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This photo provided by Columbia Pictures - Sony shows, Randall Park, center, as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." North Korea has been linked to the unprecedented act of cyberwarfare against Sony Pictures that exposed tens of thousands of sensitive documents and escalated to threats of terrorist attacks that ultimately drove the studio to cancel all release plans for "The Interview." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony, Ed Araquel)It may be the most damaging hack ever inflicted on an American business.

12/18/2014 9:59:40 AM

In this photo made Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, a for sale by owner sign sits in front of a home in Richardson, Texas. Mortgage company Freddie Mac releases weekly mortgage rates on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/LM Otero)WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, with the benchmark 30-year loan rate reaching a new low for the year.

12/18/2014 10:34:54 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Russian economy will rebound and the ruble will stabilize, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday at his annual press conference, he also said Putin says Ukraine must remain one political entity, voicing hope that the crisis could be solved through peace talks. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)MOSCOW (AP) — From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost about half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah.

12/18/2014 9:13:58 AM

Boston Marathon bombing suspect to face judge ThursdayDzhokhar Tsarnaev will be seen by the public for the first time in over a year.

12/18/2014 10:07:49 AM

Columbus, Ohio skylineThe site a party chooses for its convention can say something about the kind of country it wants to build. And when Democrats select where they expect to host Hillary Clinton’s coronation in 2016, they should go to Columbus, Ohio, to show what American cities might yet become. In terms of jobs, urban renewal and a great location at the center of an urbanized state, Columbus has much to recommend it. But it also has other things all too rare in modern American cities: strong leadership and a business community that doesn’t shirk its civic responsibility. It’s a vision of a hopeful future.

12/18/2014 4:18:31 AM

Russian President Putin is seen on a screen during his annual end-of-year news conference in MoscowThe Russian leader says the current crisis could last two years at most.

12/18/2014 3:41:11 AM

In this Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants, prepares his statement before a news conference where he expressed his disappointment in President Barack Obama's initiative to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Among potential Republican presidential candidates, Rubio led the attack on Obama's plans Wednesday to ease of economic and travel restrictions on Cuba, to open an embassy in Havana and review the communist nation’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — The surprising move by President Barack Obama to restore U.S. ties with Cuba reignited long-simmering political passions over the fate of the island nation, reinforcing yet another difference between Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and several Republicans eyeing bids for the White House.

12/18/2014 8:30:07 AM

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspect #2 in the Boston Marathon explosion is pictured in this undated FBI handout photoBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in his first public appearance in more than a year, told a judge on Thursday that he is satisfied with his lawyers heading into the January start of his trial in the deadly 2013 attack. Tsarnaev, 21, last appeared at U.S. District Court in Boston in July 2013, when he was charged with killing three people and injuring more than 260 with two homemade pressure cooker bombs at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013. He also was charged with fatally shooting a university police officer three days later. ...

12/18/2014 10:37:33 AM

Alan and Judy Gross walk through a parking garage after arriving for a news conference in WashingtonBy Daniel Trotta and Steve Holland HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy. After 18 months of secret talks, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed in a phone call on Tuesday on a breakthrough prisoner exchange, the opening of embassies in each other's countries, and an easing of some restrictions on commerce. ...

12/17/2014 7:48:36 PM

A man passes by the still unfinished 34th St. Hudson Yards stop for the Number 7 subway line in New YorkBy Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Work crews are scrambling underneath New York City to finish the city's first major new subway stop in 25 years, a fast-track project intended to revitalize a long-neglected slice of Manhattan. The city's transit authority has been working for seven years on the $2.4 billion extension of the Number 7 subway line, once known mainly for transporting fans to New York Mets baseball games and the U.S. Open tennis tournament. ...

12/18/2014 8:06:10 AM

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Meet the Guy Who Designed the Elegant Branding for Serial

Who designed the the black, beige, and red "S" that has popped up on millions of iPhone screens over the last three months?

The post Meet the Guy Who Designed the Elegant Branding for Serial appeared first on WIRED.

12/18/2014 10:33:16 AM

This Company Is Paying Nigerians To Learn Computer Programming

Andela pays people in Africa to learn to code, then puts them to work for U.S. companies.

The post This Company Is Paying Nigerians To Learn Computer Programming appeared first on WIRED.

12/18/2014 10:09:00 AM

DIY Kit Lets You Make Designs Out of Mushrooms

Mushrooms are the new plastics, just ask anyone at Ecovative.

The post DIY Kit Lets You Make Designs Out of Mushrooms appeared first on WIRED.

12/18/2014 9:30:43 AM

Quiz: Extinct or Endangered?

Do you know your extinct and endangered animals? Above is an Amur leopard, a species that is still around but critically endangered. Unfortunately, there are many examples of animals lost forever, or close to the brink of extinction. Take the quiz and see if you know whether these animals are extinct or extant (still living).  […]

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12/18/2014 9:07:38 AM

After $90M Funding Round, Hampton Creek Aims Its Simulated Egg at Asia

Inside a small building on the edge of San Francisco’s South-of-Market district—the old industrial area that’s now home to so many new-age startups—Hampton Creek is rebuilding the chicken egg using natural plant proteins. The aim is to systematically create something that’s cheaper, healthier, and far easier to produce than the real thing. If you stop […]

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12/18/2014 9:00:04 AM

A Massive Indoor Flood, Created for a Piano Concert

An epic performance piece that requires its staff to slowly fill a 55,000 square-foot hall with a standing pool of water.

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12/18/2014 8:30:13 AM

Bots Now Outnumber Humans on the Web

Diogo Mónica once wrote a short computer script that gave him a secret weapon in the war for San Francisco dinner reservations. This was early 2013. The script would periodically scan the popular online reservation service, OpenTable, and drop him an email anytime something interesting opened up—a choice Friday night spot at the House of […]

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12/18/2014 8:00:30 AM

Using a model of the tides and currents in the San Francisco Bay, a trio of Dutch programmers recreated the night that three prisoners escaped from Alcatraz.

The post This Map Shows How Alcatraz Escapees Could Have Survived appeared first on WIRED.

12/18/2014 7:00:01 AM

Cape Watch: Tim Burton Says We Need Happier Superheroes

This week, the man who managed to convince the world that Michael Keaton could fight crime unleashes his verdict on today's crop of superhero movies, and the gift that is the Sony leak keeps on giving. Here are the highlights of this week's superhero movie news.

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12/18/2014 6:00:37 AM

The Secret World of Stolen Smartphones, Where Business Is Booming

In late May of 2012, a damaged package split open at a FedEx facility in Rancho Cordova, California, spilling dozens of boxed iPhones across the shipping room floor. A worker there contacted Apple, which, with the help of corporate security at Verizon, confirmed what FedEx personnel already suspected: The devices were contraband, likely bound for the black market.

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12/18/2014 5:30:57 AM