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Sony says it will release “The Interview” on Google Play, YouTube, Xbox Video

"The Interview," which was in its death throes last week, is now coming to your living room. Just one day after hundreds of independent movie theaters said they will show the controversial film on Christmas Day, Sony confirmed that it will distribute the film over Google's Play service and YouTube Movies, as well as on Microsoft's Xbox Video and […]

NORAD, Microsoft and Google are here to help you track Santa

When will Santa be here? With help from your smartphone and computer, you can get a pretty precise answer. Microsoft and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) are teaming up again this year to continue the military unit's long tradition of reporting Santa's exact location on Christmas Eve. The tradition started in 1955, when […]

Privacy analyst: ‘Santa is the ultimate role model for the NSA’

Don't be fooled by the jolly beard and the twinkle in his eye. Privacy experts are taking aim at Old Saint Nick just hours before his sleigh is expected to arrive in the United States, arguing that Santa's big data operation poses a potential risk to the personal data of millions — if not billions — […]

Comcast’s secret hotline for special cardholders really exists. But it’s not much different from the regular one.

For the last five years, Comcast has been giving out special get-out-of-customer-service-hell-free cards in response to people who've had less than satisfying experiences with the company. If you manage to get your hands on one, treasure it: It carries a unique code you can use (just once!) to access a "no-wait customer service hotline." Here's […]

The Switchboard: Google and Microsoft take aim at WiFi-blocking hotel chains

Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team. Why Hollywood is going after Google over prescription drugs. "The entertainment lobbies want to rid the Internet of bootleg movies and music," the Post reports. "Getting rid of illicit pharmaceuticals first is a back-door way of getting there." Google, wireless […]

Why Hollywood is going after Google over prescription drugs

E-mails stolen as part of the Sony hacks suggest that the Motion Picture Association of America, the powerful industry group representing U.S. movie studies, has been leaning on state attorneys general to go after Google for search listings, online advertisements and videos it hosts that promote illegal pharmaceuticals and other illicit drugs. At the moment, […]

More than half a million comments went missing from the public record on net neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission said on Tuesday that more than half a million public comments were, in fact, missing from the bulk download that the agency had shared with the outside world in a bid to add some measure of transparency to the debate over net neutrality. The counting and miscounting of those those public […]

North Korea’s Internet outage was likely the work of hacktivists — but not the ones you might think

Who — or what — might have caused North Korea's Internet outage? The mystery has all the trappings of an international spy thriller, all the more so now that some people claiming links to Anonymous are seeking credit for the disruption. A shadowy hacker clan taking down the IT infrastructure of the world's most secretive regime? It's just too […]

Theater owner says ‘The Interview’ will have Christmas Day screenings after all

"The Interview" might be getting time on the big screen this Christmas after all. Sony initially put the movie's release on ice after threats of terrorist attacks from hackers who stole  and released countless documents -- many embarrassing -- from the studio last month. The attack, which the U.S. government has attributed to hackers backed […]

The man who can see the Internet

In August, we profiled Doug Madory, an Internet analyst who, by pouring over online traffic data, is often able to spot when countries have been kicked offline before the rest of the world wakes up to the fact. Madory has been in the news a lot this week, as observers wonder why North Korea seems […]

The Switchboard: Who pulled the plug on North Korea’s Internet?

Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team. North Korean Web goes dark days after Obama pledges response to Sony hack. "The mystery behind North Korea’s outage highlights a paradox of modern cyberwarfare: As attacks become more prominent, the combatants — and their motives — are becoming […]

Google’s self-driving car now has some new features. Like headlights.

Google announced it's taken another step toward solving all of our traffic problems, showing off the first "real build" of its concept for the self-driving car. The tech giant first displayed the first prototype of its bubble-bodied, steering wheel-free car in May. But the vehicle it announced Monday in a Google+ post from its self-driving […]

Twitter shares jump on analyst speculation that its CEO won’t last the year

Twitter shares were up Monday in afternoon trading after one analyst predicted that the social media company's chief executive would not last another year. In a note to investors Monday, SunTrust analyst Rober Peck speculated that Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is on his way out -- and that the question of how long Costolo will […]

As NYC shooting unfolded, police tried to communicate about the suspect by fax

As details emerge about the shocking shooting deaths of two New York City police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday, they are raising questions about whether there were glitches in how information flowed between the police departments of two of the east coast's biggest cities more than a dozen years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks revealed […]

North Korea’s Internet is going suspiciously haywire

North Korea was having a bit of trouble getting online on Monday. Actually, "a bit" is probably an understatement. What little Internet infrastructure the country has is suffering from widespread outages right now, according to North Korea watchers. The connectivity problems are coming just days after President Obama warned of a "proportional response" to North […]

Google has now ‘forgotten’ more than a quarter-million URLs

A European court's so-called Right to Be Forgotten ruling in May has resulted in the scrubbing of hundreds of thousands of Google search results, according to data released by Google on Monday as part of its regular transparency reports on government requests for information removal. Google, it turns out, has agreed to about 40 percent […]

Obama called the Sony hack an act of ‘cyber vandalism.’ He’s right.

It's official: "Why didn't you call it cyber warfare?" is the new "Why didn't you call it terrorism?" Over the weekend, Republicans slammed President Obama for that they called a weak-kneed response to the North Korean hackers who are suspected of targeting Sony in a major data breach. In interviews with CNN and CBS, Sens. […]

Sony disputes report saying it’s streaming ‘The Interview’ for free

There's a chance we all may get to see "The Interview" after all -- by legal means, even -- but it's not quite a done deal. Sony Pictures Entertainment is reportedly considering putting "The Interview" on its Crackle streaming video service, which it already uses to distribute content such as Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars […]

The Switchboard: Facebook blocks page supporting prominent Putin critic

Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team. Facebook blocks Russian page supporting Navalny, Putin's biggest critic "In 2011, Facebook was hailed by opposition movements during the Arab Spring and in Russia as a powerful new tool to spread information beyond the control of repressive governments. That […]

Lawsuits against Sony Pictures could test employer responsibility for data breaches

The massive hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment is raising a potentially costly question for companies across the country: How much responsibility do they have for protecting the most sensitive information about their employees? Former employees have filed four lawsuits this week accusing Sony of not doing enough to protect their private data, including Social Security […]

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