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Hacker Obtained Childrens’ Headshots and Chat lLogs From Toymaker VTech
30 Nov 2015 9:31pm GMT Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, reporting for Motherboard: If storing the personal data of almost 5 million parents and more than 200,000 kids wasn’t bad enough, it turns out that hacked toymaker VTech also left thousands of pictures of parents and kids and a year’s worth of chat logs stored online in a way easily accessible to hackers. Why in the world was VTech storing these things in the first place?  ★ 

An Ode to Kobe Bryant, in Two Charts
30 Nov 2015 7:56pm GMT In the chart showing his remarkable scoring efficiency during the 2005-06 season, it’s interesting to me how much more accurate he was shooting threes from the right baseline than the left.  ★ 

Donald Trump Still Says He Saw Muslims in New Jersey Celebrate 9/11
30 Nov 2015 7:42pm GMT The whole Trump phenomenon has been bizarre, but this particular incident strikes me as a genuine turning point in U.S. politics. I’m appalled by much of Trump’s rhetoric, but I’m not surprised that 20-30 percent of Republican voters support it. Maybe I shouldn’t be, but I am surprised by this, though. He insists he saw something truly dreadful on TV — “thousands” of American Muslims “dancing in the streets” — that never happened, and...

Chris Ware’s Animated Cover for The New Yorker
30 Nov 2015 6:40pm GMT Wonderful collaboration between Ware, Ira Glass, animator John Kuramoto, and others.  ★ 

Rumor: Apple May Replace 3.5mm Headphone Jack on iPhone 7 With All-in-One Lightning Connector
29 Nov 2015 4:27pm GMT This would be a totally Apple-y thing to do. The standard headphone jack is old (ancient, really), thick, and deep. The only thing good about it is compatibility with existing headphones, and “compatibility with old stuff” is never high on Apple’s list of priorities.  ★ 

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