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  • Insurers dogged by claims of slanted Sandy reports

    NEW YORK (AP) — When Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast, flood insurance companies working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency dispatched an army of structural engineers to do some detective work. Their assignment: Find…

  • Humbug: Playstation, Xbox Live, disrupted for the holidays

    WASHINGTON — UPDATE : Sony Playstation tweeted this morning at 3:30 a.m. ET, that service for its  PS4, PS3, and Vita network services are “gradually coming back online” after being out since Christmas day. As of…

  • PlayStation, Xbox outages spark debate over hacker claims

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sony’s PlayStation network remained offline Friday on the second day of an outage that began roiling the online world just as eager video game players were unwrapping new consoles on Christmas…

  • Sony film mess reflects gadgets-entertainment gap

    TOKYO (AP) — Sony’s iconic gadgetry and the star appeal of Hollywood may have appeared to be a perfect match when the electronics giant bought Columbia Pictures in 1989. A quarter century later, it’s apparent…

  • Top business stories of 2014: US grows, world slows

    NEW YORK (AP) — This year showed how sheltered the U.S. economy is from geopolitical and health crises around the world. The global economy sputtered, but the U.S. powered ahead. Employers are finally hiring enough…

  • Streaming release of ‘Interview’ test for industry

    ATLANTA (AP) — Sony’s “The Interview” has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theaters, it has a new…

  • Correction: NKorea-Mystery Outage story

    LONDON (AP) — In a story Dec. 24 about North Korea’s Internet outages, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Falkland Islands are located in the North Atlantic. The Falkland Islands are in the South…

  • Where to watch ‘The Interview’ online

    You don’t need to leave your house to watch “The Interview.” Sony Pictures released the comedy on digital platforms Wednesday. The online release comes a day after the studio reversed its previous decision not to…

  • GPS used to track some immigrants caught at border

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is experimenting with a new way to track immigrant families caught crossing the border illegally and then released into the U.S.: GPS-enabled ankle bracelets. Immigration and Customs Enforcement…

  • GPS used to track some immigrants caught at border

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is experimenting with a new way to track immigrant families caught crossing the border illegally and then released into the U.S.: GPS-enabled ankle bracelets. Immigration and Customs Enforcement…

  • Column: Lessons for all from the Sony hack

    WASHINGTON — Q: I keep hearing about encryption because of the Sony hack, but how exactly do I get it set up for my business? A: There isn’t enough space in this column to cover…

  • Sony tries to save face with ‘Interview’ flip-flop

    ATLANTA (AP) — Sony’s flip-flop on releasing “The Interview” shows the studio is working furiously to try to chart the right course through political and public-opinion minefields. Although analysts don’t believe the decision will have…

  • The top 10 books on Apple’s iBooks-US

    iBook charts for week ending December 22, 2014: Top Paid Books 1. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand – 9780679603757 – (Random House Publishing Group) 1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – 9780307588388 – (Crown Publishing Group)…

  • Review: Who needs a separate camera with these 3 phones?

    NEW YORK (AP) — Phones have gotten so good at taking photos that I rarely bring along a stand-alone camera anymore. Of course, a phone is never going to replace a full-bodied, single-lens reflex camera,…

  • A look at North Korea’s limited Internet capabilities

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — An hours-long Internet outage Tuesday in one of the world’s least-wired countries was probably more inconvenient to foreigners than to North Korean residents, most of whom have never gone online.…