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You don’t need to wait till Black Friday for these PlayStation deals

Perhaps you’ve seen our huge master list of all the best video game deals you can expect on Black Friday.

Here’s the thing: You probably shouldn’t wait until then. Sony has already let loose some serious deals on its PlayStation 4 game console, the PlayStation VR virtual reality headset and lots of first-party games. 

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Unless you’re able to concoct a clever combination of deals that stack with — for instance — Target’s 15-percent-off-everything Cyber Monday offer, we’re not expecting prices to get much better, and we’ve already seen a few deals run out. The time to buy is now.

So: What’s there to buy? 

PlayStation 4

Sony’s PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB is just $200 right now — $100 less than the retail price. Practically every retailer is honoring that price, including:

Mind you, there are a couple of reasons you might want to wait at least a few hours. GameStop says it will throw in a $50 giftcard, and Kohl’s will offer $60 in Kohl’s Cash with your purchase. (GameStop deals start online at 10 p.m. PT Wednesday and in-store 4 p.m. Thursday, and Kohl’s opens on 5 p.m. Thursday.) 

PlayStation 4 Pro

Sony’s souped-up, 4K TV-friendly PlayStation 4 Pro won’t be seriously discounted until Black Friday (when it’ll be $50 off at GameStop), but you can get a couple of free games thrown in for the normal price:

  • $400 at eBay (with Star Wars Battlefront II and Final Fantasy XV) — try coupon code PSHOPAPP from inside the eBay app for an extra $15 off.  

PlayStation VR

Sony’s virtual reality headset is also $100 off — and that applies to bundles that come with games and peripherals too. 

Note: The $200 PSVR doesn’t include the PS Camera you’ll need to actually use it. $250-and-up bundles come with the Camera; $350 Skyrim bundles come with PS Move motion controllers as well.

Peripherals

Need an extra controller? Sony’s PS4 controller, the DualShock 4, is now $40 practically everywhere they’re sold. That’s roughly $5-$20 cheaper than usual. 

Plus, several retailers have sizable discounts on Sony’s Gold Wireless Headset: Amazon | GameStop | Target | Walmart

PS4 Games

Disc-based games for $20:

PlayStation Network downloadable games for 50 percent off:

  • Mirror’s Edge Catalyst for $5
  • Valkyria Chronicles for $13.50
  • Prey for $20
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn for $20
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy for $20
  • Dishonored 2 for $20
  • Injustice 2 for $20
  • The Witcher 3 for $20
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider for $20
  • Final Fantasy XV for $20
  • Persona 5 for $30
  • Overwatch for $30
  • The Evil Within 2 for $30
  • Wolfenstein II for $30
  • Yakuza 0 for $30

This isn’t an exhaustive list of all the game deals — if you spot a killer deal we missed, let us know!

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These swanky Nintendo Switch cases aren’t on sale for Black Friday

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Waterfield makes four cases for the Switch. The Arcade and CitySlicker are on the left, the Multiplayer Pro is in the middle and the Pouch is on the right.


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I was a fan of WaterField Designs’ CitySlicker case for the Sony PlayStation Vita, so when I heard the San Francisco bag and case maker was selling new protective containers for the Nintendo Switch, I decided I’d better check them out. However this being Black Friday/Cyber Monday week, I was hoping WaterField might have some sort of sale that I could alert CNET readers to since its cases aren’t cheap.

“Are you guys having any Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales I can tie my post into?” I asked the company’s PR rep via email.

“Sorry,” she wrote back, “no sales or gimmicks — just best quality Made in USA bags we can create for best prices we can afford. Sounds corny, but that’s how we operate.”

Ah, shucks. I tried.

Anyway, WaterField does make some nice Switch cases. With their full-grain leather and waxed canvas parts exteriors — and plush interiors — they’re clearly more geared toward “professionals” and hipsters than kids. But judging from the people I see playing on the New York City, there are plenty of professionals who own Switches.

I’m still and fan of the CitySlicker ($79), but I’m also partial to the more minimalist Pouch ($50) and the new Arcade ($109), which is fairly compact but holds more accessories, though not the Switch Dock. To properly pack that dock and additional accessories you’d need the Multiplayer Pro case ($149). All the cases are available in a few different colors and WaterField does offer an international shipping option.

Unfortunately, I can’t offer you any deals at this time. But at least you don’t have to worry about rushing out to buy any of this stuff right now because it’s on sale.

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Facebook still allowing discriminatory housing ads

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Facebook is again in the hot seat over its ad platform.


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A ProPublica investigation last October into Facebook’s automated advertising platform demonstrated people could target housing advertisements to — and away — from specific races and ethnicities. In response, the world’s largest social network said it was revamping policies and tools to prevent that from happening. 

But the social network’s fix isn’t working all the time, according to a report published on Thursday by ProPublica, which found Facebook is still letting discriminatory housing ads get through on its platform.

ProPublica said it bought dozens of housing ads on Facebook last week, and asked the system avoid showing them to certain audiences, including African Americans, people interested in wheelchair ramps, Jews and Spanish speakers. The report said every ad was approved by Facebook within minutes.

The groups excluded from seeing those ads are all protected under the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits people from discriminating against potential renters or buyer on the basis of “race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.”

Facebook’s ad policies have become a major point of scrutiny in the past year. Along with the concerns over fair housing, Facebook was also criticized because its ad platform allowed people to target automated interest categories including “Jew haters” and “why jews ruin the world.”

The social network has also been in the hot seat over Russian trolls abusing it to meddle in last year’s US election. Foreign agents used a combination of paid ads as well as unpaid “organic” posts to reach 126 million people on the platform. Facebook, along with rivals Google and Twitter, faced congressional hearings over the matter on Capitol Hill earlier this month.

In a statement, Ami Vora, vice president of product management at Facebook, blamed the incident on a “technical failure.”

“This was a failure in our enforcement and we’re disappointed that we fell short of our commitments,” she wrote. “The rental housing ads purchased by ProPublica should have but did not trigger the extra review and certifications we put in place due to a technical failure.”

In February, Facebook added additional safeguards to its ad platform, including more human reviewers and machine learning software, to try to stamp out abuse of its targeting tools. Vora also pointed out that the changes to the system flagged “millions” of ads that would have violated the policies.

She also said “tens of thousands” of advertisers have confirmed they are in compliance with Facebook’s tighter restrictions. Right now, Facebook requires those compliance notifications from everyone who wants to post an ad for housing, employment or credit opportunities. But now Facebook will extend the requirement to all “advertisers who choose to exclude some users from seeing their ads on Facebook.”

Rachel Goodman, staff attorney for the ACLU’s racial program, said in a series of tweets on Wednesday that the incident shows Facebook needs to be more transparent. 

“We’re glad FB continues to express desire to get this right, but this story highlights the need for greater transparency and accountability for FB,” she wrote. “Had outside researchers been able to examine the system FB created to catch these ads, they could have spotted this problem and ended the mechanism for discrimination sooner.”

First published November 21, 3:58 p.m. PT
Update, November 22, 9:35 a.m. PT: adds comment from Rachel Goodman, staff attorney for the ACLU’s racial program.

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Reddit sees red over proposed net neutrality changes

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Reddit’s home page was awash with red in protest over net neutrality.


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The FCC’s chief has dubbed it a “failed” attempt at “micromanaging the internet.” Digital civil liberties activists call it a principle that must be upheld.

Now, Reddit has weighed in on net neutrality, and they’re seeing red.

Net neutrality is the principle that all internet traffic should be treated equally and that internet service providers can’t prioritise their content over competitors’.

But this week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai revealed his plan for a full repeal of the Obama-era regulations. The move has been seen as a big win for broadband and wireless companies, but digital rights groups say it could open the door to internet providers dictating how their users access the internet.

And those internet users are firing up.

Reddit’s homepage, the so-called “front page of the internet,” was painted with crimson on Tuesday night as dozens of sub-reddits lit up the social network, all linking to the same thing: the pro-net neutrality website called Battle for the Net.

Backed by digital rights groups Free Press, Demand Progress and Fight for the Future, Battle for the Net gives visitors a direct link to call and lobby their local Congress member over net neutrality.

“This is your last chance to stop ISPs from messing up your Internet,” the site reads.

The site has been upvoted on popular sub-reddits like r/books, r/NYKnicks and even r/NASCAR upwards of 20,000 times each.

It’s not the first time issues around net neutrality have made their way onto Reddit — the site is often a hotbed of discussion around issues to do with regulation of technology and the internet — but this week’s moves by the FCC has galvanised users.

After all, any time you mobilise book lovers and NASCAR fans into the same movement, you know it must be big. 

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/news/reddit-sees-red-over-net-neutrality-fcc-battle-for-the-net/#ftag=CAD590a51e

‘The Big Sick’ arrives on Amazon Prime

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Don’t these people know they could be watching stuff online? 


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Welcome back to your guide to finding out what’s new online. Every week, we put together a podcast that lets you know what’s been added to services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. The audio is about a minute or two long. 

According to Metacritic.com, “The Big Sick” is ranked no. 22 out of all movies released in 2017 with a Metascore of 86 out of 100. That’s pretty darn good. Amazon Studios picked up the distribution rights for $12 million, so naturally, it’s ending up on Amazon Prime for streaming. 

Since you’re reading this, let’s give you some extra information not in the podcast. Over on HBO Now, you can catch “Kong: Skull Island” starting on Nov. 25. The movie is littered with actors from Marvel films. You’ll have to get over the fact Loki, Nick Fury, Captain Marvel, and Corpsman Dey of the Nova Corps are all working together while a giant ape fights monsters.

Want to know what else is new? Listen to this guy:

For more information on what’s available to watch online, check out CNET.com/Netpicks or subscribe to the podcast — it’s free! And go to TVGuide.com to see what else is out in the world of streaming.

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