Trump and Top High-Tech Executives in 'Conciliatory' Meeting
President-elect Donald Trump met Wednesday with top executives from the biggest U.S. technology companies, many of whom were among his fiercest critics during this year's election campaign, but there were no signs of lingering animosity during their discussions.
Trump's office said he wants to begin a "conversation and partnership" to spark innovation and create more jobs.
The meeting at Trump's New York City headquarters included the leaders of companies known worldwide - Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors.
Trump struck a cordial and conciliatory tone at the start of the meeting.
"There's nobody like the people in this room. ... We want you to keep going with the incredible innovation," Trump said. "Anything we can do to help this go along, we're going to be there for you."
Trump invited the CEOs to telephone him directly if they want to talk, and suggested they meet again, as often as every three months.
None of the CEOs spoke afterwards to reporters.
Many of the high-tech leaders had strong misgivings about a Trump presidency before the election because of his strong criticism of China, his threats to tear up trade deals and plans to curb immigration, which would limit the number of highly qualified workers available to technology companies.
Trump promised the tech executives he would put together "fair-trade deals" that would "make it a lot easier for you to trade across borders."
More Than 1 Billion Yahoo! Accounts Hacked
A data breach in August 2013 exposed information held in more than 1 billion Yahoo user accounts, the company said Wednesday.
The hacking incident is separate from an intrusion Yahoo reported in September, when the company disclosed 500 million user accounts were exposed in 2014.
"Yahoo believes an unauthorized third party, in August 2013, stole data associated with more than one billion user accounts," Yahoo said in a statement. "Yahoo believes this incident is likely distinct from the incident the company disclosed on September 22, 2016."
The information stolen may include names, email addresses, phone numbers, birthdates and security questions and answers. Payment card and bank account data were not believed to have been affected, the company said.
Yahoo, based in Sunnyvale, California, is in the process of being acquired by Verizon in a $4.8 billion deal. The company did not identify the "unauthorized third party" involved in the 2013 hacking.