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Breaking: US reverses, to say North Korea behind Sony hack tomorrow

12/17, 7:04pm

US government officials now believe North Korea is, in fact, behind the attack of Sony Pictures Entertainment's computer system and subsequent data leaks, according to reports. The government is also said to be preparing to make an official statement about its findings, which may arrive as soon as tomorrow, though apparently there is still some internal debate as to what kind of response to make to the insular country. Previously, the FBI had said it had "no evidence" of a direct North Korean connection, though the country was suspected from the outset.

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Threats issued by Sony hackers against 'The Interview' viewers [u]

12/17, 4:42pm

[Updated with Sony canceling the film's release] People intrigued by Sony Pictures movie The Interview may reconsider watching it in the cinemas at release, as a message appears to directly threaten its viewers. A posting claimed to be from the Guardians of Peace, the group supposedly behind the hacking of Sony's corporate network, appears to suggest some form of major incident will take place at premieres.

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Netflix caching for offline playback 'never going to happen'

12/17, 3:21pm

Netflix will not be allowing its users to cache television shows and movies from the streaming service for later playback, an executive has advised. In an interview, Director of Corporate Communications and Technology Cliff Edwards denied Netflix would offer offline storage of content, categorically stating "It's never going to happen."

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BlackBerry Classic ships with 3.5-inch square screen, retro appearance

12/17, 12:54pm

BlackBerry has formally launched a retro-styled smartphone it previously teased. Housed in a casing reminiscent of earlier models, the BlackBerry Classic has a few modern tricks up its sleeve to go with the familiar QWERTY keyboard, including an optical trackpad and a touch-enabled 3.5-inch 720x720-resolution square display.

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Holiday Gift Guide -- gifts for the Apple gadgeteer

12/17, 11:55am

It's not too late, but its getting close. In fact its so close, that any helping hand might be welcome to help pick presents for the Apple-centric device lover in your life. Good news! We see every conceivable gadget all year -- use our knowledge to benefit you! This week, Electronista and MacNN have suggestions for the best gift options for the Apple fan in your life.

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Sony unveils head-mounted display, plans production next year

12/17, 11:14am

Sony has unveiled its own take on the Google Glass wearable concept, with a similar heads-up display. The Single-Lens Display Module is a two-section unit which can be temporarily attached to a normal pair of glasses or sunglasses, providing a small Glass-style OLED screen to one side of the user's field of view which can be used to show various kinds of data useful to the wearer at that moment.

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Briefly: Instagram filter collection grows, Pebble Android Wear alerts

12/17, 7:46am

Instagram has updated its famous photo filters, for the first time in two years. The Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Aden, and Perpetua effects have been added to both the Android and iOS versions of the app, each shifting and softening the photograph's colors in varying ways. The app has also updated how the various effects are displayed, providing a blurred preview of filters, while a "Manage" button will allow users to hide the rarely-used filters from view.

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Rumor: Microsoft working on cloud-based game streaming service

12/16, 6:53pm

Microsoft is allegedly experimenting with streaming apps and games to Windows machines. An internal team is said to be working on "Arcadia," a codenamed project which would let software to run from Microsoft's Azure cloud services rather than on a local machine, streaming the app or game to PC users with lower-than-average specifications.

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Blesh ships first beacon hardware for Google 'Physical Web' project

12/16, 2:19pm

Google's attempt to take on Apple's iBeacon platform has taken its first major step since its announcement in October, with the release of hardware compatible with the framework. Blesh, a Turkish company who already works with iBeacon hardware, is offering a bundle of Bluetooth beacons for use with the "Physical Web" project.

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Jury finds in favor of Apple in iPod/iTunes DRM lawsuit

12/16, 2:04pm

The jury for the iPod/iTunes DRM lawsuit has ruled that Apple didn't violate antitrust laws by blocking music from rival storefronts in iTunes software updates, Reuters reports. The verdict was rendered in less than a day, following closing arguments on Monday. Had the jury swung in favor of the plaintiffs, the company could have owed some $350 million in penalties.

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Samsung in talks with LoopPay to create mobile payment platform

12/16, 12:48pm

Samsung is in talks with a Massachusetts-based startup, LoopPay, with the hope of launching a mobile payment platform in 2015, sources say. Whether or not Samsung has reached a deal is uncertain, and indeed one source says that talks could still break down. A second source claims that a prototype version of the platform is already working on a Samsung phone.

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T-Mobile adding 'Data Stash' roll-over data to Simple Choice plan

12/16, 11:38am

T-Mobile will allow its customers to bank unused data allowances for future use, it has revealed. The Uncarrier 8.0 announcement of "Data Stash" allows data to rollover from month to month, with leftover data stored on the account for up to a year, allowing the customer to go over their normal monthly data allowance at a later time.

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Huawei launches Honor T1 tablet, Honor 6 Plus smartphone

12/16, 10:19am

Huawei has announced two mobile devices for the European and Chinese markets, extending its Honor range. The Honor T1 is a budget tablet with an eight-inch display packed into an aluminum unibody casing, while the Honor 6 Plus is a smartphone for China with two rear camera sensors capable of merging the two images into a single 13-megapixel photograph.

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Sony Pictures orders media outlets to delete leaked studio data

12/15, 9:29pm

Sony Pictures has requested the media not to report the contents of leaks stemming from a major intrusion at the company last month. The movie studio has written to a number of sites and organizations, telling them that the gigabytes of confidential employee, financial, and other corporate data must be deleted, and to cease publishing details gleaned from the information.

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BT confirms talks to acquire UK carrier EE for £12.5B

12/15, 4:36pm

British Telecom has confirmed it is looking to acquire a carrier in the United Kingdom, with EE being their primary target. BT has entered into an "exclusivity agreement" with Deutsche Telekom and Orange to acquire EE in its entirety, which if completed will mean that BT will own a mobile phone network for the second time in its lifetime.

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