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North Korea proposes a 'joint investigation' with US to prove its innocence in Sony hack

theverge.com — North Korea is continuing to deny any involvement with the devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures. But the entire affair just got even stranger: foreign ministry officials have announced through the government's state-run news agency that "we propose a joint investigation with [the US] into this incident."
Dec 20, 2014

US response to North Korean demands: "If [they] want to help, they can admit their culpability and compensate Sony…” theverge.com/e/7190834

Dec 20, 2014

RT @MKLNews: North Korea proposes to launch a “joint investigation” with the U.S. over the Sony Pictures hack (@Verge) - bit.ly/1zhoRmt

Dec 20, 2014

High level trolling-> @verge: North Korea is proposing a US "joint investigation" to prove its innocence in Sony hack theverge.com/e/7190834

Dec 20, 2014

RT @verge: North Korea is proposing a US "joint investigation" to prove its innocence in Sony hack theverge.com/e/7190834 pic.twitter.com/fSQidlm2wE

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Does The Handmaid's Tale hold up?

theverge.com — Nolite te bastardes carborundorum Does It Hold Up is a chance to re-experience childhood favorites of books, movies, TV shows, video games, and other cultural phenomenon decades later. Have they gotten better like a fine wine, or are we drinking cork?
Dec 20, 2014

RT @verge: The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian fable for the women’s movement. Does it hold up? theverge.com/e/7188992 pic.twitter.com/vQYpt2bIES

Dec 20, 2014

"If we can't be trusted to name the obvious, why should we be trusted to know a dystopia when we see one?" theverge.com/2014/12/20/742…

Dec 20, 2014

After my recent re-read, I agree. It does. || Does The Handmaid's Tale hold up? theverge.com/2014/12/20/742…

Listen to Madonna rap every illuminati buzzword in one of her six new songs

theverge.com — Combating the full leak of her then-unannounced album Rebel Heart this past Wednesday, Madonna has decided to officially release the first six tracks, including the Nicki Minaj collaboration "Bitch I'm Madonna." But that is not the song I'm currently obsessing over in this sextet.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @PatrickMGarvin: Did Madonna just rhyme "Bill Gates" with "Google of the United States"? Yes, and we might love it. theverge.com/2014/12/20/742… via .@ohnorosco

Dec 20, 2014

Madonna made a song about the illuminati and I am now obsessed with it. Listen: theverge.com/2014/12/20/742… pic.twitter.com/B6u056jjrO

The Verge Playlist: I love you, Sony Walkman

theverge.com — There are two things I love in this world: breaking news and songs that reference outdated technology. So given everything Sony-related this week, my playlist therefore had a very simple rule from the onset: every song must reference the Walkman. That's it.
Dec 20, 2014

For The Verge playlist, I had one simple rule: every song must reference Sony's Walkman: theverge.com/e/7191484 pic.twitter.com/lCOu615IxQ

Sony: No online service has 'stepped forward' to distribute The Interview

theverge.com — A number of people - The Verge included - have called on Sony to release The Interview online, be it streaming à la Netflix / Hulu or for sale on a service like iTunes / Google Play.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @alansmurray: This is a good time to remind our readers that Sony has a VOD service called Crackle @verge theverge.com/e/7187962 pic.twitter.com/004fqW9MZ4

Dec 19, 2014

Sony Pictures CEO is talking a lot but saying absolutely nothing 1. theverge.com/e/7187962 2. theverge.com/e/7187642

Dec 19, 2014

This is a good time to remind our readers that Sony has a VOD service called Crackle @verge theverge.com/e/7187962 pic.twitter.com/004fqW9MZ4

Dec 19, 2014

Sony Pictures says nobody's stepped up to release The Interview online. Somebody should tell them about Crackle. theverge.com/e/7187962

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Sony says it's not caving on The Interview, but all of its promotional sites are gone

theverge.com — Despite making overtures that it has not "caved," or "backed down," in the face of hacker threats, Sony Pictures appears to have been quietly pulling each and every online promotion for its movie, The Interview.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @verge: Sony says it's not caving on The Interview, but all of its promotional sites are gone theverge.com/e/7189506 pic.twitter.com/ddcIsZxU7j

Dec 20, 2014

Sony asserts it’s not “caving” to North Korea, while at the same time deleting promotional sites for “The Interview” bit.ly/1sT9DlR

Dec 19, 2014

RT @bcbishop: If Sony didn’t cave to hacker demands, why did it pull all websites for The Interview like they demanded? theverge.com/e/7189506 via @verge

Dec 19, 2014

RT @bcbishop: If Sony didn’t cave to hacker demands, why did it pull all websites for The Interview like they demanded? theverge.com/e/7189506 via @verge

Dec 19, 2014

If Sony didn’t cave to hacker demands, why did it pull all websites for The Interview like they demanded? theverge.com/e/7189506 via @verge

Obama: the US 'will respond' to the North Korean attack on Sony

theverge.com — President Obama says that the United States will respond to North Korea over its cyberattack on Sony Pictures. Developing...
Dec 19, 2014

RT @ckindel: I don't believe NK hacked Sony. None of the experts I respect (eg @kevinmitnick) seem to believe so either. theverge.com/2014/12/19/742…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @ckindel: I don't believe NK hacked Sony. None of the experts I respect (eg @kevinmitnick) seem to believe so either. theverge.com/2014/12/19/742…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @verge: President Obama doesn't think Sony should have pulled The Interview from theaters theverge.com/e/7187224 pic.twitter.com/wSH4fEqMCc

Dec 19, 2014

RT @epelboin: Obama: the US 'will respond' to the North Korean attack on Sony theverge.com/e/7187224 via @verge

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The best Oreo you can buy

theverge.com — Believe it or not, Oreo cookies have been around for over 100 years. Branded "America's Favorite Cookie", Oreos have defeated countless others (sorry Hydrox), survived two world wars, and become milk's best friend. But it wasn't until recent years that Oreos really became interesting. Or to be more specific, Oreo got weird.
Dec 19, 2014

Good to see my friend and rival @dcseifert is having just as much fun as I am :-) theverge.com/2014/12/19/740…

Dec 19, 2014

Start your Friday off by having @dcseifert explain the world of specialty Oreos: theverge.com/2014/12/19/740…

Dec 19, 2014

lots of love for the Classic Oreo in our poll! didn't expect that, go vote! theverge.com/2014/12/19/740…

Dec 19, 2014

BRB using powers as Executive Editor of The Verge to add Hydrox to @dcseifert's best Oreo poll theverge.com/2014/12/19/740… pic.twitter.com/5pv4Ymiatx

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Sony Pictures CEO: 'We have always had every desire' to release The Interview

theverge.com — If you ask President Obama, Sony made a " mistake" by canceling The Interview release - but it doesn't mean the movie won't see the light of day.

Hackers demand Sony remove all signs The Interview existed or more data will be released

theverge.com — The hackers who attacked Sony have called off the release of further stolen data because of the decision not to release The Interview, according to CNN. CNN reports that top Sony executives received an email from the hacking group last night with a message saying that it would leave them alone for now.
Dec 20, 2014

One reason why Sony might be deleting “The Interview” promo sites: Because hackers told them to - bit.ly/1v6bMFh

Dec 19, 2014

RT @joshgreenman: “Seth Rogen must change his name to Gregg Tooberson. He must shave his nose on live television.” #hackerdemands theverge.com/2014/12/19/742…

Dec 19, 2014

“Seth Rogen must change his name to Gregg Tooberson. He must shave his nose on live television.” #hackerdemands theverge.com/2014/12/19/742…

Dec 19, 2014

Hackers Say "TY" to #SonyPictures + demand more! What next - Make N.Korean propaganda film about #cyberwar win! theverge.com/2014/12/19/742…

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Watch Obama talk about North Korea's cyberattack on Sony

theverge.com — President Obama is about to begin a press conference where he is expected to discuss North Korea's cyberattack on Sony Pictures. It is not clear what, if any, actions the United States will take response, but the White House press secretary already began setting expectations small yesterday, noting that the hackers may be hoping for a certain reaction.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @verge: Obama on Sony pulling The Interview from theaters: "Yes, I think they made a mistake" theverge.com/e/7186976 pic.twitter.com/dil0NbIY6Y

Dec 19, 2014

Obama - “We cannot have a society in which some dictator, some place can start imposing censorship here in the US.” theverge.com/2014/12/19/742…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @verge: Obama on Sony pulling The Interview from theaters: "Yes, I think they made a mistake" theverge.com/e/7186976 pic.twitter.com/dil0NbIY6Y

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The best Oreo you can buy

theverge.com — There have been dozens of Oreo variants on store shelves. We rounded up 18 of them - every one we could get our hands on - and ate them all to find the best Oreo you can buy.
Dec 20, 2014

The Verge reviews 18 variations of Oreos to see which is best. bit.ly/1Cd6QGX

Instagram is now valued at $35 billion

theverge.com — For Facebook, buying Instagram was a steal. In a note this morning, Citigroup says that it has reexamined its valuation of Instagram and now believes that it is worth $35 billion. Citi had previously valued Instagram at $19 billion, that itself being far above the $1 billion that Facebook purchased Instagram for back in 2012.
Dec 19, 2014

Instagram is now valued at $35 billion — Facebook bought it for just $1 billion theverge.com/e/7185022 via @verge

Dec 19, 2014

RT @verge: Instagram is now valued at $35 billion — Facebook bought it for just $1 billion theverge.com/e/7185022 pic.twitter.com/aLWVL4PNIX

Dec 19, 2014

@verge: Instagram is now valued at $35 billion — Facebook bought it for just $1 billion theverge.com/e/7185022 pic.twitter.com/VjlPVWzpHF

The creator of Minecraft outbid Beyoncé and Jay Z on this $70 million megamansion

theverge.com — Back in September, Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson became ludicrously wealthy after Microsoft bought the game for $2.5 billion. And as of this week, he's now the owner of a $70 million megamansion in Beverly Hills, California.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @verge: The creator of Minecraft outbid Beyoncé and Jay Z on this $70 million megamansion theverge.com/e/7182438 pic.twitter.com/k2neoqwnBt

Dec 19, 2014

RT @EliotHiggins: The creator of Minecraft outbid Beyoncé and Jay Z on this $70 million megamansion theverge.com/e/7182438

Dec 18, 2014

What Happens When Every Internet Buzzword Comes Together: This Should Not Exist theverge.com/e/7182438 pic.twitter.com/t8qOdPw8fr

Dec 18, 2014

RT @verge: The creator of Minecraft just outbid Beyoncé and Jay Z on this $70 million megamansion theverge.com/e/7182438 pic.twitter.com/RocXFEyz9G

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Goliath strikes back: Google takes legal action against Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood

theverge.com — Last Friday, The Verge published leaked documents revealing a secret legal campaign to discredit Google, coordinated by the MPAA on behalf of the major Hollywood studios. The documents show a continued focus on the power to blocking sites from the web - a central issue in the 2011 SOPA debates - and a concerted effort to enlist state attorney generals in that fight.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @marciahofmann: more Sony fallout: Google sues MS attorney general, demands MPAA & law firm retain docs for possible future action http:…

Dec 19, 2014

Glad to see Google not sitting still for total abuse of political office by Hollywood-controlled state AG: theverge.com/2014/12/19/742…

FBI to name North Korea as culprit in Sony hack today

theverge.com — The Federal Bureau of Investigation will say later today that North Korea was behind the cyberattack on Sony, according to Reuters and CBS . Reuters reports that investigators will also say there may also be a link to China in the hack, with Chinese servers potentially being used.

Instagram makes teens and celebrities angry by killing millions of spambots

theverge.com — A crackdown on spam Instagram accounts has triggered a cataclysm in the world of low-grade social media celebrities. The event began today as the photo-sharing service made good on its promise to start deleting millions of fake accounts. The "Instagram Rapture," as it's come to be hashtagged, has seen the follower counts of apparently popular Instagrammers ravaged.
Dec 19, 2014

Sería un palo que Twitter siguiera el ejemplo de Instagram y le diera purga a los seguidores falsos theverge.com/2014/12/18/741…

Everyone hates this anonymous cameraman - but why?

theverge.com — You're sitting outside a Starbucks when a man walks up to you carrying a video camera. He sits next to you, training his camera on your face, saying nothing. You ask why he's filming and he says, simply, "why not?" What do you do?
Dec 19, 2014

This shit is ultra creepy and wonderful. Everyone hates this anonymous cameraman — but why? theverge.com/e/7187418

The Hobbit’s vision for the future of cinema looks awful, but it just might work

theverge.com — The dragon Smaug flies down from the mountain and soars over Lake-town. He is enormous, glowing in flames, and way more detailed than any digitally made creature has a right to be on a screen this large.
Dec 19, 2014

Fact about @jake_k: his 2012 post in the Verge forums about 48fps filmmaking got him hired. His followup today: theverge.com/2014/12/19/742…

Dec 19, 2014

i really hate the look of 48fps but the hobbit makes it really clear why big-budget films will like it theverge.com/2014/12/19/742…

Dec 19, 2014

The Hobbit may not have sold anyone on high-frame rate photography but @jake_k thinks the future is bright theverge.com/e/7186674 via @verge