix, the streaming service will not show such films as Hunger Games: Catching Fire, World War Z and Transformers: Age of Extinction, anymore after September.
"While many of these movies are popular, they are also widely available on cable and other subscription platforms at the same time as they are on Netflix and subject to the same drawn out licensing periods," said the statement from Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. "Through our original films and some innovative licensing arrangements with the movie studios, we are aiming to build a better movie experience for you."
Next year, Netflix will serve as "the exclusive US pay TV home" for movies from The Walt Disney Company, which includes Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel movies. The streaming service also has a deal with DreamWorks Animation to develop shows.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Uber hires two hackers.
After remotely hijacking a Jeep and causing the Fiat Chrysler recall of 1.4 million vehicles, hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek are now working for Uber.
"Looking forward to starting Tuesday with the great team at @Uber Advanced Technology Center," tweeted Miller. "Should be a cool challenge and a lot of fun."
Uber's Advanced Technology Center is where the ride-sharing company experiments with autonomous vehicles and robotics.
"Charlie and Chris are joining the team at Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center, and will also work closely with Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan and Chief Information Security Officer John Flynn to continue building out a world-class safety and security program at Uber,” said an Uber spokesperson in a statement to WIRED.
Uber is no doubt concerned about the security of its vehicles. In February, the ride-sharing company experienced a security breach that may have exposed the names and license identification numbers of potentially 50,000 Uber drivers.
This photo released by University of Hawai'i's press site on July 29, 2015 shows Kim Binsted at HI-SEAS habitat on Hawai'i Island. University of Hawai'i(NEW YORK) -- Six scientists began their year-long stay in a solar-powered dome to help researchers learn what space travelers would endure while heading to Mars.
The 365-day experiment started Friday on Mauna Loa, a Hawaiian volcano, according to the University of Hawaii. It's the fourth and longest mission run by the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS).
The experiment focuses on the crew's cohesion and performance to help determine the best way to travel to Mars and back, which is an estimated three-year journey, the University of Hawaii said.
"The longer each mission becomes, the better we can understand the risks of space travel," said Kim Binsted, HI-SEAS principal investigator. “We hope that this upcoming mission will build on our current understanding of the social and psychological factors involved in long duration space exploration."
seewhatmitchsee/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Twitter has committed itself to hiring more women in an effort to increase diversity, the company said in a blog post on Friday.
"We want the makeup of our company to reflect the vast range of people who use Twitter," the post read. "Doing so will help us build a product to better serve people around the world." The company hopes to increase its employment of women to 35 percent of its workforce, with other specific figures related to specific areas of business.
Data released by the company last year showed that women represented just 30 percent of its workforce and just 10 percent of its tech employees. By the end of 2016, Twitter says it aims to have those figures up to 35 percent and 16 percent respectively.
Data released Friday, however, shows that much of that jump has already been accomplished, and that women now represent 34 percent of the employees at Twitter and 13 percent of tech jobs.
"As we look ahead," the post continued, "we see opportunity rather than a challenge: an opportunity to build a platform and a company that will better serve the diverse community on Twitter and the increasingly diverse one at Twitter."