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A timeline of Amazon's health efforts: With the partnership with Omron, a blood pressure maker, the media is talking again about Amazon's plans for home health. The two firms plan a skill that lets a user ask their blood pressure.
Kevin is back this week and we kick off the show discussing GE's decision to spin out its industrial IoT business. From there we talk about the closure of Lighthouse, the smart camera maker, a critical update for Hue bulbs and Qualcomm's new IoT chip.
What's on your mind? Right now, as I'm writing this, The New York Times is breaking the news that Facebook, after a year of staggering revelations concerning everything from misuse of private data to enabling Russian election interference to knowingly provided inflated metrics publishers used to remake the media landscape, has been caught giving other big companies access to its users' information outside the framework of its normal privacy rules. Facebook allowed Microsoft's Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users' friends without consent, the Times reports.
Wireless broadband is hard. Sure, we rely entirely on it now, but the ability to move packets around a network took years of R&D and engineering work to make happen.
CenturyLink briefly disabled the Internet connections of customers in Utah last week and allowed them back online only after they acknowledged an offer to purchase filtering software.
CenturyLink falsely claimed that it was required to do so by a Utah state law that says ISPs must notify customers "of the ability to block material harmful to minors.