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Alexa, Play My Alibi: The Smart Home Gets Taken to Court

Lauren Goode: Mike.

MC: Lauren, do you ever wonder if the things that you say to Alexa might become evidence if you committed a crime?

LG: Well, I try very hard not to commit crimes, Mike.

MC: Alexa, do you send your recordings to the police?

Alexa: Sorry. I’m not sure about that.

MC: Alexa, do you send your recordings to the FBI?

Alexa: No, I work for Amazon.

MC: Alexa, does Amazon share your recordings with the FBI?

Alexa: Amazon takes privacy seriously. For more information, and to view Amazon’s privacy notice, visit the Help section of your Alexa app.

LG: Yeah, I’m sure lots of people are going to do that.

MC: [Laughs]

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MC: Hi everyone. Welcome to Gadget Lab. I am Michael Calore, a senior

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Providence Strategic Growth Completes Majority Investment in Leading Nordic Cloud HR Software Vendor Sympa

HELSINKI & LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Providence Strategic Growth (“PSG”), the growth equity affiliate of premier asset management firm Providence Equity Partners (“Providence”), today announced the completion of a majority investment in Sympa, a leading provider of cloud-based human capital management (“HCM”) software in the Nordics. Alfvén & Didrikson, an active, long-term backer of Nordic businesses with international growth potential, invested in Sympa in 2016 and will retain a minority stake alongside the company’s founding team. PSG team members Edward Hughes, Aldo Mareuse, and Tobias Richter have joined Sympa’s board of directors. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Sympa was founded in 2005 and is now one of the fastest-growing cloud HR suite vendors in the Nordics. Its signature solution, Sympa HR, is a comprehensive HR platform that gives businesses advanced tools for automating a wide range of HR tasks and amplifies the expertise of HCM professionals. PSG’s investment will support Sympa’s

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Why Are There Roaches Inside My Computer?

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Giz AsksGiz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything and get answers from a variety of experts.

There are some things that belong in a computer. Wires, chips, whirring mechanical doodads—what most of us would think of, sensibly, as “hard drive stuff.” Absent from this list—absent from most lists, except those dealing with repugnant, six-legged disease vectors—are cockroaches. A cockroach in a hard drive? That is simply not where a cockroach is supposed to be. And yet there they are, defying the laws of hard drives, not to mention nature. What is responsible for this abomination? What is it in the twisted cockroach psyche that compels them over and over to commit this particular crime? For this week’s Giz Asks, we reached out to a number of experts to find out.

Walt Oakhem

Owner at York Computer Repair


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Internet to Be Main Marketplace for Musicians in COVID Era, Says Armaan Malik

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Internet to Be Main Marketplace for Musicians in COVID Era, Says Armaan Malik

Singer Armaan Malik says concerts used to fuel his business, which has been hit massively due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The live business has taken a massive hit. Artistes, organisers, promoters, musicians, technicians – so many of them don’t know when they will be able to do an event or earn anything. It was their main source of income,” Armaan told IANS.

“For me, too, concerts were the main thing that used to fuel my business. I had two major college festival gigs that got cancelled. But it’s more important to be safe and I wouldn’t do a show until we know Covid-19 is on its way out. I’ve done selective digital concerts during this time and even though virtual performances are the only readily available alternative at the moment, they don’t feel

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