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  1. Target tries to be cool | Marketplace.org

    It’s been almost a year since the data breach that sent some Target customers packing. And Target, which reports earnings Wednesday, is trying a number of strategies to get them back.

    For one, it has a new CEO, Brian Cornell. And he’s not above admitting the company has problems. He says Target needs to be cool again.  

    “What does it mean to be Target in today’s retail landscape?” says Amy Koo, a senior analyst at Kantar Retail. She says Target is trying to beef up customer service. “They’re doing beauty advisers, they’ve expanded to do baby advisers. You know, ask us if you need help.”

    Target is also experimenting with smaller stores in cities.

    One experiment that didn’t go so well? Opening stores in Canada. Canadians complained about the prices, and shortages of popular products. Some analysts are weighing whether Target should close those stores.

    “If they can’t get it to be a profitable venture then they’re going to do what’s best for the shareholder,” says Sean Naughton, senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray.

    Naughton has already calculated how much it would cost Target to pull out of Canada: about $1.2 billion.


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  2. DevOps at Target – The Goat Farm – Episode 2

    In this episode of The Goat Farm we talk with Jason Walker and Dan Cundiff of Target Corporation. Jason and Dan have been instrumental in bringing DevOps to Target. Ross and I talk with our guests about the need for DevOps manifestos, the role tooling in DevOps transformations, reward structures in organizations, and hiring for DevOps.

    —Huffduffed by brendangilmore

  3. Recruiters Use ‘Geofencing’ To Target Potential Hires Where They Live And Work : All Tech Considered : NPR

    Geofencing sets up virtual boundaries to enable tracking of mobile devices in an area. It can be used to send coupons to customers. Now some employers are using it to target and recruit workers.


    —Huffduffed by abrin

  4. Don’t Insert Your Junk

    <p>Lex is at Disneyland this week so we are talking with very special guest Merlin Mann!</p>

    <p><a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/03/29/472211301/girls-sex-and-the-importance-of-talking-to-young-women-about-pleasure&quot; rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Author Peggy Orenstein</a> has thoughts on how we talk to girls and sex.</p>

    <p>Moltz has a complaint about <a href="http://www.howtogeek.com/176195/why-configuration-profiles-can-be-as-dangerous-as-malware-on-iphones-and-ipads/&quot; rel="nofollow" target="_blank">iOS provisioning profiles</a>.</p>

    <p>Merlin recommends <a href="https://www.getcloak.com/&quot; rel="nofollow" target="blank">Cloak</a> and <a href="http://1blocker.com/&quot; rel="nofollow" target="blank">1Blocker</a>.</p>

    <p>What is it with kids’ fascination with <a href="http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0002981/quotes&quot; rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the closet of mystery</a>?</p>

    <p>Our thanks to <a href="http://trueimage.com/car&quot; rel="nofollow" target="blank">Acronis</a> for sponsoring this episode. Your stuff is invaluable and you should back it up. Really. And Acronis can get you there. Got to <a href="http://trueimage.com/car&quot; rel="nofollow" target="blank">TrueImage.com/CAR</a> and you’ll get 30% off PLUS a bonus license for an additional computer.</p>

    <p>Our thanks also to <a href="http://theenclosed.com/car&quot; rel="nofol…

    Original video: https://soundcloud.com/blurbomat/dont-insert-your-junk
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  5. Episode 79: Metal Gear: Ghost Babel

    <p>Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross wheez Metal Gear: Ghost Babel.</p>

    <p>It’s Solid Snake’s tiniest adventure yet! Returning to an old place to fight an old enemy, this unjustly forgotten entry in the series returns to Metal Gear’s roots on the MSX. 2D stealth is great. This game defies what you’d expect from the Gameboy Color.</p>

    <p>LINKS OF NOTE:</p>

    <a href="http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Timequake&quot; rel="nofollow" target="blank">Timequake</a> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5rRZdiu1UE&quot; rel="nofollow" target="blank">Beastie Boys doing Echolalia</a> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echolalia&quot; rel="nofollow" target="blank">Echolalia</a> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwYjM8lMSuU&quot; rel="nofollow" target="blank">Hitman iOs</a> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1hEKqZz-OY&quot; rel="nofollow" target="blank">Weasing Juice</a> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfjj7Y9N27c&quot; rel="nofollow" target="blank">21 and 24</a> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SH2XDPI5664&quot; rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multiplicity</a>

    Original video: https://soundcloud.com/watchoutforfireballs/episode-79-metal-gear-ghost-babel
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    —Huffduffed by matthewhaymes