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Board games are a blast. They're cheap to buy, fun to give, and amazing to play. We've chosen twelve of our favorites that you can add to your stack of games this Holiday Season. Some pit you against each other; others have you working together to save the world. Order [...]
It's one of the biggest shopping days of the year, but retail giant Macy's can't get its credit card processors to work. Customers have been waiting in lines across the United States to buy discounted items, only to find out that the machines won't take credit cards or gift cards. Some [...]
Welcome to the 2017 TechCrunch Holiday Gift Guide! We check out a lot of really cool stuff here at TechCrunch, so we figured we ought to put that experience to good use and help you get your holiday shopping done quickly. You can find all of our gift guides right [...]
Pokémon Go creator Niantic has raised a new $200 million in funding, reports The Wall Street Journal. The Series B raise was led by Spark Capital, and includes participation from Founders Fund, Meritech, Javelin Venture Capital, You & Mr. Jones and NetEase, Inc. Spark partner Megan Quinn is also joining [...]
With Thanksgiving hitting a record $2.87 billion in online sales in the U.S., Black Friday is shaping up to be an even bigger haul for online retailers. Figures from Adobe — which analyses 80 percent of online transactions to the 100 largest web retailers in the country to come up [...]
With Amazon as the 800-pound gorilla, many of my fellow investors choose to ignore e-commerce altogether. In fact, the industry hit recent lows in a number of deals and investments. But as Bonobos' $310 million acquisition by Walmart and Stitch Fix's IPO demonstrate, there are still plenty of exciting opportunities [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
The Punisher
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 [...]

SLASHDOT

An anonymous reader quotes a report from University of Bristol, England: New research suggests that few people, if any, should be asked to leave their homes after a big nuclear accident, which is what happened in March 2011 following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Professor Thomas's team used the Judgement [...]
Jeff Kao from Hacker Noon used natural language processing techniques to analyze net neutrality comments submitted to the FCC from April-October 2017 and found that at least 1.3 million pro-repeal net neutrality comments were faked. From the report: NY Attorney General Schneiderman estimated that hundreds of thousands of Americans' identities [...]
Last week, Tesla unveiled its new four-motor electric Semi but left out one key detail -- the price. "Now that's changed: the regular versions of the 300-mile and the 500-mile trucks will cost $150,000 and $180,000 each," reports The Verge. "There is also a 'Founders Series' which will cost $200,000 [...]
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: AT&T and Comcast have convinced a federal judge to nullify an ordinance that was designed to bring more broadband competition to Nashville, Tennessee. The Nashville Metro Council last year passed a "One Touch Make Ready" rule that gives Google Fiber or [...]
Rei writes: Tesla announced the completion of the world's largest battery -- a 100 MW/129 MWh wind-power backup system for 30,000 homes in South Australia. Three times more powerful than any other battery on Earth, the $50 million project had garnered press due to Elon Musk's Twitter boast that it [...]
Amid optimism for Amazon's Black Friday sales, Jeff Bezos' net worth jumped above $100 billion on Friday. The Amazon CEO's fortune reportedly surged $2.4 billion to $100.3 billion, after the retailer's shares grew more than 2 percent on Black Friday. Bloomberg reports: Online purchases for the day are up 18.4 [...]
dryriver writes: A number of pay-to-win microtransaction FPS games, including Dirty Bomb and the $60 Star Wars Battlefront II, have drawn the ire of legislators in countries like Belgium and the United States. Not only are advanced characters like Luke Skywalker and Dart Vader and various weapons and abilities in [...]
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Yahoo News: Mindgeek may be the most powerful company that you've never heard of, or at least, a company you'll claim never to have heard about in polite company. It's the conglomerate that owns some of the world's most visited porn sites, including [...]
Ed Yong, writing for The Atlantic: The continuing desecration has taken an immense toll on the mental health of people like Colton, a director at Coral Reef Alliance, who have devoted their lives to studying and saving these ecosystems. How do you get up and go to work every day [...]
Paul Karp, reporting for The Guardian: The Department of Social Services has written to 8,500 current and former employees warning them their personal data held by a contractor has been breached. In letters sent in early November the department alerted the employees to "a data compromise relating to staff profiles [...]

TheVerge

Bloomberg has been keeping an eye on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' net worth and notes that today, for the first time, it has exceeded $100 billion. That's 100,000,000,000 dollars. He was already definitively the richest person in the world after spending part of 2016 trading places with Bill Gates. Gates, [...]
Since its initial release in late September, it hasn't been easy to get a hold of the Super NES Classic, a miniature version of the beloved 1990s Nintendo console that comes loaded with 21 games. The initial preorders were available only to customers who happened to be awake in the [...]
When I split the wishbone yesterday, I wished for a very special live Vergecast with my two good friends, Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn. And now my wish has come true! We're broadcasting live on YouTube right now. If for any reason we aren't live right now, you already missed [...]
Everyone has that Apple fanatic on their holiday gift list — but what to buy for the Apple fan who already has everything? I wish I could say the answer was this one-foot tall Steve Jobs figurine from Dam Toys, which comes with 10 different accessories and three pairs of [...]
Black Friday is one of the best times of the year to stock up on audio gear, and whether you're looking to overhaul your living room setup or just improve some sound on your commute, we've rounded up every great headphone and speaker deal around. And if you're a DJ [...]
Although we're over twelve hours into this year's main Black Friday event with plenty of stores selling out of major deals, eBay is refreshing its deals by the hour, which makes it easier to catch discounted goods. We've found the best tech deals that eBay is offering so far, updated [...]
Thanks to online shopping, Black Friday has become a much more peaceful time of year, as people no longer need to physically go to a store and charge into a swarm of angry shoppers who are ready to attack at the slightest provocation. But for anyone who misses that anxiety [...]
iPads don't have cooling fans, which seems to make sense, given that iPads don't really generate a lot of heat and fans are kind of bulky and loud. But there are others, like a company called X-naut, who view this as a serious design flaw. However, X-naut has also taken [...]
It's Black Friday, meaning that some brick-and-mortar stores have already been open since Thanksgiving evening, dealing with hordes of crowds and offering discounted merch. Apple, in the midst of all of this, is doing a one-day Black Friday sale, and a bunch of other places are offering slight discounts on [...]
For some satellite subscribers, a standoff between Dish and CBS over a carriage agreement meant no traditional NFL on Thanksgiving, an unforgivable slight to some. But both companies have now reached a multi-year deal after a blackout on CBS programming to two million subscribers for almost three days. The new [...]

 

BBC TECH NEWS 

Mars, Lidl and Adidas are among companies to act after inappropriate content found next to their ads. [...]
Parents should check net-connected toys and gadgets are safe to give to children, warns data watchdog. [...]
Michael Gove questions the role of "raw and authentic" Twitter voices in debates on animal welfare. [...]
Greater use of loot boxes in games has drawn criticism and scrutiny from politicians and regulators [...]
Employees disrupt one of the retailer's busiest shopping days in disputes over pay and conditions. [...]
How to bag the best of the bargains. [...]
People with cystic fibrosis are using virtual reality to distract them during treatment. [...]
How avatar therapy is helping people stand up to schizophrenic voices by giving them a face. [...]
BBC Click's Kat Hawkins looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories. [...]
Volunteer moderators say there could be more than 50,000 predatory accounts on the site. [...]

LIFEHACKER

via Paramount Pictures.You've got problems, I've got advice. This advice isn't sugar-coated-in fact, it's sugar-free, and may even be a little bitter. Welcome to Tough Love.This week we have a trust fund baby who doesn't know what to do with herself in terms of a career.AdvertisementKeep in mind, I'm not [...]
Photo by Daniel McCullough on Unsplash.We've all had the experience of applying for a job online-you submit your resume and cover letter into the dark abyss of some online hiring portal and, aside from an auto-generated "Thanks for applying!" email, you never hear another peep from the employer."They got like [...]
The culture of Basecamp, the small company behind top-shelf project management software, is famously productive and unfrazzled. David Heinemeier Hansson, aka DHH, is the developer behind Basecamp's eponymous flagship product. He's also the creator of Ruby on Rails, the framework underlying sites like Hulu, Airbnb, GitHub, and early versions of [...]
djandwdotcom/FlickrThis week on The Upgrade, we'll be sitting down with author, entrepreneur, investor, and all-star multi-hyphenate Tim Ferriss.Tim may be best known for his first two books, The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Body, in which he lays out time-saving wisdom designed to get you to your goals and still [...]
Image credit: EeroIf you're sick of suffering from poor Wi-Fi connections or slow streaming speeds in your house or brick-lined apartment, that one router tucked away in a corner may not be capable of effectively covering your home. In that case, you may need not just a new router, but [...]
Nicole Drespel on Broad CityThere are maybe ten things in the world that deserve the title "best-kept secret," and one of them is comedian Nicole Drespel. A legendary improv coach and teacher at the Upright Citizens Brigade, Nicole has appeared in Broad City and 30 Rock and written for The [...]
Image from HELLOTAMARCUS at Nappy.co.Staying motivated enough to work toward our goals can be tough. The minutia of life can get in the way of our lofty dreams-which is where the non-zero method comes in. The idea is simple: do just one thing every day that help you move toward [...]
Stranger ThingsFor a horror soundtrack, Stranger Things 2 feels very... productive. The rhythmic synths don't evoke a Lovecraftian monster so much as a gently churning supercomputer. This makes for a great soundtrack to your work day. Cue it up on Spotify and get in the zone.The 71-minute album wavers between [...]
Image from #WoCinTech chat.You don't have to hate your job to consider quitting. Feeling only lukewarm about the work you do or the team you work with can be enough to get you thinking about sprucing up your resume and firing up a new job search. Before you put the [...]
Since starting at Grubhub in 2014, Maria Belousova has served as VP of engineering, SVP of technology, and now as CTO, where she oversees Grubhub's technical infrastructure and product vision. Previously she's held tech leadership positions at Microsoft and Bluefly, and she founded the social media platform Davai. She told [...]