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Submission + - Google mobiles to make February debut? (apcmag.com)

SpinelessJelly writes: "It appears that Google's Android, criticised by Microsoft as vaporware, has sprung to life. Prototype devices are circulating, software developers are experimenting with the SDK and PC-based Android emulator, and there are rumours of a show-stopping debut at February's Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. Numerous examples of the Android GUI are also starting to leak out."
Power

Submission + - Russian buyer of soccer team censors British blogs

An anonymous reader writes: Alisher Usmanov, who is trying to buy Arsenal football club, has managed to shut down several blogs, including the site of a Tory London mayoral candidate, by threatening web hosting company Fasthosts. The firm was home to the blog of Craig Murray, who has accused Usmanov of being a gangster, a racketeer and a rapist. The original is no longer available but it just keeps popping up. Others shut down, including Boris Johnson MP and Labour councillor Bob Piper (who is now backup), were not involved in the action by legal firm Schillings, but were caught up in the cross fire. Mr Johnson said the action was a "serious erosion of freedom of speech" and added: "This is London, not Uzbekistan... It is unbelievable that a website can be wiped out on the say-so of some tycoon. We live in a world where internet communication is increasingly vital, and this is a serious erosion of free speech." As things stand, any Russian oligarch can come to the UK and build a wall of silence around them, if they have enough money. Time to get around to that libel law review, hmm?
Media

Sony Shifting PS3 Marketing to Focus on Blu-Ray 151

Tabernaque86 writes "What started as joke among gamers Sony is now using as a Christmas advertising campaign. Kaz Hirai, president of the games unit, has been quoted as saying that the PlayStation 3 'makes a great Blu-Ray player'. That theme will be central to a wave of ads in North America and Europe. From the article: 'Sony on Thursday disappointed analysts by failing to cut the PS3's price, but Mr Hirai did not rule out a future price cut. "Going aggressive only on price without being able to back it up with content doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me," he said. A price cut would have a "real impact" on sales only if there were enough software titles to support the PS3. But analysts were skeptical and said Sony could miss its shipment targets for the year. "Without a price cut close to Christmas, reaching 11m shipments is going to be very tough," said David Gibson, analyst at Macquarie in Tokyo.'" This is regrettable, too, because there really are a number of strong titles coming out for the console this year.

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