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November 25, 2016, 5:05 PM

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Wired:
Best 2016 Black Friday deals on TVs, audio, smart home devices, cameras, drones, gaming, computers, and mobile devices  —  Black Friday isn't as much of a thing as it used to be.  Almost every item worth buying is available online the day after Thanksgiving, with even more discounts following on Cyber Monday.
Neal E. Boudette / New York Times:
In a first, NHTSA proposes voluntary guidelines for phone makers to design software that limits functionality while vehicle is in motion  —  Apple iPhones and other hand-held devices have long had an airplane mode that shuts off wireless communications to prevent interference …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Payments provider Stripe raises $150M Series D at a $9B valuation led by General Catalyst and CapitalG, bringing total amount raised by Stripe to about $440M  —  Stripe — the company that lets websites and apps incorporate payments services by way of an API and a few lines of code …
Mathew Ingram / Fortune:
WaPo's Russian propaganda story has dubious sources, little evidence to back up the data, too general claims that describe how Internet news spread in general  —  One of the themes that has emerged during the controversy over “fake news” and its role in the election of Donald Trump is the idea …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Google has been warning prominent journalists and professors that their accounts are under attack from “government-backed attackers”  —  A flurry of social media reports suggests a major hacking campaign has been uncovered.  —  Google is warning prominent journalists and professors …
Amelia Tait / New Statesman:
Reddit CEO Huffman's decision to delete and alter comments on Trump thread amounts to censorship and has eroded the site's credibility with users  —  Even those who don't frequent “the front page of the internet” should worry about the implications of this act.
J. Alex Halderman / Medium:
UMich security expert says Clinton should petition for recount in PA, MI, WI given the insecurity of voting machines and sophistication of state-sponsored hacks  —  You may have read at NYMag that I've been in discussions with the Clinton campaign about whether it might wish to seek recounts in critical states.
Barb Darrow / Fortune:
IT solutions provider Presidio files for an IPO, reportedly at $3B valuation  —  Business software purveyor AppDynamics may have postponed its plans to go public, but technology services firm Presidio is forging ahead with an IPO, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday.
Claire Ruckin / Reuters:
Sources: GoDaddy is in exclusive talks to acquire European hosting company Host Europe Group, valued at $1.8B  —  U.S. website domain name provider GoDaddy is in exclusive talks to buy peer Host Europe Group (HEG) as it seeks to expand in higher-margin businesses beyond the initial set-up of websites, people close to the matter said.

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