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  1. Hackers Divert Sony Exec's Plane, Launch DoS Attack on PlayStation Network

    August 25, 2014 9:51 AM EDT An American Airlines flight carrying Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley was diverted on Sunday after a hacker group dubbed the Lizard Squad used Twitter to call in a bomb scare. Earlier in the day, the group claimed responsibility fo ...

  2. Insane Clown Posse to Fight FBI's Case Dismissal

    July 09, 2014 4:38 PM EDT After the Insane Clown Posse sued the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigations  for designating their fans, the Juggalos, as a "loosely organized hybrid gang," and the suit was subsequently dismissed , the rap-metal ...

  3. Insane Clown Posse's Suit Against FBI Dismissed

    July 08, 2014 12:25 PM EDT The federal government can't be blamed for any fallout from a 2011 FBI report that put a gang tag on fans of the music group Insane Clown Posse, a judge said. U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland dismissed a lawsuit by the rap-metal duo and fan ...

  4. Feds Want Lawsuit by Insane Clown Posse Dismissed

    June 23, 2014 9:12 AM EDT The U.S. Justice Department is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by Insane Clown Posse, which objects to a report that describes its fans as a dangerous gang. Insane Clown Posse's Gathering of the Juggalos Drops Lineup in Zany Video: Watch ...

  5. Insane Clown Posse Sues FBI Over Gang Label: 'We're Going to Fight This to the Death'

    January 08, 2014 11:55 AM EST Insane Clown Posse is going to war -- legally -- against U.S. government agencies that have designated its fans, the Juggalos, as "a loosely affiliated hybrid gang." A lawsuit was filed Wednesday in the U.S. Federal District Court for th ...

  6. Justice Department Releases Evidence Against Kim Dotcom

    December 23, 2013 11:38 AM EST A federal judge has ordered the unsealing of nearly 200 pages of documents outlining how the U.S. government plans to convince a jury that Megaupload was up to no good. The U.S. Justice Department has just released a summary of what it's got ...

  7. Album Reviews: Owl City, Imagine Dragons & more

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT IMAGINE DRAGONS Night Visions Producers: Alex Da Kid, Imagine Dragons KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Release Date: Sept. 4 Though he hasn't yet reached the level of Dr. Luke and RedOne, English songwriter/producer Alex Da Kid has helmed enough hit s ...

  8. James Rosemond Admits to Tupac Shakur 1994 Shooting Involvement: Report

    June 26, 2012 7:45 AM EDT The mystery of the shooting that launched a coast-to-coast hip-hop feud may finally be over. James Rosemond, also known as "Jimmy Henchman," has reportedly admitted his involvement in a 1994 assault on Tupac Shakur that left the rapper s ...

  9. Alleged Michael Jackson Catalog Thieves Claim Innocence

    March 07, 2012 2:17 PM EST LONDON - Two Michael Jackson fans accused of stealing unreleased music by the late King of Pop from Sony's computers are confident they can prove their innocence in court, their lawyer said Wednesday. Solicitor Karen Todner said James Marks a ...

  10. How Sabu, a 'Legendary' Anonymous Hacker Member, Turned Into an FBI Informant

    March 07, 2012 6:00 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - The shadowy underworld of Internet hackers was rocked Tuesday by news that one of the world's most-wanted and most-feared computer vandals has been an FBI informant for months and helped authorities build a case against five p ...

  11. Megaupload Raid Energizes European Online Piracy Debate

    January 31, 2012 3:58 PM EST The Megaupload homepage as it currently reads following the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department's decision to shutter the site and arrest its founder and key executives on copyright violation charges. The action has reverberated across the At ...

  12. This Week In Billboard History: Meet Newcomer Britney Spears; Is 'Louie Louie' Pornography?

    January 30, 2012 4:00 PM EST : Meet Newcomer Britney Spears Newcomer Britney Spears scores a double on the Billboard charts, as her debut single, the elliptically-titled "…Baby One More Time," succeeds Brandy's "Have You Ever" at No. 1 on the Hot ...

  13. Megaupload Co-Founder Kim Dotcom Remanded in Custody After Dramatic New Zealand Arrest

    January 23, 2012 10:12 AM EST SYDNEY - The co-founder of internet filesharing service Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, was remanded in custody for four days by a New Zealand judge on Monday after his arrest in a dramatic FBI-led sting on Friday, during his 38th birthday party being cel ...

  14. RIAA, BMI, Warner Sites Back Online After Anonymous Attack; Megaupload Founder Remains in Custody

    January 20, 2012 9:31 AM EST Most of the websites affected by the online attacks that followed Thursday's shutdown of the Megaupload file-sharing site were back online early Friday, including the Department of Justice, the RIAA, the MPAA, BMI and Warner Music Group. Mega ...

  15. Aussies Limp Home In Year-End Charts, Foreign Artists Reign

    January 04, 2012 11:02 AM EST Australia's appreciation for the homegrown is renowned, but judging by year-end sales and airplay data, Australian domestic music lost its appeal in a big way in 2011. No Australian artist appeared in the top-ten airplay charts, according to ...

  16. Backbeat: Young Jeezy Does It The 'Jeezy Way' @ NYC Screening of 'A Hustlerz Ambition' Doc

    November 30, 2011 3:48 PM EST Def Doc: Island Def Jam Music Group's President Steve Bartels, Young Jeezy , Island Def Jam VP of Lifestyle Shawn "Pecas" Costner, at the New York screening of the documentary "A Hustlerz Ambition" Rapper Young Jeezy' ...

  17. FBI Classifies Juggalos as a Gang Threat

    November 02, 2011 7:49 PM EDT Juggalos, those wild and rowdy fans of the rap group Insane Clown Posse, may be a little too wild and rowdy according to the FBI, which has just classified the group as a gang in the crime fighting organization's 2011 National Gang Threat Ass ...

  18. Caribbean 'Jazz' Fest Circuit: Where Air Supply, Dionne Warwick, Lionel Richie Are Still Stars

    October 07, 2011 1:46 PM EDT Bolstered by headlining sets from Stevie Wonder and Sting, the recently concluded Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival (Sept. 2-3) attracted 22,000 people over two nights, almost half of them from outside Curacao. But it was only the latest Caribbean m ...

  19. Arizona Student Charged in LulzSec Sony Hacking Case

    September 23, 2011 8:58 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - An Arizona college student was arrested and charged Thursday in a breach of computers at Sony Pictures Entertainment early this summer where more than 37,000 customers had their information stolen. An indictment unsealed in Los ...

  20. FBI Arrests 16 'Anonymous' Hacking Suspects in Nationwide Sweep

    July 19, 2011 6:32 PM EDT More than a dozen hackers allegedly from Anonymous, the group that claims responsibility for some of the recent attacks on Sony systems , have been arrested. The FBI raided multiple homes in New Jersey, New York, California and Florida in relation ...

  21. LulzSec Hacker Group Dissolving Out of Boredom

    June 27, 2011 7:15 AM EDT NEW YORK - A member of a publicity-seeking hacker group that sabotaged websites over the past two months and is dissolving itself says his group isn't disbanding under pressure from the FBI or enemy hackers. "We're not quitting beca ...

  22. 'Book of Mormon' Wins Best Musical Tony; Bono, The Edge Make Appearance

    June 13, 2011 6:10 AM EDT NEW YORK - A slew of acclaimed shows were up for Tony Awards in a remarkably competitive year, but a production that wasn't even eligible still managed to cast a shadow - well, shall we make that a web? - over the proceedings. On a night wh ...

  23. Country Singers May Be Part of AL Corruption Trial

    June 07, 2011 5:30 PM EDT MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A federal gambling corruption trial at the Alabama Statehouse could look like a country music concert or a political convention rather than a court case. The nine defendants in the case that began this week include VictoryLand c ...

  24. Sony Says 'Anonymous' Set Stage for Data Theft

    May 04, 2011 5:08 PM EDT Sony Corp blamed Internet vigilante group Anonymous for indirectly allowing a hacker to gain access to personal data of more than 100 million video game users . The accusation came in a letter to Congress and prompted renewed complaints that the J ...

  25. Sony Says 25 Million More Accounts Hacked

    May 03, 2011 7:17 AM EDT Sony Corp. said Monday that hackers may have taken personal information from an additional 24.6 million user accounts after a review of the recent PlayStation Network breach found an intrusion at a division that makes multiplayer online games. The ...

  26. Sony Execs Apologize for Network Security Breach, Promise to Improve Security

    May 01, 2011 12:38 PM EDT Sony executives apologized Sunday for a security breach in the company's PlayStation Network that caused the loss of personal data of some 77 million accounts on the online service. "We deeply apologize for the inconvenience we have caus ...

  27. Sony Shares Slip, Company Faces Legal Action Over Data Leak

    April 27, 2011 5:37 PM EDT Shares of Sony Corp extended losses to trade down as much as 5.2 percent, hitting a one-month low on Thursday as investors worried over the widening impact of a massive leak of personal information of users of its PlayStation network. Sony said on ...

  28. Business Matters: Facebook Posts Have an 80-Minute Half Life (and Other Facebook Factoids)

    April 26, 2011 4:54 PM EDT The Half-Life of A Facebook Post: 80 Minutes -- A study by Toronto-based startup Visibli found that 50% of Facebook likes occur within 1 hour 20 minutes of the item being posted. Sixty percent of likes happen within 2:15, 70% occur within 4:00, 80 ...

  29. Notorious B.I.G.'s FBI File Released, L.A. Police Investigated

    April 07, 2011 7:20 AM EDT FBI agents on both coasts participated in a nearly two-year investigation aimed at finding out who gunned down the Notorious B.I.G. and whether any Los Angeles police officers were involved, according to recently released records. The inquiry ende ...

  30. Eminem Eyeing Another Movie Role in Fox Crime Thriller

    January 07, 2011 12:00 AM EST Nine years after making his film debut in "8 Mile," Eminem could be returning to the big screen. The rapper plans to star in a crime thriller, "Random Acts of Violence," for 20th Century Fox, The Hollywood Reporter has confirme ...

  31. BamaJam Founder Ronnie Gilley, Others Indicted in Alabama Bingo Probe

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The owner of Alabama's largest casino, four state senators and several lobbyists face federal charges of conspiring to buy and sell votes for millions of dollars to get electronic bingo legalized, according to an indictment released Monday. O ...

  32. Apple Manager Charged With Taking Kickbacks

    August 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A manager at Apple Inc has been charged in California with taking kickbacks he received after leaking corporate secrets to Asian companies that supplied iPhone and iPod accessories, court documents showed. Paul Shin Devine, a global supply manager ...

  33. AT&T Hit With Order, Privacy complaints Over iPhone

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Customers trying to reserve the latest version of the iPhone were thwarted by technical glitches that hindered sales on Tuesday (June 15), the first day of pre-orders before the device hits stores on June 24. AT&T Inc customers reported seeing ...

  34. Calle 13 Rocks Cuba, Braces For Miami Backlash

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Puerto Rico's Calle 13 brought its edgy mix of reggaeton and hip-hop to Cuba's capital, rocking thousands of screaming fans from an outdoor stage while serving up a heaping dose of bitterness toward U.S. policy. The Grammy-winning group ...

  35. U.S. Indicts Four In Concert Tickets Scheme

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Four people were indicted for illegally buying and then reselling tickets to sought-after shows like Bruce Springsteen, Hannah Montana and Bon Jovi concerts as well as top Broadway shows and baseball games, the Justice Department said on Monday. T ...

  36. Obama Adminstration Pledges Anti-Piracy Help

    December 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST President Obama's administration continues to reassure the movie, music, television, newspaper and other creative communities that it takes seriously its responsibility to enforce laws against the piracy of intellectual content. In a meeting ...

  37. Presets Win Triple J Award

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Australian electronic duo the Presets' all-conquering sophomore set "Apocalypso" (Modular/Universal Music Australia) has capped off the awards season with another pair of gongs, taking out top honors over the weekend at the 2008 J A ...

  38. Alleged Guns N' Roses Leaker Pleads Innocent

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A man accused of placing unreleased Guns N' Roses songs on the Internet pleaded innocent yesterday (Oct. 20) in Los Angeles federal court. Kevin Cogill, 27, is charged with violating federal copyright law. No date has been set for the trial, ...

  39. Best Buy Snags Guns N' Roses Album Exclusive

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Best Buy will be the exclusive retailer for Guns N' Roses' decade-plus-in-the-making new album "Chinese Democracy" before year's end, sources close to the situation tell Billboard. Some details of the deal are still being ...

  40. Blogger Arrested Over Guns N' Roses Leaks

    August 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Federal authorities say they have arrested a blogger suspected of streaming songs from Guns N' Roses unreleased album, "Chinese Democracy," on his Web site. FBI agents arrested 27-year-old Kevin Cogill this morning (Aug. 27) on susp ...

  41. Pearlman To Repay Fraud Victims $300 Million

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lou Pearlman and federal authorities have finally agreed on how much the former boy band promoter swindled from banks and investors in a decades-long scam: a staggering $300 million. That's how much creator of the Backstreet Boys and 'N ...

  42. Popular Hip-Hop Web site Gets Hacked

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Popular hip-hop Web site SOHH.com was hacked yesterday (June 26) and consequently spammed with racist headlines. The FBI is currently addressing the issue. According to SOHH.com's founder and CEO Felicia Palmer, the site, which has since shut ...

  43. Goldenthal To Score 'Public Enemies'

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Elliot Goldenthal will score "Public Enemies," teaming again with director Michael Mann after their collaboration on 1995's "Heat." "Enemies" stars Johnny Depp and Christian Bale in a retelling of the John Dillin ...

  44. R. Kelly Pornography Trial Set To Begin In Chicago

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It seemed for a while as if R. Kelly's day in court might never come. But after six years of repeated delays, jury selection is set to begin Friday in the Grammy-winning R&B singer's trial on child pornography charges, prompted by a ...

  45. Ray Charles' Children, Ex-manager Battle

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ray Charles' children are accusing his longtime manager of mismanaging his estate and trusts and tarnishing his legacy by releasing two posthumous CDs the late singer never would have approved, according to a published report. In allegations ...

  46. Los Angeles Times Retracts Hoax Rapper Story

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Los Angeles Times on Monday retracted a story that linked hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs to the 1994 shooting of rapper Tupac Shakur, admitting that the report relied on fake FBI documents. The move came three weeks after the paper ...

  47. L.A. Times Apologizes For Shakur Story

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Los Angeles Times apologized for using documents that were apparently fabricated in a story implicating associates of Sean "Diddy" Combs in a 1994 assault on rapper Tupac Shakur. "The bottom line is that the documents we relied ...

  48. RIAA Names Western Region Anti-Piracy Director

    January 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST The RIAA has added former senior FBI official Kathy Leodler to its anti-piracy unit as the new director of investigations for its Western region. Leodler will oversee all anti-piracy RIAA operations in the western United States and assist law enfo ...

  49. Senators Introduce Enforcement Bill

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and John Cornyn, R-Tex., introduced a bill this week to strengthen federal government efforts to combat copyright infringement and counterfeiting. The Intellectual Property Enforcement Act would give civil copyright enf ...

  50. FBI Busts Int'l Piracy Ring

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT members arrested the New York area. Special agents from the FBI arrested today (June 28) 13 members of an international ring of movie thieves in the New York area, the Motion Picture Assn. of America reported. This ring is allegedly responsible ...

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