Earlier today, news broke that a file containing over 400,000 usernames and passwords, apparently stolen from a Yahoo service by a hacker collective, was posted online. The passwords appeared in “plaintext” (or “cleartext”), meaning they were unencrypted. A security site that analyzed the posted data determined that the accounts were not just with Yahoo but also with other online services, including Gmail, AOL, Hotmail, and others, as well as a number of .GOV and .MIL addresses

Today the Obama administration unveiled its online-privacy initiative , which it calls a “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.” A huge part of the potential success of this initiative is the compliance of over 400 advertisers, represented by the Digital Advertising Alliance, with Do Not Track. Do Not Track (DNT) is “a technology and policy proposal that enables users to opt out of tracking by websites they do not visit, including analytics services, advertising networks, and social platforms.” DNT tools are already present in the current versions of the Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer browsers as an option; Google plans to add them to its Chrome browser by the end of this year; and reportedly, Apple is working on incorporating DNT tools into Safari. But as we’ve reported , few consumers have been using these tools

Here at CES, Vizio says it will be shipping the first 21:9 CinemaWide 3DTV it initially showed at last year’s show.

A federal judge has awarded Yahoo $610 million in a case regarding e-mail spam that told recipients they had won a fake Yahoo lottery. Despite the court’s ruling, though, the digital media company will probably never collect.