#ICYMI: Popular Stories in Tech This Week (Week Ending December 2, 2016)

Jessica Elsey / December 2, 2016

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, file photo, a person displays Netflix on a tablet in North Andover, Mass. Netflix reports financial results Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, file photo, a person displays Netflix on a tablet in North Andover, Mass. Netflix began offering offline playback to users this week. AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File

This week Netflix announced users can now download content to view offline. The move allows people to spend more time watching their favorite shows without using up bandwidth. CNN acquired YouTuber Casey Neistat’s social app Beme, Google suffered a malware breach and Nokia revealed they would be launching new Android phones in 2017.

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1. Netflix finally lets you download shows and movies to watch offline—The Verge, Chris Welch

Top line: “Offline playback is a feature that Netflix executives have previously said the company was unlikely to embrace. But it can be a huge help in regions that might not offer the fastest internet around, and other video rivals like Amazon Video and more recently Vudu already allow customers to download content to watch anywhere.”

Topic to follow: Netflix

2. CNN Brings In the Social App Beme to Cultivate a Millennial Audience—The New York Times, Mike Isaac

Top line: “CNN announced on Monday that it had agreed to acquire the technology and talent behind Beme, the social media app built and started by Mr. Neistat and Matt Hackett, a former vice president of engineering at Tumblr. Beme’s 12 employees will join CNN as part of the deal, the terms of which were not publicly disclosed.”

Topic to follow: Social media

3. Google suffers massive malware hit breaching over a million Android users—The Next Web, Dimitar Mihov

Top line: “Security firm Check Point Technologies revealed in a blog post that the attack, dubbed Gooligan, steals authentication tokens to breach data from Google Play, Photos, Drive, Docs, G Suite, Gmail and more. The infection continues to spread, infecting over 13,000 additional devices daily.”

Topic to follow: Google

4. Fitbit reportedly plans to acquire Pebble for $34-40 million—Android Authority, John Callaham

Top line: “One of the first major companies to launch smartwatches may be about to be sold. New, but still unconfirmed, reports claim that the wearable fitness device company Fitbit is planning to acquire Pebble, which got its start by funding its first smartwatch on Kickstarter in 2012, raising over $7 million.”

Topic to follow: Fitbit

5. Nokia Android phones are coming in 2017—CNET, Andrew Hoyle

Top line: “Details about the phone are scarce, although an earlier rumour suggested there may be two phones, with metal, water resistant designs, Android Nougat software and a very sensitive camera sensor.”

Topic to follow: Nokia

6. Reddit’s CEO regrets trolling Trump supporters by secretly editing their posts—The Washington Post, Abby Ohlheiser and Hayley Tsukayama

Top line: “Huffman’s admission fanned the flames of controversy that had been surrounding the subreddit — and its relationship with Reddit — for months. It also capped off what had already been a long week. Reddit was already warring with self-proclaimed Trump supporters after shutting down a subreddit devoted to ‘pizzagate’ — the claim that there is secret child sex-trafficking ring run by prominent Democrats.”

Topic to follow: Reddit

7. Moto pushes off smartwatches indefinitely—The Verge, Dan Seifert

Top line: “Shakil Barkat, head of global product development at Moto, said the company doesn’t ‘see enough pull in the market to put [a new smartwatch] out at this time,’ though it may revisit the market in the future should technologies for the wrist improve.”

Top line: Smartwatches

8. Twitter has acquired startup Yes, and is making its CEO head of product—Recode, Kurt Wagner

Top line: “Coleman and Yes’ six other employees are all joining Twitter in product and design roles as part of the deal, and Coleman will take over the day-to-day leadership of ‘Bluebird,’ the core Twitter app and service.”

Topic to follow: Twitter

9. PSA: Instagram notifies your friend when you screenshot their DMs—Mashable, Damon Beres

Top line: “If you send a ‘disappearing message’ to a friend and they take a screenshot, you’ll get a message on your phone saying so — just like you would on Snapchat.”

Topic to follow: Instagram

10. YouTube adds support for 4K live streaming—TechCrunch, Sarah Perez

Top line: “Both standard videos and 360 videos will be able to be live streamed in 4K, the company announced this morning. One of the first live streams to feature the new 4K support is the Game Awards, which kicks off tomorrow at 6 PM Eastern on YouTube.”

Topic to follow: YouTube

~JessE is reading Smartphone Mania