Amazon, Alphabet, Intel, Microsoft, and Apple lead S&P 500 in R&D spending, with Amazon at #1 with $16.1B spent last year (Rani Molla/Recode)

September 3, 2017

Rani Molla / Recode: Amazon, Alphabet, Intel, Microsoft, and Apple lead S&P 500 in R&D spending, with Amazon at #1 with $16.1B spent last year  —  Amazon is No. 1.  —  Tech companies lead top U.S. companies in R&D spending.  —  That’s notable because spending on research and development is a key indicator … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Huawei Unveils AI Mobile Chipset Said To Rival A11 Processor In Upcoming iPhones

On Saturday, Chinese mobile maker Huawei unveiled its first artificial intelligence smartphone chipset, which it hopes will lure customers away from Apple’s upcoming range of new iPhones and towards the Asian company’s “most powerful handset yet,” the Mate 10, which is set to debut next month. Mac Rumors reports: Huawei touted the Kirin 970 AI mobile chipset’s built-in “neural processing unit” at the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin,…

September 3, 2017
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Some Instagram Employees Sell Verification For Thousands of Dollars

An anonymous reader shares a report from Mashable, written by Kerry Flynn: “I mean if Mashable wants to pay for it, I can get you a blue check over night,” reads a recent Twitter direct message. This is a guy who knows a guy, a middleman in the black market for Instagram verification, where anyone from a seasoned publicist to a 22-year-old digital marketer will offer to verify an account…

September 3, 2017
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900K totally wireless headphone units were sold in US in 2017; AirPods accounted for 85% of dollar sales in the US (NPD Group)

September 3, 2017

NPD Group: 900K totally wireless headphone units were sold in US in 2017; AirPods accounted for 85% of dollar sales in the US  —  So far, 2017 has been a great year for headphones.  Through July, U.S. dollar sales and average prices increased 22 percent, and 18 percent, respectively, over the same period a year ago. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Thousands of Job Applicants Citing Top Secret US Government Work Exposed In Amazon Server Data Breach

According to Gizmodo, “Thousands of files containing the personal information and expertise of Americans with classified and up to Top Secret security clearances have been exposed by an unsecured Amazon server, potentially for most of the year.” From the report: The files have been traced back to TigerSwan, a North Carolina-based private security firm. But in a statement on Saturday, TigerSwan implicated TalentPen, a third-party vendor apparently used by the…

September 3, 2017
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The Solar Eclipse of 2017 Destroyed Lots of Rental Camera Gear

Despite numerous warnings sent out to renters, a number of LensRental’s camera equipment came back damaged and destroyed from the solar eclipse of 2017. PetaPixel provides pictures in a report that shows some of the damage. One photo, for example, “shows a Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens that had its aperture blades partially melted by the sun during the eclipse,” while another shows a Canon 7D Mark II shutter being burned…

September 3, 2017
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Finland To Introduce Law Next Year Phasing Out Coal

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Finland will introduce legislation next year to phase out coal and increase carbon taxes, a top government official told Reuters, which would require the country to find alternative energy sources to keep its power system stable. Coal produces roughly 10 percent of the energy consumed by Finland, which is the Nordics’ heaviest coal consumer and burned about 4.1 million tons of oil…

September 3, 2017
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AT&T Uverse Modems Found To Have Several Serious Security Vulnerabilities

dustman81 writes: AT&T Uverse modems were found to have several serious vulnerabilities, including a superuser account with hardcoded username/password exposed to the internet via SSH, a HTTP server with little authentication which allows command injection, and an internet exposed service which exposes internal clients to external attacks. Information security consulting and software development firm Nomotion reports the findings in their blog: “It was found that the latest firmware update (9.2.2h0d83)…

September 3, 2017
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