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Trump woos tech leaders

President-elect delivers a friendly message to America’s tech leaders, California delivers an unfriendly one to Uber, Amazon delivers popcorn by drone, and Popcorn Time delivers treachery via the Internet. This week’s tech roundup delivers the goods.
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Canadians could try harder on digital privacy

Canadians aren’t that privacy-savvy, but they are happy with their digital services. Headphones are learning to spy on you, computers are learning to lip read and Facebook is learning that censorship might just pay. It’s all in this week’s tech roundup.
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An Internet bot, also known as web robot, WWW robot or simply bot, is a software application that runs automated tasks over the Internet. Typically, bots perform tasks that are both simple and structurally repetitive, at a much higher rate than would be possible for a human alone. The largest use of bots is in web spidering, in which an automated script fetches, analyses and files information from web servers at many times the speed of a human. Each server can have a file called robots.txt, containing rules for the spidering of that server that the bot is supposed to obey or be removed.Another, more malicious use of bots is the coordination and operation of an automated attack on networked computers, such as a denial-of-service attack by a botnet. Internet bots can also be used to commit click fraud and more recently have seen usage around MMORPG games as computer game bots. A spambot is an internet bot that attempts to spam large amounts of content on the Internet, usually adding advertising links.

Rampaging webcams take over Internet

Webcams take over the Internet, Blackberry outsources phone manufacturing and a small green frog becomes a target of hatred. Oh, and AI companies begin determining how to stop AI from taking over the world. What could possibly go wrong?
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Alleged DDoS-for-hire masterminds busted

HP exits one business, losing billions, and enters another, spending billions. Samsung’s phones continue exploding. Facebook finds the courage to apologize for bizarre censorship, and Apple finds the courage to annoy thousands of users. It’s just another week in IT.
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