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Published: Saturday, January 4, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Snap what?

Those kids and their crazy Internet stuff: The folks behind Snapchat say they'll produce a more secure version of the application after hackers obtained the usernames and phone numbers of about 4.6 million users.

Here are two things Buzz readers should know: Snapchat is a disappearing-message service popular with young people, and "Popular with young people" is old-person code for "I have no earthly clue what it does."

Tune in tomorrow: Get ready for more zingers from the Dowager Countess and abrupt deaths of characters after the actors who play them decline to sign up for another season. "Downton Abbey," America's favorite British invasion since the Beatles, returns to American television Sunday.

The absurd plot twists and on-the-nose dialogue notwithstanding, public TV's presentation of "Downton" wasn't made possible by a major grant from Procter & Gamble's Oxydol soap powder.

Nice way to wake up: The lucky California dude who won a chunk of the $324 million Mega Millions jackpot says he realized he was a winner in 3 a.m. epiphany earlier this week.

Presumably, that came just after the more typical 3 a.m. realization, which is, "Oh shoot, I forgot to mail the boat payment."

-- Mark Carlson, Herald staff


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