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Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 friend Facebook

Users of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 video game consoles can now brag about their achievements on Facebook as both systems integrate the social network this week.

Microsoft Corp. switched on a slew of new features for its Xbox Live online service, allowing owners of the Xbox 360 consoles to update Facebook and Twitter directly from their consoles.

The Xbox 360 can also stream music from the Internet radio service Last.fm.

Server Cool-Bags Could Cut Costs By 93 Percent

Technology developed by Iceotope, that wraps server components in synthetic modules of coolant, has been described by experts as "game changing"

UK company Iceotope has launched liquid-cooling technology, which it says surpasses what is achievable with purely water-based systems and could help cut data centre cooling costs from $788,400 (£469,446) to just $52,560.

Scientists Create Bacteria that Glows to Reveal Land Mines

Land mines are currently strewn throughout 87 of the world’s countries, and each year they cause 15,000-20,000 new casualties, the vast majority of which are inflicted upon civilians. Sifting through minefields to remove these hidden threats is currently a dangerous, tedious, and expensive process, however scientists at the University of Edinburgh recently announced that they have engineered a strain of bacteria that glows green in the presence of explosives, making mine detection a snap.

FBI uses PS3 to fight pedophiles

Great for cracking passwords, Slim version not. Well, you can't say there aren't many uses for PlayStation 3, as not only is it a favorite gaming device for many users, but has now been established as a high-tech tool in fighting crime. AXcess News reports that Sony's consoles are now being used to crack passwords on various archives most notably those from people charged of pedophilia.

The Drums of Cyberwar

Countries around the world are preparing for cyberwarfare, according to a new report from McAfee. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the United States have set up organizations to study cyberattacks and possibly trigger a physical response, for example. In fact, some international relationships could be described as a state of cyber-cold war, the report suggests.

Group wants social networks involved in fighting cyberbullies

Cyberbullying remains a problem for kids between 11 and 18, a UK-based anti-bullying group has found, and it wants social networks to step up and help with improved UIs and support services for kids in need. "I just want you to know what a fat, evil, sadistic cow you are. I want to see you suffer as slow and painful a death as possible." That's one of many messages sent to a teenager named Claire who had gotten into a disagreement over a basketball game. Another teen named Sam hanged himself after being "bombarded by cruel jibes" on Bebo over his taste in music and clothing.

Start-up claims its DVDs last 1,000 years

If you really, really need to make sure those precious photos of yours last virtually forever - or at least longer than the average two- to five-year lifespan of consumer-grade DVDs, then start-up Cranberry LLC has the answer for you: a DVD that literally lasts a millennium.

What Intel just bought for $1.25 billion: Less risk

Even for a company as powerful as Intel, with $13 billion in cash on the books, $1.25 billion is a lot of money. So why drop that huge quantity of money in the lap of its biggest rival, Advanced Micro Devices?

The payment is, of course, to settle the antitrust suit AMD brought against Intel five years ago. AMD's stock surged 22 percent Thursday after the chipmakers announced the agreement, but Intel's share price dropped 1 percent, indicating which company the investors thought got the better deal.

HP to buy 3Com for $2.7 billion

Hewlett-Packard Co. announced Wednesday it will purchase networking company 3Com for $2.7 billion, and also preannounced higher fiscal fourth-quarter earnings and raised its outlook for fiscal 2010.

The deal is worth $7.90 per share of 3Com, which is 39% higher than the stock's closing price of $5.69 on Wednesday. Shares of 3Com (COMS) soared 35% after hours on the announcement.

Google's Purchase of Skype Rival Gizmo5 Could Benefit You

Has Google found the final piece of its voice-calling puzzle? Rumors have it that the acquisition-happy search giant has acquired Gizmo5, a Skype-like VoIP startup. TechCrunch is reporting googlethat Google has plunked down $30 million in cash for Gizmo5, which offers a software app that lets you make free phone calls to other Gizmo users, as well as inexpensive calls to landlines and cell phones. It supports SMS and instant messaging, too.

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