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Marriott’s Starwood database hacked, 500 million may be affected

Marriott International said on Friday that hackers accessed about 500 million records in its Starwood Hotels reservation system in an attack that began four years ago, exposing personal data of customers including some payment card numbers. Shares fell 5 percent after disclosure of the hack, one of the largest in history, which prompted regulators in Britain and at least three US states to announce plans to look into the attack. The hack began in 2014, before Marriott offered to buy Starwood for $12.2 billion in…

Uber opens up Paris travel database to help city planners

BRUSSELS: Uber said on Friday it would open up its trove of travel data in Paris to the public to help city officials and urban planners better understand transportation needs, as the company seeks to woo national authorities. The US ride-hailing app collects huge amounts of data from the billions of trips taken by customers which it uses to improve its services and has recently started to make it available for a number of cities including Washington DC, Sydney and Boston. “We get asked all the time ‘Is there any way…