The Switchboard: Target to invest $5 million in cybersecurity education

(FILES) A couple of shoppers leave a Target store on a rainy afternoon in Alhambra, California in this December19, 2013, file photo. Target said on January 10, 2014 that up to 110 million customers have had their personal data stolen in a data breach, sharply raising its initial estimate. The number of people affected -- representing one in three Americans -- and the scope of the information stolen was larger than previously thought, the company said. Target initially reported on December 19 its payment card data had been breached during the year-end holiday shopping season, affecting about 40 million customers. The stolen information included credit and debit card data, customer names and PIN (personal identification data) numbers. On Friday, Target said that an ongoing investigation had revealed that hackers stole a second batch of data that included names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses for up to 70 million people.   AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. Brown / FILESFREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images


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Target to invest $5 million in cybersecurity education. "Target said Monday it is investing $5 million in a multi-year campaign to educate the public on the dangers of scams," reports Computerworld, "after the company disclosed that up to 110 million people may have been affected by a data breach at the retailer's U.S. stores."

RIAA wants Google to implement five-point anti-piracy plan. "This week the global music industry sent its 100 millionth DMCA takedown request to Google," writes TorrentFreak. "According to the RIAA, this staggering number has done very little to keep the most blatant pirate sites out of search results."

Apple loses court bid to block e-book antitrust monitor "Apple Inc lost a bid on Monday to block an antitrust monitor appointed after a judge found that the company had conspired to fix e-book prices," according to Reuters.

Google just bought Nest for $3.2 billion. What happens to Nest's user data? "Thermostats generally aren't that exciting. But this one is — so much so that Google is willing to pay $3.2 billion to own the company that makes them."

Our congenial Web overlords. "Ken and Ben Lerer fund 185 tech companies — and counting," writes New York magazine's Jessica Pressler. "Their company seems to have had a hand in every buzzed-about start-up in New York: apparel company Everlane, 3-D printer MakerBot, lyrics-decipherer Rap Genius. 'There are 185 of them,' says Ben. 'I could probably name 100.'

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