Thursday, May 22, 2014

Some confusion too. There was a message on the PayPal Blog that they took down after a short time. Guess they should have left it up.
eBay tells all users to reset passwords after security breach
Time for another password change, folks – at least, if you’re an eBay user.
The e-commerce giant on Wednesday strongly recommended all users to reset their password for the site after it was discovered hackers had compromised a database containing encrypted passwords and other non-financial data.
The company reassured users that following “extensive” tests, there was no evidence so far of any unauthorized activity on the site, and no evidence of any unauthorized access to financial or credit card information, which it said it holds separately in encrypted formats.
The compromised database, which included eBay customers’ names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, mail addresses, phone numbers, and dates of birth, was hacked between late February and early March, eBay said, adding that it was only recently discovered.

Far cheaper than nukes.
Iran's Cyber Attack Capabilities Growing Quickly: Experts
When it comes to cyber-espionage and nation-state attacks, the accusing finger generally points at China. Last week's report from FireEye indicates that China is not alone, as Iranian cybersecurity capabilities continue to grow, posing a greater threat to U.S. interests.
Iranian cyber-attackers are increasingly moving away from politically motivated attacks such as Website defacement to cyber-espionage, targeting the U.S. defense industry sector, FireEye researchers outlined in the "Operation Saffron Rose" report. What was lost—or glossed over—in the rush to discuss the actual tactics used by these attack groups was the fact that this shift in sophistication has striking similarities with how Chinese attack groups evolved over the past few years.

So this is why their CEO was fired – not the breach, the lost profits.
Associated Press reports:
Target cut its annual profit outlook Wednesday and said its first-quarter earnings fell 16 percent as it took another hit from a massive customer data breach and a troubled expansion in Canada.
The third-largest U.S. retailer, based in Minneapolis, also issued a second-quarter projection that was below analysts’ expectations.

The logical extension of an Internet of Things, and Internet of Advertising.
Yikes! Google seems to think ads everywhere is the future...even on thermostats, fridges, glasses and watches
If the companies behind the massive Internet of Things initiative get their way, in the next 10 years everything you own will be connected to the Internet. With that being the case, Google thinks all that connected real estate represents a prime opportunity for advertising.
In a etter to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Google clearly sees that this ever-evolving connected world can be filled ... with ads.
… "In a short period of time, the meaning of 'mobile' at Google has shifted dramatically to 'handset' from 'tablet + handset'," the letter states. "We expect the definition of 'mobile' to continue to evolve as more and more 'smart' devices gain traction in the market. For example, a few years from now, we and other companies could be serving ads and other content on refrigerators, car dashboards, thermostats, glasses, and watches, to name just a few possibilities."

(Related) Our dogs already have an ID chip injected under their skin. No doubt when this product shrinks to injectable size, we'll do that too. After all, dogs can slip out of their collars.
Now, GPS device that will keep track of your pooch
… Whistle, the San Francisco startup that's become known in recent months for its somewhat handy "FitBit for dogs" gadget, announced that it's adding some key new features to the newest generation of its on-collar device to make it so that you never lose track of your pooch, Tech Crunch reported.
The new product, dubbed WhistleGPS, uses both GPS and sub-GHz cellular technology to add on-demand location monitoring to Whistle's flagship activity tracking gadget that syncs with iOS or Android devices.

Consumer Reports: 85% of Shoppers Oppose Internet Ad Tracking
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on May 21, 2014
EPIC: “According to a recent study by Consumer Reports, consumers overwhelmingly object to having their online activities tracked for advertising purposes. The report found that 85% of consumers would not trade even anonymized personal data for targeted ads. Additionally, 76% of consumers said that targeted advertising adds “little or no value” to their shopping activities. For more information, see EPIC: Public Opinion on Privacy, EPIC: Privacy and Consumer Profiling, EPIC: Online Tracking and Behavioral Profiling, EPIC: Practical Privacy Tools.”

Another piece of your profile?
Facebook wants to 'listen' to your music and TV
If the song or show is recognised by the app, users can publish the information on their profile or to selected friends.
The service hopes to take advantage of the "second screen" trend, which sees fans of TV shows in particular sharing their experiences on social networks.
… The feature, which will be available in a few weeks' time, uses the microphones inside users' smartphones to detect nearby music or TV shows.
… Facebook says the feature can be turned off at any time, the audio recording is not stored anywhere and the device cannot identify background noise or conversations.

Perspective. “Just because FedEx and UPS and all those other services can do it doesn't mean an organization that's run like a government agency can do it.”
US House committee approves bill to curb doorstep mail delivery
The move, which would echo the strategy already being implemented across the border in Canada, could save the US Postal Service about $2bn in operating costs each year according to the Republicans who control the House.
It would require those homes receiving mail at the doorstep to have items delivered either to a roadside mailbox or a community mailbox.

Perspective. Even spaghetti sauce is a billion dollar business.
Unilever to Sell RagĂș Brand to Japan’s Mizkan
Unilever will sell its North American pasta-sauces business under the RagĂș and Bertolli brands to Japan's Mizkan Group for $2.15 billion.

For my “starving students”
– Get cash back when you buy your favourite brands. Install the app for either iOS or Android to see how much you can save on groceries this week. First, browse the offers that are updated every Thursday, buy the products from any store, then take a photo of your receipt to redeem your deal. Once your account reaches $20 in savings, they will mail you a cheque.

For my student vets
The 2014 Season of Blue Star Museums kicks off!
NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa and Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet announced the fifth annual launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s service members, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage or learn more about their new communities after completing a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at

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