Amazon employees listening to your Alexa recordings can also find out where customers live

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Hot on the heels of Amazon admitting it can listen to private Alexa audio, a new report has revealed that employees can also access users' home addresses. An Amazon team charged with auditing Alexa users' commands can see users' latitude and longitude coordinates, allowing them to easily discover their addresses, Bloomberg reported, citing sources close to the situation. It's the same team uncovered by Bloomberg earlier this month, which is located all over the world and sifts through thousands of recordings, transcribing and analyzing them in the process. An Amazon team charged with auditing Alexa users' commands can see their location coordinates, allowing them to easily discover their addresses, a new report has found Tap the menu button on the top-left of the screen. Select'Manage how your data improves Alexa.' Turn the button next to'Help Develop New Features' to off.


Struggling Swansea Hires Carvalhal as 5th Manager in 2 Years

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Carvalhal's mission is to keep Swansea from being relegated into a division he couldn't get out of at Sheffield Wednesday. The inability to gain promotion did not deter Swansea, having impressed at Hillsborough by constructing a hard-working team playing free-flowing football and with an attacking mentality.


Man United Thrashes Swansea in 2nd Straight 4-0 Win

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Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku, centre, celebrates scoring his side's second goal with team-mate Daley Blind during the English Premier League soccer match between Swansea and Manchester United, at the Liberty Stadium, in Swansea, Wales, Saturday Aug. 19, 2017.


Swansea Christmas parade branded a 'shambles'

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A Christmas parade has been branded a "shambles" after parents said it had just three floats and was "all over in five minutes". Swansea's annual festive event promised "dynamic dance-troupes" as well as "spectacular shows and stages". But roadworks in the city centre saw the parade scaled down, leading to a barrage of criticism on social media. Apologising in a Faceook post, Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart said that Sunday's parade was not "good enough". Mother-of-two Lucy Phillips, from Swansea, said they arrived at 16:00 GMT and "stood around for an hour expecting something magical" but said the parade "was all over in five minutes".


Amazon fixed an exploit that allowed Alexa to listen all the time

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Amazon's Alexa is good at listening, since it has to be ready when you say its wake word, like "Alexa," "Echo" or "Computer." That very same feature, though, has people worried about their own privacy. Researchers from security firm Checkmarx have found a way to get Alexa to listen in and send a transcript of any conversations that it records while eavesdropping. The researchers were able to create a harmless-seeming Alexa Skill that would actively record long after most Skills shut down to preserve people's privacy. "As far as we could tell, there was no limit," he said.