Couple Pleads Guilty to Stealing $1.2M From Amazon

From PC Mag: Erin Joseph Finan and Leah Jeanette Finan from Muncie, Indiana, have proved it is possible to steal over a million dollars worth of goods from an online retailer. But we are also about to see the consequences of carrying out such a huge fraud and getting caught.

As the BBC reports, the couple have just pleaded guilty to charges of mail fraud and money laundering after they managed to steal $1.2 million worth of Amazon goods.

Equifax ex-CEO blames breach on one person and a bad scanner

From CNET: Equifax's former CEO is blaming many of the company's mistakes on a single person, and it's not himself.

Richard Smith, who was Equifax's CEO for 12 years before stepping down on Sept. 26, faced questions from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Tuesday, as Congress members slammed the former leader for the company's oversight.

"Equifax deserves to be shamed in this hearing," Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a Democrat from Illinois said in her opening statement.

AMD Announces Polaris-based Embedded Radeon E9170

From : Today AMD is announcing the Polaris-based Radeon E9170 series, the latest entrant to their embedded graphics offerings. Sporting Radeon-class hardware and long-term support, these embedded products look to markets such as digital signage, casino games, medical imaging, and thin clients, as well as military/aerospace and industrial applications. As such, like AMD’s other embedded graphics products, the E9170 comes in PCIe (standard and half-height), MXM, and MCM formats, MCM being a first for embedded Polaris.

Instagram adds polling stickers to Stories

From The Verge: Instagram is making its Stories a little more interactive with a new polling feature that users can add with a “poll” sticker.

Intel Launches New Internet of Things Solution To Help Companies Quickly And Securely Onboard Connected Devices

From CRN: Intel wants to help customers overcome a major barrier to IoT – the daunting and time-consuming task of securely onboarding their connected devices.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company on Tuesday launched Intel Secure Device Onboarding, a service that helps customers install IoT devices more quickly and efficiently – while also reducing the time that it takes device manufacturers to pre-configure devices.

NAND Market Expected to Regain Balance in 2018

From EETimes: The NAND flash market is expected to move into better equilibrium in 2018 as the production of NAND ramps up to meet demand, according to DRAMeXchange, a market research firm that tracks memory chip price.

Google ends search-result punishment for news behind paywalls

From CNET: News search results for sites with paid subscriptions will no longer be demoted in Google search, Bloomberg reported Sunday. It's part of a Google move to offer better search and ad solutions for news sites with paywalls.

The biggest change is that Google is dropping its "first click free" program, which favored search results from news sites that offered a free click-through to a subscription paywall. Links that didn't offer a first free click were search demoted. That will change going forward. Google did not respond to a request for comment.

Roku rolls out Roku OS 8, refreshes TV hardware with 4K and faster processors

From The Verge: Roku just announced updates to five of its TV streaming products, as well as a new operating system that marries access to over-the-air TV with video streaming services. The announcements from Roku come after both Apple and Amazon have revealed updates to their own video streaming boxes in recent weeks, with all three companies pushing further into the home with things like 4K, voice control, and improved search functionality.

Facebook Testing Facial Recognition Account Recovery

From PC Mag: Biometric identification is a double-edged sword. On the one hand it allows for a unique way of securing your devices without the user needing to remember anything. On the other, if your biometric data gets hacked, it can't be changed like a password can. The risk of that happening makes many wary of using biometrics, but that isn't stopping Facebook from testing facial recognition.

DJI launches a privacy mode for its drones after US Army ban

From The Verge: DJI has launched a Local Data Mode that stops internet traffic to and from its app when its drones are in flight. The new mode, announced back in August after the US Army banned DJI drones for possible cyber vulnerabilities, is essentially a privacy feature. It will be available in the latest update to the DJI Pilot app on CrystalSky (DJI’s propriety tablet optimized for its drones) and on some Android tablets.


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