CalPERS, Yahoo, Crowdfunding, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, January 14, 2014

Dick Eastman has recovered from his appendix adventure. Glad you’re back, Dick! Here’s hoping the rest of 2014 is incredibly happy and healthy!

CalPERS has decided not to launch a pension database.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society has launched a new blog (Vita Brevis, and I instantly thought “Vita Brevis. And Butthead,” because it’s early and I haven’t had my tea yet.)

Apparently the Yahoo malware attack that took place over the holidays was more widespread than thought – “It’s not clear how many users may have been affected by the hack, although initial estimates from security companies said that up to 2 million machines might have been compromised during a four-day attack. Yahoo says that the attack happened after an account was compromised, without revealing more details about said account.” It looks like the attack was more than four days – possibly twice that according to this story.

This should be interesting to watch: using Google Glass for improv.

This is probably going to be drowned out by Google’s Nest acquisition, but Facebook has acquired Branch.

Now available: a site to review crowdfunding sites. “CrowdsUnite users can filter searches by country, type of financing (debt, donation, equity or reward) and type of campaign (all or nothing vs. keep what you raise). The site lists the number of monthly visitors each platform receives and its fundraising fees.”

Snapchat’s in trouble again — this time over spam. “Hundreds — if not thousands — of users took to Twitter over the weekend to complain about being bombarded with spam chats (or ‘snaps’) following the security breach. More than a few assumed that the breach was the cause ofthe spam, but Snapchat claims that is not the case.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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  1. You didn’t mention that Target now is spamming non-customers. Sorry, I can’t give you a link because it was a friend of mine who got an email from them offering some Experian deal. “You may have had your ID compromised” or some such wording. The only problem with that is that he hasn’t been to Target in years, nor has he bought anything from them in years, nor visited their website. And yet, they somehow got his email address. He’s furious and suspects they bought it somewhere, or that Experian did. One of his theories is that Experian is somehow behind all this and is scamming Target. (Target still has to pay Experian for the “free” ID theft insurance.)

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