Tech 2.0 for Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 1/01 2:08 pm


It just seems to get worse for Target and its electronic systems. The latest glitch -- the retailer says a number of the gift cards it sold over the holidays weren't properly activated. The chain says the number of cards affected is small -- less than 0.1 percent. And Target says it will honor the affected cards, even if they somehow indicate they weren't properly set up. This comes on the heels of Target announcing it was the victim of a massive data security breach, affecting about 40 million debit and credit card holders who shopped at its stores between November 27 and December 15. And last week, Target said that debit-card PINs were among the financial information that was swiped from customers who bought things at the store during the Christmas shopping season.

A federal judge in New York has ruled that it's OK for U.S. border agents to search laptop computers carried by news photographers and other travelers at international border crossings -- even if they have no reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing. In his decision, U.S. District Judge Edward Korman granted a government motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by civil rights attorneys. That suit claimed the practice was unconstitutional -- and sought to have it halted. Among the conclusions he made in the ruling -- was that the Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches doesn't apply to the government's efforts to secure international borders from outside threats.

If you've taken a selfie of you celebrating the start of the new year -- or twerked at a New Year's Eve party last night -- even if you don't remember -- you've already ticked off the word-watchers at a Michigan university. Lake Superior State University is out with its latest list of words that should be banished because they are overused. And on the list are "selfie" and "twerking." Also making the list of words to purge are "hashtag" and "Mr. Mom." The school has been putting out the list since 1975 -- and the list has grown to more than 800 words.
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