‘The Interview’ Cyberwar; 3D-Printing Cancer; Apple in Russia

Posted December 17th, 2014 at 2:04 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

Not Even North Korea Can Stop the Internet

Those behind the devastating hack attack that targeted Sony Pictures Entertainment have also threatened violence against theaters showing the movie The Interview. To thwart that group’s effort to prevent people from seeing the picture, which centers around an assassination plot against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, one writer is urging Sony to release it online.

Hacked Sony Ex-Employees Sue for Privacy Violations

Two former employees are suing Sony Pictures Entertainment after the hack referenced above leaked sensitive data online. The former employees say their social security numbers and various other personal information were released by the hackers and that Sony, a target of previous attacks, has failed to protect its employees’ data.

3D Printing Points Way to Smarter Cancer Treatment

British scientists have come up with a new way to attack cancer, using 3D-printed models of cancerous parts of the body. The method uses CT scans to print plastic molds of tumors and organs that allow experts to fill them with liquid to evaluate the flow of drugs containing radioactive material that are used in calibrated amounts to kill cancerous cells.

Five ways to Get More Women in Tech

The number of women working in technology in the United States and other parts of the world remains miniscule compared to men. Here are five ways to help attract women developers to the tech workplace.

Baidu Confirms Uber Partnership to Bring Ride-Sharing Service to China

The deal, announced in a press conference in China, allows Baidu, China’s largest search engine, to invest up to $600 million in Uber and integrate the ride-sharing service into its online maps.

Apple Wins Decade-Old, Billion-Dollar iPod Antitrust Lawsuit

An eight-member jury in the Oakland, California U.S. District Court has unanimously ruled that Apple is not liable for violating antitrust laws for its iTunes and iPod updates. A decade-old lawsuit alleged that Apple was monopolizing online music distribution and blocking access to rival services.

Apple ‘Puttin’ a Hold on Online Sales in Russia

Apple announced today that it is temporarily closing its online store in Russia as the country’s currency tumbles. The Russian ruble lost 20 percent of its value today, the biggest decline since 1998.

Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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