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Washington tries to tackle hackers behind Sony attack

A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los AngelesBy David Brunnstrom and Piya Sinha-Roy WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) - Washington made the woes of cyberattack victim Sony Pictures its own on Thursday as the White House acknowledged that the devastating strike against the big Hollywood studio was a matter of national security that would be met by a forceful government response. But the White House was not ready to put the blame on North Korea, despite a U.S. official's indication on Wednesday that Washington may soon formally announce the involvement of the Pyongyang government. ...

12/18/2014 08:02 PM

For North Korea's cyber army, long-term target may be telecoms, utility grids

A world map with the Korea peninsula marked in red is seen as a hotel receptionist talks on the phone in Rason cityBy Ju-min Park and Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - The hacking attack on Sony Pictures may have been a practice run for North Korea's elite cyber-army in a long-term goal of being able to cripple telecoms and energy grids in rival nations, defectors from the isolated state said. Non-conventional capabilities like cyber-warfare and nuclear technology are the weapons of choice for the impoverished North to match its main enemies, they said. ...

12/19/2014 02:45 AM

Amazon's cloud business a harder sell in post-Snowden era

A just-delivered Amazon box is seen on a counter in Golden, ColoradoSAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) - This spring, Taser International Inc won a small but high-profile contract to supply body cameras to the London police. But the deal nearly collapsed over one issue: where the video footage would be stored.

12/19/2014 01:09 AM

Exclusive: Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android - sources

Google presents self-driving car in Mountain ViewBy Alexei Oreskovic and Ben Klayman SAN FRANCISCO/DETROIT (Reuters) - Google Inc is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones. The move is a major step up from Google's current Android Auto software, which comes with the latest version of its smartphone operating system and requires a phone to be plugged into a compatible car with a built-in screen to access streaming music, maps and other apps. ...

12/18/2014 08:09 PM

Uber's fight of California data-sharing rule highlights its bumpy road

Transportation app Uber driver Shuki Zanna waits for rides in his limousine in Beverly HillsBy Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber argued Thursday that it should not have to turn over ride data in a California regulatory standoff that shows how the transportation service is falling afoul of officials who could threaten its expansion. The issue, which is being heard in a California administrative court and whose outcome will not be known until next year, pits Uber against the California Public Utilities Commission. ...

12/18/2014 08:37 PM

EBay parts ways with controversial political group ALEC

An eBay sign is seen at an office building in San Jose, CaliforniaBy Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Ebay Inc said on Thursday that it will end its association with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a political group that other tech companies dropped earlier this year due to its views on climate change. "After our annual review of eBay Inc's memberships in trade associations and third party organizations we've decided not to renew our membership with American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)," an eBay spokeswoman said. ...

12/18/2014 07:32 PM

Will artists skip studio support after Sony scandal?

A banner for "The Interview"is posted outside Arclight Cinemas, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. 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 Interview." (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony's decision to cancel "The Interview" in the face of terrorist threats is already affecting the way Hollywood does business. It has outraged artists, killing their faith in studios to release edgy content. But it's also inspired a rare hush across a usually chatty industry as everyone from moguls to makeup artists takes stock of the scandal and how it could affect their jobs.

12/19/2014 01:32 AM

Apple co-founder Wozniak skeptical on smartwatches, Google Glass

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak speaks during an event in Medellin, Colombia, on August 2, 2014Sydney (AFP) - Steve Wozniak says he is no fan of smartwatches and believes Google Glass will fail as he cautioned not to expect the company he co-founded, Apple, to always lead the way into new technologies.

12/19/2014 12:52 AM

Companies' data security in question after Sony hack

Cars enter and depart from Sony Pictures Entertainment studio lot in Culver City, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated in the cancellation of a Sony film, "The Interview," and ultimately could cost the movie studio hundreds of millions of dollars. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)ATLANTA (AP) — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

12/19/2014 12:16 AM

Google accuses Hollywood of 'trying to censor the Internet'

Google accuses Hollywood of 'trying to censor the Internet'Using information from alleged documents leaked by the Sony hackers, Google said the Motion Picture Association of America and Mississippi's attorney general conspired to limit free speech on the Internet.>

12/18/2014 11:46 PM

Tomorrow Daily 103: Man's bionic arms make history, NASA proposes cloud cities on Venus and more

Tomorrow Daily 103: Man's bionic arms make history, NASA proposes cloud cities on Venus and moreOn today's show, we tell you how one man is making history with dual bionic arms, why a team at NASA thinks we should look into sending astronauts to Venus instead of Mars, and when you might be able to purchase animated statues of your favorite characters.>

12/18/2014 11:45 PM

Spark NZ pushes forward with 4G data service rollout

Spark NZ pushes forward with 4G data service rolloutSpark New Zealand has rolled out its 4G data service in more than 70 cities, towns, and other locations, with the telco claiming that it now covers roughly two thirds of the country's population.

12/18/2014 11:34 PM

Telstra to design and plan multi-technology mix NBN

Telstra to design and plan multi-technology mix NBNTelstra will design and plan the NBN rollout for fibre to the premises, fibre to the basement, and fibre to the node over the next four years in a deal worth up to AU$390 million.

12/18/2014 11:34 PM

Note to data-retention law makers: The internet is not a telephone
Australia is developing its mandatory data-retention legislation with a flawed process that will inevitably produce bad laws. Start again.
12/18/2014 11:17 PM

Flickr ends sale of prints uploaded under Creative Commons

Flickr ends sale of prints uploaded under Creative CommonsThe photo-sharing site apologizes for offering professional quality reprints of images uploaded for free use.>

12/18/2014 10:48 PM

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