theEweekly Wrap: 19 Dec
US accuses North Korea of Sony attack
US investigators of the cyber attack that was launched against Sony Pictures at the end of November have said they believe North Korea was behind it.
The group of hackers introduced itself as 'Guardians of Peace', but it was not long before analysts began to suspect that it was North Korea – mainly due to the impending Sony Pictures release of 'The Interview', a comedy film about a Kim Jong-un assassination attempt.
Sony Pictures intended to release the film on Christmas Day in the US, but several US cinema chains decided that they would not show it after the hackers threatened terrorist attacks earlier this week. This has led Sony to pull the film from distribution altogether.
Several prominent figures in the US film industry, including actor Steve Carrell and 'Superbad' director Judd Appatow, have voiced their dismay via Twitter.
IBM announces cloud computing success
US technology corporation IBM has said that 2014 has been a breakthrough year for its cloud computing side of the business.
Over the last year and a half the company has greatly increased its number of cloud data facilities – which now stands at 49 globally.
This week IBM announced plans to open up cloud centres in Germany, Japan and Mexico (one in each country), as well as a new partnership with Equinix Inc., which will bring nine more on top of that.
In 2013, IBM accrued $4.4 billion (£2.8 billion) in cloud computing revenue; the company doubled that figure in the first nine months of 2014. Total revenues for the entire corporation are expected to be around $94 billion (£60 billion) for the year.
Google denies breaching antitrust law
Google wants a San Jose federal court to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit that was filed against the company by two smartphone consumers.
The plaintiffs allege that Google's Android operating system (OS) is designed to prevent users from accessing competitor software – such as Microsoft's Bing search engine. The pair argues further that Google instructs the manufacturers of its Android handsets to specifically build the phones with this in mind.
US antitrust law states that business corporations must encourage and facilitate fair competition, in order to allow consumers to pick and choose the products and services that suit their tastes and needs.
Google argues back that Android users are in fact free to use other software, highlighting that Google products come default on Android phones for obvious reasons. Google also denies the accusation of instructing its handset manufacturers to hamper access to competitor software.