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  1. Save 82%: A three-year subscription to CyberGhost VPN is on sale £1.99 per month for Black Friday, and includes three extra months of coverage for free. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the best times to shop for deal on VPNs, but what are you supposed to do if an offer isn't live throughout the shopping season? Should you jump on a deal or wait for something better? CyberGhost VPN's impressive Black Friday deal expires at midnight on Nov. 27, but what if something better is just around the corner? CyberGhost VPN could be readying a big deal for Cyber Monday, but waiting would be a risky game to play. Read more... More about Black Friday, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, Uk Deals, and CyberghostView the full article
  2. SAVE 82%: A three-year subscription to Private Internet Access is on sale for £1.81 per month for Black Friday, and includes a Boxcryptor cloud security license for free. Brands, retailers, and service providers get all generous at this time of year in a bid to attract Black Friday shoppers. This is great news for you, because you should be able to walk away from this busy shopping season with a great deal. Most of the leading VPN providers are offering their best deals right now, and Private Internet Access is no different. A three-year subscription to Private Internet Access is on sale for £1.81 per month for Black Friday, and includes a Boxcryptor cloud security license and email breach monitoring for free. Read more... More about Pia, Black Friday, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, and Uk DealsView the full article
  3. SAVE £50: Apple AirPods Pro are on sale for £199 this Black Friday, saving you 20% on list price. The thing about Apple deals is that they tend to go quickly, especially when deals drop around major shopping events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. That's why you should act quickly to secure the best deal on Apple AirPods Pro this Black Friday. Apple AirPods Pro are on sale for £199 in Amazon's Black Friday Week event, saving you 20% on list price. You can also find Apple AirPods Pro at the same price on Currys PC World, so it's up to you where you shop. SEE ALSO: This absolutely stacked gaming bundle is on sale for Black Friday Read more... More about Black Friday, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, Uk Deals, and Airpods Pro View the full article
  4. SAVE 22%: Apple AirPods are on sale for £124.49 in Amazon's Black Friday Week sale, and include a charging case (second generation). When it comes to Apple deals this Black Friday, it's all been fairly quiet. We've had a few iPhone 12 and Apple Watch deals, but nothing too exciting. Things are definitely happening now though, with 22% off Apple AirPods on Amazon. Apple AirPods are on sale for £124.49 in Amazon's Black Friday Week sale, and include a charging case (second generation). This deal is marginally better than what's on offer from Currys PC World, so it's clear that Amazon is the place to secure the best deal this Black Friday. Read more... More about Apple Airpods, Black Friday, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, and Uk DealsView the full article
  5. SAVE UP TO 45%: Fire Kids Edition tablets are on sale for Black Friday, saving you up to 45% on list price. The big day is finally here, and it's just as busy as we expected. You can find deals on absolutely everything this Black Friday, including tablets for kids. Amazon is hosting the best deals on kids tablets, with up to 45% off its range of Fire devices. All of these deals come with a kid-proof case, parental controls, two-year worry-free guarantee, and one-year of Amazon Kids+ (Fire for Kids Unlimited) with apps, games, and videos. SEE ALSO: The best Black Friday VPN deals: ExpressVPN, NordVPN, PureVPN, and more in 2020 Read more... More about Black Friday, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, Uk Deals, and Tech View the full article
  6. The deluxe version of Lil Boat 3 features new songs with Playboi Carti, Vince Staples, Lil Baby, and more View the full article
  7. TL;DR: The Nintendo Switch Lite and Animal Crossing: New Horizons bundle is on sale for £209.99 on Amazon, and includes a three-month Nintendo Switch Online subscription. The Nintendo Switch has been difficult to find this year, and it has forced a lot of gamers to turn to the Nintendo Switch Lite. That's not necessarily a bad thing though, because the Lite is great. The Switch Lite is a compact and lightweight addition to the Nintendo Switch family. It supports all Switch software that can be played in handheld mode, meaning it's perfect for people who have a lot of opportunities to play outside. It's also great for anyone who wants to play online or local wireless multiplayer with friends or family who already own a Nintendo Switch console. Read more... More about Nintendo Switch, Black Friday, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, and Uk DealsView the full article
  8. “‘All You’re Dreaming Of’ is an instant classic that is perfect for this time of year”—Liam Gallagher View the full article
  9. SAVE 83%: A two-year subscription to Surfshark is on sale £1.66 per month for Black Friday, and includes an extra three months of coverage for free. The best VPNs for streaming usually come with an inflated price tag, because most users are willing to pay more for reliable unblocking of sites like Netflix. Surfshark breaks this mould, because it can unlock 15 Netflix libraries for under £2 a month. A two-year subscription to Surfshark is on sale £1.66 per month for Black Friday, and includes an extra three months of coverage for free. This deal is also fully refundable for 30 days, so if you're not completely satisfied, you can get your money back. Read more... More about Cybersecurity, Black Friday, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, and Uk Deals View the full article
  10. SAVE UP TO 30%: Nintendo Switch Lite bundles are on sale for Black Friday, including games like Animal Crossing and Minecraft. Roll up, roll up, because Amazon has finally dropped a new batch of Nintendo Switch deals for Black Friday. We had a few different options in the lead-up to the big day, but things had gone a bit quiet over the last few days. Thankfully that has all changed, and you can now save up to £30 on Nintendo Switch Lite bundles for Black Friday. There's a wide range of colour and game combinations on offer, and some bundles even include massively popular games like Animal Crossing and Minecraft. Read more... More about Nintendo Switch, Black Friday, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, and Uk DealsView the full article
  11. TL;DR: Listen to Audible's top picks of 2020 for free this Black Friday. The big day is finally here, and that means deals on everything from 4K TVs to gaming laptops. We're doing all we can to provide you with the best deals from the wide selection, and we've lined up something that should interest just about everyone, because it's free. You can listen to Audible's top picks of 2020 for free this Black Friday, and the process to activate this deal is super simple. SEE ALSO: NordVPN is extending subscriptions for free this Black Friday All you need to do is purchase a title for free, download the free Audible app, log in with your Amazon account, and your free title will be waiting in your library. If you want to keep listening, you can access the full versions of these titles and more with a free 30-day trial. A free trial even includes two free audiobooks if you're a Prime member. Read more... More about Black Friday, Audible, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, and Uk Deals View the full article
  12. TL;DR: The Premium 2021 Microsoft Excel & Data Certification Bundle is on sale for £15.70 as of Nov. 27, using the code BFSAVE70 at the checkout. Just about every type of business and industry needs someone on the team who can manage and analyse mounds of data. Sure, it sounds fancy. But why couldn't that person be you? The fact is that data analytics skills can help you in any business role or industry, but advancing your knowledge even further could make you virtually indispensable. If you're committed to becoming a bona fide data ninja, this brand new 2021 Premium Microsoft Excel and Data Bundle will be key. The bundle packs 90 hours of instructional content on everything from Microsoft Excel and Power BI to Tableau, VBA, and Python. You'll find coursework at a wide range of experience levels across these tools, too — so you start from scratch or develop your existing skills over time. Read more... More about Data, Black Friday, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, and Uk DealsView the full article
  13. There’s no lack of news these days on China’s tech giants teaming up with traditional carmakers. Companies from Alibaba to Huawei are striving to become relevant in the trillion-dollar auto industry, which itself is seeking an electric transition and intelligent upgrade as 5G comes of age. State-owned automaker SAIC Motor, a major player in China, unveiled this week a new electric vehicle arm called Zhiji, in which Alibaba and a Shanghai government-backed entity are minority shareholders. The tie-up comes as Chinese EV startups like Xpeng and Nio and their predecessor Tesla see their stocks soaring in recent months. Alibaba’s ties with SAIC can be traced back to 2015 when they jointly announced a $160 million investment in internet-connected cars. The partners moved on to form a joint venture called Banma (or ‘Zebra’) and Alibaba has since developed a slew of auto solutions for the Banma platform to enable everything from voice-activated navigation to voice ordering coffee, which is, of course, linked to the Alipay e-wallet. Alibaba is certainly not SAIC’s exclusive supplier, as it’s also worked closely with the likes of BMW and Audi as well over the years. For SAIC’s new EV brand, Alibaba will continue to be its “technology solution provider,” an Alibaba spokesperson told TechCrunch. The other tech giant making big moves in auto is Huawei. Just this week, the telecoms equipment and smartphone maker announced it would fold its smart car unit into its consumer business group, which previously focused on handsets. The expanded group will continue to be steered by Richard Yu, regarded as the man who helped grow Huawei from an underdog in the mobile industry to a leading global player. Huawei’s ambition in auto is “not to manufacture cars but to focus on developing ICT [information and communications technology] to assist automakers in producing cars,” the firm asserts in the statement, addressing rumors that it wants to encroach on traditional carmakers’ turf. Huawei’s phone business has taken a hit since U.S. sanctions hobbled its supply chain. It sold its budget phone brand Honor recently in the hope that the spinoff, independent from Huawei, will be free from trade curbs. View the full article
  14. Beloved Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek died of pancreatic cancer on Nov. 8 of this year, but his last appearances, taped during what would be the final weeks of his life, are still airing. In Thursday's episode, he briefly addressed the audience who would be watching on Thanksgiving. Looking ahead to a holiday that would be held in the wake of a fraught and divisive election, and amidst a pandemic that's killed over 260,000 Americans and kept millions more away from their loved ones, Trebek offered a few words of comfort to people who are struggling. "You know, in spite of what America and the rest of the world is experiencing right now, there are many reasons to be thankful," he said, his famous voice slightly hoarse. "There are more and more people extending helpful hands to do a kindness to their neighbors, and that's a good thing. Keep the faith — we're gonna get through all this, and we will be a better society because of it." Read more... More about Thanksgiving, Alex Trebek, Entertainment, and Movies Tv ShowsView the full article
  15. The National Dog Show was a much smaller affair than usual this year. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, fewer than 600 dogs competed for the honour of top dog — down from almost 2000 in 2019. There were no spectators either, with only officials, handlers, security personnel and NBC's film crew were allowed inside the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. But the dog show must go on, and the Kennel Club of Philadelphia made the best of a rough situation. In the absence of living spectators, the stadium's seats were instead filled with cardboard cutouts of humans and dogs alike. Most were dogs though, with notable attendees including Captain Raymond Holt and Cheddar of Brooklyn Nine-Nine fame. Read more... More about Dogs, National Dog Show, Culture, and Animals View the full article
  16. Save up to $800: Samsung's The Frame TV is on sale for Black Friday — with savings up to 27% off, you can get the smallest model for $497.99 and the largest for $2,199.99. If you've made it this far into the pandemic without upgrading that TV that you've had since college, your loyalty is commendable. By now, you really deserve to splurgeThe Frame, the TV-turned-art wall hanging that people won't stop talking about, should be a top contender. This Black Friday, save up to 27% (between $120 and $800) on sizes from 43 to 75 inches, and get a custom bezel for free. When it's being watched, The Frame is a brilliant QLED TV. Quantum Dot Technology explores over a billion shades of color, making shows and movies pop of the screen without the usual washout. Each scene is sure to hit its full potential thanks to the addition of dual LED backlighting (5000K and 20000K backlight units), which enables the TV to vary color temperature until it finds the most lifelike one. With auto-adjusting contrast depending on whether the room is light or dark, you won't be caught dead squinting. Read more... More about Black Friday, Mashable Shopping, Qled Tv, Tech, and Consumer TechView the full article
  17. Black Friday approaches! In a year where asking Alexa what day today is feels totally normal, this Black Friday seems like it came out of nowhere. As we say pretty much every year, a lot of Black Friday deals are… not that good. While there are certainly deals to be found, there’s also a lot of hand-waving going on to help retailers and manufacturers clear out the old models and get that Q4 numbers boost. It can also be a day where it’s way too easy to buy junk just because it’s got a 40% off tag on it. With that in mind, we’ve tried to limit this list to the stuff we’d recommend even when it’s not on sale. If we see anything else worthwhile over the next day or two, we’ll add it — so feel free to check back in. This article contains links to affiliate partners where available. When you buy through these links, TechCrunch may earn an affiliate commission. A few tips to keep in mind today: If you see something is on sale and want to check if the “sale” price is really any better than normal, pop it into a price tracker like camelcamelcamel. If the price suddenly increased last week only to be “reduced” by whatever percent this week, you know somethings up. Be at least a little wary of TV deals. There are TV deals to be had, for sure — but the most eye-popping deals tend to be surplus panels with a new model number slapped on them. Google the model number; if that specific TV seems to only exist for the sake of Black Friday, think twice. Apple Image Credits: Brian Heater Once unheard of, Apple deals on Black Friday are now a little easier to find. They tend to go fast though! Both Amazon and Walmart are selling AirPods Pro for $170 — a super steep discount from the usual $250. The stock seems to be coming and going fast, so this one might be tough to get. The 40mm, GPS version of the latest Apple Watch (Series 6) is down to $379 from $399 on Amazon right now. While that’s only a drop of $20, these things only just hit the shelves back in September. Best Buy has some pretty solid deals on the latest (8th gen) iPads, like a 10.2″ 32GB model for $280 (usually $330), or the 128GB model for $360 (usually $430.) Amazon Image Credits: Amazon With people already flocking to Amazon on Black Friday, the company usually offers some pretty massive discounts on its Amazon-branded devices as a means of seizing the moment and getting more people into their ecosystem. Sure enough: Amazon’s Fire HD 10 tablet is down to $80, normally $150 The super new, super spherical Echo Dot is down to $29, normally $50. The version with the built-in clock display, meanwhile, is down to $39, usually $60. The ad-free version of the highest capacity Kindle Paperwhite eBook reader is down to $129 (usually $180), while the absolutely incredible Kindle Oasis is down to $219 from $299. Google Image Credits: Brian Heater Google tends to go pretty big with the Black Friday discounts, and this year is no exception. Some examples: The Nest Hello doorbell is down to $179, normally $229. Nest Hub is down to $50 (normally $90), and its bigger brother the Nest Hub Max (pictured above) is down to $179 (normally $229.) The latest generation of the Nest Mini smart speaker is $19, down from $50. The beefier Nest Audio speaker, meanwhile, is down to $85 each (usually $99) with the catch that you’ve got to buy two. Stadia Premiere Edition — effectively a starter kit for Google’s gaming-in-the-cloud service Stadia, including both a Stadia controller and a Chromecast Ultra — is down to $70 from $100. The controller alone would normally cost you $70, so if you were already considering giving Stadia a spin it’s sort of like getting a free Chromecast Ultra? Roku Image Credits: Roku Roku’s new Streambar — basically a Roku box and a soundbar crammed into one package — is going for $100 today, down from its normal price of $130. Sonos If you’re going to expand your Sonos system (which, hey, is sort of the point of having a Sonos system), Black Friday is usually a good day to do it. Alas, this years Sonos sales are a bit limited, but there are still savings to be found. Amazon has the portable Sonos Move down to $299 (normally $399) and the Sonos SUB down to $599 (usually $699), while Sonos itself is also selling its Beam Playbar for $299 (usually $399.) Hulu Image Credits: Hulu If you don’t mind ads, Hulu is slashing the price of its ad-supported plan from $6 a month to $2 a month for 1 year. Sadly, no deal for the ad-free plan, which is still at its normal $12 a month — but if you were planning on checking out the ad-supported plan anyway, you might as well save a couple bucks. Calm Image Credits: Calm Calm, the popular subscription-based meditation/sleep sounds service, is offering up a pair of promos: they’ll cut the price on a one year membership down by 50% (from $70 to $35), or a lifetime membership by 60% ($399 to $159.) Video Games You probably won’t be finding any deals on this year’s new Xboxes or Playstations because… well, they already couldn’t keep up with demand. This year’s best deals are going to be on games, services, and in a few cases, accessories. Hell, the same goes for the Nintendo Switch. Even without a new hardware release this season, Nintendo’s console is flying off the shelves. If you’re looking for big savings on a Switch itself this year, know that the inventory is incredibly low — any retailer offering a Switch deal is really just doing it to get your hopes up and get you on the site. We’re having a hard time finding any in stock even at full price. Xbox Deals: Microsoft is selling Xbox controllers (which will work with the next-gen Xbox Series consoles!) for $40, down from the usual $60. Best Buy is selling 3 months of Xbox Game Pass (Microsoft’s Netflix-style game subscription service) for $23, down from the usual $45. Gears 5 is $5 (usually $40) at Best Buy, Doom Eternal is $20 (usually $60) at GameStop, and Microsoft is taking $10 off the newly remastered Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2. Playstation Deals Sony is selling 12 months of Playstation Plus (its service that lets you play multiplayer games online) for $45, down from $60. Amazon is selling Last of Us Part II for $30 (normally $60), and GameStop and a number of other retailers have Ghost of Tsushima going for $40 (normally $60). Sony has the oh-so-hard-but-oh-so-addicting Cuphead for $15, down from $20. Most retailers will also have sales on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Watch Dogs Legion, and Star Wars Squadrons. Switch Deals: Nintendo is selling Luigi’s Mansion, Super Mario Maker 2, Yoshi’s Crafted World, Mario Tennis Aces, and Zelda Link’s Awakening for $40 (normally $60) through Amazon and most other retailers. All of these are fantastic! View the full article
  18. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was pretty subdued this year due to coronavirus precautions. But one balloon stood out during the scaled-down event that made a small crowd of paradegoers wish they had just stayed home. Towering above the shortened parade route, which was designed mostly for a TV audience, floated Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The balloon captured him in his iconic 1990s look, with an arched eyebrow, black turtleneck, silver chain, and fanny pack. You know the one, it's been memed a thousand times. The balloon's fanny pack itself was filled with more than 50,000 cubic feet of helium. Read more... More about Memes, Entertainment, and Celebrities View the full article
  19. Reset yer counters: Facebook has had to ‘fess up to yet another major ad reporting fail. This one looks like it could be costly for the tech giant to put right — not least because it’s another dent in its reputation for self reporting. (For past Facebook ad metric errors check out our reports from 2016 here, here, here and here.) AdExchanger reported on the code error last week with Facebook’s free ‘conversion lift’ tool which it said affected several thousand advertisers. The discovery of the flaw has since led the tech giant to offer some advertisers millions of dollars in credits, per reports this week, to compensate for miscalculating the number of sales derived from ad impressions (which is, in turn, likely to have influenced how much advertisers spent on its digital snake oil). According to an AdAge report yesterday, which quotes industry sources, the level of compensation Facebook is offering varies depending on the advertiser’s spend — but in some instances the mistake means advertisers are being given coupons worth tens of millions of dollars. The issue with the tool went unfixed for as long as 12 months, with the problem persisting between August 2019 and August 2020, according to reports. The Wall Street Journal says Facebook quietly told advertisers this month about the technical problem with its calculation of the efficacy of their ad campaigns, skewing data advertisers use to determine how much to spend on its platform. One digital agency source told the WSJ the issue particularly affects certain categories such as retail where marketers have this year increased spending on Facebook and similar channels by up to 5% or 10% to try to recover business lost during the early stages of the pandemic. Another of its industry sources pointed out the issue affects not just media advertisers but the tech giant’s competitors — since the tool could influence where marketers chose to spend budget, so whether they spend on Facebook’s platform or elsewhere. Last week the tech giant told AdExchanger that the bug was fixed on September 1, saying then that it was “working with impacted advertisers”. In a subsequent statement a company spokesperson told us: “While making improvements to our measurement products, we found a technical issue that impacted some conversion lift tests. We’ve fixed this and are working with advertisers that have impacted studies.” Facebook did not respond to a request to confirm whether some impacted advertisers are being offered millions of dollars worth of ad vouchers to rectify its code error. It did confirm it’s offering one-time credits to advertisers who have been ‘meaningfully’ impacted by the issue with the (non-billable) metric, adding that the impact is on a case by case basis, depending on how the tool was used. Nor did it confirm how many advertisers had impacted studies as a result of the year long technical glitch — claiming it’s a small number. While the tech giant can continue to run its own reporting systems for b2b customers free from external oversight for now, regulating the fairness and transparency of powerful Internet platforms which other businesses depend upon for market access and reach is a key aim of a major forthcoming digital services legislative overhaul in the European Union. Under the Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act plan, the European Commission has said tech giants will be required to open up their algorithms to public oversight bodies — and will also be subject to binding transparency rules. So the clock may be ticking for Facebook’s self-serving self-reporting. View the full article
  20. The best deals on cameras to shop on Black Friday: OUR TOP PICK: Sony a7 III with 28-70mm lens — save $300 BEST FOR VIDEO: Canon EOS RP with 24-105mm lens — save $400 BEST FOR TRAVEL: Nikon D500 with 16-80mm lens — save $570 While life probably doesn't feel the most exciting right now thanks to the pandemic, there's still plenty of beauty worth capturing. Whether you're a seasoned photographer or looking to pick up a new hobby, there's a nice camera out there for you. For Black Friday, we're seeing some really great discounts on cameras from top brands like Sony, Canon, and Nikon. And we put them all in one place to save you some work. Read more... More about Sony, Camera, Black Friday, Mashable Shopping, and TechView the full article
  21. Fans of The Office may have loved Steve Carell playing Santa in a holiday commercial released on Thanksgiving Day, but there's more to the story of the new Christmas ad. The commercial shows a bossy but charming Carell telling his elves to figure out Christmas because the regular ol' gifts aren't going to cut it this year. After many failed attempts, one elf has an epiphany: What people need is the feeling of togetherness! After many Zoom calls with a critical Santa who hates the idea — one with Mrs. Claus caught coming out of the shower in a red towel — the elves actually crack it. They've wrapped up the best and worst parts of being together when we're forced apart during the holidays (presumably because of the deadly coronavirus pandemic that isn't mentioned by name). "That works," says a happy Santa after opening a gift that throws a snowball in his face. Read more... More about Steve Carell, Tech, and CelebritiesView the full article
  22. Check out Black Friday savings on dash cams: OUR TOP PICK: Vantrue N2 Pro Uber Dual 1080P dash cam — save $80 BEST FOR A DISPLAY SCREEN: Garmin Dash Cam 46 — save $20 BEST CHEAP DASH CAM: Aukey mini dash cam — save $8.40 If you drive a vehicle, you should consider getting a dash cam. They're great for insurance records if you happen to get in an accident; plus, they capture some of the crazy shit that happens on the road. There are quite a few dash cams on sale for Black Friday, so we've rounded up the best deals for you. OUR TOP PICK: Vantrue N2 Pro Uber dual 1080p dash cam — $119.99 This dash cam has both front and cabin cameras, as well as a sensor that triggers both cameras to simultaneously start recording when something happens. Even when your car is parked, the motion sensors work to capture activity in and around your car. Plus, the dash cam has night vision for when it's dark out. Read more... More about Cars, Dash Cam, Black Friday, Mashable Shopping, and Tech View the full article
  23. With millions of students working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic, the use of so-called proctoring software has skyrocketed. The stated aim of this software is to detect and prevent cheating in online tests but in order to do that, invasive systems are deployed. Proctoring software watches students through their webcams, records audio via their mics, and tracks any websites visited. On top, these tools examine body movements including eye-tracking, in an effort to identify potential cheaters. While the companies behind proctoring software champion the benefits, criticism isn’t hard to find online. Nonetheless, Miami University student and security researcher Erik Johnson is finding it difficult to get his voice heard after US-based software company Proctorio began using copyright law to silence his work. DMCA Takedowns on Twitter and Beyond Proctorio requires students to install a Chrome extension so Johnson downloaded it and began publishing code snippets to Pastebin during September, linking to them on Twitter, while revealing the scale of the monitoring, among other things. However, six weeks later he received an email from Twitter explaining that some tweets had been removed after the company received DMCA takedown notices from Proctorio alleging copyright infringement. The material disappeared from Pastebin too. Earlier this month, Proctorio told Techcrunch that it stood by its takedowns, claiming that Johnson’s publication of code snippets represented a breach of copyright law. The EFF, on the other hand, described Johnson’s criticism – which included the citing of a source – as “a textbook example of fair use” and no different from quoting from a book. DMCA Takedowns Continued Regardless A week later, Johnson took to Twitter again with two more posts, one of which revealed he’d reposted the code that had been removed from Pastebin to his Github account. However, the image below shows that those tweets were affected too due to copyright complaints. The tweets do, however, contain a link to Github but following yet another DMCA takedown request, that page has also been removed. Battle Moves to Github “The GitHub account ejohnson9912 is posting proprietary Google Chrome extension source code and documentation without a license or consent from Proctorio, thus infringing on our copyright,” the complaint to Github reads. “Further, this infringement activity involved reverse engineering and unauthorized hacking through Google Chrome, violating Google Chrome’s terms of service. We request that the account be removed and/or access be disabled to the infringing materials.” The DMCA complaint was filed with Github exactly a week ago and, as required, the coding platform removed the allegedly infringing material. However, it now appears that Johnson isn’t going down without a fight. In a DMCA counter-notice filed yesterday, Johnson asks Github to restore his repository, claiming that Proctorio made an error when it failed to consider the fair use exemptions available to him under the DMCA. He further claims that the company mischaracterized his work. “The disabled content consisted of code snippets used for purposes of research, education, commentary, and criticism regarding Proctorio’s product and its representations to the public. Proctorio’s complaint does not account for the fact that my use is protected by the fair use doctrine,” Johnson writes. “Proctorio’s additional allegations of ‘reverse engineering and unauthorized hacking’ are both untrue and irrelevant to its claim of copyright infringement.” It’s at this point things start to heat up. Presuming that Github reinstates the repo, Proctorio will then have to file a lawsuit against Johnson to have it taken down again, significantly raising the stakes. However, the researcher appears to have thought this through, with the help of some heavyweight backing, “I consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the judicial district in which my address is located, and I will accept service of process from the person who provided the DMCA notification or an agent of such person,” he writes. “I can be contacted through my attorneys at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.” From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
  24. SAVE $500: Bring a smart gym to your home with Mirror, on sale for $1,245 with code BLACKFRIDAY20 as of Nov. 26. If those YouTube workout videos just aren't cutting it and you're missing fitness classes now more than ever, Mirror will bring a boutique fitness experience to your home in a polished package that only needs a few feet of wall space. It's also on sale for $500 off this Black Friday. While the Mirror is admittedly a big home gym upgrade, it does offer unlimited streaming with the $39 monthly membership, which (in many cases) is way less than paying for fitness classes individually (when that was a thing you could do). Read more... More about Fitness, Black Friday, Mashable Shopping, Tech, and Consumer TechView the full article
  25. SAVE $199.01: The early 2020 MacBook Air has dropped another $100 for Black Friday. Get one as of Nov. 26 for only $799.99. If you've been waiting until Black Friday to score a sweet deal on a new laptop, we have news for you: The MacBook Air that was released in early 2020 has dropped down to $799.99. Shoutout to Apple's new MacBook drop for dropping the price on the previous model. Sure, the new MacBook Air that was just released is cool (yeah, Apple released two different MacBook Airs in one year) but this version has tons of upgrades from previous models too, like ditching the butterfly keyboard, a 10th generation Intel processor, and double the storage. Read more... More about Macbook Air, Black Friday, Mashable Shopping, Tech, and Consumer Tech View the full article
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