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The Target Tipping Point: How e-commerce trumped traditional retail in transaction security

The first weeks of 2014 seemed to bring reports of new data breaches affecting retailers in the United States on nearly a weekly basis. Target, Neiman Marcus, Michaels and White Lodging (operator of several different hotel franchises) all reported data breaches or investigations into possible data breaches. A key point in common among these reports:… Read More

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Target security breach encompasses 70 million

Target revealed today that the massive security breach that hit 40 million customers’ credit and debit cards also encompasses the personal information of 70 million people. As a part of its investigation into the breach, the retailer said that the attackers who stole millions of credit cards also got email addresses, phone numbers, names and… Read More

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Target wants to eliminate showrooming by matching Amazon prices

Target Corp. introduced an online price-matching program just for the holiday season, but now it looks like it’s permanent. The Minneapolis-based retailer announced today that it will allow customers to use Amazon prices for its products on year-round basis. The company will do the same for prices from Best Buy, Walmart and Toys R Us, but Amazon… Read More

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Seattle’s social media queen Jenni Hogan leaving KIRO

Seattle’s social media queen is leaving KIRO and dreaming big. Jenni Hogan, the KIRO 7 traffic anchor and Seattle’s popular social media maven, announced today that Dec. 28 will be her final day at KIRO. Hogan will be teaming up with Target to “celebrate service” on projects involving Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy and the… Read More

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Report: Target to dump Kindle

This could get very interesting, especially in light of the new alliance between Barnes & Noble and Microsoft. The Verge reports today — citing an unnamed source and an internal Target memo — that the giant retailer will stop selling the Kindle due to “conflict of interest.” There certainly seems to be some legs to this… Read More

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Office Depot to sell the Kindle

Office Depot is joining its rivals Staples and Office Max in selling the Kindle, the electronic reading device from Amazon.com. Office Depot said that the Kindle will be available to shoppers beginning September 25th. “We are thrilled to bring Office Depot customers this lightweight, portable, easy-to-read device that allows them to get all the books… Read More