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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday criticized North Korea for carrying out a cyber attack against Sony Pictures and urged other nations to help combat such hacking.

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A man walks up to you and trains his camera on your face, saying nothing. You ask why he's filming and he says, "Why not?"

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If you're a Nine Inch Nails fan and want to get your hands on nearly every bit of music Trent Reznor has ever performed, look no further: NIN fan site / archive Reflecting in the Chrome has just released a 527GB Torrent file that has essentially every single NIN concert that has been recorded, from the Pretty Hate Machine days through the present. That isn't everything the band has done, but a quick perusal of the archive shows that it is incredibly comprehensive.

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Greg Shultz highlights the history of Windows pricing and then analyzes what a Windows 10 subscription might look like.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday said Sony Pictures "made a mistake" in pulling the satirical film "The Interview" after suffering a devastating cyber attack blamed on North Korea. "I wish they (Sony) would have spoken to me first," Obama said at a news conference. "I would have told them, 'Do not get into a pattern in which you're intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks.'"

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Microsoft has settled its latest patent spat with patent-licensing vendor VirnetX by paying $23 million covering disputed unified communications patents.

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Spoiler alert: This piece discusses many details of the series and its finale.

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Jack Wallen shows you how to keep unwanted people from contacting you in Google Hangouts on your Android device.

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Alien has seemingly been everywhere this year. We've seen blockbuster games dedicated to recreating the tension of Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror classic, and fan projects that turns the late H.R. Giger's most famous creation into incredibly detailed sculptures. All this despite the fact that the seminal film came out in 1979 — and to celebrate the 35th anniversary, Poster Posse has curated a collection of Alien posters from some of the best artists around.

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Having Movember withdrawals? Fancy facial hair? Bristlr app wants to connect bearded men to those attracted to them.>

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea had nothing to do with a devastating cyber attack against Sony Pictures, a North Korean U.N. diplomat said on Friday after the U.S. government blamed Pyongyang for the incident.

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The Sony take-down didn't provide many new lessons for IT, but did emphasize the fact that even those with plenty to lose still have a blind eye

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President Obama says that the United States will respond to North Korea over its cyberattack on Sony Pictures. He declined to say what that response will be, saying only that it will be "proportional." Obama said that a number of options are being worked up by his staff and that he will choose what to do based on what he feels is "appropriate to the nature of this crime."

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In a blog post, Tesla says that it'll finally start offering battery swaps for the Model S — a feature that was first demonstrated in mid-2013, designed as a quicker alternative to charging. The concept is that a complete battery swap, which was promised to take as little as 90 seconds, would be far faster than charging even with an ultra-fast Supercharger, so you could be in and out of a station in roughly the same amount of time (if not less) than filling up with gas.

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Facebook's cartoon stickers add a whimsical touch to the company's Messenger app, and now they're coming to photos. The company announced today a new app called Stickered that lets you add stickers to your pictures, and then send it to a friend using Messenger. The app, which will be available today on Android and on iOS "soon," lets you add as many stickers as you want to pictures using either your front or rear camera. Or you can add stickers to a photo from your camera roll.

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Microsoft is releasing a number of new Power BI business intelligence features in preview form, as well as rolling out a new native Power BI app for iPad.

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We've heard the stories about how anonymous social-messaging apps can be havens for bullying. But a pair of new smartphone apps seek to accentuate the positive.>

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As rumors suggested, Microsoft is deprecating Public Websites from SharePoint Online and Office 365 in January 2015. Here's more on why and what happens next.

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One of the biggest changes in the newest Call of Duty is the shift to the future, which lets you play with all kinds of cool gadgets and weapons — and now that futuristic technology is coming to the undead. As with past games in the series, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is getting downloadable content that adds zombies to the game, but in this case the shambling hordes are being replaced with robotic terrors. And just like the main game, which starred Kevin Spacey as the villain, the DLC will feature the acting talents of several notable actors, including John Malkovich and Bill Paxton. ...

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President Obama is about to begin a press conference where he is expected to discuss North Korea's cyberattack on Sony Pictures. It is not clear what, if any, actions the United States will take in response, but the White House press secretary already began setting expectations small yesterday, noting that the hackers may be hoping for a certain reaction.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has consulted with Japan, China, South Korea and Russia seeking assistance in reining in North Korean cyber attacks, a U.S. official said on Friday. The official, speaking after the FBI blamed North Korea for a devastating cyber attack against Sony Pictures, said Washington had started "working through diplomatic channels to register our concerns and ask for assistance." (Reporting By Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ready! Set! Hut, hut: This holiday season's blitz of college football bowl games will feature a reshuffled roster of corporate sponsors spending millions to thrust their names in front of fans watching on TV and in the stands.

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'Tis the season for Christmas Tree retailers, who are using analytics to ensure that customers don't leave empty-handed.

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