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

January 14

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Published every weekday, the Switchboard highlights five tech policy stories you need to read.

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.'

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post.
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