The Digest: North Korea web blackout… and 3 other things people are talking about today

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Why did North Korea’s internet go down? | BBC News

“If the North Korean system was brought down, the obvious suspect is the United States. President Obama promised/threatened a response to the Sony intrusion ‘in a place and time and manner that we choose’. It would be proportionate.”

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Google’s self-driving car is finally road ready | TechRadar

“Google may not plan to build the final version of its self-driving cars, but that’s not keeping the Mountain View firm from cranking out working test versions. The Google Self-Driving Car Project today revealed ‘the first real build of our self-driving vehicle prototype’. In other words, this baby ain’t no mock-up, and it’s got real headlights to boot.”

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Pirate Bay publishes mysterious ‘encryption’ key | Full-Time Whistle

“Renegade torrent site The Pirate Bay has added a digital clock and a line of scrambled text, which may be an encryption key, to its website at thepiratebay.se. On Monday the site, shut down by Swedish police on December 9, showed the first signs of a potential resurrection when it added a looping video of a black pirate flag. Now a digital clock has been added, showing roughly the amount of time the site has not been available to search for pirated files –14 days and counting. Another addition is a line of jumbled characters at the bottom of the screen: JyO7wNzc8xht47QKWohfDVj6Sc2qH+X5tBCT+uetocIJcjQnp/2f1ViEBR+ty0Cz. Exactly what it means (if anything), or what it’s doing there, is anyone’s guess.”

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Steve Wozniak expects Apple Watch and Google Glass to flop | Technology Tell

“Wozniak – who is taking up Australian permanent residency, has applied for Aussie citizenship, and is now an adjunct professor at the University of Technology, Sydney – observed in the course of an interview with the Australian Financial Review’s Paul Smith on Friday that he’s not a fan of the smartwatch concept, and that no one, “… has yet figured out a compelling reason for them to exist.”

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Stuart O’Connor