Hackers tell Sony to halt the release of The Interview

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A new message has been posted on GitHub, purporting to be from the Sony hackers and offering a fresh batch of sensitive corporate data. The message threatens further consequences if the studio continues with its release of “the movie of terrorism,” believed to refer The Interview, an upcoming comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, which depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. It’s the most explicit reference to the film that the attackers have made so far, although many had previously linked the attacks to North Korean retaliation for the film’s release.

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66-year-old rock guitarist sentenced to 10 days in jail for role in Anonymous attack

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Geoffrey Commander doesn’t fit the standard Anonymous profile. He’s a successful musician, earning his living by playing guitar for ELO and Elton John. At 66, he’s also a good deal older than your average hacktivist. But according to the indictment handed down last October, Commander was one of a group of 13 defendants who disrupted the websites of Bank of America, Mastercard, and a number of anti-piracy groups as part of Anonymous’s Operation Payback. Commander and his 12 co-defendants haven’t had as high a profile as the PayPal 13, who were brought before court around the same time, but they’re charged with the same crime: using a freely available web tool called the Low Orbit Ion Cannon to perform a denial-of-service attack.

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Women laughing alone with tablets is the new women laughing alone with salads

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“Women Laughing Alone with Salads” happens to be one of our favorite memes. Except for maybe creepy, silent stock videos, there’s just something so absurd about women gleefully holding salads in their well-lit, perfectly designed homes being a searchable category on the internet. Naturally, Tumblr went wild with it. That’s just what you do.

Well, it looks like On The Media just caught this trend evolving right before our eyes. Where once there were leafy greens and cherry tomatoes, there are now iPads. Behold! “Women Laughing Alone With Tablets” is now a thing. Your next favorite Tumblr is on the way.

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Facebook Search now lets you find specific posts, not just people

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It’s been almost two years since Facebook launched Graph Search, an ambitious and all-encompassing tool that you could use to search through your connections based on their Facebook behaviors. Now, the company is introducing its next big update to its search product, and it’s the kind of idea that’s so simple on the surface it feels surprising that Facebook didn’t have it already. Starting today, Facebook users can use keywords to search for specific individual posts, not just for other users and pages.

Now, when you start typing an entry into Facebook’s search box, it’ll offer you keyword suggestions for any name you might enter — Facebook’s first example was someone typing the name “Jessica,” with the autocomplete suggesting searches…

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Harvesting the clouds: how to make water out of fog

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Generally, when scientists look to nature for inspiration, they look to environments that mimic what they’re trying to build. In the case of collecting water from air, that meant desert plants and animals — seeing what special structures they might have to harvest fog water. So it was surprising when a fog collecting discovery came from a far wetter source: the beaks of shorebirds. And it could inspire a pretty radical redesign of fog collection devices.

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Samsung’s Gear VR is the first virtual reality headset you might actually want to buy

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Samsung’s Gear VR is out today, putting virtual reality on the mass market in a way we haven’t seen since the Virtual Boy — although hopefully, this time, with more staying power. The Gear VR fits around a Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, magnifying the Note’s screen to create the illusion of presence. Carefully marketed as an “Innovator Edition,” it’s technically a beta product with no final version announced. Even so, it’s probably the most user-friendly headset available, and Samsung virtual reality VP Nick DiCarlo succinctly sums up the marketing pitch: “We’re very carefully trying to avoid overhyping this, but we think it’s going to be amazing.”

The Gear VR was built in partnership with Oculus, which has sold over 100,000 of its own Rift…

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Microsoft discounts its subscription services bundle to just $149

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Microsoft only announced its special “Work & Play Bundle” of subscription services last month, but the company is already discounting it in time for the holidays. The Work & Play Bundle, which includes Office 365 Home, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Music Pass, and Skype Unlimited World subscriptions, is now just $149 for the year. Separately, the subscriptions would cost around $450 annually, so It’s more than 65 percent in savings for services that provide access to the full Office suite, unlimited OneDrive storage, Xbox Live gaming, music streaming without ads, and unlimited Skype calls.

Microsoft’s price reduction for its services bundle, from $199 to $149, is part of the company’s 12 days of deals promotion. The software maker is discounting…

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Japan is making its first Godzilla movie in ten years

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This year’s American reboot of Godzilla managed to bring in more than $500 million at the box office. Based on that success, Japanese film company Toho is set to reboot its version of the iconic kaiju for 2016, beating the Gareth Edward-directed American sequel by two years. The film will be the first Godzilla film from the famous production house since 2004.

“If not now, when?”

By the sound of it, Toho wants to strike while the iron’s hot. “This is very good timing after the success of the American version this year: if not now, then when?” a staffer told The Hollywood Reporter. “The licensing contract we have with Legendary places no restrictions on us making domestic versions.”

Considering how much money the well-received Legendary…

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Why Hearthstone succeeded online where Magic: The Gathering failed

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Over the last year I’ve fallen in love with Hearthstone, an online update to the collectible card game (CCG) genre pioneered two decades ago by Magic: the Gathering. I’ve invested more time and money in Hearthstone than I can really afford, and today my addiction is going to get much worse. The first major expansion for the game, Goblins vs Gnomes, is being released in the US today, and I’m shamelessly writing this article so that I can play it for hours and call it “research”.

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The Navy rescued Orion from the ocean and is bringing it home to NASA

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After its first launch attempt was delayed and eventually aborted last Thursday, NASA’s Orion spacecraft finally left Earth on Friday for Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1) before successfully splashing down in the Pacific Ocean. Despite the initial troubles, the capsule — which could eventually take humans to both an asteroid or the surface of Mars — passed this first major test with flying colors. Now the United States Navy, which was in charge of recovering the craft, has released this photo of Orion’s journey back to land. It shows the capsule inside a flooded well deck of the USS Anchorage after it was towed in by four smaller boats on Friday afternoon some 600 miles off the coast of San Diego.

Naval crew during the initial…

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Music video of ghostly Paul McCartney will please conspiracy theorists

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Earlier this year, the co-writer of the Emmy award-winning “Ebony and Ivory,” Sir Paul McCartney, released the yet-to-win-an-Emmy “Hope for the Future.” Because the tune was attached to the credits sequence of the first-person shooter video game Destiny, many of McCartney’s fans, who remember him best from his time with Wings, were unable to hear the latest piece. Today, that changes with the publication of the official “Hope for the Future” music video.

Now, I don’t mean to spread rumors, but I recall a theory that McCartney, the co-writer of Elton John’s cover of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” died in a car wreck in 1966, and was replaced with a look-alike. The “Hope for the Future” music video is the best proof yet that the…

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Frozen, Taylor Swift, and Minecraft all dominated the 2014 iTunes best-seller lists

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Apple’s just released its year-end overview of which songs, movies, TV shows, and apps were most popular with iTunes customers in 2014. And let’s just get it out of the way: this was the year of Frozen. Disney’s animated smash hit was the most-downloaded film of the year and has already become the best-selling movie in iTunes history. The Lego Movie and The Wolf of Wall Street took spots two and three, with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy sneaking into 10th place — despite only being available digitally for a few weeks. HBO’s Game of Thrones was the year’s most-downloaded TV show, followed by The Walking Dead, Downton Abbey, Breaking Bad, and Scandal.

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Grooveshark goes after Pandora with Broadcasts social radio app

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After being found guilty of massive copyright infringement for uploading unlicensed tracks to its streaming service, Grooveshark is finally going straight on mobiles with a standalone app for its year-old social radio Broadcasts service. Set to arrive on iOS and Android in January 2015, the app will cost 99 cents a month and will combine user-created radio stations with a chat function that co-founder and chief executive Sam Tarantino says will “change the ballgame”.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Tarantino argues that Broadcasts is cheap enough to be bought on a whim but expensive enough to generate significant revenue for the embattled company. However, even if Grooveshark can get its reported 30 million+ web users on board…

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Uber banned in Indian capital after alleged rape of female passenger

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The Delhi government banned Uber today, after one of the company’s taxi drivers was arrested on charges of raping a female passenger. In a statement issued today, the Delhi transport department said the mobile taxi-hailing service has been blacklisted from providing any transport services in the Indian capital.

The driver, Shiv Kumar Yadav, was arrested Sunday after allegedly raping a 25-year-old woman who was returning home from dinner on Friday night. As Reuters reports, Yadav, 32, faced rape charges in 2011 as well, though they were ultimately dropped after his accuser — also a taxi passenger — agreed to a settlement.

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Ralph Baer, inventor of first video game console, dies at 92

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The man largely credited as “the father of video games” has died at age 92, according to a report from Gamasutra. Ralph Baer, a German immigrant and inventor, created the very first home video game console in the late ‘60s. It was simply called the “Brown Box,” and it later came to be known as the Magnavox Odyssey in 1972 after he licensed out the design.

The device set the footprint for home consoles to this date: a computer in a box that was manipulated with controllers and connected to a television. He also developed a “light gun” controller that was bundled with a shooting game. It is widely believed to be the first-ever video game peripheral. Later, he designed the Simon pattern-matching electronic toy that’s still available today.

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Amazon just entered the food delivery game

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Food delivery sites like Seamless, Grubhub, and Delivery.com just got some major competition. This past week, Amazon quietly launched online takeout and delivery via Amazon Local. The service only appears to be live in Amazon’s hometown of Seattle for now, but you can be certain that the company has much larger ambitions than food delivery in a city with 650,000 residents.

Just in Seattle for now

The new service is live now on the Amazon Local website as well as its Android and iOS apps. Anyone who’s used a service like Seamless will be familiar with what’s on offer here: once you put in your address, you can peruse a list of restuarants that deliver or offer takeout. Browse the menu, choose what you want on your pizza, and then pay…

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Netflix’s second exclusive Marvel series, Jessica Jones, gets its lead actress

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Netflix has four — count ’em — four exclusive Marvel series on the way, and while the Daredevil reboot is getting all the attention, Jessica Jones just locked down its female lead. According to Deadline, Krysten Ritter has secured the role of the titular superhero-turned-private eye.

Ritter has made several movies, including Confessions of a Shopaholic and What Happens in Vegas, but she’s better known for her television work. Breaking Bad fans will recognize her as Jane, Jessie’s girlfriend from season two, and she’s also starred in her own ABC show, Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23, which was canceled after two seasons.

Jessica Jones is the second of Netflix’s planned four series. It’ll follow Daredevil in 2015, and will join shows…

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James Franco and Seth Rogen shared their ‘leaked’ photos from the Sony hack on SNL

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The Sony Pictures hack has been devastating for the movie studio and has led to the release of tens of thousands of sensitive documents, but you can always count on James Franco and Seth Rogen to get a few laughs out of any situation. The two actors hosted Saturday Night Live this week and took the opportunity to get out ahead of the leaks by ‘fessing up to some embarrassing details of their private lives before they’re inevitably leaked across the web. You won’t believe what Seth and James do with their free time.

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