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Obama: Sony decision to cancel movie a ‘mistake’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he thinks Sony Pictures Entertainment “made a mistake” by canceling release of “The Interview” movie. Obama says we can’t have a society in which “some dictator some place can start imposing censorship in the United States.” Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Continue reading

Lawmakers Demand Cybersecurity Reform After Sony Hack

Sony Pictures Entertainment is reeling from the most damaging hack ever against a U.S. corporation, which will likely increase pressure on Congress to pass comprehensive cybersecurity legislation despite years of failing to do so and the retirement of several lawmakers that were key to previous attempts. The FBI announced on Friday that North Korea was responsible for the attack that occurred in November, recognizing patterns in the attack and the malware used against Sony that were similar to previous hacks staged by the Stalinist dictatorship. Continue reading

Obama: 2014 made ‘significant strides where it counts’

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama claims an array of successes in 2014, citing lower unemployment, a rising number of Americans covered by health insurance, and an historic diplomatic opening with Cuba. Continue reading

Hackers warn not to release ‘The Interview’ in any form

This photo provided by Columbia Pictures – Sony shows, from left, Diana Bang, as Sook, Seth Rogen, as Aaron, and James Franco, as Dave, in Columbia Pictures’ “The Interview.” When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing “The Interview” earlier this week, the fate of the movie was all but sealed. Even though law enforcement didn’t deem the threats of violence credible, theater owners and Sony undoubtedly considered the 2012 massacre of a dozen people in a Colorado movie theater. That attack came without warning, and there was no precedent for such mass violence against a U.S Continue reading

Sponsors pay big bucks to join college bowl games

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Business Writer 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. The bowls haven’t disclosed their asking prices, but sports marketing experts contacted by The Associated Press estimated the annual cost for the top-tier games ranges from $25 million to more than $30 million. That’s up from $16 million to $20 million previously Continue reading

The AP’s top 10 movies of the year

By JAKE COYLE and JOCELYN NOVECK, Associated Press The top 10 films of 2014, according to AP Film Writer Jake Coyle: 1. “Ida” — Where did this perfect little gem come from? Its director, Pawel Pawlikowski, wasn’t previously a major name in international cinema. Continue reading

‘Colbert Report’ gets star-studded sendoff

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FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday formally accused the North Korean government of being responsible for the devastating hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, providing the most detailed accounting to date of a hugely expensive break-in that could lead to a U.S. response. The FBI said in a statement it has enough evidence to conclude that North Korea was behind the punishing breach, which resulted in the disclosure of tens of thousands of leaked emails and other materials Continue reading

FBI Officially Blames North Korea for Sony Hack

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday formally accused the North Korean government of being responsible for the devastating hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, providing the most detailed accounting to date of a hugely expensive break-in that could lead to a U.S. Continue reading

Hackers’ latest message to Sony

The headquarters of Sony Pictures is seen December 17, 2014 in Culver City, California. Sony has can … A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film “T … WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The hackers who launched a cyberattack on Sony Pictures praised the company’s decision to cancel the release of “The Interview” and said its data will be secure if they continue to comply, CNN reported on Friday, quoting the message. “It’s very wise that you have made a decision to cancel the release of ‘The Interview,'” the message said, according to CNN Continue reading