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November 29, 2015, 12:40 PM

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Thanksgiving/Black Friday Online Sales Hit $4.5B, 34% Of Purchases Made On Mobile  —  The first two days of the holiday sales period have netted $4.45 billion in U.S. online purchases, with mobile devices — led by smartphones — accounting for a record $1.5 billion of that amount …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Servers of Chinese tech toy maker VTech breached: data of 4.8M parents and 200K kids may have been accessed  —  One of the Largest Hacks Yet Exposes Data on Hundreds of Thousands of Kids  —  The personal information of almost 5 million parents and more than 200,000 kids was exposed earlier …
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Sony confirms official PS4 Remote Play app for Windows and Mac  —  Well that was quick.  It's only been a couple of days since someone came up with an unofficial app to stream PlayStation 4 gaming to PC, but earlier today, Sony's awesome Shuhei Yoshida confirmed on Twitter that his company is …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Cortana For iOS Begins Rolling Out To Testers  —  Microsoft has now made good on its earlier promise that it would soon roll out a beta version of its Cortana personal assistant - a rival to Apple's Siri and Google Now - to users of iOS devices.  This week, a handful of testers who signed …
Dustin Volz / Reuters:
NSA to shut down bulk phone surveillance program by Sunday  —  The U.S. National Security Agency will end its daily vacuuming of millions of Americans' phone records by Sunday and replace the practice with more tightly targeted surveillance methods, the Obama administration said on Friday.
Rita El Khoury / Android Police:
Instagram is testing support for multiple accounts on Android  —  [This Is Actual News] Instagram Starts Rolling Out Multiple Account Support On Android  —  Here's something refreshingly different for you on this fine regular Friday morning: Instagram is working on multiple account support …
Nitasha Tiku / BuzzFeed:
How waste specialists and nonprofits manage the leftover food from Silicon Valley companies' extravagance  —  Free Food For Tech Employees Goes To Waste  —  Tales from the clean-up crew for tech company overflow.  —  Dreamforce is an annual conference hosted by the software company Salesforce.
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Abhimanyu Ghoshal / The Next Web:
Raspberry Pi unveils the Pi Zero, a $5 computer with 512MB RAM and a 40% faster processor than Raspberry Pi 1, comes free with December's The MagPi magazine  —  Raspberry Pi's latest computer costs just $5  —  Raspberry Pi has just unveiled the Pi Zero, a programmable computer that costs only $5 — about as much as a cup of coffee.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Lenovo and Razer unite to build a new range of gaming PCs  —  The world's biggest PC vendor is getting serious about gaming, and it's recruited one of gamers' favorite peripherals brands to help it establish its legitimacy.  Lenovo and Razer today announce a major new partnership …
Joe Zadeh / Noisey:
How Kane Robinson, who ran the obscure music forum Dancing Jesus, became the target of the UK's biggest piracy case  —  How a Kid Running an Obscure Music Forum Became the Target Of the UK's Biggest Ever Piracy Case  —  It's 5pm on a Friday and Kane Robinson is sat in his parents home in North Shields …

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