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December 1, 2016, 12:50 AM

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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:
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.
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:
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 …
Reed Albergotti / The Information:
Sources: Fitbit to buy Pebble for “small amount”  —  Fitbit, the leader in the fitness band market, is near a deal to acquire smartwatch maker Pebble, according to three people briefed on the deal.  —  The price couldn't be learned but it is thought to be for a small amount.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Pure Storage beats Q3 target with revenue of $197M, up 50% YoY; shares up 2.5% after hours  —  Data storage equipment vendor Pure Storage (PSTG) this afternoon reported fiscal Q3 revenue and profit that topped analysts' expectations, and forecast this quarter's revenue above consensus.

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