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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

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

(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'

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

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

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. ...



BlackBerry Classic arrives touting what's old is new again

UPDATED: Stateside, AT&T and Verizon are on deck to sell the Classic in 2015.



Fujitsu launches pair of business-friendly Windows 8.1 tablets

The 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?

Hangouts announces a new feature. Is your privacy protected?



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

In response, Oracle shares immediately rallied by 3.6 percent initially in after-hours trading.



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

An 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

Enterprises 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

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.



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

Ellison 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.




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U.S. probe links North Korea to Sony hacking

Federal investigators have now connected the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. to North Korea, a U.S. official said Wednesday, though it remained unclear how the federal government would respond to a break-in that exposed sensitive documents and ultimately led to terrorist threats against moviegoers.



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

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. ...



Amid scrutiny, Uber vows bigger focus on safety

Uber promises to focus on rider safety amid increasing concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions.



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.



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

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

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 Obama will launch negotiations with Cuba.



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.



Pakistan mourns as mass funerals begin

The nation begins burying the 142 victims, most of them children, of the school attack.



U.S., Cuba seek to normalize relations

These 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.
Pakistan massacre ?blowback? from U.S.-backed offensive against Taliban, offi...
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.
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

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

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. ...




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U.S. probe links North Korea to Sony hacking

Federal investigators have now connected the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. to North Korea, a U.S. official said Wednesday, though it remained unclear how the federal government would respond to a break-in that exposed sensitive documents and ultimately led to terrorist threats against moviegoers.



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

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. ...



Amid scrutiny, Uber vows bigger focus on safety

Uber promises to focus on rider safety amid increasing concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions.



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.



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

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

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 Obama will launch negotiations with Cuba.



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.



Pakistan mourns as mass funerals begin

The nation begins burying the 142 victims, most of them children, of the school attack.



U.S., Cuba seek to normalize relations

These 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.
Pakistan massacre ?blowback? from U.S.-backed offensive against Taliban, offi...
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.
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

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

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. ...




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Sharp's axe too blunt; lenders to push for deeper restructuring
TOKYO, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Sharp Corp's leading bank creditors are likely to demand a more sweeping restructuring at the struggling Japanese TV and display maker as a condition for extending new loans, said people involved in the ongoing talks.
Australia's Fairfax Media mulls $1 bln writedown - report
MELBOURNE, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Australian newspaper publisher Fairfax Media is considering a writedown of more than A$1 billion ($1.06 billion) on the value of its top newspapers, a report in a rival newspaper said on Friday.
Yahoo may rethink use of cash from Alibaba deal
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc may re-evaluate plans for the cash it gets from a multibillion-dollar sale of half of its 40 percent stake in Chinese Internet company Alibaba Group.
UPDATE 2-Google pays $22.5 mln to settle Apple Safari charges
* Penalty is largest FTC has ever imposed for violating an order
UPDATE 2-U.S. judge backs RIM in patent dispute with Mformation
* RIM shares rise more than 4 percent following ruling (Adds comment from Mformation, updates share price move)
UPDATE 3-Nvidia rides Tegra wave, beats on revenue outlook
(Adds comment from CEO, details on supply and margins; updates stock price)
UPDATE 2-Virus found in Mideast can spy on bank transactions
* Gauss found in Lebanon, Israel, Palestinian territories
UPDATE 2-Nokia sells 500 patents, Qt software to counter losses
* Sells 500 patents to U.S. firm Vringo, Qt to Finnish Digia
UPDATE 1-Goldman Sachs adds Cisco to conviction buy list
* Goldman cites fast growth for addition to conviction buy list
Infosys faces new lawsuit over visa whistleblower
MUMBAI, Aug 9 (Reuters) - A former U.S. employee has filed a lawsuit against Infosys Ltd, India's No.2 software services provider, saying he was harassed for pointing out possible misuse of U.S. business visas, according to a copy of the lawsuit seen by Reuters.

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BlackBerry Classic Pushes All the Old Buttons - Tom's Guide

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BlackBerry Classic Pushes All the Old Buttons
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BlackBerry is going back to what it knows best. Featuring the trademark physical keyboard and trackpad, the aptly-named BlackBerry Classic is sort of a greatest-hits device from a company looking to reconnect with its core customer base. Available through ...
BlackBerry Classic Harks Back to Bold 9900 to Lure Business LoyalistseWeek
BlackBerry Launches the BlackBerry Classic in SingaporeMarketWatch
BlackBerry Launches Classic in Last-Ditch EffortABC News
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Arctic still heating up twice as fast as rest of planet - Christian Science M...

Christian Science Monitor

Arctic still heating up twice as fast as rest of planet
Christian Science Monitor
Annual average temperatures have continued to rise for Arctic as a whole throughout the recent slowdown in the pace of global warming, according to a new analysis. By Pete Spotts, Staff writer December 17, 2014. close. This handout photo from NOAA ...
Snow Is Down and Heat Is Up in the Arctic, Report SaysNew York Times
NOAA Arctic report says Arctic region heating twice as fast as the rest of the worldThe Westside Story
Annual Arctic Report Card details continued warming on land and seaAlaska Dispatch
TIME -SanJuanIslander.com -National Monitor
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Comet-Landing Spacecraft's Exact Location Still Eludes Scientists - Scientifi...

Scientific American

Comet-Landing Spacecraft's Exact Location Still Eludes Scientists
Scientific American
More than a month after the Philae spacecraft bounced to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, European Space Agency scientists still have not been able to figure out where it came to rest. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team.
New Photos Released From Rosetta Comet Landing MissionWired
ESA scientists say Philae lander will wake up in 2015Space Daily
"The Rosetta team" is euronews' person/people of the yeareuronews
Gizmodo -Slate Magazine (blog) -Labmate Online
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Satellite Images Show How Holiday Lights Brighten the Night - NBCNews.com

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Satellite Images Show How Holiday Lights Brighten the Night
NBCNews.com
A study of nighttime illumination during holidays shows that in many cities, lights are up to 50 percent brighter during the festive season. Scientists at NASA decided to investigate it after noticing a major discrepancy in data describing the average brightness of ...
US satellite spies holiday lights from spaceLos Angeles Times
Holiday lights can be seen from space, NASA saysChron.com
From Space, US Lit Up Like A Christmas Tree During HolidaysFrontline Desk
Bio & Tech Insights -Capitalberg -9news.com.au
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Mercury Most Likely Gets Pummeled With Meteors, NASA's MESSENGER ... - Headli...

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Mercury Most Likely Gets Pummeled With Meteors, NASA's MESSENGER ...
Headlines & Global News
A team of scientists made the discovery by looking at a thin halo of gas that makes up the super-hot planet's exosphere. The findings were made using NASA's MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) spacecraft.

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Janelia Scientists Win Digital Imaging Competition - Leesburg Today

Janelia Scientists Win Digital Imaging Competition
Leesburg Today
2014 has been a big year at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn. Two months after Janelia-based physicist Eric Betzig won the Nobel Prize for chemistry, the institute this week announced that a team of its researchers ...

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Instagram adds five new filters for subtle photo effects - CNET

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Instagram adds five new filters for subtle photo effects
CNET
An update to the popular photo-sharing and editing app brings a range of new filters, so you can Ludwig your festive turkey. by Lexy Savvides · @lexysavvides; 16 December 2014 6:00 pm GMT. comments. 0. facebook. twitter. linkedin. googleplus. more.
Instagram Gets Five New FiltersPC Magazine
Instagram exposes 5 new filters for a more subtle effectPCWorld
5 New Instagram Filters Released With Predictably Silly NamesHuffington Post
The Verge -Mashable -VentureBeat
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Curiosity Detects Spike In Methane, And Other Organic Molecules, On Mars - Sc...

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Curiosity Detects Spike In Methane, And Other Organic Molecules, On Mars
Science 2.0
Now NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory's drill. Researchers used Curiosity's onboard Sample ...
Organics on Mars?Could Life Be Sustained on Red Planet?Science Times
Life on Mars? NASA Rover Finds Methane Gas on the Red PlanetInvestorplace.com
How's the water on Mars? Curiosity rover finds out. (+video)Christian Science Monitor
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Strange rock containing 30000 diamonds baffles scientists - Telegraph.co.uk

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Strange rock containing 30000 diamonds baffles scientists
Telegraph.co.uk
When Russian miners pulled a strange red and green stone out of the ground, they immediately knew it was different to the thousands of tons of ore they process every day. In fact, what workers at Alrosa's Udachnaya diamond mine had unearthed was a ...
Rock with 30000 diamonds unearthed by Russian minersBio & Tech Insights
Why is this rock containing 30000 'perfect' diamonds virtually worthless?Science Recorder
ALROSA Unearths Rare Rock Containing 30000 DiamondsMining Global
Delhi Daily News -Live Science -Geek
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Chasing Roku & Google, LG Announces webOS 2.0 Smart TVs - Tom's Guide

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Chasing Roku & Google, LG Announces webOS 2.0 Smart TVs
Tom's Guide
Spilling the beans on its own CES news, LG announced tonight (Dec. 17) that its new smart TVs for 2015 will sport the second generation of the webOS software (a descendant of the Palm operating system) it introduced in 2014. LG hasn't announced its TV ...
LG to launch next version of WebOS for smart TVs at CESMashable
LG webOS 2.0 for Smart TV brings the speedSlashGear
LG updates its WebOS smart TV platform ahead of CES 2015Bio & Tech Insights
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What's Old is New: BlackBerry Reboots 'Classic' Smartphone
BlackBerry' hopes the Classic will help it win back market share and woo those still using older versions of its physical keyboard devices.







Amid Scrutiny, Uber Says It Will Focus More on Safety
Taxi alternative Uber is responding to public concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions.







Can't Go 'Unanswered': N. Korea Ordered Sony Hack, Officials Say
Two U.S. officials told NBC News that the government assessment the hackers were acting on orders from the North Korean government.







Sony Nixes 'Interview' Release and Fox Drops 'Pyongyang'
One U.S. Government sources says a link has been found, while Sony announced it was pulling 'The Interview' from theaters.

Sony Hack: Studio Cancels 'Interview' Release
One U.S. Government sources says a link has been found, while Sony announced it was pulling 'The Interview' from theaters.







More National Theaters Drop 'The Interview' After Hack
The New York premiere of the controversial film was canceled amid threats of attacks on theaters. The FBI is searching for the hackers who broke into Sony's computers. NBC's Joe Fryer reports.







Sony Hack: Top Movie Chains Drop 'The Interview'
The New York premiere of the controversial film was canceled amid threats of attacks on theaters. The FBI is searching for the hackers who broke into Sony's computers. NBC's Joe Fryer reports.

Smartphone Controlled Hands Offer Assisted Control
Using input from a smartphone app, newly developed prosthetic hands can perform complex tasks and gestures. KPRC's Haley Hernandez reports.







Mind-Controlled Robot Arm Wins at Rock-Paper-Scissors
A paralyzed woman ends a two-year project learning to control a robotic arm with thought alone by beating her brother at a playground favorite.







Ex-Sony Employees Sue in Hacking Aftermath
Sony Pictures Entertainment now faces two lawsuits from four former employees who claim the company did not do enough to stop hackers.







Grim Reading: Google Reveals Top Search Terms of 2014
Google has revealed its top trending searches of 2014, and they serve as a reminder of how hard a year it's been for so many.







From Leaked Emails to Terror Threats: Everything You Need to Know About the S...
The Sony Pictures Hack has resulted in the release and publication of many personal details and private emails and has lead to theaters canceling screenings of the movie. Here's some of the key disclosures.

Long Story Short: The Sony Hack
The Sony Pictures Hack has resulted in the release and publication of many personal details and private emails. Here's some of the key disclosures.







Photo Buzz: Take a Look at Instagram's 5 New Filters
Tired of Valencia? Can't stand Earlybird? Good news, Instagram users. You have five brand-new filters to choose from.







Apple Halts Online Sales in Russia Due to Ruble
Currency volatility makes it harder for producers to set prices and assess conversion rates.








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