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Sony scraps 'The Interview' release

Location:
Sony Pictures Entertainment Los Angeles, CA
United States
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Sony Pictures Entertainment's extraordinary decision to scrap the Christmas release of "The Interview" came amid mounting pressure from powerful theater owners and other studios concerned that the film's release could keep moviegoers away from multiplexes during the holidays, one of the most lucrative periods for Hollywood.

Attackers win a round over Sony's 'Interview'

Location:
Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, CA
United States
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If an anonymous group threatened in mid-December to harm bakeries without saying where, when or how, would every doughnut shop and cake vendor feel compelled to shut down through the holiday season? Of course not. Yet a threat by an anonymous group of hackers led the country's major theater chains to close their doors to “The Interview,” Sony Pictures' edgy comedy about a planned assassination of North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

Hollywood Outraged at Sony’s Decision to Dump ‘The Interview’

Location:
Hollywood, CA
United States
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Hollywood’s creative community was outraged at Sony’s decision to yank the release of “The Interview” as actors, directors, writers and other celebrities took to social media to express themselves.

US Said to Find North Korea Ordered Cyberattack on Sony

Location:
Washington, DC
United States
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American officials have concluded that North Korea was “centrally involved” in the hacking of Sony Pictures computers, even as the studio canceled the release of a far-fetched comedy about the assassination of the North’s leader that is believed to have led to the cyberattack.

The Evidence That North Korea Hacked Sony Is Flimsy

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Attribution in breaches is difficult.

Title II And The Return of the “Gore Tax.” Or, The Debate We Should Be Having.

Location:
Washington, DC
United States
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2

Here’s the debate we should be having: do we still believe in Universal Service or not?

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