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Microsoft Rewards 9-Year-Old's Selflessness With Xbox One X
An Ohio child gave up his Christmas gift of an Xbox One X to get blankets for the homeless, but Microsoft wasn't going to let that slide.(image)



Tesla to Commercial Drivers: No Supercharger for You
New Tesla owners looking to make a little extra cash with some stylish ridesharing aren't allowed to juice up their vehicles at Supercharger stations anymore.(image)



'Pineapple Fund' Giving Away $86 Million in Bitcoins to Charity
An anonymous organization is giving away a total of 5,057 Bitcoins to different charities and nonprofits. No, you can't have one.(image)



Mozilla Walks Back Controversial Browser Extension
Mozilla's decision to automatically install a Firefox browser extension as part of a promotion for an alternate reality 'Mr. Robot' game didn't sit well with users.(image)



Honk if You Don't Have a Human Driver Onboard
Can an angry R2-D2 sound alert drivers to danger any better than the common car horn? We might soon find out.(image)



Watch Out, North Korea Wants Your Bitcoin
A phishing email that targets the cryptocurrency industry has been linked to the Lazarus Group, a shadowy hacking collective believed to work for North Korea.(image)



BlackBerry World App Store Is Shutting Down
But not until Dec. 31, 2019. Before that, the BlackBerry Travel site will go away in February 2018 and the Playbook video-calling service will end in March 2018.(image)



Don't Miss These Great PS4, Amazon Gift Card Deals
Now is your last chance to get an extra $50 off PS4 Pro, a free stuffed bear with the purchase of a $100 Amazon Gift Card, and Black Friday pricing on Dell XPS and Inspiron PCs.(image)



Does the End of Net Neutrality Mean I Need a VPN?
The end of net neutrality means that ISPs may start preferring some websites and services over others. If you don't like that idea, get a VPN.(image)



Facebook Snooze Lets You Mute Friends for 30 Days
The Snooze option lets you temporarily unfollow someone. People, Pages, and groups won't be notified that you've Snoozed them.(image)



What Music Is Popular in Miami, Tokyo? Just Ask Alexa
Local Popularity will let you listen to the hottest songs in different areas of the globe and Play More Like This will let you easily queue up jams similar to those you already love.(image)



Company of Heroes 2 Is Free in the Humble Store
Relic Entertainment's World War II real-time strategy game is completely free for a limited time, grab it while you can.(image)



Google Adds New Travel Planning Features for Bargain Hunters
The Web giant is now using machine learning to give you useful intel about price drops when you're searching for flights.(image)



Exclusive: Check Out the Terrible State of US ISP Competition
Net neutrality wouldn't be a big deal if we had a choice of ISPs in the US. But data from Ookla Speedtest Intelligence shows that most Americans do not.(image)



Google Launches YouTube VR on Steam to Mixed Reviews
It's meant to reimagine YouTube as a 3D world, but Steam users are complaining that the app keeps crashing.(image)



Vivo Will Offer First Phone With In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
If you were expecting Samsung, Google, or LG to get it first, think again, Vivo is Synaptics' first customer for Clear ID.(image)



Facebook Will Start Showing You More Videos (And Ads)
The effort will help support Facebook's Watch platform, which is going up against YouTube.(image)



Amazon to Once Again Sell Chromecast, Apple TV
Earlier this month, Google pulled YouTube from Amazon's Echo Show and Fire TV devices over the online retailer's refusal to carry certain products from the search company.(image)



Google's AI Tech Helps NASA Spot 2 New Planets
The planets were found by using a computer model to analyze data taken from the Kepler space telescope.(image)



'Triton' Malware Attacks Industrial Safety Systems
The malware, believed to have hit a target in the Middle East, is designed to reprogram the safety system controllers, causing them to potentially ignore any hazardous conditions.(image)



FCC Votes to Kill Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules
After a brief recess that required meeting attendees to evacuate for security reasons, a divided commission voted 3 to 2 to get rid of Obama-era net neutrality rules.(image)



Smart Speakers Are the 'Gateway' to a Connected Home
Households with a smart speaker are 'several times' more likely than households without a one to also use connected lighting systems and other smart home gadgets, according to comScore.(image)



iMac Pro Now Available, Highest Spec Costs Over $13K
If you want the highest spec iMac Pro, you'll need at least $13,199, but more likely just over $14K.(image)



Verizon Announces BOGO Smartphone Deal
The 'limited time' promotion kicks off on Friday offering those who buy an iPhone 8, 8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S8, or Galaxy S8+ a second smartphone of equal or lesser value for free.(image)



MIT Wants to Replace Desk Lamps With Glowing Plants
MIT engineers are hoping to create a plant that requires no power supply, but is bright enough to replace a desk lamp.(image)



LG Refreshes 'All Day Battery' Gram Laptops for 2018
LG's MacBook alternative manages to achieve almost a full day of battery life thanks to Intel's 8th-generation Core processors and a bigger battery.(image)



Check Out These Great TV, Gaming, Laptop Deals
Get a Samsung 4K HDTV with a bonus $200 gift card, a $200 PlayStation VR bundle, and more.(image)



Google Assistant Heads to Tablets, Older Android Phones
The voice-based virtual assistant is making its way to smartphones running Android 5.0 Lollipop and tablets running Android 7.0 Nougat and 6.0 Marshmallow.(image)



Apple Invests $390 Million in Laser Tech
The money will come out of Apple's $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund earmarked for American companies.(image)



Microsoft Bing Taps Reddit to Answer Your Debatable Questions
Bing will now present snippets of Reddit comments for certain queries that don't have black and white answers.(image)