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The FCC announced a $120 million fine to a robocalling agency for using “neighborhood spoofing” in an attempt to scam nearly 100 million people into buying exclusive travel packages. Snapchat’s newest feature – Snap Maps – is location based function where users can share their location in real time with their friends. The feature is coming under attack from personal privacy and child safety groups. Sears, J.C. Penney, and many more companies are closing hundreds of brick-and-mortar stores as they attempt to reduce costs, become more profitable, and adapt to the online shopping experience. And finally, BioCatch is using personal biometrics and specific user behavior to fight fraud and authenticate user behavior, a trend that is growing in the changing world of cyber threats and security.
We are exploring the reality of social media backlash as a restaurant in Tucson is forced to permanently close its doors after sharing politically charged statements on Facebook. With an ever growing subscriber base, Netflix is set to spend $6 billion in 2018 for original programming, creating an increase in pricing and a hand full of questions from us. Samsung is the latest electronics firm to invest heavily in online TV, putting them in the conversation as telecom firms continues to tighten up relationships with on-demand service providers. And finally, another telecommunication merger is on the horizon and could spell a small shakeup in the industry.
SpaceX was granted a multi-million contract to build and deliver a satellite capable of tracking missile launches from space via infrared sensors. Under Apple’s bug bounty program, five guys hacked the internal network of the Cupertino-based giant and found 55 vulnerabilities, some of which were critically severe. Amazon’s Prime Day is upon us and thousands of deals from smart home devices, school supplies, Echo products, and kitchen goods. The iPhone 12 is set to be announced this week as Apple tries to grab more of the 5G enabled phone marketplace.