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You Can Rack up as Much as $165 in Amazon Credit To Spend on Prime Day, Here’s How

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Top Offer: Spend $10 at Amazon Small Biz, Get $10 Back

Amazon Prime Day is less than a week away, delivering a 2-day bonanza of fantastic deals all across the retailer. We’re expecting thousands of items on sale, including some of the best prices we’ve seen all year.

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If you’re planning on jumping on some serious deals come October 13-14, Amazon is offering a handful of ways to build up a cache of Prime Day credit that Prime members can spend freely during the event. You can earn Prime Day credit by buying groceries at Whole Foods, for example, or shopping at Amazon-partnered small businesses.

All told, as of this writing, you can earn up to $165 dollars in Amazon credit. Here are the promotions that Amazon is offering ahead of Prime Day.

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Spend $10, Get $10 at Amazon Small Biz

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Here’s one promo that yields considerable returns for a good cause: Support small business, and still get a bonus reward in the end. Simply spend $10 or more at one of the small businesses of Amazon’s choice and you’ll get a $10 Prime Day credit (limit one per customer). Whether it’s pet supplies, toys, skincare, or electronics, you’re bound to find something you’d like.

Spend $10, Get $10 at Whole Foods

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Need groceries? Perfect: Prime members who shop at Whole Foods and spend at least $10 in a single transaction will get a $10 Amazon credit specifically for Prime Day. Whether you shop in-store, online, or via the mobile app, you’ll get the bonus bucks (one per customer).

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Spend $10, Get $10 at Amazon Books/Pop-Up

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If you have an Amazon Books or Amazon Pop-Up physical retailer near you and don’t mind making a visit in the next week, you’ll get a $10 Prime Day credit after spending at least $10 at either store. Amazon has 29 total locations in the United States between the two store types, although you’ll only get credit at one or the other (not both).

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Spend $10, Get $10 at Amazon 4-Star

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Amazon 4-Star is another type of Amazon retail store, featuring an array of items with at least a 4-star rating on the site—including books, gadgets, kitchen appliances, and more. Still, you can take home a separate $10 Prime Day credit if you spend at least $10 at a 4-Star store, separate from the aforementioned Books/Pop-Up deal. Amazon currently has 4-Star stores open in 15 states, with more on the horizon.

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Spend $10, Get $10 at Amazon Go

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What’s this? Another Amazon retail shop? Amazon Go is a bit different, taking a contactless approach in which you can get things like breakfast, lunch, and snacks without dealing with a cashier—the items you carry out are billed to the Amazon account on your phone. As with the other shops, you’ll get a $10 Prime Day credit for spending at least $10 at an Amazon Go location.

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Spend $20, Get $5 on Kindle eBooks

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Here’s a promotion in the same Prime Day window that doesn’t lock you to spending earned credit during Prime Day itself. Right now, if you spend $20 or more on eBooks via Amazon’s Kindle platform by October 12, you’ll get a $5 credit towards future eBooks. The credit is good for 21 days upon receipt, so at least you’ll have wiggle room to pick your next reads after Prime Day.

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Spend $10, Get $10 at Amazon Fresh 

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If you happen to live in the vicinity of the single current Amazon Fresh grocery store in Woodland Hills, California, then you can take advantage of this bargain. Spend $10 or more at the store between now and October 14 and scan the QR code in your Amazon app and you’ll get a $10 credit for Prime Day. According to the terms and conditions, this deal does not apply to the Amazon Fresh delivery service, only in-store purchases. More Amazon Fresh stores are coming to California and the Chicago area, but at least for now, this promo is exclusive to that one location.

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Sign up for a Prime Rewards Credit Card, Get $100

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If you shop at Amazon a lot and are on the hunt for a new credit card—or possibly a better one than what you have—then this deal might entice you to apply for the Amazon Prime Rewards Credit Card. Sign up now, and you’ll get a $100 Amazon gift card you can spend whenever you want. A lesser deal is available to non-Prime members, as well: Sign up for the standard Amazon Rewards Credit Card and you’ll receive a $50 Amazon gift card. The standard card has fewer benefits, but you will need a Prime subscription to sign up for the Prime Rewards card mentioned above.

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US charges six Russian intelligence officers with hacking Ukraine, 2018 Olympics, and Skripal investigation

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The Justice Department has charged six Russian intelligence officers with involvement in an extensive hacking campaign, including the notorious Petya ransomware attacks that targeted Ukraine in 2015. According to the indictment, the efforts also targeted the country of Georgia, the French elections, the 2018 winter Olympics, and investigations into the poisoning of former Russian military officer Sergei Skripal.

Many of the specific incidents in the indictment have been previously reported, but no law enforcement agency has publicly charged Russia’s GRU with orchestrating the attacks. Russia’s primary military intelligence agency, the GRU has previously been associated with a wide range of cyberattacks dubbed “Fancy Bear” by private-sector researchers. In this case, prosecutors even pin the operation down to a specific GRU building located at 22 Kirova Street in Moscow, which the indictment refers to as “the Tower.”

The indictment follows previous prosecutions concerning GRU campaigns against the 2014 Olympics or the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 campaign. One of the six defendants, Anatoliy Kovalev, was also named in the DNC indictments. But Monday’s indictment reaches further, alleging an international campaign of cyberattacks and political influence campaigns to further Russian national interests.

The most devastating of the attacks came against Ukrainian power grids in 2015. The first attack compromised internal networks at all three of the country’s major energy distribution companies, rendering computers inoperable and leaving more than 200,000 people without power in the dead of winter. The following year, a subsequent attack was launched against the country’s Ministry of Finance and State Treasury Service.

As with previous indictments against foreign hackers, Russia is unlikely to extradite the defendants, and it is unlikely that they will ever stand trial. Nonetheless, the new prosecution is a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to hold the GRU accountable for its digital attacks.

The indictment is the result of more than two years of investigation by the FBI, a point that was emphasized by agents who worked on the case. “The exceptional talent and dedication of our teams in Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Oklahoma City who spent years tracking these members of the GRU is unmatched,” said Michael Christman, FBI special agent in charge of the Pittsburgh field office, in a statement. “These criminals underestimated the power of shared intelligence, resources and expertise through law enforcement, private sector and international partnerships.”

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The iPhone 12 won’t support 5G in dual SIM mode at launch

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Apple’s latest iPhone supports 5G networks, but not if you use the device in dual SIM mode, according to an internal Apple training document revealing the issue that began circulating on Reddit over the weekend.

Dual SIM mode is a feature introduced on the iPhone line with the iPhone XS, and it’s useful for those traveling or staying abroad (or people who maintain work and personal lines on the same device) by allowing both a physical Nano SIM line and data-only service from another carrier using an eSIM simultaneously.

But that apparently interferes with the iPhone 12’s ability to run on 5G networks, at least for now. Here’s the wording from the Apple document:

“Does 5G work with Dual SIM?”

When using two lines in Dual SIM mode, 5G data isn’t supported on either line and will fall back to 4G LTE. If customers are using eSIM only and are on a 5G supported carrier and service plan, they’ll have 5G access.

Apple is reportedly planning an update to fix the issue later this year, according to MacRumors, which cites an internal Verizon slide detailing the company’s 5G support for the iPhone. For now, you can access 5G networks on the iPhone 12 with either a Nano SIM line or an eSIM, so long as you use only a single line at one time, meaning any eSIM users will have to remove the physical card from their iPhone 12 to access 5G speeds.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment on its plans to fix 5G compatibility while using an iPhone 12 in dual SIM mode.

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Juniper Networks acquires Boston-area AI SD-WAN startup 128 Technology for $450M

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Today Juniper Networks announced it was acquiring smart wide area networking startup 128 Technology for $450 million.

This marks the second AI-fueled networking company Juniper has acquired in the last year and a half after purchasing Mist Systems in March 2019 for $405 million. With 128 Technology, the company gets more AI SD-WAN technology. SD-WAN is short for software-defined wide area networks, which means networks that cover a wide geographical area such as satellite offices, rather than a network in a defined space.

Today, instead of having simply software-defined networking, the newer systems use artificial intelligence to help automate session and policy details as needed, rather than dealing with static policies, which might not fit every situation perfectly.

Writing in a company blog post announcing the deal, executive vice president and chief product officer Manoj Leelanivas sees 128 Technology adding great flexibility to the portfolio as it tries to transition from legacy networking approaches to modern ones driven by AI, especially in conjunction with the Mist purchase.

“Combining 128 Technology’s groundbreaking software with Juniper SD-WAN, WAN Assurance and Marvis Virtual Network Assistant (driven by Mist AI) gives customers the clearest and quickest path to full AI-driven WAN operations — from initial configuration to ongoing AIOps, including customizable service levels (down to the individual user), simple policy enforcement, proactive anomaly detection, fault isolation with recommended corrective actions, self-driving network operations and AI-driven support,” Leelanivas wrote in the blog post.

128 Technologies was founded in 2014 and raised over $97 million, according to Crunchbase data. Its most recent round was a $30 million Series D investment in September 2019 led by G20 Ventures and The Perkins Fund.

In addition to the $450 million, Juniper has asked 128 Technology to issue retention stock bonuses to encourage the startup’s employees to stay on during the transition to the new owners. Juniper has promised to honor this stock under the terms of the deal. The deal is expected to close in Juniper’s fiscal fourth quarter subject to normal regulatory review.

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