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Jodie Foster revisits 'Silence of the Lambs' to troll Trump

Hannibal Lecter helps Clarice Starling with Robert Mueller's probe into the president's Russia ties.

Kevin Hart plays a superhero in trouble on 'SNL'

Holy traffic tickets, Captain Shadow! Turns out Kevin Hart's superhero is keeping a super-secret.

Create AR effects in Snapchat's new Lens Studio

Augmented-reality dancing hotdogs are only a few clicks away.

A robot cut through a wall to pass on the Olympic torch in South Korea

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Facebook's new Snooze button can mute annoying friends for 30 days

The controls are similar to the current Unfollow / Hide tool that lets you permanently remove a user or page’s updates from your timeline entirely without unfriending them. Instead of Unfollow or Hide, you’ll now see the option to snooze the account for about a month. Personally, I think this is particularly helpful now that people on my timeline are starting to answer those personality questions Facebook introduced a week ago , and their answers are completely flooding my News Feed, since each answer is its own status update card.

Oracle acquiring Australian cloud company Aconex for AU$1.6b | ZDNet

Oracle has offered up AU$1.6 billion to purchase an Australian company that provides cloud solutions for construction projects, subject to an independent review and shareholder vote next year.

Hackers shut down plant by targeting its safety system

The malware, nicknamed Triton, hijacked a workstation using Schneider Electric's Triconex safety technology (typically used in power plants). The culprits hoped to modify controllers that could pinpoint safety problems, but some of those controllers entered a failsafe state in response and shut down the plant, leading operators to conduct the investigation that caught the hostile code. Triton was otherwise fairly sophisticated. It would try to recover failed controllers to avoid raising alerts, and would even overwrite its own programs with junk data if it couldn't salvage a controller inside of a given time window.

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The Last Jedi brings all the excitement, drama and fun you've known... and more! Star Wars weekend is back, so go see the movie ASAP. It's amazing!

iTunes won't arrive on Windows Store by 2017 | Cult of Mac

Apple says it won’t be bringing iTunes to the Windows Store this year. The move comes after Microsoft announced in May that iTunes would be supported on Windows 10 S machines by the end of 2017.

AOL Instant Messenger to shut down after 20 years

I’m not sure how many people will mourn AIM’s loss on a practical level — I haven’t even heard of anyone using it in the last few years, which isn’t surprising given how many more sophisticated alternatives are available. That’s not a dig at the company, for the record: I actually still have my old AOL email address (it was my first, and I’m sentimental).

Apple buys original space drama TV series from 'Battlestar Galactica' creator

Ronald D. Moore, the brain behind the critically acclaimed remake of "Battlestar Galactica," will pen a new space drama for Apple, as the company continues its push into original TV content to compete with the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.


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Former Facebook Exec Who Suggested Social Media Was Destroying Society: I Love Facebook

A former Facebook executive is trying to sprinkle some niceties onto his ruthless drag of social media—at least when it comes to one social media company in particular. Former vice president of user growth Chamath Palihapitiya recently told an audience at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.” But on Thursday night, two days after Facebook responded to his damning criticism, Palihapitiya walked back on his comments.

These ugly Christmas sweaters are guaranteed to last until 2047

While trends come and go, ugly Christmas sweaters stay the same. At least that’s the theory behind  Tom Cridland , an environmentally conscious brand that has been embraced by celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Kendrick Lamar. All the clothes within the collection are made of sustainable materials, and they are designed to last a lifetime. The hope is that this “buy less, buy better” philosophy will keep clothes out of landfills.

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Douglas Trumbull—the man behind the visual effects for Blade Runner—is now creating movie experiences more immersive than regular 3-D or giant-screen IMAX. 

Atlanta airport loses power, trapping travelers in planes and terminals

Brian Moote, 36, the morning host of an Atlanta radio show, said he was returning home on a flight from Dallas when the power went out in the airport. Moote said he and his fellow passengers had been stuck in their plane on the tarmac for nearly six hours, beginning at around 12:30 p.m. ET.

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Oracle adds to cloud construction strategy with $1.2B bid for Aconex

7 Essential Checks to Make Before Ditching Your Old Phone

It’s the season for the giving and receiving of gifts, and whether someone else has generously bought you a smartphone or you’ve decided to treat yourself, it’s time to bid farewell to your old handset and face the future with your new one. But wait—we’ve got a few checks you need to make first.

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How batteries sparked a cobalt frenzy - and what could happen next

Tech the halls: How NORAD keeps tabs on Santa

NORAD's North Warning System -- a radar array of 47 installations across the northern border of North America -- is the first bit of tech to bring Santa under surveillance on Christmas Eve. The system lets NORAD know when Santa's packed up and leaving his home base at the North Pole.

Amazon to pay 100M euros to settle Italian tax dispute

We have reached an agreement with the tax authorities on historical matters and remain focused on providing a great shopping experience for our customers in Italy, where we have invested more than €800m since 2010 and created over 3,000 jobs. In May 2015, to ensure we had the best business structure to serve our customers going forward, we established a local country branch of Amazon EU Sarl in Italy, with all retail revenues, expenses, profits and taxes due now accounted for in Italy.

Equinix to buy Australia's Metronode data center group for $791 millio

SYDNEY (Reuters) - U.S. data center group Equinix Inc on Monday said it was buying Australian data center company Metronode from the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in an all-cash deal worth A$1.035 billion ($791.15 million).

Here are the greatest video games of 2017

Little Nightmares is a brief platformer that features a beautifully realized albeit macabre presentation. Its environments are ripped from dark fairy tales and its sense of scale makes the player feel all the more helpless. It's not an overly cheerful title, but definitely worth playing.

Inside the Home of Instant Pot, the Kitchen Gadget That Spawned a Religion

After a brief and unsuccessful attempt to start his own tech company, Mr. Wang turned his attention to kitchen appliances, a market that hadn’t yet been visited by the tech industry’s disruption fairies. A lapsed home cook whose busy schedule rarely allowed him to make healthy meals for his wife and two children, Mr. Wang recruited two other engineers and spent 18 months and $350,000 of his savings developing a high-tech device that would combine pressure-cooking, slow-cooking, sautéing and other common cooking functions in a single appliance. In a news release announcing his invention in 2013, he called it the “iPot” — an Apple homage that his trademark lawyer soon nixed.

12 of the best baby tech gifts for the little ones in your life

This baby tech gift guide is a new one for TechCrunch’s annual gift list but one that’s been on my mind for a little while now (for reference, I’m six months pregnant). Lately, I’ve been inundated with ads, tips, lists and articles of my own on items for baby in this modern tech age… so, I’ve scanned through it all, compiled a list of the top tech and wrapped it up just for you and your little one (or little one to be).

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China's $189 billion giant of finance reveals a huge bet on tech

Password managers: A cheat sheet for professionals

The sheer number of passwords the average person has can lead to confusion and tons of password retrieval emails. Simplify and secure your digital life by learning about password managers.

These wireless Crazybaby Air Nano earphones won't break the bank

The audio quality isn't the best. Compared against the Apple AirPods, the Air Nano feels, well, airy, lacking a soundstage to really feel expansive. It doesn't help that the bass is weak and puny, which means the sound just ends up feeling a little too hollow for my taste.

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We rocked out to a living room light show using Nanoleaf Rhythm

Disney gobbling up Fox changes the streaming universe

Iger has said the service will pack a cost "substantially below" that of Netflix, which charges $12 a month for its standard plan. Disney's newest films will be going to this new service instead of Netflix at that point too, since Iger plans to let a distribution pact with Netflix lapse. That means it'll be the place to stream the live-action "The Lion King" with Beyoncé, "Toy Story 4" and "Star Wars: Episode IX." It will also include new television series Disney is developing, based on Star Wars, "Monsters Inc.," "High School Musical" and Marvel characters.

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Feds reportedly spent $22M on mysterious UFO program

The program's initial funding came largely at the request of former Sen. Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, who has had a long-held interest in space phenomena, according to the newspaper. On Saturday, Reid renewed his call for the US to fund UFO research in a tweet that linked to the Times' report and borrowed " The X-Files " tagline that "the truth is out there."

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'Game of Thrones' final season is 'bigger than it's ever been'

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Tencent, JD․com announce they are investing in Chinese discount online retailer Vipshop: Tencent investing $604M for a 7% stake, JD․com investing $259M for 5.5% ( @catecadell / Reuters) … …

How to Buy, Sell, and Keep Track of Bitcoin

When you create a price new price alert, you'll see a slider appear that lets you toggle the alert to a specific USD dollar value for Bitcoin, Ether, or Litecoin. If the cryptocurrency hits your target price, Coinbase will send you a push notification to hop onto the app and buy or sell. You can create as many alerts as you want, toggling them on and off on the Alerts page to determine which are active as you track your investments.

Any phone but iPhone X, according to this Sprint salesman

Commentary: In my visit to the last of the big four carrier stores, the salesman was bullish, animated and adamant.

Dell cuts the price of some XPS 15 laptops by £250 with this special Christmas deal

Dell cuts the price of some XPS 15 laptops by £250 with this special Christmas deal

A lot of dead people apparently supported ending net neutrality

People have taken to Twitter to post their findings that their deceased friends and relatives somehow came back to life to leave comments in support of the FCC’s decision to end the open and free internet. Scientists have yet to weigh in on this unbelievable miracle. In related news, the New York Attorney General’s Office says that as many as 2 million identities were stolen–including those of deceased individuals–so comments could be left under their names supporting the repeal of net neutrality. If you want to check to see if your identity–or that of any deceased relatives–was stolen, the New York Attorney General’s Office has a handy tool that allows you to do just that.

Social Media Marketing: The Hashtag Test - When Is It Too Much?

Hashtags are wonderful social media marketing tools. They can highlight trends, tie campaigns to chosen keywords, and isolate conversations. The allure of the hashtag is strong, especially for brands that desire a customized platform for their content. Twitter (and, to a lesser extent, Facebook, Instagram and Google+) thrives on hashtags for everything from primetime TV shows to organic political movements.

Trump signs bill barring US government use of Kaspersky

In September, the Department of Homeland Security issued a binding directive ordering all federal departments and agencies to remove Kaspersky Lab products from government computers, saying it was "concerned about the ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence and other government agencies, and requirements under Russian law that allow Russian intelligence agencies to request or compel assistance from Kaspersky and to intercept communications transiting Russian networks."

The internet companies working to save net neutrality

"Net Neutrality lives on," reads an email from Sonic on Thursday. No, it's not from the hedgehog or the drive-in. Sonic is an internet service and phone provider available in more than 125 cities in California, and it was sharing with its about 100,000 customers that it "will remain committed to the principles of net neutrality."

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These are the 5 best deals on Amazon right now

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The web we may have lost… – Christian Heilmann – Medium

I went online. I found things to learn and I found mistakes I could help fix. I was online very early on when the web was, well — shit. I wasn’t tempted by thousands of streaming services giving me things to consume. Even downloading an MP3 was pretty much wishful thinking on a dial-up connection that cost per minute. I used the web as a read and write medium. I wrote things offline, dialled up, uploaded my changes, got my emails and disconnected. I had to put a lot of effort into publishing online, that’s why I cherish it.

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How museums are fighting fires, floods, and climate change

Feds Rush to Cash in on Seized Bitcoin Cache Before the Bubble Bursts

The US government seized more than 513 bitcoins and 512 Bitcoin Cash from Aaron Shamo last year after arresting him for selling synthetic pharmaceuticals containing fentanyl on dark net markets. Shamo was also busted with 500,000 pills and $1 million in cash stuffed into trash bags, according to authorities. At the time of Shamo’s arrest, the cryptocurrency cache was worth about $500,000. Yesterday it was worth about $8.5 million. Today it is worth almost $10 million.

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Net neutrality is dead — what happens next?

Yesterday, FCC chairman Ajit Pai successfully led a vote to repeal the Open Internet Order, effectively killing net neutrality rules. The full order hasn’t been released, but advocacy groups are already preparing for the fight to defend a neutral internet once Title II is repealed. Passing net neutrality protections in 2015 was relatively straightforward, but getting those protections back requires going through every potential legal avenue. Meanwhile, ISPs will be testing their ability to control internet traffic — possibly in very blatant ways.

Survey: Future IT pros should learn security and communication skills | ZDNet

An open-ended question asking respondents to advise new IT professionals turned up some interesting answers. Expertise in security was the number one skill respondents recommended that those new to IT develop, which probably comes as a surprise to no-one. However, working on soft skills advised by more respondents than skills more traditionally associated with IT, like development and database administration. One respondent wrote that those going into IT will need a sense of humor and a sense of teamwork. A couple mentioned that the ability to explain technology to users is important. Many others simply wrote "communication".

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The cloud security model and the hunt for the lost perimeter | ZDNet

"It's not a static thing; it's something that is active and living," described Rowland. "Once entitlement has gone through its approved policy and has been handed down from the controller, the client takes that entitlement and the gateway creates a micro-firewall instance, where the only rule set in that micro-firewall is that entitlement. That's how we get cloud scale. Instead of having these huge, monolithic, perimeter-based firewall devices, if I can break it into tokens or into entitlements that I can distribute across multiple gateways, now we can scale as large as the cloud itself, and still give that micro-firewall, and the entitlement that's required to access a system, complete autonomy."

Security Planner: Why this new online safety advice tool looks promising

Old security awareness campaigns, move down the bench, and make way for Citizen Lab's Security Planner. Discover what makes this online safety guide for users unique.

Star Wars at 40: It's 2017, and these aren't the droids you're looking for

We were so close to the brink of annihilation in that past decade that so few of the successive generations will appreciate the state of constant fear all of us lived under on a daily basis. It should come as no surprise that the media collectively latched onto this a few years later by referring to our military R&D effort into shooting down enemy ICBM's using fantastical energy weapons as "Star Wars".

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56 SpaceX launches a reused Dragon atop a reused Falcon 9 for the first time
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62 NASA has Googled the stars — and found new rocky planets in a 'major discovery'
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80 Avaya emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy | ZDNet
81 Re-identification possible with Australian de-identified Medicare and PBS open data | ZDNet
82 TV host Matthews was reprimanded after woman's 1999 complaint: MSNBC
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84 Walmart’s new strategy to fight Amazon: Curbside pickup
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