Amazon workers to strike in Italy, Germany this Black Friday

From CNET: Amazon won't be enjoying Black Friday -- and the rest of the holiday season -- this year.

Over 500 workers at the e-commerce giant's main distribution hub in Italy have agreed to strike for the first time this Black Friday after disappointing talks with Amazon for bonuses and better pay, Reuters reported Wednesday. The plan follows strikes scheduled for the same day at six Amazon warehouses in Germany.

Microsoft Facing HoloLens Patent Lawsuit and 'Triple Damages' Threat

From PC Mag: When talking about virtual reality, multiple companies are leading the way including Oculus, HTC, and Sony. But for mixed reality, there is one clear frontrunner in the form of Microsoft and its HoloLens smartglasses/headset. However, Microsoft is now facing a lawsuit threatening a jury trial and triple damages based on two patent infrignements.

YouTube Returns to Amazon Echo Show

From PC Mag: Good news, Amazon Echo Show owners and prospective buyers: YouTube is back after an almost two-month hiatus.

Amazon confirmed the news in a Tuesday email to PCMag, noting that Vimeo and Dailymotion are also now available on the device.

"We're excited to offer customers the capability to watch even more video content from sources such as Vimeo, YouTube, and Dailymotion on Echo Show," Amazon's statement reads. "More video sources will be added over time."

Uber hid hack that exposed data of 57 million users, drivers

From CNET: Uber revealed Tuesday that hackers stole data on 57 million drivers and riders in October 2016, the ride-hailing company said on Tuesday.

The pilfered data included personal information such as names, email addresses and driver's license numbers, the company said. Social Security numbers and credit card information, however, didn't appear to have been compromised.

Microsoft confirms Surface Book 2’s power problem

From The Verge: Microsoft’s 15-inch Surface Book 2 laptop suffers from battery drain during heavy gaming or GPU usage, a problem The Verge first identified during our review of the device last week. While plugged into the supplied charger, the battery on the base of the device will drain during certain games if the power settings are set to max performance to fully utilize the power of the hardware.

Tether says nearly $31 million worth of its digital tokens have been stolen after hack

From The Verge: Tether, the startup company that allows users to trade and use digital tokens backed by fiat currencies like the dollar, euro, and yen, says that close to $31 million was stolen from its coffers after a malicious attack. In a post on its website, Tether says $30,950,000 USDT was taken from its treasury wallet on November 19th and sent to a unauthorized digital wallet. USDT is a cryptocurrency token pegged to the US dollar, which is fully backed by assets in the company’s reserve account.

Chip Maker Marvell Buys Cavium in $6B Cloud Data Center Push

From PC Mag: Semiconductor maker Marvell Technology is beefing up its presence in the data center space by buying Cavium, an enterprise server technology vendor, for $6 billion.

The two companies want to target the "high growth" data center market at a time when businesses are moving to the cloud and carriers are deploying faster networks, generating need for more storage and better wireless connectivity, the CEOs of both companies said Monday.

Microsoft grants enterprises 6 more months of support for Windows 10 1511

From ComputerWorld: Microsoft has reversed the retirement of Windows 10 version 1511, extending support for the 2015 feature upgrade by six months for commercial customers.

"To help some early enterprise adopters that are still finishing their transition to Windows as a service, we will be providing a supplemental servicing package for Windows 10, version 1511, for an additional six months, until April 2018," said Michael Niehaus, director of product marketing for Windows, in a post to a company blog.

AT&T-Time Warner in jeopardy as DOJ blocks deal

From CNET: It looks like "Game of Thrones" and the "Justice League" may not be heading to AT&T after all.

Microsoft Only Sold 1,639 Xbox One X at Japan Launch

From PC Mag: One of the hardest markets for Western gaming companies to crack is Japan. Japanese gamers prefer to buy homegrown hardware, and both Sony and Nintendo enjoy very healthy sales in their home territory. Microsoft? Not so much.

Microsoft always struggles to sell its Xbox consoles in Japan despite repeated marketing pushes and generous offers to the Japanese consumer. When the Xbox One launched there in December 2013, it only sold 23,562 units during the first four days. For the PS4 launch, 309,000 units were sold, and even the unloved Wii U sold 308,000 units.


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