VAIO’s first smartphone

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VAIO Corporation was formed when Sony sold its laptop business, but now the new company is entering a product category in which Sony still remains: smartphones. The VAIO phone was announced through Japanese MVNO B-mobile, which is pricing it to move: you’ll pay ¥3,980 (about $33) a month for the hardware plus voice service and data. … Read more

Sony’s The Interview Cashes In at North American Box Office

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Controversial comedy “The Interview” scored almost $18 million in online rentals and purchases, entertainment giant Sony said, following an embarrassing cyber-attack and threats. The low-brow, R-rated comedy featuring Seth Rogen and James Franco revolves around the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Sony initially cancelled the film’s release after many of the biggest … Read more

Lizard Squad: The hacker group who bought down Sony, Xbox One

On Christmas day, Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation Networks experienced userconnection problems for which a hacker group called Lizard Squad claimed responsibility. While Xbox Live was back after a day, Sony’s PlayStation Networks experienced an outagefor nearly three days and it was only yesterday that the company confirmed that the network was back up … Read more

Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox attacked by hackers on Xmas day

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Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation Networks experienced user connection problems on Christmas Day, for which a hacker group claimed responsibility. The group, called Lizard Squad, and the companies did not give a reason for the connectivity issues. Both companies expected heavy use as people who received Microsoft Xbox players or Sony PlayStations on Christmas … Read more

Google weighed security, free speech in move to stream Sony film

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Google Inc said on Wednesday it weighed the security implications of screening the Sony Pictures film, “The Interview,” a comedy whose depiction of the assassination of North Korea’s leader was blamed for a massive cyberattack. Google said Sony had begun contacting a number of companies a week ago about making the film available online. On … Read more

Samsung TVs will play PlayStation games without a PlayStation in 2015

Sony and Samsung are teaming up to offer gamers a festive treat: PlayStation games without a PlayStation on Samsung smart TVs. Samsung’s Internet-connected TVs in the US and Canada will be able to access the PlayStation Now service in the first half of next year. PlayStation Now enables you to stream games from the Web … Read more

RPX Corporation buys Apple-backed Rockstar patents for $900 million

Patent risk management company RPX said it would buy patents owned by Apple and other firms for $900 million, helping to further scale back lawsuits over smartphone technology. The sale consists of the more than 4,000 patents still owned by Rockstar Consortium, which was formed from the $4.5 billion purchase of about 6,000 Nortel Network … Read more

North Korea terms Sony hack accusations as ‘groundless slander,’ seeks joint investigation

North Korea said US accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were “groundless slander,” and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States. An unnamed spokesman of North Korea’s foreign ministry said there would be serious consequences if Washington refused to agree to the probe and continued … Read more

Line Music Streaming Service Unveiled With Sony, Avex Digital as Partners

Messaging app company Line has partnered with Sony Music Entertainment and Avex Digital to launch Line Music – a new subscription-based service for online music-streaming, which the company had announced in October during Line Conference Tokyo 2014. In the three-way partnership for Line Music Corporation, Sony Music Entertainment reportedly holds 40 percent shares, Avex Digital … Read more

Facebook Offered Over $3 Billion to Buy Snapchat, Tip Leaked Sony Emails

The complete story behind the reported Facebook $3 billion offer rejection by Snapchat appears to have been let out of the bag, thanks to the Sony email hack. If the leaked emails (via BusinessInsider) between Snapchat and Sony Entertainment are to be believed, it seems that the Facebook offer was a lot more than $3 … Read more