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Ring Promised Swag to Users Who Dob on Their Neighbours

On top of turning their doorbell video feeds into a police surveillance network, Amazon’s home security subsidiary, Ring, also once tried to entice people with swag bags to snitch on their neighbours, Motherboard reported on Friday. Read More >>

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Amazon’s Ring Is Teaching US Police How to Persuade Customers to Hand Over Surveillance Footage

Amazon’s home security subsidiary Ring wields tremendous power over the messaging used by its law enforcement partners about its products, including by pre-writing and approving police statements about Ring’s services. But according to a new report, Ring is also instructing police in the US on how to persuade customers to hang over surveillance footage even when they aren’t responsive to police requests. Read More >>

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Why Amazon Is Hiring an Editor for ‘Breaking Crime News’

A smart doorbell company owned by Amazon is looking for a new managing editor to oversee a team of journalists breaking crime news for an app tailor-made to stoke fear in its users and loop in the police. Read More >>

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Amazon’s Ring Security Cameras May Have Let Employees Spy on Customers: Report

It shouldn’t be the case that inviting smart technology into our homes to safeguard against potential threats might instead lead to serious breaches of individual privacy, and yet reports of such violations of user trust are increasingly common. Now, Amazon’s Ring security cameras have come under fire for just that. Read More >>

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Ring’s Smart Doorbell Let a Man Spy on His Ex-Boyfriend – Even After the Password Was Changed

After breaking up with his boyfriend, Jesus Echezarreta changed the password on his Ring smart doorbell — twice. Still, his ex-boyfriend was able to download video from the home security device as well as remotely ring the doorbell in the middle of the night. The company says it fixed the security flaw that made this possible in January, but The Information reports that problems remain. Read More >>

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Amazon to Blow Over £720 Million on Doorbells: Report

Amazon has made some big acquisitions over the years. Whole Foods cost around £10 billion. Game-streaming platform Twitch and online shoe store Zappos weren’t cheap either. For its next act of ruthless corporate consolidation, the everything store run by the richest man on Earth reportedly plans to drop over $1 billion (£720 million) on doorbell company Ring, probably the one element of package delivery Amazon hasn’t found some way to wring more money from yet. Read More >>

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Fujitsu Having a Pop at a Smart Ring With “Air Writing” Recognition

Another lumpy thing is coming to make the human finger a little more modern, with hardware conglomerate Fujitsu claiming it's preparing a smart ring that'll let wearers write messages by drawing in the air. Read More >>

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Up Close with Ring: Maybe Smart, Definitely Gigantic 

In the wide world of crowd-funding unicorns, smart rings have been hustling for the top of the heap. Among them is Ring, a gesture device that promised to let you someday control your own home with a series of arcane finger wags. I just saw it in action on the CES floor and it seems like it works – but damn does it look stupid. Read More >>

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This 700-Year-Old Ring Was Used to Poison Kings

Should you have happened to find yourself dining with Bulgarian royalty 700 years ago and the wine tasted a bit off, you would have been smart to put the goblet down. Bulgarian archaeologists have just discovered a medieval bronze ring explicitly designed to poison political foes — in the most discreet way possible. Read More >>

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I Can’t Think of a Better Wedding Ring Than This Cool Titanium Utility Ring

The Titanium Utility Ring is not a wedding ring per se. But since I don't like man rings and the only rings I've ever worn are three wedding rings, it is a wedding ring to me. I mean, if I had to marry a fourth time, I'd definitely get this thing. Read More >>