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15 unusual pet gifts for cherished fuzzballs

Image: Mashable Composite, barkshop, barkshop

No one is more deserving of your hard-earned cash than your loyal — if only sometimes house-trained — pets

See also: 21 cozy gifts to keep people on your list warm and toasty

And if pets could use their tiny paws to search the Internet for items to add to their wish lists, we're pretty sure these are the gifts they'd settle on

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Why cooks are leaving New York City in droves

It's 2 a.m. and you just stumbled into your local diner after an epic night of partying

Ten years ago, you might have expected a perfectly crunchy grilled cheese sandwich delivered in mere minutes by the same cook behind the counter who had been there since your Grandpa lived in the neighborhood

These days you consider yourself lucky if you get a plate of mushy, reheated fries and a cup of lukewarm gravy within 45 minutes

That's because, without exaggeration, there is a cook crisis in New York City

See also: Why eliminating tipping could improve one more American workplace

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How online activist groups are raising millions to keep corporations in line

When activists are fighting corporate misbehavior, a million dollars can go a long way.

With that cash in hand, online activist network SumOfUs.org recently reported a successful summer of crusading "for people over profits." In three months' time, it helped persuade Delta and other airlines to stop shipping hunting trophies, lobbied officials to charge Nestle more for the water it draws from public lands, and helped get Standard Chartered Bank to cancel its financing of Adani's giant Australian coal mine.

How did SumOfUs raise the money needed to achieve all this? It tapped into the power of the crowd, pooling the pocket change its millions of members donated through simple forms tacked onto the end of campaigns. Read more...

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20 useful gifts perfect for the adult-in-training

Adulthood doesn't happen overnight.

Sure, your favorite 20-somethings may have crossed the legal threshold into adulthood, but have they ever ironed a shirt? Do they eat from plates, or do they use a medium-sized Frisbee? Do they know what Swiss chard is?

See? Adulting is hard.

See also: The only packing guide you need for the holiday season

It may seem tempting to heap your beloved adult-in-training with colanders and scented trash bags this holiday season, but resist the urge: adults-in-training deserve fun gifts too. Luckily, there are lots of gift options that are useful, utilitarian and not the most boring things on Earth. Read more...

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Powerful images from global climate rallies will make you want to take to the streets

Women participate in a rally for climate change awareness in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015.

The U.N. Paris Climate Summit that begins on Monday, Nov. 30 could become a landmark moment in the movement to combat climate change. World leaders will gather to negotiate a plan of action to tackle the issue, but ahead of the vitally important conversation, people around the world have gathered to send their leaders a clear message: The time to act is now.

In France, they rallied on Saturday despite a ban on such protests under the state of emergency laws declared after the Nov. 13 Paris attacks. In Melbourne, Australia, organisers estimated around 60,000 people flooded the city streets on Saturday. Everywhere from Japan to the Phil...

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    Professor saves home with smart sprinklers from 3,000km away
    Deadly bushfires have swept across South Australia this week, destroying countless properties and natural spaces. One ingenious professor was able to save his rural home, however, by remotely activating sprinklers using a smartphone. Simon Maddocks,...
    Amazon's new Fire TV can talk to your connected home
    Amazon's Echo speaker and 4K Fire TV just got much better at handling around-the-house tasks. The Fire TV now controls smart home devices with a simple voice command -- you can ask it to dim the lights right before you start a movie. It'll search f...
    This 'Super Mario Bros.' watch will cost you $18,950
    How much of a Nintendo fan are you? Enough that you could spend as much as you would on a car, just to show the world where your allegiances lie? You'll want to talk to luxury watchmaker Romain Jerome, then. It just unveiled a limited edition Supe...
    E-paper sneakers change your style on the fly
    If you're the sort to buy multiple pairs of sneakers just to make sure your footwear is always fashionable, you might soon have a way to save a lot of money. David Coelho is crowdfunding ShiftWear, or sneakers that have color e-paper displays in the...
    Apple's next iPhone reportedly ditches the headphone jack
    Apple's quest for ever-thinner, ever-smarter devices may produce another casualty: your iPhone's headphone jack. A rumor at MacOtakara claims that the next iPhone might drop the 3.5mm port and use the Lightning port for audio instead. The move would...
    The NSA's mass US phone surveillance ends tonight
    The National Security Agency's long-running mass phone surveillance program is coming to an end. As promised, the USA Freedom Act will forbid the NSA from indiscriminately collecting Americans' call metadata at midnight on November 29th. Agents wi...
    Ben Heck's controller mods tutorial
    For a while now Ben and Felix have been making and selling single handed accessibility controllers. In this episode Ben will tear down the XBox One gamepad and show you how to do mods of your own, from the pin-outs to the connections for the directio...
    The Coin universal card is ready for 2012
    If your wallet is bursting at the seams with credit, gift and loyalty plastic, the Coin universal card is supposed to lighten the load. Just add all your information to the app, sync it with Coin and get ready to buy all the things with a swipe or an...
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    One Googler's War Against JavaScript Frameworks
    Making developers happy, but at users’ expense.

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    Networks Should Embrace Open Source, Too
    APIs and projects like OpenStack are key. (Sponsored post.)

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    How I Learned To Tune Out The DevOps Buzz
    Don't believe everything you hear.

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    9 Ways Growing Startups Can Keep Teams Running Smoothly
    Project management tips that work as you scale up.

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    Why Google Doesn't Hire Based On Ivy League Credentials
    Harvard degrees matter less in tech today.

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    The Top Five Reasons to Adopt SDN and NFV
    Businesses must embrace a fabric architecture. (Sponsored post.)

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    Why Wearables Are Getting Out Of Your Face (And Off Your Wrist)
    A startup-pitch event shows how hardware is changing.

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    Ad Blocking Isn’t The End Of The World
    There's opportunity—if you ditch old-fashioned advertising approaches.

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    California's Central Valley Is Sinking
    As people dig ever deeper to find water, nearly 1,200 square miles of California is sinking 2 inches a month — destroying roads, bridges and farmland in the process.
    The Paris Climate Talks Will Emit 300,000 Tons Of CO2
    The 2015 UN Paris talks on climate change are going to draw 22,000 official attendees to the city to discuss how to save our planet from global warming. By Wired's estimates, the travel will emit 300,000 tons of CO2. So are the talks worth it?
    OMG! The Hyperbole Of Internet-Speak
    "It’s almost like 'dying' has become a filler for anytime anyone says anything remotely entertaining. Like, if what you’re saying won’t legitimately put me to sleep, I respond with, 'OMG dying.'"
    Black Friday Sale: Best Of Edition
    Friday may be over, but we’re still bringing back all the best products over the weekend. We’ve pulled the year’s best sellers and best deals, with an extra 15% off when you use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY.
    The Best Articles Of The Week: Life After Paris And A Tormented Family
    Why the bombings at Paris' Stade de France were so unnerving, the wrenching account of a regular family ripped apart by a lone hacker, the misadventures of jihadists seeking red mercury, and more.
    There's Probably A Hidden Chamber In King Tut's Tomb
    Egyptian officials now say they are "90% sure" that there is a hidden chamber in King Tutankhamun's tomb.
    The Birth And Death Of Privacy
    The lesson from 3,000 years of history is that privacy has almost always been a back-burner priority. Humans invariably choose money, prestige or convenience when it has conflicted with a desire for solitude.
    The Mountain From 'Game Of Thrones' Wrecks The Keg Toss World Record
    To celebrate, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson drank forty kegs of beer (probably).
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    My grandmother has a fridge magnet showing the cost of living for the year she was born (1929).
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    The problem with foreign policy illustrated by one cartoon
    A comic printed in the pages of The Sunday Times has captured the trouble with foreign policy and international relations. As an apparent thirst for war grows in the wake of the Paris attacks - which left 130 dead - Tory ministers have called upon oppositio …
    Anti-Muslim Is Anti-American
    There seems to be no bottom to the cesspool of Islamophobic rhetoric coming from Republican candidates. FROM OUR ADVERTISERS The tone of anti-Muslim musings post-Paris attack has become so poisonous that it cannot portend anything positive. In the latest, the Republican fron …
    Tyranny in the eye of the beholder
    Here's an interesting factoid about contemporary policing: In 2014, for the first time ever, law enforcement officers took more property from American citizens than burglars did. Martin Armstrong pointed this out at his blog, Armstrong Economics, last week.Officers can take cas …
    Iran seeks $30bn of new oil contracts - BBC News
    Iran has overhauled the way in which it offers contracts to foreign energy companies in a bid to attract up to $30bn of new investment. The terms of the new oil contracts will be more favourable to foreign investors, who will be allowed a greater stake in long-term profits. I …
    Carson: Both sides in abortion debate need to tone down rhetoric |
    “We are allowing all kinds of circumstances to divide us and make us hateful toward each other. And the rhetoric is extremely immature, divisive and is not helpful when you have outside forces - global Islamic radical jihadists who want to destroy us,” he said. &ld …
    Exclusive: the world according to Ben Carson - Telegraph
    He forgives the Egyptian military for massacring protestors. He would carve a Palestinian state out of other Arab nations. And he would enforce his own no-fly zone in Syria, dismissing the question of Russian objections as a “bureaucratic” issue.
    Christian Mother Asks The Internet For Information About Her Son's Sex Toy
    A staunch Christian mother has become an unwitting internet celebrity after asking her 117 followers to tell her what the thing she found in her son's bathroom is. Patty Parsons @PattyParsonsPat CJ is the only on to use the downstairs bathroom and I went down t …
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    How waste specialists and nonprofits manage the leftover food from Silicon Valley companies' extravagance (Nitasha Tiku/BuzzFeed)

    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.

    Mp3.com founder Michael Robertson launches OnRadio, which lets you search for and play songs from 100K+ online radio streams (Mathew Ingram/Fortune)

    Mathew Ingram / Fortune: Mp3.com founder Michael Robertson launches OnRadio, which lets you search for and play songs from 100K+ online radio streams  —  Mp3.com Founder Launches Radio Search Service, Talks Copyright  —  Michael Robertson clearly enjoys going up against corporations much larger than his …

    FCC hires privacy maverick Jonathan Mayer as technical lead for probes into telephone, television, and Internet service providers on consumer protection issues (Washington Post)

    Washington Post: FCC hires privacy maverick Jonathan Mayer as technical lead for probes into telephone, television, and Internet service providers on consumer protection issues  —  With this hire, the FCC could soon get tougher on privacy and security  —  The Federal Communications Commission has hired Jonathan Mayer …

    German ISPs may have to block pirate sites if copyright holders exhaust all other options to identify operators or hosting providers, supreme court says (Ernesto/TorrentFreak)

    Ernesto / TorrentFreak: German ISPs may have to block pirate sites if copyright holders exhaust all other options to identify operators or hosting providers, supreme court says  —  Supreme Court Opens Door for Pirate Site Blockades in Germany  —  Domain name blocking has become one of the entertainment industries …

    Thanksgiving/Black Friday Online Sales Hit $4.5B, 34% Of Purchases Made On Mobile (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

    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 …

    NSA to shut down bulk phone surveillance program by Sunday (Dustin Volz/Reuters)

    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.

    Hilton Worldwide identifies and eradicates malware that collected credit card data from point-of-sale systems from late 2014 to mid 2015 (Martyn Williams/PCWorld)

    Martyn Williams / PCWorld: Hilton Worldwide identifies and eradicates malware that collected credit card data from point-of-sale systems from late 2014 to mid 2015  —  Hilton says malware targeted its credit card system  —  Customer card details were stolen over a 17-week period  —  Hilton Worldwide says it has identified …

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise partners with Microsoft to sell Azure as its preferred cloud alternative (Julie Bort/Business Insider)

    Julie Bort / Business Insider: Hewlett Packard Enterprise partners with Microsoft to sell Azure as its preferred cloud alternative  —  Meg Whitman: We just signed a big deal to help Microsoft sell its Amazon-killer cloud  —  We now know how Hewlett Packard Enterprise plans to keep itself in the cloud computing game …

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    You won't get a better collection of AfroSFF
    Nigerian AfroSFF writer Wole Talabi shares links to his favourite 10 short stories of 2015 with a short intro.
    "The thing about the adult industry today is that it's a very low-margin
    The Porn Business Isn't Anything Like You Think It Is If They Build It, Will We Come? Meet The Tech Entrepreneurs Trying To Take Back The Porn Industry Fallout 4 Is More Powerful Than Porn from Pornhub Insights, their internal traffic analysis blog.
    "You can't sell something to people if they don't want that thing."
    Sending and receiving emails are important parts of his job. On average, he gets an email every 45 minutes. Sometimes, the interval between emails is only two minutes. Other times, it's three hours. Although many of these emails are unimportant or stress-inducing, some of them are fun. Before long, whenever Michael S has an internet connection, he starts refreshing his email inbox every 30 minutes, and then every five minutes and then, occasionally, every two minutes. Before long, it's a compulsive tic – the pecking pigeon of web usage. If the internet is addictive, why don't we regulate it?
    Puttin' on the (Nancy) Ritz: Daily Booster Packs for Five Card Nancy
    Before people were doing things to Garfield, they were cutting up Nancy strips and playing Five Card Nancy (previously). Recntly, playing it the old-fashioned way (and not wi-- wow, is this still up? I remember when it was this big) has become a lot easier - earilier this year, classic Bushmiller Nancy strips began rerunning on GoComics. And if those are booster packs, Random Acts of Nancy (previously) is the one-per-pack uncommon/rare card. And, of course, there is the greatest of them all.
    4:51 and 4 bottles of beer
    The Beer Mile recorded lowered to 4:51.9. Lewis Kent has retaken the Beer Mile (a mile/four laps run with a 355ml beer downed before every lap) record with a run of 4:51.9. (previously record by James Nielsen.)
    "I was – always will be – his mother."
    My son, the mass murderer: 'What did I miss?' [The Guardian] In 2006, Charlie Roberts walked into an Amish school in Pennsylvania and killed five young girls. His mother talks about trying to comprehend his actions.
    This Is Not Real
    This Is Not Porn (.net) (previously here) has been showing "rare, candid, funny, beautiful, strange and awesome celebrity photos" for five years. But now the site has added a category for debunking fake celebrity photos, whether through a frivolous use of photoshop, a malicious use of photoshop, or simply a misidentification. Also, don't miss the collection of gifs.
    Eavesdropping on the Hidden World
    In March of 2010, programmer Eric Fry discovered a cheap digital tuner from Realtek could be modified to receive more than mere TV and FM Radio. Much more. For years, Amateur Radio has mired by expensive hardware and a difficult learning curve. However thanks in part to the FCC eliminating the requirement to learn Morse Code as a part of license examination, as well as a new cadre of hardware hackers and tinkerers, Scanning and Ham Radio is enjoying a Renaissance. With the purchase of an inexpensive USB dongle and the addition of a small driver patch, anyone can surf the radio waves using a computer or tablet. Radio operators around the world have added web-controlled receivers to their arsenals of tools, allowing anyone to Listen in. (P...
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    Branch Technology 3D Prints a “Backdrop for Innovation” for Chattanooga’s Enterprise Center
    Last July, Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Branch Technology went public with their technology and products, which include full-sized 3D printed walls and other furniture pieces that were created using... View the entire article via our website.
    Taking 3D Printing Outside into the Plein Air
    We spend a lot of time indoors, and generally the more fascinated you are by technology, the more time you spend inside…or at the very least within reachable distance of a power outlet.... View the entire article via our website.
    This Instructable Converts MRI Scans to 3D Printable CAD Models to Improve Cancer Treatment
    We hear a lot here in 3D printing news about the great strides the technology has made in the medical field. I have personally written more than a handful of articles on how surgeons... View the entire article via our website.
    Will 3D Printing Kill the Monster Truck Star?
    I’ve heard a lot of industries warn of the impending death of their businesses with the arrival of 3D printing technology. But most of the time the complaining companies aren’t lamenting new... View the entire article via our website.
    Hungary’s Leopoly Wins Two Startup Awards and Has Holiday Apps Available Now
    On November 18-19, 2015, Webit’s DIGIT.EMEA took place in Sisil, Istanbul, where digital and technology company executives and founders from 110 countries gathered.  The gathering acknowledged... View the entire article via our website.
    You’ve Got the Whole Universe…3D Printed in a Marble
    Sometimes it becomes necessary to update children’s songs for the current times. A more contemporary version of the children’s classic “He’s Got the Whole World in His... View the entire article via our website.
    This 3D Printed Chess Set Was Designed to Teach Users How to Play Intuitively
    It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that the game that we know as chess is very old–however, it is much older than most people would imagine. Modern chess is actually a variant... View the entire article via our website.
    Workshops for Warriors Trains Veterans in SOLIDWORKS and Seeks to Build More Training and Manufacturing Centers
    Most of us know someone who is serving or has served in our armed forces, and many veterans, especially wounded ones, have to struggle for adequate healthcare and employment once their military... View the entire article via our website.
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    Massachusetts Lawmakers Mull Raising Legal Age For Buying Tobacco Products To 21: What About Other States?
    As Boston officials continue to push for a change in the buying age of tobacco from 18 to 21, state officials are considering the same for the entire state of Massachusetts. Some representatives have already signed a bill detailing the legal age for buying tobacco products.
    COP21: Paris Climate Summit Will Test Obama And French Security
    The Paris climate summit is set to go ahead, with President Obama currently traveling to Paris. The event has spurred tightened security in Paris; however, it remains to be seen just how much of an effect the summit will have on climate change.
    Cortana Public Beta For iOS Is Here But It Won't Replace Siri
    Microsoft has released a beta for Cortana for iOS, with around 2,000 users able to access the beta. Despite this, its unlikely that Cortana will replace Siri anytime soon.
    Huawei Mate 8 vs. Nexus 6P: Top Phablets Shootout
    Huawei’s Mate 8 and Nexus 6P phablets have excellent specs and useful features, but which is better than the other, and in which aspects? We took the time to describe lay the top points down for you to compare.
    Messengers Of Climate Change: Birds Moving Towards Poles, Higher Grounds Due To Warming Habitats
    A Birdlife report found that a quarter of 570 bird species studied around the world has been adversely affected by climate change. Birds have started to flock toward the north and south poles of Earth as climate change affects them.
    How Is Cyber Monday Different From Black Friday? More Online Sales, Fewer Mobile Shoppers
    The two huge holiday shopping days, Cyber Monday and Black Friday, differ in several interesting ways. Among the differences are the amounts of online sales and mobile shoppers, as well as best types of goods to find on sale.
    Apple Watch Sales Improve Over Holiday Weekend At Apple Store, Best Buy and Target
    The Apple watch is showing 'signs of life' according to a top analyst. Consumer interest in the product is building just in time for the holiday season at Apple stores, as well as at Best Buy and Target.
    Firm Recalls Produce Suspected In E. Coli Infections From Costco Chicken Salad
    Taylor Farms ordered the recall of vegetable mix used in the chicken salad and other products sold in Costco. The onion and celery mix from the California producer tested positive for E. coli.
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    Save $230 On This High End Roomba, and Never Vacuum Again

    Anyone who thinks vacuuming is the best chore is dead wrong. If you agree, you can delegate it to this high-end Roomba 780 for $369. That’s a whopping $230 less than usual, and the best of Amazon’s early Cyber Monday Deals.


    SpaceX's Launch Escape System Looks Totally Badass

    In two years, SpaceX will begin ferrying astronauts into orbit . But before it can do so, the commercial spaceflight company must prove to NASA that its ride will be safe. A big part of that guarantee comes from the fire-breathing propulsion system pictured above.


    Visualization of Flight Searches Reveals Our True Thanksgiving Travel Plans

    The most popular destination this Thanksgiving may not have been mom and pop’s house, but rather Miami Beach or Disney World, according to a telling visualization of airline search data.


    This Cambridge Chapel's Light Display Is a Glorious Ode to Knowledge 

    The interior of a Cambridge chapel comes alive with light in an eye-popping immersive project art installation. It’s the creation of artist Miguel Chevalier, and the installation was commissioned by the University of Cambridge for a fundraiser last month — the first time the university has invited an artist to do such a project in its famed King’s College Chapel.


    Disney Infinity, LEGO Dimensions Or Skylanders: Which Toy-Based Game Is Right For You?

    First Skylanders, then Disney Infinity and now LEGO—the video game sections of major retailers everywhere are slowly being taken over by toys. Which plastic portal of power should you be plugging into your game console? Let’s see if we can help.


    Physicists: Nobody's Telling the Truth About That Downed Russian Warplane

    Russia and Turkey each have their own version of what happened with that downed jet earlier this week, but science may have the last word. According to two Belgian astrophysicists, neither nation is being entirely truthful.


    Got a kid who’s ready to colonize to Mars?

    Got a kid who’s ready to colonize to Mars? NASA has just released a set of Martian survival activities, suitable for grades K-12. From touring the Red Planet’s topography to building rovers and engineering artificial environments, it’s everything a future Martian explorer needs to get a head start.


    We Still Don't Know Why the Heck There Are So Many Blue Tarantulas

    A very particular shade of blue hair has evolved independently on eight separate occasions and in at least three different ways in tarantulas, a new study finds. And scientists are having a hell of a time figuring out why.