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Tech Talk: 3D-printed babies -- cute or creepy?

by Doug Delony / KHOU 11 News

khou.com

Posted on January 20, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 20 at 12:40 PM

HOUSTON – A website will turn your baby’s ultrasound into a 3D printout, so is it cute or creepy? Also, Amazon files a patent to send you items before you even order them. This and more in today’s Tech Talk…

== Report says Russian teen was behind Target payment Malware ==
The person behind the software used to steal 70 million card numbers from Target shoppers is a teenager, according to security firm Intel Crawler. The company says the Malware is linked to a 17-year-old boy from Russia, whose Facebook profile they even tracked down. They say he created the malicious software and then sold it to criminals. Intel Crawler thinks those criminals may have also hacked into other payment systems, including Neiman Marcus.  U.S. officials say they're looking into the connection.

== Amazon shipping you stuff before you order it? ==
(USA Today) -- Online retail giant Amazon says it knows its customers so well it can start shipping even before orders are placed. The Seattle-based company, which late last year said it wants to use drones to speed package delivery, gained a patent last month for what it calls "anticipatory shipping,'' the Wall Street Journal reports. Amazon, the Journal reported, says it may box and ship products that it expects customers in a specific area will want, based on previous orders and other factors it gleans from its customers' shopping patterns, even before they place an online order.

== 3D Babies: creepy or cute? ==
3D-babies.com is a unique service that creates a baby figurine resembling your baby’s facial features and body position before he or she is even born. All you have to do is provide 3D/4D ultrasound images and shell out about $600. “This is a great way to share the excitement of your new baby with family and friends. Your 3D Baby will be a treasured family remembrance of your pregnancy and new baby,” the company says on its website. If that’s not weird enough for you, you can buy celebrity babies, too. Kim and Kanye’s girl “North West” can be purchased for $250. So, is it creepy or cute? Comment below!

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