Technology & Digital Life

The Two-Way
4:18 pm
Sat December 27, 2014

Facebook Finds That Not All Users Want To Review Their Year

While many may have appreciated Facebook's "Year in Review" app, others were unhappy about being urged to revisit a difficult 2014.
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Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 6:43 pm

It's been a great year! Or, has it?

You might be asking yourself that as you scroll through your Facebook feed trying to ignore that "Year in Review" app that randomly gathers your photos and scotches them together into a presumed personal narrative of 2014.

But not everyone is thanking Facebook for the memories.

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All Tech Considered
11:31 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Tech Week: Video Game Console Sites Attacked; Uber's Crazy Year

This week in tech, Sony's $44 million comedy film, The Interview, opened to mostly sold out shows Friday. But on the streaming end, Microsoft and Sony experienced significant outages in networks used by their Xbox and PlayStation video game consoles. Also this week, we look at the global underground market for malware and a new startup that offers subprime loans for smartphones.

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The Two-Way
8:36 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Pyongyang Blames U.S. Amid Reports Of New Internet Outages

A poster for The Interview stands on display outside a movie theater in Glendora, Calif., on Wednesday.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 10:37 am

Updated at 9:35 a.m. ET

North Korea is blaming the United States for Internet outages experienced by the Asian nation last week, accusing President Obama of being "reckless in words and deeds" and comparing the U.S. to "children with runny noses."

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Technology
4:32 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Doubts Persist On U.S. Claims Of North Korean Role In Sony Hack

A South Korean student looks Dec. 23 at a diagram at Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea, that depicts how the cyberwarfare will be waged in the future in the Korean Peninsula.
Ahn Young-joon AP

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 1:08 am

Within days of the hack against Sony Pictures, the U.S. government came out and said, in no uncertain terms, the attacks originated from North Korea — and the nation-state of North Korea was involved. Well, both claims have raised eyebrows among private security researchers. Many just don't believe it.

Circumstantial Evidence

The FBI says the attack came from IP addresses — unique computer addresses — that trace back to North Korea.

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Digital Life
4:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

2014 Hashtags: #MuslimApologies Grew Out Of Both Anger And Whimsy

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 4:52 pm

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NPR Ed
12:03 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

An Update On Screen Time

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 1:53 am

NPR Ed is updating some of the top stories we've been following in 2014.

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The Two-Way
9:12 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Possible Hack Of Sony, Microsoft Game Console Sites

Attendees walking past the Sony PlayStation booth at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco in 2012. The PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox consoles were experiencing a possible hack on their online sites.
Paul Sakuma AP

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 11:56 am

If you can't get your new Sony PlayStation or Microsoft Xbox online today, you can blame the Lizard Squad – or (indirectly) North Korea. Or maybe neither.

The Lizard Squad purports to be a group of hackers now claiming responsibility for a denial of service attack on the two game consoles' online sites.

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Code Switch
9:03 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Sony Hack Reveals Hollywood's Acceptance Of White Privilege

The Rev. Al Sharpton (left) and Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, speak to reporters after they met with Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal on Dec. 18.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 1:00 am

It is, perhaps, the worst nightmare for those of us constantly trying to get a white-dominated Hollywood to widen its doors of opportunity for people of color: All those executives who say the right things in public and give to the right causes, just might think something much less admirable about diversity behind closed doors.

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All Tech Considered
3:36 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Sony Hack Highlights The Global Underground Market For Malware

The toxic ingredients of a cyberattack like the one North Korea is accused of unleashing on Sony Pictures are available in underground markets.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 2:12 pm

There are global underground markets where anyone can buy and sell all the malicious code for an attack like the one North Korea is accused of unleashing on Sony Pictures.

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Technology
4:29 pm
Thu December 25, 2014

Online Sellers Pop Up In Real Life, For A Limited Time Only

One-click shopping is changing the ways people shop and retailers sell their wares. But some online retailers are opening physical stores — some of which last as short as a day. (This story originally aired on All Things Considered on July 28, 2014.)

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