Linkages

Booting Up: Target Swears That Your PINs Weren’t Stolen and Everything is Fine

#prayers4Target (Photo: Flickr)

It looks like BlackBerry founder Mike Lazaridis won’t pursue a bid for his company as he “severely reduced” his stake in the troubled phone company to just 4.99 percent. [The Verge]

Um, millions of “dogecoins” were stolen in the lamest heist ever. [BuzzFeed FWD]

Taiwan has fined Apple nearly $700,000 for meddling with the prices of its iPhones. [Wall Street Journal]

Target is lashing out at reports that peoples’ PINs were also stoles in last week’s security breach. [CBS New York]

Gyft, a gift card website, claims more people used bitcoins than credit cards on its website during Black Friday. [AdWeek]

startup rundown

Startup News: Apply For An Apartment With Lovely And Toms Launches Feel-Good Store

lovely map of nyc

Find your apartment finder Scrolling through disgusting and/or terrifying Craigslist apartment ads has become an unfortunate initiation ritual for NYC newcomers. But just in case you’re maybe, sort of, kinda getting tired of completely re-imagined neighborhood lines and surprise walkups, real estate site Lovely just added a direct-to-landlord application feature this week. Like job application Read More

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The App That Turns Your Selfies Into a Bra Size Is Now Available to the Boob-Having Public

Fresh Kate Middleton blowout not included. (Screengrab: Thirdlove.com)

Many women can recall their first bra fitting. Perhaps, at 10 years old, your mom dragged you to Macy’s. Perhaps a crotchety old saleslady pulled a threadbare tape measure taut around your newly formed bosom. Perhaps she then screeched out, “Nearly A!” to the entire second floor of Macy’s, and you were never able to visit that store’s intimates department without PTSD-like flashbacks ever again.

Or, maybe your bra-buying experience has only gone so far as to be mildly inconvenient. But these days, where there’s a mild inconvenience, there’s a cottage industry of tech startups looking to disrupt the whole thing, so bra apps are fully developing left and right. One such startup, ThirdLove, incorporates selfies into the bra-fitting process, because sure why not, and it just came out of beta to become available to breast-and-iPhone-havers everywhere. Read More

Crime and Punishment

New York Lawmakers Want to Make It Illegal to Resell a Smartphone Sans Orginial Receipt

Our heroes. (Photo: New York Senate)

Tis the season for apple picking, just not the type that involves iPhones. A pair of Bronx politicians are proposing a law that aims to cut down smartphone theft by making it illegal to resell a device without a valid proof of ownership. If you try to sell the device without proof you’re the owner, you could face penalties and possibly jail time. Read More

Antisocial Media

Celeb ‘Instassistant’ Has to Be the Most Stressful Fake Job of the 21st Century

Rihanna and her "Instassistant" Melissa Forde in an Instagram pic. (instagram.com/badgalriri)

We civilians are insufferable enough when it comes to having our picture taken for Instagram: “not that one, my face looks fat”; “try again so I can tilt my left cheekbone about 45 degrees east”; “did you get my shoes? I don’t know why you keep not getting my shoes.”

So imagine the psychological trauma inflicted when a famous person–a person whose pictures actually matter–uses Instagram. It happens, and real people are affected. Phoebe Luckhurst of the Standard has coined a term for the sad person stuck taking famous people’s Instagram pics: the “Instassistant.” Read More

Startup Fashion

Some Geniuses Finally Invented a Purse That Charges Your iPhone

Never miss another sext. (Photo: Everpurse.com)

Getting caught with a dead phone is terrifying. What if someone tries to abduct you and you have no way of calling 9-1-1? What if you get lost and have no way to access Google Maps? What if someone’s texting you?

But now, there’s a new way to keep your phone charged without begging the restaurant hostess to let you use the outlet by the door while you eat. Yes, a purse has been invented that can fully charge your phone twice a day without being plugged in. Read More

Antisocial Media

Phantom Phone Vibration Syndrome Is Making Us All Feel Insane

No, there's no one on the other end, you nut.

Remember your first BlackBerry? Remember the creepy feeling that it was vibrating in your pocket when it wasn’t even in your pocket, but instead was in the other room?

Well, it turns out you had an actual condition, a syndrome no less. And phantom phone vibration is still being experienced by lots and lots of people, including 90 percent of college undergrads who took part in a study in 2012, NPR reports. Read More