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North Korea's internet links restored: U.S. monitoring company

A hand is silhouetted in front of a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in BerlinSINGAPORE (Reuters) - North Korea's internet links have been restored, but it is not clear how stable they are, the U.S.-based internet monitoring company Dyn said on Tuesday. "The question for the next few hours is whether it will return to the unstable fluctuations we saw before the outage," Jim Cowie, chief scientist for the company, said in a telephone call. (Reporting by Jeremy Wagstaff; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan and Alex Richardson)


South Korea official says cannot rule out North's hand in hack of nuclear operator
By Meeyoung Cho SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea has not ruled out the involvement of North Korea in a cyberattack on the country's nuclear power plant operator and has requested the United States to help in investigations, an official involved in the proceedings said on Tuesday. Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co Ltd (KHNP), which runs South Korea's 23 nuclear power reactors, said on Monday that its computer systems had been hacked but only non-critical data had been stolen. Operations were not at risk, it said. ...
U.S. says North Korea call for joint probe of Sony hack 'absurd'

U.S. Ambassador Power speaks at the Center for American Progress' 2014 Policy Conference in WashingtonUNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Washington's U.N. envoy on Monday dismissed as absurd North Korean demands for a joint U.S.-North Korean investigation of the hacking of Sony Pictures and threats of retaliation if the United States refused. "It is exactly the kind of behavior we have come to expect from a regime that threatened to take 'merciless countermeasures' against the U.S. over a Hollywood comedy, and has no qualms about holding tens of thousands of people in harrowing gulags," Ambassador Samantha Power said. "It is incumbent on the Security Council to consider the (U.N. ...


More Americans disapprove of Sony film cancellation: Reuters/Ipsos poll

A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los AngelesBy Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Nearly half of Americans believe Sony Pictures made the wrong decision by canceling the theatrical release of the comedy "The Interview," the film that provoked a cyberattack on the studio, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday. Forty-seven percent of respondents said they disagreed with Sony scrapping the film last Wednesday, after several movie theater chains chose not to screen the raunchy satire that depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. ...


South Korea nuclear plant operator says hacked, raising alarm
By Meeyoung Cho and Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Computer systems at South Korea’s nuclear plant operator have been hacked, the company said on Monday, sharply raising concerns about safeguards around nuclear facilities in a country that remains technically at war with North Korea. The Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co Ltd (KHNP) and the government said only "non-critical" data was stolen by the hackers, and that there was no risk to nuclear installations, including the country's 23 atomic reactors. ...
U.S. FCC pauses Comcast-Time Warner merger review until January 12

A man walks past the Time Warner Cable headquarters in New YorkBy Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Monday once again paused its review of the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc, citing delays in getting documents from Time Warner Cable. The FCC is studying whether the merger, which would combine the two biggest U.S. cable companies, is in the public interest. It had self-imposed an informal 180-day countdown for the review, which will now be paused at day 104 until January 12. ...


N.Korea's Internet collapses after Sony hack

North Korean students work on their computers at Kim Il-Sung University in Pyongyang on April 11, 2012North Korea's Internet has gone dark amid rumors of US retaliation over its alleged hacking of a Hollywood studio, just as the pariah state came under attack at the UN over its rights record. It was not clear who or what had shut down Pyongyang's web connections, but cyber experts said the eccentric dictatorship's already limited connections had gone completely offline. North Korea has just four networks on the global Internet, compared to 150,000 in the United States. All of North Korea's routing is done through China Netcom, which is now part of China Unicom, Zmijewski said.


North Korea experiencing severe Internet outages

A South Korean army soldier walks near a TV screen showing an advertisement of Sony Picture's "The Interview," at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. North Korea hates the Hollywood film that revolves around the assassination of its beloved leader, but the country has had a long love affair with cinema _ of its own particular styling. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)North Korea experienced sweeping and progressively worse Internet outages extending into Monday, with one computer expert saying the country's online access is "totally down." The White House ...


The FAA explains how to 'stay off the naughty list' with your new drone

The FAA explains how to 'stay off the naughty list' with your new droneThe modern holiday scene: snow falling gently outside, a log fire crackling in the corner, a whirling three-foot quadcopter wrapped neatly for the big day. Drones have finally become cheap, fun, and easy enough to control that they make good gifts for the festive season. But that means that where tech-savvy families' would have had to remember to wrap batteries alongside holiday gifts, now they need to worry about Federal Aviation Administration flight regulations.


LG goes after Sonos with a new lineup of wireless speakers

LG goes after Sonos with a new lineup of wireless speakersSonos' total dominance of the multi-room audio market shows no signs of letting up, but that's not stopping other companies from trying. LG's been at it for a while now, and tonight it's introducing three new speakers meant to convince consumers that yes, better options than Sonos just might exist. The smallest new member of LG's Music Flow lineup can run on battery power, giving it a standout feature compared to Sonos' entry-level Play:1 speaker.


LG's Sonos-fighting WiFi speakers add a battery powered option

LG's Sonos-fighting WiFi speakers add a battery powered option


Facebook's bizarre stickering photos app is now on iOS

Facebook's bizarre stickering photos app is now on iOSPhotography purists might grimace at the overuse of filtering that's going on with photos right now, which makes apps like Facebook's Stickered for Messenger something that would make them run for the hills. It lets you affix Facebook stickers — basically the company's emoji — on top of any photo you've shot, or plan to shoot. You don't need to be a Facebook Messenger user to actually take photos, but the app strongly points you in that direction. ...


Your bike and your smartphone become one with this Kickstarter connected bike system

Your bike and your smartphone become one with this Kickstarter connected bike systemThe Cobi connected bicycle system aims to bring connected car smarts and safety into the bike lane.>


Telstra takes stake in Elemental to boost video solution

Telstra takes stake in Elemental to boost video solutionTelstra has led a series D round of funding valued at $14.5 million in software-defined video solutions provider Elemental Technologies.


The new Pee-Wee Herman movie is reportedly coming straight to Netflix

The new Pee-Wee Herman movie is reportedly coming straight to NetflixActor Paul Reubens has made no secret about the fact that a new Pee-Wee Herman movie is in the works, and today we're getting a sense of where you'll be able to see it: Netflix. The Wrap reports that the video streaming company is close to sewing up a deal to distribute the upcoming film, which will be produced by Judd Apatow, the comedic mastermind behind The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Freaks and Geeks, and a slew of other recent films.


Readers' reaction: Why BlackBerry is well-positioned to rebound

Readers' reaction: Why BlackBerry is well-positioned to reboundCNET member Nate650 shares with us his thoughts on why BlackBerry is well-positioned to rebound.>


What's on your HDTV: 'Mozart in the Jungle', 'Black Mirror', 'Anger Management'

What's on your HDTV: 'Mozart in the Jungle', 'Black Mirror', 'Anger Management'


It's becoming easier to shop overseas this holiday season

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2014 file photo, a shopper walks across a floor displaying fashion brands and restaurants' names at a shopping mall in Beijing, China. This holiday season, some companies are hoping to make it as simple to shop on the other side of the world as it is to buy from a store down the block. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)NEW YORK (AP) — This holiday season, it's almost as simple to shop on the other side of the world as it is to buy from a store down the block.


Watch a kangaroo punch a drone out of the sky

Watch a kangaroo punch a drone out of the skyA drone operator in Australia underestimated the power of an angry roo.>


Sony threatens Twitter with legal action if it doesn't ban users linking to leaks

Sony threatens Twitter with legal action if it doesn't ban users linking to leaksSony Pictures Entertainment has already tried threatening members of the media with legal action in a bid to stem the spread of information stolen from its servers by hacker group Guardians of Peace last month. Now it's also decided to try targeting the means of disseminating that information — Motherboard reports the company has promised to sue Twitter unless it bans accounts that are linking to the leaks.


​It's raining lawsuits in India: Micromax and OnePlus face off in battle of the Cyanogens

​It's raining lawsuits in India: Micromax and OnePlus face off in battle of the CyanogensAfter the Ericsson-Xiaomi fracas, this is the second lawsuit between phone makers in less than a month in India.


The director behind Fast & Furious 6 will take on Star Trek 3

The director behind Fast & Furious 6 will take on Star Trek 3After undergoing a veritable director merry-go-round, Star Trek 3 has reportedly landed a new director — and the choice all but guarantees we're about to see the most insane Enterprise adventure yet. Deadline is reporting that Justin Lin, the filmmaker behind three movies in the Fast & Furious franchise (including Tokyo Drift and last year's Fast 6) will be taking the reins.


​North Korea's Internet is down for the count

North Korea's Internet has been KOed.North Korea's limited Internet has been knocked out.


Best speakers under $1,000

Best speakers under $1,000If you're looking at spending up to $1,000 on a pair of stereo speakers, these are the absolute best performers for the money.>


Apple releases security update for critical NTP vulnerability in OS X

Apple releases security update for critical NTP vulnerability in OS XApple has issued a security update to address a critical security issue with OS X's Network Time Protocol service.


HP quietly adds a touchscreen model to its Chromebook 14 line

HP quietly adds a touchscreen model to its Chromebook 14 line


Internet outage seen in North Korea amid U.S. hacking dispute

A hand is silhouetted in front of a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in BerlinBy Lesley Wroughton and Megha Rajagopalan WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korea, at the center of a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of Sony pictures, itself experienced Internet outages on Monday, a U.S. company that monitors Internet infrastructure said. New Hampshire-based Dyn Research said the reason for the disruptions was not known but could range from technological glitches to a hacking attack. Several U.S. officials close to the investigations of the attack on Sony Pictures said the U.S. government was not involved in any cyber action against Pyongyang. U.S. ...


TripAdvisor fined $600,000 by Italian anti-trust
MILAN (AP) — Italy's antitrust authority has fined travel planning website TripAdvisor 500,000 euros ($600,000) following complaints of improper business practices lodged by a national hoteliers' association and a consumer protection agency.
It's down to the wire for online shopping

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2014 file photo, courier Michael Price loads packages onto a truck for delivery at a FedEx facility in Marietta, Ga. FedEx, UPS and e-commerce retailers are trying to avoid the problems that occurred last year when severe winter weather and a surge in late orders caused delivery delays. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)ATLANTA (AP) — As the holiday shopping season winds down, FedEx, UPS and online retailers are using the last few days to try to avoid the problems that occurred last year when severe winter weather and a surge in late orders from shoppers caused delivery delays.


The US probably isn't behind North Korea's internet problems

The US probably isn't behind North Korea's internet problemsThis morning brought some alarming news. Just two days after President Obama promised a proportionate response to the North Korean attack on Sony, the country mysteriously disappeared from the internet. Given the timing, the question was inevitable: was this the retaliation Obama had promised? But while it's tempting to connect the two, early reports suggest it's very unlikely that the downtime was the work of a government actor.


Time for Net Neutrality Opponents to Reconsider Their Position
For years, major Internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon have told the FCC and Congress that adopting strong Net Neutrality rules would harm investment and prevent companies from building out their broadband networks.This is the central argument ISPs have made to prevent the FCC from adopting real open Internet...
Android Lollipop: Still a Sucker

Android Lollipop: Still a SuckerGoogle's latest version of its mobile OS is an improvement, but it's still a resource hog, laggy and highly unstable.


North Korea's Internet said to go dark after cyberattack claims

North Korea's Internet said to go dark after cyberattack claimsThe dictatorship experiences an unusual Internet shutdown after President Obama vows to take action for the Sony Pictures hack.>


FAA's new drone safety campaign reminds you not to be stupid

FAA's new drone safety campaign reminds you not to be stupid


Wanderers: 3D-printed spacewear for medieval Arab astronauts

Wanderers: 3D-printed spacewear for medieval Arab astronautsA series of 3D-printed garments is inspired by space travel, symbiosis and the medieval astronomers of the Middle East.>


Telstra buys Pacnet for $700m

Telstra buys Pacnet for $700mAustralian telecommunications giant Telstra has announced that it will acquire Asian telecommunications network company Pacnet for $697 million in a deal that will double the telco's size in the Asia region.


Apple's online store returns to Russia with huge price hikes

Apple's online store returns to Russia with huge price hikes



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Boston bombing suspect Tsarnaev wants 'supporters’ moved away from courthouse

Protesters hold up signs outside federal court in Boston, on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, where the final hearing for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was held before his trial begins in January. Tsarnaev is charged with carrying out the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted. (Elise Amendola/AP Photo)Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pressing a judge to move his so-called supporters away from the Boston courthouse where his trial begins next month.


Judge OK's Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol

This Oct. 9, 2014 file photo, shows an arm restraint on the gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. Attorneys for 21 death row inmates who will be in a federal court this week challenging Oklahoma's lethal injection procedure outlined their strategy in court documents that reveal grisly new details in the botched execution of an inmate in April, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol is constitutional and the state can proceed with the scheduled executions of four death row inmates early next year, a federal judge ruled on Monday.


North Korea experiencing severe Internet outages

This undated picture received from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on April 14, 2010 shows the E-Library at the Kim Il-Sung University in PyongyangWASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea experienced sweeping and progressively worse Internet outages extending into Monday, with one computer expert saying the country's online access is "totally down." The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible.


New York mayor calls for pause in protests after police killings

New York Mayor De Blasio attends a news conference about the two NYPD police officers who were fatally shot in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkBy Jonathan Allen and Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio implored protesters on Monday to wait until after the funerals of two policemen shot dead in an ambush before resuming rallies that have roiled the city and beyond over the deaths of black men at the hands of police. But de Blasio's plea was quickly dismissed by several activist groups that vowed to continue protests that have stirred the city daily after grand juries chose not to indict police officers who killed Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. ...


Confusion over start of gay marriages next month in Florida
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida court officials, citing confusion after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to extend a stay on the state's same-sex marriage ban, agreed on Monday to ask a federal judge to clarify where gay couples may begin to tie the knot next month. When the stay expires after Jan. 5, it is unclear if weddings are permitted beyond the one county in northern Florida that was named in the case appealed to the high court. ...
U.S. Army refers Bergdahl case to commander, punishment possible

A sign of support of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is seen in Hailey, IdahoBy Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. general will decide whether to pursue disciplinary action against Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl over his 2009 disappearance from his base in Afghanistan, after the Army said on Monday it forwarded the findings of its investigation to him. General Mark Milley, head of U.S. Army Forces Command, would determine "appropriate action - which ranges from no further action to convening a court martial," the Army said in a brief statement. Bergdahl was released in May in a prisoner swap with the Taliban after five years in captivity. ...


Battered NY mayor calls for temporary protest halt

Mourners hold signs and an American flag as they gather with dozens to show support for policemen in New YorkNEW YORK (AP) — As the New York Police Department mourns two of its own, Mayor Bill de Blasio pleaded for a pause in protests and rancor amid a widening rift with those in a grieving force who accuse him of creating a climate of mistrust that contributed to the executions of two officers.


Ten injured in van attack on French Christmas market

Police stand on the site where the driver of a van ploughed into a Christmas market, injuring at least ten people, before stabbing himself, in Nantes on December 22, 2014A driver ploughed into a Christmas market in western France Monday, injuring 10 people before stabbing himself, a day after a man shouting "Allahu Akbar" ran down pedestrians in another French city. At least four people were badly hurt in the latest incident in the city of Nantes, the third attack in three days by individuals against civilians or security forces in France, sparking fears of possible copycat action. Authorities were quick to stress there were no apparent terrorist motives in the Christmas market attack. He too had yelled "Allahu Akbar".


Russia's first bailout

Russian President Putin attends his annual end-of-year news conference in MoscowIt's a clear sign that the ruble is in serious trouble.



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