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One big change for Google+ is that there will no longer be a policy of “required” Google+ integrations for Google products, something that has become de rigueur for most product updates.
The higher profits outweigh the cost of fraud.
Why Target-level data breaches will get worse before they get better. Neither retailers nor credit card companies have an incentive to protect consumers. Yay capitalism!
aatombomb:

Never forget.

aatombomb:

Never forget.

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People are abandoning Paula Deen’s restaurant. Or not.

Eater.com:

Paula Deen’s Restaurant Lady and Sons Is a Ghost Town

New York Times:

The line of Paula Deen fans waiting for her restaurant here to open grew throughout the hot, muggy morning Saturday.

Journalism, y’all.

I am sorry that Snowden chose Hong Kong as his point of refuge […] Hong Kong is not a sovereign country. It is part of China — a country that by the libertarian standards Edward Snowden says he cares about is worse, not better, than the United States. It has even more surveillance of its citizens (it has gone very far toward ensuring that it knows the real identity of everyone using the internet); its press is thoroughly government-controlled; it has no legal theory of protection for free speech; and it doesn’t even have national elections. Hong Kong lives a time-limited separate existence, under the “one country, two systems” principle, but in a pinch, it is part of China.

I don’t know all the choices Snowden had about his place of refuge. Maybe he thought this was his only real option. But if Snowden thinks, as some of his comments seem to suggest, that he has found a bastion of freer speech, then he is ill-informed; and if he knowingly chose to make his case from China he is playing a more complicated game.
James Fallows on Edward Snowden’s choice to seek refuge in Hong Kong