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DHS denies Illinois victim of Russian hackers

DHS denies Illinois victim of Russian hackers

The Department of Homeland Security has denied foreign involvement in what was believed to be a sabotage attempt on utility equipment in Illinois earlier this month, claiming an earlier report from the state's Terrorism and Intelligence Center was incorrect in its apparent findings. "DHS and FBI have concluded that there was no malicious traffic from Russia or any foreign entities, as previously reported" DHS spokesperson Chris Ortman told MSNBC, going on to insist that there was "no evidence" that login credentials had been stolen.

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Nintendo creates full-size Mario Karts

Nintendo creates full-size Mario Karts

Nintendo has created two life-sized Mario Karts, intended to celebrate the launch of Mario Kart 7 on December 4, and a lucky gamer will get the chance to drive one of them away in a huge giveaway. The two electric buggies - one for Mario and one for Luigi - were constructed by West Coast Customs, and members of GameStop's PowerUp Rewards program stand a chance of winning one of the iconic vehicles if they make a purchase or trade in December. Check out the video of the Mario Karts in action after the cut.

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Anti-Mario fur campaign “tongue-in-cheek” insists PETA

Anti-Mario fur campaign “tongue-in-cheek” insists PETA

Animal rights group PETA has defended its anti-Mario campaign, in which the Nintendo character was accused of "sending the message that it's OK to wear fur" for sporting a Tanooki suit, describing its intentions as "tongue-in-cheek." In an email from PETA's media coordinator to gaming site Kotaku, the headline-grabbing claims and gory mini-game was said to be "a fun way to call attention to a serious issue, that raccoon dogs are skinned alive for their fur."

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Galaxy Nexus launch day blunders

Galaxy Nexus launch day blunders

Samsung's Galaxy Nexus went on sale in the UK this morning, but retailer Phones 4U's exclusivity period hasn't gone entirely smoothly. The first in line this morning to buy the Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone - promptly tweeted out by Samsung UK - actually received a device running what was apparently a test ROM, Engadget reports, and had to return to have his phone exchanged. Meanwhile, Phones 4U has confirmed to us that, while no mention of SIM-free handset sales is made on the company's site, the Galaxy Nexus is available unlocked and off-contract; in fact, we believe more unlocked devices than contract devices have been sold today.

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DIY Laser Ball is 21st century human cat toy

DIY Laser Ball is 21st century human cat toy

If there's one criticism we've always had about laser pointers it's that only one person can run the risk of blindness at a time; thank goodness for tinkerer Matthew Leone's DIY Laser Ball project, which opens the door to up to 14 lasers. Leone's awesome Instructable packs a tennis ball with lasers and a microcontroller to create what's described as "a cat-toy for humans" or a remote control "first-generation lightsaber training droid."

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250k tire stack in Calhoun County spotted from space

250k tire stack in Calhoun County spotted from space

The Chinese are busy with their lines and shapes in the desert while someone in South Carolina has been busy racking up a massive collection of old tires to the tune of roughly 250,000 of them. The site where the tires have been dumped is on private land that is located between Highways 6 and 267. There is no address to the property according to officials.

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RIM speaks on user defections: Buy our new stuff

RIM speaks on user defections: Buy our new stuff

RIM has responded to allegations that a significant number of its enterprise customers plan to defect from the BlackBerry platform in 2012, suggesting that they're probably unhappy because they're not using the latest models from its range. The Canadian company has not had a chance to review the EMA findings - which discovered 30-percent of businesses with 10,000 or more BlackBerry users intend to ditch the platform next year - it said, but "would be interested in finding out" whether those questioned were using BlackBerry 7 phones on Enterprise Server v5.0.3.

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MB&F Legacy Machine 1 watch floats the balance wheel

MB&F Legacy Machine 1 watch floats the balance wheel

Bizarro watch maker MB&F has launched a new model, and while the new Legacy Machine 1 (LM1) may not be as obviously eye-catching as a fey purple owl, a second-glance shows this is just as unique as their previous "horological machines." Built around a brand new movement - visible through a crystal back - the LM1's distinguishing feature is the balance wheel, pulled up front to float actually above the face itself.

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