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|SL||Intel named Bob Swan as the company's CEO Thursday. Swan had been serving as interim CEO for seven months after acting as chief financial officer since 2016. He was also elected to the company’s board of directors. Todd Underwood, vice president of finance, will assume the interim CFO role while the company searches for a permanent CFO.||https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/31/intel-names-robert-swan-ceo.html|
|JRY||Uber and Cabify must suspend their services in Barcelona in response to the regional government’s imposition of limits on how both operate in the city, including a ruling that both can only pick up passengers after a 15-minute delay from the time they were booked.||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-uber-spain/ride-hailing-companies-suspend-barcelona-services-after-new-regulations-idUSKCN1PP120|
|SL||The Tesla Model Y will begin volume production by the end of 2020, the company announced in a letter to shareholders Wednesday. Tesla hasn't shared a prototype of the vehicle, but did say it woud start work on the Model Y this year, and it would likely be produced at the company’s massive “gigafactory” in Nevada, according to CEO Elon Musk.||https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/30/teslas-model-y-is-coming-in-2020/|
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|:33||JRY||Sources tell Bloomberg that Apple may put a 3-D camera into new iPhones as soon as next year. The rear-facing, longer-range 3-D camera could be designed to scan the environment to create three-dimensional reconstructions of the real world, or AR as we know it. Apple’s upcoming system reportedly uses a laser scanner, rather than the existing dot-projection technology which doesn’t work as well over longer distances. Other reports point to a third, more advanced camera, enhanced photo-capture tools and a more powerful chip -- that Apple plans to include in coming generations of iPhones.||https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-30/apple-is-said-to-prep-new-3-d-camera-for-2020-iphones-in-ar-push|
|:37||SL||A large conglomerate of breached databases have resulted in a collection of 2.2 billion unique usernames and associated passwords, which are being distributed on hacker forums and torrents. Earlier this month, security researcher Troy Hunt identified Collection #1 by an anonymous creator. Hunt said it represented 773 million unique usernames and passwords. More esearchers have since obtained and analyzed an additional database called Collections #2–5, totaling 845 gigabytes of stolen data and 25 billion records. Analysts at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Germany now say the total breach represents close to three times the original Collection #1 batch. This was first reported by the German news site Heise.de, and most of the stolen data appears to come from previous breaches of Yahoo, LinkedIn, and Dropbox.||https://www.wired.com/story/collection-leak-usernames-passwords-billions/|
|:41||SL||Ultraviolet the cloud based movie locker service is stopping service on July 31st according to Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem or (DECE) the organization responsible for running Ultraviolet. Users should not delete their Ultraviolet movie libraries and make sure their library is connected to at least one retailer if they want to access their content moving forward. |
In an interview with Variety DECE president Wendy Aylsworth said when Ultraviolet launched options were limited but with more comprehensive services and players involved the market has changed. She also dismissed the closure was in response to Disney’s competing version of Ultraviolet called Movies Anywhere. Scott Blansteen the VP of Vudu, the biggest retailer associated with Ultraviolet, said “Customers who use Vudu to watch, rent, or buy movies and TV shows will not be impacted by the discontinuation of the Ultraviolet platform.”
|:46||JRY||Facebook reported strong Q4 earnings, hitting 2.32 billion monthly users, up 2.2 perecent from 2.27 billion last quarter. The company hit 1.52 billion daily active users from 1.49 billion last quarter for a 2 percent growth rate. Earnings per share were $2.38, beating expectations of $2.18, Notably Facebook grew its DAU in both the US, Canadian, and Europe markets where it earns the most money. On the profit side, Facebook brought in $6.8 billion this quarter.||https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/30/facebook-earnings-q4-2018|
|:50||SL||In its Q3 earnings report Nintendo revealed 9.41 million Switch consoles were sold in the quarter for a total 14.48 million for the financial year. Despite the figures the company doubts it will meet its sales target of 20 million for all four quarters and has revised its target down to 17 million.|
Engadget notes, however, that the Switch has a lifetime total of 32.27 million units sold world wide making it 660,000 units shy of the popular Nintendo 64.
Other sales bits included 12.08 million units of Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, 10 million units of Pokemon: Let’s Go, and 5.3 million units of Super Mario Party helping to pad the company’s 608 billion yen in revenue for the quarter up from 483 billion same time last year. Operating profit came in at 159 billion yen up from 117 billion yen same time last year.
|:54||JRY||SS7, a telecom protocol that coordinates texts and calls around the world... is exploitable. SS7 has the ability to track phones across the world, and those who want to intercept text messages and phone calls without hacking the phone itself can technically do so. Motherboard reports this capability is much more widely available in cybercriminal groups that use it to empty bank accounts. SS7 attacks against banks are on the rise, according to the report, and now The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the defensive arm of the UK’s signals intelligence agency GCHQ, confirmed that SS7 is being used to intercept codes used for banking. Metro Bank also confirmed it had faced an SS7 attack, and in a statement said it supported a law enforcement investigation into SS7 attacks across the industry.||https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/mbzvxv/criminals-hackers-ss7-uk-banks-metro-bank|
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Engadet reports Apple has shut down Google’s ability to distribute its internal iOS apps, following a similar shutdown for Facebook earlier this week.
A person familiar with the situation tells The Verge that early versions of Google Maps, Hangouts, Gmail, and other pre-release beta apps have stopped working today, alongside employee-only apps like a Gbus app for transportation and Google’s internal cafe app.
The Verge reached out to both Apple and Google to comment on the situation, but neither company responded by publish time.
thanks to TV's Egon
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