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Sony to Media: Stop Using Hacked Documents

Studio threatens legal action over 'stolen information'

(Newser) - Sony is calling on news organizations to stop publishing the mountain of information coming out of hackers' breach of company data. After the emergence of material ranging from Hollywood pay to personal attacks on Angelina Jolie , a letter to the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Gawker, and other media... More »

Sony Hackers Vow 'Christmas Gift,' Swiped 007 Script

Plus, much more from Amy Pascal's email archive

(Newser) - The Sony hackers apparently also stole an early version of the script to the latest Bond movie, titled Sceptre, according to the BBC , and the movie's producers say in a statement they're "concerned that third parties who have received the stolen screenplay may seek to publish it... More »

North Korea: Sony Hack 'Righteous,' But Not Ours

Pyongyang not amused with being blamed by 'South Korea puppet group'

(Newser) - North Korea had nothing to do with the massive hack on Sony, thank you very much, but Pyongyang is totally down with whoever did the deed: In a long-on-drama statement to state-run KCNA , a government spokesman says that the Sony hit "might be a righteous deed of the supporters... More »

Email Threatens Lives of Sony Workers' Families

FBI is investigating

(Newser) - Whoever hacked Sony late last month has been releasing sensitive information about the company and its employees, including salaries and Social Security numbers. But things took a scarier turn yesterday when employees got an email threatening the lives of their families, reports Variety . The message in broken English asks the... More »

Sony Hid Passwords in a Folder Called 'Password'

BuzzFeed finds them, quickly

(Newser) - The latest document dump in the Sony hack has exposed thousands of the company's passwords for various accounts, reports BuzzFeed . The reason this came to light so quickly? The passwords were kept in a file directory called "Password." Among them are hundreds of usernames and passwords for... More »

Sony to Blame North Korea for Giant Hack

Plus, more on what was leaked

(Newser) - It may or may not have been over North Korea's thin skin about a Seth Rogen movie , but Sony Pictures Entertainment is set to lay the blame for last week's crippling hack directly at the feet of Pyongyang, reports Re/code, citing two sources close to the investigation. An... More »

Did North Korea Hack Sony Over a Seth Rogen Film?

Country has pledged 'retaliation' if 'The Interview' is released

(Newser) - Sony Pictures was recently hacked, and investigators are looking into whether North Korea might have had something to do with it, insiders tell Re/code . The country has expressed outrage over an upcoming movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, which features the pair trying to assassinate Kim Jong Un. North... More »

Your Gadgets' Dirty Origin Story: Forced Labor

Apple, Samsung, Sony products made at factories in question

(Newser) - Many factory workers behind Apple, Samsung, and other top electronics products are working in Malaysia—where 28% of electronics workers, and 32% of migrant workers in the industry, are stuck in forced labor, a report commissioned by the US government finds. Some 92% of the country's workers from Bangladesh,... More »

PlayStation, XBox Services Hacked; Tweet Points to ISIS

Sony exec's plane diverted over threat

(Newser) - Multiple major gaming networks faced technical trouble this weekend, and reports suggest hackers are to blame. Sony's PlayStation Network was down yesterday; Microsoft's Xbox Live and Blizzard's Battle.net were among other services apparently affected, the BBC reports. Meanwhile, a Sony executive was threatened in the air:... More »

8th-Grade Metal Band Signs Record Deal With Sony

Unlocking the Truth could be reap nearly $1.8M

(Newser) - Their voices only recently dropped, but that didn't keep a hot new metal band from signing a record deal with Sony. All three members of Unlocking the Truth will be starting eighth grade next year, but in addition to their two-album contract (with an option for at least another... More »

Superhero TV Show Heading to ... PlayStation?

Powers, based on superhero crime comic, moves to PSN

(Newser) - Move over Netflix; there's yet another new player in the online original TV programming arena. Sony has picked up the rights to Powers, a comic about homicide detectives who investigate cases involving superheroes, and intends to turn it into a live-action drama for its PlayStation Network, Deadline reports. The... More »

Sony's 'Wearable Tech' Idea: a Wig

Complete with GPS, camera, and sensors to detect blood pressure

(Newser) - Watch out Google Glass , Sony is delving into wearable technology—and fashion, apparently—with a patent for a wig that can check your blood pressure, detect objects around you, and even help blind people navigate roads, the BBC reports. Sony thinks its SmartWig, worn "in addition to natural hair,... More »

XBox One Launches Latest Console War

It's got loftier ambitions, price tag than PlayStation 4

(Newser) - The XBox One launched at midnight, and with it, the latest generation of the eternal console war. Around the country, XBox devotees are lining up for the new system, which, like its rival, the PlayStation 4, is expected to be in extremely short supply, USA Today reports. Microsoft says it'... More »

Sony, Viacom Cut Deal to Stream Cable TV Online

Comedy Central may be coming to your PlayStation

(Newser) - PlayStation users, rejoice: You may soon be watching MTV and The Daily Show via a new Internet stream. That's because Sony cut a surprise deal with Viacom to stream its cable channels over Internet-based pay TV by the end of the year, the Wall Street Journal reports—and those... More »

Your New Pay-TV Provider Could Be ... Google

Search giant looks to subvert traditional cable TV system

(Newser) - Not content to have won the Internet, Google now looks to be eyeing another conquest: TV. The search and advertising giant has reportedly been in talks with media companies about the possibility of licensing their content for an online TV service that would rival traditional cable providers, the Wall Street ... More »

Sony Most Successful at ... Selling Insurance

Its devices are a money-losing operation

(Newser) - Walkman, Trinitron, PlayStation: In the US, we know Sony as a longtime player in the electronics world. But its electronics arm has lost $8.5 billion over the past decade, the New York Times reports. In fact, the driver of its current success is its insurance business, which doesn't... More »

Sony Unveils PlayStation 4

Its predecessor came out in 2006

(Newser) - Sony today unveiled its next-generation gaming system, PlayStation 4, saying the console will be part of a new ecosystem focused on hardware, software, and "the fastest, most powerful gaming network." The new console is the Japanese electronics giant's first major game machine since the PlayStation 3 went... More »

Sony Finally Kills the PS2

After 12 years, best-selling console of all time is no more

(Newser) - It was the console that seemed like it would never die, but after 12 years, Sony has finally ceased production on the PlayStation 2, the Guardian reports. (We know what you're thinking: Yes, they were still making PS2s.) The console, originally launched in 2000, ends its run as... More »

PlayStation 3 Gets Hacked

Could make it easier to play pirated games, says BBC

(Newser) - An online leak of security info for Sony's PlayStation 3 could make it easy for hackers to unlock the system and play pirated games on the console, reports the BBC . The information was posted online by a group of hackers identifying themselves as the Three Musketeers. They say they... More »

YouTube's Musical Dads Sign With Sony

'The Piano Guys' are five Mormon fathers

(Newser) - They're five Mormon dads from Utah. They love to do quirky, instrumental covers of pop songs and put them on YouTube. And Sony just signed them, reports USA Today . "This is kind of freaky—miraculous, really," says one of the members of The Piano Guys, who have... More »

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