The Interview: It appears that Sony does NOT want to make a lot of money from this film

It may not be the best film of 2014, but Sony's The Interview - starring Seth Rogen and James Franco - is probably the most talked about. After much will-they-won't-they-oh-yes-of-course-they-will, Sony decided to ignore threats of reprisals and release the controversial comedy on Christmas Day - in about 300 independent US cinemas and on VoD…

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

[nextpage title="Next"] 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." [/nextpage] [nextpage title="Next"] Google's self-driving…

The Digest: Ford dumps Microsoft… and 4 other things people are talking about today

[nextpage title="Next"] Ford dumps Microsoft for BlackBerry infotainment system | CNN "Ford is upgrading its infotainment system to make it more like a smartphone or tablet - and it is dumping its longtime software provider Microsoft as part of the change. Instead, Ford will use BlackBerry's QNX operating system for the new Sync 3 infotainment…

The Digest: Social media told to simplify terms… and 4 other things people are talking about today

[nextpage title="Next"] MPs say they need 'serious discussion' with social networks over users' data  | The Guardian "Social networks should simplify their terms and conditions, to ensure that their users fully understand how their personal data will be collected and used, MPs have concluded. A report by the Commons science and technology committee calls for…

The Digest: New computer spying bug found… and 4 other things people are talking about today

[nextpage title="Next"] Symantec uncovers sophisticated, stealthy computer spying tool | Re/Code "Computer security researchers at Symantec say they have discovered a sophisticated piece of malware that appears to be used for spying at internet service and telecommunications companies, and was likely created by a government agency. The team has dubbed this newly-found Trojan 'Regin' and…

The Digest: Russia wants to ban Apple CEO Tim Cook… and 4 other things people are talking about today

[nextpage title="Next"] Russian politician says Apple CEO Tim Cook should be 'banned' from country after coming out as gay | The Independent "Hours after Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly addressed his sexuality for the first time, a St Petersburg politician has called for him to be banned from Russia. Anti-LGBT campaigner Vitaly Milonov, a member…

Google says its anti-piracy algorithm will now visibly affect file-sharing sites’ rankings

Google is tweaking its search engine to make sure that the most "notorious" piracy sites are less likely to appear when people search for music, films and other copyrighted content. The changes were revealed in a blogpost by Katherine Oyama, the company's senior copyright policy counsel, and they include new ad formats that are designed…