A bug in Microsoft’s login system made it easy to hijack anyone’s Office account

A string of bugs when chained together created the perfect attack to gain access to someone’s Microsoft account — simply by tricking a user into clicking a link. Sahad Nk, an India-based bug hunter, discovered that a Microsoft subdomain, “success.office.com,” had not been properly configured, allowing him to take it …

13 questions to ask writers before you hire them to write for your professional organization

A good writer is hard to find. Just ask any business owner who’s ever farmed out a bunch of work to inexpensive freelancers from online marketplaces, only to find out that the freelancers’ command of the language is tenuous — or that their work has been plagiarized. Luckily, there are …

GoDaddy Social adds social media advertising for franchises

We’re excited to announce that we’ve expanded our solution for franchises to include social media advertising on Facebook and Instagram. With this upgrade, GoDaddy Social now promises local customer acquisition for franchise brands. The new Instagram and Facebook ads are designed to drive results for locations within a franchise system …

Banksy Shredded a Piece of Art That Sold for $1.4 Million. Now It’s Worth Double, According to an Art Expert

Just moments after it was auctioned off for $1.4 million to an undisclosed bidder at Sotheby’s in London, Banksy’s “Girl With Balloon” appeared to self-destruct. The canvas — bearing one of the mysterious artist’s most famous pieces — slid down its thick frame, shredding half of the piece, much to …

5 top women-focused venture capital financing options in the Midwest

The next leg of our series on women-focused venture capital firms — which has already trekked to venture capital firms for women on the East Coast and female VC firms on the West Coast — takes us to the Midwest. What does Midwestern venture capital financing look like? Victor Gutwein, …

UK police release airport drone suspects and admit there may not have been any drones after all

Less than a week after mystery drones grounded flights at the U.K’s second largest airport, wreaking havoc on as many as 140,000 people’s travel plans for the Christmas period, police have admitted that there may in fact not have been any drones at all. Gatwick airport reopened on Friday after a one-day …

Lime halts scooter service in Switzerland after possible software glitch throws users off mid-ride

Just as on-demand electric scooters are trying to pick up speed in Europe, one of the scooter market’s most ambitious startups has halted operations in one country after its e-scooters started halting mid-ride, throwing off and injuring passengers. Lime, the Uber-backed bike and scooter rental company that is reportedly raising …

Affiliate links done right: Advice for web designers and developers

Affiliate marketing is a strategy that many bloggers and content marketers rely on as an additional revenue source — or even a major stream of income. Often those conversions depend on how you present information on a given product or service through a blog post, video, podcast or other medium. As …

Apple Watch’s ECG feature is already proving its worth

When Apple announced its latest Series 4 Watch with electrocardiogram features, my mom took a sigh of relief, and then proceeded to set a reminder to order one for my dad. That’s because we found out last year, by chance, that he has atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat, …

Want to be the next podcasting sensation? This online class can get you started.

There’s never been a better time to get into podcasting – it’s cheap, it’s relatively easy, and the market for content is huge. Odds are you have at least one friend with a show, so why not add your voice to the mix? The Podcasting 101 Bundle can help you …

Disney+ streaming service launches on November 12, with a price of $6.99 per month

Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming strategy took center stage today at the company’s investor day. That strategy includes Hulu (where the recently-closed Fox acquisition has given Disney a contyrolling stake), ESPN+ and the Indian streaming service Hotstar, but executives spent most of their time hyping the upcoming launch of Disney+. The company …

Marvel confirms upcoming streaming shows about Loki, Scarlet Witch and the Falcon

At today’s Disney InvestorDday, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige outlined the superheroic side of the upcoming streaming service Disney+. That includes a number of original shows: “Wanda Vision,” which will star Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany as The Vision; “Falcon and the Winter Soldier” starring Anthony Mackie …

3 customer service and communication principles for web designers and developers

Success in the web design business depends on delivering great-looking sites that delight your clients. But beyond the actual work, great customer service depends equally on your ability to effectively communicate with those folks who hired you in the first place. Related: 10 customer service rules every web professional should …

Rise of grey entrepreneurs: 1 in 10 Brits would like to start their own business in retirement

Aviva’s Retirement Reality Report reveals that for some people retirement is a time when they would like to travel (47 percent), take up a new hobby or continue with old ones (29 percent). However, many think retirement is also a good time to start their own business. That’s according to …