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Poland’s politicians don Anonymous-style Guy Fawkes masks in anti-piracy protest

Poland’s politicians don Anonymous-style Guy Fawkes masks in anti-piracy protest

Polish politicians donned Guy Fawkes masks in parliament this week, in protest of a SOPA-style anti-piracy agreement signed by the government. Members of the leftwing Palikot's Movement produced apparently home-made masks - popularized by comic-turned-film V for Vendetta and now largely associated with hack-collective Anonymous - to show their disdain for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) the AP reports.

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I’ll build a Lunar Base if you vote for me says Newt Gingrich

I’ll build a Lunar Base if you vote for me says Newt Gingrich

Republican presidential candidate hopeful Newt Gingrich doesn't just have his head in the clouds, it's all the way to the moon: or, more accurately, a permanent moon base in less than eight years, if the American public see fit to put him in the White House. "By the end of my second term we will have the first permanent base on the moon and it will be American" Gringrich said in Florida this week, Talking Points reports, with a Mars mission to follow by the end of the next decade.

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Trafalgar Sun raises 4m lumen artificial star above London

Trafalgar Sun raises 4m lumen artificial star above London

Hoisting a 4m lumen artificial sun over dreary London for a morning seems like overkill, even when you consider how many Seasonal Affective Disorder sufferers there are out there, but it certainly makes for an eye-catching promotion. Art collective Greyworld was commissioned to put together the 2,500kg fake star for juice peddlers Tropicana, a six month construction project that, for one day only, was suspended above London's Trafalgar Square to brighten an otherwise drab dawn.

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Dancing Bieber-bot a six-figure spectacle

Dancing Bieber-bot a six-figure spectacle

Pop fop Justin Bieber's show-stopping CES 2012 appearance is believed to have cost toy manufacturer Tosy a six-figure sum, according to insiders, meaning the firm will have to sell plenty of $200 robots just to cover the singer's fee. Exact details of the Tosy deal have not been revealed, but Bieber apparently pocketed more than $100k for the brief appearance alongside the mRobo Ultra Robot, The Daily was told.

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$100m Scientology Super Power Building is jam-packed with odd tech

$100m Scientology Super Power Building is jam-packed with odd tech

Scientology is known for being one of the more unusual - and secretive - religions, but we almost feel like signing up ourselves having seen that practitioners at the new Super Power Building will get access to an "infinite pit" and an "oiliness table." Details of the $100m "Flag Mecca" facility in Clearwater, Florida leaked to The Village Voice, spilling hints at some of the more esoteric equipment being installed. According to the plans, there'll be everything from a wall made of water to an "Electric Fields Generator."

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Nissan Scratch Shield iPhone case heals grazes

Nissan Scratch Shield iPhone case heals grazes

Nissan may not be a name you traditionally associate with iPhone 4S cases, but the company's Scratch Shield model promises self-healing magic to keep your iOS smartphone scrape free. Using the same clever scratch-healing paint as used on Nissan and Infiniti cars, the Nissan Scratch Shield iPhone case can actually repair any blemishes, the gel-like flexible finish changing back to its original form.

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Griffin Woogie 2 demands your cuddles

Griffin Woogie 2 demands your cuddles

Geeks, cease your pacing restlessness: the Griffin Woogie 2 is here! Follow up to the surprisingly successful - and, near the holidays, darned tricky to find in stores - Woogie of 2010, the toddler-targeted huggable iPhone and iPod touch case now gains a personality thanks to the companion Woogie app, adding ten faces that respond to tickling, shaking and lovely warm cuddles.

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will.i.am: “The Ultrabook is the new ghetto blaster”

will.i.am: “The Ultrabook is the new ghetto blaster”

"The ultrabook is the new ghetto blaster" claims will.i.am, proving both that CES is never short of bizarre hyperbole and that Intel's "Director of Creative Innovation" can be always relied on to make nonsensical soundbites. Speaking on stage at Intel's keynote at the tech show, will.i.am revealed that he has been carrying an ultrabook - Intel's new take on the ultraportable segment - for some  time now, using it for collaborative music creation with colleagues and fans.

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Board of Awesomeness couples Win8 tab, Kinect and deathwish

Board of Awesomeness couples Win8 tab, Kinect and deathwish

A prototype Windows 8 tablet, a Kinect sensor bar and an electric skateboard: not exactly your typical gaming setup nor, indeed, your average method of transportation, but actually the handiwork of Chaotic Moon. Dubbed the "Board of Awesomeness", the battery-powered 'board can move at up to 34mph, relying on a combination of video, speech and gesture recognition, localization data, accelerometer data, and other information to react to the rider.

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