Obama: Sony Pictures ‘made a mistake’ in canceling ‘The Interview’

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    When your cubicles commutes to you

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    The Switchboard: Facebook blocks page supporting prominent Putin critic

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    The best innovations of 2014

    The best innovations of 2014

    From consumer tech to space travel, here are the most amazing breakthroughs of the year.

    Introducing The Weekly Itch

    Introducing The Weekly Itch

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    Lawsuits against Sony Pictures could test employer responsibility for data breaches

    Lawsuits against Sony Pictures could test employer responsibility for data breaches

    Sony Pictures is now facing a handful of class actions suits from former employees upset that their personal data has leaked online.

    A physical game rebuilt for flat-screen fun

    A physical game rebuilt for flat-screen fun

    You can attempt the block-stacking challenge arcade-style, with friends or with other online competitors.

    A turn to virtually satisfy your wanderlust

    A turn to virtually satisfy your wanderlust

    The Roundme app makes you spin in place to view panoramic photos of far-flung locales.

    This tiny legal tweak could change the way you watch TV and get online

    This tiny legal tweak could change the way you watch TV and get online

    The FCC wants to change how online video providers are regulated, a potential boon to companies like Aereo and Google Fiber.

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    Astronaut's-eye view of Orion's re-entry

    Astronaut's-eye view of Orion's re-entry

    This video from NASA shows what the Orion spacecraft experienced as it returned through Earth's atmosphere on Dec. 5.

    Wait, Cuba has its own Internet?

    It does. But it’s unlike the one the rest of the world knows. Here’s how.

    North Korea barely has the Internet. And that could be good defense in a cyberwar.

    North Korea barely has the Internet. And that could be good defense in a cyberwar.

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    Hackers are going after the Internet’s very infrastructure. Here’s why that matters.

    The Los Angeles-based non-profit that acts as something of the air traffic-controller of the global Internet has announced that it was the victim of a hacking attack last month.

    Google files lawsuit against Miss. attorney general over campaign revealed by the Sony hack

    Google files lawsuit against Miss. attorney general over campaign revealed by the Sony hack

    Google has filed a lawsuit against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, based on information leaked from e-mails taken in the massive cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

    For $90 million, T-Mobile will settle FTC charges that it slipped bogus fees onto wireless bills

    For $90 million, T-Mobile will settle FTC charges that it slipped bogus fees onto wireless bills

    Add in state and federal fines, and T-Mobile could wind up paying $112.5 million — or more.

    The Pentagon’s newest weapons look like something out of ‘Star Wars’

    The Pentagon’s newest weapons look like something out of ‘Star Wars’

    Under development for years by the military and the defense industry, lasers have moved from science-fiction fantasy, to the laboratory and, just recently, to the Persian Gulf.

    Congress wants to legislate net neutrality. Here’s what that might look like.

    Congress wants to legislate net neutrality. Here’s what that might look like.

    The industry-backed proposal would preempt efforts by the Federal Communications Commission to draw up new rules for Internet providers.

    The Switchboard: Instagram users lose followers as services purges spam accounts

    The Switchboard: Instagram users lose followers as services purges spam accounts

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    How to get a giant robot through TSA

    How to get a giant robot through TSA

    These German researchers bought their 6-foot-2 robot a plane ticket from LA.

    The Sony Pictures hack, explained

    The Sony Pictures hack, explained

    What you need to know about the latest on the Sony Pictures breach.

    Why campaigns won’t stop using our data: Because the data says we like it

    Why campaigns won’t stop using our data: Because the data says we like it

    Digital politicos say that they “try not to be too creepy,” but the rewards for tapping our personal information are simply too great to ignore.

    Why Bitcoin advocates might like New York’s new proposed rules for virtual currency

    Why Bitcoin advocates might like New York’s new proposed rules for virtual currency

    A state regulator says it’ll loosen requirements on virtual currency companies in the face of public feedback.

    At the heart of Obama’s Cuba doctrine? The Internet.

    At the heart of Obama’s Cuba doctrine? The Internet.

    Connectivity has helped define the conflict between the United States and Cuba throughout the Obama presidency.

    German researchers discover a flaw that could let anyone listen to your cell calls and read your texts

    German researchers discover a flaw that could let anyone listen to your cell calls and read your texts

    The spying can happen even on cellular networks using the most advanced encryption now available.

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    A flash mob at the Smithsonian

    A flash mob at the Smithsonian

    Surprised guests at the National Museum of American History are treated to some holiday carols.