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November 30, 2016, 7:10 PM

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Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Amazon announces a simplified virtual private server service called Lightsail, starting at $5/month  —  AWS fired a shot across Digital Ocean's bow this morning at the AWS re:Invent conference when it announced new virtual private servers starting at just $5 a month.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Amazon debuts AI platform with tools for devs: Rekognition for image recognition, Polly for text-to-speech, and Lex, a chatbot builder using tech behind Alexa  —  Amazon today announced the launch of its new Amazon AI platform at its re:Invent developer event in Las Vegas.
Jeff Barr / AWS Blog:
Amazon debuts AWS Snowmobile, a 45 foot long container and truck capable of transporting 100PB of data securely between locations  —  Moving large amounts of on-premises data to the cloud as part of a migration effort is still more challenging than it should be!
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
AWS debuts FPGA instances for EC2 cloud computing service, pricing TBD, for applications which typically run on GPUs lke video processing and machine learning  —  Amazon's AWS cloud computing service today announced that it is launching a new instance type (F1) with field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Netflix enables downloading of shows and movies to watch offline on iOS and Android for all streaming plans; selection is mostly limited to Netflix originals  —  For now, the selection is mostly limited to Netflix originals  —  You can finally take Netflix with you onto a plane or the subway.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Gooligan, new Android malware found in 86 apps in 3rd-party marketplaces, has compromised 1M+ Google accounts to date, targeting versions 4 and 5 of Android  —  86 apps available in third-party marketplaces can root 74 percent of Android phones.  —  Researchers say they've uncovered a family …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Reddit CEO Steve Huffman apologizes for editing user comments and says the company is working to combat abuse by taking action against “toxic users”  —  Reddit will start issuing warnings, timeouts and permanent bans to its most abusive trolls, but will also limit …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Mozilla and Tor release update for Firefox zero-day vulnerability being actively exploited to deanonymize users  —  Critical deanonymization flaw resides in Windows, Mac, and Linux.  Patch now.  —  Developers with Tor have published a browser update that patches a critical Firefox vulnerability …
YouTube Blog:
YouTube announces support for 4K live streams of 360-degree and standard videos; first 4K stream will be Game Awards on December 1  —  Back in 2010, we enabled 4K video support for the very first time.  Since then, millions of videos have been uploaded at that eye-popping resolution …
Selina Wang / Bloomberg:
GoPro to cut 15% of workforce, or 200+ jobs, shut down entertainment unit, incur up to $33M in restructuring costs; president Tony Bates to leave by year end  —  Action-camera maker sees charges of as much as $33 million  —  Tony Bates will depart his position as president by year end
Jamie Condliffe / MIT Technology Review:
China begins piloting a system combining records on citizens to compute a “social credit score” determining eligibility for jobs, loans, travel, and more  —  It was a drab, chill day in November, and the clocks were striking thirteen.  As the woman passed through Hangzhou Railway Station …
John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed:
Apple marks World AIDS Day with App Store specials and four new (Red)-branded products; proceeds from its (Red)-branded products have raised $120M+ so far  —  It was 2006 when Apple joined the (Red) campaign, an effort to rally the private sector in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Twitter rolls out the ability to create and curate Moments on mobile, two months after web  —  Twitter only recently opened up its Moments product to users, allowing them to curate tweets around specific events, but it was limited to just the desktop and web.
Elissa Murphy / Google:
Google debuts App Maker, a drag-and-drop app development platform for G Suite users, aimed at speed and ease of use  —  G Suite is designed to help you do your best work, whether that's through real-time collaboration that brings your teams together or machine intelligence that speeds up everyday tasks.

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