The Digest: ‘Spiderdog’ tops YouTube… and 4 other things people are talking about today

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‘Mutant giant spider dog’ tops YouTube chart | BBC News

“A Polish film maker’s short horror film featuring his pet dog in a tarantula costume was the biggest trending video on YouTube in 2014, parent company Google has announced. With over 113m views since it was posted in September, Mutant Giant Spider Dog was the most shared and discussed online, according to YouTube.”

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Amazon urges US to let its drones take flight | Cnet

“Amazon has issued a stern letter to the US government, warning that if the bureaucracy doesn’t loosen its grip on drone research, the company will need to move more of its testing overseas.”

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Obama writes his first line of code | Hufffington Post

” ‘moveForward(100);’ may now be the most famous line of JavaScript in history – it’s what President Barack Obama wrote Monday as he reportedly became the first United States president to write a computer program. The occasion was intended to mark the first day of 2014’s Computer Science Education Week, which provides opportunities for students to learn computer science.”

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iPod Classic: Apple’s dead music player prompts frenzy on eBay and Amazon | The Independent

“Two months after Apple unceremoniously dumped the first generation iPod, music fans have rushed to buy the product – making it officially the most expensive iPod out there.”

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Cyber attack could cost Sony studio as much as $100 million | Reuters

“Sony’s movie studio could face tens of millions of dollars in costs from the massive computer hack that hobbled its operations and exposed sensitive data, according to cybersecurity experts who have studied past breaches.”

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Stuart O’Connor