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China condemns cyberattacks, but says no proof North Korea hacked Sony

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry delivers remarks as China's Foreign Minister Wang looks on, before their meeting in WashingtonBy Megha Rajagopalan and Steve Holland BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China said on Monday it opposed all forms of cyberattacks but there was no proof that North Korea was responsible for the hacking of Sony Pictures, as the United States has said. North Korea has denied it was to blame and has vowed to hit back against any U.S. retaliation, threatening the White House and the Pentagon. The hackers said they were incensed by a Sony comedy about a fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which the studio has pulled. ...




South Korea nuclear plant operator says hacked, raising alarm
By Meeyoung Cho and Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Computer systems at South Korea’s nuclear plant operator have been hacked, the company said on Monday, sharply raising concerns about safeguards around nuclear facilities in a country that remains technically at war with North Korea. The Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co Ltd (KHNP) and the government said only "non-critical" data was stolen by the hackers, and that there was no risk to nuclear installations, including the country's 23 atomic reactors. ...

Uber business model faces legal scrutiny in Taiwan, Chinese mega city

Photo illustration of logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone over a reserved lane for taxis in a street in MadridBy Michael Gold and Adam Jourdan TAIPEI/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc is under fire in Taiwan and the Chinese mainland mega city Chongqing over concerns that it and its drivers are not appropriately licensed, adding to a string of official complaints aimed at the fast-growing U.S. start-up. Uber has been subject to similar action in economies as varied as Thailand and Spain. ...




Xiaomi raising over $1 billion from investors including GIC: source

People stand near a logo of Xiaomi ahead of the launching ceremony of Xiaomi Phone 4, in BeijingSINGAPORE/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's Xiaomi is raising over $1 billion from investors including Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC that would value the smartphone maker at over $45 billion, a person familiar with the deal said. The fund raising was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, which also said this round was led by tech fund All-Stars Investment and included Russian tech fund DST Global and Yunfeng Capital, a private-equity firm affiliated with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd Executive Chairman Jack Ma. ...




Activity trackers get smarter at measuring fitness
By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fitness activity trackers have come a long way since Leonardo da Vinci sketched a rudimentary gear-and-pendulum pedometer to track the treks of 15th century Roman soldiers. Today’s devices count calories, measure sleep patterns and monitor heart rates as well as steps. Fitness experts predict their popularity and usefulness will grow as they become more sophisticated. ...

Obama says Sony hack not an act of war

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 Steve Holland and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama moved to prevent U.S. anger at North Korea from spiraling out of control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism. Washington's longstanding dispute with North Korea, which for years has centered on its nuclear weapons program, has entered new territory with the accusation that Pyongyang carried out an assault on a major Hollywood entertainment company. ...




Barilla uses 3D printing to find its next pasta shapes

Barilla uses 3D printing to find its next pasta shapes




When to say no to an IT leadership position

When to say no to an IT leadership positionMany key technical employees either aren't cut out to be a manager or don't want that role. Companies need to realize that these employees are just as crucial as C-level execs.




N. Korea hit by 'continuous' Internet outages: report

This undated picture received from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on April 14, 2010 shows the E-Library at the Kim Il-Sung University in PyongyangNorth Korea appeared to have been hit by Internet outages, reports said Monday, just days after US President Barack Obama warned Washington would retaliate for a cyber attack on Sony Pictures blamed on Pyongyang. According to respected US-based cybersecurity firm Dyn Research, Internet connectivity between the remote North Korea and the outside world, never good at the best of times, seemed to have been severely affected in recent hours -- suggesting it may be under attack.




North Korea experiencing severe Internet outages
WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea is experiencing widespread Internet outages. One expert says the country's online access is "totally down."

?Mexican regulators OK AT&T's $2.5B deal for carrier Iusacell

?Mexican regulators OK AT&T's $2.5B deal for carrier IusacellAT&T is a step closer to expanding its wireless coverage outside the US, which would be a first for a US carrier.>




Sun spews intense solar flare just in time for the holidays

Sun spews intense solar flare just in time for the holidaysNASA unveils a video of "holiday lights on the sun" showing our closest star, clearly feeling festive, spitting out a powerful solar flare.>




Art house theaters petition Sony to let them show The Interview

Art house theaters petition Sony to let them show The InterviewSony Pictures has been blaming theater chains for its decision to cancel the release of The Interview last week, but US independent movie theaters are making that a tough argument to sell. First the director of Art House Convergence, a coalition of 250 independent movie theaters, posted an open letter to Sony Pictures' Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal, writing that the members of the independent art house community would screen The Interview — either as a free, one-off screening, or as part of their regular programming. Today Art House Convergence is upping the ante with a petition at Change. ...




Comcast hands out 'priority assistance' cards to Washington power players

Comcast hands out 'priority assistance' cards to Washington power playersThe controversial Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger hinges on regulatory approval from the FCC and the Department of Justice, both of which are based in Washington, DC. It will come as no surprise that Comcast is trying to ingratiate itself to the DC elite by passing out cards with "priority assistance" codes to select staffers, journalists, and other influential citizens of the nation's capital, which can help expedite service for the select few who posses the cards.




Oracle: Enterprise social must fit corporate culture

Oracle: Enterprise social must fit corporate cultureOracle's Group VP of Social Cloud talks about the social enterprise, customers, CRM, and women in STEM.




Web freedom groups criticize state attorney general for Goliath action

Web freedom groups criticize state attorney general for Goliath actionThe same groups that brought down SOPA seem to be turning their attention to the recent Goliath news. On the heels of Google's lawsuit against the Mississippi attorney general, a coalition of 13 advocacy groups has turned its attention to the recent actions against Google, and is issuing a letter criticizing Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood's role in the MPAA program known as Project Goliath. Hood has already called for a "time out" in the ongoing legal battle, but judging by the letter, many web freedom groups are unimpressed.




Watch superheroes face off in fan-made 'DC vs. Marvel' trailer

Watch superheroes face off in fan-made 'DC vs. Marvel' trailerBatman vs. Iron Man, Superman vs. Thor and The Hulk vs. everyone else? Check out this fan-made "DC vs. Marvel" trailer and imagine the mashup movie of your nerd dreams.>




It's down to the wire for online shopping

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2014 file photo, courier Michael Price loads packages onto a truck for delivery at a FedEx facility in Marietta, Ga. FedEx, UPS and e-commerce retailers are trying to avoid the problems that occurred last year when severe winter weather and a surge in late orders caused delivery delays. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)ATLANTA (AP) — As the holiday shopping season winds down, FedEx, UPS and online retailers are using the last few days to try to avoid the problems that occurred last year when severe winter weather and a surge in late orders from shoppers caused delivery delays.




This stunning fanart shows Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange

This stunning fanart shows Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor StrangeWe know that Benedict Cumberbatch will play Doctor Strange in 2016, but it'll likely be some time before we see him in classic Strange attire. That doesn't mean Marvel and co. can't whet our appetites in the meantime. Director Scott Derrickson took to Twitter early this morning to give fans an early Christmas present in the form of fanart for the film.




Apple Pay to be welcome at Walt Disney World

Apple Pay to be welcome at Walt Disney WorldStarting December 24, visitors to Orlando's Walt Disney World can use Apple Pay to buy tickets, merchandise and other items.>




England will sequence the genomes of 100,000 humans to tackle cancer and rare diseases

England will sequence the genomes of 100,000 humans to tackle cancer and rare diseasesEngland's National Health Service announced today that it would build 11 new Genomic Medicine Centers as part of the country's new 100,000 Genomes Project — an effort that aims to sequence the genomes of thousands of human genomes to understand various cancer and rare diseases.




The Big Picture: Catching an intense solar flare in action

The Big Picture: Catching an intense solar flare in action




Google finishes building 'first complete prototype' of its own self-driving car

Google finishes building 'first complete prototype' of its own self-driving carGoogle has finished building the first complete prototype of its self-driving car. This latest prototype is said to have all of the parts that a self-driving car needs in order to hit the road, whereas the prototype that Google originally unveiled back in May was just an "early mockup" that even lacked headlights. The car's design hasn't changed dramatically since then, maintaining its unique smiley-face style front. ...




You can now buy HP's Chromebook 14 with a 1080p touchscreen

You can now buy HP's Chromebook 14 with a 1080p touchscreenWe've said that the mediocre screen on HP's Chromebook 14 "kills the whole appeal of an otherwise solid Chromebook," and it seems HP may have come to the same realization. Recently, HP introduced the option to purchase its Chromebook 14 with a 1080p touchscreen. So not only is it sharper than the default panel (and perfect for Netflix), but you get the benefit of using Chrome OS through touch — if that's something you'd prefer versus a trackpad. Just as you'd expect, the better screen comes at a higher price.




Take a quick look back at the best viral videos of 2014

Take a quick look back at the best viral videos of 2014From a drone's-eye view of a firework display to Xbox trolling and the "apparently" kid, this compilation shows all the videos that trended in 2014.>




Why do so many airports have rocking chairs?

Why do so many airports have rocking chairs?I first noticed the rocking chairs a few years ago while flying out of Seattle. It seemed like a quirky touch not out of character at an airport with an abundance of art and whose drinking fountains play amplified gargling sounds. Then I noticed them in Durham. Then in San Diego.




This drone porn isn't real, it's just really creepy

This drone porn isn't real, it's just really creepyAs a journalist I get hundreds of pitches a day for various products and services. A few weeks ago I received one that stood out.




Does Gremlins hold up?

An 8-minute video explaining everything good and bad about GremlinsWe put together an 8-minute video explaining everything good and bad about Gremlins. For all its faults, Gremlins does feature Corey Feldman dressed as a Christmas tree.




An 8-minute video explaining everything good and bad about Gremlins

An 8-minute video explaining everything good and bad about GremlinsDoes 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?




Android One set to roll out to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal

Android One set to roll out to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, NepalThe platform, first launched in India, is heading to other parts of Asia as part of Google's effort to bring affordable smartphones to emerging markets.>




Mitigate cyber attacks with crisis management

Mitigate cyber attacks with crisis managementBusinesses go through crises, that's just the way it is. Researcher explains the importance of differentiating between a regular crisis and a cyber crisis.




An Indonesian beetle just joined the list of animals named after David Attenborough

An Indonesian beetle just joined the list of animals named after David AttenboroughIt's becoming increasingly clear that Sir David Attenborough's name will live on long after we're all dead. And that's not just because of the broadcaster's enormous contributions to wildlife television and science as a whole. Rather, Attenborough's name will live on for centuries to come because close to 10 species of animals and plants have been named after him. A grasshopper, a tree, and a type of shrimp are all part of Attenborough's increasingly large list of namesakes. And now a newly discovered beetle is the latest member of the Attenborough species roster.




White House nudges Congress to revisit controversial 'CISPA-style' laws after Sony attack

White House nudges Congress to revisit controversial 'CISPA-style' laws after Sony attackPresident Obama's remarks about wanting Congress to work on "stronger cybersecurity laws" are reminiscent of one controversial bill that angered privacy groups.




The best e-reader you can buy

The best e-reader you can buyA good e-reader is the best way we have to get lost in the world of a book, to emulate the best of a printed volume – except with an e-reader, you get to have thousands of them with you at a time. The best e-readers have batteries that last weeks and months; they have E Ink screens that are easy on the eyes, and front-lit displays that you can read in any situation; they have rugged, durable bodies that don’t mind living for months inside your bag. They’re cheap, too. But they're not all the same.




Meet the US Senate's most important anti-environmentalist

Meet the US Senate's most important anti-environmentalistIn 2003, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) and then-chair of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, took to the Senate floor and asked, “With all of the hysteria, all of the fear, all of the phony science, could it be that man-made global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people?” More than 10 years of science has been completed since Inhofe first posed his question. Nearly all of it shows climate change is definitely not a hoax. That hasn’t stopped Sen. Inhofe and other conservative politicians from waging a crusade against climate policy and science. ...




Get a three-month Rhapsody Premier subscription for $1

Get a three-month Rhapsody Premier subscription for $1That's an awful lot of music-streaming goodness for just a buck, and potentially a great last-minute gift!>




Don't like what Santa gave you? Destroy it

Don't like what Santa gave you? Destroy it




Enterprise mobility hits and misses: 2014

Enterprise mobility hits and misses: 2014The enterprise mobility market had its fair share of hits and misses in 2014. The Apple/IBM partnership. The launch of Android L. Acquisitions in the mobile device management (MDM) market. Samsung KNOX. Blackberry Passport.




Why You Should Wait to Buy a MacBook Air

Why You Should Wait to Buy a MacBook AirApple has long been rumored to be making aneven slimmer version of the MacBook Air, and the notebook could show its face sooner rather than later. The 12-inch MacBook Air will reportedly enter production early in 2015, meaning we might see the laptop launch later in the year.




Fox News channels go dark on Dish as contract talks stall

Fox News channels go dark on Dish as contract talks stallThe absence of those channels marks the third major blackout for Dish subscribers in recent months.>




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