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    HealthCare.gov Urges Users to Reset Passwords Due to Heartbleed

    Administrators of HealthCare.gov, the Affordable Care Act’s enrollment website, have reset user passwords after an audit determined that the servers hosting the insurance exchange were vulnerable to Heartbleed, reported CSOonline.

    Users were told in a message posted to the site over the weekend that there was no indication of information loss, but the passwords were being reset out of an abundance of caution.

    The Obama administration has warned that other government websites, including Whitehouse.gov, might produce similar warnings, CSOonline noted. Phyllis Schneck, DHS deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity and communications, said it will take time for the government to address the Heartbleed issue properly.

    Lambda Literary Foundation Announces 2014 Honorees

    Alison Bechdel will receive the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Trustee Award for Excellence in Literature and Kate Bornstein will receive the Pioneer Award at the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (“Lammys”) ceremony, to be held Monday, June 2, 2014, at The Great Hall at Cooper Union in New York City.

    Bechdel and Bornstein will be honored along with the winning authors in 24 separate LGBT literary categories. The awards ceremony will be hosted for the third year in a row by comedienne Kate Clinton. A VIP After-Party presented by Scholastic will immediately follow the ceremony.

    “This year’s special honorees, Alison Bechdel and Kate Bornstein, are groundbreaking writers, artists and LGBT advocates,” said Tony Valenzuela, Lambda executive director. “We are privileged to celebrate their tremendous contributions at this year’s Lammy Awards.”

    SIBA Announces Trade Show Locations Through 2017

    The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has given its fall trade show a new name — The Fall Discovery Show — and finalized dates and locations through 2017.

    #siba14: Fall in Love Discovery Show — SIBA is for Booklovers!
    September 19–21 at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, Virginia

    #siba15: Fall Discovery Show
    September 18–20 at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown, Raleigh, North Carolina

    #siba16: Fall Discovery Show
    September 16–18 at the Hilton Savannah Desoto, Savannah, Georgia

    #siba17: Fall Discovery Show
    September 15–17 at the Sheraton New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana

    More information about the show is available on SIBA’s website at sibaweb.com/trade-show.

    John Green Added to BookCon Lineup

    Show organizers announced this week that award-winning author John Green will take the stage at BookCon alongside the team behind the soon-to-be-released film adaptation of his bestselling The Fault in Our Stars (Speak). Fans will also get a sneak peek at footage from the film, which is set to hit theaters on June 6.

    The May 31 panel will open a window into the creative efforts behind Fox’s adaptation. “This is precisely the experience BookCon was designed to deliver as we’re giving fans of the novel a chance to hear not only from the author, but those who worked tirelessly to put John’s words onto the big screen” said Lance Fensterman, global senior vice president of ReedPOP.

    More details and registration information can be found at TheBookCon.com.