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Sony pulls Interview after hackers threaten theaters

posted: 12/18/2014 4:07 a.m. Comments 7

The fallout from the theft of computer data from Sony Pictures Entertainment that began four weeks ago expanded this week after the shadowy group calling itself Guardians of Peace escalated its attack beyond corporate espionage and threatened moviegoers with violence.

Apple off hook in lawsuit over iPod music blockage

posted: 12/17/2014 2:15 a.m. Discuss

A jury has decided that Apple did not use software to block songs sold by competing music stores from playing on the iPod so that it could secure a monopoly over the digital music market.

Farming ripe for technology's hand

posted: 12/15/2014 2:04 a.m. Discuss

TRACY, Calif. -- Investors and entrepreneurs behind some of the world's newest industries have started to put their money and tech talents into farming, the world's oldest industry.

Cellphone price war takes toll, firms warn

posted: 12/15/2014 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Verizon Wireless once promised customers an unrivaled network with clear calls and fast downloads in exchange for expensive cellphone service.

E-cigarettes evolve as regulation looms

posted: 12/15/2014 2:02 a.m. Discuss

RICHMOND, Va. -- Just a few years ago, early adopters of e-cigarettes got their fix by clumsily screwing together a small battery and a plastic cartridge containing cotton soaked with nicotine.

Tech Spotlight: Galaxy S5 Active a faster, sharper 'healthier' smartphone

posted: 12/15/2014 2:01 a.m. Discuss

Let's face it: Some of the biggest gifts this Christmas will be smartphones.

On Computers: Book fabricates look at 3-D printing of the future

posted: 12/15/2014 1:58 a.m. Discuss

People who wonder what 3-D printing is really good for should get a copy of Fabricated, a new book by Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman.

DHL sees shippers switching to self-driving cars

posted: 12/15/2014 1:56 a.m. Discuss

While Google Inc. plans to someday unleash driverless cars on public streets, the logistics industry will probably be one of the first training grounds for such automated vehicles.

Business news in brief

posted: 12/15/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Google News to shut down Spain site

Uber told to change in France

posted: 12/13/2014 1:49 a.m. Discuss

PARIS -- A French court ruled Friday that Uber's ride-hailing service may infringe French law and ordered the company to make changes to its popular mobile app-based service.

Hackers branching out, experts warn

posted: 12/11/2014 2:24 a.m. Discuss

Hackers are increasingly stealing directly from banks and other companies and helping organized crime to operate more efficiently, according to the chief of cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab.

Sony hackers out to erase data, not just steal

posted: 12/08/2014 2:13 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- The hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment points to a type of attack long dreaded by security experts: Using sophistication typically associated with foreign governments to destroy systems rather than just steal data.

In-store beacons guide smartphone users

posted: 12/08/2014 2:10 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- From American Eagle Outfitters outlets to Apple Stores, beacons are popping up everywhere, raising questions about whether they are a shopper's best friend or another pesky Big Brother monitor.

Tech Spotlight: Wallet cases offer portable place to store smartphone, credit cards

posted: 12/08/2014 2:09 a.m. Discuss

I recently reviewed several iPhone 6 cases, which drew a lot of questions and suggestions from readers.

On Computers: A Christmas gift list twist -- best free downloads

posted: 12/08/2014 2:07 a.m. Discuss

Years ago, we would do a gift guide at this time of year. Eventually, we gave it up.

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