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Virtual reality boom brings giant robots, cyberpunk castles to China

Virtual reality boom brings giant robots, cyberpunk castles to China

SUMMARY: REUTERS/Joseph CampbellWelcome to China’s first virtual reality theme park, which aims to ride a boom in demand for virtual entertainment that is set to propel tenfold growth in the country’s virtual reality market, to hit almost $8.5 billion by 2020.

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How an emergency services app is helping to save lives

How an emergency services app is helping to save lives

SUMMARY: One start-up in Nairobi, Kenya, has created an app to help simplify the capital's chaotic emergency services system.

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Tesla just built the world's largest battery, thanks to a bet

Tesla just built the world's largest battery, thanks to a bet

SUMMARY: On Friday, the South Australian government announced the completion of the world's largest lithium-ion battery just outside the South Australian city of Jamestown.

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Facebook Messenger testing Snapchat-style 'streaks' feature

Facebook Messenger testing Snapchat-style 'streaks' feature

SUMMARY: Facebook confirmed to Mashable on Wednesday that it's testing out a feature similar to "streaks" in Messenger.

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'Stranger Things' Erica offers snarky Thanksgiving advice

'Stranger Things' Erica offers snarky Thanksgiving advice

SUMMARY: One of the surprise hit characters of the second season of "Stranger Things" is Erica Sinclair, Lucas' little sister (Priah Ferguson).

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Samsung may fix the Chromebook Pro's biggest problem with a backlit keyboard

Samsung may fix the Chromebook Pro's biggest problem with a backlit keyboard

SUMMARY: For the most part, the Chromebook Pro has what you’d expect from premium Chromebook hardware.

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This is how you could sign into your accounts in the future

This is how you could sign into your accounts in the future

SUMMARY: We spoke with a cybersecurity expert about how you could potentially log on to your accounts in the future.

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4 things to do with your Nintendo Switch on Thanksgiving weekend

4 things to do with your Nintendo Switch on Thanksgiving weekend

SUMMARY: Work as a teamOne of the great things about the Switch is that it’s a dead-simple machine for multiplayer.

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Black Friday 2017: Xbox One deals, discounts and sales

Black Friday 2017: Xbox One deals, discounts and sales

SUMMARY: If your are looking for Black Friday deals on Nintendo and PlayStation, check out our article on Black Friday gaming deals.

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Black Friday 2017: Best Xbox, PS4 and Nintendo gaming deals

Black Friday 2017: Best Xbox, PS4 and Nintendo gaming deals

SUMMARY: Update, Nov. 23: Most of these deals should be live now, and we've got some killer new deals from Target and Amazon in the mix.

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The Moto Z’s Alexa Smart Speaker is mostly useless

The Moto Z’s Alexa Smart Speaker is mostly useless

SUMMARY: That certainly applies to the new Alexa Smart Speaker.

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Thanksgiving e-commerce sales up 18% year-on-year, average order value $114

Thanksgiving e-commerce sales up 18% year-on-year, average order value $114

SUMMARY: Adobe overall forecasts that sales online will reach $107.4 billion this season, up 13.8 percent.

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This literal gravy train is here to ruin Thanksgiving

This literal gravy train is here to ruin Thanksgiving

SUMMARY: His version, which uses a toy boat instead of a gravy boat, clearly has more kinks to be worked out.

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Black Friday 2017: The absolute best deals we've found so far

Black Friday 2017: The absolute best deals we've found so far

SUMMARY:

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U.S. judge orders Uber customer to arbitrate price-fixing claims

U.S. judge orders Uber customer to arbitrate price-fixing claims

SUMMARY: The case is Meyer v. Kalanick et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No.

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EU privacy regulators to discuss Uber hack next week

EU privacy regulators to discuss Uber hack next week

SUMMARY: BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union privacy regulators will discuss ride-hailing app Uber’s [UBER.UL] massive data breach cover-up next week and could create a task-force to coordinate investigations.

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Co-founder of unicorn InMobi is launching a bike-sharing startup in India

Co-founder of unicorn InMobi is launching a bike-sharing startup in India

SUMMARY: In China, companies Ofo and Mobike have both achieved unicorn status for their respective bike-sharing startups.

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Americans are spending Thanksgiving fighting for net neutrality

Americans are spending Thanksgiving fighting for net neutrality

SUMMARY: Over at Change.org, seven new petitions in support of net neutrality have been started up in the last two days, and older ones (like “Protect Net Neutrality From the Trump Administration”) have gained thousands of new signatures this week.

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Tesla’s electric Semi truck starts at $150,000, reservations now live

Tesla’s electric Semi truck starts at $150,000, reservations now live

SUMMARY: This pricing, newly revealed via the Tesla website, is actually incredibly competitive when measured against diesel truck costs.

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Black Friday 2017: Laptop and Phone Deals

Black Friday 2017: Laptop and Phone Deals

SUMMARY: Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface Laptop ($200-$330 off)Date: Nov. 23Buy Surface Pro for $330 off on Microsoft’s storeBuy the Surface Laptop w/free Cortana Speaker on Microsoft’s StoreThe Surface Pro is the best 2-in-1 tablet you can buy, but it’s expensive.

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