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November 27, 2017, 11:25 AM

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Ars Technica:
Best 2017 Cyber Monday deals on smart home and media streaming devices, HDTVs, computers, smartphones, and other electronics and software  —  Greetings, Arsians!  Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have a big round of Cyber Monday deals to share.  Well, at least some of the deals …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon launches Sumerian, a browser-based tool to build AR, VR, and 3D apps quickly with minimal coding, available in preview starting today  —  We'd heard months ago that Amazon would be using its Re:Invent AWS event to roll out some a new service related to building in mixed reality — augmented reality and virtual reality.
Associated Press:
FBI knew for more than a year that Fancy Bear was targeting hundreds of government officials and policy makers but warned only a few of them  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI failed to notify scores of U.S. officials that Russian hackers were trying to break into their personal Gmail accounts …
Kerry Flynn / Mashable:
Snapchat now recommends contextual filters and borders based on photo content, recognizes items within a few categories like pets, sports, and food  —  Too lazy to be creative with Snapchat?  Well, there's a new feature for you.  —  Snap quietly launched new filters that recognize what's …
Angela Chen / The Verge:
Study: in the 148 days after Pokémon Go's release, there were 286 more car crashes in one Indiana county than the period before; 134 happened near PokéStops  —  And that's just in one county in Indiana  —  For a brief, shining period last summer, Pokémon Go reigned supreme.
BBC:
UK government previews draft Drone Bill coming in 2018, giving police power to seize drones, mandating pilot training and registration of drones weighing 250g+  —  Drone users in the UK may have to take safety awareness tests under legislation planned by the government.
David Gelles / New York Times:
Inside Etsy's transformation as it sheds its B Corp status, freewheeling culture, and idealistic business approach to appease shareholders  —  The first time Josh Silverman addressed the staff of Etsy as their newly installed chief executive, he tried to connect with a work force known for its diversity, idealism and sincerity.

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Microsoft:
Helping a groundswell of citizen scientists aid the environment  —  See how Microsoft's AI for Earth program is partnering with iNaturalist to help amateur and expert scientists share data.
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Mozilla:
Facebook Container Extension: Take control of how you're being tracked  —  Our Multi-Account Containers extension has been a game changer for many users, letting them manage various parts of their online life without intermingling their accounts.
Zoho:
Announcing Zoho Mail Desktop Lite Client  —  Get the best of both worlds.  —  There are times when you can't afford distractions while communicating over email.  This is especially true in the case of business emails …

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