The Digest: Gadget insurance complaints rise… and 4 other things people are talking about today

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Gadget insurance complaints to Ombudsman jump | BBC News

“The Financial Ombudsman Service says it saw 2,200 complaints about gadget warranties last year, double that of the previous year. It says many people hugely undervalue the cost of the technological items they carry with them, and are also unaware that most general insurance does not cover items outside the home.”

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Sony hack was ‘act of cyber-vandalism’ | Yahoo News

“President Barack Obama says he does not consider the Sony hack an act of war but an act of cyber-vandalism. The US is weighing up how to respond to the attack, which prompted Sony to withdraw the movie The Interview, which had been set for release during the holiday season. ‘I don’t think it was an act of war. I think it was an act of cyber-vandalism that was very costly, very expensive,’ the US President said in a TV interview. ‘We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionately.’ “

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Taiwan says Uber ‘violating law’ by operating without licence | Reuters

“Taiwan’s transport ministry said Uber Technologies was operating a taxi-hailing service in violation of the law, and that it was investigating the possibility of blocking access to the US company’s website and mobile app. Ministry of Transportation and Communications Deputy Director Liang Guo Guo said on Monday that Uber only possessed a licence to provide information services, rather than transport services.”

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Sony warns of possible European PS4 shortage | MCV

“There may be a shortage of PS4 consoles in some European countries over the remainder of the holiday period. That’s according to Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House, who told Reuters that ‘Europe I think it is potentially, for the second year running, going to be quite inventory challenged’.”

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The Pirate Bay site back online, but yet to fully return  | The Independent

“The Pirate Bay file sharing site, taken down in earlier this month by a Swedish government raid, looks set to return after updates were made to the site, which now shows a large picture of a pirate flag. The site was brought down on December 9, after Swedish police raided the site’s servers. It has been offline ever since — despite the relative ease of bringing it back, and the emergence of copycat sites, some legitimate and some not. But updates were made to the site over the weekend, including pointing visitors towards a new site in Moldova.”

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Stuart O’Connor