Hashtag Trending – New electric skateboards; TaskRabbit hacked; Facebook sued

There are some new options to consider if you’re in the market for an electric skateboard, Ikea’s TaskRabbit goes down after a cyber attack, and Facebook gets hit with a class action lawsuit.

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Trending on Google are brand new electric skateboards. That’s right, Boosted Boards unveiled its first new products in six years yesterday. It’s adding to its inventory of electric longboard skateboards with two new shortboards. The Boosted Mini S will retail for $749 U.S. and the Mini X for $999 U.S. Riders hold a handheld remote while they roll along. This can control the speed of the boards, which can reach up to 20 miles per hour. The longboards also got an upgrade and they offer a maximum speed of 24 miles per hour. Those will start shipping in early June, if you think you can hang. Is that a thing skateboarders say? I don’t know, I’ve never even tried to stand on a skateboard, OK?

Trending on LinkedIn, TaskRabbit says it’s suffered a cyber security breach. The Ikea-owned online marketplace for ‘Joe jobs’ took down its website and mobile app on Monday. At the time of recording this podcast, they’re still offline. TaskRabbit says that it’s working with another cyber security firm to investigate the attack. It also urged users to change their passwords on other websites, if they use the same password in many places. By the way, this is always a bad idea, exactly because of incidents like this. You should really use a password manager instead. Anyhow, the incident may hinder Ikea’s plans to expand TaskRabbit internationally to Canada this year.

Trending on Facebook, is news that Facebook itself is the target of a new class-action lawsuit over facial recognition. It’s just the latest allegation that the social network doesn’t take its users privacy seriously enough. A U.S. district judge based in San Francisco ruled that this lawsuit could progress on Monday. The crux of this lawsuit is that Facebook uses facial recognition to create and store “face templates.” It’s argued that this breaks Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, put in place in 2008. Facebook disagrees.

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