Tech 2.0 for Thursday, February 27, 2014

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 2/27 1:36 pm


It's a tale of two security breaches. For one company, it was the worst of times — and for another, it was bad, but not as bad as it could have been. A lot has changed since 2007, when word got out that TJX was hit by a huge data breach. The parent company of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods stores took a financial hit from what was at the time the largest security breach by a retailer. But it has since recovered. However, Target's massive data hack is hurting the company even more. It's the nation's second largest discount retailer. And since the breach, announced during the holiday shopping season, Target's sales, profit and stock prices have fallen. Target's CFO acknowledges that while loyal customers have stuck with Target, wooing others back will take time.

The head of the troubled bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox says he is trying to fix the organization's problems. The exchange has stopped trading amid reports it suffered a huge theft. Its Web site went blank on Tuesday — leading to whispers that it had collapsed. Mt. Gox was one of he world's biggest bitcoin exchanges. Bitcoin is an online currency that lets people make transactions across borders without the use of third parties like banks or credit card companies. The head of the Mt. Gox exchange he has enlisted outside help to find a solution to what he calls the site's "recent issues." No word on what exactly those issues are — or who is being asked to help resolve them.

Here is something to think about the next time your pooch leaves an unwelcome "souvenir" on your carpet or chews up some of your furniture. When you scold them and they get that, well, hangdog look — they aren't really feeling sorry about what they did. Dog experts say that dogs — like some humans — simply have no shame. Even though dogs seem to be all torn up inside about their transgressions, the look of shame is a reaction to the way their owners are carrying on — not because they are sorry they chewed your new shoes to bits. But all that science hasn't stopped the growth of dog-shaming sites online. On the sites, people post shots of remorseful looking dogs — along with "confessions" of their misdeeds.


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