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Slice of the Channel: Calls For Privacy Rules Heat Up, Apple Pays Teen Who Found FaceTime Bug, And IBM’s AI Goes To The Spice Aisle

CRNtv recaps the top stories in the tech channel.

The call for federal privacy regulation heats up.  

In a letter released by Cisco on Thursday, CEO Chuck Robbins described privacy as a human right. Cisco says it’s time for a single set of rules to govern how companies protect user data. It follows similar calls from Facebook, Google and Apple

Apple is reportedly taking steps toward developing its own iPhone modems.  

That’s according to Reuters, who says Apple’s efforts to build its own modem chips is now being handled by its hardware technology division. Apple has previously relied on third party suppliers like Qualcomm and Intel.

Apple has also rewarded a 14-year-old from Arizona for discovering the FaceTime security bug that was revealed last month. 

The vulnerability let some FaceTime users spy on others in a group call. Apple has since fixed that bug and plans to pay the teenager’s family and make a gift towards his education.

Two big security headlines this week:

The online backup and recovery company Carbonite will acquire Webroot in a push to create a comprehensive endpoint security platform. The deal is valued at 618 million dollars.

Dell technologies is said to be exploring a sale of SecureWorks. Dell holds an 85 percent stake in the network security company and reports says the sale could trim Dell’s debt by as much as 50 billion dollars.

And, this week’s technology to know revolves around a new collaboration between IBM and McCormick. 

The two companies are using AI to create new spice blends. Food maker McCormick provided IBM with 40 years of taste data. The platform, called ONE, then sifts through that data and uses machine learning algorithms to identify potentially spice combinations.

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