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Sony Pictures hack tipped as an inside job

Sony Pictures hack tipped as an inside job

Sony Pictures was swept up in a widespread attack recently, something that came to light after a screenshot of a compromised computer in one of the company's offices was posted to Reddit. Through that screenshot we saw mention of some unspecified demands and a threat to leak data if the demands weren't met. That has spawned different tidbits of information coming from different sources alleging knowledge of or access to the situation, the most recent of which suggests the hack was, in part at least, an inside job.

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OnePlus One successor gets hyped by insider source

OnePlus One successor gets hyped by insider source

The OnePlus One smartphone is a rather strange beast. It became one of the most wanted smartphones of the year despite being widely unavailable to a global market. Or perhaps it was precisely because of that rarity that it became highly desired. Of course, there's the high end specs and cheap price, too. Chinese startup OnePlus seems to believe that it can recreate that phenomenon, hopefully minus the sore points, with the OnePlus One successor. But what exactly will the OnePlus Two or OnePlus One Two look like?

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FAA tipped to require pilot license for commercial drone use

FAA tipped to require pilot license for commercial drone use

The issue of commercial drone usage is (slowly) nearing an end, and that end could come in the form of fairly severe restrictions. The Wall Street Journal has reported that the Federal Aviation Administration will soon propose regulations on commercial drone usage -- including for small and ultra-light drones -- by the end of the year, and among the regulations will be a requirement that operators have a license and undergo pilot certification training, which likely includes learning to pilot manned aircraft.

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Galaxy S5 sold 40% less than Samsung planned tip insiders

Galaxy S5 sold 40% less than Samsung planned tip insiders

Samsung reportedly sold 40-percent fewer Galaxy S5 smartphones than the company had expected, a huge and unexpected drop versus the previous Galaxy S4, leaving handsets piled up in warehouses and putting executives at risk. The South Korean firm had been especially upbeat about the potential of the smartphone, even increasing production compared to the S4 so as to launch in multiple countries simultaneously back in April and still meet what management believed would be likely demand. That interest, according to a new report, failed to materialize however, potentially leaving Samsung with some tough decisions ahead.

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Netflix’s negotiations for Longmire tipped as successful

Netflix’s negotiations for Longmire tipped as successful

After Longmire's surprise cancellation by A&E, the producer behind it -- Warner Horizon -- began shopping it around in hopes that the large fan base would result in it being snapped up quickly elsewhere. Deadline had reported earlier this month both Amazon and Netflix were primary targets for the series, and that among the two Netflix was in serious talks about taking on the show -- something that wasn't surprising, considering the service offers its past seasons for streaming. Now the same folks are back again with new word from their sources, and if true, it's good news for fans.

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Nielsen tipped in plan to monitor subscription video viewership

Nielsen tipped in plan to monitor subscription video viewership

Nielsen plans to start monitoring video streaming services' viewership numbers, shedding light on figures that have long been hidden from the public. Such information comes from the Wall Street Journal, which reports that it has viewed client documents related to the plan. The plan won't include tracking viewership habits that take place on mobile devices (for now, at least), but will use Nielsen meters to analyze audio for determining what shows are being watched on other devices. The resulting numbers could, among other things, help studios negotiating with the services.

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Apple’s next iPhone may offer DSLR-quality shots, courtesy of Sony

Apple’s next iPhone may offer DSLR-quality shots, courtesy of Sony

If you have an iPhone, your purchase was likely due to — at least in part — the camera. Apple’s iPhone has always had a really nice camera, and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus do the lineup justice. Recent comments made by a notable and trustworthy Apple pundit suggest the next camera will be equally impressive. In fact, John Gruber of Daring Fireball says Apple’s next iPhone camera could provide DSLR quality shots. How are they going to accomplish that? Easy: Sony.

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Spotify podcasts teased alongside mysterious “Magic” reference

Spotify podcasts teased alongside mysterious “Magic” reference

Following the now-official Spotify for Uber service, new rumor about the music streaming service has arisen -- this time revolving around podcasts. The discovery was made by developer Ethan Lee, who spotted reference in Spotify's code pointing to a podcasts feature that is "ready to go." Joining this was also the discovery of a reference to some feature called "Magic", but little is known about it -- including whether it references an existing feature or if Spotify has yet another announcement up its sleeve.

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Facebook at Work service rumored in testing for business users

Facebook at Work service rumored in testing for business users

If you can't resist the urge to get on Facebook while at work, the company's new rumored work-in-progress will either alleviate your guilt or feed your addiction. It's called Facebook at Work, and according to sources that spoke to the Financial Times it'll be targeting the likes of Google, LinkedIn, and more by providing a platform specifically for business users. The new site, says the sources, will look more or less like Facebook with both groups and newsfeeds, but will bring with it things like the ability to collaborate over documents.

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Netflix tipped in negotiations for Longmire

Netflix tipped in negotiations for Longmire

In August the surprise revelation was made that A&E would be cancelling series Longmire after its third season, something that caused an outcry amongst the show's hefty fan base. Reported Deadline at the time, the show's studio Warner Horizon planned to shop it around immediately, and now they've updated from new sources to say that Netflix is "deep in negotiations" to nab it for a fourth season. According to these unnamed sources, the negotiations have been "tricky", and they might not pan out.

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