Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Thursday.
1. A 20-year-old Florida man was responsible for the large data breach at Uber last year, according to Reuters. He was paid by Uber to destroy the data through a so-called “bug bounty” program normally used to identify small code vulnerabilities, three people familiar with the events reportedly told Reuters.
2. Amazon may be getting ready to go on a digital media buying spree. It is looking to hire a Corporate Development Senior Manager to oversee potential digital acquisitions.
3. The contents of a digital wallet belonging to cryptocurrency company NiceHash, which included potentially millions of dollars worth of customers’ bitcoin, was stolen in a major security breach. The hack affected NiceHash’s payment system, and the entire contents of the company’s bitcoin wallet was stolen, the company said in a Facebook post Wednesday afternoon.
4. A California state judge has dismissed class action claims accusing Alphabet’s Google of paying female employees less than men and giving them fewer opportunities for promotions. The decision comes as Google faces an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor into sex bias in its pay practices.
5. Bitcoin is having a devastating impact on the planet. Today, each bitcoin transaction requires the same amount of energy used to power nine homes in the US for one day.
6. Soon-to-retire HPE CEO Meg Whitman’s got a new gig — helping bring Major League Soccer to Sacramento, which is one of four cities from across the US competing for two expansion franchises. Whitman and her husband Griffith Harsh joined a bid to bring Major League Soccer to Sacramento, California.