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Obama: Sony pulling The Interview was “a mistake”

Obama: Sony pulling The Interview was “a mistake”

President Obama has criticized Sony for pulling The Interview following the hack blamed on North Korea, saying that while he is "sympathetic" to its losses, he nonetheless believes "they made a mistake." Describing cyber-security as an "urgent issue," Obama drew parallels between the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack and other, perhaps more traditional types of terrorism, including the Boston Marathon bombing. However, while Obama confirmed that some sort of response by the US was in order, he declined to give any specific details as to what that might be.

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FBI accuses North Korea of Sony hack

FBI accuses North Korea of Sony hack

The FBI has named North Korea as responsible for the Sony hack which saw huge quantities of secret documents and movie details stolen, and culminated in the pulling of contentious film The Interview from theatrical release. In a statement today - and ahead of a speech from President Obama expected later on - the FBI said its investigation with Sony Pictures Entertainment along with other agencies meant it "now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions." Exactly what happens next is unclear, though the FBI says it intends to "impose costs and consequences" on any individual, group, or nation state which conducts cyber-terrorism against US businesses.

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Hollywood is trying to censor the web says Google

Hollywood is trying to censor the web says Google

Google is at odds with Hollywood this week; it attacked Hollywood and a state attorney general for what Google claims is an attempt to censor the internet. Google claims that the Motion Picture Association of America conspired in secret with the attorney general of Mississippi to change how information is traded online without enacting new laws.

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Uber agrees to pull out of Portland for 3 months

Uber agrees to pull out of Portland for 3 months

Earlier this month, Uber steamrolled into Portland without any heads up that it was coming, surprising both residents and city officials alike. The intrusion was illegal, and was not tolerated for long. Within a couple days, Portland had filed a lawsuit against the ridesharing service and had begun baiting drivers, issuing them warnings under the threat of possible substantial future fines. The tactic wasn't a surprising move on Uber's part, and now that it has managed to catch Portland residents' attention, it has agreed to withdraw its service temporarily, leaving everyone else to scramble.

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Apple not guilty in decade-long iPod suit

Apple not guilty in decade-long iPod suit

A jury has unanimously decided that Apple was not guilty in the iPod case raised against them a decade ago. The trial for this case only lasted a week and was marred by accusations that the plaintiffs didn't actually have the iPods covered in the case at hand. While the plaintiffs suggested that Apple's iPod software deleted their music in an unlawful way back in and around 2006-2009, the jury did not agree. Instead, they've suggested that Apple's deleting of non-iTunes tracks was basically just what Apple said it would do - and that this was totally fine.

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Google to pull engineers out of Russia

Google to pull engineers out of Russia

Google has announced that it will be giving engineers that live and work in Russia the option to relocate to other countries or leave Google employ. Google has about 50 engineers that are based mostly in Moscow within the country. Google isn’t planning to completely abandon Russia. While its engineers will be leaving, Google plans to keep sales and marketing teams in the country.

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Canadian teen arrested for Florida swatting pranks

Canadian teen arrested for Florida swatting pranks

A Canadian teenager has been arrested for carrying out "swatting" pranks in Florida, an act that involves calling in fake threats to get law enforcement and SWAT teams deployed on unsuspecting victims. This isn't a new "prank", and videos have surfaced over recent months of gamers who were caught off guard by invading law enforcement officials -- the events were captured with webcams running at the time. The teenager is 17-years-old, and his identity has been concealed because he is a minor.

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Uber vows change in India, but it’s just not enough

Uber vows change in India, but it’s just not enough

A recent report out of India brought the disgusting, horrifying news that a woman had been raped by an Uber driver in New Delhi. In doing their diligence investigating the crime, Indian authorities shut Uber down in the city. Now, Uber has officially responded, and have outlined a four-step plan for making service in New Delhi safer. Uber is also suspending their service while they make changes, noting they’re taking time to “reflect” on their service.

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Indian court bans Xiaomi sales and imports

Indian court bans Xiaomi sales and imports

Chinese smartphone and tablet maker Xiaomi has seen sales of its cheap devices surge in developing nations. India is one of the places where the company has seen its sales blossom in recent months. That sales success has now come to a halt with an Indian court in New Delhi issuing an order that forbids Xiaomi to sell or import its products into the country.

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FAA gives four more companies drone approval

FAA gives four more companies drone approval

The FAA has granted four more companies approval to use drones for commercial purposes, adding to the permission it previously granted to seven Hollywood companies seeking to use drones on movie sets. According to a statement made by the administration on Wednesday, a total of five exemptions were granted, with one company receiving two of them and the other three each receiving one. This makes for a total of 11 companies that have received exemptions.

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