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February 4, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: February 4, 2014

Today, top executives at Target and Neiman Marcus went in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee to talk about their recent data breaches. Short version of what they said: The hackers are better at stealing stuff than we are at protecting it.

If you’re about to graduate from high school and live in Tennessee, you should probably listen up to what your governor’s talking about right now. Hint: Free tuition.

Microsoft has a new CEO, and unlike his predecessor Steve Ballmer, Satya Nadella doesn’t sound completely awful.

Been in a Radio Shack lately? It’s OK; a lot of people haven’t. Anyway, they’re not doing so hot right now.

Curious about what goes into a McNugget? McDonald’s has the video for you.

23:27 // 8 months ago
January 12, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 12, 2014

Know that massive Target hack? Bad news, guys. They weren’t the only ones. At least three other major retailers besides Target and Neiman Marcus suffered attacks, according to a Reuters report.

Colorado’s legal pot dealers can’t use the federal banking system to pay their employees or cover their bills. Here’s why.

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court gets to figure out whether Obama’s recess appointments are actually allowed by the Constitution.

The conjugal visit is about to become a thing of the past in Mississippi—the state where the phenomenon first began.

These seven Yelp reviewers are about to lose their anonymity thanks to a recent court case.

21:28 // 9 months ago
January 10, 2014
8:45 // 9 months ago
December 27, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 27, 2013

We’re no closer to knowing the true motives for what Adam Lanza did to Sandy Hook Elementary School, but we do know, based on newly released documents, that he became increasingly despondent and uncaring towards the end of his life.

Alan Turing is having a great week: Not only was he posthumously pardoned recently (and with good reason), but fandom icon Benedict Cumberbatch is playing him in an upcoming movie.

Target says that the hack which led to the theft of 40 million card numbers also included encrypted pin numbers. Awesome.

Speaking of brands noted for their usage of the color red, let’s stick a fork in Red Lobster, shall we?

Did you know Rdio had a video service? Neither did we. Doesn’t matter; it’s gone now.

21:21 // 9 months ago
December 23, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 23, 2013

Code-breaking legend Alan Turing, who suffered the injustice of chemical castration after being convicted of homosexuality in the 1950s, was pardoned by the British government on Monday.

Healthcare.gov had record traffic today, leading the Obama administration to push back the deadline for the healthcare exchanges by a day.

Want to test your DNA to figure out if you’re at risk for breast cancer, like Angelina Jolie did? Not so fast.

Mikhail Kalashnikov, the Soviet general who invented the AK-47 for the Russians, died on Monday. 

Sen. Richard Blumenthal wants the FTC to investigate Target over its weak security.

19:57 // 10 months ago
December 21, 2013

Looking to buy something for Christmas? Target’s having a sale

  • 10% the size of the discount that Target is offering all customers—even ones who weren’t hit by the massive data breach which affected as many as 40 million people—to encourage people to keep shopping in their stores. While the company says it’s dealt with the issue that caused the crisis in the first place, it goes without saying: Consider paying cash. source
14:43 // 10 months ago
December 20, 2013
We are extremely concerned by the organized patterns that are taking place in the retail industry right now as these crime gangs continue to find ways to maneuver the system.
National Retail Federation Vice President of Loss Prevention Rich Mellor • Discussing the rise in organized retail crime, such as the Target incident, over the years. More than 90 percent of retail outlets reported some kind of retail crime in 2012. The silver lining in this situation? The banking industry is really good at stopping fraudulent charges.
12:17 // 10 months ago
December 19, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 19, 2013

For those keeping track at home, the massive breach of Target’s payment-processing system could affect as many as 40 million people, or approximately 12 percent of the U.S. population. Awesome.

Speaking of hacking incidents, The Washington Post appears to be a common target: The Jeff Bezos-owned newspaper reported its third major data breach in the past three years. Ouch.

What would Brian Boitano do? Announce that he’s gay weeks before the Sochi Olympics, putting fresh pressure on Russia. Boitano is part of the U.S. delegation to the country.

The nanny caught in the middle of the whole diplomatic drama between the U.S. and India is considered a victim of human trafficking by the U.S. government.

Mark Zuckerberg did a bunch of stuff with his money today.

20:25 // 10 months ago
December 18, 2013
21:22 // 10 months ago
October 2, 2012
Peanut butter recall: Do you have Sunland peanut butter in you cupboard? You might want to check it. The company’s peanut butter, sold at Trader Joe’s (under the Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter brand), Whole Foods, Target and numerous other stores, is the subject of a major recall due to salmonella. (The Trader Joe’s peanut butter set off the alarm.) On top of that, it’s not just limited to peanut butters. Sunland also makes other kinds of nut butters, along with tahini and blanched and roasted peanut products — all of which are on the recall list. (photo by Dr Stephen Dann/Flickr)

Peanut butter recall: Do you have Sunland peanut butter in you cupboard? You might want to check it. The company’s peanut butter, sold at Trader Joe’s (under the Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter brand), Whole Foods, Target and numerous other stores, is the subject of a major recall due to salmonella. (The Trader Joe’s peanut butter set off the alarm.) On top of that, it’s not just limited to peanut butters. Sunland also makes other kinds of nut butters, along with tahini and blanched and roasted peanut products — all of which are on the recall list. (photo by Dr Stephen Dann/Flickr)

10:14 // 2 years ago