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Tech Hangover: People are seriously pissed off at Peloton

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We get it, you have a life. There’s no way you can read all of the day’s news in one single shot, let alone visit every web page, which is why we’re here to help. Well, sort of.

There’s a ton of tech news we weren’t able to cover throughout the day (hey, give us a break, we’re a small independent outfit), so to help you stay up to speed with everything we didn’t get to, we rounded up some of the biggest stories, which should help you keep up to date. Hence the tech hangover

Here’s some tech news you probably missed out on today (and when we say you, we mean us, but also…you).

He Gave a Cryptocurrency Talk in North Korea. The U.S. Arrested Him. 

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Uhhhh, maybe don’t go to North Korea?

A self-styled “disruptive technologist” was arrested after speaking at a conference in Pyongyang on using digital currencies to launder money. –New York Times

Peloton responds to ad criticism, says it’s ‘disappointed in how some have misinterpreted’ the spot

Peloton ad

Peloton seriously needs to hire a new PR agency.

The maker of high-end at-home fitness equipment last month rolled out a holiday ad that implores viewers to “give the gift of Peloton,” which had onlookers complaining about what they saw as undertones of sexism and classism in the ad. Though the ad first ran on Nov. 4, according to, the commercial more recently went viral on Twitter. –CNBC

Chicago Cops Use Social Media to Track Grieving Families of Gunshot Victims

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What the literal fuuuuuuuuuck……

Hundreds of pages of internal documents obtained via FOIA requests by the ACLU of Illinois and the Lucy Parsons Labs, a Chicago-based police transparency and accountability nonprofit, reveals for the first time how the CPD surveils the social media accounts of victims of gun violence, as well as their friends and family members. –OZM

Pinterest And The Knot Will Stop Promoting Wedding Content That Romanticizes Former Slave Plantations

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Pinterest and the Knot Worldwide, two of the country’s biggest online wedding-planning platforms, are changing their policies to stop promoting wedding venues and content that romanticize former slave plantations, representatives for the companies exclusively told BuzzFeed News. –BuzzFeed News

Podcasts and Travel Apps? Facebook Is Working on Those

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Facebook is exploring the creation of new products such as apps and programs for podcasts, travel, workplace services and newsletter tools, according to three people with the knowledge of the company’s plans, as it looks to expand out of its comfort zone. –New York Times

And in just case you missed some of our stuff earlier, here’s what you may have missed:

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BMW reverses decision to charge vehicle owners an annual fee to use Apple CarPlay 

Sources: Microsoft Is Still Planning A Cheaper, Disc-Less Next-Gen Xbox 

Plex launches a free, ad-supported streaming service in over 200 countries

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