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Amazon tries to ruin infosec world's fastest-growing cottage industry (finding data-spaffing S3 storage buckets)

Amazon Web Services is taking steps to halt the epidemic of data leaks caused by the S3 cloud buckets it hosts from being accidentally left wide open to the internet by customers. Thus, if you are among the growing bunch of infosec researchers on the hunt for misconfigured public-facing S3 silos packed with slurpable private …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Nov 2018
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Hands up who isn't p!*$ed off about Amazon's new HQ in New York and Virginia?

Analysis If regulators ever do get around to reining in the ecommerce steamroller that is Amazon, this week's announcement of his new headquarters may be the spark. For years, companies selling online have complained about being screwed over by Amazon: forced to play by its rules; pressured into massive discounts; coerced into letting …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Nov 2018
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Alexa, cough up those always-on Echo audio recordings, says double-murder trial judge

A US judge has ordered Amazon to hand over any recordings made by its Echo digital assistant at a house where two women were murdered last year. Prosecutors believe that Alexa running on the Echo may be a key witness in the case against Timothy Verrill, 34, who stands accused of the second-degree murder of Christine Sullivan, …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Nov 2018
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Empire state of mind: NYC scatters palm leaves for Bezos' cloudy web shop juggernaut

New York's finest building* has turned orange to welcome Amazon to town. The Empire State Building was lit up last night in celebration of the tax-efficient online marketplace deigning to set up half of its much-hyped new headquarters in the city. Following the announcement, the landmark sent out a quite frankly vomit- …
Rebecca Hill, 14 Nov 2018
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Stay classy: Amazon's Jassy gets sassy with Larry

Amazon’s consumer business has switched off its Oracle data warehouse and will be almost Big Red-free by Christmas – at least according to AWS boss Andy Jassy. The claims – made over Twitter, so it must be true – were then doubled down on by Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, who said that the database was one of the largest in the …
Rebecca Hill, 12 Nov 2018
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In news that will shock, er, actually a few of you, Amazon backs down in dispute with booksellers

Amazon has backed down from a growing dispute with secondhand booksellers, in an almost unprecedented act of reasonable behavior from the online behemoth. Booksellers from across the globe were incensed earlier this month when Amazon's AbeBook, an online souk for books, art and other valuables, informed its partners in four …
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Slabs, huh, what are they are good for? Er, not quite absolutely nothing

Fewer and fewer people want to fondle a new slab these days with just 36.4 million units shipped worldwide during Q3. This equated to 3.5 million fewer tablet devices sold versus the year-ago quarter, a drop of 8.7 per cent: traditional slates fell almost 8 per cent to 31.6 million and detachables were down 13.1 per cent to 4. …
Paul Kunert, 5 Nov 2018
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Amazon's neural net offer to border cops, Waymo charges fares, the first AI portrait sold at auction, and more

Roundup Let's kick Monday off with a bunch of bits and bytes you may have missed last week from the world of AI – alleged intelligence or artificial intelligence, depending on where you stand. Amazon and ICE: A leaked email has shown that Amazon tried to sell its facial recognition software to the US Immigration and Customs …
Katyanna Quach, 29 Oct 2018
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Amazon is at this point a money-printing cloud machine with a grocery store in the parking lot

Amazon, a global cloud compute provider with a gift shop on the side, is slipping in the stock market despite posting another solid quarter. The AWS side of the Bezos biz stayed strong in the three-month Q3 FY 2018 period, ending September 30. Here's a summary of the digits: Revenues of $56.6bn were up 29 per cent from $43. …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Oct 2018
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Amazon tried to entice Latin American officials with $5m in Kindles, AWS credits for .amazon

Amazon offered the governments of Brazil and Peru millions of dollars' worth of Kindles and AWS hosting if they would stop blocking its effort to get hold of the .amazon top-level domain. The governments turned the offer down. This is the latest twist in the long-running saga between one of the world's most powerful companies …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Oct 2018
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Patch me, if you can: Grave TCP/IP flaws in FreeRTOS leave IoT gear open to mass hijacking

Serious security flaws in FreeRTOS – an operating system kernel used in countless internet-connected devices and embedded electronics – can be potentially exploited over the network to commandeer kit. Simply sending specially crafted malicious data to a vulnerable gadget, over the internet or network, can be enough to crash or …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Oct 2018
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Forgotten that Chinese spy chip story? We haven't – it's still wrong, Super Micro tells SEC

The computer server maker at the center of a dramatic secret Chinese spy-chip story has again insisted the yarn is wrong, and called the whole thing "technically implausible." US-headquartered Super Micro sent a note to its customers late last week denying all claims in a recent Bloomberg BusinessWeek article that the Chinese …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Oct 2018

Anonymous Amazonian demands withdrawal of face-recog kit from sale

Seemingly annoyed at being ignored, an anonymous person claiming to be an Amazon employee has repeated demands for the online behemoth to stop selling its Rekognition product to American police agencies. In an anonymous letter posted on the Medium blogging site, the author – who claimed to be a current Amazon worker – alleges …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Oct 2018
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is worth 154 median minions

It has been a bumper year for Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, whose compensation soared to $25.8m in fiscal 2018. Quite a bit more than the median salary of the rest of the company, which hovered at an admittedly none-too-shabby $167,689. The figures (PDF), which have been submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission in …
Richard Speed, 17 Oct 2018
Headphones too loud

Amazon Prime Music turns the volume down a little too much

In a reminder of a golden age when we still had physical media, Amazon Music decided to pop on its headphones and chill out to some Harold Budd this morning, leaving users unable to access the streaming service. Problems began just after 10am (UK time) as users reported that the Amazon app, streaming web site and even the …
Richard Speed, 16 Oct 2018
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The march of Amazon Business has resellers quaking in their booties

Canalys Channels Forum 2018 Pity the poor resellers, because Jeff Bezos and his Amazon Business business is coming for their business, and they'll play ball with him at their own peril, so an analyst claims. Currently, the division operates in 21 countries, eight of which are in Europe, including Germany, France, Poland and the UK, but is expected to …
Paul Kunert, 15 Oct 2018

Phew! Digital ad revenues to save Amazon's business model – analyst

Canalys Channels Forum 2018 The billions of dollars in ad revenue that Amazon is turning over each quarter will bankroll the capital expenditure of new data centre builds at AWS for years to come, sustaining the business model. So said Steve Brazier, CEO at respected industry-watcher Canalys, at its Barcelona conference today. Until now, Brazier had …
Paul Kunert, 10 Oct 2018

Hey you know what the smart-home world really needs right now? Yup, Google screaming in

Analysis Google has joined the battle to create a single-supplier smart-home with the release of a new product called the Home Hub. The Hub – launched today amid the official unveiling of Google's Pixel 3 and 3XL smartphones – is a semi-moveable dashboard with a screen that will communicate with smart home products from its Nest …

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