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Microsoft adds AMBER missing children alerts to Bing search queries — Google has integrated AMBER alerts into a number of its products, including Search, for a while already. Now, Microsoft has revealed it is integrating the child abduction broadcasts into its Bing search engine. AMBER alerts have been used in the U.S. since 1996, a system set up following the abduction and murder of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman.

Indiegogo ditches fees for charity crowdfunding, medical expenses, and other personal cause campaigns — If asked to name a popular crowdfunding platform, chances are you'd either say Kickstarter or Indiegogo. Loosely speaking, Kickstarter and Indiegogo have much in common - they have both been used to help fund wildly successful products. But digging down into the nitty-gritty reveals some significant differences.

Runtastic embraces virtual reality with a new fitness app for Oculus Rift — Runtastic has built a solid reputation in the digital fitness realm over the past few years, with its flagship GPS fitness tracking app racking up millions of downloads along the way. But the Austria-based startup has been making moves away from its core product into niche apps for building six-packs, working out at home, and even improving your sleep.

SwiftKey introduces $1.99 branded keyboard themes, starting with Disney's Frozen — 2014 has been a big year for SwiftKey, the slick, predictive keyboard app that raised $17.5 million in September to help it get smarter and grow bigger. For the uninitiated, SwiftKey replaces your phone or tablet's default keyboard and learns your writing style over time.

Nokia's Here now powers Baidu Maps for Chinese travelers abroad — What does Nokia look like in a post-hardware Nokia world? Think "maps," and you won't be too far off the mark. The Finland-headquartered tech titan has revealed that its Here mapping platform will now power Baidu, supplying its maps to the Chinese search giant's desktop and mobile maps' service. wants to move beyond music curation and cure 'digital obesity' on the whole Web — has been building out its curated music-discovery platform since its launch back in 2011. At the heart of the service is a Web and iOS application that taps the tastes of online music magazines, blogs, and other opinion-shapers to deliver a curated package of the best new music out there.

Facebook Dislike Button: Why it Will Never Happen — Last month's 'Facebook Dislike Button' scam caused some disturbance for those seeking to voice a wider spectrum of opinion than simply 'like'. So this seems like a good time to look at whether an official 'dislike' button is ever likely to happen. But let's first look at what's already out there.

24me brings its smart personal assistant to Android — It's been almost exactly two years since we first (and last!) caught up with 24me, a smart personal assistant iPhone app that automates your life. Not only does 24me automatically populate to-do lists on your behalf, but it also taps data directly from social networks to remind you of friends' birthdays.

Amazon launches parcel pickup points in Canada, just in time for the Christmas rush — Two weeks after Walmart expanded its new "Grab & Go" collection service for online purchases across Toronto, Internet behemoth Amazon has followed suit with a slew of new physical pickup points across Canada. The aptly titled Amazon Pickup Points is operational at more than 6,000 Canada Post locations, and comes at a good time as the frantic pre-Christmas gift-buying rush prepares to heat up.

Original Apple-1 computer sells for $365,000 at auction — Forget iPhones, iPads, iMacs, iWatches, and any other modern contraption emanating from Cupertino's vault of wonders - an original 1976 Apple-1 computer has just sold on auction at Christie's for $365,000. Besides the fact that it's still fully operational, what's perhaps most notable about the machine is that it's the only known Apple-1 computer that is officially documented to have been personally sold by Jobs, according to Christie's.
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