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At Home with Amazon

At Home with Amazon with Mario Armstrong

As we spend more time at home, maintaining a routine can be difficult, but with the help of your Amazon Devices, you can stay healthy, entertained and productive throughout the day – just by asking Alexa. Digital Lifestyle Expert Mario Armstrong teamed up with Amazon Devices to take us through a typical day. Starting in …

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Los Angeles sues the company behind the Weather Channel app, which is owned by IBM, for slyly using location data for commercial purposes (New York…

New York Times : Los Angeles sues the company behind the Weather Channel app, which is owned by IBM, for slyly using location data for commercial purposes   —  The Weather Channel app deceptively collected, shared and profited from the location information of millions of American consumers …

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Niantic has closed a $190M funding round, according to an SEC filing, bringing total raised to more than $415M (Lucas Matney/TechCrunch)

Lucas Matney / TechCrunch : Niantic has closed a $190M funding round, according to an SEC filing, bringing total raised to more than $415M   —  Mobile AR gaming startup Niantic has closed a $190 million round of funding according to newly-filed SEC docs.  —  The filing comes after a WSJ report last month suggested …

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YouTubers popular with kids are promoting a shady gambling site selling “mystery boxes” filled with supposed prizes (Will Sommer/The Daily Beast)

Will Sommer / The Daily Beast : YouTubers popular with kids are promoting a shady gambling site selling “mystery boxes” filled with supposed prizes   —  Paul and Bryan “Ricegum” Le are among the popular children's entertainers promoting “mystery boxes” filled with supposed prizes the site says underage users are ineligible to win.

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Report: for the second year in a row, FCC’s Ajit Pai has canceled his CES trip, as the US government shutdown forces furloughs for non-essential FCC…

Makena Kelly / The Verge : Report: for the second year in a row, FCC's Ajit Pai has canceled his CES trip, as the US government shutdown forces furloughs for non-essential FCC employees   —  It will be the second year in a row that he hasn't attended the conference  —  Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai …

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As the law of large numbers catches up with Apple, it faces a rocky but pivotal year where it needs to transition into a services company earlier than…

M.G. Siegler / 500ish Words : As the law of large numbers catches up with Apple, it faces a rocky but pivotal year where it needs to transition into a services company earlier than planned   —  Yesterday's updated guidance wasn't just about China...  The results are in.  Actually, they're not in.  And that was a major problem yesterday for Apple.

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Judge blocks a new law that requires Airbnb to share hosts’ names and addresses with New York City starting next month, until resolution of ongoing…

Venessa Wong / BuzzFeed News : Judge blocks a new law that requires Airbnb to share hosts' names and addresses with New York City starting next month, until resolution of ongoing litigation   —  A federal judge is blocking a rule in New York City that would have gone into effect next month requiring Airbnb and HomeAway hosts …

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Microsoft is testing a project codenamed “Bali” that lets users “visualize, manage, control, share, and monetize” data that the company collects about…

Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet : Microsoft is testing a project codenamed “Bali” that lets users “visualize, manage, control, share, and monetize” data that the company collects about them   —  Microsoft Research is looking to provide users with access to their own ‘personal data bank’ via its ‘Project Bali’ effort.

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iOS apps used Touch ID feature to trick users into paying hefty fees

Enlarge / Images displayed by the Fitness Balance app in Apple's App Store. (credit: Eset ) Apple’s App Store has given the boot to two highly rated apps that abused the iOS Touch ID feature in an attempt to swindle users out of sums of more than $100, users on Reddit reported over the weekend. The offending “Fitness Balance app” and “Calories Tracker app” promised to calculate body mass index, monitor calorie intake, and provide other health-related services. With no advanced warning, according to Reddit posts here and here , the apps charged users fees of $99.99, $119, or 139 Euros, depending on the country of the user. Users who had a credit or debit card connected to their Apple account were immediately billed. The scam worked by displaying a message as soon as the app was opened. It told users to scan their fingerprint to view a calorie tracker or receive another personal service. When users complied, the apps displayed a popup window that said they had been charged a fee. Less than two seconds later, the popup disappeared, but by then it was too late for many users. Anyone with a card linked to their Apple account was already charged. Read 3 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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