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North Korea Refuses to Deny Sony Pictures Cyber Attack (BBC News)
Sony is investigating after its computers were attacked and unreleased films were made available on the Internet. When asked if it was involved in the attack, a spokesman for the North Korean government replied: “Wait and see.” THR Asked about the cyber attack, a spokesman for North Korea’s U.N. mission told BBC News, “The hostile forces are relating everything to the DPRK [North Korea]. I kindly advise you to just wait and see.” The FBI said on Tuesday that it is currently part of the investigation into the cyber attack. Variety Among other scenarios, Sony Pictures is looking into the possibility that hackers with ties to North Korea were responsible. That is presumed to be retaliation for the studio’s scheduled Dec. 25 release of The Interview, a geopolitical spoof starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, in which the duo are approached by the CIA about assassinating North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. An unofficial North Korean spokesman decried the film earlier this summer. Mashable A group calling itself GOP (Guardian of Peace) hacked into Sony Pictures Entertainment’s website last week, taking down nearly all of its internal systems with it. Nearly a week later, the fruits of the raid are beginning to trickle out into the public. More than 27GB of documents that appear to be from internal Sony Pictures Entertainment file servers have already been leaked. NYT The documents contained the pre-bonus annual salaries of senior executives, 17 of whom are shown earning more than $1 million a year. The breach exposed two things the secretive movie industry loathes the most — the piracy of films and details about executive compensation — and sent a ripple of dread across Hollywood. On Pastebin, hackers released what they said were “tens of terabytes” of internal Sony data. The post — titled “Gift of G.O.P.” — included links to various data archives which appeared to contain Sony employees’ passwords, Social Security numbers, salaries and performance reviews. The studio has offered to enroll employees in a fraud protection program.  Executives at the entertainment company said they were also making progress in fighting the apparently related Internet pirating of five complete films, including the unreleased Annie.

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More NY Times Buyouts [Updated]

NYTimeslogoThe list of New York Times staffers taking buyouts continues to grow. The latest include media reporter Christine Haughney and special projects editor Lexi Mainland.

Both veterans announced their departures on Twitter. “After 8 years with @nytimes including nearly 3 years writing about my colleagues in the troubled newspaper industry, I am taking a buyout” wrote Haughney. “After 8.5 years, I’m moving on from @nytimes,” tweeted Mainland. “It’s been the thrill of a lifetime to play a part in the world’s best journalism.”

The full list of staffers taking a buyout is below. We’re updating each day, so if we missed any, please let us know.

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News Organizations Launch on Something Called ‘Google+’

Poynter reports that The New York Times, Fox News, NBC News and “Good Morning America” now have pages on Google+. Google announced today that businesses and news organizations can finally have pages, and those are just a few of the news entities making use of the service already.

If you’re one of the 27 people out there who still use Google+, the Times even wants your help. Lexi Mainland, a Social Media Editor for the paper, tweeted the Times’ Google+ launch and asked what readers would like to see covered there.

Please note that if you comment something snarky about how you’d like to read the Google+ posts on Facebook, you will be banned.

The New York Times’ Editors Don’t Care About Salad Dressing

We’ve always imagined that everything inside the New York Times’ walls is edited to perfection. Any modifiers that are caught dangling are immediately corrected and there sure as hell aren’t any misspellings.

Apparently that’s not the case. This picture, tweeted by Lexi Mainland, the Times’ Social Media Editor, shows two salad dressing bottles in the company’s cafeteria that boldly display typos.

Either the paper’s editors (creepily) only eat plain salads, or the cafeteria workers are sick of being micromanaged and have thus taken to passive aggressive methods to show their displeasure.

Or maybe it’s just a minor mistake that no one has bothered to correct yet. But we doubt that.

The New York Times Turns Off Automated Twitter Account

Most of the time The New York Times’ official Twitter account, @NYTimes, is automated. However, this week it’s being run by actual people. Liz Heron and Lexi Mainland are tweeting from the account as part of a test to see if having a human run it is better for the paper.

Heron tells Poynter that the change is in response to people considering the @NYTimes account to be cold and robotic:

[Allowing human users] is about changing the perception, and it’s about being a little more strategic about what we put out there — finding the most engaging content.

Of course having the Twitter feed run by human users is a good idea, and it’s easy to see why: People like to be engaged. After all, it’s called social networking, not whatever the opposite of that would be. Antisocial inner monologue? We’ll go with that.