Ferguson police spokesman suspended after ‘pile of trash’ remark

(Reuters) – The spokesman for the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, has been suspended without pay after admitting he referred to a roadside memorial to an unarmed teenager killed by police as a “pile of trash,” the city announced over the weekend.

Five die in Kansas City after car hit by truck

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) – Police on Sunday were investigating an accident that killed five people, including three toddlers, when their car stopped on a Kansas City freeway and was struck from behind by a semi-truck.

Sony Says PlayStation Still Has Problems, Is Getting Back Online

By Jim Finkle and Liana B. Baker

BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sony Corp’s PlayStation Network suffered connection problems for a fourth straight day since hackers attacked the video game network, and the company said on Sunday that service was gradually being restored.

The hacker activist group known as Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for disrupting both the PlayStation Network and Microsoft Corp’s Xbox Live on Christmas Day. Service was restored to Xbox Live on Friday.

“We are currently experiencing widespread network issues that are being addressed,” Sony said in a statement on PlayStation’s maintenance website.

Hours earlier, Catherine Jensen, vice president of consumer experience at Sony Computer Entertainment America, said on the PlayStation blog that the network was “back online.”

Some gamers said on Twitter that they were able to access the PlayStation Network on Sunday, but others took to the microblogging site to complain about the continuing outage. It was not clear how many of the 56 million video gamers who use PlayStation still suffered problems.

On Sony’s Twitter customer support account, AskPlayStation, a representative wrote, “Network services are gradually coming back online.”

Sony has been the victim of some of the most high-profile security breaches in history.

In late November, Sony Pictures’ computer system was taken down by hackers protesting the film, “The Interview,” which depicted the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. U.S. President Barack Obama has blamed the North Korean government for the attack.

Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for attacks on the PlayStation Network in early December and August of this year. The August attack coincided with a bomb scare in which Lizard Squad tweeted to American Airlines that it heard explosives were on board a plane carrying an executive with Sony Online Entertainment.

In 2011, hackers stole data belonging to 77 million PlayStation Network users.

(Editing by Tiffany Wu)

Russian Startup Livemap Lands $300K Grant For Its Motorcycle Helmet With Built-In Navigation

livemap helmet design As we’re coming up on the next Consumer Electronics Show, I got an update from one of the companies that participated in TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield at the last CES — Russian startup Livemap.
The Livemap team is working to create motorcycle helmets with voice control and GPS navigation directly in your field of vision — so while you’re riding, you can see… Read More

Bankruptcy judge: Aereo can sell its TV stream tech—with some caveats

Court documents from Friday show Judge Sean Lane of the US Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan will allow Aereo to auction off its TV streaming technology with a few notable caveats.

The now defunct tech company first reached a deal with broadcasters—CBS Corp, Comcast Corp’s NBC, Walt Disney Co.’s ABC, and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc’s Fox.—to make the potential sales possible. According to Engadget, Aereo will allow the broadcasters to attend any auction, to oppose any individual sales, and to examine Aereo’s customer records. Aereo will also provide the broadcasting group weekly updates on the status of the sale process.

The Wall Street Journal reports that despite looming litigation, there is interest in Aereo’s technology from at least 17 prospective bidders. The paper notes bids are due Feb. 20, and if multiple bids are received, an auction will be held Feb. 24 at the New York office of Brown Rudnick, the law firm handling Aereo’s Chapter 11 case. After that, a final hearing to approve any sales would take place in March.

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PlayStation Network back up after hack

Sony said Sunday its PlayStation Network, or PSN, for online gaming is back after a multi-day outage on some of the busiest days of the year.

Temperatures plunge below zero in UK

Temperatures plunged below freezing in parts of the UK earlier amid warnings that drivers could face treacherous conditions on icy roads.