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Sony working with police on PlayStation hack

TOKYO (AFP) – Sony said it was working with investigators after hackers stole data from users of its PlayStation Network, and told customers it would restore services only when it was confident it was secure. The PlayStation Network and Qriocity streaming music service were turned off on April 20 in…

Ex-workers say American Apparel posted their nude photos online

NEW YORK – A woman who accused American Apparel Inc chief executive Dov Charney of keeping her as a teenage sex slave is now suing him and his clothing retailer for defamation. In the complaint, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the former American Apparel saleswoman and two other…

Federal Reserve plans to end stimulus, but leaves door open for more giveaways

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Federal Reserve on Wednesday signaled it is ready to scale back support for the US economy, despite what it called a “moderate” recovery. Hinting at a second attempt to edge back from crisis-era policies, the Fed said it would complete hundreds of billions of dollars of…

U.S. Senator goes after Sony over massive PlayStation Network hack

In the wake of a massive data breach that saw PlayStation Network subscribers’ information stolen by unknown hackers, Sony Computer Entertainment has been scrambling restore their online gaming service — but getting it back online may not be enough, if one U.S. Senator’s demands are to be taken seriously. Responding…

Furor at Sony after hackers steal Playstation user data

TOKYO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sony Corp warned that hackers had stolen names, addresses and possibly credit card details from the 77 million user accounts of its video game online network, in one of the largest Internet security break-ins ever. The Japanese electronic giant pulled the plug on the network on…

SETI forced to shut down search for alien life

The SETI Institute has been forced to temporarily shut down operations at its telescope array due to federal and state funding cutbacks. The Allen Telescope Array, composed of dozens of radio dishes 300 miles northeast of San Francisco, was put into a state of hibernation last week. The telescope array…

Nintendo announces new console amidst profit slump

TOKYO (AFP) – Nintendo said on Monday it would release a new console next year to succeed its popular Wii, as it reported earnings slumped due to the strong yen and its 3D handheld player came too late to give a lift. The video game giant said the new machine…

Sony rebuilding PlayStation Network after breach

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – PlayStation Network has remained offline as Sony worked to rebuild the service that connected PlayStation 3 (PS3) consoles to games, films, and other digital offerings. PlayStation Network and Qriocity streaming music service were turned off April 20 in the wake of an “external intrusion,” according to…

U.S., Mexican officials to discuss drug war escalation

MEXICO CITY (AFP) – Senior US and Mexican officials will meet on Friday to discuss joint efforts to halt the increasingly brutal cross-border drug trade, according to Mexico’s foreign ministry. The Mexican delegation will be lead by Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa, an official told AFP late Monday. RELATED: Pot-bashing Republican…

Japan auto giants see home output plunge post-quake

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan’s leading automakers said Monday that domestic production plummeted in March after the massive quake and tsunami, which shut off parts supplies and led to widespread power shortages. Toyota, Nissan and Honda all reported massive falls in output due to the disaster and ratings agency Standard &…

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