The Digest: Sony caves in to hackers… and 4 other things people are talking about today

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Sony bosses cancel The Interview release | Hollywood.com

“Sony Pictures executives have officially pulled plans to release Seth Rogen and James Franco’s controversial new comedy The Interview after hackers threatened the safety of filmgoers.”

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Whodunnit? The Mystery of the Sony Pictures Hack | BBC News

North Korea behind Sony hack, US says, but what can it do? | Bloomberg

Sony accused of ‘collapse in America’s first cyberwar’ | The Independent

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Mobile firms and government agree deal to reduce ‘not-spots’ | BBC News

“An agreement has been reached between the government and the country’s biggest mobile networks to improve mobile coverage across the UK. EE, O2, Three and Vodafone have agreed to invest £5bn and guarantee coverage across 90% of the UK by 2017. The move should reduce the number of ‘not-spots’, areas of patchy coverage.”

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Job ad error confirms European launch of Apple Pay | The Guardian

“Apple has inadvertently confirmed that its mobile wallet and online payment system, Apple Pay, is coming to Europe by posting a job advertisement on its website. The advert, which has now been taken down, said that the company was seeking a London-based intern to ‘drive out the roll-out’ of Apple Pay across Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa.”

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Bebo returns as cartoon messaging app for iOS and Android | DigitalSpy

“Bebo has relaunched as a messaging service for iOS and Android devices. The once-dominant social network is back in the form of a WhatsApp and Snapchat competitor, but the new Bebo app aims to differentiate itself from its rivals.”

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The single most terrifying trend facing Google | Business Insider

“Two and a half years ago we wrote a post headlined ‘Forget Apple, forget Facebook: Here’s the one company that actually terrifies Google execs’. That company? Amazon.”

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Stuart O’Connor