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Facebook Phone universe expands with Orange “Party Call” service

Facebook Phone universe expands with Orange “Party Call” service

It's time once again, and again, and again, to think about a Facebook-centric phone with a deal that's been inked this week at Orange called "Party Call." This "social calling" service will work with Facebook specifically and will be working with both mobile and desktop versions of the social network. The big break in this plan as far as a Facebook phone goes is the fact that it's not Facebook that's leading this initiative, it's Orange using Facebook's open API as any other developer would, working with Orange's IP-based calling and messaging app Libon (Life is Better On).

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Kickstarter officially launches in the UK

Kickstarter officially launches in the UK

We haven't heard much from the folks at Kickstarter over the last month. In fact, the last time Kickstarter mentioned its coming UK launch on its official blog was back on October 10. On that day, Kickstarter announced that it would be launching in the UK on October 31.

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32GB Surface models “temporarily sold out” on Microsoft’s UK store

32GB Surface models “temporarily sold out” on Microsoft’s UK store

Microsoft's new Surface tablet might have its share of dissenters, but apparently very few of them live in the UK. Earlier today, ZDNet reported that the 32GB Surface without the Touch Cover - Microsoft's cheapest Surface model - had sold out in the UK. In the time since that report went live, the 32GB Surface with the Touch Cover has sold out as well. Pretty impressive for a tablet that's only been up for pre-order for six days.

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Everything Everywhere gains early rights to 4G in the UK

Everything Everywhere gains early rights to 4G in the UK

The UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has this week made a ruling that will allow the group Everything Everywhere to begin offering up 4G services ahead of a scheduled 4G spectrum auction next year, this against the wishes of several of their rivals. Everything Everywhere is the company that runs T-Mobile and Orange in the UK, and with this decision letting them start up their 4G services before a collection of competitors, their September 11th, 2012 start date may lead to a major change in the mobile market.

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Barnes & Noble to launch new devices in the UK this fall

Barnes & Noble to launch new devices in the UK this fall

Barnes & Noble has announced that it will be bringing its award-winning Nook line of eReaders and digital content to the UK starting this fall. The devices and content will be available in the United Kingdom through a new online storefront located at nook.com.uk. Expansion into the UK marks the first time Barnes & Noble has moved out of the US.

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Google in trouble with France over Street View data

Google in trouble with France over Street View data

Google is finding itself in a bit of hot water today, as French privacy agency CNIL has asked the company to turn over Street View data which was collected on French citizens. Google initially promised it would delete this information after a 2010 investigation, but last week it told European privacy agencies that it still had some of the data it said it would purge. As a result, the UK's Information Commissioner's Office asked that Google turn this information over, and now CNIL is asking the same thing.

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London 2012 Olympics opening ceremonies highlights videos go live

London 2012 Olympics opening ceremonies highlights videos go live

If you somehow missed the best bits of the 2012 Olympics opening ceremonies in London, NBC and several friends have begun releasing some rather tiny shreds of video for you to watch over and over and over again right here and now. It all starts with one of the strangest shorts you're ever going to see: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second greeting none other than the most recent James Bond: actor Daniel Craig. Then it's immediately back to the business of massive rings of fire, bell players, and Rocket Men - with of course a dash of tradition thrown in here and there as well.

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Summer Olympics 2012 opening ceremonies streaming in London

Summer Olympics 2012 opening ceremonies streaming in London

It's time to check out all the streaming live video streams we can for the kickoff of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. This is the third time that London has hosted the Olympics, with their first being all the way back in 1908 and the next just a few years after the end of World War II in 1948. Here in 2012, it's time for a party - and without a doubt the entirety of England will be in rare form throughout the events which start off tonight with an above-average strange set of characters that'll only be come apparent once the ceremony has begun - Voldemordt and Mary Poppins have been tipped.

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BMW i Flagship Store opened in London with full showroom

BMW i Flagship Store opened in London with full showroom

This week if you're anywhere near the greater London area you're going to want to head on down to BMW's brand new Flagship i Store. This lovely viewing room of a store contains nothing less than the i3 city car and the i8 hybrid grand tourer as well. Though the i3 isn't due to come out until next year and the i4 wont be available until 2014, BMW is using the massive opportunity that is the 2012 Summer Olympics to gain massive views on their next-level wares through the next few weeks at least.

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