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Apple just reportedly bought a startup that specializes in helping companies build voice apps

“Apple has acquired Pullstring, a company that helps companies publish voice apps for platforms like Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant, according to a new report from Axios” writes Lisa Eadicicco for businessinsider.com. Amazon is considered to be the market leader in the digital assistant space, and that lead only lengthens when you look at smart speaker use specifically.A Strategy Analytics report from October suggests that the retail giant accounts for 63% of smart speaker use in the United States, whereas Google accounts for 17% and Apple only accounts for…

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Report: Brazilian Bank Bradesco Closes Accounts of Local Crypto Exchange and Owners

“One of the largest Brazilian banks, Bradesco, has notified crypto exchange Bitblue that its banking accounts will be closed late February, local crypto outlet Portal do Bitcoin reported on Feb. 13” writes Ana Berman for cointelegraph.com. CADE initially launched a probe against six major national banks — including Banco do Brasil, Banco Bradesco, Itaú Unibanco Holding and Banco Santander Brasil — in September 2018.Following several complaints about banking accounts closure, the antitrust watchdog started investigating alleged monopolistic practices in the crypto space.Subsequently in October, Banco do Brasil and Santander Brasil…

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WeChat’s most censored topics in 2018 include US-China trade war, Huawei CFO arrest: Report

“The so-called “public” accounts are those created by organizations ranging from government institutions to private enterprises, producing what WeChatscope’s report termed “content similar to Facebook pages.”” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. The posts were flagged as censored if the program detected that they had disappeared from the platform, the report said.The ongoing U.S.-China trade fight, Washington’s sanctions against Chinese telecommunications company ZTE as well as the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou were among the “sensitive” topics censored on Chinese tech giant Tencent’s WeChat platform in 2018.Using a computer program…

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Nearly 620 million stolen accounts for sale on dark web

“As many as 617 million accounts from 16 popular websites were detected on the Dream Market website on the notorious Tor network” reports techradar.com. Some of the worst hit sites were Dubsmash (162 million accounts) MyFitness Pal (151 million) and MyHeritage (92 million), with other victims including dating sites, ecommerce stores and gaming studios.Hundreds of millions of stolen online accounts have been found for sale on the Dark Web. Source: techradar.com

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Corcentric To Acquire Source-To-Pay Company Determine

“Procurements and accounts payable solution provider Corcentric is expanding through the acquisition of source-to-pay company Determine, the firms announced in a press release Monday (Feb. 11)” reports pymnts.com. In a deal worth about $32 million, Corcentric will acquire Determine and integrate its services into the Corcentric offering, which includes accounts payable and accounts receivable solutions.The company’s platform integrates with existing ERP and other third-party platforms, and integrates DocuSign functionality, the company noted. Source: pymnts.com

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Facebook ex-security chief: How ‘hypertargeting’ threatens democracy

“The security team gave numerous debriefings during this period to senior Yahoo officials, which no one contests” writes Roger Parloff for yahoo.com. The hurdle is: How will academic researchers ever gain access to the mammoth databases of sensitive, private, social media data in our post-Cambridge Analytica world?. Last July, a nonprofit called Social Science One was set up to provide “privacy protected access” to data that Facebook committed to making available last April. Source: yahoo.com

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Frustrated Wells Fargo customers are saying their direct-deposit paychecks aren’t showing up a day after the bank was crippled by an outage

“Friday is also payday for many workers, and some Wells Fargo customers reported on social media that their direct deposits were not reflected in their account balance” writes Meira Gebel for businessinsider.com. The company replied to some users on Twitter saying, “We are aware of an issue regarding the processing of direct deposit into Wells Fargo accounts and we’re sorry for the inconvenience. Source: businessinsider.com

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Alex Stamos and 19 people who knew him professionally over the course of his career talk about his work at various startups, Yahoo, Facebook, and now, Stanford

“The security team gave numerous debriefings during this period to senior Yahoo officials, which no one contests” writes Roger Parloff for yahoo.com. The hurdle is: How will academic researchers ever gain access to the mammoth databases of sensitive, private, social media data in our post-Cambridge Analytica world?. Last July, a nonprofit called Social Science One was set up to provide “privacy protected access” to data that Facebook committed to making available last April. Source: yahoo.com

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