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New crypto-mining malware uses Amazon’s cloud to hijack computers

New crypto-mining malware uses Amazon’s cloud to hijack computers

Hackers are increasingly hijacking computers to secretly mine crypto assets. Such exploits surged last year, according a survey by IBM Managed Security Services. One recently discovered malware program is hiding itself on Amazon’s cloud to steal processing power from a fleet of ordinary computers.
Lawmakers sound alarm over Amazon face recognition software

Lawmakers sound alarm over Amazon face recognition software

A growing number of Democratic lawmakers and civil libertarians are voicing concerns about Amazon's facial recognition software, worrying that it could be misused. They fear that without proper oversight the technology could hurt minority or poor communities and allow police to ramp up surveillance.
Jeff Bezos and his Blue Origin space venture go all in on moon settlements

Jeff Bezos and his Blue Origin space venture go all in on moon settlements

And even if Blue Origin can’t strike public-private partnerships, Bezos will do what needs to be done to make it so, he said here at the International Space Development Conference on Friday night.
Snap’s second-generation Spectacles are more grown up — and more expensive

Snap’s second-generation Spectacles are more grown up — and more expensive

Snap today released the next generation of Spectacles, its wearable camera, with new features for taking photos and water resistance. The sunglasses, which have the same striking form as the first-generation model, have been slimmed down and now come in three jewel tones: onyx (black), ruby (red), and sapphire (blue).
Samsung wants to improve video calls by replacing you with an AR emoji

Samsung wants to improve video calls by replacing you with an AR emoji

When we reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S9, we got tired of its augmented reality emoji pretty quickly. It was an obvious reaction to Apple's Animoji, but not as well implemented and with little practical use.
Senators call for DOJ to stop blocking medical marijuana research

Senators call for DOJ to stop blocking medical marijuana research

Bipartisan senators are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to cease efforts by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to slow medical marijuana research. In a letter sent Thursday, Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)
Apple’s purchase of Shazam is now under investigation by the EU

Apple’s purchase of Shazam is now under investigation by the EU

The EU has launched an investigation into Apple’s acquisition of music identification service Shazam. It’s concerned that the deal could shrink consumer options for mobile music streaming services within the EEA (European Economic Area).
Amazon Embraces AR And VR With Sumerian Platform

Amazon Embraces AR And VR With Sumerian Platform

Amazon is no stranger to changing company direction and expanding into new markets. Starting out as an online bookstore, Amazon is now one of the giants of technology, with fingers in almost every conceivable pie.
Bitcoin's latest climb brings post-Tax Day rally to more than 8%

Bitcoin's latest climb brings post-Tax Day rally to more than 8%

Bitcoin jumped Friday morning, bringing its post-Tax Day gains to more than 8 percent.The cryptocurrency spiked about $300 to a high of $8,554.97, according to CoinDesk's bitcoin price index. Bitcoin was trading more than 2.7 percent higher near $8,500 as of 4:10 p.m. ET.
Apple's iPhone X will be killed off this year, analyst says

Apple's iPhone X will be killed off this year, analyst says

Apple iPhone X is likely to be discontinued this year if earnings from one of the company's top suppliers is anything to go by, according to an analyst.


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