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Suspects deny 'sextorting' teenager

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The BBC goes to the Philippines to investigate a rise in blackmail of people duped into taking part in explicit online chats and videos.

Blackberry shares drop on earnings

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Shares in Blackberry drop nearly 6% as the troubled smartphone maker reports a larger-than-expected drop in revenue during the third quarter.

'Slenderman' accused to stand trial

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Both girls accused of stabbing a Wisconsin classmate in order to please an online fictional character are competent to stand trial, a judge says.

Nasa emails spanner into space

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Astronauts on the International Space Station use a 3-D printer to make a wrench from instructions sent up in an email.

Windows browser choice system ends

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A requirement for Microsoft to offer new Windows users in Europe a choice of web browsers has ended after five years

Valve limits sales of Russian games

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The plunging value of the Russian rouble has led game maker Valve to impose limits on its online store.

VIDEO: The rise of 'selfie sticks'

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How handheld extendable poles for smartphones are growing in popularity around the world - along with their detractors.

VIDEO: Festival celebrates indie gaming

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Marc Cieslak visits GameCity which looks to promote the cultural benefits of playing games.

VIDEO: Is this the future of bionics?

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How motion capture technology is being used to create better prosthetics

VIDEO: DIY electronics making home 'smart'

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The do-it-yourself electronics maker littleBits has released a "smart home" automation kit.

VIDEO: Visiting the doctor via the internet

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A state-of-the-art clinic in Denmark is set to make dramatic changes to the relationship between doctor and patient.

FBI concludes that the North Korean government is responsible for Sony Pictures hack (FBI)

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FBI:FBI concludes that the North Korean government is responsible for Sony Pictures hack  —  Update on Sony Investigation … Today, the FBI would like to provide an update on the status of our investigation into the cyber attack targeting Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE).

FBI confirms North Korea's involvement in Sony hack as attackers talk ceasefire

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After days of kinda-sorta confirmations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation just officially stated it believes that North Korea was indeed involved with a gigantic Sony hack that saw personal information, unreleased movies and thousands of emails le...

The best gaming PCs and hardware of 2014

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I can still remember the winter of 2008: It was dark times for PC gaming, and talk in the industry made it seemed as though the end was nigh. Today, I'd laugh with the lust of a Viking as I smashed insignificant hardware under my axe.

In new email sent to Sony executives, hackers threaten further release of "sensitive data" pending any "additional trouble" (Brian Stelter/CNNMoney.com)

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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney.com:In new email sent to Sony executives, hackers threaten further release of “sensitive data” pending any “additional trouble”  —  Source: Hackers send new message to Sony  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney)  —  The hackers behind a devastating cyberattack at Sony Pictures …

Sales rise in McDonald's tests of beacons for wireless offers of promotions on iOS/Android (Kevin C. Tofel/Gigaom)

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Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom:Sales rise in McDonald's tests of beacons for wireless offers of promotions on iOS/Android  —  Hold the beacon: McDonald's tests wireless offers near stores  —  Credit: Flickr / Kenny Louie  —  Credit: Flickr / Kenny Louie  —  McDonald's was one of the first retail locations I used …

How Samsung became the king of CES and where it's going next

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Long before Transformers director Michael Bay choked onstage at Samsung's lavish CES 2014 press conference, the Korean company was just another electronics outfit begging for attention. But after decades at CES, Samsung is now the undisputed king of ...

Facebook Friend Request Spat Leads to Arrest

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A spat over a Facebook friend request resulted in a 72-year-old woman being slapped and another woman being arrested, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated

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wabrandsma sends this news from Phys.org: Here's a nice surprise: quantum physics is less complicated than we thought. An international team of researchers has proved that two peculiar features of the quantum world previously considered distinct are different manifestations of the same thing. The result is published 19 December in Nature Communications. Patrick Coles, Jedrzej Kaniewski, and Stephanie Wehner made the breakthrough while at the Center for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore. They found that wave-particle duality is simply the quantum uncertainty principle in disguise, reducing two mysteries to one. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

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theodp writes: The idea of programming as a superpower was touched upon by CS teacher Alfred Thompson back in 2010, but it became a rallying call of sorts for the Hour of Code after Dropbox CEO Drew Houston described coding as "the closest thing we have to a superpower" in a Code.org video that went viral. And if the kids who learned to code with the President last week were dubious about the power of coding, this week's decision by Sony to scrap the release of the satirical film The Interview after a massive hack attack should put aside any doubts, especially after new revelations that Sony had reached out to the White House for help and screened the film for administration officials back in June. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday that the Obama Administration is viewing the Sony attack as a "serious national security matter" and is considering a range of possible options as a response, which could turn things into a contest of U.S. Superpower vs. Coding Superpower. In case it wasn't mentioned last week, remember to always use your coding superpower for good, kids! Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Researchers Discover SS7 Flaw, Allowing Total Access To Any Cell Phone, Anywhere

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krakman writes: Researchers discovered security flaws in SS7 that allow listening to private phone calls and intercepting text messages on a potentially massive scale – even when cellular networks are using the most advanced encryption now available. The flaws, to be reported at a hacker conference in Hamburg this month, are actually functions built into SS7 for other purposes – such as keeping calls connected as users speed down highways, switching from cell tower to cell tower – that hackers can repurpose for surveillance because of the lax security on the network. It is thought that these flaws were used for bugging German Chancellor Angela's Merkel's phone. Those skilled at the housekeeping functions built into SS7 can locate callers anywhere in the world, listen to calls as they happen or record hundreds of encrypted calls and texts at a time for later decryption (Google translation of German original). There is also potential to defraud users and cellular carriers by using SS7 functions, the researchers say. This is another result of security being considered only after the fact, as opposed to being part of the initial design. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Amazon adds Disney and Dora to FreeTime Unlimited kids service

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There's a new way to amuse, educate or just distract your offspring while Mommy has a little sippy-poo for the holidays -- Amazon has just dumped a bunch of new content into FreeTime Unlimited. The kid-centric service runs $2.99 a month for Prime sub...

Xbox One To Get Pandora, Vevo, Popcornflix And More Apps This Week (Greg Kumparak/TechCrunch)

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Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:Xbox One To Get Pandora, Vevo, Popcornflix And More Apps This Week  —  Microsoft might have said that they're done shipping their big Xbox One software updates for the year — but that doesn't mean they can't release a few new toys in the form of apps.  —  The company has just announced five …

How North Korea could have pulled off Sony Pictures hack (CBS News)

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CBS News:How North Korea could have pulled off Sony Pictures hack  —  Shares -  —  Sources tell CBS News the sophisticated and damaging cyberattack against Sony Pictures originated in North Korea and flowed through a vast array of computer servers in other countries in an attempt to hide its origin.

FBI to name North Korea, and possibly China, responsible for Sony hack before 1:30pm today (Jacob Kastrenakes/The Verge)

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:FBI to name North Korea, and possibly China, responsible for Sony hack before 1:30pm today  —  FBI to name North Korea as culprit in Sony hack today  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation will say later today that North Korea was behind the cyberattack on Sony, according to Reuters and CBS.

North Korea behind Sony hack, with possible China link: U.S. official

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. investigation into the hack of Sony's computer system has determined that North Korea was behind the operation with a possible Chinese link, a U.S. official said on Friday.

North Korea behind Sony hack, with possible China link: U.S. official

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. investigation into the hack of Sony's computer system has determined that North Korea was behind the operation with a possible Chinese link, a U.S. official said on Friday.

Japanese activist challenges secrets law with whistleblower tool

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TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese Internet activist and academic is challenging a new state secrets law by setting up a website aimed at making it easier for government officials to leak sensitive information to the media without getting caught.

Citigroup raises valuation of Instagram, bought by Facebook for $1B, from $19B to $35B (Jordan Crook/TechCrunch)

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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:Citigroup raises valuation of Instagram, bought by Facebook for $1B, from $19B to $35B  —  Instagram Is Now Worth $35 Billion  —  Citigroup raised the valuation of Instagram this morning from $19 billion to $35 billion.  —  The photo-sharing network recently announced …

Engineers are working for free to make Elon Musk's Hyperloop a reality

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Nobody laughs much at Elon Musk anymore, but plenty of people snickered at his Hyperloop idea (okay, also the killer robot thing). To remind you, the Hyperloop is a series of underground trains powered by compressed air that transport folks between c...

What we know about North Korea's cyberarmy

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The attack on Sony Pictures has put North Korea's cyberwarfare program in the spotlight. Like most of the internal workings of the country, not much is known but snippets of information have come out over the years, often through defectors and intelligence leaks.

Djay Pro for Mac brings Spotify-powered mixes, revamped interface, and more features, for $50 (Eric Slivka/MacRumors)

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:Djay Pro for Mac brings Spotify-powered mixes, revamped interface, and more features, for $50  —  Djay for Mac Goes Pro With Spotify Integration, Revamped Interface, and More Powerful Features  —  Algoriddim has long been known for its popular DJ app djay, which began life on the Mac …

Amazon brings 4K streaming to Prime Instant Video in the UK

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Even though the majority of Britons don't own an 4K TV, that isn't stopping streaming providers from upgrading their video quality before ultra high-definition (UHD) becomes the next big thing. Netflix began delivering pixel-rich versions of House of...

George R.R. Martin and indie cinemas want 'The Interview' to live on

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Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin has called the cancellation of Sony's The Interview "a stunning display of cowardice," and says he'd be glad to show it in his own theater, the Jean Cocteau Cinema in New Mexico. Like other celebrities (inclu...

Poll: 45% of Americans have been notified that payment card details were stolen in a data breach (Danny Yadron/Wall Street Journal)

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Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal:Poll: 45% of Americans have been notified that payment card details were stolen in a data breach  —  Poll Shows Broad Impact of Cyberattacks  —  Just fewer than half of Americans say that a retailer, bank or credit-card company has told them or a household member that their payment card details …

iGo's electric Fatbike takes the grunt-work out of climbing

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We realize that the market for a nearly $4,000 bicycle is going to be fairly limited -- especially when it's made for serious off-roading -- but bear with us for a moment. The iGo Electric Fatbike is a bit different than the electric two-wheelers we'...

Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC story

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Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.

Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

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Layzej writes: Prominent scientists, science communicators, and skeptic activists, are calling on the news media to stop using the word "skeptic" when referring to those who refuse to accept the reality of climate change, and instead refer to them by what they really are: science deniers. "Not all individuals who call themselves climate change skeptics are deniers. But virtually all deniers have falsely branded themselves as skeptics. By perpetrating this misnomer, journalists have granted undeserved credibility to those who reject science and scientific inquiry." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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