Target is acquiring Instacart competitor Shipt for $550 million to fight back against Amazon

From Recode: Another domino just fell in the wake of the Amazon-Whole Foods acquisition.

Target announced on Wednesday morning that it plans to make one of its biggest acquisitions in recent history by purchasing Shipt, a startup that delivers groceries on the same day customers place an order, for $550 million in cash.

Like its chief rival, Instacart, Shipt partners with a network of brick-and-mortar grocery chains to pick orders off of their shelves and deliver them to customer’s doors on the same day they are ordered.

Researcher Claims New Battery Design Could Double Range, Battery Life

From ExtremeTech: PR blasts about supposed innovation in battery design pour into ET’s mailbox like water into the Titanic, but a recent story about an MIT grad who founded a battery company is worth paying attention to. Qichao Hu is the CEO of SolidEnergy, a company that’s been working to improve lithium-ion energy density for the past five years.

Samsung Patent Tips Phone With Wraparound Display

From PC Mag: It used to be the case that is was quite hard to differentiate Samsung and Apple smartphones, but Samsung made things a lot clearer when it incorporated a curved edge display into the Galaxy range. However, future Galaxy-branded handsets could become even more visually distinct if a new Samsung Display patent turns into a real product.

As The Verge reports, the patent is for a "display device" and there is little detail beyond that, but the diagrams reveal all we need to know.

Trump signs bill barring US government use of Kaspersky

From CNET: It's now against the law for the US government to use Kaspersky Lab software.

A ban on the antivirus firm's products was included in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, a sweeping defense policy bill signed into law by President Donald Trump on Tuesday. The prohibition, reinforcing a directive issued by the Trump Administration in September, comes amid concern the Moscow-based company might be vulnerable to Russian government influence.

Intel Launches New Pentium Silver and Celeron Atom Processors: Gemini Lake is Here

From AnandTech: Intel on Monday introduced its next-generation Pentium Silver and Celeron platform and processors. These processors are under the codename 'Gemini Lake' and are focused on low-power platforms for inexpensive desktops and mobile computers.

iMac Pro will be available Dec. 14

From CNET: First announced in June, the new iMac Pro will drop later this week.

An update to Apple's website on Tuesday delivered the release date: Dec. 14.

With the iMac Pro, Apple is targeting professionals who need really fast processing and lots of computing horsepower.

Dutch police will stop using drone-hunting eagles since they weren't doing what they're told

From The Verge: Last year, police in the Netherlands were ready to deploy a team of eagles to take down rogue drones. Now the police say they’ve stopped using the birds because training them is more expensive and complicated than they anticipated, reports Nos, as spotted by Gizmodo. The eagles wouldn’t always do what they were trained to do, and the police also doubted if the birds would perform well outside of their controlled training environment. Dutch police bought four sea eagle chicks after completing their trials last year.

PepsiCo orders 100 Tesla Semis, the largest reservation yet

From CNET: If you want your name spread across the internet in late 2017, there's no better way to do it than by ordering some Tesla Semi trucks.

PepsiCo has placed an order for 100 Tesla Semi trucks, Reuters reports, citing a conversation with a company executive. It's believed to be the largest such order -- of the orders that have been made public, at least.

Google is sending more traffic than Facebook to publishers - again

From Recode: Google used to be the main source of referral traffic for web publishers. Then Facebook eclipsed it.

And now, Google is back on top again.

Over the course of 2017, the search engine has become publishers’ main source of external page views, according to new data from Parse.ly, a digital analytics company.

Engineers Charged in Tech Theft Plot

From EETimes: Four former Applied Materials executives have been charged by the U.S. Justice Department in an alleged plot to steal trade secrets from their employer and use them in a competing startup in China.

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