Today in Tech: Amazon gets into gaming

August 7, 2012, 10:25 AM UTC

Apple’s iOS 6 ditches the YouTube app; how Apple and Amazon’s security flaws led to one man’s ‘epic’ hacking. 

Amazon jumps into games: New studio makes its debut with a Facebook game [GEEKWIRE]

Amazon’s first social game is called Living Classics, a moving object game “featuring a family of foxes that have wandered into active illustrations from their favorite books including Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and King Arthur.”

Amazon’s new secret weapon: Delivery lockers [THE WALL STREET JOURNAL]

The Web giant has quietly installed large metal cabinets—or Amazon Lockers—in grocery, convenience and drugstore outlets that function like virtual doormen, accepting packages for customers for a later pickup. Amazon began putting lockers in Seattle, New York state and near Washington, D.C., about a year ago.

How Apple and Amazon security flaws led to my epic hacking [WIRED]

But what happened to me exposes vital security flaws in several customer service systems, most notably Apple’s and Amazon’s. Apple tech support gave the hackers access to my iCloud account. Amazon tech support gave them the ability to see a piece of information — a partial credit card number — that Apple used to release information. In short, the very four digits that Amazon considers unimportant enough to display in the clear on the web are precisely the same ones that Apple considers secure enough to perform identity verification. The disconnect exposes flaws in data management policies endemic to the entire technology industry, and points to a looming nightmare as we enter the era of cloud computing and connected devices.

Zillow and other sites broaden their mission to include business [THE NEW YORK TIMES]

LinkedIn, Groupon and GrubHub — consumer services that help people advertise their talents, find daily deals and order takeout food — are among the companies seeking to burrow more deeply into the operations of businesses in their respective markets. Some companies, like Zillow, are shifting toward business clients well after they were begun. For others, it has been part of the plan from the beginning.

War? YouTube app disappears from iOS 6 beta 4 as Apple breaks ties [9 to 5 Mac]

iOS 6 beta 4 has removed the YouTube application that existed on iOS since the first version in 2007. We’re not entirely sure what to make of this, but this could have to do with Apple trying to break away from dependence on Google services. iOS 6 drops Google Maps in favor of Apple’s own 3D Maps program. We’re looking into this. Of course, this just could be a bug or an error for this beta. YouTube is gone from the iPhone and iPad, but it is still present on the Apple TV.