Nintendo Switch Mario Kart Black Friday bundle in stock? Check inventory at Walmart, Amazon and Best Buy

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

Update, 7:02 p.m. PT: Well, that went as expected. The Switch bundle at Walmart sold out in less than a minute. But you can check the links here to see it’s in stock at major vendors. The earlier story continues below.

Here we go: The new Nintendo Switch Mario Kart bundle has only been available since last Sunday, but it’s already as difficult to get as the PS5 and Xbox Series X. But Walmart is swooping in to the rescue: Walmart is pledging an online “availability window” for this bundle today, Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET). That’s the same time Walmart’s big Black Friday sale officially kicks off, and two hours before its next PS5

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Buy The PS5 Tonight: Walmart PS5 Restock At 9 PM ET

If you’re a PlayStation fan trying to buy a PS5, you know that in the time since launch day, the PS5 retail situation has been endlessly hectic and frustrating, with the system consistently selling out in a matter of moments, sites crashing, and scalpers cashing in on the situation by hoarding the system and selling them for over $1,000 each. The PS5 launch day restocks were particularly disappointing–many stores restocked and sold out instantly at midnight, and Walmart offered multiple online restocks throughout the day, each of which had slow loading times, site crashes, and errors in checkout. In short, if you’ve been trying to buy a PS5 and haven’t done so yet, you’re not alone, and we feel your pain. Black Friday 2020 offers another opportunity to buy the PS5 this week, though we don’t expect it to go any more smoothly than previous PS5 restocks. For Black Friday

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A New ‘Buy Black’ Campaign Aims to Avert an Amazon Surveillance State

Illustration for article titled A New Buy Black Campaign Aims to Avert an Amazon Surveillance State

Illustration: Angelica Alzona, Ben Currie, Photo: Ring, Shutterstock

After a summer of nationwide protests against unchecked state violence brutalizing Black people in America, Amazon’s ever-escalating push to make itself indispensable to daily police work is drawing fresh scrutiny from a host of leading civil rights advocates. The tech giant’s efforts to support and enhance police surveillance capabilities, aimed unevenly at communities of color, has given rise to a new digital campaign urging Americans to be more conscientious with their spending dollars—by giving that money instead to Black-owned businesses.

MediaJustice, a nonprofit working to grow grassroots movements against racial and economic inequality, launched the campaign, “Break Up With Amazon,” on Wednesday. It hopes over time to build a consumer coalition sizeable enough to force the world’s largest retailer to end its business practices that are secretly arming police with powerfully invasive tools. Specifically, its flawed facial

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Samsung Odyssey G9 review: the most immersive monitor you can buy

I have been a technology cheapskate most of my life. I’ve rarely bought a monitor brand-new; I’m pleased to say I pieced together my current three-screen articulating swing-arm setup primarily from Craigslist and hand-me-downs. But this fall, I had an opportunity to temporarily replace my three aging displays with the most ridiculous, most advanced gaming monitor ever made: the super-ultrawide, super-curved, ultra-high resolution 49-inch Samsung Odyssey G9.

The Samsung Odyssey G9 is a monitor so big, so wide, so curved, it can fill a midsized desk and wrap around your entire field of view. It’s also simply a phenomenal screen: speedy (240Hz, 1ms, G-Sync, and FreeSync 2), high resolution (5120 x 1440-pixel), and bursting with brilliant color thanks to a QLED panel that tops out at an eye-searing 1,000 nits of brightness. I’m not kidding when I say I have to avert my eyes when I launch Destiny 2 in

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Consumers stocking up on at-home technology, boosting Best Buy results

Early holiday deals boosted same-store quarterly sales growth to levels Best Buy has not seen in 25 years.

However, similar to concerns about other big-box stores that have seen sales surge during the coronavirus pandemic, executives at the Richfield-based electronics chain said they don’t believe sales growth will continue at the same rapid pace in the foreseeable future.

Best Buy’s comparable sales grew nearly 23% in August, September and October as shoppers continued to invest in at-home technology. Comparable U.S. online sales grew 174%, only trailing last quarter’s record growth in online sales, the company reported Tuesday.

“We really are pleased that we were able to leverage our unique capabilities including supply-chain expertise, a very flexible store operating model and obviously the ability to quickly shift to our digital channels,” said Corie Barry, Best Buy’s chief executive, during a Tuesday media call. “And that is meeting what is obviously some

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Google Reportedly Wants to Buy Indian Social Media Firm ShareChat

Four months after taking a stake in India’s biggest mobile carrier, Google  (GOOG) – Get Report is reportedly interested in buying a fast-growing Indian social media firm.

The search giant is in talks to buy startup ShareChat in a deal that could be worth slightly more than $1 billion, according to a report from India’s Economic Times. For comparison, ShareChat was valued at $650 million in a 2019 funding round.

Following strong 2020 growth, ShareChat claims to have more than 160 million monthly active users (MAUs) for its core app. In addition, the company recently launched a short-form video app called Moj, around the time that TikTok was banned in India. Moj is said to have amassed more than 80 million MAUs in less than five months.

ShareChat’s core app lets users share videos and other content through both a core feed and groups that feature chat rooms

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Xbox Series X Restock On Black Friday 2020: Where To Buy The Series X This Week

If you weren’t able to buy the Xbox Series X or the digital-only Xbox Series S on launch day earlier in the month, Black Friday might be one of the best opportunities to grab one before the end of the year. A handful of major retailers will have the Xbox Series X and Series S in-stock during their Black Friday sales this week, but it can be pretty hard to keep track of where and when the new Xbox console is available. You’ll also have to be quick–once a retailer does restock, the Xbox Series X and Series S sell out in a flash.

Here’s what you need to know if you want to buy the Xbox Series X or Series S during Black Friday. For more Black Friday tips, check out our guide to the best Black Friday deals and store hours, plus a roundup of high-interest Black Friday

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Best Buy Q3 online sales surge, stock falls on lack of forecast

  • Best Buy posted $11.85 billion in third-quarter revenue on Tuesday, beating analyst expectations. 
  • Online orders continued to surge, making up more than a third of all sales, amid another rise in coronavirus cases. 
  • Despite the results, Best Buy’s stock sank as much as 5% after executives declined to give a forecast for the fourth quarter.
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Best Buy posted booming sales Tuesday, including online orders almost tripling, as demand for home electronics and entertainment products continues to soar during the pandemic. Yet anxiety about a fourth-quarter slowdown and lack of future guidance caused the retailer’s stock to fall more than 6%. 

The electronics retailer reported $11.85 billion in total revenue for the quarter to October 31 — up 21.4% on the same time last year, which the company noted was better that expected. Analysts had expected revenues of about $11.0 billion. 

The rising revenue

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5 Top-Ranked Tech Stocks to Buy Ahead of Thanksgiving

The three major U.S. indices, namely, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq began the thanksgiving week on a bright note, courtesy encouraging vaccine data from AstraZeneca AZN and the University of Oxford.

The AstraZeneca-University of Oxford vaccine has shown 90% effectiveness. Notably, in late stage trials, vaccines developed by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have been found 95% effective, while Moderna’s shot is 94.5% effective. Meanwhile, Regeneron’s COVID-19 antibody treatment received emergency use authorization from the FDA.

The positive development on the vaccine front is great news for the United States, which has been seeing rising number of COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks. According to John Hopkins University data, more than 12 million people have been infected in the United States, with the death toll hitting 257,701 as of Nov 23.

Per a Reuters report, Dr. Moncef Slaoui, chief scientific adviser for

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Spotify’s Latest Buy: Another Big Bet on Podcasts’ Future

Spotify (NYSE:SPOT), the global leader in music streaming, announced on Nov. 10 that it is acquiring podcast advertising and publishing platform Megaphone. The deal values Megaphone at $235 million and marks yet another investment by the Swedish tech giant into the podcast industry. Here’s what Spotify shareholders need to know about the deal.

What Spotify is getting

Megaphone is a middleman between podcasters and podcast advertisers. It helps creators publish shows and helps advertisers partner with those same shows, making it easy for creators to monetize their work.  

Spotify's UI.

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We don’t know the exact number of publishers who use Megaphone, but the company works with some of the largest studios in the industry. ESPN, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and many others use it as a premium publishing tool and a way to efficiently line up advertisements for their shows. This differs from Anchor, a

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