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Google keeps history of voice search records

Google could have a record of everything you have said around it for years, and you can listen to it yourself.

The company quietly records many of the conversations that people have around its products.

The feature works as a way of letting people search with their voice, and storing those recordings presumably lets Google improve its language recognition tools as well as the results that it gives to people.

But it also comes with an easy way of listening to and deleting all of the information that it collects. That’s done through a special page that brings together the information that Google has on you.

It’s found by heading to Google’s history page and looking at the long list of recordings. The company has a specific audio page and another for activity on the web, which will show you everywhere Google has a record of you being on the internet.

CloudPets teddy bears’ database exposed

CloudPets (a brand owned by Spiral Toys)data has leaked exposing kids’ recordings.

The data that was stored in a MongoDB was publicly facing network segment without any authentication required and had been indexed by Shodan (a popular search engine for finding connected things).

Unfortunately, things only went downhill from there. People found the exposed database online.

CloudPets had left their database exposed publicly to the web without so much as a password to protect it.

How a typo took down Amazon’s S3

Earlier this week, much of the internet ground to a halt when the servers that power them suddenly vanished. The servers were part of S3, Amazon’s popular web hosting service, and when they went down they took several big services with them. Quora, Trello, and IFTTT were among the sites affected by the disruption. The servers came back online more than four hours later.

In a note posted to customers, Amazon revealed the cause of the problem: a typo. On Tuesday morning, members of the S3 team were debugging the billing system. As part of that, the team needed to take a small number of servers offline. “Unfortunately, one of the inputs to the command was entered incorrectly and a larger set of servers was removed than intended,” Amazon said. “The servers that were inadvertently removed supported two other S3 subsystems.”

The subsystems were important. One of them “manages the metadata and location information of all S3 objects in the region,” Amazon said. Without it, services that depend on it couldn’t perform basic data retrieval and storage tasks.

After accidentally taking the servers offline, the various systems had to do “a full restart,” which apparently takes longer than it does on your laptop. While S3 was down, a variety of other Amazon web services stopped functioning, including Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), which is also popular with internet companies that need to rapidly expand their storage.

Amazon said S3 was designed to be able to handle losing a few servers. What it had more trouble handling was the massive restart. “S3 has experienced massive growth over the last several years and the process of restarting these services and running the necessary safety checks to validate the integrity of the metadata took longer than expected,” the company said.

As a result, Amazon said it is making changes to S3 to enable its systems to recover more quickly. It’s also declaring war on typos. In the future, the company said, engineers will no longer be able to remove capacity from S3 if it would take subsystems below a certain threshold of server capacity.

It’s also making a change to the AWS Service Health Dashboard. During the outage, the dashboard embarrassingly showed all services running green, because the dashboard itself was dependent on S3. The next time S3 goes down, the dashboard should function properly, the company said.

“We want to apologize for the impact this event caused for our customers,” the company said. “We will do everything we can to learn from this event and use it to improve our availability even further.”

Major cyberattack knocks Twitter, Paypal, Spotify offline on 21-10-2016

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Cyberattacks targeting a little known internet infrastructure company, Dyn, disrupted access to dozens of websites on Friday, preventing some users from accessing PayPal, Twitter and Spotify.

Dyn, whose customers include some of the world’s most widely visited websites, said it did not know who was responsible for the outages that began in the Eastern United States, then spread to other parts of the country and overseas.

The outages were intermittent, making it difficult to identify all the victims. But technology news site Gizmodo named some five dozen sites that were affected by the attack. They included CNN, HBO Now, Mashable, the New York Times, People.com, the Wall Street Journal and Yelp.

Dyn said attacks were coming from tens of millions of internet-connected devices — such as webcams, printers and thermostats — infected with malicious software that turns them into “bots” that can be used in massive denial-of-service attacks.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security last week issued a warning about this powerful new approach, noting it was concerned about the potential for new incidents after code for malware used in these crimes was published on the internet.

Dyn said late on Friday that it was fighting the third major wave of cyberattacks launched from locations spread across the globe, making them harder to fight.

“The complexity of the attacks is what’s making it very challenging for us,” said Dyn’s chief strategy officer, Kyle York.

Sony pictures hacked

Sony Pictures Entertainment was hacked and five films leaked online by a group calling itself “Guardian of Peace” who claim “equality”.

The movies that have leaked online include Fury, Annie, Still Alice, Mr. Turner and To Write Love on Her Arms.

Sensitive internal data from internal Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) file servers have already been leaked too.

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Facebook hires former deputy PM Sir Nick Clegg
The former Liberal Democrat leader will head Facebook's global affairs and communications team.
Google takes down travel visa ads
Many sites have been charging high rates since 2010 but Google has finally taken some of the ads down.
Facebook sued over video viewing figures
Legal action brought by advertisers claims the social network knew about problems in metrics in 2015.
eBay revs up to take on Auto Trader in car ads
The online marketplace is acquiring Motors.co.uk, making it a "leading alternative" to Auto Trader.
Tiny companion phone released in Japan
The mobile is designed as a companion device for those who already own bigger smartphones.
Amazon creates 1,000 'highly skilled' jobs in three UK cities
Online retailer adds hundreds of "Silicon Valley" jobs in Manchester, Edinburgh and Cambridge.
'Why we faked our Facebook wedding in Kinshasa'
Successful, educated and attractive - Arlène Agneroh's friends said the only thing she was missing was a husband.
Mitsubishi windows shine 'alarmingly realistic' fake sunlight
Mitsubishi has developed a new indoor lighting system that mimics blue skies, sunrises and sunsets.
Grand Theft Auto 'cheats' homes raided
A court grants search warrants and freezes the assets of five people accused of making cheat software.
Twitter's 'Russia-Iran' troll tweet trove made public
Millions of tweets published by suspected state-linked accounts are made public by Twitter.
Google unshackles Android-device firms
Phone and tablet companies will be able to experiment with alternative versions of Android.
eBay files lawsuit against Amazon over 'seller recruitment'
In a lawsuit, eBay says the retail giant used its internal message system to recruit sellers.
Spotify ad banned for causing 'distress' to children
The advert mimicked a horror movie and was likely to scare youngsters, the ad authority says.
Huawei's Watch GT has no time for Android's Wear OS
The Chinese technology company ditches Google's Wear OS in favour of its own smartwatch operating system.
Children 'blackmailed' for sexual images in online video chats
One in 10 children have been asked to remove their clothes over online video chats, says the NSPCC.
Portal: Facebook's new home gadget
Facebook's Portal offers video chat around the home - but do consumers trust Facebook enough?
The world’s first fully-autonomous indoor farm
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Amsterdam's canal boats go electric
All of Amsterdam's boats must go electric by 2025, but switching to electric is not straightforward.
Mobile wi-fi hotspots reviewed
Lucy Hedges reviews the Skyroam Solis, Glocalme G3 and TP-Link M7450 mobile wi-fi hotspots.
Just Eat listings include takeaways given zero ratings for hygiene
Outlets rated zero by the Food Standards Agency are among those listed on the food ordering app.
Unilad web publisher bought by LADbible
The move safeguards more than 200 jobs at the viral publisher, which collapsed with debts of £6.5m.
The story behind your PlayStation username
PlayStation's long-awaited new feature means weird and embarrassing names will be no more.
What's the point of concept cars?
Concept cars look beautiful and futuristic, but why spend millions on them if they're never going to make it into production?
How U2's technology is changing concerts for the better
The band's groundbreaking stage show is designed to ensure everyone has a front-row seat.
When can I buy a 5G phone and how much will it be?
Superfast 5G mobile will require new handsets, but will the new services justify the extra expense?
Why has Twitter banned 1500 accounts and what are NPCs?
The Trump-supporting right has a new favourite meme and they're trolling opponents far and wide.
Could chip fat help dirty shipping clean up its act?
Ships are the lifeblood of global trade, but their fuel is highly polluting. What's the answer?
Spotify: Albums are alive and kicking in the streaming age
As the UK's celebrates National Album Day, Spotify says albums "can still be absolutely monumental".
Climate change: Is your Netflix habit bad for the environment?
The IT sector's share of global electricity consumption is predicted to increase rapidly.
Virtual lives: Could VR change how we think of others?
Researchers are studying whether controlling a virtual reality body can affect real life behaviour.
How to boost the alarm in your smartphone
Kate Russell on how to make sure you never sleep through your alarm again.
Yusaku Maezawa: Why I've bought a ticket to the Moon
Space X's mission to the Moon will be the first lunar journey by humans since 1972.
The hi-tech trousers inspired by Wallace and Gromit
Researchers inspired by a Wallace and Gromit film have developed trousers with artificial muscles.
Facebook job not lobbying, says Sir Nick Clegg
Sir Nick Clegg talks about how he got his new Facebook job and what he will be doing for the social media giant.
Hi-tech glasses offer alternative to bifocals
The regular prescription lenses can change to bifocals and back again at the touch of a button.
Take a tour of U2's ground-breaking stage
Bassist Adam Clayton shows us around (and through) U2's 30-metre long "barricage".
'Facebook baby ads taunted me after stillbirth'
Anna England Kerr was shown ads for cots, cribs and IVF, despite trying to turn them off.
Pepper the robot tells MPs about artificial intelligence
Pepper the robot answers questions from MPs on the education select committee about helping to care for older people.
The Facebook cleaners: 'I've seen hundreds of beheadings'
What's it like to be someone who watches banned content on social media so you don't have to?

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Why Amazon may want a big city for HQ2
Amazon's search for the perfect home for its next headquarters could be leaning towards larger cities.
Tesla sells cheaper Model 3
Tesla is now offering a slightly cheaper version of its lowest priced car, the Model 3.
Twitter shuts down bots pushing pro-Saudi message
Twitter has suspended a network of accounts that appeared to be pushing pro-Saudi messages about the Jamal Khashoggi scandal, a person familiar with the situation told CNN Friday.
Google should buy Twitter and Square. But it won't
Could Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey one day find himself working for Google? A prominent hedge fund manager hopes so.
Facebook enlists Nick Clegg as head of global affairs
Former UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is leaving the world of politics to take a senior job at Facebook.
Masa Son's 1st mega tech fund may be his last
Masayoshi Son shook up the tech industry with his SoftBank Vision Fund and $45 billion of Saudi cash. The Khashoggi crisis could spell the end of his plan to do the same again.
Big tech's ties with Saudi Arabia in doubt
This spring, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia met the royalty of Silicon Valley: Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos and Sundar Pichai.
China's ByteDance takes the world by storm
Chinese social media apps have struggled to win over users beyond their home turf. ByteDance, the company behind TikTok, is changing that — and it could soon be one of the world's most valuable startups.
Apple to host mystery product event on October 30
Apple will host an event in Brooklyn to likely announce a few new products.
Saudi prince pumps more cash into Uber rival
Dubai ride-hailing app Careem has received $200 million in a funding round led by Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal's Kingdom Holding company.
Bracing for the midterms, Facebook builds a 'war room'
Facebook has set up a "war room" at its California headquarters as part of its plans to avoid a repeat of the 2016 election, when misinformation was rampant on the platform.
Women's March targeted by Facebook scam
Hundreds of fake Women's March Facebook pages run from Bangladesh have prompted concern from American activists and have proven challenging for Facebook to keep under control, a CNN investigation has found.
Public funds back plan to replace Mark Zuckerberg as Facebook chairman
Following a long string of scandals and controversies, some Facebook investors believe the company would be better off without Mark Zuckerberg as its chairman.
Tech execs want Senator Graham to apologize over Iranian remark
Senator Lindsey Graham's comments about Iranian lineage did not go over well with a group of powerful tech execs.
Elon Musk will cover Tesla's fine for tweets
Elon Musk will buy another $20 million of Tesla stock with his own money, covering the cost of the fine the company has to pay for his tweets.
Netflix has plenty of room left to grow
More and more Netflix customers are coming from overseas — a sign that there's plenty of room for the streaming company to get even bigger than it already is.
Microsoft was just the start for Paul Allen
For the last 35 years of his life, Paul Allen lived unapologetically large. But he was still best known as the co-founder of Microsoft, the company he started with Bill Gates.
Silicon Valley is working with China on AI
Baidu has become the first Chinese company to join a US-led alliance on artificial intelligence that includes Silicon Valley's biggest names.
Growing up with Alexa: A child's relationship with Amazon's voice assistant
This is the first generation to grow up with ubiquitous AI. It raises profound questions about how children interact with technology, with other people, and how it might shape their interactions and development.

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Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant duke it out at CES 2018

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The weirdest tech of CES 2018

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Sennheiser co-CEO: Why we're betting on AR and VR with 3-D audio

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Honda wants to prove robots can help you, not kill you

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Ford will begin testing self-driving cars in an unnamed city

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Intel wants this drone to fly you around

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AMD CEO on chip security flaws: ‘We're absolutely all over this’

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Nvidia went all out for PC gaming at CES 2018

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What a security expert thought of a few new smart-home devices at CES 2018

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Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur

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Twitter tests longer character limit

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Mac OS High Sierra makes the Mac a teeny, tiny bit better — for free

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Pogue's Basics: Access YouTube's free music and sound effects

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The top 8 features we expect from Apple's next iPhone

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Apple's App Store is about to get a lot better with iOS 11

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Why Equifax needs to give up some details about how it got hacked

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The best alternatives to Apple's new iPhone

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: A big phone with bigger expectations

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Pogue's Basics: Link to a Facebook post

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4 amazing new gadgets you can't get in the US

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Why you might not want a laptop with a 4K display

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The most important iPhone features ever

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Fall games guide 2017: Your free time is history

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Hate and violence around the globe? There’s an app for that.

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Samsung challenges Apple Watch with its new Gear Sport smartwatch

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The 5 best new features of this week's YouTube redesign

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Microsoft's mixed reality headsets could save VR

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Facebook says it will ban businesses from advertising if they share fake news

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Meet Uber's pick for its next CEO

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Pogue's Basics: YouTube transcripts

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Galaxy Note 8 preview: Samsung's big bet

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The Essential Phone is a beautiful alternative to Apple's iPhone

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Your next smartphone's camera could get a huge improvement

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How companies leave your data online without your knowledge

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The Latest: Afghan polling in Kandahar postponed over attack

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WHO says Zika risk low in Pacific ahead of Meghan visit

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Ex-FBI agent gets 4 years in prison for leaking documents

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Hamas pledges Gaza rocket fire probe as calm returns

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More precaution than promotion for Canadian cannabis tourism

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Man who killed 3 in Colorado Walmart gets life in prison

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Trump Threatens To Order Military To 'Close Our Southern Border' Over Immigration

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Afghanistan delays vote in strategic Kandahar after killing of commander

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New moon: China to launch lunar lighting in outer space

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Returning home — Panhandle residents rebuild lives after Hurricane Michael

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Journalists: 'Americans Should Recoil' From Trump's Celebration Of Reporter Assault

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Australian watchdog's appeal against Pfizer ruling dismissed by court

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Cardi B swarmed as she hands out free winter coats in Brooklyn

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