November 30, 2015, 1:05 AM

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Thanksgiving/Black Friday Online Sales Hit $4.5B, 34% Of Purchases Made On Mobile  —  The first two days of the holiday sales period have netted $4.45 billion in U.S. online purchases, with mobile devices — led by smartphones — accounting for a record $1.5 billion of that amount …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Servers of Chinese tech toy maker VTech breached: data of 4.8M parents and 200K kids may have been accessed  —  One of the Largest Hacks Yet Exposes Data on Hundreds of Thousands of Kids  —  The personal information of almost 5 million parents and more than 200,000 kids was exposed earlier …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Amazon shows off new Prime Air drone with hybrid design, is part helicopter, part airplane, can cover over 15 miles, fly over 55 mph  —  Amazon Shows Off New Prime Air Drone With Hybrid Design  —  Amazon delivered a lovely update on its ‘Prime Air’ project.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Sony confirms official PS4 Remote Play app for Windows and Mac  —  Well that was quick.  It's only been a couple of days since someone came up with an unofficial app to stream PlayStation 4 gaming to PC, but earlier today, Sony's awesome Shuhei Yoshida confirmed on Twitter that his company is …
Dustin Volz / Reuters:
NSA to shut down bulk phone surveillance program by Sunday  —  The U.S. National Security Agency will end its daily vacuuming of millions of Americans' phone records by Sunday and replace the practice with more tightly targeted surveillance methods, the Obama administration said on Friday.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Cortana For iOS Begins Rolling Out To Testers  —  Microsoft has now made good on its earlier promise that it would soon roll out a beta version of its Cortana personal assistant - a rival to Apple's Siri and Google Now - to users of iOS devices.  This week, a handful of testers who signed …
Nitasha Tiku / BuzzFeed:
How waste specialists and nonprofits manage the leftover food from Silicon Valley companies' extravagance  —  Free Food For Tech Employees Goes To Waste  —  Tales from the clean-up crew for tech company overflow.  —  Dreamforce is an annual conference hosted by the software company Salesforce.
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Upload Web Receipts for scanning with the new Google Chrome add-on  —  Remember the days of keeping receipts in a shoebox?  Sure, you had them all in one place, but they weren't organized, they weren't sorted, and they weren't in any order where you could find a specific one at the drop of a hat.
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Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
Profile of iFixit, the company helping us continue doing DIY repairs on modern electronics  —  How to Fix Everything  —  It happened suddenly, like most of these stories do.  My alarm went off.  I kicked my leg out as I jolted awake, making solid contact with my new laptop …
Denys Zhadanov / Medium:
Readdle's marketing head on how PDF Expert became the #1 top paid app in the Mac App Store globally  —  How To Launch a Mac App and Become #1 Top Paid App Globally  —  It's pretty hard to put eight months of your life in a single blog post, but I'll try to outline the most interesting …

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Convergence EMEA: Matching business challenges to technological solutions  —  Perspective from Jean-Philippe Courtois, President, Microsoft International, leading up to the keynote in Barcelona at 6:30 a.m. PT on Nov. 30.
Federal Insecurity  —  The number of security incidents impacting Federal agencies has grown from 5,503 in 2006 to 67,168 in 2014 — a massive 1121% increase in 8 years — what can be done?
What consumers have to say about Bitcoin, P2P, social spending and more  —  We asked 7000 digital consumers how they expect to pay for digital goods & services in the future.  The results are in.
Upload Web Receipts for scanning with the new Google Chrome add-on  —  Remember the days of keeping receipts in a shoebox?  Sure, you had them all in one place, but they weren't organized, they weren't sorted …
CareerArc: Amazon to Hire 100k Workers this Holiday Season, Reflects Shift in US Retail  —  Amazon is the largest employer of seasonal hires in 2015.  How is the overall shift towards e-commerce changing US retail and labor?


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