The problems with credit and debit cards are bigger than we thought

The Target hack shows our payment systems are in big trouble.

The problems with debit and credit cards are no longer about high-tech skimmers at gas stations and restaurants.  Things have gotten worse, not better. According to a December 19 update on the Target problem by security reporter Brian Krebs, as many as “40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been impacted between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, 2013.” After first claiming that ATM PINs weren’t involved, Target later conceded they were stolen, too.

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How Target knows when it’s shoppers are pregnant

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Target tries to hook parents-to-be at that crucial moment.

You share intimate details about your consumption patterns with retailers every time you go shopping. And many of those retailers are studying those details to figure out what you like, what you need, and which coupons are most likely to make you happy. For example, Target has figured out how to data-mine its way into your womb, to figure out whether you have a baby on the way long before you need to start buying diapers.

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Self-guided bullet can hit targets more than a mile away

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A new bullet from Sandia Labs is self-guided — and it can hit targets more than a mile away, the inventors say.

If you are a fan of science fiction movies of the 80s you might remember “Runaway,” in which Gene Simmons plays an evil scientist who invents “smart” bullets that seek out specific human targets. (video)

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