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USA TODAY Tech on Twitter

The best TV deals of Black Friday 2017 https://usat.ly/2jJpchF  pic.twitter.com/jcqGHcMWAi

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Justice Department sues to block AT&T takeover of Time Warner, report says

AT&T's $85.4 billion bid to acquisition Time Warner is in jeopardy as reports on Monday claim the U.S. Department of Justice is set to file a lawsuit aimed at blocking the high-profile merger. Earlier today, the Justice Department said it will make an announcement regarding a "major antitrust matter," news that several media outlets linked to AT&T's merger with Time Warner. Bloomberg , citing unnamed sources, was first to report on the coming coming lawsuit , followed by Politico and Reuters . AT&T later confirmed the suit to CNBC , but failed to detail the Justice Department's legal action. Announced over a year ago , AT&T's takeover of Time Warner has come under fire for what some view as a contentious consolidation of power. AT&T, a "big four" American telecommunications powerhouse, operates a wide array of phone, internet and TV businesses, while Time Warner owns big cable brands including HBO, CNN, TBS and the Cartoon Network. Time Warner's proprietorship of CNN is at the heart of at least one theory regarding the Justice Department's unconventional move.

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ESO Observations Show First Interstellar Asteroid is Like Nothing Seen Before - VLT reveals dark, reddish and highly-elongated object

For the first time ever astronomers have studied an asteroid that has entered the Solar System from interstellar space. Observations from ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile and other observatories around the world show that this unique object was traveling through space for millions of years before its chance encounter with our star system. It appears to be a dark, reddish, highly-elongated rocky or high-metal-content object. The new results appear in the journal Nature on 20 November 2017.

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All the Ways Justice League Sets Up the Future of DC Movies

It’s a welcome reminder that, eventually, this universe is going to get cosmic at some point, even if Green Lantern as a character wasn’t part of the League in this movie. Plus, one of the Lanterns falls at Steppenwolf’s hand in the flashback, and we see a ring fly off into the sky. In the comics, a Lantern ring is autonomous, and capable of flying around and searching for a new wielder when its current owner expires, granting them the former job of the deceased Lantern. Hal Jordan famously got his ring from the crash-landed Green Lantern Abin Sur—could the movies instead re-work it so the ring we see in Justice League eventually makes its way into his hands in Green Lantern Corps. ? It seems like a weird choice, but also a choice a DCEU movie would make.

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Uber adds live location sharing to app, plans to deploy 24,000 self-driving Volvo SUVs

Uber on Monday revealed several new features for its core iPhone app —including live location sharing with drivers —as well as an agreement with Volvo that will see it buy and equip 24,000 vehicles with self-driving systems.

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Uber orders up to 24,000 Volvo XC90s for driverless fleet

Uber’s new fleet of XC90s will go further than the existing test vehicles, in that they will incorporate redundant systems for braking and steering that will allow them to operate without a human safety driver on board. The 24,000 vehicle model is also subject to change, depending on Uber’s needs. Uber also paints the right to order vehicles from other OEMs to help contribute to its fleet as part of the deal.

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Eight women say Charlie Rose sexually harassed them — with nudity, groping and lewd calls

The informal structure of Rose’s small show — with roughly 15 employees — and the centrality of the veteran journalist’s authority on a program he owns led to uncertainty over how to respond, said the woman who felt victimized. “There wasn’t anybody to report this to if you felt uncomfortable,” one of them said. Above, Rose at a gala in New York on Oct. 30, 2017. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images for the National Committee on American Foreign Policy)

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Star Wars Battlefront II (for PC)

Star Wars Battlefront II is off to a rocky start, to say the least, but the underlying experience is now enjoyable. The multiplayer modes are fun to play, the exterior locations look stunning, and the mechanics mostly feel tight. However, if EA decides to bring back microtransactions in a big way or doesn't simplify the progression system, then this development effort could all be in vain. I sincerely hope that EA doesn't release a new multiplayer Star Wars game every two years; it would be much better off iterating on this platform, by adding new multiplayer game modes or single-player experiences.

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Key Windows 10 defense is 'worthless' and bug dates back to Windows 8 | ZDNet

"Windows 8 and newer systems that have system-wide ASLR enabled via EMET or Windows Defender Exploit Guard will have non-DYNAMICBASE applications relocated to a predictable location, thus voiding any benefit of mandatory ASLR. This can make exploitation of some classes of vulnerabilities easier," wrote Dormann in a CERT/CC advisory .

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Tencent becomes the first Chinese tech firm valued over $500B

Shares of the 19-year-old company, which is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, rallied to reach HK$418.80 to give it a market cap of HK$3.99 trillion which takes past the $500 billion mark. Close rival Alibaba is Asia’s second-highest-valued firm at $474 billion.

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McMaster Reportedly Told Oracle CEO That Trump Has Intelligence of a 'Kindergartner'

Citing “five sources with knowledge of the conversation,” Buzzfeed News reports that National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster called his commander-in-chief an “idiot” and a “dope” during a private dinner with Oracle CEO Safra Catz. Catz has had a notably close relationship with the Trump administration and denied the comments when asked by Buzzfeed.

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Supercomputers coming soon to an office near you

Instead, "CORAL was initially inspired by, 'Let's build the fastest supercomputer in the world and solve problems that can't be solved in ordinary circumstances,' and to do that we had to invent technology," Turek said. For example, a cognitive program running on a server a decade from now could determine corporate policies, identify unauthorized building visitors, and perform e-discovery for your legal department. It could do all that while continuously evaluating data for changes and tweaking its results on-the-fly, as opposed to relying on constant human approval, Turek said.

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DDoS attacks increased 91% in 2017 thanks to IoT

In Q3 2017, organizations faced an average of 237 DDoS attack attempts per month. And with DDoS-for-hire services, criminals can now attack and attempt to take down a company for less than $100.

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Nebraskan commission approves Keystone XL pipeline even after last week’s spill

Nebraska’s Public Service Commission just approved letting the  TransCanada Corp.’s  controversial Keystone XL pipeline bisect their state.  On a three-to-two vote, the commission voted to let construction of the pipeline begin , however, the route they approved is an alternative route for the pipeline that would connect Canada’s Alberta oil sands to refineries in the United States. That has given the project’s opponents—including environmental conservationists, Native American tribes, and landowners along the pipeline’s prospective route—new grounds for arguing against the pipeline, as the new route has not been as thoroughly vetted,  Bloomberg  reports .

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How law firms are protecting client data from cyber threats

Around two-thirds of law firms reported being hacked in 2016-2017. Here are the technologies and strategies lawyers are using to strengthen their cybersecurity around client data.

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My favorite iPhone X feature: Hidden notifications | ZDNet

Indeed, Face ID does have trouble working when the iPhone X is laying on a desk, meaning I have to pick up the phone to view notifications in that situation. But the knowledge that unless I am physically looking at the screen of my phone and nobody else can read my notifications is something I find reassuring. Combine that with the fact that it requires no extra work on my part, and I'm sold.

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Apple received search warrant over Texas church shooter's phone

The Texas Rangers found an iPhone SE near the body of mass shooter Devin Patrick Kelley. Now, they want Apple to hand over his iCloud data.

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21 weird tech job titles of the future

The rise of AI may make some jobs obsolete, but a number of completely new roles will likely arise, according to a report from Cognizant.

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Ford's plug-in hybrid gives police all-electric power for the first time

The new vehicle looks like just one of Ford's standard Fusion hybrids at first glance, but specialized law enforcement options like a driver spot lamp and dash cluster dimming options for surveillance set it apart from the consumer version. The hybrid can also be outfitted with emergency light packages (seen in the photo above), which definitely aren't available in just any old Fusion to stop traffic on a whim.

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MIT Tech Review on Twitter

Investors are assuming @Uber will be able to roll out a fleet of expensive autonomous cars and find a way to make money off it. https://trib.al/nlHR2Sv 

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Starbucks Is Criticized for Its Holiday Cups. Yes, Again.

In a statement released at the time, the company said it wanted to “create a culture of belonging, inclusion and diversity” and meant the cups as an invitation for “customers to tell their Christmas stories in their own way, with a red cup that mimics a blank canvas.”

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Uber rolls out location sharing and glowing windshields

The ride-hailing giant is rolling out new tools such as a live location feature and windshield colors. The efforts intend to improve the pick-up process, especially in crowded areas like the airport or a concert venue.

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Little kid has some real issues with his younger sister's new boyfriend

The backstory to the kid's adorable bickering began when Marley noticed Brooklyn and a young fellow named Dylan allegedly holding hands during recess hours. Well, Marley was not having any of that and, as a protective big bro, gave his little sister a stern talking to about her life choices.

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Amazon Echo comes in red now to help raise funds to fight AIDS

The newly colored Echo is part of a collaboration between Amazon and (RED) , and just one of a collection of new (RED)-inspired products currently available on Amazon. A portion of the proceeds from each sale goes to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa -- with the red Echo, Amazon is pledging $10 for every speaker sold now through December 31. Bank of America is also pledging 30 cents for every dollar spent on Amazon's (RED) collection during the same timeframe, up to a maximum contribution of $1.5 million (this applies to US sales only).

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AT&T will reportedly face an antitrust lawsuit over its $84.5 billion Time Warner deal

"Today's DOJ lawsuit is a radical and inexplicable departure from decades of antitrust precedent. Vertical mergers like this one are routinely approved because they benefit consumers without removing any competitor from the market. We see no legitimate reason for our merger to be treated differently. ... Fortunately, the Department of Justice doesn't have the final say in this matter. Rather, it bears the burden of proving to the U.S. District Court that the transaction violates the law. We are confident that the Court will reject the Government's claims and permit this merger under longstanding legal precedent."

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CXOs: Get ready for augmented and virtual reality technology

Adoption of AR/VR technology is picking up speed in the enterprise. Here are a few areas where businesses are seeing benefits, like improved safety, greater efficiency, and reduced costs.

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Five talents you need when applying for a game tester job

The gaming industry is expected to grow past $20 billion in annual revenue by the year 2020. TechRepublic's Bill Detwiler shares how to start your career in game testing.

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Uber Live Location Sharing Helps Drivers Find You

Meanwhile, thanks to a new deal between Uber and Volvo, a lot more self-driving cars will be on the road in the future. Uber has agreed to buy "tens of thousands of autonomous driving compatible base" vehicles from Volvo between 2019 and 2021, the companies announced. Uber plans to add its own self-driving technology to these base vehicles, making them fully autonomous or capable of operating without a human in the front seat.

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Introducing the Garsquashroom, the Vegetarian Answer to the Turducken

The most dramatic meat centerpiece one can serve is probably the turducken, as three boneless birds stuffed inside each other does make for quite the presentation. Not wanting my veggie friends to miss out on the foods-shoved-inside-other-foods shenanigans, I created the garsquashroom, which is (obviously) a whole head of roasted garlic and a bunch of roasted mushrooms served inside a beautiful roasted kobocha squash.

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A New Trinity of Wholesome Heroes Is Coming to DC Comics

Along with Milkman Man, Milk Wars will also introduce Father Bruce, a Batman who commits his life to taking in orphaned children, and Wonder Wife, a horrifying, Stepford-ized version of Diana. Thankfully, Milk Wars is going to be a lean story that runs for about a month before wrapping up. It’ll be a solid way to get caught up on what’s going on over in Young Animal’s neck of the woods and let’s be honest—it’s gonna be a hoot to see the Wholesome Trinity in action.

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Fix Your Bad Mood With a Selfless Act

A single morning commute is enough time to gather a thousand seething resentments. People shove you, they litter, they smoke while blocking the sidewalk. By the time you show up at the office, you might be in full Rorschach-from- Watchmen mode. Instead, fill yourself with the cleansing fire of a kind act.

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Bloomberg Technology on Twitter

A French Uber rival might become an insurance broker https://bloom.bg/2B8Ztne  pic.twitter.com/RGFneFZqAO

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Someone Forgot to Give Stan Lee a Hat

This is not even the most bizarre snapshot from a new behind-the-scenes video for Will.i.am’s collaboration with Marvel, the graphic novel Masters of the Sun , which is also being turned into an AR experience. But it is the only one where Stan Lee looks wildly envious of the hat game on display all around him, and that’s delightful.

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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp crosses to your phone this Wednesday

Animal Crossing will be the fourth Nintendo title to make its way onto mobile following the releases of Miitomo , Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes . The game lets you manage a campsite populated with cute critters by performing tasks and challenges to upgrade its comfort and decor. A new in-game currency called "Leaf Tickets" will offer a way for impatient gamers to spend real money to purchase upgrades ahead of schedule.

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Women Are Fueling The Growth Of Collective Philanthropy Giving Circles

To conduct the study, CGRG polled 1,600 publicly identifiable giving groups around the country, along with analyzing their publicly disclosed gifts. The average group size is 116 members. Industry-wide, at least 150,000 people have tried the format. Most significantly, 70% of have a majority of women as members; nearly 50% were women-only. Most of these groups are built locally and give locally, too, covering issues like human services, women and girl equality, and education. “In contrast, international affairs and religious causes were the issue areas least likely to receive support,” the report notes.

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Wow, the Gambit Movie Might Actually Cast Someone Other Than Channing Tatum

Considering how long it’s been in limbo—and how many times its seemingly been brought back from the brink of collapsing altogether—it’s hard to forget sometimes that the solo Gambit movie is still happening. Today, it took the first teeny steps forwards by... well, attaching someone other than Channing Tatum to the project.

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Robot companions are just what the doctor ordered

In the other use, the tablet games are designed to mimic the things a child life specialist does to get a child ready before IV placement. One game, for example, lets kids wrap a bandage around an object to prepare them for when their own arm gets wrapped up. In another game, the child sees images of different people in their life, such as family members and doctors and even Ivey. When the child taps on an image, Ivey says something about how that person is there to support and help them.

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Barack Obama just wished Joe Biden a happy birthday with an original Obama-Biden meme

It's former Vice President Joe Biden's 75th birthday and Barack Obama kicked off the celebration in the only appropriate way: his own twist on the legendary Obama-Biden memes.

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Lifehacker on Twitter

You should dump a partner who says your vagina is gross: http://lifehac.kr/qw7lh2N  pic.twitter.com/jkBobZol8L

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This Mercury-Safe Tuna Company Is On A Mission To Clean Up The Oceans

To carry out the mercury test, Safe Catch takes a small flesh biopsy (around the size of a grain of rice), using a syringe-like tool. The sample is then injected into the technology interface–a sleek console with a touch-screen interface. On the screen, the Safe Catch team enters data about the origin and size of the fish; the analysis of the mercury level takes under a minute. Those fish that don’t pass the test are returned to the fishermen and likely sold to other tuna companies; the ones that pass are canned and shipped to North America, where its sold in around 7,500 locations (compared to conventional canned tuna, it retails for around double the price–a premium which the health conscious, especially parents, are, according to Wittenberg, willing to pay). In all, since launching, Safe Catch has performed around 1 million mercury-level tests.

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FCC is expected to unveil its plan to destroy net neutrality during Thanksgiving week

The FCC’s next meeting, where it votes on proposals, is December 14th. That’s when it’s expected to vote on its plan to reverse net neutrality. There’s no firm date on when the proposal will be announced, but the commission usually details its plans for each meeting several weeks ahead of time, and, as of this year, publicly reveals the text of what it’ll be voting on, too. Scheduling the net neutrality announcement for Thanksgiving week may be a coincidence, but it certainly seems like the FCC is trying to release this plan at a time when it’ll be harder for net neutrality advocates to give it their full attention.

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Macworld on Twitter

You can add location information to your Tweets, such as your city or precise location, from the web and via third-party applications. You always have the option to delete your Tweet location history. Learn more

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Cyberattacks most likely to happen in these 10 states on Cyber Monday

Your age, sex, and location can determine how likely you are to fall victim to internet crime on the biggest online shopping day of the year, according to a new report from OpenVPN.

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Bloomberg Technology on Twitter

This billionaire to win either way whether electric cars boom or bust https://bloom.bg/2jGAQKl  pic.twitter.com/9tmTRh7WQU

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How to Write a Novel, With Author Mira Jacob

In this episode we talk to Mira Jacob, author of the novel The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing , about how her novel took her ten years to write, and what she learned in the process. We also hear from Lifehacker staff writers Nick Douglas, Patrick Allen, and Beth Skwarecki about National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo), wherein writers pledge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Beth has completed NaNoWriMo 10 times; Patrick is trying it this year for the first time. Nick investigates why anyone would do such a thing.

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Business leaders oversharing on dating apps, putting companies at risk of cyberattack

An October Kaspersky Lab report found multiple security vulnerabilities in several popular dating apps, including Bumble, Tinder, and OkCupid. Outside of business leaders being vulnerable by simply looking for love, those using the apps for networking purposes could be in a more risky spot due to how much information they put on the app. For example, Bumble's businesses networking mode, found in the same app that has vulnerabilities, requires direct job titles and company names for users, putting them at additional risk.

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Uber agrees to buy tens of thousands of Volvo cars for its autonomous fleet

Uber is building out its autonomous fleet with help from Volvo. The car company signed a framework deal to sell up to 24,000 SUVs that can be overlaid with autonomous driving technology to Uber between 2019 and 2021,  Reuters reports . Uber will be buying Volvo’s XC90 and XC60 SUVs; cars with starting prices in the $40,000-$50,000 range.

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Gizmodo on Twitter

DOJ sues AT&T over merger with Time Warner, despite charges of political motivation http://gizmo.do/fuY71dI  pic.twitter.com/BKt3xmC57z

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AT&T Flying COW drones will help bring cell service back to Puerto Rico

Flying COW (Cell on Wings) drones will be headed to provide cell service to Puerto Rico after being approved by the US Federal Aviation Administration, the FAA announced Thursday .

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