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1. For your cousin Hunter, who bought the new iPhone X for $999 and doesn’t even have a job. (How did he afford it? We can’t afford a taxi from the Upper East Side to Tribeca. Wait— is he wearing Yeezys?):
Tomorrow is the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. Here are some of the best tech deals, from BeatsX headphones to the Xbox One S. SEE DEALS
2. For your Aunt Edna, who’s watched all seven seasons of Game of Thrones on HBO and read all the books, and always says the tv series isn’t nearly as good. Oh zip it, Aunt Edna:
We now know who was behind this summer’s massive HBO hack, in which episodes from Game of Throne Season 7 hit the internet before they aired. U.S. prosecutors say a former Iranian military hacker stole the material and demanded $6 billion in a digital currency. USA TODAY
3. For your cousin Sienna, who says her five hour flight from California was better than her ten minute subway ride, where her cheek was pressed against the glass door and she was forced to listen to group of guys playing drums when all she really wanted to do was listen to her podcast:
Maroon 5 and Jimmy Fallon put on sunglasses, fake beards and went undercover to sing for commuters at the 50th Street subway station in New York City. They started with a cover of Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and the crowd quickly caught on. How come that never happens to us?: WATCH
4. For your brother Jason, who’s on Tinder, Bumble, Match and Hinge, but claims he’s still single because he’s waitlisted for Raya:
Get a dog instead. Researchers analyzed health records from millions of people in Sweden, and discovered that people with dogs, especially those who are single, have fewer heart problems and live longer than those who don’t. BLOOMBERG
5. For your dad, who spends the day on the couch watching football because he’d just be in the way in the kitchen:
It’s rivalry week for college football. Here’s a look at the ten biggest games that will shape the College Football Playoff selection committee’s rankings, listed in order of biggest potential impact: SEE LIST
6. For your know-it-all neighbor Ronald, who stops by for dessert and keeps bragging about how much he loves his new Tesla:
Everything we learned about Thanksgiving is probably wrong. The New York Times breaks down all the inaccuracies about the first Thanksgiving. Spoiler alert: there was no turkey or pie. NY TIMES
7. For your Uncle Harold, who won’t stop talking about Roy Moore, Robert Mueller and all the “crooks” in Washington— and keeps calling his second wife “toots”:
Facebook says it will let users know about any contact they may have had with Russian internet trolls leading up to and following the 2016 election, either on Facebook or Instagram. The company says the tool will be available for use by the end of the year. ENGADGET
8. For your wannabe-fashionista neighbor Olivia, who dresses super trendy but really just buys whatever is ‘new’ on Revolve.com:
Even though a lot of stores and malls have decided to close today, there are plenty that are opening their doors, at least for a few hours. Included: Best Buy, Toys R Us and Macy’s. SEE LIST
Hershey is creating Hershey’s Gold, its first new candy bar in more than two decades. It’s described as a caramelized cream bar with salty peanut and pretzel bits. Hershey’s Gold goes on sale December 2. FORTUNE
10. For your cousin Evan, who just got his first real job after college, wants to invest in bitcoin and is giving the family a tutorial on cryptocurrencies:
U.S. stock markets are trading near all-time record highs. The financial website How Much looked at some stocks in 2007 to find out how much a $1,000 investment would be worth now. For example, if you invested $1,000 in Netflix in 2007, it would be worth more than $51,000. SEE LIST
11. For your too-cool cousin Micah, who just got back from a yoga retreat in Tulum, says it changed his life and that he “met someone”:
Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel holidays. Nick Shapiro, a former CIA deputy and now an exec at Airbnb, says you need to be especially aware when you are in line at the airport. Here are some of his top travel safety tips: CHEDDAR
One thing we love: A holiday based around eating as much food as humanly possible.
One thing we hate: The sweats that we get from overeating. This can’t be healthy.
One thing we ate: ONE thing?
PLEASE NOTE: The Need 2 Know offices will be closed tomorrow. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend and we’ll see ya back here on Monday. And if there’s one thing to remember today, it’s this: “It ain’t cool being no jive-turkey so close to Thanksgiving.”
@WhitneyCummings: arguing with my relatives about politics is making me miss them asking me why I’m not married yet.
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