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Peter Singer on Sony’s Reaction to North Korea Hack
18 Dec 2014 4:05am GMT Peter W. Singer, in an interview with Motherboard’s Jason Koebler: ​Now we get to the part that moves from jokes and silliness to serious, which is: This is not just now a case study in how not to react to cyber threats and a case study in how to not defend your networks, it’s now also a case study in how not to respond to terrorism threats. We have just communicated to any would-be attacker that we will do whatever they want. It is mind boggling to me, particularly when...

L.A. Weekly: ‘Sony Pulling “The Interview” Is the End of Free Speech in Hollywood’
18 Dec 2014 4:02am GMT Amy Nicholson, writing for LA Weekly: Sony’s official announcement that the studio will no longer release Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s North Korean comedy The Interview closed with the line, “We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression.” So what’s it like when they don’t?  ★ 

★ Yahoo’s Decline
18 Dec 2014 3:19am GMT Yahoo’s loss of focus on indexing the web was a mistake in the late ’90s. They had a chance to completely correct that mistake by acquiring Google in the early 00’s. They blew that chance, and it’s been all downhill for them ever since.

U.S. Links North Korea to Sony Hacking
18 Dec 2014 1:11am GMT David E. Sanger and Nicole Perlroth, reporting for the NYT: American intelligence officials have concluded that the North Korean government was “centrally involved” in the recent attacks on Sony Pictures’s computers, a determination reached just as Sony on Wednesday canceled its release of the comedy, which is based on a plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader. Senior administration officials, who would not speak on the record about the intelligence...

App Store Search Results: As Bad as Ever
18 Dec 2014 12:08am GMT Marco Arment: Ged Maheux searched the App Store for “Twitter” and found Twitter clients ranked horribly below a bunch of spam and garbage apps, most having little to nothing to do with Twitter. You can see similar ranking problems with almost any common search term. I searched earlier today for an iPad Instagram client — the iPad App Store search list for “Instagram” is just as spammy and unhelpful as this. I was only able to find what I was actually looking...

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