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The sun is setting on 2014, but we're about to watch a new wave of technologies rise and remake the world. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)Changes in technology are happening at a scale which was unimaginable before and will cause disruption in industry after industry. This has really begun to worry me, because we are not ready for this...

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Today Tesla Motors announced a pilot program to test the battery swap scheme for its Model S sedans shown off last year.>

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Despite making overtures that it has not "caved," or "backed down," in the face of hacker threats, Sony Pictures appears to have been quietly pulling each and every online promotion for its movie, The Interview. As of Friday evening, the film's website, Facebook page, Twitter account, Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube channel (plus trailers from Sony Pictures' channel) have all disappeared without so much as a note that suggests they'd be back.

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Choosing between an open source or a proprietary PaaS can be time-consuming. Simplify the process with office tools and collaboration criteria.

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By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday rejected Hewlett-Packard Co's proposed settlement of shareholder litigation involving the information technology company's botched acquisition of Autonomy Plc. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco wrote that the settlement may not have been fair for shareholders because it broadly released HP from liability for events unrelated to Autonomy. "The shareholders appear to be relinquishing a whole universe of potential claims regarding HP governance and practices," Breyer wrote. ...

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Serial, easily the biggest podcast of the year, ended this week just as it began — with questions about the nature of truth instead of definitive answers. Plenty of people may feel disappointed by that fact, but it had a hell of an impact. One of the many, many things that managed to burrow into our collective consciousness — from Sarah Koenig's folksy delivery to MailKimp, whatever that is — was that theme song. Naturally, it needed a remix.

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By Steve Holland and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama vowed on Friday to respond to a devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures that he blamed on North Korea, and scolded the Hollywood studio for caving in to what he described as a foreign dictator imposing censorship in America. Obama said the cyber attack caused a lot of damage to Sony but that the company should not have let itself be intimidated into halting the public release of "The Interview," a lampoon portraying the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. ...

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler believes online video services should have the same access to content as cable companies, and he has proposed tweaking regulation to ensure that happens.>

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Staples says as many as 1.16 million customer credit cards may have been compromised as part of a malware attack on some of its point-of-sale systems earlier this year. Today the company released some of its findings of an investigation into the attacks, saying that malware was found in 113 of its US stores, and may have affected purchases at those locations made between August 10th, 2014 and September 16th, 2014. Staples added that at two stores, the malicious software could have been running unseen for even longer, dating all the way back to late-July.

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This holiday season when you're entertaining guests, get everyone into the holiday spirit with some handbells on your smartphone. Wait, what?>

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The sale prices offer hefty holiday discounts on popular games, but you have to be an Xbox Live Gold member to take advantage of them.>

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The Waring Popcorn Maker with Melting Pot brings together everything needed for a gooey batch of popcorn. The incorporated pot can be used to melt chocolate, caramel and more.>

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The first 50 to buy the latest "12 Days of Deals" offer at a Microsoft Store will get two free games.>

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sony Pictures said on Friday it is looking for alternatives to release "The Interview" after it scrapped the Christmas Day theatrical opening of the screwball comedy at the center of a cyber attack on the studio blamed on North Korea. After a rare public shaming of a corporation by President Barack Obama, who said Sony Pictures made a mistake in pulling the film and bowing to intimidation, chief executive Michael Lynton told CNN he hoped that the public would see the film but no other platform had shown interest. ...

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Commentary: Cisco's John Chambers and former FCC chief Julius Genachowski applaud the FCC's funding boost for expanded broadband in schools, calling it a big win for modern digital learning.>

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Cisco's lawsuit concerns 12 features covered by 14 patents - all of which are embedded within current products.

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Two days after pulling the theater release of the controversial film, the movie maker now says it wants to offer customers a way to see it "on a different platform.">

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A network time protocol security hole has been discovered and there are reports that exploits already exist for it and are being exploited.

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Antarctica remained largely untouched until roughly 200 years ago, and now, more than 10,000 people travel there every year. But tourists bring more than cameras. Scientists are warning that pathogens brought by visitors could threaten the continent’s most iconic inhabitant: the penguin.

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