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Sony opens pre-orders for its $840 Google Glass alternative

Google might have shelved its Glass project for now, but its rapid about-face doesn’t mean that its peers have given up on their own augmented reality goggle projects. Sony today made a developer version of its Google Glass-esque SmartEyeglass available for pre-order, before it goes on sale in the US, the UK, and Germany on March 10th.

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US creates centralized cybersecurity agency following Sony attack

The White House today will announce the creation of a new agency tasked with thwarting cyberattacks by sharing intelligence across other agencies in the event of a crisis, the Washington Post reports. The new Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC) will be formally unveiled at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC later today. The unit will be created as part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and will start off with a staff of about 50 people and a budget of $ 35 million, officials tell the Post.

The idea is to apply lessons learned after the September 11th terrorist attacks — which were blamed, in part, on intelligence failures — to the realm of cybersecurity. The new agency will be structured like the…

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Sony Pictures expects to have some critical systems back online in early February

Sony has announced that it’s applying for an extension of the deadline to submit its third-quarter securities report “due to the amount of destruction and disruption that occurred” following the massive cyberattack directed against its movie division. Sony Pictures shut down its network in response to the hack, but most of the financial systems and “many other critical information technology applications” won’t be back online until early February.

As such, the third-quarter earnings report will miss its originally scheduled date of February 4th. Sony will still release guidance and hold conferences on that date, so we should get some idea of how it performed during the important holiday quarter. The company doesn’t believe the hack will…

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The NSA was tracking North Korea’s hackers long before they attacked Sony Pictures

Intelligence gathered by the National Security Agency on North Korea more than four years ago led the US government to blame Pyongyang for the recent attack on Sony Pictures, according to a report from the New York Times. The report, citing former US officials, computer experts, and documents leaked last week by Edward Snowden, says the NSA used malware to track North Korean hackers as part of a program launched in 2010. That allowed the government to blame North Korea with unusual speed and certainty following December’s hack on Sony Pictures, but the report also sheds light on how Pyongyang’s hackers were able to get away with it in the first place.

US officials tell the Times that the operation against Sony began in September, when…

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Sony delays China launch of PlayStation 4

Sony has delayed the launch of the PlayStation 4 in China for unspecified reasons. The company confirmed the move Thursday in a statement provided to Reuters, citing only “various factors.” The console was supposed to launch for the first time in China on January 11th, and Sony has not announced a new date.

Citing a company source, Reuters reports that the delay is due to extended negotiations between Sony and Chinese authorities. China lifted a longtime ban on video game consoles from foreign manufacturers last year, and both Sony and rival Microsoft have looked to capitalize. Microsoft launched its Xbox One console there in September, but also faced delays while awaiting government approval of its games. In addition to China’s…

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North Korea issues angry response to US sanctions for Sony hack

North Korea has accused the US of “groundlessly stirring up bad blood” towards the country after imposing sanctions in response to the alleged hack on Sony Pictures. A spokesperson for North Korea’s Foreign Ministry denied that the country had been involved in the cyberattack on the movie studio and said that Washington’s refusal to participate in a joint investigation to find the real culprits revealed its “guilty conscience.”

The US has described the sanctions as only the ‘first’ part of its response

The US announced new economic sanctions against Pyongyang on Friday, targeting ten individuals and three North Korean entities, including the country’s primary intelligence agency. North Korea’s response this Sunday said that the US was…

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US places sanctions on North Korea for hacking Sony

In what’s described as the “first” response to the cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Obama administration today announced new sanctions against North Korea. These sanctions are separate from those already imposed against Pyongyang over the country’s nuclear program and come in response to “recent provocations,” the US Treasury Department said in a press release. President Obama signed an executive order authorizing the sanctions earlier today.

“This step reflects the ongoing commitment of the United States to hold North Korea accountable for its destabilizing, destructive and repressive actions, particularly its efforts to undermine US cyber-security and intimidate US businesses and artists exercising their right of…

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Sony is bringing The Interview to cable and satellite TV

The Wall Street Journal reports that Sony Pictures has completed deals that will bring The Interview to cable and satellite packages in the US, including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and DirectTV. The company says the movie, which sees James Franco and Seth Rogen visit North Korea to blow up Kim Jong Un’s head, will be available to rent or buy on major pay-TV services over the next few days.

Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Pictures, reportedly stepped in to personally orchestrate the deal that will make the movie available on the small screen. The move will mean that the controversial film, the target of ire from the North Korean regime, can already be seen online, on subscription TV services, and in hundreds of independent theaters, little…

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Sony offering discounts and subscription extensions after PSN outage

After a massive cyber attack took down the PlayStation network over the holidays, Sony is trying to make good with gamers: the company announced in a blog post that it will extend subscriptions for premium users and offer discounts on purchases for everyone affected.

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Sony looked into selling its music publishing business because of growth concerns and streaming

Sony has been considering selling Sony/ATV music publishing, according to leaked internal emails obtained by Bloomberg. According to the emails — which have come to light thanks to the massive Sony hack, now believed to have been perpetrated by North Korea — Sony had decided that growth prospects for Sony/ATV had diminished, and were discussing a potential sale of the division.

Sony’s music publishing arm is the largest music catalog in the world, controlling the rights to over 2 million songs, including tracks by Beyoncé, Jay Z, Taylor Swift, Bob Dylan, and the majority of The Beatles’ catalog. Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, Sony Corporation of America president Nicole Seligman, and SCA CFO Steve Kober were leading the sale,…

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