Top Tech Topics: Week of December 8, 2014

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1. An Hour of Code For All

Hour of Code is a program that spends an hour showing you the basics of coding any day of the year. During December 8th — 14th, also known as Computer Science Education Week, the campaign goal is for tens of millions of students to try it out. This year, even President Obama sat down with students at a White House-hosted event to get down with the coders. Students at schools all over the country have been hosting their own “Hour of Code” events. It’s not too late to get involved: Here’s 10 ways you can spark some tech love.

2. The Hacking Continues

Sony just can’t catch a break with more attacks on the company. The Playstation Network and store’s sites displayed “Page Not Found! It’s not you. It’s the Internet’s fault.” The attack came after Sony’s celebration of the 20th anniversary of the console. Stolen files implied Princess Beatrice earned $30,000 a year while working as an intern. Finally, threats pressuring senior Sony Pictures employees to cancel “The Interview,” which revolves around the attempt to assassinate North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, resulted in minor changes to the film.

3. Pirate Bay Down

Abandon ship! The Pirate Bay may be down for good. The site went blank after a server room was raided and two founders were imprisoned. A long-term Swedish Police investigation led them to the servers, which contained materials related to the site. A few other file sharing sites also went down with the ship. Pirate Bay has been able to reboot quickly in the past. Can they recover this time? There’s hope in the Pirates of the Caribbean — is currently up but unable to download anything.

4. Facebook is Trying Really Hard to Embarrass You

Some improvements don’t count as upgrades and Facebook’s new search tool has great potential to uncover things you thought were buried forever. You asked for it though: Graph search testers said searching for old posts was the most important thing Facebook needed to add. Recommendation companies are worried, too: Facebook search could threaten the likes of Yelp and RottenTomatoes. Ready to dig up old dirt? Here’s how.

5. Oops, Uber Did it Again

It’s been another busy week for Uber’s legal department. Uber launched in Portland only to be sued by the city’s transportation bureau for not being licensed. Spain also said adios for lacking official authorization to compete with licensed taxi drivers. Rosy news of fast growth in Asia and a mind-boggling $1.2B financing round were overshadowed by the arrest of an Uber driver for rape. The black car service is now blacklisted in India. And that’s not all — see some of the many battles Uber is fighting worldwide.

Photo by: Matylda Czarnecka

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