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Sony Helped Kill Vinyl. Now It's Doing an About-Face

Vinyl production to begin again in 2018

(Newser) - In a sign that the vinyl revival isn't a flash in the pan, Sony Music has announced it will return to making vinyl records for the first time since 1989. Crediting a huge demand, a spokesperson says vinyl production will kick off at a factory near Tokyo by next... More »

Paul McCartney Wants His Beatles Songs Back

He wants rights returned to him by next year

(Newser) - Sony currently holds the copyright to part of the Beatles catalog, including such hits as "Love Me Do" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand"—but Paul McCartney is suing to get the songs back. Per TMZ , the songs in question are the ones Michael Jackson once... More »

Hackers to Blame for Britney's 'Death'

Bob Dylan's 'Rest in peace @britneyspears' tweet was probably a hack job, too

(Newser) - As the world continued to mourn the death of pop singer George Michael , Britney Spears' fans also felt their hearts stop Monday morning due to a series of tweets sent out from Sony's Music Global account. "RIP @britneyspears," read the first tweet, per TMZ (which has screenshots... More »

Robots Try to Write a Beatles Song, Kind of Pull It Off

Come together, artificial intelligence and humans

(Newser) - There'll never be a bona fide Beatles reunion, but scientists at Sony's CSL research lab have come up with an alternative: a song written by artificial intelligence that sounds like something that could've been penned by the Fab Four, TNW reports. Quartz calls "Daddy's Car,... More »

New Sony Walkman Will Run You $3,200

'Sony's out of its mind'

(Newser) - How much would you pay for a Sony Walkman? Now double it. You're still not even close. Engadget reports Sony unveiled a $3,200 Walkman during IFA 2016 Thursday in Berlin. Or as Mashable puts it: "Sony's out of its mind." The new NW-WM1Z is meant... More »

Judge: Kesha Must Work With Producer She Says Raped Her

'My instinct is to do the commercially reasonable thing'

(Newser) - Kesha will still be legally tied to a man she claims "drugged, sexually abused, and psychologically tormented" her—at least for the time being—after a New York judge refused to nullify her recording contracts Friday, the AP reports. The pop star alleges the abuse at the hands of... More »

Report: Apple, Microsoft Use Cobalt Mined by Kids

16 brands named in report couldn't verify source of cobalt

(Newser) - Kids in the Democratic Republic of Congo risk their lives to supply the batteries used in your smartphone and other gadgets, according to a new Amnesty International report. Amnesty and NGO Afrewatch note children as young as 7 mine cobalt for lithium batteries found in products made by Apple, Microsoft,... More »

Harsh Sony Email Joked About Sheen's HIV Diagnosis

It was released in Sony hack, but never publicized

(Newser) - Charlie Sheen's HIV diagnosis was joked about in an email exposed, but never publicized, during last year's Sony hack, the Washington Post reports. The email from a Sony exec was joking about the fact that Sheen wasn't showing up to work on Anger Management, his FX series.... More »

Jennifer Lawrence Speaks Out: Why I Got Paid Less

Actress addresses the gender wage gap

(Newser) - Jennifer Lawrence was thrust into the spotlight on the gender pay-gap issue when the Sony hack revealed that she was paid less than her male American Hustle co-stars . Now she's speaking out via Lena Dunham's " Lenny ," in a column headlined, "Why Do I Make Less... More »

WikiLeaks Publishes Stolen Sony Documents

Searchable database is made public

(Newser) - Remember when Sony Pictures got hacked and dribs and drabs of embarrassing emails were made public? Things are poised to get worse for Sony: WikiLeaks has published more than 170,000 emails and 30,000 other documents obtained in the hack, reports the Hollywood Reporter . They're all available via... More »

Obama to Tech World: Share Your Cyberthreats With Us

But Facebook, Yahoo, Google CEOs won't attend today's cybersecurity summit

(Newser) - In the wake of the Sony hack , President Obama will be speaking at a cybersecurity summit at Stanford University today, where he plans to sign an executive order calling for companies to share cyberthreats, both with the government and each other. But the CEOs of at least three major Silicon... More »

Pascal Out as Head of Sony Pictures

Co-chair was massively embarrassed by leaked emails in Sony hack

(Newser) - Amy Pascal is out as co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment, the highest profile head to roll in the company's disastrous hack that exposed her private emails and the company's inner workings . But Pascal isn't going far, reports the Hollywood Reporter : She'll head up a new production... More »

Sony: Hack Hasn't Hurt Earnings

Company says attack cost it around $15M

(Newser) - The massive Sony Pictures cyberattack has hurt Sony's ability to release financial results on time, but hasn't made much of a difference to profits, the company says. Not that there are any profits: According to a forecast released today, the company projects a $1.4 billion loss for... More »

You Can Watch The Interview Now

Sony releases movie on YouTube, Google Play, Xbox

(Newser) - Turns out you won't even have to leave your house if you want to watch controversial Sony flick The Interview. The company has announced that, as of 1pm Eastern today, the Seth Rogen and James Franco movie about a plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un is available on YouTube... More »

You Can See The Interview After All

Select theaters announce plans to screen it on Christmas

(Newser) - Theaters including the Plaza in Atlanta and the Texas-based chain of Alamo Drafthouse cinemas will show The Interview after all, they announced on Twitter today. Sony Pictures Entertainment pulled the Seth Rogen- and James Franco-starring movie about a plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un after Sony got hacked and threats... More »

Today Boots Amy Adams for Clamming Up on Sony

Actress didn't want to talk about hacked emails, so show nixed her

(Newser) - First rule about Sony email hacks: Don't talk about Sony email hacks. Or so go the reports about Amy Adams' aborted appearance on the Today show. Adams, who was in New York to promote her new movie, Big Eyes, was reportedly uncomfortable answering questions about the hack, in which... More »

Sony Hack Suspects Send FBI a Video: 'You Are an Idiot'

Studio says it's looking at alternatives for releasing The Interview

(Newser) - The hackers allegedly behind the hack of Sony Pictures are congratulating the FBI on its work and offering the bureau a "Christmas gift." "The result of investigation by FBI is so excellent that you might have seen what we were doing with your own eyes," a... More »

North Korea Demands Joint Hack Inquiry With US

... or else

(Newser) - North Korea swears it had nothing to do with the hack of Sony no matter what President Obama or the FBI thinks, and it has now called for a joint investigation with the US, reports Reuters . But it did so in typical North Korean fashion: "Without resorting to such... More »

Sony CEO: 'We Have Not Backed Down'

Michael Lynton suggests Obama isn't clear on what happened

(Newser) - Sony is bristling at President Obama's view that the company "made a mistake" in canceling next week's release of a movie after hackers' threats. "We have not backed down," CEO Michael Lynton tells Fareed Zakaria of CNN . "The president, the press, and the public... More »

Clooney Slams Hollywood After Failed Petition

Actor attacks censorship, media response to Sony hack

(Newser) - George Clooney is pissed about the Sony hack by North Korea and the subsequent pull of The Interview . Speaking with Deadline , he not only says Hollywood is filled with scaredy-cats, he slams the media for having "abdicated its real duty." Clooney says he drafted a petition in support... More »

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