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December 20, 2014, 5:02 AM

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FBI:
FBI concludes that the North Korean government is responsible for Sony Pictures hack  —  Update on Sony Investigation … Today, the FBI would like to provide an update on the status of our investigation into the cyber attack targeting Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE).
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Sources confirm Sony hackers hail mainly from North Korea, and include Japan-based group of ethnic North Koreans  —  FBI: North Korea to Blame for Sony Hack  —  The FBI today said it has determined that the North Korean government is responsible for the devastating recent hack attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Re/code:
Obama calls Sony canceling The Interview a “mistake”, says North Korea acted alone; White House contemplating “proportional response”  —  President Obama Says Sony Made “Mistake” in Canceling “The Interview” Film  —  President Obama, speaking at his year-end presser …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney.com:
In new email sent to Sony executives, hackers threaten further release of “sensitive data” pending any “additional trouble”  —  Source: Hackers send new message to Sony  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney)  —  The hackers behind a devastating cyberattack at Sony Pictures …
Mike Lennon / SecurityWeek:
Hackers Used Sophisticated SMB Worm Tool to Attack Sony  —  Sony Hackers Used Server Message Block (SMB) Worm Tool  —  Just hours after the FBI and President Obama called out North Korea as being responsible for the destructive cyber attack against Sony Pictures, US-CERT issued an alert decribing …
The Reddit Admins / reddit:
Reddit to distribute equity to active users by lottery with ‘reddit notes’ in 2015  —  Announcing reddit notes  —  We raised some funding in September, and we promised to reserve a portion to give back to the community.  If you're hearing about this for the first time, check out the official blog post here.
Staples Investor Relations:
Staples provides details on September breach: 115 stores' POS systems, 1.16M payment cards compromised  —  Staples Provides Update on Data Security Incident  —  Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) today gave an update on the investigation into its previously announced data security incident involving …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Social TV service TVtag, previously known as GetGlue, to shut down end of 2014  —  GetGlue successor TVtag is shutting down  —  Janko Roettgers  —  Social TV service TVtag, which was previously known as GetGlue, is shutting down at the end of the year.  TVtag announced the shut …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Google bringing always-on voice commands to Chromebooks  —  ‘OK Google’ feature now available on Chrome OS Dev Channel  —  You've been able to yell voice commands at Android smartphones and Android Wear smartwatches for some time now, but soon you'll be able to do the same to a Chromebook computer.
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
FCC proposes expanding definition of pay-TV providers to include internet TV services  —  FCC Launches Effort to Help Online Video Providers Compete With Cable Guys  —  Federal regulators released new proposed rules Friday designed to make it easier for online video providers to get access …
Kia Kokalitcheva / VentureBeat:
Evernote's intelligent writing assistant, Context, is now available on Android and Windows  —  Evernote's artificial intelligence-based writing assistant is now available for paying customers on Android and Windows, the company announced.  —  Context, which the company first launched on Mac …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Google sues to block Mississippi AG Jim Hood's “burdensome, retaliatory” subpoena of records, issued a document preservation notice to MPAA  —  Goliath strikes back: Google takes legal action against Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood  —  Last Friday, The Verge published …

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