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North Korea blames U.S. for Internet outages, calls Obama 'monkey'

North Korean leader Kim Jung Un guides the test fire of a tactical rocket in this undated photoBy Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea called U.S. President Barack Obama a "monkey" and blamed Washington on Saturday for Internet outages it has experienced during a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures. The National Defense Commission, the North's ruling body chaired by state leader Kim Jong Un, said Obama was responsible for Sony's belated decision to release the action comedy "The Interview", which depicts a plot to assassinate Kim. ...

Sat, 27 Dec 2014 14:22:55 -0500
Sony works for third day to restore PlayStation after attack

Pedestrians are reflected in a logo of Sony Corp outside its showroom in TokyoBy Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - Sony Corp worked for a third day on Saturday to restore services to its PlayStation network as the FBI said it was looking into the disruption, which began on Christmas Day. "We are aware of the reports and are investigating the Sony PlayStation matter," Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jenny Shearer said via email. She did not elaborate. ...

Sat, 27 Dec 2014 20:27:09 -0500
Suspected state hacking campaign used commercial software

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A previously undisclosed hacking campaign against military targets in Israel and Europe is probably backed by a country that misused security-testing software to cover its tracks and enhance its capability, researchers said. The attack program relied on software usually sold by Boston-based Core Security to companies and other customers that want to test their own defenses, said researchers coordinated by Israel's independent Computer Emergency Response Team, or CERT. ...

Sat, 27 Dec 2014 17:09:16 -0500
Microsoft Xbox Live back up, Sony PlayStation Network still down

XBox One is seen on display at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's Xbox Live was back up on Friday while Sony Corp's PlayStation Network remained offline for a second day after a hacker group claimed responsibility for attacking the two Internet gaming services. Gamers on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network experienced connection problems and delays on Christmas Day, one of the busiest times of the year for the video game industry. The majority of game and console sales are generated during the end-year holiday shopping season. A message on PlayStation Network's website on Friday read: "Under Scheduled Maintenance. ...

Fri, 26 Dec 2014 10:50:00 -0500
Iran expands 'smart' Internet censorship

To match Feature IRAN-INTERNET/By Michelle Moghtader DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran is to expand what it calls "smart filtering" of the Internet, a policy of censoring undesirable content on websites without banning them completely, as it used to, the government said on Friday. The Islamic Republic has some of the strictest controls on Internet access in the world, but its blocks on U.S.-based social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are routinely bypassed by tech-savvy Iranians using virtual private networks (VPNs). Under the new scheme, Tehran could lift its blanket ban on those sites and, instead, filter their content. ...

Fri, 26 Dec 2014 09:51:09 -0500
Amazon draws 10 million new Prime members over holidays

The Amazon.com, Inc. logo is seen on the side of a delivery truck in Brooklyn, New YorBy Kshitiz Goliya (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc said on Friday it drew more than 10 million new members to its Prime shipping and digital content service over the holidays and intends to offer one-hour shipping to more cities in 2015. Amazon considers its $99-a-year Prime membership, which confers free two-day shipping and streaming of select movies and songs, essential to driving its growth and margins. It was unclear, however, how many of the 10 million new members were just taking advantage of a standing 30-day free trial offer. ...

Fri, 26 Dec 2014 13:03:26 -0500
This new service wants to be the Airbnb for Airbnb

This new service wants to be the Airbnb for AirbnbAirbnb has grown so large that it's now spawning other startups that fill the tiniest of niches. Meet"Can I Stay with You While I Rent my Place on Airbnb?" which, perhaps due to the unwieldy name, is also being called the "Airbnb for Airbnb." Just like the name suggests, this startup featured this week onProduct Hunt pairs Airbnb hosts together so one can rent out their place and still have a place to sleep.

Sat, 27 Dec 2014 20:05:02 -0500
The year in tech ads: Verizon was best, but who was worst?

The year in tech ads: Verizon was best, but who was worst?2014 proved that every utterance of a company constitutes an ad. But which were the most memorably positive and which simply hurt?&>

Sat, 27 Dec 2014 20:03:13 -0500
PlayStation Network still offline after suspected attack

PlayStation Network still offline after suspected attackSony's online video game network is still struggling after a suspected DDoS attack brought it down on Christmas.&>

Sat, 27 Dec 2014 18:55:27 -0500
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