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  • Pebble Gets Acquired By Fitbit - Ends Production and Ceases Support Of Its Existing Lineup of Smartwatches
    Reader phorm writes: In a notice to Kickstarter backers, pebble has stated that -- following the acquisition by Fitbit (official now) -- they will no longer promote, manufacture, or sell devices. Further, while existing functionality may continue, it is likely to be degraded and warranty support will no longer be provided. This includes any recently shipped Pebble models. For those that were eagerly awaiting shipment of Pebble Time 2 and other newer devices, those devices will not ship at all. Pebble has indicated refunds will be made within 4-8 weeks. Those expecting their money may not want to hold their breath, however, because a contradictory statement made by to backers by email says that refunds will be made via Kickstarter by March 2017.Fitbit said it is only purchasing software assets from Pebble.

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  • YouTube's $1 Billion Royalties Are Not Enough, Says Music Industry
    YouTube said Tuesday that it has paid the music industry over one billion dollars in advertising revenue in the past 12 months. The music industry thinks that sum is not enough. From a report on BBC: "Google has issued more unexplained numbers on what it claims YouTube pays the music industry," said a spokesperson for the global music body, the IFPI. "The announcement gives little reason to celebrate, however. With 800 million music users worldwide, YouTube is generating revenues of just over $1 per user for the entire year. "This pales in comparison to the revenue generated by other services, ranging from Apple to Deezer to Spotify. For example, in 2015 Spotify alone paid record labels some $2bn, equivalent to an estimated $18 per user." In his blog post, Mr Kyncl conceded that the current model was not perfect, arguing: "There is a lot of work that must be done by YouTube and the industry as a whole. "But we are excited to see the momentum," he added.

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  • Falsely Accused Movie Pirate Deserves $17K Compensation, Court Says
    An Oregon District Court has sided with a wrongfully accused man who was sued for allegedly downloading a pirated copy of the Adam Sandler movie "The Cobbler." According to the court's recommendations, reports TorrentFreak, the man is entitled to more than $17,000 in compensation as the result of the filmmakers "overaggressive" and "unreasonable" tactics. From the article: The defendant in question, Thomas Gonzales, operates an adult foster care home where several people had access to the Internet. The filmmakers were aware of this and during a hearing their counsel admitted that any guest could have downloaded the film. [...] "The Court finds that once Plaintiff learned that the alleged infringement was taking place at an adult group care home at which Gonzales did not reside, Plaintiff's continued pursuit of Gonzales for copyright infringement was objectively unreasonable," Judge Beckerman ruled. "The Court shares Gonzales' concern that Plaintiff is motivated, at least in large part, by extracting large settlements from individual consumers prior to any meaningful litigation. "On balance, the Court has concerns about the motivation behind Plaintiff's overaggressive litigation of this case and other cases, and that factor weighs in favor of fee shifting."

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  • Backdoor Accounts Found in 80 Sony IP Security Camera Models
    Many network security cameras made by Sony could be taken over by hackers and infected with botnet malware if their firmware is not updated to the latest version. Researchers from SEC Consult have found two backdoor accounts that exist in 80 models of professional Sony security cameras, mainly used by companies and government agencies given their high price, PCWorld reports. From the article: One set of hard-coded credentials is in the Web interface and allows a remote attacker to send requests that would enable the Telnet service on the camera, the SEC Consult researchers said in an advisory Tuesday. The second hard-coded password is for the root account that could be used to take full control of the camera over Telnet. The researchers established that the password is static based on its cryptographic hash and, while they haven't actually cracked it, they believe it's only a matter of time until someone does. Sony released a patch to the affected camera models last week.

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  • Google Further Shrinks the Size of Android App Updates
    Google says it has found and implemented a new way to make app updates on Android smaller. From a report on Engadget: They're introducing a new approach to app updates that promises to radically shrink the size of updates with "file-by-file" patching. The resulting patches tend to be about 65 percent smaller than the app itself, and are sometimes over 90 percent smaller. In the right circumstances, that could make the difference between updating while you're on cellular versus waiting until you find WiFi. The technique revolves around spotting changes in the uncompressed files (that is, when they're not squeezed into a typical app package). Google first decompresses the old and new app versions to determine the changes between files and create a patch. After that, updating is just a matter of unpacking the app on your device, applying changes and compressing it again.

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  • Bitcoin Could Rise By 165% To $2,000 in 2017 Driven by Trump's 'Spending Binge' and Dollar Rally
    The price of Bitcoin could hit more than $2,000 in 2017 driven by expectations that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump may introduce economic stimulus policies, which could send inflation soaring and propel the dollar to record highs, a report from Saxo Bank claims. An anonymous reader shares a CNBC report: Bitcoin is currently trading around $754.51, according to CoinDesk data. A handle of over $2,000 would represent 165 percent appreciation. During his election campaign Trump has talked about an increase in fiscal spending. Saxo Bank's note said that this could increase the roughly $20 trillion of U.S. national debt and triple the current budget deficit from approximately $600 billion to $1.2-1.8 trillion, or some 6-10 percent of the country's current $18.6 trillion economy. As a result, the economy will grow and inflation will "sky rocket," forcing the U.S. Federal Reserve to hike interest rates at a faster pace and causing the U.S. dollar "to hit the moon." When inflation rises the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates to bring it under control. This causes the dollar to appreciate because it would be seen as an attractive currency for foreign investors.

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  • Microsoft Likely To See a Boost in Windows 10 Sales This New Year
    Because many businesses are wary of new software updates, let alone a new operating system, Microsoft could see a significant surge in Windows 10 install base and sales in the New Year. From a report on Fortune: Businesses have been slow to upgrade all of their corporate computers to the latest Windows OS in 2016, according to research by IT services and technology company Adaptiva. Adaptiva said Tuesday that based on its findings, it believes companies are going to be upgrading to the latest version in 2017. Adaptiva based its findings from a survey it conducted over the summer of 300 IT professionals at various businesses. The company said that 41% of the companies it surveyed have been avoiding the upgrade, and some "have gone so far as to actively resist the move by using software to prevent or disable Windows 10 installation." The survey didn't say why exactly companies were avoiding the upgrade, but the majority of respondents that did upgrade "rated the Windows 10 migration process to be somewhat to extremely challenging," the survey said. According to latest figures provided by Microsoft, Windows 10 is running on over 400 million devices.

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  • Sony Has Sold 50 Million PlayStation 4 Units
    Sony today shared sales figures of the PlayStation 4, saying the gaming console surpassed 50 million units as of this week. The console was launched in November 2013, and hit 40 million sales mark in May this year. In a statement, the company said, via GameSpot: "We're truly delighted that the PS4 community continues to flourish since launch three years ago," Sony Interactive Entertainment boss Andrew House said in a statement. "With tremendous support from our fans and partners across the globe, this year we were able to deliver an unprecedented lineup of hardware, including the new slimmer PS4, PS4 Pro, and PlayStation VR. We will continue to provide the best gaming experiences available through our ground-breaking software lineup and network services, as we focus on accelerating our business and expanding the PS4 ecosystem."According to an estimate Nvidia provided in August, Microsoft's Xbox One has an install base of 29 million.

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  • Apple's Top Assembler Foxconn Confirms Plans for US Investment, To Create 50,000 Jobs
    Foxconn, the biggest assembler of Apple devices, is in preliminary discussions to make an investment that would expand the company's U.S. operations. From a report on Bloomberg: The disclosure came hours after an announcement by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and SoftBank Group's Masayoshi Son to invest $50 billion in the U.S. and create 50,000 jobs. The money will come from SoftBank's $100 billion technology fund, which was announced in October, a person familiar with the matter said. A document that Son held up after the meeting in Trump Tower also included the words "Foxconn," "$7 billion" and "50,000 new jobs" in addition to SoftBank's numbers. "While the scope of the potential investment has not been determined, we will announce the details of any plans following the completion of direct discussions between our leadership and the relevant U.S. officials," Foxconn said in a statement. "Those plans would be made based on mutually-agreed terms."

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  • Doyodo RetroEngine Sigma Is a Linux-Powered Classic Video Game Emulation Console
    BrianFagioli quotes a report from BetaNews: The Nintendo NES Classic is quite an amazing console. True, it is not as powerful as modern game systems like Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but it comes pre-loaded with many classic NES titles. Unfortunately, its strength is also its weakness -- those pre-loaded titles are the only games you can play. You cannot load other games, so you are stuck with what you got. As an alternative, some folks use software emulation and ROMs on their computers to play countless video game titles. Of course, there are moral concerns here, as you are often downloading the games illegally -- unless you own the physical copy, that is. Even then, it is a gray area. Today, a company called Doyodo launched a new Linux-powered emulation console on Indiegogo. The device not only plays NES games, but Atari, Game Boy, PlayStation 1, Genesis, and more. You play using USB controllers. In addition, it can serve as a media player (with Kodi) or a full-fledged Linux desktop. Some other features include 4K video playback, Wi-Fi networking built in, and a compact and portable design. There's even a deluxe version that ships with Bluetooth, an extra controller and 32GB of storage; the basic configuration includes just one controller and 16GB of storage. You can view the Indiegogo page here.

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  • Locked In The Psych Ward
    Lock them in. Bill their insurer. Kick them out. How scores of employees and patients say America?s largest psychiatric chain turns patients into profits.

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  • 'They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals'
    Inside President Rodrigo Duterte?s brutal antidrug campaign in the Philippines, The New York Times documented 57 homicide victims over 35 days.

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  • What You Need To Know About John Kelly ? Trump's Choice For Secretary Of Homeland Security
    On Thursday, it was†confirmed†by The New York Times that Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine General John F. Kelly as his choice for secretary of homeland security. The general has had a long career in public†service,†and has recently been know to bump heads with President Obama. Here's what you need to know.

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  • The One Gift You Can Get For Everyone In Your Family
    Insanely comfortable jumpsuits? That are also stylish? And 15% off? Yes, yes and yes. Bless you Onepiece for making holiday gifting easy this year.

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  • Merciless Football Dog Lays A Perfect Blind Side Hit On Kid, Forces A Fumble
    This video answers the hypothetical: What if Air Bud gave up being a Golden Receiver and took his talents to the defensive side of the ball, where he could throw down brutal blind-side hits on hapless kids? If he did, he'd be Stanley the†Great Pyrenees.

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  • Self-Control Is Just Empathy With Your Future Self
    The same part of the brain that allows us to step into the shoes of others also helps us restrain ourselves.

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  • The Most Relaxing Ambient Sound Sites On The Internet
    As it turns out, sometimes ambient sound works better than even the most carefully curated Spotify playlist when your goals are productivity, relaxation and even enjoyment.

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  • Snakes Intertwine To Become A Twirling Uni-Snake Monster
    Australia is a mecca for bizarre and terrifying animal happenings. This time around, two brown snakes were spotted in Dandaragan throwing a hissy fit over a nearby female.

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  • How I Got Rich Beating Men At Their Own Game
    In the tiny group of gamblers who have become top players at both blackjack and poker, there is only one woman. Meet Cat Hulbert.

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  • Inside The Secret Meeting Where Apple Revealed The State Of Its AI Research
    A never-before-seen look at the company's machine learning efforts.

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  • Speaking in Tech: Did an open source guru just ask us to join Amazon?
    Podcast We must have misheard... Plus - a Windows 10 Xmas

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  • Sage evaluates sale of North American payments biz

    A nice little 'underperformer', apparently

    Accounting and payroll firm Sage may offload part of its North American business.?



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  • Are you listening, Mr Trump? World's largest tech distie is now owned by the Chinese

    Delayed transaction of US-HQ'd Ingram Micro gets regulatory approval

    The world's largest tech distributor is now privately owned by the Chinese: shipping titan Tianjin Tianhai has coughed a whopping $6bn to take over US-based Ingram Micro.?



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  • IDC shock prediction: Someone might build Skynet in next few years

    Tech's Mystic Megs also say robotics market will expand. No shit, Sherlock

    Those crazy tech shamans at IDC have been sniffing the data centre cooling system exhausts again, this time breathlessly informing us that in three years "30 per cent of commercial service robotic applications" will take the form of "robot as a service". We have no idea either.?



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  • Burning desire helped us collar arson suspect, claim Danish cops

    'DNA' evidence used to track suspect on trial this week

    A Danish man being tried for arson offences might have not have been nabbed by cops if he hadn?t stopped for a five-knuckle shuffle in public, a police spokesman told a local TV crew.?



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  • Everything at Apple Watch is awesome, insists Tim Cook

    ... after Moto gives the wrist a rest

    Apple typically leaves the phone ringing when reporters call, so an instant rebuttal from the CEO is almost newsworthy in itself. Yesterday Tim Cook broke his monastic silence to respond to a report that Apple Watch sales were in a funk.?



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  • Information on smart meters? Yep. They're great. That works, right? ? UK.gov

    Interesting response to 'lack of clarity' on details moan

    The UK government has insisted it is effectively communicating the benefits of its controversial smart meter programme ? despite MPs having identified a "lack of clarity" over the "problem" the scheme is trying to solve.?



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  • What can we use to hit Intel between the eyes, thinks Qualcomm ? a 10nm ARM server chip

    Centriq 2400 now sampling, due to beat Chipzilla by a year

    Qualcomm says it has started shipping to customers samples of the Centriq 2400, its 10nm 64-bit ARMv8-A general-purpose server-grade system-on-chip.?



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  • Brit telco EE's ads banned for 'misleading' 4G speed claims

    More prominent evidence needed to back up claims of 75% faster speeds than rivals

    Brit mobile provider EE has had to remove a number of TV, homepage and press ads for advertising "misleading" 4G speeds.?



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  • Privacy is theft! Dave Eggers' big-screen takedown of Google and Facebook emerges

    Resistance is futile

    The Circle, Dave Eggers' novel about a society dominated by an omniscient, cult-like Silicon Valley internet company, has been given the big-screen treatment, with the trailer emerging this week. The movie's promo site has a witty parody of the "onboarding" process for a web platform ? enjoy the unreadable EULA as it flashes past, and all your privacy and personal data is slurped up.?



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