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First application of 'radical' new printing technology revealed

New printing technology, described as “radically inventive” by some analysts, could replace RFID tags, according to its creators. The new technology codes objects with invisible infrared markings, which can be read by a handheld scanner or even a mobile phone.

How China's beauty contest for bloggers went very wrong

In 2006, a beauty contest for female bloggers became front page news in China. The contest was criticized as "sexist" and "immoral" because some contestants posted nude photographs on their blogs. The organizers were accused of turning a blind eye to immorality, as long as it generated web traffic.

Sony denies 'Spider-Man 3' pirated

Updated: spider-man Chinese sonyThe movie 'Spider-Man 3' has not been pirated, despite reports of copies being sold on the streets in China, claims Sony Pictures Entertainment. Earlier this week, Reuters reported that copies of the movie were on sale in Beijing.

Sony slows PS3 shipments following weak sales

Sony PlayStation 3 Video Games Console ImageSony plans to slow down the rate of PlayStation 3 shipments, according to forecasts the company revealed today. The news follows reports that sales are moving slowly. The company also said it plans to cut PS3 production costs, and predicts a rise in profits. Observers are divided on whether a PS3 price cut is likely in the immediate future.

Samsung claims 500,000:1 contrast ratio with 70-inch LCD

Samsung has introduced a new high definition 70-inch LCD TV with dynamically-controlled LED backlighting that provides a contrast ratio of 500,000:1 and can halve power consumption, the company has announced. The new display was launched in South Korea today, and will go on sale worldwide in the second half of the year.

DoS attack cripples $1 billion virtual games trade - blackmailers blamed

A massive denial of service attack has disabled some of the world's largest virtual goods trading sites. The Korea-based sites hit by the attack are responsible for a substantial portion of the country's estimated $1bn trade in virtual gold, weapons and other items for games like World of Warcraft.

Iraq war has 26 percent chance of success, researcher says

soldier shares meal with Iraqi child from APC - US DOD image'Mission creep' in the Iraq conflict dropped US chances of success from 70 percent to 26 percent, says a University of Georgia researcher. The predictions were produced with a statistics-based approach that has proved accurate in 80 percent of former conflicts, claims assistant professor Patricia L. Sullivan of the UGA School of Public and International affairs.

$350 open Linux mobile phone on target for September launch

The world's first open source mobile phone will be available this September priced at $350, its developers have confirmed. The FIC Neo1973's final printed circuit board design is complete, said OpenMoko staff at the Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan, today.

Worm writer turns worm catcher - with little success

The author of a worm which caused widespread disruption to PCs and networks has attempted to repair the damage by creating software to remove it. However, security experts say the removal software is considerably less effective than the original worm.

Digg readership doubled by HD DVD fiasco?

Updated May 7: Internet traffic to Digg.com was doubled by the firestorm of controversy surrounding the release of an HD DVD decryption code, according to a monitoring service.