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December 1, 2016, 7:40 AM

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TechCrunch:
Report: Fitbit to acquire Pebble, will shutter company over time; source says deal is worth $34-40M, below Citizen's $740M 2015 offer, Intel's $70M 2016 offer  —  It looks consolidation is acoming to the wearables space with Fitbit set to acquire smartwatch maker and multi-million-dollar …
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).
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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 …
Bryan Menegus / Gizmodo:
Some high-ranking Reddit moderators say they're losing hope in the site's future as users from the pro-Trump subreddit harass others, inflate vote counts, more  —  For the past 11 years, an eternity in internet time, Reddit has touted itself—repeatedly, and loudly—as the place to have “authentic conversations” online.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Mozilla and Tor release update for Firefox zero-day vulnerability being actively exploited to deanonymize users  —  Critical code-execution flaw resides in Windows, Mac, and Linux.  Patch now.  —  Developers with both Mozilla and Tor have published browser updates that patch …
Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:
Geohot's startup Comma.ai open sources its self-driving software, Open Pilot, and its plans for compatible hardware, Comma Neo  —  Highway safety regulators called, so Hotz opted to offer a product with less liability.  —  In Silicon Valley, hacker George Hotz gained fast fame after being the first to unlock an iPhone.
Lory Gil / iMore:
Apple working on fix for recent spate of invite spam affecting iCloud calendar users, says it is identifying and blocking suspicious senders  —  Have you been receiving spam calendar invites?  Apple knows about the problem and is working on a solution.  In the meantime, we've got a workaround that will ease your burden.
Dustin Volz / Reuters:
FBI gains ability to hack computers in any jurisdiction with warrant, as Senator Wyden's attempts to block changes to the criminal procedure rules failed  —  A last-ditch effort in the Senate to block or delay rule changes that would expand the U.S. government's hacking powers failed Wednesday …
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 …

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