From the latest winter storm to surprising new stats about Facebook, here are five things you need to know for the coming week:
1. It’s a winter white out. A batch of cold air is expected to move from the Tennessee Valley and lower Midwest over to the East Coast, bringing with it 3 to 9 inches of new snow from the Virginia to Massachusetts, according to the National Weather Service. Nearly all the eastern half of the nation will see temperatures 10 to 25 degrees below average and will stay that way until the weekend. If you're planning to travel to the Northeast, now's probably a good time to check your flight status.
2. First, Target said that millions of customers may have had their credit card information stolen. Then, Neiman Marcus said its customer database had been compromised. Now, a report from the cyberwatch group IntelCrawler suggests at least six more retailers will announce they’ve been hacked with similar malicious software. Experts say customers can protect themselves by regularly checking bank statements for suspicious charges and by not opening email from unknown sources.
3. Iran halted the most controversial parts of its nuclear activity as a preliminary deal with world powers took effect yesterday. In return, Tehran will receive relief from some of the painful economic sanctions that have been imposed by the U.S. and other nations determined to keep it from building nuclear weapons. Iran now expects to recover $4.2 billion in frozen oil revenues and resume legal oil sales abroad.
4. Where’s the “dislike” button? New
data from iStrategyLabs suggest that teens are so over Facebook. There are
3 million fewer teenagers using the social network than there were three years
ago, when the digital consulting agency first crunched the numbers. However,
the number of users 55 or older jumped by 80.4 percent from 2011 to 2013.
5. An online survey of 2,647 singles between the ages of 18-59, shows that courtship is more confusing than ever. Sixty-nine perfect of people were confused about whether an outing with someone they're interested in is a date or not. Although 80 percent agree that a date is "a planned one-on-one hangout," almost one-quarter also think it is "a planned evening with a group of friends."