Google Pixel 2, Amazon’s new Delivery System, Germany’s new hate speech law and more

Google Pixel 2, Amazon’s new Delivery System, Germany’s new hate speech law and more
Anna Bazyma
09.10.2017

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1) Google unveils Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL with no headphone jack

After rumors and leaks, Google product chief Mario Queiroz unveiled two new Android Oreo smartphones at the company’s annual hardware event: the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL.

The smaller Pixel 2 sports a 5-inch, 1080p display, with a 16:9 aspect ratio that was until this year the standard on Android flagships. The larger Pixel 2 XL, meanwhile, has a 6-inch, QHD+ display in an 18:9 aspect ratio, in line with 2017’s flagship smartphones.

Read more on Venture Beat

 

2) Forget Mac versus PC, or iPhone versus Android – the next great battle is between Google and Amazon  

Every new era of computing has had its hallmark rivalry. IBM versus Digital. Apple versus IBM. Mac versus Windows. iPhone versus Android. Now a new wave of computing is upon us. And for my money, this generation’s big fight will be between Google and Amazon.

Read more on Bussiness Insider

 

3) Germany’s new hate speech law goes live: So who’s in its sights?

Germany’s controversial online hate-speech law has come into effect, and the government apparently has a multitude of popular web services in its sights.

The Enforcement on Social Networks (NetzDG) law threatens services with fines of up to €50m ($59m) if they don’t quickly take down posts containing hate speech and misinformation.

Read more on  ZDNET

 

4) Facebook will hire 1,000 and make ads visible to fight election interference

Facebook handed over to congressional investigators 3,000 ads that were bought by a Russian company to influence U.S. politics. “Many appear to exploit racial and social divisions and exploit ugly stereotypes. We find this interference deeply offensive,” a Facebook spokesperson wrote this morning.

Read more on TechChrunch

 

5) Amazon Is Testing Its Own Delivery Service to Rival FedEx and UPS

Amazon.com Inc. is experimenting with a new delivery service intended to make more products available for free two-day delivery and relieve overcrowding in its warehouses, according to two people familiar with the plan, which will push the online retailer deeper into functions handled by longtime partners United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp.

Read more on Bloomberg 

 

6) Equifax failed to patch security vulnerability in March: former CEO

Equifax Inc (EFX.N) was alerted in March to the software security vulnerability that led to hackers obtaining personal information of more than 140 million Americans but took months to patch it, its former CEO said in testimony to be delivered to Congress on Tuesday.

“It appears that the breach occurred because of both human error and technology failures,” former CEO Richard Smith said in written testimony released on Monday by the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Read more on Reuters.com

 

7) Apple reveals new emoji coming soon to iOS 11.1

Apple has shown off more emoji characters coming to iOS in the future 11.1 update. The characters are part of Unicode 10, which added 56 new emoji.

Read more on Verge

 

8) Bitcoin is back above $4,500 for the first time in a month

Bitcoin is at a one month high against the dollar on Sunday as it continues to rise.

Read more on Bussiness Insider

 

9) Walmart voice shopping on Google Home is now live

The world’s largest retailer in August said it would start offering a chunk of its inventories for sale on the Google Express shopping site and app, as well as on the Google Home smart speaker through voice shopping. Timed to Google’s hardware launch event Wednesday, Walmart said customers can now start shopping for more than 2 million Walmart items via those channels.

Read more on CNET

 

10) Russian hackers stole U.S. cyber secrets from NSA: media reports

Russian government-backed hackers stole highly classified U.S. cyber secrets in 2015 from the National Security Agency after a contractor put information on his home computer, two newspapers reported on Thursday.

Read more on Reuters