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Personal Information of Nearly 2 Million Chicago Voters Exposed on Amazon Server

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A file of the voter database was discovered August 11 by a researcher at a computer security company, which informed election officials of the exposure the following day, according to USA Today. The data was a back-up file stored on Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) servers and included partial Social Security numbers, and for some, driver’s license and state identification numbers, database manager and equipment contractor Election Systems & Software said in a statement, USA Today reports. “If the breach in Chicago is an indicator of ES&S’s security competence, it raises a lot of questions about their ability to keep both the voting systems they run and their own networks secure,” Susan Greenhalgh, an election specialist with Verified Voting, a non-partisan election integrity non-profit, told USA Today. Electronic Systems & Software in a statement said it would review its procedures and protocols to ensure that its systems and data are secure in order to prevent similar situations from happening again, according to USA Today.

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Back To School: Target Teams Up With Barnes & Noble To Take On Amazon's Big Man On Campus

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In a transcript of the conference call, he said Target is not only going after the college crowd, but those densely populated urban areas abandoned by retail for decades. Barnes education, a spinoff of the big bookseller, has been entrenched in the college market for years. "Target partnering with Barnes & Noble stores doesn't create demand," Fosina told Retail Dive. “Barnes & Noble’s education-based operations are strong and that makes this a ‘nice move’ for Target," Fosina told Retail Dive in an email.

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Online shopping: Indian ecommerce turns into a two-horse race as smaller players face likely wipeout

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” As it seeks to dominate the Indian market — online and increasingly offline — it has pushed the envelope on logistics and innovations. With wary venture capitalists drastically cutting their investments in cash-burning startups and biggies like Amazon, Uber and Ikea splurging on their India operations, the top two players in many categories — from furniture to foodtech — are standing out from the herd. ” This wave of consolidation is affecting the choices of early-stage investors too. Despite lofty claims from the likes of Swiggy, investors are wary of over-committing even to seeming market leaders.

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Whole Foods Market

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While Whole Foods' growth is often seen as organic, meaning the company opened new stores under its own banner, in reality, much of its growth has come from acquisitions of regional chains. As part of its commitment to natural and organic foods, the company doesn't sell anything with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Customers and neighbors pitched in to fix up the store, and Whole Foods' creditors and vendors gave the company leeway to reopen, which it did just 28 days after the flood. Whole Foods lost over $400,000 in inventory and damaged equipment with no insurance.

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Here's What Investors Need to Know Before Buying Tech Stocks

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Lewis: I think that's a little bit of it. Southwick: So as an individual investor, I'm only going to be buying like 100 shares. Lewis: I'm going to guess it's still in business. Southwick: Oh, I like your do!

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How I (Sort Of) Cut the Cord With Cable TV

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When we decided to buy a vacation home, a little place outside Orlando, I balked at the idea of spending big money for cable. We're spending more than we want, but given that we have different tastes in television, as does our 13-year-old son, it's generally worth the money. Between the various streaming services and the over-the-air channels we can pick up, I'd guess we can receive 75% to 80% of the programming we get through DIRECTV at our main home. Better yet, Roku offers an "Antenna" app allowing us to bounce between Sling, Netflix, Hulu, Prime, and over-the-air stations without switching inputs on the TV.

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Apple, Amazon, Tesla And The Changing Dynamics Of The Car Industry

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If consumers choose Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program instead of the carriers’, then Apple will win even bigger (as I argued in that column). What is really amazing about the situation is that no matter how this war among wireless carriers plays out, there will be one clear winner — Apple. Just like Tesla, Apple is not going to be using a dealership model to sell its cars. If both Tesla and Apple bypass the dealership model, the GMs of the world will be at an even larger competitive disadvantage.

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Boxed uses automation take on Amazon and Costco without cutting jobs

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Automation helps company take on Amazon and Costco, without cutting its workforce 1 Hour Ago | 01:44. Magdalena Petrova | Jeniece Pettitt Published Updated Moments Ago CNBC. This start-up added robots to help battle Amazon and Costco, but didn't have to cut any jobs. Huang says automation will allow him to create more jobs as efficiency increases and Boxed is able to open more fulfillment centers. Boxed just finished fully automating its headquarters in Union, New Jersey, and saw its picking productivity increase by 600 to 700 percent.

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Amazon shares fall with S&P Retail ETF; may signal trouble for consumers

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Shares of Amazon are falling along with the S&P Retail ETF, the XRT, pointed out Matt Maley, equity strategist at Miller Tabak. "The reason this could be an issue is because the XRT had been going down for quite some time, showing the retail stocks weren't doing well, but everybody was saying that's okay, the consumer is still doing well, because they're buying all their stuff through Amazon," Maley said Friday on CNBC's "Trading Nation. Trading Nation is a multimedia financial news program that shows investors and traders how to use the news of the day to their advantage. Managing Director, Head of Technical Analysis, Evercore ISI.

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Amazon shares are doing something unusual — here's what it means for the consumer

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Shares of Amazon are falling along with the S&P Retail ETF, the XRT , pointed out Matt Maley, equity strategist at Miller Tabak. Shares of Amazon are falling along with the S&P Retail ETF, the XRT (NYSE Arca: XRT), pointed out Matt Maley, equity strategist at Miller Tabak. " At the same time, if shares of Amazon were to break below the $950-per-share mark, this would prove quite negative for the stock on a technical basis as the level has recently acted as support. "Now that the stock and the fund (of which Amazon is a component) are declining simultaneously, something it has done quite infrequently, Maley said this raises a flag about the state of the U.S. consumer and consumer spending.

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Offline Viewing Lets You Watch Series Like Netflix's "The Defenders" Wherever You Want

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Netflix: The king of streaming services allows users to download some movies and series to mobile devices through the Netflix app. Amazon Prime Video: This service, included with a Prime subscription, offers many downloadable titles, including feature films like "Inception" and the acclaimed original series "Mozart in the Jungle. • Download your travel fare while you're at home instead of relying on your cellular data service. And yes, subscribers have the option to download videos to view offline.

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Wal-Mart files patent for floating warehouse that could make deliveries via drones

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The machine, similar to a blimp, could fly as high as 1,000 feet, Wal-Mart's patent description says. The machine, similar to a blimp, could fly as high as 1,000 feet, the application says, and it would be operated either autonomously or remotely by a human pilot. The two companies have been neck and neck — Wal-Mart growing its digital presence, and Amazon beefing up its real estate portfolio in planning to acquire grocery chain Whole Foods. A floating warehouse would allow Wal-Mart or Amazon to serve a wider distribution area than their current real estate allows.

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No Shortage of Positive Retail Sector Surprises

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Including all of these reports, we now have Q2 results from 31 of the 40 retailers in the S&P 500 index. The stock is up +15.4% in the year-to-date period, outperforming the Zacks Retail sector (up +14.3%) and the S&P 500 index (+8.7%). Thursday. BTO.

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The Echo Dot was free on Amazon for a hot minute

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The Echo Dot, Amazon's $50 in-home assistant, was briefly free on Amazon today, thanks to an "Audible" discount that got added at checkout. The discount applied to both black and white models, though it now appears people trying to score a free Echo Dot are being told the items are no longer in stock. By R. LeFebvre, 10m ago View. By R. LeFebvre, 43m ago View.

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New Sonos Document Suggests Speaker With Microphones for Voice Control Is on Its Way

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The new policy reads, in part: "Voice control works by your voice enabled Sonos Product 'listening' for a specific wake word. " The policy continues to describe how microphones on voice-enabled Sonos products will continuously monitor the ambient noise for such voice words without retaining or transmitting any voice recordings - which is essentially how Amazon's Echo speaker works. However, a Sonos spokesperson confirmed to Variety that the new privacy policy goes further, and also covers Sonos-made speakers with integrated mics: "It covers those things that we've already talked about like Alexa integration, currently in private beta. It also covers future voice experiences like additional voice assistants and any future products with integrated microphones.

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Foot Locker shares plunge 26% as brands like Nike and Adidas go direct-to-consumer

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Foot Locker Inc. says it’s not worried about Amazon, but analysts say it should be. Foot Locker says it’s not worried about Amazon, but online and direct-to-consumer efforts are a threat, analysts say. 0. Market Cap. Calling the websites for Nike and Adidas a “contagion,” Cowen says these brand sites are stripping sales from Foot Locker.

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FOOT LOCKER: We aren't afraid of being Amazon'd

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On Friday, sneaker retailer Foot Locker announced a brutal second quarter that sent shares tumbling by nearly 30%. Amazon has been taking market share from companies across America, and its freaking out the CEOs of the country's biggest companies. At the premium end of the market, most of our customers don't want to just buy a specific product they see on a screen. That experience could be a special event in a store, being notified of or discovering a video on our website or YouTube channel of an athlete or celebrity wearing or discussing the latest product, an interaction with their friends while touching and feeling the product, or simply a conversation about sneakers with one of our stripers or other store associates.

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Amazon Giving 1,600 Echo Dots to Arizona State University

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Arizona State University debuted a program this week in which it will give 1,600 Amazon Echo Dots to students living in a high-tech dormitory. Residents of the Tooker House dormitory for engineering students will have the option to receive the Echo Dot as part of Arizona State's push to expose them to cutting-edge voice technology. "It's about innovation and ensuring our graduates are equipped to play a leadership role as voice-enabled technology becomes part of everyday life in homes, shopping malls, workplaces, and cities," Kyle Squires, dean of Arizona State’s Fulton Schools of Engineering, said in a statement. “It’s about innovation and ensuring our graduates are equipped to play a leadership role as voice-enabled technology becomes part of everyday life in homes, shopping malls, workplaces, and cities,” Kyle Squires, dean of Arizona State's Fulton Schools of Engineering, said in a statement.

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Wal-Mart Applies for Patent for Blimp-Style Floating Warehouse

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com Inc. The world’s largest retailer has applied for a U.S. patent for a floating warehouse that could make deliveries via drones, which would bring products from the aircraft down to shoppers’ homes. Amazon was granted a patent for a similar vessel in April 2016. The migration to the skies represents the latest volley in a clash between Wal-Mart and Amazon to grab shoppers’ attention, loyalty and dollars. “There are numerous ways to distribute and deliver products,” according to Wal-Mart’s patent application. The company has also filed a patent for in-store drones that would ferry products from the backroom to the sales floor.

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Weekly Round-Up: Facebook, Fantasy Sports, and Stadium Taxes

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Amazon Fights $12.5M Tax Bill on Third-Party Marketplace Sales. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created). This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition.

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