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File photo of a security guard standing at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los AngelesBy Jack Kim and Steve Holland SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander" and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States. An unnamed spokesman of the North's foreign ministry said there would be serious consequences if Washington refused to agree to the probe and continued to accuse Pyongyang, according to North Korea's U.N. mission and the official KCNA news agency. ...

The Blackberry sign is pictured in WaterlooWATRERLOO, Ontario (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd is working with Boeing Co on Boeing's high-security Android-based smartphone, the Canadian mobile technology company's chief executive said on Friday. The Boeing Black phone being developed by the Chicago-based aerospace and defense contractor, which is best known for jetliners and fighter planes, can self-destruct if it is tampered with. The Boeing Black device encrypts calls and is aimed at government agencies and others that need to keep communications and data secure. ...

A bitcoin ATM machine is shown at a restaurant in San DiegoBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Charlie Shrem, an outspoken supporter of bitcoins, was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday for indirectly helping to send $1 million in the digital currency to the Internet black-market bazaar Silk Road. Shrem, a former vice chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan to forfeit $950,000 after pleading guilty in September to aiding and abetting an unlicensed money transmitting business. ...

A Staples truck delivers office supplies in San Diego(Reuters) - Office-supply retailer Staples Inc said about 1.16 million payment cards might have been affected by the data breach announced in October. An investigation by external data security experts showed that criminals deployed malware to some point-of-sales systems at 115 U.S. stores, Staples said. The company said it has since eradicated the malware. Staples, which has more than 1,400 stores in the country, said the malware might have allowed access to some transaction data, including cardholder names, payment card numbers, expiration dates, and card verification codes. ...

A Hewlett-Packard logo is seen at the company's Executive Briefing Center in Palo AltoBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday rejected Hewlett-Packard Co's proposed settlement of shareholder litigation involving the information technology company's botched acquisition of Autonomy Plc. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco wrote that the settlement may not have been fair for shareholders because it broadly released HP from liability for events unrelated to Autonomy. "The shareholders appear to be relinquishing a whole universe of potential claims regarding HP governance and practices," Breyer wrote. ...

Various lights are cast on a logo of Sony Corp on a podium during its high resolution audio products unveiling event in TokyoBy Anna Yukhananov and James Pearson WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's threat of a "proportional" response to North Korea's hacking of Sony Pictures shows once more the limits of Washington's options as it seeks to rein in one of the world's most unpredictable and isolated countries. U.S. authorities said on Friday investigators had determined that North Korea was behind the devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures, setting up a further possible confrontation between the United States and the impoverished state. ...

US responds to North Korean demands, tells government to 'admit their culpability'US officials today stood firmly by the FBI's conclusion that North Korea is responsible for the crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures that ultimately led to the cancellation of The Interview. After North Korea vehemently denied those accusations earlier on Saturday, White House National Security Council spokesperson Mark Stroh said in a statement, "As the FBI made clear, we are confident the North Korean government is responsible for this destructive attack. We stand by this conclusion. ...

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'MythBusters' returns with new vibe, casting changesCo-host Adam Savage and executive producer Dan Tapster reveal all about the next season of "MythBusters" and explain why Grant Imahara, Kari Byron and Tory Belleci won't be returning.>

Reddit announces it will give $5 million to its users in the form of 'Notes'Reddit has revealed how it plans to distribute $5 million to its users. Kinda. In a blog post yesterday, the company unveiled "Reddit Notes," a sort of digital currency that represents a piece of equity inthe privately-held firm. Sometime late next year, a random selection of 950,000 Redditors will be gifted Reddit Notes. (The site is said to have roughly six million active registered users, so not everyone will get a piece of Reddit's appreciation.) As long as you're an active user in good standing, you'll be eligible to receive a Note.

This photo provided by Electronic Arts shows a scene from the video game, “Dragon Age: Inquisition." (AP Photo/Electronic Arts)The top 10 video games of 2014, according to Lou Kesten:

North Korea denies it hacked Sony, demands joint inquiry with USNorth Korea threatens "grave consequences" if the US doesn't agree to a joint investigation into the hack attack against Sony Pictures.>

An exterior view of the Sony Pictures Plaza building is seen in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving the satirical film, "The Interview," about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. He pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.

An exterior view of the Sony Pictures Studios building is seen in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving the satirical film, "The Interview," about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. He pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing executive emails.

'The Interview' Sony scandal explained in hilarious animationsTaiwanese Animators reenacts the facts behind news of Seth Rogen, James Franco, Kim Jong-un, hackers and Sony Pictures with the weirdest animated videos yet.>

  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:32:16 -0500

Sony and the rise of state-sponsored hackingNorth Korea has been blamed for one of the most destructive cyberattacks on a company in US history. It's just the latest in a string of hacks sanctioned and funded by governments.>

Microsoft flips 'Switch' campaign to help new Surface Pro 3 buyers leave MacBooks behind​How well is the Surface Pro 3 doing? Microsoft doesn't share numbers, but apparently the third time's the charm. And if a new Microsoft initiative is any indication, those buyers are coming from an unexpected place.

Google+ can now 'Auto Enhance' your home videos to make them less crummyGoogle+ may never pose a legitimate threat to Facebook, but the service has certainly found its niche. This week, the social network continued its quest to be your go-to home for photos and videos with a new feature that will automatically make your crummy smartphone videos look a bit better. Like it already does for photos, Google's algorithms will now analyze videos you upload to the social network and apply a suite of edits — if you approve of the changes. It's the latest edition to "Auto Enhance," a highly publicized Google+ feature that was first released last year.

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Listen to Madonna rap every illuminati buzzword in one of her six new songsCombating the full leak of her then-unannounced album Rebel Heart this past Wednesday, Madonna has decided to officially release the first six tracks, including the Nicki Minaj collaboration "Bitch I'm Madonna." But that is not the song I'm currently obsessing over in this sextet.

  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:05:40 -0500

Does The Handmaid's Tale hold up?Does It Hold Up is a chance to re-experience childhood favorites of books, movies, TV shows, video games, and other cultural phenomenon decades later. Have they gotten better like a fine wine, or are we drinking cork?

Top iOS news of the week: iPhone accessories cause camera glitches, Russian store closed, not guiltyThis week in iOS: reports of magnetic cases for the new iPhones are causing camera glitches; Apple closed online store in Russia due to currency problems; Apple found not guilty in DRM case.

  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:33:24 -0500

FILE - An exterior of the Sony Pictures Plaza building is seen in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. While Sony Pictures is technically part of the Sony empire, it has long been run as an entirely separate U.S. company. So far, the Japanese media seems to view the hack as an American problem rather than a domestic one. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)Japan's biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony Corp. on its website Friday. It wasn't about hacking. It was about the company's struggling tablet business.

Chromebooks are getting always-on 'OK, Google' voice search

Apple Pay responsible for 1 percent of November digital payments, Google Wallet garners 4 percentA recent ITG research report indicates that people are adopting Apple Pay. Google Wallet is also doing better than expected and Apple's awareness of mobile payments may be helping.

Android lawsuit against Google too vague, says judgeA US district judge says she will likely dismiss the suit -- but she's giving the plaintiffs a chance to provide more facts to support their claim that Google stifles competition on Android devices.>

North Korea proposes a 'joint investigation' with US to prove its innocence in Sony hackNorth Korea is continuing to deny any involvement with the devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures. But the entire affair just got even stranger: foreign ministry officials have announced through the government's state-run news agency that "we propose a joint investigation with into this incident." The government then warned that there will be "grave consequences" if the US continues its "groundless slander" of North Korea and rejects its proposal of a joint investigation. ...

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President Obama Tapes An Interview For The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert

Cheap Black Friday/Cyber Monday Android tablets riddled with vulnerabilities and security headachesCheap tablets on offer over Black Friday and Cyber Monday may have seemed like a good deal, but security researchers warn that some of these devices may be riddled with vulnerabilities, security misconfigurations, or even security backdoors.

I poured soy sauce all over my hydrophobic white shirt (hands-on)A new all-cotton hydrophobic shirt from Threadsmiths runs a liquid gauntlet full of coffee, tea, soy sauce and wine.>

Google lawsuit forces MPAA-backed attorney general to retreat

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Describing the lonely work of leading a company through a devastating cyberattack, Sony Pictures Entertainment chief executive Michael Lynton on Friday said the Hollywood studio did not make a mistake in pulling satirical film "The Interview." Lynton, speaking in a lengthy interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, was responding to comments made by President Barack Obama that the studio erred in shelving the film after cinemas refused to show it following unspecified threats from hackers. ...
By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sony Pictures said on Friday it is looking for alternatives to release "The Interview" after it scrapped the Christmas Day theatrical opening of the screwball comedy at the center of a cyber attack on the studio blamed on North Korea. After a rare public shaming of a corporation by President Barack Obama, who said Sony Pictures made a mistake in pulling the film and bowing to intimidation, chief executive Michael Lynton told CNN he hoped that the public would see the film but no other platform had shown interest. ...
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea had nothing to do with a devastating cyber attack against Sony Pictures, a North Korean U.N. diplomat said on Friday after the U.S. government blamed Pyongyang for the incident. "DPRK (North Korea) is not part of this," a North Korean diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity. He declined to comment further. The FBI issued a statement on Friday saying North Korea was responsible for the cyber attack. (Reporting by Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Chris Reese)
By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and South Korea condemned a hacking attack on Sony Pictures that the United States has blamed on North Korea and said they would cooperate in international efforts against cyber-crime as asked for by Washington. The government of China, North Korea's only major ally, has yet to respond to the U.S. call, but a state-run newspaper denounced Sony's comedy woven around a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as senseless and arrogant. ...

Top Android news of the week: Todoist, Pebble Watch, $5,000 phoneIn the world of Android this week: a popular to-do app and the Pebble Watch hit Android Wear; an insanely expensive phone appears; apps can access data on older Android versions

  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:08:49 -0500

Michael Lynton, pictured in Tokyo on November 18, 2014, has hit back at Barack Obama's claim that Sony made a "mistake" in pulling 'The Interview'Sony Pictures boss Michael Lynton denied Friday the Hollywood studio has "caved" by canceling the release of "The Interview," and said it still hoped to release the controversial film. He also hit back at President Barack Obama's claim that it had made a "mistake" in pulling the movie, three and a half weeks after a massive cyber-attack blamed on North Korea angered by the film.

Workers remove a poster-banner for "The Interview" from a billboard in Hollywood, California, December 18, 2014South Korea and Japan on Saturday vowed to work closely with the US to combat cyber crime, after Seoul blamed North Korea for a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures. South Korea said it would share with Washington information "related to the cyber attack on Sony," which it said bore all the hallmarks of an onslaught on its own banks and media agencies by the North last year.

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