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Disney restarts 21st Century Fox acquisition talks

Disney restarts 21st Century Fox acquisition talks

Disney has restarted acquisition talks with 21st Century Fox, according to sources, with its attention being on the Twentieth Century Fox studio in particular, plus international assets. This isn't the first time we've heard these claims, but the latest report states that the business negotiations are "gaining momentum." As with the previous leak, these sources say Disney probably won't acquire the company's sports or news networks.

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FDA warns biohackers over DIY gene therapy

FDA warns biohackers over DIY gene therapy

Biohackers were on the receiving end of an FDA warning this week, one that advised DIYers that publicly available gene therapy kits are illegal. Gene therapy is the process of using genetic material for manipulating or in some way modifying the expression of a gene. Brave -- or foolish, perhaps -- biohackers have taken to self-administering their own gene therapies, and the FDA isn't happy about it.

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Marriott shower door can record your doodles and notes

Marriott shower door can record your doodles and notes

Marriott has developed a shower door that is able to record your doodles and thoughts, the ones you scrawl into the foggy glass during a hot shower. This is the first door of its kind, according to Marriott, which recently demonstrated the door on video. This isn't a mere concept, though; the company is kicking off a pilot involving its hotel in Irvine, where it will arrive next year.

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Teen claims he spent $10,000 on video game microtransactions

Teen claims he spent $10,000 on video game microtransactions

Amid the massive controversy surrounding microtransactions in games comes an open letter from Redditor "Kensgold" addressed to EA, DICE, and "other devs." According to Kensgold, he is 19 years old and has spent about $10,000 on microtransactions in the past two years. According to the user, he burned through his savings by the age of 15, spending it all on a city builder mobile game. The problem snowballed from there.

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy test launch delayed until early 2018

SpaceX Falcon Heavy test launch delayed until early 2018

SpaceX has delayed the test launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket until early 2018, a slight postponement from the originally planned late December date. SpaceX has confirmed that the test launch is now scheduled to happen in January, making it only a minor setback. However, the rocket's static fire test will take place this month before the upcoming test launch.

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Google’s Santa Tracker returns, this time with elf selfies

Google’s Santa Tracker returns, this time with elf selfies

Google's Santa Village has returned, marking the first of December and the slow countdown to Christmas. As in previous years, Google's festive offering brings Santa and other Christmas-themed content, a countdown timer, plus changes for 2017. Most notable among those changes is an elf selfie tool, enabling kids (and adults!) to take an elf selfie ("elfies") at famous landmarks around the world.

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Limited Edition Destiny 2 Ghost brings character to life with Alexa

Limited Edition Destiny 2 Ghost brings character to life with Alexa

Activision has launched for preorder a new Internet of Things device that brings the game character Ghost to life. The device, which is a limited edition model, gives Destiny 2 fans a way to interact with Ghost, including exploring the game's universe and using voice commands for equipping loadouts. The device will be released only a few days before Christmas; those who want to ensure they get one can preorder it now from Amazon.

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Amazon delivery drones may self-destruct to keep people safe

Amazon delivery drones may self-destruct to keep people safe

Are you ready for a future where shipments are delivered via drones? How about a future where those delivery drones can self-destruct if the situation calls for it? A newly surfaced Amazon patent details delivery drones that could self-destruct if they are at risk of falling, the idea apparently being that a destroyed drone will land in several smaller, lighter pieces than one whole delivery drone, which could potentially hurt someone.

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Samsung W2018 flip phone packs a dual-aperture camera

Samsung W2018 flip phone packs a dual-aperture camera

Samsung has unveiled a fancy new flip phone (yes, a flip phone) with a design unlike what you're probably imagining. The W2018, which was unveiled in China recently, is a dual-display flip phone that takes modern handset elements and packs them into the clamshell arrangement that was popular for so many years. Unlike those old flip phones, though, the W2018 has two screens, a dual-aperture camera, and other crazy features.

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Disney sues Redbox for selling DVD digital download codes

Disney sues Redbox for selling DVD digital download codes

Disney has sued DVD-lending company Redbox over its practice of reselling the digital copy download codes included with physical disc purchases. Redbox acquires these codes from the DVDs it purchases (it buys them retail, not through any special arrangements with Disney); rather than discarding the codes, the company puts them to good use by allowing its own customers to buy them.

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DJI accused of spying for China in leaked ICE memo [Update: DJI responds]

DJI accused of spying for China in leaked ICE memo [Update: DJI responds]

A leaked ICE bulletin warns of possible spying by drone maker DJI on behalf of the Chinese government, raising new concerns about security and privacy. The memo warns that DJI is very likely targeting certain government and private entities "to collect and exploit sensitive U.S. data." That is just a sliver of the long report, though, which warns that DJI's mobile apps are allegedly sending a bunch of data back to systems in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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Google Search adds audiobook results with public library links

Google Search adds audiobook results with public library links

Search for a book in Google Search and the top results pane will now feature a section dedicated to audiobooks. As podcasts regain popularity, many people are turning their attention to audiobooks with renewed interest. Life is busy and audiobooks offer a way to "read" when you're on the go, filling those daily commute hours or downtime at the office with chapters from your reading list.

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