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

A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los AngelesWASHINGTON (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. ...

Google looks to head off U.S. antitrust lawsuit over Android

A Google Android figurine sits on the welcome desk as employee McNeilly smiles at the new Google office in TorontoBy Dan Levine SAN JOSE, Calif. (Reuters) - Google will try to persuade a U.S. judge on Thursday to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit over its Android smartphone operating system, as the Internet search company faces increased regulatory pressure from European authorities. The hearing in San Jose, California, federal court is over the lawsuit filed by two smartphone consumers who say Google Inc requires Android handset manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to restrict competing apps like Microsoft Corp's Bing search, partly by making Google's own apps the default. ...

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

File photo of an entrance gate to Sony Pictures Entertainment at the Sony Pictures lot is pictured in Culver CityBy 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

Photo illustration of logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone over a reserved lane for taxis in a street in Madrid(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"

The IBM logo is seen outside the company's offices in Petah TikvaBy 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

Loeb, founder of Third Point LLC, participates in a panel discussion during the Skybridge Alternatives Conference in Las VegasBy 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. ...

N Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever

This photo provided by Columbia Pictures - Sony shows, Randall Park, center, as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." North Korea has been linked to 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/Columbia Pictures - Sony, Ed Araquel)NEW YORK (AP) — The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business.

Derby the dog got 3D-printed paw prothethics, now watch him run

Derby the dog got 3D-printed paw prothethics, now watch him run

Educating people about dementia through a virtual experience

Educating people about dementia through a virtual experienceAlzheimer's Australia together with Opaque Multimedia has created a virtual dementia experience to educate people on what it's like to live with dementia.

BlackBerry Classic arrives touting what's old is new again

BlackBerry Classic arrives touting what's old is new againUPDATED: Stateside, AT&T and Verizon are on deck to sell the Classic in 2015.

Fujitsu launches pair of business-friendly Windows 8.1 tablets

SJ PortnoyThe Stylistic Q555 is a "semi-rugged" 10-inch 2-in-1 device, while the Stylistic Q335 is an 8-inch tablet. Both are available with either Windows 8.1 with Bing or Windows 8.1 Pro.

Google Hangouts: Too smart for privacy?

Google Hangouts: Too smart for privacy?Hangouts announces a new feature. Is your privacy protected?

Oracle posts stronger-than-expected Q2 earnings, revenue results

Oracle posts stronger-than-expected Q2 earnings, revenue resultsIn response, Oracle shares immediately rallied by 3.6 percent initially in after-hours trading.

Bluster, bravado and breaches: Today's 'terrorist' players in cybersecurity

Bluster, bravado and breaches: Today's 'terrorist' players in cybersecurityAn emailed threat can send companies to their knees and propel individuals without so much as a parking ticket straight to a holding cell. The problem is, today's puffed-up chest hacktivists know it, and Sony has borne the brunt. [Analysis]

Accelerating cloud services deployment with open-source software

KochPhotoEnterprises can benefit from the experiences of others -- both negative and positive -- when planning and exploring transitioning to the cloud.

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

Oracle's Larry Ellison talks cloud catch-up game with Salesforce.com

Oracle's Larry Ellison talks cloud catch-up game with Salesforce.comEllison speculated that not only would Oracle catch up with partner/rival Salesforce.com next year -- but that it would eventually surpass the CRM giant in the cloud market.

Salesforce releases universal file sharing service Files Connect

Salesforce releases universal file sharing service Files ConnectThe service has out-of-the-box integration with Microsoft SharePoint; support for Microsoft OneDrive for Business and Google Drive is slated to arrive in the coming months.

ICANN falls for spear phishing attack

ICANN falls for spear phishing attackE-mail credentials and a key DNS zone system were compromised. The severity of the damage is not yet clear.

Understanding Holiday Demand: It's a fickle beast

No, you can't wear this Bean Boot!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....

Customers reporting interest in cloud, containers, Linux, OpenStack for 2015

Customers reporting interest in cloud, containers, Linux, OpenStack for 20152014 has been a year of emerging technologies and great IT opportunities in Asia-Pacific. To provide some insights on the year so far and what lies ahead, we've asked a group of Red Hat customers where their priorities lie in 2015.

Fitbit metadata not required for data-retention scheme

Fitbit metadata not required for data-retention schemeHealth devices that track a person's every movement will likely be left out of the Australian government's proposed mandatory data-retention regime.

Microsoft: We have more than 1.5 million Windows 10 'Insiders'

Microsoft: We have more than 1.5 million Windows 10 'Insiders'Microsoft officials say there are about 450,000, or 30 percent of its total registered Windows 10 Insiders, actively testing the next Windows release .

Rackspace joins OpenPOWER

Rackspace joins OpenPOWERWhat'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.

Driving an evolved cloud strategy

Driving an evolved cloud strategy​There is a braver conversation happening with enterprises today on their cloud strategy, according to Intel.

Business interrupted: Telstra reveals Australia's security breach impact

Business interrupted: Telstra reveals Australia's security breach impactNearly a quarter of Australian organisations have suffered an interruption to their business due to an IT security attack or breach over the past 12 months, according to new research by Telstra.

​IBM adds to cloud footprint, inks deal with Equinix

​IBM adds to cloud footprint, inks deal with EquinixIBM puts SoftLayer on the Equinix Cloud Exchange in a move that will make it a better option for hybrid cloud deployments.

Germany's AOK Enhances Healthcare with Innovation

Doctors analyzing medical records and smiling --- Image by © Laura Doss/CorbisWith the help of SAP HANA, Germany's largest Statutory Health Insurer created a industry solution to optimize patient health.

One month with the Sony Xperia Z3: 10 reasons it's my favorite Android smartphone

One month with the Sony Xperia Z3: 10 reasons it's my favorite Android smartphoneThe Sony Xperia Z3 has been in Matthew's pocket for over a month and continues to impress him on a daily basis.

Sony attack linked to North Korea, theaters bail over terrorism threat

Sony attack linked to North Korea, theaters bail over terrorism threatThe most recent developments in the Sony cyber attack spur one key question: Now what?

Teradata acquires archival app maker RainStor

Teradata acquires archival app maker RainStorThe deal marks Teradata's fourth acquisition in the last six months, as the company aims to round out its portfolio of services that run on top of Hadoop.

Consortium to lay new trans-Tasman cable in 2015

Consortium to lay new trans-Tasman cable in 2015New Zealand retailer Spark, Vodafone and Telstra team up to lay a new US$70 million cable.

Take a tour of The Colbert Report studio before it’s demolished tonight

Take a tour of The Colbert Report studio before it’s demolished tonightTonight is the final night for Stephen Colbert’s political satire The Colbert Report. Fortunately, his iconic New York City studio has been preserved with the help of Google’s Street View tech for businesses, aka, Business View. So why not take a tour before it’s torn down? Even if you never had a chance to attend in person you can still marvel at the cheapness of the chairs provided to the audience. Stroll right on up to the tchotchkes and books on Cobert’s shelves including, of course, a copy of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. ...

Sony emails show a studio ripe for hacking

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2004 file photo, Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and Chief Executive Michael Lynton is seen in Beverly Hills, Calif. In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages blamed on employees keeping too many old emails and hackers targeted executives to trick them into revealing their online credentials. The company’s chief executive regularly was reminded in unsecure emails from his executive assistant of his own secret passwords for his and his family’s mail, banking, travel and shopping accounts, according to a review of more than 32,000 stolen corporate emails circulating on the Internet. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)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.

Snapchat CEO 'devastated' by email leak in Sony hack

Snapchat CEO 'devastated' by email leak in Sony hackRecent acquisitions by the ephemeral message service revealed in Evan Spiegel emails with Sony Pictures' CEO.>

Indian IT services firms focus on innovation like never before

Indian IT services firms focus on innovation like never beforeLeading Indian firms, including Infosys and Wipro, are focusing on innovation to take them to the next level in IT services. Read about solutions that are hyper-specialized for specific customers.

How Kim Jong Un became the target of 'The Interview'

This photo provided by Columbia Pictures - Sony shows, from left, 1st AD Jonathan Watson, DP Brandon Trost, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen on the set of Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony, Ed Araquel)NEW YORK (AP) — A few weeks ago, when a freshly stoned Seth Rogen sat down for a lunch interview about "The Interview," the likelihood of trouble seemed remote.

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U.S. links N. Korea to Sony hacking

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)Sony cancels its release of "The Interview," citing threats from hackers.

Obama reignites political debate over Cuba

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants, prepares his statement before a news conference where he expressed his disappointment in President Barack Obama's initiative to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Among potential Republican presidential candidates, Rubio led the attack on Obama's plans Wednesday to ease of economic and travel restrictions on Cuba, to open an embassy in Havana and review the communist nation’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — The surprising move by President Barack Obama to restore U.S. ties with Cuba reignited long-simmering political passions over the fate of the island nation, reinforcing yet another difference between Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and several Republicans eyeing bids for the White House.

Amid scrutiny, Uber vows bigger focus on safety

William Rouse, the General Manager of Los Angeles Yellow Cab, at podium, takes questions from the media as hundreds of Los Angeles area taxi drivers circle City Hall in their cabs to protest unregulated ride-share services being promoted through smart-phone applications and social media in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 25, 2013. The protest came one day after the city’s transportation department issued "cease and desist" letters to companies such as Uber that allow consumers to book rides online with limo companies and private drivers. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Uber promises to focus on rider safety amid increasing concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions.

U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years

Alan and Judy Gross walk through a parking garage after arriving for a news conference in WashingtonBy 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

City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado speaks with journalists in Little Havana in MiamiBy 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. ...

Executions in United States at 20-year low: report

Handout of revamped lethal injection room at San Quentin State PrisonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Amid growing concerns about how executions are carried out in the United States, the number of prison inmates being put to death fell to a 20-year low in 2014, the Death Penalty Information Center said in a report issued on Thursday. The 35 executions this year was the lowest since 1994, said the Washington-based nonprofit, which does not take a position on whether the death penalty should be abolished, in its annual survey of national data. ...

Cuba's Castro hails new era of 'living together' with U.S.

A man waves a Cuban flag while celebrating the restoration of diplomatic relations between the island nation and the United States, in the courtyard of the Cuban Embassy in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014. After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba abruptly moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations between the two nations. U.S. President Barack Obama spoke as Cuban President Raul Castro was addressing his nation in Havana, where church bells rang and school teachers paused lessons to mark the news. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)Cuban President Raul Castro hailed a landmark exchange of prisoners with the United States on Wednesday and praised U.S. President Barack Obama as the two countries agreed to normalize relations after more than five decades of hostility. The United States freed three convicted Cuban spies in return for the release of U.S. foreign aid worker Alan Gross, imprisoned in Cuba in 2009, and of an intelligence agent who spied for the United States and had been held for nearly 20 years. ...

Pakistan massacre ‘blowback’ from U.S.-backed offensive against Taliban, officials say
The Pakistani Taliban assault on a school — killing 145, including 132 children — appears to be ”blowback” from a months-long Pakistani military offensive against the terror group that was encouraged and supported by the U.S. government, Pakistani and U.S. officials said today.
Obama to free 8 nonviolent drug offenders

Obama to free eight non-violent drug offendersPresident 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.

Clinton early 2016 front-runner — but 'barely': NBC News/WSJ poll

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks after accepting the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award during a ceremony, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)While Hillary Clinton may be the prohibitive favorite to win the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, the margin of American voters who would support her in a general election is razor thin.

The risks and opportunities for Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush Will 'Actively Explore the Possibility of Running for President'The Internet may be Jeb's best hope of becoming the GOP nominee.

After Alan Gross release, Obama seeks to resume full diplomatic ties with Cuba

President Barack Obama talks with President Raúl Castro of CubaPresident Obama will launch negotiations with Cuba.

Democrats go searching for a message ahead of 2016

Will Warren’s policies help her beat Clinton?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.

Pakistan mourns as mass funerals begin

Pakistani students pray during a ceremony for the victims of Tuesday's school attack, at a school in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Pakistan mourned as the nation prepares for mass funerals Wednesday for over 140 people, most of them children, killed in the Taliban massacre in a military-run school in the country’s northwest in the deadliest and most horrific attacks in years, officials said. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)The nation begins burying the 142 victims, most of them children, of the school attack.

U.S., Cuba seek to normalize relations

Cuba releases American Alan Gross as U.S. prepares to overhaul Cuba policyThese moves represent the biggest shift in U.S. policy toward the island in decades.

Cuba releases Alan Gross after 5 years in prison
The move comes amidst reports that U.S. will try to normalize relations with Cuba.
Aussie leader: Siege gunman dropped off watch list

People lay flowers to pay respect to the shooting victims at a makeshift memorial at Martin Place in Sydney's Martin Place, Sydney Australia. Tuesday Dec. 16, 2014. Three people including a lone gunman who took siege in a Sydney CBD cafe are dead after a police action ended in the early hours of the morning. (AP/Photo/Steve Christo)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.

Obama signs $1.1 trillion spending bill into law

President Barack Obama returns a salute as he steps off Marine One helicopter upon his return on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Obama traveled to New Jersey to speak to members of the military at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — With little fanfare to mark a rare bipartisan achievement, President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a massive, $1.1 trillion spending bill that keeps the government operating over the next nine months.

USOC decides to bid for 2024; city still undecided
The U.S. Olympic Committee will try to land the 2024 Olympics and end a 28-year drought without the Summer Games.
L.A. prosecutor declines to charge Bill Cosby in 1974 sex claim

File photo of comedian Bill Cosby playing the vibraphone at a concert in BostonLOS 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

Bradley William StoneBy 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. ...

Pakistani officials say siege at school over
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani officials say the siege at a Pakistani school is over, and authorities are sweeping the area.
NYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats fly

In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, cars enter Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in Culver City, Calif. Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 released another round of data leaks, including ominous threats against the premiere of Sony Pictures' film "The Interview," in which the group references the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)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.

'Lone wolf' Australian hostage-taker had violent, unsettled past

A woman places a floral tribute for those who died in the Sydney cafe siege, near the site of the incident, in Martin PlaceBy Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - The self-styled sheikh behind a siege at a Sydney cafe had been charged as an accessory to murder and with multiple sexual offences. He also harbored deep grievances against the Australian government and had found little kinship in the city's large Muslim community, where he was seen as deeply troubled. Man Haron Monis, an Iranian refugee described by those who knew him as a loner, was killed early on Tuesday after heavily armed police stormed the Lindt Chocolate Cafe to end a 16-hour hostage drama that made global headlines. ...

Suspect in six Pennsylvania killings is target of manhunt

Police move near the scene of a shooting, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Souderton, Pa. Police are surrounding a home in Souderton, outside Philadelphia, where a suspect is believed to have barricaded himself after shootings at multiple homes. Police tell WPVI-TV the man is suspected of killing a five people Monday morning at three different homes. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)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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