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Netflix nabs ‘Mindhunter’ series from David Fincher

Netflix nabs ‘Mindhunter’ series from David Fincher

Netflix has taken on a new series called ‘Mindhunter’ from House of Cards director David Fincher, according to a new report. The series is reportedly being developed in collaboration with Charlize Theron, and will be based on “Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit,” a book published in the mid-90s. Sources expect Fincher will be directing the series, according to the report.

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Data protection service LifeLock settles with FTC for $100m

Data protection service LifeLock settles with FTC for $100m

As we reported this past summer, LifeLock got itself into hot water with the FTC over its alleged failure to protect its customer data. That wasn’t the first time LifeLock ran into trouble, though; before that, it had pulled its LifeLock Wallet mobile apps over concerns that data wasn’t protected as advertised. Even that, though, wasn’t the start of its’ troubles — the company had first gotten on the FTC's bad side back in 2010.

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Apple Pay will launch in China early next year

Apple Pay will launch in China early next year

Apple Pay will arrive in China early next year, Apple has announced. The service will work with fifteen of the nation’s top banks and UnionPay. This follows a report form late last month claiming the service would launch in China soon. Once it launches, Apple users in China will be able to make payments by holding their iPhone or other Apple device near one of UnionPay’s QuickPass POS terminals.

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Nintendo: Bayonetta heading to Super Smash Bros soon

Nintendo: Bayonetta heading to Super Smash Bros soon

Nintendo has announced that Super Smash Bros. will soon be getting a new character: Bayonetta. The announcement was made today in a video showcasing the character’s arrival, as well as ample gameplay and details about her various fighting abilities. The witch brings with her a bunch of guns, limbs of demons, and a couple dashing outfits. Her arrival comes after being the top voted character on the Super Smash Bros ballot.

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Hydrogen could solve drones’ big problem

Hydrogen could solve drones’ big problem

Intelligent Energy has introduced a new hydrogen fuel cell prototype for drones that tackles one of UAVs' biggest problems: flight time. Presently, quadcopters and similar drones have flight times counted by minutes due to the limitations of batteries and weight. The prototype, which will be showcased at CES 2016 in a few weeks, extends drones’ range by providing longer flights times and making it a quick ordeal to refuel (compared to battery charging, that is).

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OpenAI nonprofit seeks to improve humanity with artificial intelligence

OpenAI nonprofit seeks to improve humanity with artificial intelligence

A new nonprofit research center called OpenAI has been announced, and it aims to improve humanity through the advent of artificial intelligence. Despite his concerns about such technology, one of the investors behind the center is Elon Musk; Reid Hoffman, Peter Thiel, Jessica Livingston and others join him in committing what will eventually be $1 billion or more to the project. According to Musk, all those on board have “made a substantial commitment.”

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Amazon’s one-hour delivery service gets 4,000 more items

Amazon’s one-hour delivery service gets 4,000 more items

If you’re lucky enough to live in one of Amazon’s Prime Now regions, you have the option of getting items delivered in two hours or less straight to your door. While that’s great, the service is only as useful as the quantity and quality of the products available. That’s what makes Amazon’s latest announcement so great: it has added 4,000 additional items to its one-hour delivery service, including toys and wrapping paper for those last minute holiday blunders.

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SeaLife Micro 2.0 camera is waterproof to 60m, no case required

SeaLife Micro 2.0 camera is waterproof to 60m, no case required

SeaLife has announced its new Micro 2.0, an underwater camera that is fully sealed for use underwater without a separate case. The Micro 2.0 is SeaLife’s newest Micro model, and can be taken to depths of 200ft (about 60 meters). Aside from its ability to descend great depths, the camera functions like an ordinary point-and-shoot, including things like a rechargeable internal battery, Sony CMOS sensor, and more.

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McLaren P1 production has reached its end

McLaren P1 production has reached its end

McLaren has announced the completion of its 375th (and last ever) example of the McLaren P1, and with it comes the end of production for that model. The Ultimate Series production will still plod on for a while longer, though, with some limited edition McLaren P1 GTRs’ still in the pipeline. This track-only version of the P1 features 986 horsepower and is scheduled to wrap up sometime early next year.

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Spanish ship wreckage found with billions in treasure

Spanish ship wreckage found with billions in treasure

Colombia has announced the discovery of a long-lost Spanish galleon (ship) containing billions of dollars’ worth of gemstones, gold, and silver. It’s an incredibly exciting announcement, but not one without controversy. The galleon, called San Jose, has been the subject of legal battles for a while now, with U.S. company Sea Search Armada claiming to have found the ship’s site back in 1981.

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Mortal Kombat X pack 2 adds Leatherface, Xenomorph

Mortal Kombat X pack 2 adds Leatherface, Xenomorph

Following a leak, the new characters coming to Mortal Kombat X in the Kombat pack 2 have been officially revealed: Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Xenomorph from Alien. In addition, the game will also get Bo Rai Cho, a classic Mortal Kombat character, and Tri-Borg, a new “Kombatant” comprising series characters Cyrax, Sektor, and Robot Smoke.

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Facebook’s new live video feature takes on Periscope

Facebook’s new live video feature takes on Periscope

Facebook is testing a new major feature that pits it against Periscope, arguably the world’s most popular mobile live streaming platform. The feature, as you probably guessed, is live video streaming, allowing Facebook users to share real-time videos with their friends and the public. Joining live video is a new collage feature that groups photos and videos into "moments."

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