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Thursday News: Change your Google Password NOW, Apple settlement notice to Amazon customers, RIP Graham Joyce, and Judge Judy gives away free ebook

Thursday News: Change your Google Password NOW, Apple settlement notice to...

Concerned users can use this tool (h/t Lifehacker) to check if their information was leaked. Using it, an editor at Fast Company confirmed his email address was part of the cache, but the password listed was from several years ago. (Some readers said they were uneasy about handing over their email addresses. They can also run a search replacing up to three characters with asterisks–eg. john***[email protected] instead of [email protected]–to return the number of matching results.) In addition, users can turn on two-factor authentication to add a security layer when accessing accounts from new devices. –Fast Company

Those consumers who now wish to “opt out” of the settlement (that is, not to receive payments and to retain their legal right to sue) must do so by October 31. More importantly, however, that is also the date by which requests to receive a check rather than an account credit must be submitted, otherwise settlement funds will be issued as direct credits. –Publishers Weekly

It’s really hard to describe Joyce’s books, or categorize them under one single label. His work is generally described as “dark fantasy,” but he used genre trappings to tell different kinds of stories. At the same time, his books often seemed to feature a kind of magic that’s lived in and a bit worn down, not showy or dazzling. His best stuff often deals with families, and the uncomfortable intimacy that comes with blood relatives. And the moments when private strangeness suddenly becomes public. –i09

In this book I want to have an honest conversation with women about what it really takes to get what you deserve out of life: how to define your worth and stick to it; how to find the courage to take risks–and how to build your backup plan; yow to ignore the chattering classes (and the fearmongers) and create your own destiny. –What Would Judy Say

Wednesday News: Apple announces new products, Barnes & Noble loses less money this quarter, Man Booker Prize is now multinational,  and victim blaming Janay Rice

Wednesday News: Apple announces new products, Barnes & Noble loses less...

F is for Fanboy/Fangirl. You know who you are. You buy a new Apple device every single year. You line up outside Apple Stores waiting for it to appear. You pick fights with Phandroids (aka Google Android fans) about what phone had which feature first. You are in hog heaven right about now.

… and also for Fitness. A new app designed to give you a comprehensive view of your daily activity, via the watch’s motion-tracking sensors.

… and also for Four Point Seven and Five Point Five. Those are the screen sizes of the two new iPhones, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. They’re substantially larger than the iPhone 5s but are more in line with the size of competing Android phones. –Yahoo Tech

Analysts are projecting a loss of 22 cents per share for the fiscal year. After being $1.33 billion a year ago, analysts project revenue to drop 5% year-over-year to $1.26 billion for the quarter. For the year, revenue is projected to roll in at $6.10 billion –Forbes

In other award news, though:

Louise Erdrich has been named winner of the 2014 PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction.

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Ursula K. Le Guin has been named winner of the National Book Foundation’s 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She will receive this honor at the 65th National Book Awards ceremony in New York on Nov. 19. –Washington Post

The Root has a piece detailing some of the “worst responses” to the video if you want to witness the awfulness.

And if you haven’t seen the video yet, be warned: it’s incredibly disturbing.

That we feel entitled (and excited) to access gut-wrenching images of a woman being abused – to be entranced by the looks of domestic violence – speaks volumes not only about the man who battered her, but also about we who gaze in parasitic rapture. We click and consume, comment and carry on. What are we saying about ourselves when we place (black) women’s pain under a microscope only to better consume the full kaleidoscope of their suffering?
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Black women are often systematically excluded from both the category of “woman” and that of “victim”. Our pain, these days as ever, can never be pure enough. –The Guardian