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What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Amazon's Alexa Can Now Control Your Microwave - And Will Soon Expand To Conventional Ovens

What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Amazon's Alexa Can Now Control Your Microwave - And Will Soon Expand To Conventional Ovens

By Cheyenne MacDonald, THE DAILY MAIL UK

January 5, 2018

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5239777/Amazons-Alexa-co…

Amazon’s smart assistant can now add ‘cooking’ to its ever-expanding set of home skills.

How Paranoid Should You Be About Your Nosy Virtual Assistant?

How Paranoid Should You Be About Your Nosy Virtual Assistant?

By Rachael Myrow, KQED

January 4, 2018

https://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2018/01/04/how-paranoid-should-you-be-about-y…

As many of us settle into the new year with virtual assistants like the Amazon Echo, Google Home or Microsoft Cortana, it’s worth asking: how much personal information are they picking up? Also, where does that information go?

UM Working To Stop Hackers Of Robot Cars

UM Working To Stop Hackers Of Robot Cars

By Keith Laing, THE DETROIT NEWS

January 4, 2018

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/mobility/2018/01/04/rob…

University of Michigan researchers working with the Mcity robotic-car testing facility have developed a tool to determine how vulnerable self-driving cars are to hackers who might want to take control of a car or lock its systems for ransom.

Consumer Groups Say 'NYT' Kids Supplement Should Be Ad-Free

Consumer Groups Say 'NYT' Kids Supplement Should Be Ad-Free

By Sara Guaglione, PUBLISHERS DAILY (MEDIAPOST)

December 28, 2017

https://mediapost.com/publications/article/312271/consumer-groups-say-n…

The New York Times will roll out a monthly print-only section for kids in 2018, but 10 national consumer groups say the Times should ban advertising from the section.

Self-Driving Vehicle Proving Ground Opens At Willow Run Near Detroit

Self-Driving Vehicle Proving Ground Opens At Willow Run Near Detroit

By Eric D. Lawrence, DETROIT FREE PRESS

December 18, 2017

https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2017/12/18/self-driving-cars-pro…

The launch of self-driving vehicle testing at the American Center for Mobility west of Detroit came with something that frequently confounds human drivers in Michigan — snow.

Consumer Watchdog, Anti-Trust Experts Warn of Higher Prices From Disney-Fox Merger

Consumer Watchdog, Anti-Trust Experts Warn of Higher Prices From Disney-Fox Merger

By Ricardo Lopez, VARIETY

December 14, 2017

http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/consumer-impact-disney-fox-1202641240/

Consumers can expect to pay more for streaming subscriptions if regulators give the greenlight to the proposed $52.4-billion merger of Disney and Fox, a consumer advocacy group and anti-trust law experts warned Thursday.

California Fines Anthem $5 Million For Failing To Address Consumer Grievances

California Fines Anthem $5 Million For Failing To Address Consumer Grievances

By Chad Terhune, LOS ANGELES TIMES

November 15, 2017

http://beta.latimes.com/business/la-fi-anthem-fined-20171115-story.html

California's managed-care regulator has fined insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross $5 million for repeatedly failing to resolve consumer grievances in a timely manner.

California May Limit Liability Of Self-Driving Carmakers

California May Limit Liability Of Self-Driving Carmakers

By Michael Liedtke, ASSOCIATED PRESS

November 15, 2017

https://apnews.com/39a98dfb5bd442698de0c31126db5ae0

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators are embracing a General Motors recommendation that would help makers of self-driving cars avoid paying for accidents and other trouble, raising concerns that the proposal will put an unfair burden on vehicle owners.