Amazon To Kill AI Program That Sent Shoppers Free Items Based on Prior Purchases

Amazon says it will shut down a program that sends shoppers free samples based on what it thinks they want to buy. From a report: The program, which Amazon began testing earlier this year, used machine-learning tools to discern shoppers’ buying habits, then sent them free product samples curated to their tastes. Samples included items such as Maybelline mascara, Calvin Klein perfume and Kind bars, among other things. While Amazon…

November 26, 2019
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An Alarming Number of Software Teams Are Missing Cybersecurity Expertise

The overwhelming majority of developers worry about security and consider it important, yet many lack a dedicated cybersecurity leader. Despite concerns over software security, many companies have not assigned a cybersecurity leader to help secure their applications — a problem that will only worsen as demand for technical security experts deepens worldwide. In data published on Nov. 21, software security firm WhiteHat Security found that three-quarters of developers are worried about…

November 26, 2019
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‘Dexphot’: A Sophisticated, Everyday Threat

Though the cryptominer has received little attention, it exemplifies the complexity of modern malware, Microsoft says. Malware threats don’t have to have a high profile to be extremely dangerous. Sometimes, even the more common strains can pose big problems. A case in point is “Dexphot,” a cryptomining tool that Microsoft has been tracking for the past year and which the company says exemplifies the complexity and fast-evolving nature of even…

November 26, 2019
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Austin Man Indicted for Stealing Unreleased Music from Artists

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November 26, 2019
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Microsoft starts talking up its Progressive Web App plans (again)

Credit: ZDNet A year ago, Microsoft seemed to be pushing full steam-ahead with Progressive Web Apps (PWAs). Since then, the company’s PWA momentum — at least publicly — seemed to have waned. However, this week, a couple of different teams at Microsoft have started talking about their PWA plans. Google has been the main champion of PWAs, which are basically web sites and/or apps that behave like native apps. But…

November 26, 2019
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