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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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Microsoft tipped to open first European stores next year

Microsoft tipped to open first European stores next year

Microsoft is going big this year, releasing Windows 8, Surface, and Windows Phone 8. The company has opened up a number of temporary stores all around the US so it has places to sell its products during the holiday shopping season, but according to a new report from the Financial Times, Microsoft has already focused its sights on Europe. While Microsoft has stores outside of the US already, those are only in Canada and Puerto Rico, so the company is apparently looking to move forward with plans to open its first stores in Europe.

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First UK Wii U launch event attendees get free games

First UK Wii U launch event attendees get free games

The Wii U has been available in US (we use the term "available" loosely, of course) for a little under a week, but folks in Europe are still waiting for the console to arrive. The Wii U is set to launch in Europe on Friday, November 30, and if you happen to live in London, you might want to stop by the launch event Nintendo is holding at HMV's Oxford Street store. That's because if you get there early enough, you might be able to snag a couple free games.

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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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