1. Hangouts desktop app update brings new phone tab
     Published by Android Central on 2014-12-12 at 07:09:49

The Hangouts desktop app for Chrome OS and Windows recently grabbed an update, and while the change log doesn't list anything particularly groundbreaking, the app has seen the addition of a new phone tab and desktop notifications.

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2. Microsoft finally sold more Xbox Ones than Sony did PlayStation 4s
     Published by Endgadget on 2014-12-12 at 05:25:00

Building on its success from last month, Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One was the number one selling console for November -- ending the PlayStation 4's almost year-long top spot. As Redmond tells it, by way of NPD Group data, its latest cons...

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3. Nexus 5 all but dead and buried?
     Published by CNet on 2014-12-12 at 02:55:57

With Google selling and promoting its Nexus 6 smartphone, has the Nexus 5 reached the end of its production days? One Google rep says the phone will be available again early next year.

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4. Ford Sync 3 drops Microsoft, puts MyFord Touch out to pasture
     Published by CNet on 2014-12-12 at 00:19:57

Ford's Sync in-car infotainment is about to turn eight, making it one of the most well-established on the market. With version three, it's been completely rebuilt from the ground up.

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5. Oculus is buying a company that brings hands into virtual reality
     Published by Endgadget on 2014-12-12 at 03:41:00

Right now, the term "virtual reality" still means "headset" for most people. What we should really think when we read "virtual reality" is first-person immersion. The headset -- like Oculus VR's Rift, Sony's Project Morpheus, and Samsung's Gear VR --...

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6. Apple’s contracts with carriers under scrutiny in Canada
     Published by CNet on 2014-12-12 at 06:44:16

Antitrust watchdog is seeking a court order for Apple documents related to a probe of alleged anticompetitive clauses in its carrier contracts.

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8. Cops use taser on woman while she recorded arrest of another man
     Published by ARS Technica on 2014-12-12 at 00:15:42

"You a dumb bitch," video captures cop saying after yanking victim from car.

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9. What this musician can do with a carrot, condoms, and a hose will astound you
     Published by Daily Dot on 2014-12-12 at 01:39:49

Commonplace household objects make surprisingly beautiful tunes. Who knew?

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10. PewDiePie takes over South Park episode, removes ‘little fat kid,’ adds Call of Duty
     Published by Polygon on 2014-12-12 at 02:30:02

Last week, PewDiePie had a brief picture-in-picture appearance on South Park as the show took on the concept of Let's Play videos. This week, the famed YouTuber turned the tables on the show, and specifically Cartman.
In this brief clip from So...

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11. How Greenpeace Wrecked One of the Most Sacred Places in the Americas
     Published by Gizmodo on 2014-12-12 at 02:00:00

Greenpeace can get a little aggressive with its tactics. That doesn't mean that it's not fighting for a good cause! But after the organization marched through the sacred Nazca Lines etched into the Peruvian desert
  for a climate protest, capturing it al...

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12. Twitter co-founder ‘doesn’t give a shit’ that Instagram has more users
     Published by The Verge on 2014-12-12 at 05:45:41

Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said yesterday that the photo-sharing service has overtaken Twitter in active users, but Ev Williams doesn't seem too concerned. The Twitter co-founder, who also started Blogger before Google bought it out and now s...

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13. Shoot fireballs from your wrist with Pyro
     Published by Endgadget on 2014-12-12 at 03:11:00

Who hasn't dreamed of having the ability to shoot fireballs from our hands? Thanks to a new device from magician Adam Wilber, you can do just that. The appropriately named Pyro is controlled with a remote switch from up to 30 feet away and tucks unde...

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14. Amazon’s Android app has quietly been removed from Google Play
     Published by Endgadget on 2014-12-12 at 01:56:00

When Amazon updated its primary Android app with an "Apps & Games" section, it was a milestone in third-party distribution: Finally, you could access Amazon's library of applications without sidestepping Google Play. It didn't last long -- Amazon's a....

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15. Google Shuts Down Russia Engineering Office
     Published by The Information on 2014-12-12 at 04:17:52

Google plans to shut down its engineering operations in Russia, following similar recent departures by other Western and Russian software companies and engineers, according to people informed of the decision.

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16. Classic Apple Watches From 1995 Once Again Available for Sale [iOS Blog]
     Published by Mac Rumors on 2014-12-12 at 01:13:53

While customers are looking forward to the launch of the Apple Watch early next year, there have been several other Apple-branded watches over the years typically offered as promotional items, and one of those items from nearly 20 years ago is making a co...

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18. Star Wars character names revealed via retro Topps trading cards
     Published by The Verge on 2014-12-12 at 02:50:01

J.J. Abrams has benevolently cracked open his mystery box and put some names to the faces we saw in the first teaser for The Force Awakens. And in a nod to the long-running tradition of Star Wars and marketing tie-ins, he and Lucasfilm have opt...

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20. Final Fantasy 10/10-2 is headed to PS4 next spring
     Published by Polygon on 2014-12-12 at 03:30:02

Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is coming to PlayStation 4 in spring 2015, Square Enix confirmed today.
The remastered package will arrive at retail and as a download for $49.99. The announcement confirms a recent product listing on Square En...

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