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December 19, 2014
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Thursday said the United States "is actively considering a range of options" to take in response to the Sony hack. The hack is "very serious," Johnson said, though he refused to label it as a terrorist attack. Although there has been widespread suspicion that North Korea engineered the hack, Johnson said the U.S. is "at this point ... not prepared to officially say who we believe was behind this attack." The FBI is investigating. [More...]

December 18, 2014
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Minecraft's story will begin unfolding next year, and the game's fans will drive the narrative. There could be "lots of contradictory things thrown out there before they settle on something cool," said gaming analyst Lewis Ward, but "from a marketing standpoint, it makes all the sense in the world for the community to be catered to on the level of, 'you guys are going to write this.'" [More...]

December 18, 2014
Docker has moved from an obscure Linux project to one of the most popular open source technologies in cloud computing. Project developers have witnessed millions of Docker Engine downloads. Hundreds of Docker groups have formed in 40 countries. Many more companies are announcing Docker integration. Even Microsoft will ship Windows 10 with Docker preinstalled. [More...]

December 18, 2014
Privacy's future appears muddy at best, judging from a survey released Thursday by the Pew Research Center and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center. More than 2,500 Internet experts and analysts were narrowly divided on whether policy makers and technology innovators would create a secure, popularly accepted and trusted privacy-rights infrastructure by 2025. [More...]

December 18, 2014
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BMW has come up with an electronic version of slapping your horse on the rump and sending it off -- and then whistling when you need your ride again. Its Remote Valet Parking Assistant doesn't do all the driving for you, but it does relieve you of one of its most tedious aspects: parking the car. Just don't let your smartwatch battery wear down, or you may have to whistle to get it back. [More...]

December 17, 2014
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The Interview may be a huge exception to Hollywood's rule that there's no such thing as bad publicity. Moviegoers may not be curious enough about the comedy to risk becoming victims of a terrorist attack -- whether carried out by North Korea, the Guardians of the Peace, or some crazy person who's caught up in the uproar. Maybe Sony should try an online launch or send it straight to DVD. [More...]

December 17, 2014
A group of some 150 companies last week moved closer to eliminating the bane of many an online user: the ubiquitous password. The FIDO Alliance, which counts among its members Microsoft, PayPal, Google, Bank of America, Visa and MasterCard, released version 1.0 of its open specifications for strong authentication on the Internet without the use of passwords. [More...]

December 17, 2014
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Google's Cardboard virtual reality viewer would have been a worthy April Fool's Day joke, but the cheap gizmo actually works, and developers actually are working to create content for it that goes beyond gimmickry. "Google Cardboard and its SDK open up possibilities for any developer to be the one that brings a unique experience to VR," noted Strategy Analytics' Eric Smith. [More...]

December 16, 2014
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Microsoft has launched a new tool that could make the world smaller than ever. The Skype Translator so far only works with the English and Spanish languages, but others likely will be added over time. One of the biggest concerns over this service is accuracy. "How could someone detect or catch it if a mistake is made in the translation?" wondered San Diego State professor Mark Ballam. [More...]

December 16, 2014
On behalf of Sony Pictures Entertainment, high-powered attorney David Boies has sent a letter to several news outlets demanding that they refrain from publishing stories based on material hackers recently stole from the company and that they destroy the pilfered data. The letter to the news organizations claims the stolen information is "protected under U.S. and foreign legal doctrines." [More...]

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