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Facebook begins testing real-time comments on status updates

Facebook has started testing real-time comments on status updates, similar to real-time Messages updates that show three dots when someone is replying. 
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AdBlock Plus confirms Microsoft Edge extension is “coming soon”

Microsoft Edge users will soon be able to download an AdBlock Plus extension for the web browser, to block all incoming adverts. 
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Swatch is secretly stockpiling smartwatch patents, could a device be on the way?

Swiss watchmaker Swatch is reportedly stockpiling smartwatch patents, despite the company's CEO trashing the current smartwatches on the market. 
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Yahoo Mail announces support for Gmail accounts

Yahoo Mail users are now able to manage Gmail accounts on the mail client, alongside Yahoo and Outlook accounts. 

Twitter users without an account will start seeing ads, affecting up to 500 million viewers

Twitter will begin showing ads to the 500 million viewers that don't have an account, as it tries to offer marketers a larger audience for ads.
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Microsoft announces extension of Xbox One Black Friday deals, $50 off all bundles

Microsoft will continue its Black Friday deals for Xbox One consoles until the Dec 26, including its holiday edition 1TB bundle. 

Pebble continues to update its older models with 3.0 operating system update to Classic and Steel

Pebble has added its 3.0 operating system onto the Classic and Steel, adding the Timeline beta and a bunch of new upgrades to older models.  
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Apple’s first official battery case gives your iPhone a rectangular tumor

Apple has stealthy launched an official battery case for the iPhone 6S and 6, offering up to 25 hours additional battery. 
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Could this be the end for Yahoo? Board decides to spin off core Web business

Yahoo has made a U-turn on plans to spin-off its Alibaba shares into its own business, instead looking to spin-off its core Web business, or both.
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Alphabet rebrands its health division Google Life Sciences, now named Verily

Alphabet announced another new division earlier this week, Verily, the health division previously named Google Life Sciences.
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Apple mapping out successful strategy for Apple Maps

In 2012, Apple Maps was the laughingstock of the tech world, but three years on most of the issues have been fixed, and users are returning. 
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Want to message your PlayStation friends? Sony has an app for you

Sony has launched a dedicated mobile app for PlayStation users who want to send messages to friends.
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Minecraft is finally coming to the Wii U

Minecraft is on almost every platform conceivable apart from the Wii U, but earlier today Nintendo announced the game would be available before Christmas. 
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Amazon partners with Baidu to launch Fire Tablet in China

Amazon has announced that it will launch its inexpensive Fire Tablet in China, partnering with Baidu to help sell the device. 
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explains why he is not giving his $45 billion to charity

Facebook's chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has defended his philanthropic plans earlier today, revealing where some of the $45 billion will be going. 
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Samsung will finally pay Apple $548 million in patent dispute

Samsung and Apple have finally settled with differences, announcing in a joint statement that Samsung would pay the $548 million in patent damages. 
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Wearable market mayhem: Apple closes in on FitBit, while Xiaomi hunts down Apple

FitBit remains top of the wearables market with 22 percent market share, but Apple is quickly catching up with 18 percent, despite the price discrepancy. 
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Will it be too late? January 2016 rumored for Euro Note 5 release

Samsung might be planning to launch the Galaxy Note 5 in Europe by early 2016, according to a Romanian site.
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Windows phones need ‘to run Android apps,’ says Microsoft’s ex-CEO Steve Ballmer

Microsoft's ex-CEO Steve Ballmer has fired a few shots at Microsoft's annual shareholder meeting, blasting the company's current mobile plans. 
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YouTube Red eyes entering movie and TV show licensing market

YouTube might be planning to compete with Netflix and Amazon Instant Video for those key movie and TV show licenses in the near future.

Want a secure messaging app on desktop? Signal has announced a private beta

Open Whisper Systems has officially launched Signal Desktop in private beta. The encrypted messaging app is used by quite a few notable privacy advocates.
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HTC and Under Armour to launch connected scale as first product in fitness ecosystem

HTC and Under Armour's first fitness product might be a connected scale, the first in a growing ecosystem of products developed for fitness fanatics. 
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Airbnb reveals that half of its hosts in New York City are breaking the law

Airbnb has released an internal report showing data from New York City hosts, and it would appear 55 percent of hosts are breaking the city's laws. 
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Amazon pushes Fire OS 5 Bellini update to Fire HD 10, HD 8, and Fire tablets

Amazon will push an over-the-air update to the Fire HD 10, HD 8, and Fire tablets, upgrading them to Fire OS 5 Bellini. 

LinkedIn launches major mobile app revamp for iOS and Android

LinkedIn has launched its major mobile revamp for its flagship app on iOS and Android, originally revealed in October. 
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Vivo announces X6 and X6 Plus with slightly underwhelming specs

Chinese phone maker Vivo has officially announced the X6 and X6 Plus, two flagships that look an awful lot like the iPhone 6S. 
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Amazon is welcome to launch Instant Video on Apple TV

The Apple TV and Chromecast might have been booted off Amazon's store, but that doesn't mean Amazon's own services will be kept away from Apple TV owners.

BlackBerry refuses to back down, leaves Pakistan instead of handing over private data

BlackBerry went against Pakistan's telecommunications authority and has decided to leave the country, removing its enterprise and consumer services.

LG’s $8.7 billion OLED factory might be the birthplace of the OLED iPhone

LG plans to open an OLED factory in 2018, which might be the first to manufacture OLED displays for Apple's iPhone. 
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Sony reveals 30 million PS4 sales since launch

Sony has revealed 30 million PS4 sales since launch, double Microsoft's 15.1 million Xbox One sales in the same time period. 
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UK carrier O2 reveals it is also looking into technologies to block adverts on mobile

UK carrier O2 has announced "advanced stages" of research into a network-level adblocker.
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Google might step in and make TouchWiz faster and less buggy

Google might be planning to work with Samsung on optimizing its custom Android user experience, TouchWiz. 
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Apple acquires Faceshift, maker of Star Wars: The Force Awakens motion capture

Apple has acquired motion capture company Faceshift -- best known for working on the new Star Wars film -- for an undisclosed amount earlier in the year. 
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Samsung smartwatch sales are up ‘several hundred percent’ compared to last year

Samsung might not be doing so well in the mobile industry, but its smartwatch sales are up "several hundred percent" compared to last year.