This [Last] Week In Tech: Twitter #Fail, Sony Gets Hacked, Netflix Investigates, And Best Buy Crashes

Although last week was full of being thankful and hopefully some tasty turkey consumption, Friday Flashback11 This [Last] Week In Tech: Twitter #Fail, Sony Gets Hacked, Netflix Investigates, And Best Buy Crashesthe tech world didn’t take time off.

Last week in tech, Twitter’s CFO made a little mistake that ended up on his Twitter page while Sony Pictures had some internal employee problems with hacking. There was also a former Netflix employee who went a little too far and Best Buy realizing they were ill-prepared for the biggest shopping day of the year.

Here’s a recap of what happened last week in tech.

1. #Tweetfail. Twitter’s CFO, Anthony Noto, accidentally tweeted a private message for the whole world to see. The public tweet, intended to be a direct message, read: “I still think we should buy them. He is on your schedule for Dec 15 or 16 — we will need to sell him. i have a plan.” Although it is now deleted, someone with a quick eye took a screenshot of his tweet making him fall prey to the “whatever you put on the Internet stays on the Internet” philosophy. There is no confirmation on the identity of the company Noto tweeted about, but it sure put the CFO’s skills into question and wondering if he knows how to use his own service…or maybe he only knows how to use it as well as Anthony Weiner. Unfortunately, this failed tweet came at a very inconvenient time and didn’t help Twitter gain any headway after their shares plummeted by 17 percent. Hopefully whatever the planned acquisition was for Twitter, it will help turn things around and meanwhile, Noto will get schooled on how to use Twitter’s private messaging system.

2. Sony Pictures Gets Hacked. While most hacker stories this year have been from outside sources or other countries, the hack on Sony Pictures appears to be an inside job. Last week, a massive data breach shut down Sony Pictures. These, supposed internal, hackers are threatening to share the company’s top secrets if their demands are not met. Reddit user and ex-Sony employee uploaded the image claiming that it appeared on all company computers. Sony Pictures is claiming this to be a “system disruption” and the matter is being investigated.

3. Netflix Sues Former Employee – A Netflix former executive, Mike Kail, was discovered taking kickbacks from outside suppliers. His job at Netflix as an IT employee was to buy outside services and computer gear. By taking advantage of his authority and charging referral fees from suppliers, he was able to take a pretty penny for himself. Exactly how many pennies? From two firms that Netflix paid $ 3.7 million for their services, Kail’s kickback was $ 490,000 – that’s a lot of pennies. Netflix is suing the now Yahoo’s chief information officer for charging this extra fee, which would be anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of every invoice.

The investigation began when Kail left to join Yahoo. Some Netflix employees questioned a few of the details of the contracts with outside companies and when Netflix tried to review those contracts (that were of course, signed by Kail) they realized he had locked Netflix out of his accounts. Kail used his consulting company, Unix Mercenary, which is conveniently not listed on Kail’s resume and does not have any records of existing. Neither Netflix, Yahoo, nor Kail had any comment on the lawsuit.

4. Best Buy Crashes. On one of the busiest shopping days of the year, you won’t make it into the black if the website crashes. Unfortunately, this is what Best Buy experienced this past Black Friday. Best Buy has been doing very well with online sales, up 20 percent, compared to their in-store sales, which were down 2 percent last Black Friday. A spokesperson for Best Buy says that “a concentrated spike in mobile traffic triggered issues” led them to shut down BestBuy.com and they took proactive measures to restore full performance. Unfortunately for mobile shoppers, the app was also affected. But, there was sunshine at the end of the storm since the site and app were back up by 11:30 a.m. ET…but of course, there was still quite a good amount of time that Best Buy was out of commission and could have been bringing in those sales. Hopefully, Best Buy learn from this and can work out the bugs and not crash today (Cyber Monday) since 44 percent of America plans to buy online this popular shopping weekend!

That’s it for last week in tech. Did we miss anything? Let us know.

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Innovation » Jen Cohen Crompton