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Also, 12 days of Microsoft deals, Digital Einstein goes live, Uncharted 4 gameplay footage, 3D-printing a lightsaber, and breaking Track & Field records.

Mark Zuckerberg Defends Free Facebook

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has defended the social network he cooked up in his dorm room at Harvard. In particular, he has defended its status as a free service paid for by advertising, which has been in the firing line of late thanks to newcomers such as Ello Meet Ello: The Hip New Social Network You Need To Know About Meet Ello: The Hip New Social Network You Need To Know About It has been said that when a social network makes a small change, it cause a schism, sending users fleeing elsewhere. They're heading to ello.co. Read More .

When the Fappening occurred Titillating Tweets: The 18 Funniest Reactions To The Celebrity Nudes Leak [Weird & Wonderful Web] Titillating Tweets: The 18 Funniest Reactions To The Celebrity Nudes Leak [Weird & Wonderful Web] Opinions on this saga have varied. We are not here to preach, so, presented without judgment on their suitability, here are some of the funniest tweets that appeared on Twitter in the aftermath. Read More — with celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence having private nude photos leaked on the Internet via iCloud How A "Minor" Data Breach Made Headline News & Ruined Reputations How A "Minor" Data Breach Made Headline News & Ruined Reputations Read More — Apple CEO Tim Cook defended his company by stating, “A few years ago, users of internet services began to realize that when an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product. But at Apple, we believe a great customer experience shouldn’t come at the expense of your privacy.

Despite Facebook not being mentioned by name, the association Cook is making is rather obvious. And this is led Zuckerberg to defend Facebook while attacking Apple in a recent interview with Wired.

Zuckerberg countered, “A frustration I have is that a lot of people increasingly seem to equate an advertising business model with somehow being out of alignment with your customers. I think it’s the most ridiculous concept. What, you think because you’re paying Apple that you’re somehow in alignment with them? If you were in alignment with them, then they’d make their products a lot cheaper!

It’s difficult to disagree with Zuckerberg on this occasion, as Apple is well-known for marking its products up with premium pricing. And while few of us actively enjoy handing data over to Facebook, Google, and others in order to enjoy using their services for free, most of us would balk at actually paying for the privilege of doing so.

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See Cortana In Action On Windows 10

Cortana is starting to be rolled into Windows 10, with WinBeta getting an exclusive first look at how the digital assistant will look on the desktop.

Cortana clearly isn’t quite ready for her big close-up, with most of the functionality not yet working and Cortana exhibiting a distinct lack of personality Cortana Talks Back: Laugh, Cry & Love With Windows Phone's Digital Assistant Cortana Talks Back: Laugh, Cry & Love With Windows Phone's Digital Assistant Bored with no one to talk to? Why not strike up a conversation with your Windows Phone? These cues will make Cortana talk. Read More at this moment in time. Still, it’s another sign that Windows 10 is shaping up Will Windows 10 Make Productive People Even More Productive? Will Windows 10 Make Productive People Even More Productive? It's official, the new Windows will be a perfect 10. Why Windows 10? Because Windows 7 8 (ate) 9. And here is what you will find inside the Technical Preview. Read More to be one of the better versions of Microsoft’s love-it-or-hate-it operating system.

Microsoft’s 12 Days Of Deals Begins Today

With the holidays upon us, Microsoft is feeling rather generous. So, in order to get rid of unwanted stock reward its customers, the company is holding a 12 Days Of Deals promotion.

Microsoft’s 12 Days Of Deals starts today (December 8), with the product kicking the whole thing off being the 7-inch Toshiba Encore Mini Tablet with a 16GB SD card available for just $79. A new deal will be revealed at 8am (ET) every day between now and December 19.

Read Albert Einstein’s Documents Online

The Digital Einstein Papers, a website containing The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, has gone live online. This opens access to 5,000 documents containing just a fraction of the eminent scientist’s work to anyone who wants to view them. And with many more documents due to be added to the site in the coming years, this is one domain you’d do well to bookmark for future reference.

The Epic Uncharted 4 Gameplay Trailer

The PlayStation 4 Sony PlayStation 4 Review And Giveaway Sony PlayStation 4 Review And Giveaway Ladies and gentlemen, the next generation of video game consoles is here, with the Sony PlayStation 4! Read More is finally due to get its killer app in the form of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. The video above shows 15 minutes of gameplay footage, and, if nothing else, Uncharted 4 sure looks pretty. It may have been delayed — from November 2013 to sometime in 2015 — but developer Naughty Dog has clearly put that extra development time to good use.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was just one of the games announced at the PlayStation Experience The PlayStation Experience: The Best Announcements The PlayStation Experience: The Best Announcements Sony announced some awesome titles at PlayStation Experience 2014. If you missed it, here's the highlights. Read More this past weekend.

How To 3D-Print New Star Wars Lightsaber

You’ve watched the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: A Force Awakens The Force Awakens: 25 Alternative Names For Star Wars VII [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Force Awakens: 25 Alternative Names For Star Wars VII [Weird & Wonderful Web] Star Wars is back, with The Force Awakens due to be released on Dec. 18, 2015. Unhappy with the title, the Internet suggested its own alternatives... Read More , and you’ve watched the best parodies of the new Star Wars movie, so what’s next on the agenda? Why, 3D-printing your own copy of the new three-pronged lightsaber via Instructables, of course. It may only be plastic, but it’s surely better than nothing.

Break World Records In Track & Field

And finally, while we all had our own special technique for beating friends at Track & Field, I suspect few of us ever thought of using a “personal massager” to break world records. But it turns out that the Hitachi Wand is quicker at getting you across the finishing line than any combination of fast finger action.

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Do you side with Mark Zuckerberg or Tim Cook on Free vs. Expensive? Are you looking forward to Windows 10? Will you be visiting Digital Einstein to educate yourself?

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