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  • Sony cyberattack may be costliest ever

    NEW YORK (AP) — The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business. The fallout from the hack that exposed a trove of sensitive documents, and this week escalated to threats of terrorism, forced Sony to…

  • Sony emails show a studio ripe for hacking

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages it blamed on software flaws and incompetent technical staffers who weren’t paying attention, even as hackers targeted executives to trick them into revealing their online credentials. Its chief executive was regularly reminded in unsecure emails of…

  • Stolen emails reveal lapses in Sony security practices

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages it blamed on software flaws and incompetent technical staffers who weren’t paying attention, even as hackers targeted executives to trick them into revealing their online credentials. Its chief executive was regularly reminded in unsecure emails of…

  • BlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort

    NEW YORK (AP) — BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones — and most smartphone customers — have embraced touch screens. With the Classic, BlackBerry is courting its core customer, the business user. The physical keyboard is something…

  • The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending December 15, 2014: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 2.Minecraft – Pocket Edition, Mojang 3. Five Nights at Freddy’s 2, Scott Cawthon 4. Trivia Crack (Ad Free), Etermax 5. Five Nights at Freddy’s, Scott Cawthon 6. Afterlight, Afterlight Collective, Inc 7. Workflow: Powerful Automation…

  • Communism to capitalism: Romania sees huge changes

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania has changed dramatically in the 25 years since the people rose up against dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, executed him and began the slow transformation to a market economy and democracy. Here are five ways that daily life has changed: REGISTERED TYPEWRITERS TO SMART PHONES Under communism, typewriters could not be bought…

  • Britain’s BT in talks to buy mobile operator EE

    LONDON (AP) — BT Group PLC said Monday it is in exclusive talks to buy mobile phone operator EE from Germany’s Deutsche Telekom and France’s Orange for 12.5 billion pounds ($20 billion) in cash and shares. BT, Britain’s biggest home telephone and Internet provider, announced last month that it was planning to re-enter the mobile…

  • Labor board OKs personal use of company e-mail

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for unions, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday that employees can use their company email accounts for union organizing and other workplace-related purposes, if they do it on their own time. Once an employer gives an employee access to the company email system, then the business cannot restrict…

  • ‘Driving while black’ apps give tips for police stops

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A “Driving While Black” smartphone application is set for release this month, but its developers say motorists should be careful when they use it. “Do not reach for your phone when you are talking to police,” stressed attorney Melvin Oden-Orr, who created the app with another Portland lawyer and a software…

  • Correction: Tech Diversity-Catalysts For Change story

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — In a story Dec. 10 about people trying to diversify the technology industry, The Associated Press misspelled the name of the computer coding camp co-founded by Gregorio Rojas and Liliana Monge. The correct spelling is Sabio.la, not Sabia.la. A corrected version of the story is below: People working to change…

  • Teen retailers get the cold shoulder for holidays

    NEW YORK (AP) — Being a teen can be tough, but catering to one is even more difficult. Teen retailers are learning that lesson the hard way this holiday season. The longtime CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch on Tuesday abruptly retired just a week after the retailer posted an 11.5 percent quarterly sales drop and…

  • App for D.C. taxis under development

    The D.C. Taxicab Commission approved a measure Wednesday that will require
    every cab driver to use an app.

  • Wearable bracelet turns skin into touchscreen — if it’s real

    If you\’ve seen the video of the Cicret bracelet, it seems fascinating — an armband that projects content displayed on your smartphone onto your arm. But it may be too good to be true.

  • Column: Is it safer to shop online than in-store?

    With all the recent breaches at major retailers, some might wonder if shopping online is actually safer than in brick and mortar stores.

  • Twitter makes it easier to flag abusive tweets, users

    Twitter is rolling out new ways to report abusive tweets and users, even if the person reporting the harassment isn\’t the victim.