Category Archives: technology

Stolen emails reveal lapses in Sony security practices

By TED BRIDIS, Associated Press 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 his own secret passwords for his and his family’s mail, banking, travel and shopping accounts, according to a review of more than 32,000 stolen corporate emails circulating on the Internet. Scrutiny of Sony’s stolen computer data hasn’t yet revealed exactly how hackers managed to slip inside to steal such an enormous cache, when it happened, who was behind the theft or their motives. Continue reading

Can U.S. Internet Business Enable a Cuban Spring?

President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced the U.S. will normalize relations with Cuba, ending America’s attempts to erode the Communist dictatorship through isolation but opening another possible battle for freedom of information by expanding the nation’s access to the Internet. Continue reading

BlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort

By BARBARA ORTUTAY and ROB GILLIES, Associated Press 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 traditional BlackBerry users prefer because they find it easier than touch screens to type with. Continue reading

Castro in 1994: U.S. Needs to Change ‘Old, Obsolete Policy’ Toward Cuba

The article appeared in the Sept. Continue reading

Stanford aims to bring player pianos back to life

By TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford University wants to unlock the secrets of the player piano, which brought recorded music into living rooms long before there were cassettes, compact discs or iPods. Stanford researchers have launched an ambitious effort to restore and study instruments known as reproducing pianos that recorded major composers performing their own work in the early 20th century. Continue reading

After 53 years, time is right for US and Cuba

By PAUL HAVEN, Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — After 53 years of hostility between the United States and Cuba, the timing to make amends was perfect for both governments. The breakthrough in US-Cuban relations came with the release of American Alan Gross and an unnamed US intelligence agent, and the freeing of three jailed Cuban agents. The longtime enemies announced they would move toward full diplomatic relations, and Washington said it would ease economic and travel restrictions. Continue reading

New York, Citing Health Risks, to Ban Fracking

New York Gov. Continue reading

Ex-coal CEO seeks W.Va. mine blast trial delay

By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — The former head of a coal company that ran the West Virginia mine where 29 men were killed in a 2010 explosion told a judge Wednesday that he wants his federal criminal case moved and his trial delayed for a year Continue reading

AP Interview: McConnell wants to stop coal rules

By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged on Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Barack Obama’s coal plant regulations, saying a White House “crusade” has devastated his state’s economy. The Environmental Protection Agency “has created a depression in my state and it’s done a lot of damage to the country all across the country with these efforts to essentially eliminate coal fired generation,” he said in an Associated Press interview. “I couldn’t be angrier about it and whatever we can think of to try to stop it we’re going to do Continue reading

U.S. Normalizes Relations With Cuba as Alan Gross Is Released

The U.S. is opening full diplomatic ties with Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years, in what President Barack Obama termed a reversal of “ineffective” U.S Continue reading