xbox
We Know the Name of the Next Xbox and It’s Series-ous

Microsoft’s next-generation gaming console is called Xbox Series X, the company announced during an onstage unveiling at this year’s Game Awards Thursday. It’s slated for a holiday 2020 release, unsurprisingly corresponding with competitor Sony’s release date for its Playstation 5. Read More >>

discord
When Discord’s Down, All Hell Breaks Loose

Google’s suite of cloud computing services were hit with some technical difficulties most of the day Saturday that caused connectivity problems on at least one of the services dependent on it: Discord, a chat and voice platform geared towards gamers (don’t worry, it’s back up now). Read More >>

reddit
Reddit Uncovers Russian Interference Campaign Ahead of General Election

Fears of Russian interference ahead of the UK general election were all but confirmed this week with a Reddit post. Read More >>

apple
You Can Order Apple’s Mac Pro and Its Killer Display This Week

Apple’s much-anticipated beast of a machine, the Mac Pro, and its corresponding badass new display, the Pro Display XDR, will be available to order on 10 December, per a promo the company emailed to customers. Read More >>

google glass
Google’s Finally Ditching Support for Its Explorer Edition of Glass

Google Glass will soon receive the final nail in its coffin – as a consumer-marketed product, that is. The company announced this week it’s rolling out one final update to its Glass Explorer Edition. But don’t worry: The wearable’s more industry-focused yet still equally dorky-looking brethren, the Enterprise Edition, will continue receiving support. And so the Google Glass brand lives on. Praise be. Read More >>

elon musk
Jury Rules You Can Call Elon Musk a Paedo Guy

It took a federal jury in Los Angeles less than an hour to throw out a £144.6 million defamation case against Elon Musk on Friday. Calling someone a “paedo guy” to an audience of millions of Twitter followers isn’t an accusation, the jury decided, because words are tricky little devils that can mean a lot of things and slinging nastiness on the Internet, no matter how accusatory, doesn’t necessarily constitute defamation. Read More >>

gaming
First Leaked Photo of PS5 Dev Kit Shows It’s Every Bit as Weird-Looking as We Thought

The internet’s been speculating for months over the weirdly V-shaped PlayStation 5 prototype seen in patent documents and industrial designs purportedly linked back to Sony, but now it looks like we finally have a real, honest-to-goodness picture of the thing. Twitter user @Alcoholikaust posted an image this weekend showing two of the dev kits side by side along with the fitting caption, “PS5 anyone?” Read More >>

Tesla
Is This Tesla’s Best Electric Carb?

More people seem to like Tesla’s divisive Cybertruck design when it’s a pile of mashed potatoes instead of some low-poly, PlayStation 2 game asset brought to life. Read More >>

amazon
For Black Friday, Strikers Across Europe Demand Amazon Improve Working Conditions

Amazon workers and union members in Spain, Germany, and the U.K. went on strike this Black Friday – one of the busiest shopping days of the year for the retail giant – to protest for better pay and improved conditions at the company’s warehouses, which have previously been described by U.K. and U.S. officials as some of the most dangerous places to work in their respective countries. Read More >>

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TikTok User Suspended Following Viral Videos Blasting China Rejects Company’s Apology

TikTok issued a formal apology this week to a US teenager whose account was suspended after she posted several viral videos disguised as make-up tutorials that sharply critiqued China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims. The popular video-based social network, owned by Beijing-based ByteDance though purportedly operated separately from the company’s other holdings, has been facing mounting scrutiny from US officials concerning its relationship with the Chinese government. Read More >>

VR
Climate Planners Use VR to Show Communities How Sea-Level Rise Decimates Them

Earth is the hottest it’s ever been, it feels like a new “mega gargantuan Godzilla” storm record gets broken every other month, and environmental displacement is already threatening to upend certain communities’ livelihoods, and worse still, their histories. Read More >>

facebook
Wow, Facebook Really Made a Facial Recognition App for Its Employees

In its latest privacy faux pas to come to light, Facebook confirmed it built a now-defunct app for its employees that used facial recognition technology to identify coworkers and their friends, CNET reported this week. Read More >>

youtube
YouTube Aims to Match Advertisers with “Edgier” Content

YouTube’s experimenting with matching subject-appropriate advertising with YouTubers whose videos may not fit the bill of “family friendly content” according to the platform’s moderation policies. Read More >>

facebook
Facebook Has One Big Boob Problem

Dozens of activists plopped a giant inflatable boob outside Facebook’s London headquarters to protest the platform’s restrictions on depictions of nudity, the BBC reported Friday. Read More >>

microsoft
Farewell, Cortana

Come the end of January, it appears Cortana’s getting booted to the Microsoft assistant graveyard. At least poor Clippy will have some company now. Read More >>