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Watch this: the best light display you’ll see all year

Watch this: the best light display you'll see all yearCourtesy of the European Space Agency, here's the best Christmas light display I've seen all year: a time lapse of more than 12,000 images taken by German astronaut Alexander Gerst, while he was on the International Space Station for six months. If you like the aurora borealis, very clear views of stars, or a look at our cities' lights from space, you're in luck.


Sears says online chief resigns, key member of management team

(Reuters) - The head of Sears Holdings Corp's online operations and a key member of Chief Executive Eddie Lampert's management team has resigned and will leave the company in February to pursue a new opportunity, the retailer said. Imran Jooma, an executive vice president in charge of online, marketing, pricing and financial services, has been an important part of the loss-making retailer's efforts to use technology and innovative services to revive itself. Jooma handed in his resignation on Dec. 17 and his last day with the company will be Feb. 6, according to a securities filing on Tuesday. ...

Car Tech’s guide to using your Android phone in the car

Car Tech's guide to using your Android phone in the carLooking for tips on safely using your Android phone with your car's stereo? CNET has you covered.>


Sony broadly releases ‘The Interview’ in reversal of plans

FILE - This Dec. 18, 2014, file photo shows the Sony Pictures Studios' water tank in Culver City, Calif. Sony's flip-flop decision on releasing LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid a swell of controversy, backlash, confusion and threats from hackers, Sony Pictures broadly released "The Interview" Wednesday — an unprecedented move completely reversing the studio's previous plan to shelve the comedy, which depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


Facebook teams with NFL to score with online video

Facebook will attempt to tackle a multi-billion-dollar television advertising realm by offering NFL-sponsored videos on its siteFacebook said Thursday it had teamed with the National Football League to show ad-sponsored video clips at the leading social network. The move comes as Facebook tries to tackle a multi-billion-dollar television advertising realm seen as ripe for disruption by Internet technology. "This is a small video sponsorship test, and we will be evaluating how people, publishers, and marketers respond to this kind of co-branded video content on Facebook," the Silicon Valley-based social network said in an email reply to an AFP inquiry. Facebook has seen demand for high-quality video content that goes beyond amateur posts by users, and producers are keen for ways to make money from such video material.


The best after-Christmas deals

The best after-Christmas dealsThe time between Christmas and New Years has turned into a big online shopping week, with deals rivaling those found during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Retailers like Amazon are eager to capitalize on that, so a few have already started offering some pretty good discounts.


Best security options

Best security optionsFind the best security software for you.


Uber’s Christmas gift to New York taxis is a $2 booking fee

Uber's Christmas gift to New York taxis is a $2 booking feeUber is putting the screws to New York taxis, and it's announcing the move with a Christmas Eve news dump. This morning, New York City Uber users received an email saying that anyone hailing a yellow cab through Uber’s service will have to pay a $2 surcharge.


Ireland sides with Microsoft in email privacy case

Ireland sides with Microsoft in email privacy caseThe country files a friend-of-the-court brief asking the US to respect its sovereignty and not go over its head by seizing emails stored on Microsoft servers in Ireland.>


NFL strikes a deal with Facebook to share video highlights

NFL strikes a deal with Facebook to share video highlightsThe NFL has agreed to a deal with Facebook to allow video clips of NFL games and content on the social network, according to The Wall Street Journal. The NFL will begin posting highlights and fantasy football content to Facebook on Tuesday.


Sony releases ‘The Interview’ on Youtube, other Internet channels

A man walks by poster for film By Eric Kelsey and Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sony Pictures made "The Interview" available online on Wednesday, widening distribution of a comedy that triggered a massive cyberattack blamed on North Korea, after backtracking on a decision to cancel the movie's release that was criticized as self-censorship. The film was available for rental on Google Inc's Youtube site as of early Wednesday afternoon. Microsoft Corp and Sony itself are also showing the comedy, the studio said, a day after agreeing to release it at some 200 independent theaters. ...


Machine-based data helps telecoms improve customer service and reduce churn

Machine-based data helps telecoms improve customer service and reduce churnMary Shacklett explores the role of machine-based big data in assisting the telecommunications industry with customer satisfaction.


The very best of Verge Video in 2014

The very best of Verge Video in 2014In case you didn't already know, The Verge's video team is the best in the business. In any business. They are the business. They work incredibly hard and do incredible work — honestly, their only problem is that they make too many great videos even for our staff to be able to catch everything, much though we try.


Tomorrow Daily 106: Our ‘Best of 2014′ Extravaganza

Tomorrow Daily 106: Our 'Best of 2014' ExtravaganzaOn today's show, we celebrate another year gone by naming our (and your) favorite tech stories, pop culture news and video games of 2014. See you at the 2015 International CES on January 6!>


U.S. Postal Service eyes e-commerce to offset declining mail

A mailbox for United States Postal Service and other mail is seen outside a home in MalibuBy Nick Carey CHICAGO (Reuters) - Facing a slump in the mail it had been delivering since the days of America's Revolutionary War, in 2012 the U.S. Postal Service began aggressively targeting e-commerce and lapsed customers as the way to salvage its declining business. "Really it started almost at the level of cold-calling, talking to people who really hadn't spoken to us in a long time," said Nagisa Manabe, who joined the USPS in May 2012 as chief marketing and sales officer from Coca-Cola Co after a career in the private sector. ...


NFL, Facebook ink ad deal on game clips, report says

NFL, Facebook ink ad deal on game clips, report saysThe NFL and Facebook will share revenue generated from the video ads, which will show up in news feeds, according to The Wall Street Journal.>


The Economics of Content Marketing in 2015 – Investment Tipping Point

The Economics of Content Marketing in 2015 - Investment Tipping PointMany of us are familiar with a level of maturity in online marketing nowadays, one that requires a far more comprehensive approach than the individual sum of its parts. Tangibility of any marketing practices has become forefront, and at the the CMO and executive level we find ourselves faced with the daunting task of mapping a framework on...


Uber hits roadblock as CEO charged in S. Korea

The Uber smartphone app, used by customers to book taxis using its service, is pictured over a parking lot in the Indian capital New DelhiSouth Korean prosecutors brought charges on Wednesday against the founder and CEO of controversial smartphone taxi app Uber for operating an illegal cab service, the latest roadblock for the California-based firm. Travis Kalanick and Uber's Korean partner MK Korea, a local rental car service operator, were indicted for violating a law on passenger transport services. In South Korea, rental car service operators are barred from conducting passenger transport business using their cars. Uber said in a statement it would fully cooperate with the investigation and it is "confident" the court would make a fair and sensible judgment.


Who hacked Sony becomes Internet’s new mystery

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2014, file photo, a South Korean army soldier walks near a TV screen showing an advertisement of Sony Picture's LOS ANGELES (AP) — Everyone has a theory about who really hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.


Great last-minute gifts you can print

Great last-minute gifts you can printNo time left to shop? No worries. Here are four seriously sweet gift options you can deliver right from your printer.>


What movies to see (and skip) in theatres on Christmas Day

What movies to see (and skip) in theatres on Christmas DayAfter the presents have been unwrapped and the pie eaten (and eaten ... and eaten ...) everyone knows it's time to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas — working off your wine-drunk while checking out the latest and greatest in contemporary cinema. Lucky for us, we'll have plenty to choose from — a bunch of new movies arrive in theaters on the 25th of December. The Verge staff has seen (most of) them, and we are quite prepared to advise you in your yuletide entertainment choices that don't involve The Interview. ...


FBI arrests Colorado man for threatening to kill police in YouTube comments

FBI arrests Colorado man for threatening to kill police in YouTube commentsDays after the shooting of two New York Police Department officers, the FBI has announced the arrest of a man who allegedly posted YouTube comments about hunting down and killing police. Yesterday, the Colorado District Attorney's office said it had detained 33-year-old Jeremiah Perez, who is accused of transmitting an online threat in retaliation for the death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. On December 17th, Google notified the FBI about a Google+ account called "Vets Hunting Cops," which had commented on a YouTube video. ...


​Sony’s ‘The Interview’ to be key streaming, security, cloud moment

North Korea Internet may have been knocked out by hackers angered at its attack on Sony over the movie The Interview.Sony will release "The Interview" via a bevy of online services and may just upend the current way of doing business. Here's a look at the ramifications.


Sony statement on the on-demand release of ‘The Interview’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony Pictures Entertainment issued the following statement Wednesday on the on-demand release of "The Interview":

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

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


The Interview is now available online: $6 to rent, $15 to own

The Interview is now available online: $6 to rent, $15 to ownNot one hour after we heard YouTube had "tentatively agreed" to offer The Interview as a rental, Sony Pictures has confirmed the film will be available online starting today at 1PM ET. It'll be offered through YouTube Movies, Google Play, Xbox Videos, and a dedicated website SeeTheInterview.com.


Uber indicted in South Korea two weeks after official launch

Uber indicted in South Korea two weeks after official launchCEO Travis Kalanick is named in the indictment, which accuses the ride-sharing service of violating public transportation law.>


Feline fame in cyberspace gives species a boost

In this Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 photo, a cat rests on the throne bed in the King Tut-theme cat playroom at the Oregon Humane Society in Portland, Ore. Modern-day cats have not yet become associated with deities as they were in ancient Egypt, but the Internet has gotten them a little closer. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Cats these days aren't associated with deities the way they were in ancient Egypt, but the Internet has gotten them a little closer.


Sony, YouTube will stream ‘The Interview’ on Thursday, source says

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony, YouTube will stream 'The Interview' on Thursday, source says.

@AP_Planner is your completely random guide to future news

@AP_Planner is your completely random guide to future newsThe Associated Press sets the style standard for much of journalism. It gathers news most reporters can't reach. Tweeting fake stories from one of its accounts can send a shiver through the stock market. It will also remind you to prepare for World Kidney Day.


10 movies and TV shows to stream on Netflix this Christmas

10 movies and TV shows to stream on Netflix this ChristmasThe presents are open. Dinner is done. Now you've got some free time to kill, and there's one obvious place to look: Netflix. Marco Polo may not have turned out so well, but Netflix has still added a pretty great selection of new and classic movies over the past month. Here are 10 favorites for you to consider when you're searching for something to watch.


Sony is now offering The Interview online via YouTube, Xbox Video, and Google Play (update)

Sony is now offering The Interview online via YouTube, Xbox Video, and Google Play (update)Update: It's official — Sony will release The Interview online at 1PM ET today through YouTube, Xbox Video, and others. It'll be $5.99 to rent and $14.99 to own.


YouTube has ‘tentatively agreed’ to offer The Interview as a rental

Sony is now offering The Interview online via YouTube, Xbox Video, and Google Play (update)Not only will The Interview be available in select theaters this Christmas, it'll also be available for everyone via YouTube. CNN's Brian Stetler has reported that the video service has "tentatively agreed" to make it available as a rental. Sony is additionally in talks with other streaming outlets so the deal would not be exclusive. According to CNN's sources, the deal is not final.


Japan boosts cyberdefenses ahead of feared attack — report

Japan boosts cyberdefenses ahead of feared attack -- reportThe nation believes that it may become the target of an online attack after the US government confirmed suspicions that North Korea was behind the massive hack of Sony Pictures.>


Can a podcast spark the dialogue police and black communities need?

Can a podcast spark the dialogue police and black communities need?The gulf between people and police is widening, and comedian W. Kamau Bell is podcasting about it.


Why Christmas isn’t for selfies

Why Christmas isn't for selfiesFor some people, a gadget is all they have at Christmas to make contact with others. It's they who deserve thinking about most.>


2015 tech trends to watch: Smartwatches, algorithms, ‘glance media,’ and more

2015 tech trends to watch: Smartwatches, algorithms, 'glance media,' and moreAlex Howard presents what he thinks might be the most important tech trends in 2015, which includes the hidden power of algorithms, continuous partial attention, and wireless body area networks.


DirecTV signs deal to offer access to Disney and ESPN streaming video

DirecTV signs deal to offer access to Disney and ESPN streaming videoUnder a new deal, DirecTV can give subscribers online access to Disney and ESPN programming. Earlier this week, Disney announced that it had signed a multi-year deal with DirecTV, renewing its right to broadcast the Disney Channel, ABC Family, ESPN, and several other channels, including eight local ABC stations. The deal also adds content to DirecTV Everywhere, the satellite company's online video catalog. ...


A look back at 2014 and a look ahead to 2015

A look back at 2014 and a look ahead to 2015Kusnetzky Group analysts spoke with over 200 different suppliers of technology and services in 2014. Here's a quick summary of what we learned and where we think the market is headed in the coming year.


Sony reportedly asked the White House for help getting The Interview on iTunes

Sony reportedly asked the White House for help getting The Interview on iTunesIf Sony Pictures today announces an online distribution option for The Interview (which seems to be the case) it won't be through Apple — and it definitely won't be for lack of trying. According to sources speaking to The New York Times, Sony had "asked the White House for help in lining up a single technology partner — Apple, which operates iTunes." But Apple reportedly was not interested — "at least not on a speedy time table."


Why Amazon will double down on the Fire Phone

Why Amazon will double down on the Fire PhoneThe e-commerce company's first attempt at a smartphone bombed, but it's probably not giving up. If Amazon learns from its mistakes, the next phone will be cheaper and more widely available.>


Mesosphere DCOS: One command control of data center services

Mesosphere DCOS: One command control of data center servicesIt's now possible to control every computer in a data center from a central command line or user interface. Read about the Mesosphere Data Center Operating System.


Robotic bassinet rocks baby for you

Robotic bassinet rocks baby for youThe mamaRoo is a bassinet for baby that can be programmed with an app for a variety of soothing rocking motions.>


Amazon starts its post-Christmas sale before Christmas

Amazon starts its post-Christmas sale before ChristmasMuch like it did with its Black Friday deals, Amazon is posting its after-Christmas sales early. Some of them end as early as tonight or tomorrow, but many others will run all the way up until January 1st. Over that span the online retailer promises daily discounts and clearance prices, so each day will bring new deals. The full Year End Sales site is available here and features discounts up to 70-percent off things like clothing and sports gear, and up to 85-percent off popular ebooks. We've broken out some choice electronics deals below. ...


Logitech K480: The last mobile keyboard you’ll ever need

Logitech K480: The last mobile keyboard you'll ever needJack Wallen takes a look at the Logitech K480 Bluetooth keyboard and shows you how to connect it to your Android device.


Chromebook: Three things Google must do in 2015

Chromebook: Three things Google must do in 2015The Chromebook has evolved nicely, resulting in acceptance by schools and some enterprises. Even so, there are three things Google must do next year to make it a better solution.


Tomorrow Daily 105: Scary snake-bots, ‘The Interview’ release, animated ancient art and more

Tomorrow Daily 105: Scary snake-bots, 'The Interview' release, animated ancient art and moreOn today's show, we take a look at a terrifying new robot with snake-bots for legs, cheer Sony's plans to actually release "The Interview," and watch ancient Greek art come to life with the help of some clever animations.>


Microsoft takes action against tech support scammers

Microsoft takes action against tech support scammersMicrosoft filed a lawsuit against one tech support firm for deceptive business practices and misusing the Microsoft name.


Pro tip: How to connect a thumb drive to your Android device

Pro tip: How to connect a thumb drive to your Android deviceJack Wallen shows you how to connect a USB drive to your Android device.


Watch this bush burn for 11 hours in bizarre Exodus film promotion

Watch this bush burn for 11 hours in bizarre Exodus film promotionRidley Scott's elegiac Exodus: Gods and Kings has a new promotional video of sorts: an 11-hour-long performance starring the iconic burning bush, a sweeping orchestral score, and endlessly scrolling text extracted from the Bible. That is the entirety of it. At no point does any semblance of action surface from this dull but aurally impressive sequence. We aren't even accorded the luxury of hearing the foliage narrate the passages. It's unclear as to what 20th Century Fox was hoping to accomplish with this video, but it does at least make for some easy listening.


Samsung closes flagship London store

Samsung closes flagship London storeMore than 50 staff are affected by the closure of the Samsung Experience store in Westfield Stratford City.>


NKorea outage a case study in online uncertainties

South Korean army soldiers watch a TV news program reporting North Korean websites suffer shutdown, at the Inter-Korean Transit Office near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. Key North Korean websites suffered intermittent outages Tuesday after a nearly 10-hour shutdown that followed a U.S. vow to respond to a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures that Washington blames on Pyongyang. The letters read LONDON (AP) — North Korea's microscopic corner of the Internet has had a rough couple of days, suffering seven outages in the last 48 hours, according to one Web traffic monitor.


Amazon is giving away $220 worth of free apps for Christmas

Amazon is giving away $220 worth of free apps for ChristmasAmazon is always responsible for delivering a lot of presents at Christmas, but its holiday deals are something else. This year the retailer’s two-day discounting spree includes a free app bundle worth $220 (although two items make up almost half that cost). There’s great mix of games and utilities, including Sonic the Hedgehog 2 ($2.99), Plex ($4.99), Terraria ($4.99), Five Nights at Freddy's ($2.99), The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary ($30.99), and a bunch of image editors — all available for the tempting price of zero dollars and zero cents.


Japan, wary of North Korea, works to secure infrastructure after Sony attack

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga speaks during an interview with Reuters in TokyoBy Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan, fearing it could be a soft target for possible North Korean cyberattacks in the escalating row over the Sony Pictures hack, has begun working to ensure basic infrastructure is safe and to formulate its diplomatic response, officials said. The hacking of the U.S. ...


‘Star Trek 3′ warps into theatres on the show’s 50th anniversary

'Star Trek 3' warps into theatres on the show's 50th anniversaryCelebrations on the starboard bow: "Fast and Furious" director Justin Lin will helm the third movie reboot, uniting old and new "Trek".>


Tech doing good: 10 inspiring stories on TechRepublic in 2014

Tech doing good: 10 inspiring stories on TechRepublic in 2014TechRepublic featured a lot of companies using technology to do social good this year. Here are 10 of our favorite stories from 2014.


PlayStation Now game streaming is coming to Samsung TVs in 2015

PlayStation Now game streaming is coming to Samsung TVs in 2015Samsung and Sony have struck a deal to bring the latter's PlayStation Now game streaming service to select Samsung Smart TV models in 2015. Jointly announced this morning, the partnership makes Samsung the first PS Now licensee and is notable for making it possible to play PlayStation games on non-Sony devices. There's no need for a console to stream from, either: you just open up an app and play the game directly over the internet.


An Apple developer’s perspective of the highlights in 2014

An Apple developer's perspective of the highlights in 20142014 was an all-star year for Apple and developers of iOS and Mac software. Here's a look at the big Apple technologies that were released this year and how developers have been using them.


This is probably what WhatsApp voice calling will look like

This is probably what WhatsApp voice calling will look likeWhatsApp has been promising to introduce call functionality for almost a year now, but new images from an experimental build of the app suggest the feature could be close to completion. The "screenshots" above have been created by AndroidWorld.nl’s Sander Tuit, who extracted layout files, images, and text from the raw code of the app hosted on WhatsApp’s website. (This version is more frequently updated than those found in official app stores and often contains experimental features). Tuit told The Verge: "All screens except for the incoming call screen look 99. ...


S. Korea hacking suspect used China IP addresses: investigators

The defence ministry's cyber warfare unit has increased its watch level against attacks after the publication last week of a variety of information about the South's nuclear power plant operator on TwitterA suspect in the hacking attack on South Korean nuclear reactors has used multiple Internet protocol (IP) addresses based in China, investigators said Wednesday. The defence ministry's cyber warfare unit has increased its watch level against attacks after the publication last week of a variety of information about the South's nuclear power plant operator on Twitter. It included designs and manuals for two reactors, as well as personal information on some 10,000 workers at Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP).


The CISO, the CIO, the CEO, or you: Who is really responsible for cybersecurity?

The CISO, the CIO, the CEO, or you: Who is really responsible for cybersecurity?IT security is about more than just the hardware and software. Experts give their view on where the buck really stops.


Facebook Messenger is 2014′s most popular iPhone app in US

Facebook Messenger is the most downloaded free iPhone app of 2014.Apple's annual list of the most popular free, freemium and premium iPhone and iPad apps in the US is dominated by social media, messaging and gaming titles.


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