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In the Ideal Gifts series, The Next Web team shares personal recommendations for gifts to give this holiday season.  No single book has inspired me this year more than Our Final Invention, a book by documentary maker James Barrat. This book is a really accessible guide to the argument that artificial intelligence will eventually become ‘super-intelligence’ and kill us all. That may sound like something from a Terminator movie, but it’s a threat that increasing numbers of people are taking seriously. If annihilation-by-AI is a topic you’ve never thought much about, this is a great place to start. It starts by explaining… This story continues at The Next Web

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Slack, the messaging tool for businesses that’s exploded in popularity recently, has announced today that it’s making changes to its privacy policy to allow your bosses access to export private messages going forward. Previously, there was no functionality for exporting private messages but Slack today has added a new feature called “Compliance Exports” which allows administrators to export messages from private groups and direct messages, as well as edit history for messages in channels. Compliance Exports will be disabled by default and requests must be made with a signed letter to Slack stating that the requester is allowed to access… This story continues at The Next Web

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People love to show off their home screens periodically — like during #homescreen2014 earlier this year — and now there’s an app for that. A new app called #Homescreen from Betaworks takes a screenshot of your iPhone’s home screen, scans it and then creates an interactive image for sharing online. Once the image is analyzed, you get a special link for sharing that interactive image on Twitter. Here’s what my home screen looks like; you’re able to mouse over each app to find out more about what it does and get a download link. It’s not perfect, with a few apps… This story continues at The Next Web

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With the tech ecosystem across Africa progressing in leaps and bounds and turning the continent into the next big frontier for product and service providers alike, the challenge is becoming clear to those vying for a slice of the African market. And it’s that “good enough for Africa” will not do. The race is on to match global standards for services and devices, which nonetheless remain viable taking into consideration some of the quirks of Africa’s consumer demands. One key question currently thwarting telecommunications operators across Africa is how to achieve universal internet access on a continent of over 30 million square… This story continues at The Next Web

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Medium has today unveiled a handy tool called Charted for making beautiful charts in a few seconds. The company says that Charted was built as an internal tool by the Product Science team at Medium to help “analyze data and communicate our findings with the team.” It’s as simple as giving Charted a CSV file or a link to a Google Spreadsheet and the tool does all the graphing work for you. I threw in a spreadsheet I keep of Apple’s sales mix for iPhones and iPads and Charted spat out a fairly useful graph in seconds. Charted is open source… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s always a pleasure to see our early-stage startup exhibitors succeed in what they do. Especially when we have 50 more awesome companies lined up for TNW USA on December 10, ready to show you what they’ve each been working on. Today, nifty email inbox cleanup service Unroll.me was acquired by Slice, the online purchase and delivery tracking company (read all about the acquisition). As alumnus of The Next Web USA Conference 2013, Unroll.me has now achieved what many of this year’s early-stage Boost participants are currently aspiring to. With the conference just around the corner, public voting for Boost Demos – our… This story continues at The Next Web

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The squarish Blackberry Passport is getting two new colors and if you’re still a fan of the Canadian company, you can pre-order either a white or red version of the company’s latest smartphone right now. You can pre-order either phone from Blackberry’s online store while supplies last. Both phones will be on sale starting Friday, November 28 in North America. Pre-ordered phones will start shipping today. As for fans in the rest of the world, BlackBerry says availability information “will be announced in the coming weeks.” ➤ BlackBerry Passport Unveiled in Red and White Colors – Available Now for Pre -Order

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Smartly riffing on the look and functionality of ProductHunt, CouponHunt is a crowd curated coupon site that’s arrived just in time for Black Friday. The site is a spinoff from another startup, LocalMint, which provides local store search in the US, UK, Ireland and Australia. The creators say they wanted to produce somewhere to crowd source coupons without complicating their existing product. It’s early days for CouponHunt but it has already pulled together deals from Macy’s, Target, Amazon and Best Buy. If it manages to draw in a large enough community of users it could end up being pretty useful for bargain… This story continues at The Next Web

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Slice, a company that provides delivery tracking by extracting information from email receipts, has today announced its purchase of Unroll.me‘s email unsubscription service. While terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, Slice said the acquisition was driven by a shared company goal: to ‘make email useful again’ and that it will be business as usual. “Unroll.Me’s 1.3 million ‘Rollers’ will experience no change in their service. We are keeping the team and they will continue to be based in their New York location. It is our hope and intention to retain and nurture the Unroll.Me talent and continue to grow the business,” a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ben Huh is the founder and CEO of The Cheezburger Network. This post originally appeared on Ben’s Medium blog. I’m not good at quantifying my life. Most of us aren’t. We don’t think of life as a finite resource that needs management, but it is. Life is finite and we keep using it up every second. Even the smartest people I know only have a vague sense of what’s left versus what’s been used in their lives. The Quantified Self movement of step trackers and sleep apps has gotten it backwards. The way to change our behavior isn’t to measure our… This story continues at The Next Web

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This summer, T-Mobile began its ‘Music Freedom‘ program, which allows its subscribers to listen to an unlimited amount of music from popular streaming services without using up their plan’s data allotment. Today, T-Mobile is adding 14 new services to the fray. Most notable are Google Play Music, Xbox Music and SoundCloud, but there are several other more niche additions as well. From T-Mobile’s press release: Google Play Music− Winner of the popular vote among Un-carrier customers Xbox Music − ‘All the Music You Love’ on all your devices SoundCloud − Provides access to the world’s largest community of music & audio creators RadioTunes� This story continues at The Next Web

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Great things come in tiny packages, if the TRNDlabs SKEYE Nano Drone is anything to go by! This pocket-sized flying machine is easy to fly and perform stunts with, for a barrel of fun that you can take with you wherever you go. The SKEYE Nano Drone features a 6-axis flight control system with three modes, for everyone from beginners to advanced pilots to experts, so you can execute simple maneuvers right out of the box and master complex ones like figures 8s as you go along. For airborne R/C action indoors and out, the SKEYE Nano Drone is just� This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has introduced a couple of new security-focused features for Google Apps users today that are designed to help people keep better control over the devices that can access their account. Although hardly revolutionary, Google’s new Devices and Activity dashboard allows Google Apps users to quickly identify and revoke access for any device that has been used to access an account and its data. This could be potentially useful if you ever lost your phone or laptop, for example, as well as if an attacker ever managed to add your account on their own device. The second addition is a new security wizard to guide� This story continues at The Next Web

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In the Ideal Gifts series, The Next Web team shares personal recommendations for gifts to give this holiday season.  Convenience might not sound like the most exciting reason to give a gift, but the gadget I’ve had the most use out of this year is undoubtedly the Sol Republic Tracks Air wireless on-ear headphones. And what could you want more than the person receiving your gift actually using it. Announced in the US around this time last year, the Tracks Air headphones then made  their way into Europe and onto my ears in around April 2014. Since then, I’ve worn them pretty much� This story continues at The Next Web

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We’ve seen a number of great keyboards for iOS emerge after Apple finally added support for third-party keyboards in iOS 8. You can get everything from the ever-popular SwiftKey to GIF keyboards or even an auto correcting emoji keyboard. Crimson, however, brings a unique way of typing to the iPhone that builds on the familiar iOS keyboard and improves on it. As you type, Crimson gives suggestions on the next word it thinks you’ll pick directly above the letter. The same autocorrect style can be found on BlackBerry 10’s virtual keyboard; it’s an awesome way to present a number of options� This story continues at The Next Web

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In the Ideal Gifts series, The Next Web team shares personal recommendations for gifts to give this holiday season. Stripping back, simplifying and cutting down on clutter has been one of my main goals over the past few years. No longer is there a need for shelves upon shelves of CDs, when Spotify can take care of all my music needs. Similarly, while I once explored the best home sound systems to listen to these aforementioned CDs on, it ultimately became too much of a hassle when moving home. Plus, the benefits of the expense would usually be confined to� This story continues at The Next Web

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A significant trend in all parts of the modern world over the past few years, ‘the sharing economy’ has become a concept that disrupted quite a few major industries, including hospitality, fashion, and transportation. As an example from the latter category, French-born city-to-city ridesharing service Blablacar has been actively expanding lately and raised a massive $100 million funding round in July. This year marked Blablacar’s entrance to the markets of Ukraine and Russia, where the company bought a local competitor Podorozhniki, as well as Turkey where it launched from scratch. As of November, Blablacar employs about 185 people and has more� This story continues at The Next Web

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Arriving in the US back in the summer of 2013, Google finally introduced Chromecast to international waters in March this year, arriving in Canada, the UK and nine other European countries. And for me, it has been something of a revelation in terms of how I watch TV. Chromecast wasn’t the first peripheral to allow you to beam content from your phone to your TV. But at $35, and with a slew of big-brand broadcasters on board across Android and iOS, Google knocked the competition out of the water with an affordable, user-friendly ‘bridge’ between your mobile device and your� This story continues at The Next Web

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As Monday morning rolls around once again, it’s easy to get a little dejected at just how quickly the weekend passed you by. Fear not though, the next one isn’t so far away, and while you were out having fun we were paying attention to the latest and greatest in tech news and features. Now all you need to do is put on a pot of coffee, mute your phone for 10 minutes and catch up on everything you missed while you were doing other things. We won’t tell anyone. Bulletins from The Next Web Yahoo Acquires Photo App Developer� This story continues at The Next Web

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BT has confirmed that its in talks to buy O2 UK, Telefonica’s UK mobile network. The deal would take the company full circle since O2 began life in 1985 as Cellnet, a joint venture between BT and Securicor. BT told The Wall Street Journal: “All discussions are at a highly preliminary stage and there can be no certainty that any transaction will occur.” BT struck a deal with EE last year to use the latter’s 4G network. ➤ BT [via The Wall Street Journal]

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The venerable web classifieds site, Craigslist, was knocked offline last night and is still not loading for some visitors. Local versions are redirecting for others. Users visiting the site yesterday evening were redirected to a site called Digital Gangster as a result of what looks like a DNS hijack. Presumably unable to cope with the huge amount of traffic Craigslist itself receives, the Digital Gangster website itself is now inaccessible. The Digital Gangster forum was the source of a well-publicised Twitter hack in 2009 and the theft of Miley Cyrus photos from her Gmail account in 2008. Craigslist’s domain record was� This story continues at The Next Web

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In the Ideal Gifts series, The Next Web team shares personal recommendations for gifts to give this holday season. I generally avoid gifting overly ‘practical’ items for the holidays, because most folks end up buying that stuff for themselves anyway. However, The Mi Power Bank from Xiaomi is worth breaking that tradition for. Roughly the size of your palm, the Mi Power Bank packs a massive 10,400mAh battery to charge your devices while on the go, with enough juice to power up an iPhone 5s nearly five times. There are tons of power banks out there, so why am I... This story continues at The Next Web

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With Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the holiday season just around the corner, Google is helping out shoppers on the move, with enhanced search results for products on smartphones and tablets. Starting this week, mobile users searching for products on Google will see detailed information, specs, store availability and customer reviews. In addition, select products on Google Shopping will also have 360-degree views for a closer look. It appears that the rollout will take place over the week and hasn’t yet hit all mobile devices, but we’ll keep an eye out for these improved search results through the week for... This story continues at The Next Web

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Computer security experts Symantec say their researchers have uncovered a sophisticated malware tool on Windows PCs across the globe, that appears to be used for spying and data collection, reports Recode. Named ‘Regin’, the tool is a Trojan that has infected several organizations’ and individuals’ computer systems between 2008 and 2011, and again since 2013. Symantec’s researchers say Regin has been developed with “considerable effort into making it highly inconspicuous,” making it hard to detect, track and understand its activities. The team also says that “Regin remain undiscovered and additional functionality and versions may exist,” and that they’ll continue to post... This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook is slated to launch its collaboration and social networking tool for workplaces early next year, reports WSJ. Dubbed ‘Facebook at Work’, the tool will allow employees to work together on projects and chat in real-time via an interface similar to Facebook’s existing social network, according a person briefed on the details of this new product. It may also be made available free of charge and without ads initially, with a view to grow the user base. Companies will need to sign up for the service in order to allow employees to use it. We first heard about Facebook at... This story continues at The Next Web

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