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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

An anonymous reader writes: Everyone understands by now that ads fund most of the sites on the web. Other sites have put up paywalls or started subscription bonuses, with varying success. Google, one of the web’s biggest ad providers, saw a problem with that: it’s a huge pain for readers to manage subscriptions for all the sites they visit — often more trouble than it’s worth. And, since so few people sign up, the subscription fees have to be pretty high. Now, Google has launched a service called Contributor to try to fix this situation. The way Contributor works is this: websites and readers can opt in to the service (and sites like Imgur, The Onion, and ScienceDaily already have). Readers then pay a fee of $1-3 per month (they get to choose how much) to gain ad-free access to all participating sites. When the user visits one of the sites, instead of showing a Google ad, Google will just send a small chunk of that subscription money to the website instead.

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Sephora Rolls Out Apple Pay In All Bay Area And Manhattan Locations

sephora Sephora has announced the adoption of Apple Pay for all Bay Area and Manhattan stores, starting today. Over 70 percent of Sephora’s in-store customers are also iPhone owners, according to internal company research. But Sephora had to hold off on being part of the first major retail outlets announced when Apple Pay first launched because it didn’t have the NFC enabled pin pass at… Read More

Passengers stuck on Eurostar trains for 8-plus hours tweet their misery



LONDON — It was a very long night for hundreds of Eurostar passengers after a power cut left them stranded for more than eight hours

Two trains were halted late Thursday due to the technical difficulties, including a train from Brussels to London carrying 600 passengers and another from London to Paris with 700 on board

Staff were online tweeting updates after the power cut out. A spokesman for Eurostar told Mashable that the power outage was caused by a failure on the power lines in France, but as it doesn’t manage them, it doesn’t yet know the cause of the outage. He said the longest delay was nine hours. Read more…

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The midseason finale of ‘Scandal’ was absolutely insane



In the shocking midseason finale of Scandal, there’s no more basking in the sun — as Olivia put it: “The sun went down a long time ago, and it’s not coming back up” — as everything implodes

Cyrus’ secret is out. Rowan seeks to take down anyone who threatens his future. Olivia has a tough choice to make, and Mellie is disappointed in a man once again

After watching this episode, you’ll probably never complain about your parents again. It’s a wonder how Olivia turned out so well with a mother who’s shackled in chains for her part in a terrorist plot and a father who runs B613 with the iron fist of a psychopath Read more…

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Why The Cloud Isn’t Going Anywhere

cloud-chained So goes the seemingly endless parade of headlines that present the ways in which cloud and online computing has betrayed us: NSA snooping inside the cloud; security breaches like Apple’s iCloud; foreign espionage/cyber attacks; OpenSSL/Heartbleed; Shellshock Bashbug; SSL/POODLE; Dropbox passwords. Read More

Aereo throws in the towel, but may have already changed TV forever



We now return you to your regularly scheduled, non-Internet programming.

Streaming television startup Aereo has filed for bankruptcy, putting the company in a position to wind down its operations.

Aereo announced on Friday that it has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, a move that is typically expensive and allows for the company to restructure its debt. While filing for bankruptcy does not necessarily mean the end of the business, CEO Chet Kanojia struck a tone in a statement on Aereo’s website that insinuated the company was done:

We have traveled a long and challenging road. We stayed true to our mission and we believe that we have played a significant part in pushing the conversation forward, helping force positive change in the industry for consumers.

We feel incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to build something as meaningful and special as Aereo. With so many shifts and advances in technology, there has never been a more perfect time to take risks, challenge the status quo and build something special Read more…

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New Beyoncé songs leaked online: Bow down and listen



This is not a test. Feel free to ring the alarms.

Two new Beyoncé songs, “7/11″ and “Ring Off,” leaked in full Thursday night, just a day after a snippet of “7/11″ began circulating online.

The songs will most likely be pulled, but Columbia Records has not yet responded to Mashable‘s request for comment

While rumors swirled in early November that Beyoncé was planning to drop a second surprise album, Columbia Records quickly squashed the speculation, admitting that the new songs will simply be featured in Beyoncé’s four-disc Platinum Edition Box Set. The box set, due out on Nov. 24., will also include four unreleased remixes as well as footage from her world tour Read more…

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Mattel apologizes for controversial Barbie book, pulls it from online stores



Mattel apologized on Wednesday for the Barbie children’s book that was widely deemed sexist for its portrayal of a female engineer who needs the help of two men to do her job, and pulled the book from online stores.

The company posted an apology to its Barbie Facebook page, saying all titles “moving forward will be written to inspire girl’s imaginations, and portray an empowered Barbie character.” Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer is no longer available on Amazon.

Post by Barbie.

In the children’s book, Barbie has some trouble while she’s trying to develop a computer program. She enlists the help of Steven and Brian, two male programmers, to help her understand the technologyFemale developers (and basically everyone else) did not take it well. Read more…

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Thanksgiving fails to make you extra thankful for your family



Thought your family was nuttier than pecan pie?

Turns out for every weird uncle or annoying cousin you have at Thanksgiving dinner, Twitter has a plethora of awkward stories to one-up your family. And thanks to Jimmy Fallon and #Thanksgivingfail, we can all be extra thankful for our own families this year.

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Every important midseason TV date in one calendar



All your favorite TV shows are taking a break, but fret not — they will be back. And when the shows return, they’ll have some new friends with them

Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder have already taken their bows for 2014, and next week, Gotham, The Flash and more will do the same. Ah, midseason hiatus — you inevitable and cruel necessity

Not all TV show return dates have been officially set, but you’ll find some of them in our handy calendar, below

Also listed? Some of 2015′s buzziest series premieres, including AMC’s Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, Fox drama Empire and newly renamed The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore Read more…

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