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$7 million LaFerrari becomes this century’s most expensive car sold at auction

$7 million LaFerrari becomes this century's most expensive car sold at auctionFerrari's liveries and decorations have often shown a patriotic streak, but this year the supercar marque has expressed its love for Italy in a more material way by donating a one-of-a-kind LaFerrari to the cause of raising money to help rebuild the parts of Central Italy affected by a series of earthquakes. Auctioned off on Saturday for a cool $7 million, this car becomes "the most valuable 21st century automobile ever sold at auction." All proceeds from the sale go to benefit earthquake recovery efforts in Italy, under the auspices of the National Italian American Foundation’s Earthquake Relief Fund. The good cause seems to have spurred car collectors to open their wallets that extra bit wider, pushing the price up to nearly five times the original LaFerrari's $1.5 million.


Amazon Dash Buttons land in Japan

Amazon Dash Buttons land in JapanAmazon has started offering its Dash Buttons in Japan, a few months after the product expanded outside the US for the first time with launches in the UK, Germany, and Austria. Each Dash Button costs 500 yen ($4.40) in Japan, but you'll get a 500 yen discount the first time you use it, so the button itself is basically free. As with elsewhere, the buttons are exclusive to Amazon Prime members.


Sharp CEO Tai says to step down once stock returns to TSE first section

Logo of Sharp Corp is pictured at CEATEC JAPAN 2016 in ChibaSharp Corp CEO and President Tai Jeng-wu told reporters on Monday he would step down once the Japanese electronics maker turns profitable again at the net level and its shares return to the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Tai, vice chairman of Foxconn, became president of Sharp in August after the Taiwan company, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd , took control of the Japanese firm. The Tokyo Stock Exchange moved Sharp shares to the bourse's second section in August after the electronics maker booked negative net assets - where liabilities exceeded assets - for the year ended in March, when the company was hit by falling sales of smartphone panels and restructuring costs.


Panasonic in talks to buy ZKW to accelerate push into auto electronics: source

People pass television installation at Panasonic pavilion before start of IFA consumer electronics fair in BerlinBy Makiko Yamazaki TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Panasonic Corp is in talks to buy European automotive light maker ZKW Group, accelerating its push into the automotive electronics market, a person familiar with the matter said. An acquisition of ZKW would expand Panasonic's automotive lineup, which currently centers on batteries and navigation systems, as it shifts its focus to corporate clients to escape price competition from lower-margin consumer electronics manufacturers. Panasonic said in a statement the reported deal was not something it had announced, and declined to comment further.


The Mummy’s first trailer is Mission: Impossible with a supernatural twist

The Mummy’s first trailer is Mission: Impossible with a supernatural twistMarvel may have kicked off the current expanded cinematic universe craze, but the concept arguably started back with the classic Universal Pictures horror films — and the studio is hoping that the first trailer for The Mummy will be the beginning of a new run of interconnected movies. Starring Tom Cruise and directed by Alex Kurtzman — best known as the writer of movies like Star Trek Into Darkness and Transformers — the new Mummy looks to be as much an action film as anything else, with Cruise stuck in a death-defying sequence right at the top, and facing various moments of peril and adventure throughout the clip. Kurtzman has been masterminding the new “Universal Monsters” universe alongside Fast and the Furious architect Chris Morgan, with films about characters like The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man, and vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing in various stages of development.


EU urges U.S. tech giants to act faster against hate speech

A man holds his smartphone which displays the Google home page, in this picture illustration taken in Bordeaux, Southwestern FranceBy Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. tech giants including Facebook, Twitter, Google's YouTube and Microsoft will have to act faster to tackle online hate speech or face laws forcing them to do so, the European Commission said on Sunday. The European Union (EU) executive's warning comes six months after the companies signed up to a voluntary code of conduct to take action in Europe within 24 hours, following rising concerns triggered by the refugee crisis and terror attacks. ...


Panasonic in talks to buy ZKW for up to $1 billion: Nikkei

Visitors look at Panasonic Corp's luxury brand home appliances called J concept at CEATEC JAPAN 2015 in MakuhariJapan's Panasonic Corp is in the final stages of talks to buy European automotive light maker ZKW Group for up to $1 billion, accelerating its push into the automotive electronics market, the Nikkei business daily reported Monday. Privately held ZKW supplies light-emitting diode headlights and lighting modules to U.S. and European automakers such as General Motors Co and BMW . Panasonic said in a statement the reported deal was not something it had announced, adding it does not comment on individual deals.


BMW seeks to be ‘coolest’ ride-hailing firm with autonomous car

The logo of BMW is pictured at at the 37th Bangkok International Motor Show in BangkokBy Edward Taylor MUNICH (Reuters) - BMW will test autonomous vehicles in Munich next year as it seeks to keep up with ride-hailing firms like Uber [UBER.UL], which have spent billions on pay-per-use personal transport. The German carmaker will have about 40 vehicles with self-driving functions in Munich's inner city and then expand the project to other cities, BMW executives said on Friday. "There is a trained test driver behind the wheel of every car," Klaus Buettner, BMW's Vice President in charge of Autonomous Driving said.


US Army will require alternative route for the Dakota Access Pipeline

US Army will require alternative route for the Dakota Access PipelineThe Army Corps of Engineers has announced that it would not approve permits for the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline under a reservoir on the Missouri River called Lake Oahe, according to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. "The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing," Army's Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy said in a statement. Now, the Army Corps of Engineers has decided to deny an easement altogether, so an alternative route will have to be found.


EU urges U.S. tech giants to act faster against hate speech

A man holds his smartphone which displays the Google home page, in this picture illustration taken in Bordeaux, Southwestern FranceBy Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. tech giants including Facebook , Twitter , Google's YouTube and Microsoft will have to act faster to tackle online hate speech or face laws forcing them to do so, the European Commission said on Sunday. The European Union (EU) executive's warning comes six months after the companies signed up to a voluntary code of conduct to take action in Europe within 24 hours, following rising concerns triggered by the refugee crisis and terror attacks. The code of conduct is largely a continuation of efforts that the companies already take to counter hate speech on their websites, such as developing tools for people to report hateful content and training staff to handle such requests.


The best early-December movie is Little Women

The best early-December movie is Little WomenThis, among many other reasons, is why Little Women (1994) — based on the classic Louisa May Alcott novel about four sisters growing up in Massachusetts during the Civil War — is the perfect movie for easing your way into Christmas Movie Time.


Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy has ‘every intention’ of hiring female directors

Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy has ‘every intention’ of hiring female directorsDuring a press conference today at Skywalker Ranch, the cast and crew of Rogue One answered questions about the upcoming film. During the Q&A, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was asked about her earlier remarks about female directors — and pushed back on the idea that the company was excluding female directors. “We have every intention of giving someone an opportunity,” Kennedy said, arguing that her original remarks were taken out of context.


Netflix has renewed Luke Cage for a second season

Netflix has renewed Luke Cage for a second seasonMarvel took to Twitter today to announce that Netflix has renewed Luke Cage for a second season. The announcement comes after the first season premiered earlier this fall to extremely positive reviews about its take on the character.


Software updates still can’t fix the biggest problem with the Bragi Dash

Software updates still can’t fix the biggest problem with the Bragi DashSince the days of the Dash Kickstarter, the folks at Bragi have promised that they would improve the performance and features of their futuristic wireless earbuds with regular firmware updates. As Bragi released versions 2.0 and 2.1 of that software earlier this year, the company added features like the ability to save workouts and improved heart rate tracking. Now, Bragi has pushed another update — version 2.2 — that it claims will improve that Bluetooth performance.


Virgin Galactic’s second SpaceShipTwo performed its first glide flight

Virgin Galactic’s second SpaceShipTwo performed its first glide flightVirgin Galactic’s spaceplane, SpaceShipTwo, went on its first free flight on Friday, performing an unpowered glide over the Mojave Desert. The vehicle, named VSS Unity, was dropped from its carrier plane, WhiteKnightTwo, and flew for 10 minutes on its own before landing successfully at the Mojave Air and Space Port. The flight comes more than two years after the company’s first SpaceShipTwo experienced a failure mid-flight — killing its pilot and injuring its co-pilot.


Eyes Of My Mother review: a horror film about unimaginable response to unimaginable tragedy

Eyes Of My Mother review: a horror film about unimaginable response to unimaginable tragedyMagnetOne of the most basic facts of horror writing is that real terror requires isolation. It’s nearly impossible to keep characters in scary situations if there’s easy help right around the corner, or plenty of sympathetic people to consult about the problem. Horror stories find different ways to isolate the victims, by setting stories in desolate, out-of-the-way places (like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre or Psycho), or by putting characters in situations where other people won’t believe them, or just can’t help. (The Babadook and It Follows are terrific recent examples. ...


Chimpanzees recognize each other’s butts the way we recognize faces

Chimpanzees recognize each other’s butts the way we recognize facesFor a study published this week in the journal PLoS One (delightfully titled “Getting to the Bottom of Face Processing”), Dutch researchers recruited both humans and chimpanzees to match photos of various body parts and compared how they did. This is called the inversion effect. The researchers theorized that if this was the case, there would be a “behind inversion effect” — that is, they would have more trouble identifying inverted butts than recognizing right-side-up butts.


GoPro’s Karma stabilizer grip goes on sale starting today

GoPro’s Karma stabilizer grip goes on sale starting todayGoPro is giving users a new way to capture footage. Starting today, the company is selling the Karma stabilizer grip — which was originally bundled with the now-recalled Karma drone — on its own for $299.


US, China, EU, others fail to reach environmental goods deal

FILE - In this Monday, July 11, 2016 file photo, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom speaks at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. Forty-six countries including the U.S., China and European Union nations failed Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 to agree on a list of GENEVA (AP) — Forty-six countries including the U.S., China and European Union nations failed Sunday to agree on a list of "environmental goods" like solar-powered air conditioners or LED light bulbs that could see lower tariffs.


Microsoft kicks off 12 Days of Deals sale: Good Windows 10, Xbox One, and VR deals

Microsoft’s annual 12 Days of Deals promotion is back, so if you missed out on any of the company’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday Windows and Xbox deals you still have a chance. Just like in previous years, each day will offer you a different deal that’s going to be valid for one day only. DON’T MISS: A 75-year-old’s excellent Tweet may be the only good thing in 2016 The 12 Days of deals sale starts on December 5th and contains plenty of exciting deals on Windows 10 and Xbox One products. There's even a VR deal that you should check out: 12/5: Save up to $1,000 on select Intel-powered PCs, starting at $199. 12/6: Only $199 for a Lenovo Ideapad 110 laptop (save $100). 12/7: Save up to 50% on select Xbox One games, now $19.99. 12/8: Save $250 on Surface Pro 4 with Intel Core m3 and 128GB SSD (now $649), plus free sleeve. 12/9: Save up to 70% on select Windows 10 tablets, now starting at $49. 12/10: Save up to $250 on Windows Premium Collection devices, starting at $499. 12/11: Buy select Xbox controllers and get a $25 Microsoft Store gift code. 12/12: Save $50 and get 2 free games with select Xbox One consoles, plus save big on Xbox accessories and games. 12/13: Get a $100 Microsoft Store gift code with purchase of HTC VIVE or Oculus Rift. 12/14: Save up to $1,000 on select gaming PCs, starting at $799. 12/15: Save up to 40% on select Dell PCs, starting at $199. 12/16: Save up to $200 on select Surface Pro 4, plus get a free Type Cover (up to $359 value). Check out Microsoft’s full 12 Days of Deals offer at this link .

How to be human: when you fall in love with the very unavailable

How to be human: when you fall in love with the very unavailableIouri Goussev/Flickr Leah Reich was one of the first internet advice columnists. Her column "Ask Leah" ran on IGN, where she gave advice to gamers for two and a half years. During the day, Leah is Slack’s user researcher, but her views here do not represent her employer. How to be Human runs every other Sunday. You can write to her at askleah@theverge.com and read more How to be Human here.Hi Leah,I’m a 21-year-old gay male who lives in the Pacific Northwest. I’m out to those close to me, but I’m in the closet publicly for now. ...


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