This Week’s Need to Know: Our Black Friday Gift Guide

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GRAND THEFT INTERNETS 

The internet used to be a warm and fuzzy place. People had gaudy MySpace pagesCraigslist posts were actually real, and we could all float around in Second Life. Today, it’s more like the South Bronx in 1980. Hackers are chomping at the bit to steal from you this holiday season. To protect yourself, avoid free WiFi (or use a VPN) and follow these tips from a hackerEven cash is not entirely safe these days. My advice is to handcraft some gifts.


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STOP ALREADY, IT’S ENOUGH

Taking a page out of Snapchat’s 2011 playbook, Instagram added disappearing messages this week. They’re also rolling out live streaming video. Instagram insiders have hinted at other upcoming features within the app, including online bankingstock trading, an Angry Birds integration, a word-processor, and online poker.


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#WHATEVER

Look, we all know that kids can be dopey, but this takes it to another level. A recent Stamford studyfound that 80 percent of students were unable to tell an advertisement—labeled as sponsored content—from a real news story.

The study says that “overall, young people’s ability to reason about the information on the Internet can be summed up in one word: bleak. Our ‘digital natives’ may be able to flit between Facebook and Twitter while simultaneously uploading a selfie to Instagram and texting a friend. But when it comes to evaluating information that flows through social media channels, they are easily duped.”

Who needs to hack voting machines when you can just put some fake news out there! HAHA! POLITICS!


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SANBORN’S BLACK FRIDAY GIFT GUIDE

If you need a gift for the kids, check out these great buys that teach coding and tech (for reals):

And for the grownups: