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Anonymized' Credit Card Data not so Anonymous, Study Shows

Credit card data isn't quite as anonymous as promised, a new study says. Scientists showed they can identify you with more than 90 percent accuracy by looking at just four purchases, three if the price is included - and this is after companies "anonymized" the transaction records, saying they wiped away names and other personal details...



  • In this Feb. 15, 2013 photo, four grades of maple syrup are displayed in a gift box in East Montpelier, Vt. USDA Revises Maple Syrup Grading with Descriptive Terms

    Grading standards for maple syrup have been revised to match international standards, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday, and now consumers can have a better understanding of what topping they're buying...

  • Defendant Brandon Vandenburg listens as his attorney Fletcher Long argues for acquittal during the his trial Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt Rape Verdicts Signal Support for Assault Victims

    The gang-rape conviction of two former Vanderbilt University football players sends signals out in every direction. To the two young men, Tuesday's verdicts show that being drunk out of your mind doesn't excuse criminal behavior...

  • In this Jan. 27, 2015 photo made available by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, shows Lori Piper holding Bart, a severely injured cat. Bart the Cat Hit by Car, Buried and then Crawls from Grave

    Bart the cat was hit by a car, buried and seemingly crawled back from the dead. Earlier this month, a car hit the 1 ½-year-old cat in Tampa. Bart's owner was so distraught, he couldn't stand the thought of burying him, so he asked neighbor to dig a shallow grave. Five days later, on Jan. 21, a matted and injured Bart emerged, meowing for food...

  • This still image taken from a video posted on YouTube by jihadists on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, purports to show a still photo of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto holding what appears to be a photo of Jordanian pilot 1st Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh. Jordan Offers Swap to Islamic State Group to Save Pilot

    Jordan offered a precedent-setting prisoner swap to the Islamic State group Wednesday in a desperate attempt to save a Jordanian air force pilot the militants purportedly threatened to kill, along with a Japanese hostage...

  • Jill Leach shovels her car out at her home in Boston's Charlestown section, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, one day after a blizzard dumped about 2 feet of snow in the city. New Englanders Facing Snowy 'Big Dig' after Blizzard

    New Englanders savaged by a blizzard packing knee-high snowfall and hurricane-force winds began digging out Wednesday, grudgingly praising forecasters who got grief from New Yorkers and others spared its full fury...










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