Kickstarter acknowledges a breach in user data
The New York Times: Kickstarter, the fund-raising platform used by millions of people to raise capital for creative projects and businesses, said over the weekend that hackers had gained access to some of its customers' data last week but that the breach had been repaired. "No credit card data of any kind was accessed by hackers," Kickstarter's chief executive, Yancey Strickler, wrote in a blog post on Saturday on the company's website. The post noted that the company's website does not store credit card data.
Google buys Israeli security startup SlickLogin
MarketWatch: Google Inc. has acquired Israeli startup SlickLogin, the developer of technology that uses sounds to verify a person's identity online. No financial details were revealed for the purchase, which was announced in a post to SlickLogin's website at the weekend. SlickLogin's software, which has yet to be released commercially, is designed to replace passwords or act as a second level of security in authenticating a user.
1-800-Flowers botches Valentine's Day - and apology, too
CNNMoney: Two days after Valentine's Day, 1-800-Flowers was still apologizing to customers whose flowers and candy never showed up. The company sent nearly 400 individual apologies on Twitter, plus more on Facebook, but customers weren't satisfied. Some frustrated customers said the company's phone lines were jammed, and their posts told stories of wilted and broken flower arrangements, or those that never arrived at all.