Retailers Slowly Embracing In-Store Tech Tools


Most retailers don’t have the in-store technology to view customer information across various touchpoints, suggests a new study from Kibo. Fifty-eight percent of retailers who participated in the study, released last Thursday, acknowledged they did not have that capability. The study was based on questions posed to 115 retail executives during the Future Stores 2017 conference. “Retailers must have a complete picture of all consumer activities, regardless of buying channel,” said Kibo CMO Tushar Patel.

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Facebook uncovers $100G in fake ad spending tied to Russian operatives during 2016 election

Facebook said Wednesday it has uncovered approximately $100,000 in fraudulent ad spending across its network tied to the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

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Amazon working on 'Anytime' messaging app, reports say

Amazon Anytime may work across iPhone and Android devices, desktops, and even smartwatches like the Apple Watch, and support many popular messaging features.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/07/18/amazon-working-on-anytime-messaging-app-reports-say.html

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Huge 'Petya' ransomware attack hits Europe, sparks mass disruption

A new ransomware attack has hit organizations across Europe, sparking mass disruption, particularly in Ukraine.

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Cyber attack spreads across 74 countries; some UK hospitals crippled

Cyber attacks around the globe, hitting 74 countries across Europe and Asia and impacting the public health system in Britain, involved a leaked tool from the National Security Agency for hacking.

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HP Accidentally Ships Laptop Audio Driver With Keylogger Installed

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HP has been shipping a keylogger embedded in its audio drivers across more than two dozen laptops and tablets. Whoops.

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Dallas hack: Did a white-hat hacker set off city emergency sirens?

The hack that set off emergency sirens across Dallas on Friday night may be the work of a so-called white-hat hacker, according to a cybersecurity expert.

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Facebook is introducing new tools to combat revenge porn

Going forward, if you happen to come across an intimate image on Facebook that you believe was shared without permission, it will be easier to report it.

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Farmers are pirating John Deere tractor software to stick it to the man

Many of us have downloaded cracked software from the darker corners of the internet over the years. Remember when the only way to get Photoshop was to buy a $700 license? Yeah, enough said. Some of the most prolific users of cracked software these days aren't who you think. Farmers across the USA are grabbing modified copies of tractor software from sketchy Eastern European websites to get around John Deere's draconian software restrictions. Large-scale farming is now a heavily mechanized industry, and some of these pieces of machinery can cost several times as much as your car. John Deere is becoming known as a particularly troublesome company to deal with when you need to make repairs on one of the expensive pieces of farm equipment you bought. Farmers explained to Motherboard recently how the software running on their tractors make even simple repairs a pain. John Deere's tractor firmware prevents the owners from making an unauthorized repairs. Whenever maintenance is needed, an authorized agent needs to swing by and connect to the tractor with diagnostic software. They okay the repair, and the tractor to works. Without that, it's a very big paperweight. John Deere charges several hundred dollars for service calls, plus $150 per hour for the technician. When techs aren't available, they have to wait. The alternative many are starting to turn to is pirating the diagnostic software themselves. Most of the cracked John Deere programs seem to be coming out of Poland and Ukraine. Gaining access involves finding one of the secretive invite-only forums and paying a membership fee. Once inside, farmers can buy John Deere's software kits for a few hundred dollars -- the cost of just a few maintenance checks. The legality of this is questionable. The Librarian of Congress has approved a temporary exemption to the DMCA that allows owners of land vehicles to circumvent locked down software. Doing it with cracked software is a different matter. The farm-heavy state of Nebraska is one of those pushing right-to-repair legislation, which would render John Deere's license agreement void. Then, it would have to sue individual customers for violating the contract if it wanted to enforce it. Naturally, it's fighting the legislation hard. Farmers fear what will happen if right to repair doesn't become law. Will John Deere get to decided when their tractors stop working by ending repair service? It's like when a game developer shuts down the online authentication server for that game you bought five years ago. Except instead a game that cost you $40, it's a tractor that cost $30,000 and should be able to run for years to come.

Farmers across the US are grabbing modified copies of tractor software from sketchy Eastern European websites to get around John Deere’s draconian software restrictions.

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Amazon Growth Spurt to Create 100K New Jobs


Amazon on Thursday announced it will create more than 100,000 new jobs across the United States over the next 18 months, ranging from entry-level opportunities to positions for engineers and software developers. All will be full-time jobs with full benefits. Many of the jobs will be in new fulfillment centers currently under construction in Texas, California, Florida, New Jersey and other states. The announcement “shows Amazon’s bullish on the U.S. economy,” said Andreas Scherer, managing partner at Salto Partners.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84229.html?rss=1

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Google Plugs More AI Into G Suite Office Apps


Google last week unveiled new capabilities across its G Suite, formerly known as “Apps for Work.”
The company added some new apps infused with artificial intelligence to the mix. Quick Access in Google Drive on Android, for example, makes the files most relevant to a user’s work accessible when Drive is opened. It cuts the time spent finding a file by about half, noted Prabhakar Raghavan, vice president for apps at Google Cloud Research. Machine intelligence also is incorporated into Google Calendar.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/83952.html?rss=1

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New Yorkers get smartphone alert in hunt for bombing suspect

An alert was sent to smartphones across the New York City area Monday in the hunt for Ahmad Khan Rahami, the suspect in this weekend’s bombings in Manhattan and New Jersey.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/09/19/new-yorkers-get-smartphone-alert-in-hunt-for-bombing-suspect.html

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iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Early Test Results

Our secret shoppers lined up before dawn this morning at retailers across the New York area to bring Apple’s newest mobile devices, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, to Consumer Reports labs.

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Pokemon NO . . . Cemeteries chide gamers who trample sacred ground

Cemeteries across the country are targeting the new walking dead . . . the hundreds of Pokemon GO gamers descending on sacred ground to catch the sought-after critters.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/07/18/pokemon-no-cemeteries-chide-gamers-who-trample-sacred-ground.html

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