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Team Trump goes in to bat for Google and Facebook.

What swamp? Donald Trump's former policy chief Steve Bannon wanted to limit the power of Silicon Valley's plutocrats, but US trade negotiations have just thrown a protective arm around them.…

- TheRegister - UK

Amazon's warehouse workers strike in Germany and Italy.

As exciting as it may be go on an online shopping spree for Black Friday, there is a human price to be paid: thousands of warehouse workers often have to commit many exhausting hours to making sure your orders arrive on time. And some Amazon warehou...

- Engadget - US

NASA goes back to the middle ages for its rover tire design.

The Mars Curiosity rover has been a big success, but NASA's modern tech couldn't save its tires from breaking down in the harsh conditions of Mars. For future missions, the agency has gone back to the age of knights. Based on the principals of chainm...

- Engadget - US

Can a cryptocurrency be used to fight hate speech, fake news and divisive politics?.

Effectively, they want to fight radicalization by “mapping ideologies”, providing a compass to navigate belief systems and using cryptocurrency to reward contributors. The UK-based new charitable foundation plans to create a platform which works by creating an infrastructure that allows members of an ideology to ...

- TechCrunch - US

Equity podcast: Stitch Fix and Sailpoint get their IPOs done.

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we assembled the full crew , Matthew Lynley, Katie Roof and Alex Wilhelm , along with Stephanie Palmeri from Uncork Capital. Palmeri has invested in Poshmark, Chariot, and ClassDojo, ...

- TechCrunch - US

Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Top tips.

How to bag the best of the bargains.

- BBC - UK

Five state attorneys general are investigating Uber breach.

Uber's latest security breach, which exposed 57 million customers' and drivers' personal information, has come under more and more scrutiny since it was revealed earlier this week. The Federal Trade Commission has already confirmed that it's looking...

- Engadget - US

Military test centre for frikkin' laser cannon opens in Hampshire.

In other news, shares in mirror manufacturers have soared British miltech boffinry outfit Qinetiq has opened a testing centre named the Dragonworks for the building and tweaking of giant laser cannon.…

- TheRegister - UK

UK spy court ruled immune from judicial review – for now.

Judges reject Privacy International's case against Investigatory Powers Tribunal The UK's Court of Appeal has ruled that the body that oversees the nation's intelligence agencies cannot be held subject to a judicial review under active laws.…

- TheRegister - UK

Shopify's live streaming the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales frenzy.

Ever wonder what Black Friday's consumerist rush looks like in real time? Now you can see it visualized in the stream above, which is a visualization of sales occurring on Shopify's platform across its many merchants globally. Those dots represent sales in actual merchant stores, and the lines indicate where the buyers are ...

- TechCrunch - US

Warnings over net-connected Christmas gadgets.

Parents should check net-connected toys and gadgets are safe to give to children, warns data watchdog.

- BBC - UK

Snapchat seeks salvation in long-form and hands-on' AR ads

Snap Inc's stock tanked after missing revenue expectations by $30 million last quarter, so Snapchat is looking to win over businesses with immersive new ads formats. This week it introduced two new forms of ads: Promoted Stories which string together multiple Snaps into a longer-form slideshows openable from a tile on ...

- TechCrunch - US

Which game controllers are worth buying?

If you're picking up a game console like the Xbox One X or PlayStation 4 Pro this holiday season, congratulations: You already have a great controller for your new system. Traditionally, third-party gamepads have always been a bit subpar, the kind of...

- Engadget - US

Tamagotchi is heading to your smartphone in 2018

Tamagotchi is celebrating its 20th birthday this year with the release of a special anniversary edition, which was good enough to land on our holiday gift guide. But, the festivities don't end there, as the virtual pet is making the le...

- Engadget - US

The big stores that track your every online move

A study by Princeton researchers came to light earlier this month, revealing that over 400 of the world's most popular websites use the equivalent of hacking tools to spy on you without your knowledge or consent.

- Engadget - US

A certain millennial turned 30 recently: Welcome to middle age, Microsoft Excel

Launched a million business plans, sank Lotus... Thirty is a ripe old age, maybe older than a good chunk of Register readers. Even for those of you for whom Excel is a spring chicken, how many applications or even operating systems are you still using of a similar age outside the Office suite?…

- TheRegister - UK

Image-sharing site Imgur was hacked in 2014

Imgur, a popular picture-sharing site, revealed today that it suffered a data breach in 2014, claiming it was just notified of it on November 23rd. In a blog post, Imgur said hackers stole email addresses and passwords of 1.7 million user accounts --...

- Engadget - US

Business as usual, says Aruba veep after Meg exits daddy HPE

Networking subsidiary insists everything is Just Fine "No change to Aruba" was veep Morten Illum's public verdict on the news that Meg Whitman was stepping down from the top spot at Aruba's parent company, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.…

- TheRegister - UK

Activist investor rages at Mellanox for dismissing Marvell's advances

Why won't you let us create value for shareholders? Analysis InfiniBand/Ethernet tech supplier Mellanox is being targeted by an activist investor pissy that it rejected overtures from Marvell.…

- TheRegister - UK

Black Eyed Peas' graphic novel, 'Masters of the Sun,' gets the AR treatment

Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am took heed of Steve Jobs' “think different” but perhaps more so, he has kept it all the way 100 by being fresh and original , the core values of golden-age hip-hop. Today, the group released an augmented reality app, available on iOS and Android, to go with its graphic ...

- TechCrunch - US

Original Content podcast: 'The Punisher' arrives with a bang

Marvel and Netflix's latest show The Punisher stars Jon Bernthal as the bloodthirsty superhero. Bernthal first took on the role in the second season of Daredevil, but now he's the headliner in a story exploring the aftermath of war and a broader government conspiracy. In the latest episode of TechCrunch's Original Content ...

- TechCrunch - US

Dark fibre arts: Ofcom is determined to open up BT's network

But will it make a difference? Analysis BT has long been accused of jealously guarding its infrastructure. But forcing it to open up its network to competitors and break its market dominance has been an aim of Ofcom for some time.…

- TheRegister - UK

Mattress startup Purple launches in 13 Mattress Firm store locations

A number of bed-in-a-box startups have taken different approaches to selling their mattresses and bed ware in the last year. Casper and Tuft and Needle, for instance, launched their own branded physical store locations. However, Purple, a mattress startup out of Utah that recently merged with a New York shell company, took ...

- TechCrunch - US

UK emergency crews get 4G smartmobes as monkeys attempt to emerge from Reg's butt

Samsung inks deal to give crews up to 250k handsets The British emergency services are to be equipped with 4G phones thanks to a new handheld device contract with Samsung worth up to £210m.…

- TheRegister - UK

Seek 'passion' and tech skills will follow, say recruiting security chiefs

Infosec staffing needs a shot in the arm Plugging the infosec skills gap with expensive consultants or by trying to hire already skilled people won't fix recruitment headaches, Thom Langford, CISO at Publicis Groupe, insisted at the #IRISSCERT conference in Dublin this week.…

- TheRegister - UK

Twitter testing a feature that shows how many are 'talking about' tweets

Twitter is experimenting with a new feature that will show how many people are “talking about” individual, popular tweets. The metric shows up under some embedded tweets when they appear elsewhere on the web, and seems to replace both the retweet and replies totals with one, cumulative total. The new look for ...

- TechCrunch - US

Call to regulate video game loot boxes over gambling concerns

Greater use of loot boxes in games has drawn criticism and scrutiny from politicians and regulators

- BBC - UK

156K spam text-sending firm to ICO: It wasn't us, Commissioner

Get fined £45,000 anyway The Information Commissioner's Office has fined Hamilton Digital Solutions £45,000 for sending spam text messages, it announced today, despite its protestations that a third party had been responsible.…

- TheRegister - UK

Amazon German, Italian workers protest on Black Friday, dubbed 'Strike Friday'

Amazon has been one of the strongest driving forces behind the surge of e-commerce holiday sales around Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and the rest of the days leading to the end of the new year. Now, some of its workers in Europe have picked one of the biggest shopping days of the year to protest the company's practices, ...

- TechCrunch - US

Forget Sesame Street, scientists pretty much watched Big Bird evolve on Galápagos island

New finch species developed in just two generations New research has documented a species of finch evolving on the Galápagos island of Daphne Major, 1,000km off the west coast of Ecuador, in just two generations.…

- TheRegister - UK

A lost 'Doctor Who' episode featuring Tom Baker is finally here

Doctor Who fans have waited nearly four decades for today. Shada -- an episode that began filming in 1979 with Tom Baker as the legendary Time Lord -- is finally finished and available to download (a DVD will be released in the UK on December 4th, an...

- Engadget - US

Plans to thwack Official Secrets Acts smacked: Journo-gagging reform postponed

Why do we mention thrashing in the 'best schools'? Read on Proposals to reform and rewrite Britain's aged Official Secrets Acts have been postponed for at least a year, the government's Law Commission has confirmed to The Register.…

- TheRegister - UK

Digital Entrepreneur Awards help UK tech cop an eyeful of... WTF?

The 1970s called, it wants its dancers back When it comes to women in tech, it's fair to say the sector has a bit of an image problem.…

- TheRegister - UK

OK Go lets printers do the dancing in new music video

The band OK Go is known for its insanely creative music videos. From scooters, to cars, to planes, to treadmills, these guys have perfected the art of unique choreography. But this time, the band is going for something a bit old school. In the new video for “Obsession”, OK Go has created a wall of 557 printers ...

- TechCrunch - US