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8/23/2017

Facebook is expected to see a 3.4% decrease in its 12- to 17-year-old user base this year as consumers switch to sites such as Snapchat and Instagram, an eMarketer report states. Snapchat, on the other hand, is expected to see growth of 19.2% for its 18- to 24-year-old user base, the report notes.

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Mashable, Bloomberg
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Facebook, Snapchat
8/23/2017

Nick Herbert has created an app that freezes his son's phone and sounds an alarm until the teen answers Herbert's texts. "There didn't seem to be a solution out there that allowed me to send a message to him, that would override the silent function, appear over whatever he was doing and tell me when he had seen it," Herbert said.

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Good Housekeeping
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Nick Herbert
8/23/2017

Cybersecurity vulnerabilities could leave robots such as Pepper, NAO and industrial models from Universal Robots open to hackers, IOActive reports. These flaws could allow hackers to use the robots as surveillance devices and hijack them to cause destruction, the company says.

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Bloomberg
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Universal Robots, NAO, Pepper
8/23/2017

Walmart is partnering with Google to bring voice shopping to Google's Assistant platform. The partnership will allow customers to purchase hundreds of thousands of Walmart items to pick up in store or have delivered; customers will order via voice or through a "quick reordering" tool beginning in late September.

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Walmart, Google
8/23/2017

Toshiba and Western Digital are in negotiations about the sale of the Japanese conglomerate's flash memory chip business, the latest turn in Toshiba's efforts to turn around its financial situation. This development may be negative for SK Hynix, which had hoped to acquire some or all of Toshiba Memory to boost its market share in NAND flash memory devices.

8/23/2017

Ford has obtained a US patent for removable pedals and steering wheels for autonomous vehicles. The parts can be removed for autonomous driving and added back to convert the vehicle to manual driving.

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ReadWrite
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Ford
8/23/2017

Starbucks is reformulating its mobile presence with new mobile app tools, like giving baristas information to help recognize regular customers, even if they visit a store that isn't their home one. Its last quarterly earnings report showed that 9% of Starbucks sales were placed in advance through the mobile app, but 30% of all sales were paid using the app.

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Quartz
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Starbucks
8/23/2017

Nintendo fans can now buy digital versions of Switch games using PayPal. It's part of a new PayPal integration with Nintendo's eShop, including the option of using PayPal for any purchase there.

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The Verge
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PayPal, Nintendo
8/23/2017

The recent "NotPetya" attack shows just how significant of a threat ransomware can be, and businesses of all sizes can be harmed, writes Brian Finch. To fight back against ransomware, malware and viruses, the federal government should implement wider use of the Safety Act of 2002 while also holding hackers accountable and giving Cabinet agencies the power to act more quickly in response to threats, Finch writes.

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8/23/2017

Cyberthreats have the potential to be very dangerous and serious threats to America's national security, writes Sandy Clark. The risks these attacks pose to citizens should motivate the US government to work more quickly to complete much-needed upgrades that have been delayed for years, Clark writes.

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The Hill