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Amazon Quietly Buys a Startup To Make Alexa Smarter - Newsfactor - 21/07 8:31 am

In a previously unreported move, data analysis and search engine start-up Graphiq has been acquired by Amazon to help improve its Alexa virtual assistant and other services, sources say.

Russian Citadel Malware Creator Gets Five Years - Newsfactor - 21/07 8:31 am

A Russian man known as "Kolypto" who helped develop and distribute malicious software designed to steal personal financial information was sentenced in Atlanta to serve five years in prison.

Elon Musk Downplays Expectations for Giant Rocket's First Flight - Newsfactor - 21/07 8:31 am

SpaceX chief Elon Musk downplayed expectations for the demonstration flight of the company's giant Falcon Heavy rocket, saying there was a "good chance" it would not make it to orbit on 1st launch.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Integrates D&B Data for CRM - Newsfactor - 21/07 8:31 am

A new strategic agreement between Microsoft and Dun & Bradstreet will give Microsoft Dynamics 365 users easy, integrated access to D's global database of company information.

Amazon Testing 'Geek Squad' Competitor for Installs, Repairs - Newsfactor - 21/07 8:31 am

For 15 years, Best Buy's Geek Squad installation and repair service has served as one key advantage over Amazon that the e-commerce giant seemed unlikely to match -- until now.

Dark Web Markets AlphaBay and Hansa Shut Down - Newsfactor - 21/07 8:31 am

AlphaBay and Hansa -- two of the largest "dark web" marketplaces for illegal and illicit items such as drugs and guns -- have been shut down by police in the U.S. and Europe, including the FBI.

Update Your iPhone, iPad To Squash Dangerous Wi-Fi Bug - Newsfactor - 21/07 8:31 am

Apple has made a number of security updates to its iOS mobile operating system, including a fix for a Wi-Fi chip vulnerability that could let hackers gain wireless access to iPhones and iPads.

Is the Future of the Contact Center in the Cloud? - Newsfactor - 21/07 8:31 am

Adoption of cloud-based contact center systems and applications is growing, but there are still many concerns from companies considering these solutions -- with security first and foremost.

Cyberattack on Ukrainian Clinics Startles Experts - Newsfactor - 21/07 8:31 am

As medical facilities in the Ukraine struggled with the "Nyetya" cyberattack, experts say that even glancing blows to medical facilities represent a damaging break with international norms.

Is Your Business Prepared for a Natural Disaster? - Newsfactor - 21/07 8:31 am

A forecast for an active hurricane season is reason for business owners to think about how well they're prepared, not just for a major storm, but for any weather bad enough to hurt their firms.

What's Cooking with Amazon? Ready-To-Cook Meal Kits - Newsfactor - 21/07 8:31 am

Amid its acquisition of organic grocer Whole Foods, e-commerce giant Amazon has begun selling ready-to-cook meal packages for busy households in a bid to expand its groceries business.

Alexa, Turn Up My Kenmore AC: Sears Makes Deal with Amazon - Newsfactor - 21/07 8:31 am

A tie-up with Internet behemoth sent shares of Sears soaring. Sears will sell appliances on Amazon, including smart appliances that can be synced with Amazon's Alexa.

T-Mobile Impresses Wall Street as It Gains New Customers - Newsfactor - 21/07 8:31 am

The country's No. 3 wireless carrier, T-Mobile, continued to add new customers during the 2nd quarter in a competitive wireless market, even as rivals AT and Verizon offer unlimited data plans.

Qualcomm Loses Appeal of EU's $665,000-a-Day Threat - Newsfactor - 20/07 8:15 am

An EU ruling could expose Qualcomm to fines of $665,000 a day for failing to provide documents sought by Europe's anti-trust regulator, which alleges the company engaged in predatory pricing.

Netflix Pulling in Viewers -- and Piling Up Programming Bills - Newsfactor - 20/07 8:15 am

Online video service Netflix is pulling in new viewers and award nominations in droves, but it faces a problem: Its acclaimed programming line-up is costing far more money than what subscribers pay.

Hi Bixby: Samsung Phone's Voice Assistant Learns English - Newsfactor - 20/07 8:15 am

South Korean tech giant Samsung says its Bixby voice assistant for smartphones will start speaking English but only in two countries: South Korea and the U.S. The service had been available only in Korean.

Google Beefs Up Protection against Phishing Scams - Newsfactor - 20/07 8:15 am

Since a phishing scam perpetrated in May that may have targeted millions of Gmail and Google Docs users, Google has introduced a number of security changes aimed at preventing a repeat.

Nokia 8 Leak Shows Glimpse of New Zeiss Dual Cameras - Newsfactor - 20/07 8:15 am

Rumors and leaks are hinting that Nokia is coming with a bang thanks to its upcoming Nokia 8 smartphone. We might see the phone being announced at the end of this month, and it could debut for $675.

Google's 'Smart Feed' Shows You News You Want To See - Newsfactor - 20/07 8:15 am

As tech giant Google redevelops its services to optimize for mobile use, it is launching a "smart feed" to give mobile users the tailored news they want, before they've even asked for it.

Data Breaches Continue at a Record Pace - Newsfactor - 20/07 8:15 am

A growing threat: A new report says that data breaches are running 29 percent above last year, with hacking the leading cause of data security incidents nationwide -- more than 790 so far this year.

Amazon Testing Out Geek Squad Competitor - Newsfactor - 19/07 7:41 am

For 15 years, Best Buy's Geek Squad installation and repair service has served as one key advantage over Amazon that the e-commerce giant seemed unlikely to match -- until now.

Face Scan Plans for U.S. Citizens Stir Privacy Issues - Newsfactor - 19/07 7:41 am

If the Trump administration gets its way, U.S. citizens boarding international flights will have to submit to face scans, a plan privacy advocates call a step toward a surveillance state.

FedEx Still Reeling from June TNT Cyberattack - Newsfactor - 19/07 7:41 am

It's likely a cyberattack on FedEx's TNT Express unit in June will have a material impact on financial results. TNT Express is still feeling effects of Petya, spread via Ukrainian tax software.

Microsoft's Cloud To Help Baidu Power Self-Driving Car Project - Newsfactor - 19/07 7:41 am

Baidu and Microsoft have signed a deal under which Microsoft's cloud-computing network will power the Chinese search giant's autonomous driving project outside that country's borders.

Teradata Acquires StackIQ for Data Center Automation Tech - Newsfactor - 19/07 7:41 am

StackIQ, which makes a platform to automate tasks in data centers and other giant computer clusters, has been acquired by database analytics software provider Teradata for an undisclosed price.

Waste Not, Want Not: Samsung To Harvest Note 7 Rare Metals - Newsfactor - 19/07 7:41 am

South Korean electronics giant Samsung plans to recover gold and other metals and components from recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to reduce waste. It didn't say how it would use the metals.

Tesla Driver: Autopilot Not To Blame for Crash - Newsfactor - 19/07 7:41 am

A Tesla driver says his car's partially self-driving Autopilot system wasn't responsible for a crash in Minnesota that caused minor injuries, despite what he initially told investigators.

Facebook To Expand New Mexico Data Center - Newsfactor - 19/07 7:41 am

Social media giant Facebook's plans for New Mexico now call for a half-billion-dollar investment and an energy-efficient data center that will span an area equal to 17 football fields.

Google Revives Glass with Enterprise Edition 2.0 - Newsfactor - 19/07 7:41 am

Remember Google Glass, the computer-enabled eyewear that inspired anti-surveillance startups like Cyborg Unplug? Well, Glass is back and it's designed exclusively for use in the workplace.

High-Tech Sleep Gadgets Adjust if You're Restless -- or Snoring - Newsfactor - 18/07 7:58 am

Pillows that track your snoozing patterns? A bed that adjusts based on your twists and turns? Companies are using technology, hoping to lure customers craving a better night's sleep.

U.S. Revamping Independent Military Cybercommand - Newsfactor - 18/07 7:58 am

The Trump administration is finalizing plans to revamp the nation's military command for defensive and offensive cyber operations in hopes of intensifying America's ability to wage cyberwar.

Facebook Fighting Court Order on User Data Access - Newsfactor - 18/07 7:58 am

Social media giant Facebook is fighting a court order that blocks it from letting users know when law enforcement investigators ask to search their online information, particulary their comments.

IBM Z Mainframe Brings Encryption Super Powers - Newsfactor - 18/07 7:58 am

Aimed at enterprises facing increasing threats of data breaches, the new IBM Z mainframe features "breakthrough" encryption capabilities that can secure info in any cloud app or database.

Bitcoin Dispute: Will Digital Currency Implode? - Newsfactor - 18/07 7:58 am

Got some bitcoin? An internal dispute over the digital currency could soon mean financial losses, whipsawing prices and delays in processing payments. It's also possible that nothing changes.

Amazon May Join Messaging Market with Competitor to WhatsApp - Newsfactor - 18/07 7:58 am

Tech giant Amazon is reportedly preparing to join the big players in the messaging application industry that includes Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google with an app of its own called Anytime.

Elon Musk Talks Cars --and Existential Risks of AI -- with Governors - Newsfactor - 18/07 7:58 am

Tesla CEO Elon Musk warned a bipartisan gathering of U.S. governors that regulation of artificial intelligence is needed because it's a "fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization."

Does Mark Zuckerberg Have Political Ambitions? - Newsfactor - 17/07 2:47 pm

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg went on a fact-finding "national listening tour," but politicos say the visits look like the sort of activity of someone preparing for a presidential run.

Americans Becoming More Comfortable with Biometric ID - Newsfactor - 17/07 2:47 pm

With technology such as Apple's Touch ID thriving -- not to mention backlash from massive data breaches -- Americans are now supporting "futuristic" payment technologies.

Intel Makes Big Data Center News with Xeon Scalable - Newsfactor - 15/07 9:02 am

Designed for today's rapidly evolving business technology world, Intel's new Xeon Scalable processors represent the "biggest data center advancement in a decade," according to the company.

Visa Aims To Help Small Businesses Go Cashless - Newsfactor - 15/07 9:02 am

It's a war on cash: Visa is looking to push more small businesses into updating their digital payment technology, offering up to $10,000 each to 50 U.S. firms that are committed to going cashless.

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Umno unfazed by Singapore 1MDB convictions, denies it .. - M-Ins
The Malaysian Insight Umno unfazed by Singapore 1MDB convictions, denies it is kleptocracy The Malaysian Insight They said Singapore authorities were well within their rights to take action if they felt that their money-laundering laws had been flouted. In Malaysia , however, authorities have ..
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I will contest in GE only if desperately needed: Dr M .. - Today
Free Malaysia Today I will contest in GE only if desperately needed: Dr M TODAYonline KUALA LUMPUR Former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has downplayed the possibility of him contesting the next polls, saying he will only do so if it is desperately needed. In a Sinar Online ..

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Exxon Mobil must pay $2 million fine - Press Herald - Pressherald
Press Herald Exxon Mobil must pay $2 million fine Press Herald WASHINGTON Exxon Mobil Corp. must pay a $2 million fine for showing reckless disregard for U.S. sanctions on Russia while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the oil giant's CEO, the Treasury Department said Thursday. Exxon ..

Massive iceberg breaks off ice shelf - The Straits .. - Straitstimes
The Straits Times Massive iceberg breaks off ice shelf The Straits Times The growing crack in the Larsen C Ice Shelf as seen in February. Last week, a 5,800 sq km iceberg - more than eight times the size of Singapore - calved from the ice shelf.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE. Published. 1 hour ago. ..
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Qatar says cyberattack 'originated from the UAE' - .. - Aljazeera
Gulf Times Qatar says cyberattack 'originated from the UAE' During a news conference in Doha on Thursday, officials said the planning for the hacking of Qatar News Agency (QNA) started as early as April. Investigators also reportedly traced the IP ( internet protocol) address ..
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10 Things to Try in Your Mobile App & The Technology .. - Business2community
Business 2 Community 10 Things to Try in Your Mobile App & The Technology Behind Them Business 2 Community Universal apps can be compatible with iPhone , iPad, iPod Touch, iWatch, and Apple TVand they provide better user experience because they're customized with assets for that particular ..
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Samsung's Unpacked event happens August 23, likely .. - Techcrunch
TechCrunch Samsung's Unpacked event happens August 23, likely bringing the Galaxy Note 8 with it TechCrunch Samsung's next Unpacked event is arriving right on schedule and all signs point to it bringing the Galaxy Note 8 along for the ride. The big show lines up with the phablet's ..
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Self-driving cars cut accident rates -- not insurance .. - Cnet
CNET Self-driving cars cut accident rates -- not insurance rates CNET That's the assessment of Forrester Research analysts who surveyed auto industry players about the disruptions coming from self-driving cars . A reduction in the 94 percent of accidents caused by human error sounds great, ..