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IN THE NEWS: MARRIOTT BREACH - PASSPORTS
NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer says Marriott officials should pay for new passports for customers whose passport numbers were hacked as part of a massive data breach. This past Friday, the huge hotel chain disclosed that hackers had stolen data on as many as a half billion guests — and the data included credit card and passport numbers. Schumer, a New York Democrat, says Marriott should immediately notify customers who are at greatest risk of identity theft — and pay the $110 cost of a new U.S. passport if customers ask for it. Marriott says the State Department hasn’t contacted the company. But it says it would reimburse customers who experience passport fraud related to the data breach.
IN THE NEWS: AMAZON - DRONES
UNDATED (AP) — Five years ago, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos predicted drones would be delivering his company’s wares to people by December of this year. But it hasn’t happened yet — and there’s doubt as to whether it will happen any time soon. There are several major hurdles blocking the use of drone technology, one of them the technology, itself. Drones have a short battery life. Another hurdle: privacy and safety concerns. For example, analysts say it will take years for the Federal Aviation Administration to write all the rules needed to allow for widespread drone deliveries. Still, Amazon says it’s pressing forward with the concept of using drones to deliver packages — though it is shying away from setting deadlines for doing that.
ON THE WEB: MARRIOTT BREACH - WEBSITE
CYBERSPACE (AP) — Marriott has set up a website and call center for customers who believe they are at risk because of the massive data breach the company disclosed this past Friday. The company’s main webpage has a banner across the top directing users to a page that answers frequently asked questions about the breach — and tells how to find out if your information is at risk. The site also includes phone numbers for those who want to call, instead.
Marriott site: https://www.marriott.com
IN STORES: LOW-TECH TOYS
UNDATED (AP) — Looking for a high-tech toy to stick in a box to put under the Christmas tree for a young child? Some pediatricians say you’re better off skipping the trip to the mall — and giving the kid a box instead. Dr. Alan Mendelsohn co-wrote a new report on selecting toys for children up to around age 5. And he says the best toys for kids that age are old-fashioned hands-on things like blocks, puzzles and even cardboard boxes. For instance, Mendelsohn says a box “can be used to draw on or made into a house.” The report, by the American Academy of Pediatrics, cites studies suggesting heavy use of electronic media may interfere with children’s speech and language development, replace important playtime with parents — and lead to obesity. Some studies have found that more than 90 percent of U.S. kids have used mobile devices — with most starting to do so before they are 1.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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