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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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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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