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Google announces China deal

Google and Sina logosGoogle has signed a new cooperation deal with leading Chinese web portal,, Sina announced today. The giant global internet search provider is locked in a battle for dominance with local search firm Baidu, which controls more than half the Chinese search market.

$250,000-a-day Minecraft strikes indie game gold

The famous Minecraft chicken duckUPDATED: Sales of one man indie game hit, Minecraft, have now reached $350,000 in a single day.

According to data provided by developer, Mojang, one copy of the €9.95 ($13) game is currently being purchased every 3 seconds, representing sales of $15,000 per hour.

Notebook PC explosion: battery manufacturer dropped safety tests

laptop battery bursts and catches fireThe manufacturer of a notebook PC battery that was seen exploding in dramatic TV footage apparently skipped safety tests when it tested newer battery models.

Video of the notebook PC exploding in flames shocked viewers and drove down the share prices of its manufacturer, LG Electronics, and battery maker, LG Chem.

OLPC 'did not sell out to Microsoft', leaders say

A leader of the One Laptop Per Child project has rejected allegations that the organization 'sold out' by raising prices and allowing Microsoft to run Windows on the machine.

Amazon's Bezos to visit 'loss-making' unit, reports claim

Updated: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will visit Chinese subsidiary,, which is said to have lost $13 million last year, Chinese media reported today.

Jobs hints at iTunes Beatles deal

Without announcing a deal, Apple CEO Steve Jobs today dropped broad hints that an agreement could be imminent to distribute the songs of the Beatles on his company's iTunes music download service.

High ceilings promote creativity, researchers find

The height of a room's ceiling has a direct impact on the thought processes and mood of people in the room, new research has confirmed.

“When a person is in a space with a 10-foot ceiling, they will tend to think more freely, more abstractly. They might process more abstract connections between objects in a room, whereas a person in a room with an 8-foot ceiling will be more likely to focus on specifics,” says Professor Joan Meyers-Levy of the University of Minnesota.

MySpace now available in China - minus politics and religion

UPDATED: MySpace, the world's largest social networking website, has finally come to China, the world's most populous nation. After months of delays, China's 1.3 billion citizens are now able to create their own pages on the Chinese-language version of MySpace. But unlike MySpace in other countries, sensitive topics like religion and politics are nowhere to be found on the Chinese site, and users are asked to report 'subversive' activity.

Nintendo fights Wii modchips with new motherboard, modders claim

UPDATED MARCH 27: Nintendo has changed the design of its Wii games console to combat modchips, modchip developers in China have charged. Several design changes can be seen on new Wii motherboards, in photographs that appear to support these claims.

Some sources allege that the changes make it more likely the Wii could be damaged by modchip installation, we have not been able to verify this, however.

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.