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DNA tagging bullets mark criminal suspects for arrest

DNA tagging bullets mark criminal suspects for arrest

Let's say a criminal suspect is on the run, and as a police officer, you begin to chase them down. You then realize you can't keep up with them, so you pull out a specially-made gun and fire a DNA tagging bullet at them. They're non-lethal, but the pellets leave a mark on the suspect that lasts for weeks, and it can help authorities identify suspects the easy way.

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PlayStation Network breach earns max cash fine from ICO (2 years late)

PlayStation Network breach earns max cash fine from ICO (2 years late)

This week the folks at the UK-based Information Commissioner's Office have made it clear that under the Data Protection Act they've had "one of the most serious" dealings in history with PlayStation's privacy blunder up for charge here in 2013. The actual offense that's being fined occurred back in 2011 when Sony had a security breach and millions of gamers' information sets were leaked online by hackers. The fine that's being issued is no more than £250,000, this being the maximum the ICO is able to push against a private company.

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Blockbuster UK faces administration with more than 4,000 jobs at risk

Blockbuster UK faces administration with more than 4,000 jobs at risk

Things just went from bad to worse for Blockbuster, with its UK arm entering administration today. That probably won't come as much of a surprise to most folks, considering that Blockbuster has suffered at the hands of online retailers and streaming services like Netflix for years now. For the 4,190 employees who work at Blockbuster's 528 stores in the UK, however, this certainly is sour news.

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Microsoft Surface RT makes first appearance in UK stores

Microsoft Surface RT makes first appearance in UK stores

US consumers have enjoyed access to Microsoft's new Surface tablet at brick and mortar stores since launch, but up until today, UK consumers have been forced to purchase their tablets online. That's no longer the case, as department store John Lewis has starting offering Surface RT tablets on its shelves. This, of course, will give UK consumers the chance to get some hands-on time in with the device before committing to a purchase, which is always a pretty big deal.

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Google’s Royal Nexus 4 Supply Miscalculation

Google’s Royal Nexus 4 Supply Miscalculation

When it became apparent not too long ago that the LG Nexus 4 was selling out of the Google Play online store faster than free bricks of gold, we immediately asked ourselves: was this by design, or was it a mistake? There are two possibilities that remain even after the information being reported today by no less than the head of mobile at LG UK has been released - even after Andy Coughlin spoke up with CNET about the fact that the device "had proven extremely popular" when it was released initially to Google Play. One possibility is that yes, indeed, Google simply did not expect so many devices to be sold, so they didn't order a supply to meet the demand - the other is more nefarious.

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Will.i.am iPhone accessory line kicking off with three vintage models

Will.i.am iPhone accessory line kicking off with three vintage models

The i.am+ accessory line has begun with a set of three iPhone covers that convert the device into a much more high-powered camera than the smartphone is on its own. This lineup is being launched by Black Eyed Peas musician will.i.am and will be expanded upon via an ecosystem online and through high-end shops throughout the UK (at first, anyway.) This was announced with great glee by will.i.am in London this week with a full-on music video showing tonight with none other than Britney Spears.

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