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U.S. investigators link North Korea to Sony hacking: sources

U.S. investigators link North Korea to Sony hacking: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. investigators have determined that North Korea was behind a cyber attack on Sony Corp's computers, U.S. government sources said on Wednesday. One of the sources described the attack as "state-sponsored" and several sources said that North Korea was the government involved. The Obama administration was debating internally whether to make a public announcement of the investigators' findings, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. ...

U.S. fears Sony hackers may never be caught: law enforcement official

U.S. fears Sony hackers may never be caught: law enforcement official

By Mark Hosenball and Jim Finkle WASHINGTON/BOSTON (Reuters) - Government investigators fear the hackers behind the unprecedented attack on Sony's Hollywood studio may never be caught if they are under the protection of North Korea, a U.S. official said on Wednesday. The law enforcement official, who declined to be identified because the investigation is ongoing, said authorities will require significant time to definitively confirm their suspicions that North Korea sponsored the attack, which severely damaged the movie studio's network. ...

Uber plans tighter screening for drivers

Uber plans tighter screening for drivers

(Reuters) - Online taxi service Uber Technologies Inc, which had a driver was accused of rape in New Delhi, said it was exploring adding new methods to verify drivers' credentials and make its service safer. Uber has started research and development on biometrics and voice verification to build tools for enhanced driver screening, Phillip Cardenas, the company's global safety, head wrote in a blog. (http://bit.ly/1whWUbV) The start-up was also exploring new ways to screen drivers, including polygraph tests and adding its own processes on top of commercial license verifications. ...

IBM says cloud business enjoying 'breakthrough year'

IBM says cloud business enjoying 'breakthrough year'

By Eric Auchard LONDON (Reuters) - IBM aims to expand the number of data centers it offers clients around the world by 25 percent to meet fast-rising demand for internet-based services, after what a company executive said has been a "breakthrough year" in 2014 for its cloud computing business. IBM has quadrupled the number of cloud data facilities it offers around the world to 49 in the past 18 months, responding in part to laws requiring the local retention of data following revelations over U.S. government Web surveillance as well as increased corporate compliance rules. ...

Leaked Sony emails show Loeb influence on studio execs

Leaked Sony emails show Loeb influence on studio execs

By Ritsuko Ando and Svea Herbst-Bayliss TOKYO/BOSTON (Reuters) - Sony Corp movie executives kept up a dialogue with hedge fund titan Daniel Loeb, even after rebuffing the billionaire investor's proposal to sell up to one-fifth of the studio's entertainment business, leaked emails show. Loeb's New York-based Third Point took a 7 percent stake in the company in May 2013 and suggested that proceeds from a sale could be used to overhaul Sony's struggling electronics business. ...

BlackBerry woos keyboard loyalists with launch of Classic

BlackBerry woos keyboard loyalists with launch of Classic

By John McCrank and Euan Rocha NEW YORK/TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd launched its long-awaited Classic on Wednesday, a smartphone it hopes will help it win back market share and woo those still using older versions of its physical keyboard devices. The Canadian mobile technology company said the new device, which bears striking similarities to its once wildly popular Bold and Curve handsets, boasts a larger screen, longer battery life, an expanded app library with access to offerings from Amazon. ...

Red Hat joins the IBM Power8 party

Back in September, IBM and SUSE announced a partnership making SUSE Enterprise Linux available on IBM's Power8 based systems. Now it's Red Hat's turn. Is it time to consider a new platform?

Uber ramps up rider safety

Uber ramps up rider safety

Ride-sharing app developer Uber is working on a safety 'road map' after coming under fire following he alleged rape of a passenger in India.

Understanding Holiday Demand: It's a fickle beast

Understanding Holiday Demand: It's a fickle beast

Understanding customer taste and their buying patterns remains a tricky exercise. The story of L.L. Bean and their snow boots is a great example of how challenging it is to accurately predict demand. There is already a 100,000 name long waiting list for the boot. Talk about a good problem to have, well maybe....

Hootsuite nabs eBay's Jimmy Duvall to lead product

Hootsuite nabs eBay's Jimmy Duvall to lead product

The former e-commerce head for eBay will manage the Hootsuite's portfolio of products and services - which is on a pretty strong growth trajectory following the company's $60 million funding round in September.

Rackspace joins OpenPOWER

Rackspace joins OpenPOWER

What's one of the parent companies of OpenStack and a top private-cloud hosting companies doing in OpenPOWER? Helping to push open-source from software into hardware.

Congress blocks ICANN transition. Good.

Congress blocks ICANN transition. Good.

The "Cromnibus" budget bill blocks the Obama administration's plans to relinquish control of Internet domain name and address administration. We're all better off this way.

Fears fanned by hackers bring down Sony film

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. official says North Korea perpetrated the unprecedented act of cyberwarfare against Sony Pictures that exposed tens of thousands of sensitive documents and escalated to threats of terrorist attacks that ultimately drove the studio to cancel all release plans for the film at the heart of the attack, "The Interview."

Stolen emails reveal lapses in Sony security practices

Stolen emails reveal lapses in Sony security practices

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages it blamed on software flaws and incompetent technical staffers who weren't paying attention, even as hackers targeted executives to trick them into revealing their online credentials.

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IBM says cloud business enjoying 'breakthrough year'

IBM says cloud business enjoying 'breakthrough year'

By Eric Auchard LONDON (Reuters) - IBM aims to expand the number of data centers it offers clients around the world by 25 percent to meet fast-rising demand for internet-based services, after what a company executive said has been a "breakthrough year" in 2014 for its cloud computing business. IBM has quadrupled the number of cloud data facilities it offers around the world to 49 in the past 18 months, responding in part to laws requiring the local retention of data following revelations over U.S. government Web surveillance as well as increased corporate compliance rules. ...

U.S. startup sues France's Orange over social calling app

(Reuters) - French telecom group Orange SA confirmed on Wednesday that it has been sued in California by San Francisco-based startup Telesocial in an intellectual property case, but said that the startup's claims were unfounded. Orange said Telesocial has already taken the company to two French courts including the Paris Court of Appeal based on the same complaints, but in both cases the claims were rejected. "This reinforces our view that Telesocial's complaints are totally lacking in merit," the group said in an emailed statement. ...

BlackBerry woos keyboard loyalists with launch of Classic

BlackBerry woos keyboard loyalists with launch of Classic

By John McCrank and Euan Rocha NEW YORK/TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd launched its long-awaited Classic on Wednesday, a smartphone it hopes will help it win back market share and woo those still using older versions of its physical keyboard devices. The Canadian mobile technology company said the new device, which bears striking similarities to its once wildly popular Bold and Curve handsets, boasts a larger screen, longer battery life, an expanded app library with access to offerings from Amazon. ...

Online lender OnDeck Capital's shares soar in debut

By Neha Dimri (Reuters) - Shares of OnDeck Capital Inc rose as much as 40 percent in their market debut, underscoring investor appetite for startups using technology to disrupt traditional banking. The online lender's shares touched a high of $28 amid heavy trading on Wednesday, valuing the company at about $1.85 billion. The company's successful debut follows that of online loan marketplace LendingClub Corp, whose shares rose as much 67 percent in their debut last week. ...

Divided Kenyans disagree over strategy to end 'terror' attacks

Divided Kenyans disagree over strategy to end 'terror' attacks

By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Islamist attacks, knee-jerk security responses, corrupt policing and racial profiling are dividing Kenyans increasingly along religious and ethnic lines, experts said. There is fear on all sides - among Christians who pray on Sundays under armed police guard, among Muslims who are vilified on the internet, and among government leaders who have lost face for failing to provide security. ...

Apple says online store in Russia is down due to ruble fluctuations

Apple says online store in Russia is down due to ruble fluctuations

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple confirmed on Tuesday that it has taken down its online store in Russia due to extreme fluctuations in the value of the rouble. It said in a statement that it is currently reviewing pricing. (Reporting By Christina Farr; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

Uber faces tough rivals, regulatory glare in China

Uber faces tough rivals, regulatory glare in China

By Gerry Shih and Adam Jourdan BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Deep-pocketed Chinese rivals and tough regulators stand in the way of U.S. car-hailing service Uber's plans to conquer one of the world's biggest transportation markets, even after it signed a tieup with domestic internet giant Baidu Inc. The terms of a deal that sees Baidu buy a stake in the fast-growing taxi app operator were not disclosed. Uber, though, is a comparative latecomer in China, where taxi app users are set to triple to 45 million by 2015 compared with 2013, according to Chinese research firm iResearch. ...

Online lender On Deck Capital's IPO priced at $20.00 per share

(Reuters) - On Deck Capital Inc, an online small-business lender, said its initial public offering was priced at $20 per share, above the expected range of $16-$18. The IPO of 10 million shares raised $200 million and all of the shares are being offered by On Deck Capital. At the offer price, the company's market value is about $1.32 billion. The shares are expected to begin trading on Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "ONDK". ...

U.S. startup sues France's Orange over social calling app: FT

(Reuters) - French telecom group Orange SA has been sued in California by San Francisco-based startup Telesocial over an application that lets users make phone calls via their Facebook profiles, the Financial Times reported. Telesocial claims that the PartyCall app, launched in November 2012 by Orange, was based on its own code that it shared with the company during negotiation of a deal that the telecom carrier later dropped, the FT said. (http://on.ft. ...

Ex-Sony employees sue, claim company failed to protect data

By David Ingram (Reuters) - Sony Pictures Entertainment has been sued by two self-described former employees who accuse the movie studio of failing to protect Social Security numbers, healthcare records, salaries and other data from computer hackers who attacked it last month. The proposed class action lawsuit against Sony Corp's studio was filed on Monday in federal court in Los Angeles. It alleges that the company failed to secure its computer network and protect confidential information. ...

Apple says online store in Russia is down due to rouble fluctuations

Apple says online store in Russia is down due to rouble fluctuations

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple confirmed on Tuesday that it has taken down its online store in Russia due to extreme fluctuations in the value of the rouble. It said in a statement that it is currently reviewing pricing. (Reporting By Christina Farr; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

Apple wins digital music U.S. antitrust trial

Apple wins digital music U.S. antitrust trial

By Dan Levine OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Apple Inc won an antitrust trial on Tuesday when a U.S. jury decided the company did not act improperly when it restricted music purchases for iPod users to Apple's iTunes digital store. The verdict was read in an Oakland, California federal court. The plaintiffs, a group of individuals and businesses who purchased iPods from 2006 to 2009, sought about $350 million in damages from Apple alleging the company unfairly blocked competing device makers. Patrick Coughlin, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said "the jury called it like they saw it. ...

Dotcom darling Lastminute.com changes hands for $120 million

LONDON (Reuters) - Lastminute.com, a company that came to symbolize the rise and fall of Internet firms in the dotcom bubble, is to be bought by Swiss online travel company Bravofly Rumbo Group, for about $120 million, owner U.S. company Sabre Corp said. In 2000 the group was worth 768 million pounds after a flotation which coincided with the high-water mark of the Internet bubble, when companies in any way related to the web were valued far in excess of typical measures using turnover and earnings. Its IPO came four days after the tech-focused U.S. Nasdaq index peaked at 5,132 points. ...

Women feel no safer in Delhi, two years after notorious gang rape

Women feel no safer in Delhi, two years after notorious gang rape

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On a cold, rainy Sunday night, two policemen in khaki uniforms and fluorescent yellow jackets stand among commuters at a bus shelter in the Indian capital, occasionally stepping out to stop passing buses and climbing on board to conduct inspections. A white police car halts to check in with the men stationed at the bus stop. Some minutes after, two other constables walk past on their night patrol which they say runs from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. daily. The security at this infamous bus stand in Delhi's Munirka district is not surprising. ...

Rocket Internet backs rental start-up looking to replace realtors

Rocket Internet backs rental start-up looking to replace realtors

By Eric Auchard LONDON (Reuters) - German ecommerce investor Rocket Internet is backing online apartment rental firm Nestpick as the start-up expands into four European countries, aiming to connect landlords with tenants and put real estate agents out of a job. Nestpick said on Tuesday it was expanding into 14 cities in Britain, France, Italy and Spain, seeking to do for medium-term property rentals what AirBnB has done to transform the market for short-stay rentals for holiday and business travelers. ...

Online ventures target global Muslim consumer market

Online ventures target global Muslim consumer market

By Bernardo Vizcaino (Reuters) - From travel guides to shopping portals, new Internet ventures aim to capitalize on the growing "Muslim lifestyle" market, which is expanding beyond food to include areas such as tourism, fashion and credit cards. Excluding food, where "halal" dietary restrictions must be followed, most of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims are content to buy the bulk of their goods and services from conventional suppliers. ...

California policeman who threatened protesters on Twitter put on leave

By Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) - A San Jose police officer who tweeted threatening messages to demonstrators protesting the police killings of unarmed black men has been placed on administrative leave, a spokeswoman for the department said Monday. The action comes amid ongoing protests nationwide over the deaths of Michael Brown, an unarmed teen shot to death by police in Missouri, and Eric Garner, who died after a New York officer placed him in a chokehold. ...

Big tech aims at talent shortage with 'Hour of Code' campaign

Big tech aims at talent shortage with 'Hour of Code' campaign

By Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Call it the thinking man's ice bucket challenge: an hour of code. Last week, everyone from U.S. President Barack Obama to top model Karlie Kloss tried their hand at writing software for one hour in the global campaign by nonprofit Code.org to make coding less intimidating to students and teachers. The "Hour of Code" campaign, which ended on Sunday, was the latest step by large tech companies to help boost American interest in computer science as they face a shortage of qualified engineers and developers in the United States. Code. ...

Google faces $18 million fine for web privacy violations: Dutch watchdog

Google faces $18 million fine for web privacy violations: Dutch watchdog

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Google could be fined up 15 million euros ($18.6 million) if it does not stop violating the privacy of Internet users in the Netherlands, the Dutch data protection agency said on Monday. The U.S. company is breaching the country's data protection act by using people's private information such as browsing history and location data to target them with customized ads, the Data Protection Authority (DPA) said. The regulator gave Google until the end of February to change how it handles the data it collects from individual web users. ...

Hony, JD.com lead $148 million investment in travel firm Tuniu

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Investment firm Hony Capital and e-commerce firm JD.com Inc have led a $148 million round of investment into Chinese travel company Tuniu Corp, tapping into the country's fast-growing tourism market. Hony and JD.com invested $50 million each, while Tuniu rival Ctrip.Com International Ltd injected $15 million, with Tuniu's chief executive and chief operating officer investing $16.5 million each, according to a press release on Monday. ...

Irish tax on online gambling faces further delay

Irish tax on online gambling faces further delay

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland's stalled plan to tax online gambling will be further delayed into 2015, the country's finance minister said, offering bookmakers such as Paddy Power a longer grace period before the charge is levied. Ireland first announced plans to bring online operators into the tax net in 2011 by seeking to extend a one percent tax on bets placed in shops to wagers made online or over the telephone from customers based in Ireland. ...

Hackers vs. James Bond: 'SPECTRE' script stolen in Sony attack

Hackers vs. James Bond: 'SPECTRE' script stolen in Sony attack

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Early villains have emerged in the next James Bond film "SPECTRE": hackers who stole a version of the screenplay as part of a devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures. Producers of the James Bond films said they learned on Saturday morning that an early version of the "SPECTRE" script was among material stolen and made public by hackers who infiltrated computers at the Sony studio. ...

Alleged UK hacking of Belgian telecoms firm was far-reaching-reports

Alleged UK hacking of Belgian telecoms firm was far-reaching-reports

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Hacking of computers at Belgian telecoms firm Belgacom, alleged to have been carried out by a British spy agency, was more far-reaching than previously thought and went undetected for more than two years, according to reports published on Saturday. News of the intrusion into Belgacom's networks first broke late last year when Belgium asked Britain, its NATO and European Union partner, to respond to allegations that its intelligence service was responsible. ...

Exclusive: Iran hackers may target U.S. energy, defense firms, FBI warns

Exclusive: Iran hackers may target U.S. energy, defense firms, FBI warns

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned U.S. businesses to be on the alert for a sophisticated Iranian hacking operation whose targets include defense contractors, energy firms and educational institutions, according to a confidential agency document. The operation is the same as one flagged last week by cyber security firm Cylance Inc as targeting critical infrastructure organizations worldwide, cyber security experts said. ...

India police detain man said to be behind pro-Islamic State Twitter posts

By Sanjeev Miglani and Nidhi Verma NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian police on Saturday arrested a company executive suspected of operating a pro-Islamic State Twitter account that pumped out a stream of updates on the violent group's military campaign from his base in Bengaluru. Mehdi Masroor Biswas's arrest at home came days after Britain's Channel Four identified him as the man behind "Shami Witness", the Twitter handle followed by thousands of people including most foreign fighters for the Islamic State. ...

Facebook dumps Microsoft Web search results

Facebook dumps Microsoft Web search results

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has stopped including results from Microsoft Corp's Bing search engine on its social networking site. The move, confirmed by a company spokesperson, comes as Facebook has revamped its own search offerings, introducing a tool on Monday that allows users to quickly find past comments and other information posted by their friends on Facebook. The decision may reflect the increasing importance that Facebook sees in Web search technology, a market dominated by rival Google Inc . ...

WTO talks on duty-free trade in IT goods collapse

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Talks on cutting trade tariffs on hundreds of information technology products collapsed on Friday, delaying and potentially scuppering a deal estimated to be worth $1 trillion to global trade. "We are disappointed not to be celebrating a deal this week. We missed a big opportunity," U.S. Ambassador Michael Punke said at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The talks aimed to update the WTO's 17-year-old Information Technology Agreement, which guarantees zero-tariff and duty-free trade on hundreds of products, adding about 200 more products to the list. ...

All calm amid political storm at 'Interview' premiere

All calm amid political storm at 'Interview' premiere

By Piya Sinha-Roy Los Angeles (Reuters) - All was calm on Thursday at the Los Angeles premiere of Sony Pictures' parody film "The Interview", which had been in the spotlight for sparking tension with North Korea and potentially prompting a major cyber hack on the company. Stars Seth Rogen and James Franco posed on a small red carpet restricted to photographers as Sony reined in media access after the film made headlines following a devastating security breach that leaked films, data and emails. ...

Mega retailers battle to survive as e-commerce booms in China

Mega retailers battle to survive as e-commerce booms in China

By Adam Jourdan SHANGHAI (Reuters) - It took China's biggest retail chain Suning all last year to generate sales of about $17 billion. Last month, e-commerce giant Alibaba saw sales worth more than half that amount pass through its Tmall website in just one day. Big retailers like Suning Commerce Group Co Ltd and foreign rivals Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Best Buy Co Inc are struggling to attract customers to their traditional stores in China, where online shopping is booming. ...

Islamic State suicide bomber detonates tank in eastern Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) - An Islamic State suicide bomber detonated a tank at a Syrian air base in the province of Deir al-Zor, one of the last remaining government strongholds in eastern Syria, jihadist social media and a monitoring group said on Friday. One Islamic State Twitter account published two photos of a smiling man it named Abu al-Farouq al-Libi, who it said carried out the "suicide operation". The al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State has been gradually consolidating control of the oil-producing Deir al-Zor region this year. ...

Max Sound files patent suit against Google, YouTube in Germany

Max Sound files patent suit against Google, YouTube in Germany

(Reuters) - Technology company Max Sound Corp said it filed a lawsuit against Google Inc and YouTube in Germany earlier this month, alleging infringement of a video-streaming patent. Max Sound claimed that all the products that use the H.264 video-encoding format for video compression infringed its asserted patent. Max Sound's allegations include current versions of Google operating system, Android, installed on mobile phones and tablets. The complaint also addresses Google's latest products in the market such as Nexus5, Nexus 6, Nexus9 chromebook and chromecast. ...

Telkom to lead Indonesia's $24 billion broadband expansion: minister

By Fransiska Nangoy and Eveline Danubrata JAKARTA (Reuters) - State-owned telecom firm PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk will take the lead in a $24 billion drive to expand Indonesia's broadband capacity over the next five years, the communication and information minister said. Rudiantara, part of newly elected President Joko Widodo's administration, said the government is considering extending unspecified incentives to the company as it seeks to improve Internet access in Southeast Asia's largest economy. ...

Trillion dollar IT trade deal on a knife-edge at the WTO

Trillion dollar IT trade deal on a knife-edge at the WTO

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - A trillion dollar deal at the World Trade Organization to reduce tariffs in the vast information technology sector will stand or fall in the next 24 hours, trade diplomats said on Thursday. But late on Thursday one trade official involved with the talks said a deal would be very unlikely because of a stand-off between South Korea and China, which was refusing all attempts to broker a compromise. ...

All the rage a year ago, bitcoin sputters as adoption stalls

All the rage a year ago, bitcoin sputters as adoption stalls

By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss and Michael Connor NEW YORK (Reuters) - After skyrocketing to more than a thousand dollars in price late last year and attracting global attention, bitcoin, the leading digital currency, has stalled. Figures obtained by Reuters show that while "wallets" - cyberspeak for accounts - are being created at a steady clip, many of them are empty. Analysts also provided Reuters with data that shows liquidity in the cryptocurrency remains limited. ...

Loan platform operator LendingClub's shares soar in debut

Loan platform operator LendingClub's shares soar in debut

By Neha Dimri (Reuters) - Shares of LendingClub Corp , the world's biggest online marketplace connecting borrowers and lenders, soared in their debut as investors bet on the potential of online platforms to take on the risky lending that banks increasingly want to avoid. LendingClub's shares rose as much as 67 percent to $25.44 on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, valuing the San Francisco-based company at more than $9 billion. Investors see LendingClub as a technology company more than consumer finance company, and this is reflected in its high valuation, Equities. ...

Chinese chat app Momo's shares rise 15 percent in U.S. debut

(Reuters) - Shares of Momo Inc, a Beijing-based mobile chat app firm backed by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, rose as much as 15 percent in their U.S. trading debut, valuing the company at nearly $3 billion. The stock touched a high of $15.49 shortly after trading in its shares started on the Nasdaq on Thursday. The company raised $216 million from its initial public offering of 16 million American depositary shares. The offering was priced at $13.50 per share, the midpoint of the expected range of $12.50-$14.50. ...

EU's Vestager to meet Google complainants in coming weeks

EU's Vestager to meet Google complainants in coming weeks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe's antitrust chief will meet Google's critics in the coming weeks in an effort to resolve issues in a four-year investigation which has stirred up politicians and lawmakers on both sides of the Atlantic. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said she wanted new information on the case. Her predecessor, Joaquin Almunia, rejected three attempts by the world's most popular Internet search engine to settle the case without a fine. "It is important to get new information in the file and we have sent questionnaires to a number of people in a number of areas. ...

Sony limits media access to 'Interview' premiere after hacking

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sony Pictures Entertainment plans to roll out the red carpet for the Thursday premiere of "The Interview," but the stars of the controversial comedy about North Korea will not face the customary glare of TV news cameras. The studio said Wednesday only still photographers and a Sony video team will document arrivals at the event, stopping reporters from asking Seth Rogen and James Franco about a massive cyber attack at Sony that some speculate is linked to the film. ...

Sony CEO ordered 'The Interview' toned down, Rogen objected: emails

Sony CEO ordered 'The Interview' toned down, Rogen objected: emails

By Jim Finkle and James Pearson NEW YORK/SEOUL (Reuters) - Sony Corp. Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai ordered the film "The Interview" to be toned down after Pyongyang denounced it for depicting the assassination of North Korea's leader, according to emails apparently stolen from Sony's Hollywood studio. The comedy, slated for U.S. release on Dec. 25, is about journalists played by Seth Rogen and James Franco who are hired by the CIA to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. ...

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BlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort

BlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort

NEW YORK (AP) — BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones — and most smartphone customers — have embraced touch screens.

BlackBerry woos keyboard loyalists with launch of Classic

BlackBerry woos keyboard loyalists with launch of Classic

By John McCrank and Euan Rocha NEW YORK/TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd launched its long-awaited Classic on Wednesday, a smartphone it hopes will help it win back market share and woo those still using older versions of its physical keyboard devices. The Canadian mobile technology company said the new device, which bears striking similarities to its once wildly popular Bold and Curve handsets, boasts a larger screen, longer battery life, an expanded app library with access to offerings from Amazon. ...

Apple wins digital music U.S. antitrust trial

Apple wins digital music U.S. antitrust trial

By Dan Levine OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Apple Inc won an antitrust trial on Tuesday when a U.S. jury decided the company did not act improperly when it restricted music purchases for iPod users to Apple's iTunes digital store. The verdict was read in an Oakland, California federal court. The plaintiffs, a group of individuals and businesses who purchased iPods from 2006 to 2009, sought about $350 million in damages from Apple alleging the company unfairly blocked competing device makers. Patrick Coughlin, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said "the jury called it like they saw it. ...

Gift Guide: How to pick the right fitness tracker

Gift Guide: How to pick the right fitness tracker

The holidays are here, which means feeling guilty about how much you're eating and how little you're exercising. Gadgets are available to help keep that in balance. The best device for you will depend ...

TAG Heuer enlists partners in smartwatch plan and may make acquisitions

TAG Heuer enlists partners in smartwatch plan and may make acquisitions

By Silke Koltrowitz LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS, Switzerland (Reuters) - TAG Heuer is pushing ahead with plans for a smartwatch to more directly compete with the likes of the Apple Watch and may make acquisitions to help drive the strategy, its head said on Tuesday. Swiss watch makers like TAG Heuer, the biggest brand in luxury goods group LVMH's watch portfolio, had until recently largely dismissed the threat of "smart" gadgets, but LVMH watch chief Jean-Claude Biver says he had changed his mind on the subject. ...

Vodafone to get $850 million Canada finance, mainly for BlackBerry

Vodafone to get $850 million Canada finance, mainly for BlackBerry

OTTAWA (Reuters) - British mobile phone operator Vodafone Group PLC will get $850 million in Canadian trade financing to help it buy enterprise services from BlackBerry Ltd, Ottawa said on Tuesday. Export Development Canada (EDC) said that $750 million would go to BlackBerry, while the remaining $100 million was for future procurement from Canadian suppliers. "Vodafone's global presence makes it a company that Canada's telecom sector has to have a relationship with," EDC Senior Vice-President Carl Burlock said in a statement. (Corrects figures to U.S. ...

Apple antitrust case over iPods nears jury deliberations

Apple antitrust case over iPods nears jury deliberations

By Dan Levine OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - A software update for Apple Inc's iPod music player was not a product improvement, but was intended to improperly raise costs for consumers who wanted to switch to newer devices, an attorney for Apple customers said in court. Closing arguments were delivered on Monday in an Oakland, California, federal courtroom in an antitrust trial that has cast fresh scrutiny on Apple's onetime virtual domination of the digital music market. ...

Ex-Google employees launch app to make you smarter about health, fitness

By Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A group of former Google employees are betting they can boost the world's medical knowledge with a mobile IQ test. Hi.Q, a free app for the Apple Inc iPhone and iPad launching on Monday, includes 10,000 questions across 300 topics, such as food allergies, childhood health, and portion control. After taking the test, users are given a breakdown of their expertise across certain health areas. Founder and Chief Executive Officer Munjal Shah, who sold his prior company Like. ...

It's Too Hard to Manage Music Now: Why It's Okay to Miss the Old iPod

It's Too Hard to Manage Music Now: Why It's Okay to Miss the Old iPod

Recently I had a fairly pedestrian thought, a thought I've been having on and off for 10 years: "I want to put some music onto my portable music listening device." This used to be a relative cinch: I'd put the music on iTunes, plug in my iPod, and drag the songs over. Now, anytime I dare hook my iPhone up to a computer, there's software that needs updating, apps and photos I need to clear away for extra room, and esoteric rules regarding what is allowed to "sync. ...

Video: One of the world’s best gadget reviewers hands out awards for 2014’s best smartphones

Video: One of the world’s best gadget reviewers hands out awards for 2014’s best smartphones

Marques Brownlee has earned a lot of well deserved praise for his terrific gadget video reviews and now he’s put out another one that takes us back through the year that was in smartphones. At the end of the day, Brownlee lists the HTC One (M8) as the year’s best overall phone, followed by the 2014 Moto X, the iPhone 6 and the LG G3.  RELATED: The sleekest Android phone of the year is getting a massive upgrade next year Regarding the highly acclaimed One (M8), Brownlee called it “an all-around winner from HTC” and “an improvement in almost every way from the M7.” Brownlee said that he prefers the Google Play Edition of the device, which runs on stock Android and

Flying with a falcon? Lufthansa design is suitable for birds of prey

BERLIN (Reuters) - What is the point of having a luxurious private jet if you can't transport your own falcon? Lufthansa Technik, the maintenance division of the German airline which also specializes in fitting cabins on big VIP and executive jets, has come up with a gadget for those who want to keep their bird of prey by their side when traveling. Called the Falcon Master, the platform and stand for transporting falcons or other birds can slot above a folded-down seat in a range of Airbus or Boeing aircraft. ...

Hardcore Android fan explains why the iPad Air 2 beats out every other Android tablet

Hardcore Android fan explains why the iPad Air 2 beats out every other Android tablet

There are plenty of Android smartphones that can go toe-to-toe with the iPhone but there still seems to be something missing when it comes to Android tablets. If you need further proof of this, consider that the excellent Android-focussed website Android Police has just put out its holiday gift guide… and writer David Ruddock recommends the iPad Air 2 as the best tablet to buy. RELATED: Dirt-cheap Android tablets from Best Buy, Walmart, elsewhere found to ship with major security flaws Why is Ruddock fond of the iPad Air 2 over the many other Android tablets out there? In the first place, he found himself quite disappointed with the Nexus 9 tablet and couldn’t bring himself to recommend it. Second, he just

Apple changes its own verse in new iPad Air 2 ad campaign

Apple changes its own verse in new iPad Air 2 ad campaign

After releasing a variety of iPad ads under the “Your verse” campaign, Apple has decided a change is needed for the new iPad Air 2 and has come up with a new “Change is in the Air” commercial series. FROM EARLIER: Video: Check out Apple’s hilarious new iPhone 6 commercials Just like with previous ads, Apple has set up a special page on its website for this new advertising initiative. “iPad Air 2 isn’t just the thinnest and lightest iPad we’ve ever created. It’s the most powerful,” Apple writes. “From the studio to the classroom, the field to the garage, it’s helping people discover new and better ways to do the things they love. Imagine what you’ll do with it.” Even though

Behind the holiday trend of self-gifting

Behind the holiday trend of self-gifting

By Beth Pinsker NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jill Bascou looked like a typical holiday gift shopper standing in line on Thanksgiving Day shortly after the Target in Marlton, New Jersey opened at 6 p.m. Except she wasn't buying for other people. The 39-year-old was waiting to get herself an iPad. In her cart was the xBox her husband had been coveting, and her father was in another part of the store hunting down a giant, cheap TV - for himself. Retailers call this self-gifting. ...

Holiday fitness gifts can cheer elite athletes and amateurs

Holiday fitness gifts can cheer elite athletes and amateurs

By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - From jogging strollers to smart bathroom scales and waterproof watches, fitness experts say holiday gifts cater to all types of exercisers, from the new mom shedding baby weight to the seasoned triathlete chasing a performance boost. Technology remains in the forefront, as gadgets grow ever more user-friendly, compact and sophisticated. “The ideal holiday gift is some kind of fitness tracker: these simple tools you can just wear on your wrist,” said Neal Pire, an exercise physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine. ...

BlackBerry, NantHealth launch cancer genome browser

BlackBerry, NantHealth launch cancer genome browser

By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd and NantHealth, a healthcare-focused data provider, launched a secure cancer genome browser on Sunday, giving doctors the ability to access patients' genetic data on the BlackBerry Passport smartphone. Earlier this year, BlackBerry bought a minority stake in privately held NantHealth. The mobile technology company sees healthcare as one of the niche sectors in which it has an advantage, due to the heightened focus on patient privacy and BlackBerry's vast networks that can manage and secure data on mobile devices. ...

Luxury brands capitalize on Art Basel

Would you like a designer tie with that painting, a collage on your new Mercedes? Or how about an art iPad app to complement your stock tips? Art Basel Miami Beach often makes for unlikely pairings as ...

Steve Jobs' video testimony transfixes courtroom

OAKLAND, California (AP) — More than three years after his death, legendary Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs held a federal courtroom transfixed on Friday as attorneys played a video of his testimony in a class-action lawsuit that accuses Apple of inflating prices by locking music lovers into using Apple's iPod players.

This awesome iOS keyboard does something that SwiftKey, Swype and others can’t

This awesome iOS keyboard does something that SwiftKey, Swype and others can’t

With so many third-party iOS 8 keyboards to choose from these days, standing out can be a huge challenge for anyone who’s not an established player. New iOS keyboard Nintype, however, brings something completely new to the table in that it lets you use two fingers at once to quickly zip out messages on your smartphone. RELATED: These are the best iOS 8 third-party keyboards on the App Store In addition to allowing for BlackBerry-style two-thumb typing, the keyboard also lets you resize it to meet your specific finger size and to store your most often-used words by hot keying them to different letters. So for instance, if you say “orangutan” a lot, you could just hold down your space bar

Of course the NSA spied on people who were working on better phone encryption

Of course the NSA spied on people who were working on better phone encryption

The NSA’s far-reaching powers have been further detailed in an extensive report from The Intercept, which reveals that the agency has conducted an advanced spying operation for years in an effort to spy on mobile operators working on phone encryption. The operation reportedly also targeted bodies that oversee telecom standards, in order to stay updated on new security protocols and identify or even insert vulnerabilities into those communication networks it wanted access to. FROM EARLIER: Ex-NSA lawyer: Apple and Google may end up like BlackBerry if they make their phones more secure Codenamed Auroragold and pointed out to the publication by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the operation has been active since at least 2010, though it’s not clear whether the NSA still uses it. According to the documents provided,

Here are the 3 best video games released in the last month

Here are the 3 best video games released in the last month

We’re currently hard at work finalizing our list of the best games of the year, but until then, we’ve decided to put together a list of the console and PC games released last month that you should look into picking up (if you haven’t already). November was an extremely busy month for game releases, but this list should hopefully help you sort through the noise. FROM EARLIER: The 5 best iPhone and iPad games of November So here they are — the three best games of November (in no particular order): Dragon Age: Inquisition A vast, sprawling game filled with hundreds of quests, characters and items to discover, Dragon Age: Inquisition is one of BioWare’s best. The writing is superb, the combat is satisfying and

8 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download free right now (save $33!)

8 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download free right now (save $33!)

The week is almost over but the savings are still going strong. Yesterday we showed you seven nifty paid iPhone and iPad apps that were all on sale for free for a limited time — and some are still free if you hurry — and today we’re back with another eight apps. Downloading all of these apps would normally cost you $33, but it won’t cost you a penny if you grab them all right now. DON’T MISS: A week with Coin, the smart card that replaces every credit card in your wallet These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how

After 7 years, Apple admits to forcefully removing music from iPods without users’ knowledge

After 7 years, Apple admits to forcefully removing music from iPods without users’ knowledge

Apple is on trial this month, having to defend against allegations that it broke antitrust laws and stifled competition in the music players and downloads businesses with its iPod and iTunes practices. The Wall Street Journal reports that attorneys for the plaintiffs on Wednesday told jurors that between 2007 and 2009 Apple regularly deleted music from iPods that stored downloads from other services, without telling users what was going on. FROM EARLIER: Steve Jobs will be a crucial witness against Apple in an iPod antitrust suit “You guys decided to give them the worst possible experience and blow up ,” attorney Patrick Coughlin said in court. What used to happen is that iTunes would detect music downloaded on

Ex-Android user explains why he happily ditched his Nexus for the BlackBerry Passport

Ex-Android user explains why he happily ditched his Nexus for the BlackBerry Passport

The BlackBerry Passport isn’t for everyone but there are definitely some people who will absolutely love the phone because it’s offering something you won’t find with any iPhone or Android phone. Business Insider’s Mike Bird, a self-described “finance and economics person,” recently ditched his old Nexus for a BlackBerry Passport and has found it to be a revelation in terms of what he values in a smartphone. RELATED: Tech reporter explains why she dumped her iPhone for the ‘sexy’ BlackBerry Passport While most consumers will never use their smartphone to look extensively at spreadsheets and charts, Bird does do this on a regular basis. Because of this, he found the Passport’s big square display to be a perfect fit for what

7 awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps that are free for a limited time

7 awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps that are free for a limited time

Another day, another batch of awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps that you can download right now for free. Yesterday’s post had eight nifty iOS apps that were on sale for free, and you can still grab a few of them without paying if you move quickly. Today, however, we have another seven apps including a very cool collaborative drawing app that lets you see what your partner is drawing remotely in real-time as they work, and a panoramic photo and video app that seems like magic. DON’T MISS: The most beautiful iPhone 6 cases you’ve never heard of These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is

Pa. school district uses $291K Apple gift on iPads

A suburban Pittsburgh school district says it'll use a six-figure donation from Apple Inc. to fund an iPad-based technology plan. The Steel Valley school board voted Tuesday to accept Apple's $291,791 ...

In emails, Jobs determined to keep iPod Apple-only

In emails, Jobs determined to keep iPod Apple-only

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Legendary Apple CEO Steve Jobs had seven words for a subordinate when he learned that a rival company was about to introduce a program that would let music fans buy songs anywhere and play them on Apple's iPod devices.

Steve Jobs emails featured in Apple iPod U.S. antitrust trial

Steve Jobs emails featured in Apple iPod U.S. antitrust trial

By Dan Levine OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - The late Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc , led the company to violate antitrust laws by restricting music purchases for iPod users to Apple's iTunes digital store, an attorney for consumers suing Apple said in court. Opening statements began on Tuesday in an Oakland, California, federal court in the long-running class action, which harks back to Apple's pre-iPhone era. ...

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'All our lives will change,' Cubans hope after US thaw

'All our lives will change,' Cubans hope after US thaw

Cubans erupted into celebration Wednesday at news of a historic renewal in relations with the United States, voicing hope the breakthrough would change their lives amid economic decay. In Havana's old town, where overjoyed groups gathered in the street as the news spread, the phrase "historic day" was on many people's lips as the more than 50-year-old Cold War standoff showed signs of ending. "I have goosebumps all over," said Ernesto Perez, 52, who works at a cafeteria in the capital's historic city center. In a sign of the communist island's baby steps toward reform, Perez got the news on his cell phone -- devices President Raul Castro legalized shortly after taking power in 2006 during a health crisis for his older brother Fidel, the father of Cuba's 1959 revolution.

Chinese Android Phones May Have Built-In Backdoor

Chinese Android Phones May Have Built-In Backdoor

Bad news for China: Some of the country's favorite Android phones may be compromised from the moment they come off the shelf. Many models of Coolpad phones, which is big in China and Southeast Asia and is sold to North American customers in online stores, may contain a backdoor known as "Coolreaper," which can let attackers hijack the device from top to bottom.

BlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort

BlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort

NEW YORK (AP) — BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones — and most smartphone customers — have embraced touch screens.

2014: I'm still sick of Android

2014: I'm still sick of Android

With no solid business productivity apps, as well as continually perpetuating the 'toxic hellstew', Google's mobile OS is still missing from my personal tech stable two years after I abandoned it. But there's some hope for it yet.

BlackBerry woos keyboard loyalists with launch of Classic

BlackBerry woos keyboard loyalists with launch of Classic

By John McCrank and Euan Rocha NEW YORK/TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd launched its long-awaited Classic on Wednesday, a smartphone it hopes will help it win back market share and woo those still using older versions of its physical keyboard devices. The Canadian mobile technology company said the new device, which bears striking similarities to its once wildly popular Bold and Curve handsets, boasts a larger screen, longer battery life, an expanded app library with access to offerings from Amazon. ...

Tile Bluetooth Keyfinder Comes to Some Android Devices

Tile Bluetooth Keyfinder Comes to Some Android Devices

Tired of losing your keys or purse? Tile, a Bluetooth tracker that helps you locate misplaced items, launched its Android app today (Dec. 17), so scatterbrains on both iOS and Android can get some peace of mind. Each Tile costs $25, and can be attached to any item you are afraid of losing.

BlackBerry returns to its roots with the Classic

BlackBerry returns to its roots with the Classic

After brief teasing this fall, BlackBerry has officially launched the Classic, a new smartphone that fits between the Q5 and the Passport in the brand's latest range. Featuring a 3.5-inch screen and an optimized keypad, the model is available now for $449 in the US or €429 in Europe.

Asian markets mixed ahead of Fed meeting

Asian markets mixed ahead of Fed meeting

Asian markets were mixed Wednesday as bargain-hunting was offset by more losses on Wall Street, while investors await the outcome of a Federal Reserve policy meeting. Oil prices extended their losses to fresh five-and-a-half-year lows. The dollar recovered slightly against the yen ahead of the Fed get-together, which is being closely watched for clues about its interest rate plans. Global markets have been in turmoil this week due to concerns about the effect of plunging oil prices on energy firms as well as the crude-dependent Russian economy, which is also straining under Western sanctions.

Android Wear Can Now Control Netflix

Android Wear Can Now Control Netflix

Smartwatches haven't quite reached their full sci-fi potential yet, but at least you can now use one to watch a movie. The latest Netflix update on Android adds a few much-needed features, but the biggest improvement is the ability to control the app via an Android Wear smartwatch.

Vodafone to get $850 million Canada finance, mainly for BlackBerry

Vodafone to get $850 million Canada finance, mainly for BlackBerry

OTTAWA (Reuters) - British mobile phone operator Vodafone Group PLC will get $850 million in Canadian trade financing to help it buy enterprise services from BlackBerry Ltd, Ottawa said on Tuesday. Export Development Canada (EDC) said that $750 million would go to BlackBerry, while the remaining $100 million was for future procurement from Canadian suppliers. "Vodafone's global presence makes it a company that Canada's telecom sector has to have a relationship with," EDC Senior Vice-President Carl Burlock said in a statement. (Corrects figures to U.S. ...

Sony might release upcoming Xperia Z4 in phablet and compact versions

Sony might release upcoming Xperia Z4 in phablet and compact versions

Though its Xperia Z3 smartphone range was introduced just months ago (at IFA in September), Sony may be on the verge of announcing its successor. The next generation of premium smartphones from the brand could include the Z4 Ultra and the Z4 Compact, according to Android Origin.

New 'Annie' movie less about 'Tomorrow' and all about today

New 'Annie' movie less about 'Tomorrow' and all about today

By Jill Serjeant NEW YORK (Reuters) - Forget the curly red hair and Depression-era orphans. The hit musical "Annie" moves firmly into the 21st century in a new film version where the star is a street-smart African-American foster kid who rides New York buses, and her savior is a black cell phone billionaire who will stop at nothing to become mayor. "Tomorrow" is still the signature song, but the "Annie," produced by a team that includes rapper Jay-Z and actor Will Smith, is all about today. ...

British Spy Agency Releases Cryptography App

British Spy Agency Releases Cryptography App

The last thing you'd expect a spy agency to do is open itself up to the public, and yet Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) wants as many people as possible to learn a thing or two about cryptography. The spy agency, the equivalent (and a close partner) of the United States' National Security Agency, recently released Cryptoy: an Android app that teaches kids the basics of making and breaking codes, then lets them try to make something unbreakable themselves.

Android smartwatches vulnerable to snooping

Android smartwatches vulnerable to snooping

Bluetooth communications between smartphones and smartwatches running Android are vulnerable to brute-force attacks that can decipher messages sent between the devices into plaintext, claims a prominent security firm.

Hearthstone now available for Android tablets

Hearthstone now available for Android tablets

Blizzard's digital collectible card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is now available for Android tablets, the company announced today. The initial roll out of Hearthstone is for select regions — Canada, Australia and New Zealand — but expect the game to be available worldwide in the coming days.

Xiaomi's India smartphone ban exposes wider patent risk

Xiaomi's India smartphone ban exposes wider patent risk

By Sumeet Chatterjee and Gerry Shih MUMBAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - The court order that banned Chinese mobile maker Xiaomi from selling its phones in India has halted its breakneck expansion into the world's fastest growing major smartphone market and could be just the start of a string of patent challenges. Xiaomi Technology only started selling in India in July and quickly became the country's fastest growing smartphone brand; with minimal marketing, it is already outselling even low-cost smartphones running Google's Android One. ...

Lindsay Lohan's new video game is funny, trashy and surprisingly self-aware

Lindsay Lohan's new video game is funny, trashy and surprisingly self-aware

Actress Lindsay Lohan is the star of a new mobile game, The Price of Fame for Android and iOS, that's both a tongue-in-cheek look at celebrity culture and far less glamorous than another popular celebrity fantasy game, Glu Mobile's megahit Kim Kardashian Hollywood. Like Kardashian's (surprisingly progressive) game, Lohan's new mobile title sees the actress shepherding a new Hollywood celebrity along the path to ultimate fame. Lohan's game is more crass, more silly than Kardashian's. Where Kim K's game promises "a virtual world complete with exclusive clubs, upscale boutiques, and luxury homes," Lindsay's lets players "start a phony rap beef, buy a private peninsula, get butt implants, fight in an elevator and give your baby botox." While Kardashian offers to whisk virtual celebrities to destinations like Miami and New York, Lohan's game will let players become famous underwater or on their own private planet.

German investigation says the NSA probably didn't tap Merkel's phone after all

German investigation says the NSA probably didn't tap Merkel's phone after all

Over a year after an unidentified source released a document he said proved the NSA had tapped the personal cell phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, an investigation by Germany's top prosecutor has found no evidence that the tapping ever occurred. The US has long denied that spy agencies snooped on Merkel's cell phone. When the story first broke in October 2013, President Obama personally called Merkel to tell her it wasn't true.

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Obama to free 8 nonviolent drug offenders

Obama to free 8 nonviolent drug offenders

President Barack Obama will shorten the sentences of eight prisoners serving time for nonviolent drug crimes and pardon 12 ex-convicts, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.

Democrats go searching for a message ahead of 2016

Democrats go searching for a message ahead of 2016

Democrats are worried that they've become too focused on specific groups within their coalition and have lost focus on winning over moderate voters who care most about the economy and view government with skepticism.

Aussie leader: Siege gunman dropped off watch list

Aussie leader: Siege gunman dropped off watch list

SYDNEY (AP) — A gunman responsible for a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe was once on the national security agency's watch list — but was dropped off it years ago for reasons that remain unclear, Australia's prime minister said Wednesday.

U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years

U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years

By Daniel Trotta and Steve Holland HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy. After 18 months of secret talks, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed in a phone call on Tuesday on a breakthrough prisoner exchange, the opening of embassies in each other's countries, and an easing of some restrictions on commerce. ...

From joy to outrage, Florida's Cuban-Americans greet new U.S. policy

From joy to outrage, Florida's Cuban-Americans greet new U.S. policy

By Zachary Fagenson and David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Some Cuban exiles responded with outrage. Others with ecstasy. News on Wednesday that the United States will restore diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time in more than a half century divided America's 1.5-million-strong Cuban exile community and threatened to shake up the political landscape in the vital battleground state of Florida. ...

Montana homeowner found guilty in slaying of German exchange student

Montana homeowner found guilty in slaying of German exchange student

By Lori Grannis MISSOULA, Mont. (Reuters) - A jury on Wednesday found a Montana homeowner guilty of deliberate homicide in the shooting death of a German high school exchange student who entered his garage in a case that tested the state's version of a "castle doctrine" self-defense law. Prosecutors painted Markus Kaarma as an armed aggressor who lured a non-violent would-be burglar to his death. Authorities say Diren Dede, 17, of Hamburg, was killed in April while "garage hopping" at night in Missoula in a possible search for alcohol. ...

Cosby won't be charged in 1974 sex claim

Cosby won't be charged in 1974 sex claim

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian Bill Cosby, who has been the subject of dozens of sex abuse allegations over the past two months, will not be charged in connection with a 1974 sexual molestation claim, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said on Tuesday. The claim, which was recently brought by a California woman Judy Huth, was deemed to have been too old and surpassed the state's statute of limitations. Huth alleges Cosby molested her as a 15-year-old at the Playboy mansion. (Reporting by Eric Kelsey)

Pennsylvania suspect in family killings dead of self-inflicted cuts

Pennsylvania suspect in family killings dead of self-inflicted cuts

By Daniel Kelley EAGLEVILLE, Pa. (Reuters) - An Iraq War veteran sought in the killing of six family members in Pennsylvania was found dead on Tuesday of "self-inflicted cutting wounds" following a two-day manhunt, authorities said. Suspect Bradley William Stone, 35, of Pennsburg was being sought in the deaths on Monday of his ex-wife, her mother, grandmother, sister and two other family members, including his 14-year-old niece. His 17-year-old nephew was seriously wounded. Stone's body was found on Tuesday afternoon in a wooded area in New Hanover Township, about a half mile (0. ...

NYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats fly

NYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats fly

NEW YORK (AP) — The blow that the hacking attack has dealt Sony is spreading beyond the entertainment corporation itself to theater chains and movie goers alike. And the financial toll is adding up too.

Suspect in six Pennsylvania killings is target of manhunt

Suspect in six Pennsylvania killings is target of manhunt

By Daniel Kelley LOWER SALFORD, Penn. (Reuters) - An Iraq war veteran suspected of killing six family members, including his 14-year-old niece, in a shooting spree in communities near Philadelphia was being sought on Monday by Pennsylvania police. The manhunt for Bradley William Stone, 35, focused in and around Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, where residents were advised to remain indoors with their doors locked, the Montgomery County district attorney said. ...

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After Google, Dutch privacy watchdog probes Facebook

After Google, Dutch privacy watchdog probes Facebook

A Dutch government-affiliated watchdog said Tuesday it is probing changes in Facebook's privacy policy, the latest skirmish in a wider fight over the commercial use of online personal data. The announcement came a day after the Hague-based Data Protection Agency warned Google it was breaching data protection laws by using personal details for targeted advertising. Google faces a 15 million-euro ($18.7 million) fine if it doesn't fix the alleged breaches by the end of February, the DPA said. "The DPA has decided to investigate Facebook's newly-announced privacy policy," it said in Tuesday's statement.

Pacquiao prods Mayweather with another tweet

Pacquiao prods Mayweather with another tweet

Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao wants to give faithful fight fans a Christmas present -- the promise of a blockbuster world title face-off with Floyd Mayweather. The talk of the long-anticipated bout between the two gained steam in recent days, with Mayweather on Friday proposing a May 2 date and Pacquiao responding with a vow to chase him into submission. The two were long-time rivals as the "best pound-for-pound" boxers of their generation, but the dream fight has never materialized to the disappointment of the boxing world. Speaking to Showtime Sports in the US on Friday night, Mayweather, 37, said he wants his next fight to be against the Filipino star.

Bush’s Twitter Post Ignites 2016 Presidential Race

After hinting at the possibility for months, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has finally confirmed that he has his eye on the White House. In a post published on both Twitter and Facebook this morning, the son and brother of two former presidents, announced that he is “actively exploring” a presidential bid for 2016. Bush has been positioning himself for a presidential bid for some time. Early polls already show him topping many of the potential 2016 GOP candidates.

California policeman who threatened protesters on Twitter put on leave

By Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) - A San Jose police officer who tweeted threatening messages to demonstrators protesting the police killings of unarmed black men has been placed on administrative leave, a spokeswoman for the department said Monday. The action comes amid ongoing protests nationwide over the deaths of Michael Brown, an unarmed teen shot to death by police in Missouri, and Eric Garner, who died after a New York officer placed him in a chokehold. ...

Mystery Twitter leaker of raids has Turkey guessing

Mystery Twitter leaker of raids has Turkey guessing

Who is Fuat Avni, the mystery Turkish Twitter user who once again correctly predicted Sunday's raids against critics of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan days before they took place? The controversial swoop on media allied to exiled US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen -- who Erdogan blamed for orchestrating a corruption probe to unseat him -- was just the latest in over half a dozen such raids since the summer. On each and every occasion, the raids have been correctly predicted by Fuat Avni before they took place, allowing the suspects to brace themselves for their arrest. Fuat Avni sent a message to his 650,000 followers from @fuatavnifuat on Thursday, warning that police were set to detain some 400 people, including 147 journalists in the imminent raids.

Indian pro-Islamic State Twitter account back up as police seek clues

By Sanjeev Miglani and Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A popular pro-Islamic State Twitter account traced to an Indian engineer was back up on Monday as police combed through tens of thousands of followers to identify sympathizers of the militant group. Mehdi Masoor Biswas, who police said was behind the @ShamiWitness Twitter handle, has cooperated with investigators since he was picked up from his one-room apartment in Bengaluru city on Saturday, the government said. His account was disabled at that time and it was not clear how it became active again. ...

Australian police monitoring social media reports of gunman demands

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police said on Monday they are monitoring alleged demands made on social media by hostages being held in a siege at a Sydney cafe and the "situation is contained in one area". Network 10 reported that two female hostages had called with claims from the gunman that two bombs were planted elsewhere in the city. Social media posts by alleged hostages claimed the gunman wanted to speak directly with Prime Minister Tony Abbott. ...

India police detain man said to be behind pro-Islamic State Twitter posts

By Sanjeev Miglani and Nidhi Verma NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian police on Saturday arrested a company executive suspected of operating a pro-Islamic State Twitter account that pumped out a stream of updates on the violent group's military campaign from his base in Bengaluru. Mehdi Masroor Biswas's arrest at home came days after Britain's Channel Four identified him as the man behind "Shami Witness", the Twitter handle followed by thousands of people including most foreign fighters for the Islamic State. ...

Facebook dumps Microsoft Web search results

Facebook dumps Microsoft Web search results

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has stopped including results from Microsoft Corp's Bing search engine on its social networking site. The move, confirmed by a company spokesperson, comes as Facebook has revamped its own search offerings, introducing a tool on Monday that allows users to quickly find past comments and other information posted by their friends on Facebook. The decision may reflect the increasing importance that Facebook sees in Web search technology, a market dominated by rival Google Inc . ...

'Shami Witness': Twitter's top Islamic State 'jihadi' outed as a fake

Social media, for good or ill, has become an important part of covering conflict and a conduit of propaganda for its combatants. Supporters of the Islamic State have taken enthusiastically to Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter, reposting and broadcasting videos of gruesome beheadings and paeans to their martyrs as fast as the services try to take them down.

What to do when your Facebook friend posts something offensive: a flowchart

What to do when your Facebook friend posts something offensive: a flowchart

The social network has increasingly become a sort of theater for people to display their political thoughts and opinions. New York public radio station WNYC put together this flow chart to help you navigate the trickier posts that show up in your newsfeed. A WNYC survey of 300 people found that 30 percent of people have considered unfriending or blocking someone because they post offensive material.

Senator pushes back against CIA via Twitter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee is launching a barrage of tweets against CIA complaints about the report on Bush-era interrogation techniques.

Woman jailed for distributing extremist material on Facebook

LONDON (Reuters) - A mother of six from Luton, north of London, was jailed for five years and three months on Thursday after admitting four counts of distributing terrorist publications via Facebook. Kingston Crown Court heard that in 2013 Runa Khan, 35, had posted an image of a suicide vest emblazoned with the words "... sacrificing your life to benefit Islam." Another count related to her passing on details about how to travel from Turkey to Syria for the purposes of joining the conflict there to another online user. ...

Woman in Britain jailed for distributing extremist material on Facebook

Woman in Britain jailed for distributing extremist material on Facebook

LONDON (Reuters) - A mother of six from Luton, north of London, was jailed for five years and three months on Thursday after admitting four counts of distributing terrorist publications via Facebook. Kingston Crown Court heard that in 2013 Runa Khan, 35, had posted an image of a suicide vest emblazoned with the words "... sacrificing your life to benefit Islam." Another count related to her passing on details about how to travel from Turkey to Syria for the purposes of joining the conflict there to another online user. ...

Show-runners on rise as TV Twitter celebrities

Show-runners on rise as TV Twitter celebrities

When a new episode of ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars" airs, its show-runner, I. Marlene King, makes a point to go on Twitter to see what the fans have to say. King is among the newest class ...

Twitter account linked to Iran leader hits out over U.S. torture report

DUBAI (Reuters) - A Twitter account associated with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei said on Wednesday that a U.S. Senate report into CIA torture showed the U.S. government was a "symbol of tyranny against humanity". In a message bearing the hashtag "TortureReport", used to connect comments on the topic on the social media platform, the account said: "Today, U.S. govt. is symbol of tyranny against humanity". Another message read: "Look at how humanity is being treated by dominant powers with flashy propaganda and in the name of human rights, democracy and freedom". ...

Instagram hits 300 million users, passes Twitter

Instagram hits 300 million users, passes Twitter

New York (AFP) - Instagram, the photo-sharing social network owned by Facebook, announced Wednesday it has more than 300 million users as it unveiled a new system to authenticate celebrity members.

Instagram crosses 300 million users, edges past Twitter

Instagram crosses 300 million users, edges past Twitter

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc's photo-sharing service, Instagram, said it had more than 300 million users, sharing over 70 million photos and videos each day. Microblogging service Twitter Inc has 284 million active users, according to its website. (http://bit.ly/1mjyzhm) Four-year-old Instagram crossed 200 million users in March. The service, bought by Facebook in April 2012, also said in a blog that users would now see a "verified" badge for celebrities, athletes and brands as Instagram pushes to deactivate spam accounts. (http://bit. ...

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U.S. determines North Korea behind Sony attack as studio pulls movie

U.S. determines North Korea behind Sony attack as studio pulls movie

By Eric Kelsey, Lisa Richwine and Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A U.S. government source said investigators had determined that North Korea was behind a cyberattack on Sony Pictures as the studio pulled all plans to release its comedy, "The Interview," about an assassination attempt on the North Korean leader. Hackers who said they were incensed by the film attacked Sony Corp last month, leaking documents that drew global headlines, and now they have forced an apparently unprecedented change of plans for a major movie release. ...

Fears fanned by hackers bring down Sony film

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. official says North Korea perpetrated the unprecedented act of cyberwarfare against Sony Pictures that exposed tens of thousands of sensitive documents and escalated to threats of terrorist attacks that ultimately drove the studio to cancel all release plans for the film at the heart of the attack, "The Interview."

Stolen emails reveal lapses in Sony security practices

Stolen emails reveal lapses in Sony security practices

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages it blamed on software flaws and incompetent technical staffers who weren't paying attention, even as hackers targeted executives to trick them into revealing their online credentials.

Sony cancels 'The Interview' amid terror hack threats

Sony cancels 'The Interview' amid terror hack threats

NEW YORK (AP) — Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview."

U.S. investigators link North Korea to Sony hacking: sources

U.S. investigators link North Korea to Sony hacking: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. investigators have determined that North Korea was behind a cyber attack on Sony Corp's computers, U.S. government sources said on Wednesday. One of the sources described the attack as "state-sponsored" and several sources said that North Korea was the government involved. The Obama administration was debating internally whether to make a public announcement of the investigators' findings, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. ...

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Sony cancels December 25 release of 'Interview' after theaters bail

Sony cancels December 25 release of 'Interview' after theaters bail

By Eric Kelsey, Lisa Richwine and Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sony Pictures on Wednesday canceled the Dec. 25 theatrical release of its North Korea comedy "The Interview," after major U.S. theater chains pulled out of showing the film following threats from hackers. Regal Cinemas and AMC Theaters were among the cinema chains announcing they will not show "The Interview" as planned on Dec. 25, citing security threats by hackers that breached Sony Corp's computers. ...

Hackers' Shocking, Pointless Defeat of The Interview

Hackers' Shocking, Pointless Defeat of The Interview

The latest, strangest turn in the Sony hack saga, an ongoing sequence of cyber-attacks seemingly motivated by Seth Rogen and James Franco's "assassination of Kim Jong-un" comedy The Interview, has a film studio taking a seemingly unprecedented step: letting movie theaters pull the movie entirely in the wake of terrorist threats. The film was due for release on Christmas Day and now may not be shown in any theater—certainly not the major chains (AMC, Regal, Cinemark, Cineplex) that most Americans attend. ...

Sony Pictures CEO consulted U.S. State Department on film, leaked emails show

By James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - The head of Sony Pictures consulted with a senior U.S. official in June, days after North Korea threatened "merciless countermeasures" over the release of an upcoming film featuring a plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong Un, leaked emails show. In an internal June 26 email seen by Reuters, Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and Chief Executive Michael Lynton said he told Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Daniel Russel the studio was "concerned for the safety of Americans and American and North Korean relations." U.S. ...

NYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats fly

NYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats fly

NEW YORK (AP) — The blow that the hacking attack has dealt Sony is spreading beyond the entertainment corporation itself to theater chains and movie goers alike. And the financial toll is adding up too.

Leaked Sony emails show Loeb influence on studio execs

Leaked Sony emails show Loeb influence on studio execs

By Ritsuko Ando and Svea Herbst-Bayliss TOKYO/BOSTON (Reuters) - Sony Corp movie executives kept up a dialogue with hedge fund titan Daniel Loeb, even after rebuffing the billionaire investor's proposal to sell up to one-fifth of the studio's entertainment business, leaked emails show. Loeb's New York-based Third Point took a 7 percent stake in the company in May 2013 and suggested that proceeds from a sale could be used to overhaul Sony's struggling electronics business. ...

U.S. fears Sony hackers may never be caught: law enforcement official

U.S. fears Sony hackers may never be caught: law enforcement official

By Mark Hosenball and Jim Finkle WASHINGTON/BOSTON (Reuters) - Government investigators fear the hackers behind the unprecedented attack on Sony's Hollywood studio may never be caught if they are under the protection of North Korea, a U.S. official said on Wednesday. The law enforcement official, who declined to be identified because the investigation is ongoing, said authorities will require significant time to definitively confirm their suspicions that North Korea sponsored the attack, which severely damaged the movie studio's network. ...

Theater owners say cinemas may decide to delay Sony's 'The Interview'

Theater owners say cinemas may decide to delay Sony's 'The Interview'

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Movie theater owners said Wednesday that individual theaters may delay viewing Sony Pictures' North Korea parody "The Interview," after a hacking group that waged a massive cyber attack on the movie studio made threats on cinemas showing the film. "We look forward to the time when the responsible criminals are apprehended. Until that happens, individual cinema operators may decide to delay exhibition of the movie," the National Association of Theatre Owners said in a statement. ...

Six Books We Missed This Year

Six Books We Missed This Year

“So many worthy books, so little space.” I type those words so often. I send them to publicists who fill my inbox with plugs for one title after another on publishers’ lists. I send them to reviewers eager to offer their thoughts on this or that author’s latest effort. ...

New York premiere of North Korea comedy canceled after threats

New York premiere of North Korea comedy canceled after threats

By Jim Finkle and Mark Hosenball BOSTON (Reuters) - The New York premiere of "The Interview", a Sony Pictures comedy about the assassination of North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, has been canceled and a source said one theater chain had scrapped plans to show it, after threats from a hacking group. The hackers, who said they were also responsible for seizing control of Sony Corp's computer system last month, on Tuesday warned people to stay away from cinemas showing the film starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, and darkly reminded moviegoers of the Sept. ...

Lions Gate tried to discuss merger with Sony, leaked emails show

Lions Gate tried to discuss merger with Sony, leaked emails show

By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Movie maker Lions Gate Entertainment Corp executives last summer tried to meet with Sony Corp CEO Kazuo Hirai to discuss a possible merger or acquisition, according to emails found in documents stolen by hackers. Hirai eventually declined a meeting although he expressed interest in possible cooperation on operational matters, the documents showed. ...

Sony under attack from hackers and ex-employees

Sony under attack from hackers and ex-employees

NEW YORK (AP) — Threats of violence against movie theaters. Cancelled showings of "The Interview." Leaks of thousands more private emails. Lawsuits by former employees that could cost tens of millions in damages.

Top Asian News at 12:30 a.m. GMT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — In the deadliest slaughter of innocents in Pakistan in years, Taliban gunmen attacked a military-run school Tuesday and killed 141 people — almost all of them students — before government troops ended the siege. The massacre of innocent children horrified a country already weary of unending terrorist attacks. Pakistan's teenage Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai — herself a survivor of a Taliban shooting — said she was "heartbroken" by the bloodshed.

Sony facing 2 suits by ex-workers over data breach

Sony facing 2 suits by ex-workers over data breach

NEW YORK (AP) — Sony Pictures Entertainment now faces two lawsuits from four former employees who claim the company did not do enough to prevent hackers from stealing nearly 50,000 social security numbers, salary details and other personal information from current and former workers.

The Sony Hacking Attacks Turn Violent

The Sony Hacking Attacks Turn Violent

The juicy, indecorous, and predictably embarrassing disclosures from last week's hacking of the Sony Pictures network inspired everything from tabloid splashes and lawsuits to yet another crash course on journalism ethics. "Are reporters simply working as tools in a possible North Korean cyberwar?" Anne Helen Petersen asked. "And so much for our national outrage over the National Security Agency reading our stuff," Aaron Sorkin chided.

No credible sign of plot on theaters over Sony movie: U.S. officials

No credible sign of plot on theaters over Sony movie: U.S. officials

By Jim Finkle and Mark Hosenball BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. security agencies are investigating a threat against theaters planning to show Sony Corp's controversial movie about an assassination of the leader of North Korea, and so far they have seen no real sign of an active plot, two U.S. officials said. A hacking group published what appear to be more internal emails on Tuesday and promised a "bitter fate" for those who went to see the movie, "The Interview" following a cyber attack that severely damaged movie studio's network. An official at the U.S. ...

Ex-Sony employees sue, claim company failed to protect data

By David Ingram (Reuters) - Sony Pictures Entertainment has been sued by two self-described former employees who accuse the movie studio of failing to protect Social Security numbers, healthcare records, salaries and other data from computer hackers who attacked it last month. The proposed class action lawsuit against Sony Corp's studio was filed on Monday in federal court in Los Angeles. It alleges that the company failed to secure its computer network and protect confidential information. ...

Sony Pictures warns staff on fraudsters misusing stolen data

Sony Pictures warns staff on fraudsters misusing stolen data

(Reuters) - Sony Pictures Entertainment advised its current and former employees to be on the alert for fraudsters looking to use their stolen data, which included detailed personal information. In what is Sony's most detailed description on the types of data stolen, the company listed information such as social security numbers, credit card details, bank account information, healthcare information and compensation and other employment-related information. Hackers attacked Sony's computer network last month and released sensitive data over the Internet. ...

Sony studio chiefs aim to reassure employees after damaging hack

Sony studio chiefs aim to reassure employees after damaging hack

By Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Executives at Sony Corp's Hollywood movie studio sought to reassure employees on Monday that the studio would recover from a massive cyber attack that exposed internal emails and sensitive employee data. Michael Lynton, CEO and Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Co-Chairman Amy Pascal addressed staff at two separate meetings in a packed sound stage on the company's lot in Culver City, California, according to an employee who attended one of the sessions. ...

Sony threatens to sue for publishing stolen emails

Sony threatens to sue for publishing stolen emails

A lawyer representing Sony Pictures Entertainment is warning news organizations not to publish details of company files leaked by hackers in one of the largest digital breaches ever against an American ...

Rogen defends satirizing North Korean leader in 'The Interview'

Rogen defends satirizing North Korean leader in 'The Interview'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor-director Seth Rogen defended the choice to parody North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in raunchy comedy "The Interview," the movie that sparked a real-life threat from the country and is suspected as the possible cause of a damaging cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. Rogen, who wrote, produced and directed "The Interview" with filmmaking partner Evan Goldberg, told ABC show "Good Morning America" on Monday that he had not anticipated the media storm surrounding the film. "I don't know if the hacking honestly is because of our movie, definitively or not. ...

Sony demands halt to reporting from leaked documents

Sony demands halt to reporting from leaked documents

By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sony Pictures Entertainment told certain news organizations on Sunday to stop publishing information contained in documents stolen by hackers who attacked the movie studio's computer network last month, three media groups reported.     The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety published stories reporting that they had each received a letter from David Boies, an attorney for Sony, demanding that the outlets stop reporting information contained in the documents and immediately destroy them. ...

Identity theft victims face months of hassle

Identity theft victims face months of hassle

As soon as Mark Kim found out his personal information was compromised in a data breach at Target last year, the 36-year-old tech worker signed up for the retailer's free credit monitoring offer so he ...

Spain police arrest 4 for cyberattack on website

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have arrested four people suspected of carrying out a cyberattack that stopped a media website from working for three weeks and cost it 425,000 euros ($530,600), a statement said Sunday.

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Red Hat joins the IBM Power8 party

Back in September, IBM and SUSE announced a partnership making SUSE Enterprise Linux available on IBM's Power8 based systems. Now it's Red Hat's turn. Is it time to consider a new platform?

Rackspace joins OpenPOWER

Rackspace joins OpenPOWER

What's one of the parent companies of OpenStack and a top private-cloud hosting companies doing in OpenPOWER? Helping to push open-source from software into hardware.

Congress blocks ICANN transition. Good.

Congress blocks ICANN transition. Good.

The "Cromnibus" budget bill blocks the Obama administration's plans to relinquish control of Internet domain name and address administration. We're all better off this way.

2014: I'm still sick of Android

2014: I'm still sick of Android

With no solid business productivity apps, as well as continually perpetuating the 'toxic hellstew', Google's mobile OS is still missing from my personal tech stable two years after I abandoned it. But there's some hope for it yet.

Google Wants Websites to Declare Themselves Unsafe

Google Wants Websites to Declare Themselves Unsafe

Hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) is so common that most users type it into a URL without thinking about what it actually means. While HTTP is useful for navigating the Web, it's also a ridiculously insecure system, unencrypted and prone to intrusion. As such, Google is considering a radical proposal: Ask all HTTP websites to declare themselves non-secure, encouraging developers to use a secure, encrypted HTTPS alternative instead.

WordPress Sites Blocked by Google After Malware Attack

WordPress Sites Blocked by Google After Malware Attack

More than 100,000 WordPress websites have been infected with malware after attackers exploited a vulnerability in a popular WordPress plugin called RevSlider. The attack turns the infected WordPress sites into unwilling distributors of yet more malware, this time aimed at visitors to the sites.

One of the year's best sci-fi games is getting an incredible makeover

One of the year's best sci-fi games is getting an incredible makeover

Early this year, developer Mi-Clos Studio released one of the most interesting science fiction games of the year with Out There. Part space exploration sim, part choose-your-own-adventure novel, the game was a wonderfully lonely and dark experience that showed just how dangerous space can be. Next year the game is expanding beyond mobile with a new version for Windows, Mac, and Linux — and it's getting one hell of a makeover to celebrate.

Hortonworks, New Relic kick off IPOs

Hortonworks, New Relic kick off IPOs

By going public on the same day, the next generation enterprise tech vendors are likely hoping for both a boost in credibility and the capital to expand.

BlueData EPIC - making Big Data implementations easy

BlueData EPIC - making Big Data implementations easy

Big Data tools are complex and there are many "moving parts" to install, tune and deploy. The installation of the hardware and software can require weeks of work and require expertise that is simply unavailable in the mid-market. BlueData believes it has the solution.

Snort 3 a complete rewrite, aims high

Snort 3 a complete rewrite, aims high

A multithreaded, multi-core engine should greatly improve throughput. A more powerful shell interface, more user-friendly design and simpler rule language make it more accessible.

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Video game developer to open studio in New Orleans

Enticed to Louisiana by the state's generous tax incentives, a video game developer plans on opening a studio in New Orleans that will employ 80 people. High Voltage Software Inc. says it will open a studio ...

Can People Get Hurt Playing Wii Games?

The Nintendo Wii may be on your Christmas list, but all that arm swinging and jumping has been tied to certain injuries, including muscle injuries, and cuts and black eyes, according to a new review study.

U.S. judge OKs Seattle artist's 'Angry Birds' lawsuit

U.S. judge OKs Seattle artist's 'Angry Birds' lawsuit

By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has allowed a Seattle artist's intellectual property lawsuit to go forward over her claims she was cheated out of possibly millions of dollars from the sale of "Angry Birds" pet toys she designed, her attorney said on Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik on Monday denied a motion by pet toy maker Hartz Mountain Corp to dismiss the lawsuit. The company argued it had ownership of the "Angry Birds" trademark and that the license covered Juli Adams' drawings or illustrations of animals. ...

Artist's 'Angry Birds' lawsuit goes forward

Artist's 'Angry Birds' lawsuit goes forward

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit by a Seattle artist who says she was cheated out of millions of dollars when the company that sold her line of plush pet toys called "Angry Birds" reached a deal with the Finnish company that makes the insanely popular video game of the same name.

Atari's 'E.T.' game joins Smithsonian collection

Atari's 'E.T.' game joins Smithsonian collection

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of the "E.T." Atari game cartridges unearthed this year from a heap of garbage buried deep in the New Mexico desert has been added to the video game history collection at the Smithsonian.

Does this ad show a new Wii U GamePad?

Does this ad show a new Wii U GamePad?

A couple of overseas advertisements have Wii U fans wondering if they've seen a new design for the console's GamePad, or if it's simply a prop or optical illusion.

PlayStation UK contest offers a chance to buy PS4 Anniversary Edition for retail price

PlayStation UK contest offers a chance to buy PS4 Anniversary Edition for retail price

PlayStation UK this morning rolled out a convoluted contest that will award gamers the opportunity to buy a PlayStation 4 Anniversary Edition for its sticker price from retailer Game. It's the latest, perhaps oddest, bit of news to shake out of the ongoing story of Sony's incredibly limited edition console and the growing demand by gamers and collectors to own one. Since its announcement at the beginning of the month, Sony has come up with a variety of ways to sell the 12,300 consoles. In Spain, that region's consoles were auctioned off with the proceeds going to two charities.

The man behind Nintendo's musical masterpieces

The man behind Nintendo's musical masterpieces

Koji Kondo has made some of the most iconic music in all of pop culture, let alone all of video game history. You can probably hum many of his most popular songs, like, say, anything in Super Mario bros. "Illustrious" doesn't even begin to cover Kondo's career in game music.

Leaked Windows 10 shows off Xbox app

Leaked Windows 10 shows off Xbox app

A leaked consumer build of Windows 10 includes an Xbox app with access to basic information from the console including achievements, friends lists and activity feeds, The Verge reports. The leaked build hits a bit more than a month before Microsoft's planned Jan. 21 Windows 10 event on their Redmond Campus. Xbox head Phil Spencer, who recently told his Twitter followers that it was time to start talking about gaming on Windows, will be among the speakers.