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9/25/2018

Companies can take a whole-system approach to uncovering vulnerabilities by using a process known as "red teaming". Red teams conduct adversary simulations to spot issues and usually feature team members with distinct skill sets, writes Kelly Sheridan.

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Kelly Sheridan
9/25/2018

Apple has completed its acquisition of music app Shazam and intends to make it ad-free for all users. The acquisition started in 2017 but was subject to a European regulatory review, which delayed the purchase.

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VentureBeat, Reuters
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Shazam, Apple
9/25/2018

Roku will gain Google Assistant capabilities through a software update coming soon. The update will allow Roku users to control devices via voice commands with the Google Assistant app or Google Home.

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Roku, Google
9/25/2018

Kroger is testing a meal kit station that lets customers choose among several options and assemble their own meals, which is an expansion of a program the grocer introduced in its seafood section earlier this year. Customers select portions of such foods as chicken, sausage gumbo and macaroni and cheese, and buy them at $7.99 per pound.

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Kroger
9/25/2018

The fall and holiday seasons are times when stores should engage with their customers and provide them with inspirations that they can take home, Mike Eardley writes. Eye-catching displays that feature the flavors of the season help make a store an engaging destination for shoppers, he notes.

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Mike Eardley
9/25/2018

Amazon's upcoming Echo Show will allow users to stream Hulu shows directly on the device, making it the first screen-based Alexa device that can support livestreaming. Company executives at an event highlighted the Echo Show's kitchen abilities; the device can offer cooking instructions from apps such as Allrecipes, Kitchen Stories and Epicurious.

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TechCrunch
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Hulu, Alexa, Epicurious, Amazon, Allrecipes
9/25/2018

Empire Co., the parent of Canadian supermarket chain Sobeys, will acquire 26-store farm-to-table grocer Farm Boy, in a deal valued at $618 million. Empire will focus on expanding the Ottawa-based chain by opening new stores and converting some Sobeys locations to the new banner.

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Empire Co., Sobeys
9/25/2018

Pandora Media is getting a lift in its competition against Spotify and Apple Music with Sirius XM Holdings' plan to purchase the music streaming service. The $3.5 billion all-stock deal will also help Sirius extend its business from in-car programming to mobile.

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Reuters
9/25/2018

The 3rd Generation Partnership Project has updated its 5G network specifications with eight change requests at the software layer. The new specifications will not require any new chip sets, said Qualcomm's Lorenzo Casaccia, who added that Qualcomm does not expect any critical corrections will be included in the next 3GPP specifications.

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EE Times
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Qualcomm
9/25/2018

Amazon's new line of smart devices, which includes microwaves, video receivers, speakers and automotive gadgets, is driving an increase in demand for chips, with chipmaker MediaTek likely to land the contract. MediaTek has already reported breaking a shipment record in the third quarter due to increased need for chips in smart voice-enabled devices.

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DigiTimes
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Amazon, MediaTek