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Sony Begins Gradual Restoration of PlayStation Network

Sony Begins Gradual Restoration of PlayStation Network After over three weeks of waiting, Sony will begin to restore PlayStation Network services on Saturday.

Certain functions of the online gaming service for PlayStation 3 and PSP will be up and running on May 14, Sony said in a press release. The services that will be revived first are Netflix and Hulu viewing, online multiplayer gameplay and friends list access among others. Notably absent from this list is the PlayStation Store digital content shop, which Sony says will be back up and running by May 31.

Source: WIRED
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Introducing "News near you" on Google News for mobile

Introducing "News near you" on Google News for mobile Google News for mobile lets you keep up with the latest news, wherever you are. Today we're excited to announce a new feature in the U.S. English edition called "News near you" that surfaces news relevant to the city you're in and surrounding areas.

Location-based news first became available in Google News in 2008, and today there's a local section for just about any city, state or country in the world with coverage from thousands of sources. We do local news a bit differently, analyzing every word in every story to understand what location the news is about and where the source is located.

Now you can find local news on your smartphone. In the picture you can see an example of a "News near you" mobile section automatically created for someone in Topeka, Kansas...

Source: Google Mobile Blog
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Hacker Invades Account of Xbox Live Security Chief

Hacker Invades Account of Xbox Live Security Chief Flying under the banner of "All accounts are open for hacking", a hacker has cracked the Xbox Live account of Xbox Live policy enforcement director Stephan Toulouse.

Source: Game Informer
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Mortal Kombat Arcade Collection Coming This Summer

Mortal Kombat Arcade Collection Coming This Summer Fighting fans have been enjoying the newest incarnation of Mortal Kombat for several weeks, and part of the game's popularity is its return to the series' roots. If you have no idea what those roots are, you should probably check out the upcoming Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection.

Source: Game Informer
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Report: Full PSN Service At the End of May

Report: Full PSN Service At the End of May A Sony executive in Japan says that the company expects to have full PSN/Qriocity service back up at the end of May.

Talking to Bloomberg, Tokyo-based Sony spokesperson Shigenori Yoshida said that the company expects to have its new security in place and have everything back to full service by the end of the month. This would be six weeks after it was initially taken down to deal with the attack by hackers.

Source: Game Informer
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CloudTalk: Voice instant messaging that works

CloudTalk: Voice instant messaging that works The most audacious start-up pitches are those that propose changing people's communications habits. No matter how clever a company's technology or gorgeous an app's interface, getting users to adopt new modalities of communication is perhaps the hardest job in tech.

It's a social challenge as much as a technological one, which means that if you get it right, your technology spreads from person to person--virally, as the overused term calls it. Lately, social start-ups have been adopting strange, mutated viral models: Path is a social app that launched with a bizarrely limited way to join networks. Color opens you up to pop-up social networks based on physical proximity. Both clever but far outside most users' comfort zones.

Source: CNET
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IE9 Is Superior to Firefox and Chrome in Protecting User Privacy

IE9 Is Superior to Firefox and Chrome in Protecting User Privacy When it comes down to user privacy protection, IE9 is superior to all rivals including the latest iteration of Firefox, and especially Chrome.

This simply because IE9 puts users in control over who can track their online activity. It does this through supporting the Do Not Track User Preference, as a DOM property and an HTTP header, as well as offering the Tracking Protection feature.

Source: Softpedia
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Google Earth optimized for Android-powered tablets

Google Earth optimized for Android-powered tablets When we launched Google Earth in 2005, most of us were still using flip phones. At the time, the thought of being able to cart around 197 million square miles of Earth in your pocket was still a distant dream. Last year, that dream came to fruition for Android users when we released Google Earth for Android. With the recent release of tablets based on Android 3.0, we wanted to take full advantage of the large screens and powerful processors that this exciting new breed of tablets had to offer.

Source: Google Mobile Blog
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LastPass CEO reveals details on security breach

LastPass CEO reveals details on security breach Following yesterday's revelation of a likely security breach at password management company LastPass, the company's CEO is revealing more details about the incident and trying to offer some comfort and advice to his users.

Source: CNET
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Facebook improves friend tagging: optional @ symbol, tag shortening

Facebook improves friend tagging: optional @ symbol, tag shortening Facebook has made two improvements to its @ Mentions feature when tagging friends. The first allows you to tag a friend without first typing the @ symbol and the second allows you to shorten a friend tag, as first pointed out by Inside Facebook.

Source: ZDNET
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