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November 30, 2016, 12:25 AM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Amazon developing premium Echo-like device with a 7-inch touchscreen set at an angle and high-grade speakers, to be announced as soon as Q1 2017  —  Company may release higher-end device early next year  —  New speaker targets kitchens; to cost more than Echo gadgets
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches Messenger-based platform for HTML5 games, played in message threads; 17 games available at launch, including Pac-Man, Space Invaders  —  Bored while you wait for someone to text back?  Now you can challenge friends for high scores on Facebook Messenger's new Instant Games …
Alan Travis / The Guardian:
UK's Investigatory Powers bill becomes law, mandates everyone's browsing histories be stored for 12 months and be available to police and government agencies  —  Home secretary hails ‘world-leading’ laws, which include forcing web and phone companies to collect browsing histories
iFixit:
Microsoft Surface Studio teardown: 32-bit ARM chip, easy-to-open base, removable hard drive, but RAM, CPU, GPU are soldered to the board and can't be replaced  —  Tools Featured in this Teardown  —  Introduction  —  Good news, everyone!  Microsoft made their first desktop ever.
Mary Beth Quirk / Consumerist:
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signs law criminalizing resale of tickets obtained via bots  —  Perhaps you've been here before: you're waiting patiently, albeit a bit anxiously, for the moment when you can buy tickets to a concert or sporting event online.  But despite your best efforts …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Yahoo quietly launches Yahoo Answers Now, an iOS app for its popular Q&A site  —  Yahoo has quietly launched a native mobile app for Yahoo Answers, one of the web's largest Q&A sites which attracts over 3.1 million U.S. monthly visitors.  The app, which was previously being tested under …
Steve Ranger / ZDNet:
Report: Cyber Monday was the biggest online shopping day in US history with $3.39B in sales, up 10.2% YoY; mobile revenue was 35% of sales, up 48% YoY at $1.19B  —  Online frenzy for Lego, iPads and Playstations saw $3.39bn spent: mobile spending grew fast and shoppers using iOS devices outspent Android users.

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