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Relax by a yule log with Lil BUB the internet cat – CNET

No holiday season is complete without a crackling fire and a blissfully happy cat purring in front of it. But if you don’t have a pet or a fireplace, you can still pretend by watching the internet famous feline Lil BUB in her fifth annual yule log video. The video “Lil BUB’s Extraordinarily Magical Yule Log” posted Dec. 12, features the soothing sounds of Lil BUB purring in front of the burning wood, creating the perfect soundtrack for wrapping presents or sipping hot chocolate. Lil BUB is a rather special cat…

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Amazon Prime UK could face probe over late deliveries – CNET

UK’s advertising watchdog is considering a probe into Amazon Prime over complaints of delays in delivery. Leon Neal / Getty Images Merry Christmas? Perhaps not for Amazon UK. The online shopping giant could be the subject of an investigation by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the Guardian reported Sunday, adding that the ASA said it received “a handful of complaints” pertaining to late deliveries by Amazon Prime as Christmas approaches. Prime is a membership service by Amazon that, in the UK, promises subscribers “unlimited one-day delivery” and access to discounts…

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Star Wars 8: What audiences REALLY think of The Last Jedi after opening weekend

There have been divided reactions to The Last Jedi over recent days, with fans who disliked Rian Johnson’s story direction complaining loudly across the internet. Many have even managed to drag the film’s audience score on Rotten Tomatoes down to below 60%, considerably lower than other movies in the series. But do those fans speak for the majority, or are they in the minority? CinemaScore, ostensibly the only audience rating system that verifies whether participants have actually seen the film, surveys all kinds of audience members immediately after a screening…

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Could Russia cut off internet to NATO countries?

LONDON — Russia could try to sever global underwater communications cables, potentially triggering catastrophic repercussions for the economy and way of life in the West, the head of Britain’s military has warned. The vast majority of global internet and telephone traffic relied on by Western governments, economies and civilians is carried by cables that crisscross the world’s seabeds, according to analysts. NATO has prioritized missions to protect these undersea lines of communication and is working “to match and understand Russian fleet modernization,” Chief Marshall Stuart Peach told the Royal United…

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ best and worst: Our global review – CNET

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has finally landed in theaters, and CNET writers and editors the world over made the Kessel Run to go see it right away. Opinions? Star Wars fans, with opinions? You know it, and we aren’t holding back, so be warned that the impressions we share below are full of spoilers. Haven’t seen the movie yet but need details now? Click on our official, spoiler-free review and head over to our guide outlining everything we know about the film. And here’s another warning: You WILL find spoilers ahead, so if…

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Sen. Brian Schatz: Net neutrality isn’t dead – CNET

Democrats on Capitol Hill say they aren’t giving up on their fight to preserve Obama-era net neutrality rules, which were eliminated Thursday by Republicans in the FCC. U.S. Sens. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Brian Schatz of Hawaii are leading more than a dozen senators to introduce a Congressional Review Act resolution aimed at undoing the FCC’s actions and fully restoring net neutrality rules. Democratic Senate leader Charles Schumer of New York signed on to the effort Friday. US Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii, says his party is…

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America has banned China firms from doing THIS – EU and UK welcomes them

Security services in the US are considered among the best in the world, yet Brussels has decided against advice from Washington over tech firm Huawei. The European Commission has backed the Chinese company which will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the 5G wireless technology roll out. The tech giant has a range of mobile phones and the company’s 5G technology is among the cheapest and most advanced in the world. Huawei, believed to be in bed with the Chinese state, will be involved in critical networks for decades…

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North Korea has stolen MILLIONS in cryptocurrencies, spy agency reveals

GETTY It comes after experts revealed Kim Jong-un could be making a fortune with Bitcoin It comes after experts revealed Kim Jong-un could be making a fortune with Bitcoin’s record-breaking surges using North Korean hackers to circumvent the sanctions placed on the despotic regime as the dictatorship continues its nuclear weapons programme. The £5.17million ($6.99million) includes operations that saw thefts from Yapizon, now called Yobit, and Coinis in April and September – both are exchanges of cryptocurrencies. The Chosun Ilbo, a South Korean newspaper, stated that the £5million in cryptocurrencies…

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Waymo v. Uber: Letter exposes depths of alleged espionage – CNET

Waymo claims Uber stole its self-driving car technology. This drawing is from a Google autonomous vehicle patent from September 2014. Google From burner phones to secret servers to disappearing message apps — the details filling a 37-page letter released to the public Friday sound more like something out of the Bourne movie series than the inner-workings of Uber. This letter was written by the attorney for Richard Jacobs, a former Uber employee who worked as the ride-hailing company’s manager of global intelligence. What’s now known as the “Jacobs letter” has…

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Linksys WRT32X AC3200 dual-band Wi-Fi gaming router review – CNET

Is a router really going to make your champion in League of Legends kick more butt? Probably not, but the Linksys WRT32X does give you an edge over gamers whose routers often lag behind due to their network traffic. With its Killer Prioritization Engine (KPE), the WRT32X can help you make sure anyone streaming Netflix in the other room doesn’t increase your ping. For $300 (about £225 in the UK or AU$390), this Linksys AC3200-class dual-band router is in line with other gaming routers and works great with gaming PCs….

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