LinkedIn Hacked, Exposing Passwords | New Twitter Bird Takes Flight | Google Upgrades Mobile Maps

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LinkedInLinkedIn Confirms, Apologizes for Stolen Password Breach (Mashable)
LinkedIn has confirmed that some of its user passwords have been compromised. The company has also issued an apology “for the inconvenience this has caused our members.” PC Magazine “We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts,” LinkedIn director Vincente Silveira wrote in a blog post. “We are continuing to investigate this situation.” The company did not, however, confirm how many passwords were involved, though it reportedly affected about 6 million of LinkedIn’s 161 million users. ars technica Every single member of the list of the 25 worst passwords of 2011 was leaked, along with others such as “ihatemyjob,” “nobama,” and “iwantanewjob.” At least one unhappy job hunter apparently used “linkedinblows.” Even the password “strongpassword” was leaked and cracked. VentureBeat The security breach is due to an exploit with the way LinkedIn’s mobile app handles a user’s calendar data. A hacker was able to steal and publish around 6.5 million hashed passwords from the company using the exploit, which was flagged after someone requested help deciphering the encrypted password data this morning. The Verge Affected users will receive an email from LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset their password. This doesn’t appear to be the standard password reset procedure, either — any affected user will automatically be locked out of their account, and the password reset email being sent by LinkedIn won’t contain any links to the site.

As Twitter Matures, a New Bird Emerges (The New York Times/Dealbook)
When a start-up grows up, it often signals its maturation by hiring a new chief financial officer or filing a prospectus. For Twitter, growing up means a new logo. The well-known chubby blue bird, with its playful tuft of feathers and disproportionately small wings, is out. In its place is a new bird, a sleeker version with an upturned beak and fuller wings. And no words. The Los Angeles Times Twitter said the logo is created from three overlapping circles, and they are meant to represent users’ networks, interests and ideas connecting with others. The bird itself is also symbolic. AllThingsD Think of it as a sort of brand consolidation, akin to Nike’s iconic swoosh. Instead of the disparate ways Twitter’s brand appears in public, it’ll be one bird, one logo for partners to use and the general public to see.

Google Pushes Back Against Apple Adding Features to Mobile Maps (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Google is upgrading mapping services to woo users and swipe back at Apple, which is nudging aside the location tools on its own mobile devices. Google, whose mapping app has been on the iPhone since its unveiling in 2007, announced Wednesday a feature that gives users access to maps even when they’re offline.

Nasdaq’s $40 Million Offer for Facebook Losses Draws Criticism (Reuters)
NASDAQ said it will offer $40 million in cash and rebates to clients harmed by its mishandling of Facebook’s market debut. But the proposed compensation, subject to approval by regulators, drew sharp criticism from rival exchanges for its use of rebates and from clients claiming losses far in excess of what NASDAQ is offering. AllFacebook Procter & Gamble’s Swiffer, Ford Mustang, and Subway comprise a trifecta of big-brand names that are sampling Facebook’s new logout ads, Clickz reported. Tending to include a post that appears as a status update, as well as a television spot, the new advertisements are another experimental way for the social network to try to wrangle revenue.

ShareThis Launches a Dashboard for Publishers to Measure Their ‘Social Quality’ (TechCrunch)
ShareThis wants to give publishers more insight into how their social sharing strategy stacks up, so it’s launching two new tools — the SQI Analytics Dashboard and SQI Lookup. SQI stands for Social Quality Index, a measurement that ShareThis announced last fall. Using data from any page that has embedded the ShareThis social sharing widget (the company says there are 1.4 million sites in its publisher network), the SQI is a score from one to 10 that shows how a publisher’s social traffic compares to other sites in the same category.