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Apple is reportedly buying Shazam

For Apple, the obvious benefit of acquiring Shazam is the company’s music and sound recognition technologies. It will also save some money on the commissions Apple pays Shazam for sending users to its iTunes Store to buy content, which made up the majority of Shazam’s revenue in 2016, and drove 10 percent of all digital download sales, according to The Wall Street Journal .

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YouTuber tragically survives after cementing his head into a microwave

Unfortunately, YouTube practically encourages this type of dangerous exhibitionism. At the time of writing, TGFbro’s video had been viewed nearly a million times since it was published on Thursday afternoon, and it is monetized. He’ll likely earn several hundred dollars from this prank, which was profoundly risky and wasted public funds.

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‘The Game Awards’ round-up: catch all the best bits

Geoff Keighley has been touting this year's The Game Awards as the gaming industry's answer to the Oscars. Now that the ceremony has concluded, we can safely say that he delivered. It had all the hallmarks of a lavish awards show: Live orchestra (check), fervent spiels (check), Hollywood a-listers (check). And, there was the return of the hotly-anticipated game reveals that -- in part -- helped nab 8.6 million viewers last time round. If you didn't catch the action online, we've got your back. Below you'll find a list of the night's winners and the game trailers that went out live from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. As always, there were touching moments too, like a noticeably awestruck Melina Juergens getting the Best Performance award for Hellblade from Andy Serkis.

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YouTube reportedly plans to rival Spotify with a streaming music service

The one major advantage YouTube could have over its rivals is a huge catalog of video content to complement its music library. The service, which is internally referred to as Remix, is slated to feature video clips alongside tracks, and YouTube is said to be courting artists to help promote Remix when it’s closer to launch.

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Uber Loses Its Operating License in Another City in the U.K.

Sheffield is a major city in the north of England, fourth in size after London, Manchester and Birmingham. Historically an industrial powerhouse noted for its steel manufacturing, the city is now becoming a bigger player in digital media, technology and the arts. One of its most important successes is the internet service provider PlusNet, which was acquired in 2006 by BT Group Plc for 66.7 million pounds ($90 million) and remains a major player in the broadband industry of northern England.

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Amazon launches cloud SSO service for managing multiple AWS accounts

"For instance, you can grant the DevOps AD group access to your production AWS accounts. When you add users to this group, they are granted access to your production AWS accounts automatically. This makes it easy to on-board new users and give existing users SSO access to new accounts and applications quickly," according to the product site .

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Net neutrality protestors hit Verizon stores — including these two dudes in snowy Fairbanks, Alaska

Defenders of a free and open internet rallied in front of Verizon stores across the U.S. Thursday. The fight to save net neutrality even made it to the only Verizon store in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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Jony Ive is leading Apple’s design team again

Two years ago, Jony Ive was promoted to chief design officer at Apple . The newly created role found the company’s beloved designer taking a break from day to day management of the team, handing the reins over to VPs Richard Howarth and Alan Dye. The duo took over the management of its industrial design and user interface design, respectively. Now Ive is stepping back into the part of the position he vacated back in 2015.

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Windows hack: PCs can be hijacked using flaw in own security software

Out-of-band patch address two severe vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine at the core of Windows Defender anti-virus software--which is bundled with all recent versions of Windows.

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Discoverer of photosynthesis celebrated in Google Doodle

Hearing of his achievements, the Austrian Empress Maria Theresa called for him to perform the same immunisation process in Vienna. After inoculating the entire Habsburg family, the Empress hired Ingenhousz as the family's doctor.

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Google search now has celebs answering questions about themselves

It’s kind of like Wired’s video series , in which celebs team up in pairs to answer frequently asked questions about themselves. In addition to Chopra, Google’s roped in Will Ferrell, Tracee Ellis Ross, Gina Rodriguez, Kenan Thompson, Allison Williams, Nick Jonas, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Seth MacFarlane, Jonathan Yeo, and cronut creator Dominique Ansel to pilot the new feature. It plans to add more celebrities to the list in the coming months.

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apple/turicreate

Turi Create simplifies the development of custom machine learning models. You don't have to be a machine learning expert to add recommendations, object detection, image classification, image similarity or activity classification to your app.

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Apple is reportedly snapping up the Shazam music recognition app

Rumor has it Apple plans to add the app to its portfolio for around $400 million.

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Reg Saddler on Twitter

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Best cheap smartphones: $300 (or much less) buys a great holiday gift | ZDNet

In the past, low cost smartphones offered terrible performance, were never updated, and it was tough to recommend them to readers. As flagship prices skyrocket, the low end is being lifted up and there are some excellent options. All but one of these is available for under $300.

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Google re-enables touch controls for audio playback on the Home Mini

There's an update on the way for those of you with a Home Mini speaker . Google is rolling out a new feature that lets you use the sides of the device to play or pause whatever you're listening to, be it music, news or if you want to end a call you're on. Right now, the touch-friendly side area of the Home Mini only works to control the volume, but now with a long press of the unmarked spots you can have some extra functionality.

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Elon Musk says Tesla is working on custom AI chips

We’d heard rumors about Tesla building its own AI chips before, with a CNBC report in September claiming that the company had more than 50 people working on the project. These include respected industry veteran Jim Keller, who previously worked at AMD and Apple, and who joined Tesla in January 2016 as vice president of Autopilot Hardware Engineering. Keller’s hiring was as good a indication as any of Tesla’s intent, but we’ve reached out to the company to try and confirm Musk’s comments, and will update this story if and when we hear back.

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Google lifts lid on FBI data requests: Now you can read actual letters online | ZDNet

Google has expanded the National Security Letter section of its Transparency Report with new examples of National Security Letters (NSLs) that it's received from the FBI and is now cleared to disclose.

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A tale of two server processors: Intel Xeon Skylake-SP and AMD EPYC 7000 Series | ZDNet

If nothing else, the way in which the new Intel and AMD processors have been assimilated shows that vendors realise that the server market is becoming more complex. Compute power is becoming a commodity resource and is increasingly available via the cloud, so enterprise customers won't automatically upgrade to the latest silicon or switch processor vendor without good reason. Server vendors will clearly need to work harder if they are to stay ahead of the game.

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1,000 People Own 40% of the Bitcoin Market

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MIT Tech Review on Twitter

It may be home to some of the most innovative tech companies on Earth, but it appears that San Francisco has an aversion to robots. Oh, the irony. https://trib.al/NUMfMyk 

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Gigaom on Twitter

Gigaom is the leading global voice on emerging technologies. We humanize technology and provide deep insight on disruptive companies, people and trends.

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Scientists Observe Earth's Mysterious Hum on the Ocean Floor

Scientists have been aware of this quiet hum for decades, and many seismic stations have measured it on the planet’s surface. No one has measured it underwater during periods without earthquakes, though—there’s been far too much background noise. Now, a team of European scientists has made that measurement using ocean-bottom seismometers.

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$10M worth of virtual kittens are taking down blockchain network Ethereum

CryptoKitties, a virtual kitten trading game that is based on Ethereum, has gone viral, and it's causing some problems for Ethereum. In the game, players collect, breed, and trade using Ether, a digital currency used for payments on the Ethereum platform. Think Pokémon, but the cats aren't fighting, and it costs real money to get ahold of the rare ones.

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Brand New Dreams Gameplay Revealed - IGN Video

Media Molecule reintroduces Dreams with a first look at the game's story mode and more at PSX 2017.

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10 Features Apple Killed in iOS 11

iOS 11 adds a lot of new and interesting features . From the redesigned Control Center, the new App Store to the new multitasking on iPad. But in the process, iOS has also removed some features. Here are the features you’ll no longer see in iOS 11.

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This Week's Batman Is a Tribute to One of Comics' Greatest Friendships

As the issue progresses, it stops cutting between Bruce and Selina and Clark and Lois every other page and starts bringing them together to share pages in halves, and the dialogue becomes more and more mirrored. As it does so, the conversations each couple are having with each other get a little more personal, a little more intimate. It becomes less about Batman and Superman moping and more about how they compare to each other as people. In both scenarios, each of them think much more highly of the other than they do themselves.

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix Director Simon Kinberg Knows Exactly What Went Wrong With Apocalypse

X-Men: Apocalypse is not a very good movie, but it is an extremely comic book-y movie, which is to say that it feels very much like a one-to-one translation of your typical X-Men comic. Rather than focusing on making audiences really care about the characters, Apocalypse prioritizes action and visual spectacle.

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Amazon brings its Echo smart speakers and Music Unlimited service to 28 new countries

The streaming service covers more than 40 million tracks and it is available independently of Amazon’s Prime package — that’s important because Prime isn’t offered in most of these new markets. It works on iOS, Android, Web, Fire TV, PC and Mac. Features that Amazon hope can help it stand out from competitors like Spotify and Apple Music include input via Alexa, support for Amazon smart speakers, curated content and a family plan that supports up to six accounts.

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Porg Dominance Continues, and More of the Best Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's round-up of cool new toys and merchandise. This week, porgs continue their relentless march all over the world, Lego has a fancy new collectors set, and stunningly detailed Ben Afflecks abound. Hide your wallets!

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PCMag on Twitter

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The End Is Coming in the Trailer for Maze Runner: The Death Cure

The most recent Maze Runner film, The Scorch Trials , was out way back in September 2015, but the wait still feels much longer than it actually was. That means, if you’re like me, you may have forgotten that Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) betrayed the group she was originally trapped in the Maze with back in the original film. But Thomas (O’Brien) and his friends seem to have mostly recovered and are going to finally get to the heart of this crazy mystery involving mazes and diseases and other post-apocalyptic madness.

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11 cocktails made of eggnog to get you into the holiday spirit

While some people will be looking for hot chocolate and warm milk to go with their cookies, most of us are looking for cocktails to get through the holiday rush.

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NVIDIA's $3000 TITAN V GPU could turn 'PC into AI supercomputer'

As noted, the big value of the TITAN V is its ability to power workloads specialized for AI, deep learning, and high performance computing (HPC). TITAN V users will also get access to GPU-optimized AI, deep learning, and HPC software through an NVIDIA GPU Cloud account for free, according to the release. "This container registry includes NVIDIA-optimized deep learning frameworks, third-party managed HPC applications, NVIDIA HPC visualization tools and the NVIDIA TensorRT inferencing optimizer," the release said.

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Bloomberg Technology on Twitter

Why Disney wants Fox's lagging movie business https://bloom.bg/2yQ7Nt3  via @gadfly pic.twitter.com/TWhmenHBJ2

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Bloomberg Technology on Twitter

A songwriting catalog with hits including Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” is changing hands https://bloom.bg/2y9cXNf  pic.twitter.com/HxWYo3sPKs

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Trump administration withdraws rule forcing airlines to disclose baggage fees

The DOT, in following with the Trump administration’s general disdain for Obama-era policies, is withdrawing the rule that requires airlines to disclose fees, saying that they have “limited public benefit,” as first reported by The Hill . The Obama administration proposed the rule would provide greater transparency for airline consumers. The move drew harsh criticism from Democratic members of Congress, some of whom called it a “reckless reversal” using Trump’s stance on government regulation as a guise to gift corporations more leeway to abuse consumers.

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7 programming languages that every developer should learn in 2018

JavaScript remains as popular this year as it was last year, which is not a surprise, as it is used by over 80% of developers and by 95% of all websites for any dynamic logic on their pages, according to Coding Dojo. "Several front-end frameworks for JavaScript such as React and AngularJS have huge future potential as IoT and mobile devices become more popular, so we doubt we'll see JavaScript drop in popularity anytime soon," Misirlakis wrote.

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What Qualcomm's new Snapdragon chip may mean for the Galaxy S9

Don't expect to see much higher camera megapixels on phones running on Snapdragon 845: Qualcomm continues to cap sensors at 32 megapixels (the highest a phone maker can go while using the chip). Other specs include 30fps photos with zero shutter lag. You can record high-performance content up to 16MP at 60 frames per second, and capture slow-motion video at 720p at 480 frames per second.

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How to Get a Colleague to Answer Your Work Email

So do it as soon as possible. As Will Smith once said, the time to go to a couple’s counselor is when you’re still happy. Make a habit of CC’ing bosses from the start, or at least on any thread with a potential for tension. Then, when they do need to intervene, it feels more natural, and not as a failure of the usual process.

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T-Mobile calls Verizon's 5G broadband plan 'unrealistic'

Verizon isn't stopping at 5G broadband services. Like T-Mobile, it's waiting for a set of global standards around 5G technology to firm up before it rolls out its own mobile network. Likewise, it'll pair that millimeter wave spectrum with the radio airwaves it's using for 4G LTE for more complete coverage.

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Facebook adds a sound and music library you can use for video

Not into 360 video? Well, Zuckerberg and Co. have something for you too. Facebook Sound Collection is a gaggle of songs and sound effects you can use with your authored videos, 360-degree ones included. Meaning, you can use these without fear that your masterpiece will get muted because of a copyright violation. Will that stop people from uploading video with licensed music? Probably not. Facebook's ambitions for video are pretty transparent at this point, but it's good to see that the company is willing to invest in its users in addition to its original programming aspirations .

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Avoid becoming a victim of phishing attacks by encrypting your contacts

Phishing is on the rise, says ProtonMail CEO Andy Yen. An encrypted contacts manager can help keep your contacts private, and validate the information you receive in your inbox.

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Bloomberg Technology on Twitter

YouTube advertising crackdown puts some creators out of work https://bloom.bg/2y8OIhO  pic.twitter.com/7HXWRakF41

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Take a moment to admire this origami Ethernet jack

Just look at that would you. Take a moment to admire the mechanical overkill of the pull-out Ethernet jack on this "new" Fujitsu laptop. It doesn't matter which Fujitsu laptop because the computer's not important, and Fujitsu has been doing this for years . What matters is that we pay our final respects to this marvel of excessive engineering before it disappears completely under a tsunami of Wi-Fis, or, you know, breaks.

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Nvidia’s Titan V is the most powerful graphics card ever, uses next-gen Volta tech

Nvidia has unleashed a new Titan graphics card which it’s billing as the most powerful GPU in the world. However, it’s not aimed at gamers, but rather AI and machine learning – with a powerfully frightening price tag to boot at $2,999 (around £2,230, AU$4,000).

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WIRED on Twitter

"It’s almost textbook": Why Southern California's devastating fires are simply another chapter in a horrible, not-so-new normal http://wrd.cm/2yPjhNf 

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Microsoft's new Kubernetes tool makes it easier to manage serverless containers on Azure

After Microsoft released its Azure Container Instances (ACI) Connector for Kubernetes in July, it noticed that other companies begin to customize and adapt the connector to fit their company's specific needs, the post noted. One of those companies was Hyper.sh, which is now the first outside contributor to the open source project. "Hyper's vision from the start has been to make deploying and using containers as simple and easy as possible," Hyper.sh COO James Kulina said in the post. "Now with the Virtual-[Kubelet] project, platforms that support secure container technology, such as our Hyper.sh cloud through its use of Kata Containers, will enable seamless multi-cloud container deployment between Kubernetes-based 'serverless container' platforms."

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Take my money: Why you’re paying for free media willingly

But this year also marked a turning point. Many of you realized that free online media sometimes can come with steep, hidden costs like the exposure of your personal information -- so you opened your wallets. The trend underscores an underlying shift in our internet-connected society, in which consumers are more willing to subscribe for the media they love.

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Apple Patched a HomeKit Vulnerability That Allowed Unauthorized Access to Devices

Apple has had a rough go of it recently when it comes to software vulnerabilities. This latest one, which could effectively allow unauthorized access to your home through a smart, HomeKit-enabled door lock, is certainly big enough to warrant attention. And before this, a root access vulnerability in macOS made it so that physical access to a Mac could let someone log into, and make changes at the root level, without actually needing a password.

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57 Raspberry Pi clone Libre Renegade: $35 gets you Android, USB 3.0 and 4K video | ZDNet
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59 Spoiler Alert: This Game of Thrones VFX Reel Exposes That Dragons, Sadly, Aren't Real
60 Apple to Start Selling Products Officially through Lazada in Six Southeast Asian Countries
61 Dutch toilet startup built a smart urinal that serves ads while you pee
62 Apple's Ive returns to helm of design teams
63 Supply Chain Sources Suggest Component Demand for the iPhone X Coming Down Significantly
64 Bitcoin Mania Drives Coinbase to No. 1 iPhone App in the U.S.
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77 Apple Said to Be Acquiring Shazam, the Song Identifying App
78 A second woman has come forward accusing Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct
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80 Sony drops the price of PSVR bundles by $100 for the holidays
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