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Sony Unveils a PlayStation Home Private Members Club and More!

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190w ago - SCEE Home Community Lead Alex Weekes has unveiled a PlayStation Home private members club today among several other content updates incoming.

To quote: Launching this week in PlayStation Home is the latest party venue, open to PlayStation Plus members. The ultra-exclusive PlayStation Plus Private Members Club opens its doors to PS Plus members tomorrow.

Members will be greeted in a marble foyer by a discrete doorman who will check your credentials. Inside you'll find a stylish bar area decked out in black and gold d├ęcor, while further into the space you will find discrete alcoves for socialising.

Card sharks can find several tables offering Shed, an addictive two to four player card game. With rewards to be earned, this game is sure to keep you coming back for more.

The space also offers a couple of great ways to stay updated on all the latest PS Plus news, either by reviewing a cocktail menu or watching the trailers running on the big screen.

LOOT bring us the next in their expansion bundles for the Modular Stage Set this week. The City Blocks bundle comes with all the bits you need to create your own terrifying giant-monster movie.

Meanwhile over in the V-store, you'll find two new pool tables: the Judge Dredd table, and Skull table.
 

Tour Michael Jackson's Private Arcade Game Collection

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263w ago - Tomorrow [Register or Login to view links] of Michael Jackson's memorial tribute will dominate network and cable TV.

Until then, fans can view a 360-degree virtual tour of Michael Jackson's private arcade game collection courtesy of [Register or Login to view links].

To quote: See the exhibition itself, as you take a 360-degree tour through Michael Jackson's impressive personal collection of arcade cabinets, which were on display in Beverley Hills earlier this year.

If you're at work or on a slower computer, beware: the tour is heavy going on your web browser. But it's worth bookmarking and saving for a quieter moment, if only because you'll rarely, if ever, see something this great in real life.
 

British Police Now Allowed to Hack Into Your Private Computer

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289w ago - The power of anti-piracy organizations is constantly growing and latest news from Great Britain sounds somehow scary: The Home Office has adopted a new policy that will allow police to hack into British people's computer systems without a warrant.

The hacking known as 'remote searching' allows officers to covertly examine the hard drive of people's PC's anywhere. E-mails, Web browsing habits and messaging conversations can all be gathered.

To quote: The Home Office has quietly adopted a new plan to allow police across Britain routinely to hack into people's personal computers without a warrant.

The move, which follows a decision by the European Union's council of ministers in Brussels, has angered civil liberties groups and opposition MPs. They described it as a sinister extension of the surveillance state which drives "a coach and horses" through privacy laws. The hacking is known as "remote searching".

It allows police or MI5 officers who may be hundreds of miles away to examine covertly the hard drive of someone's PC at his home, office or hotel room. Material gathered in this way includes the content of all e-mails, web-browsing habits and instant messaging.

Under the Brussels edict, police across the EU have been given the green light to expand...
 

Resistance 2 Private BETA is Now Live!

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310w ago - The Resistance 2 private BETA is now live. In a surprise move, Insomniac Games sent out invites via electronic mail to a very limited number of PlayStation 3 owners today.

Enter their site (linked above) by putting in your date of birth and enter your PSN ID into the "BETA Info" section. You may get lucky and find out that you're approved early to start the Private BETA now. If you're in, you can go ahead and download the BETA client from the PlayStation Store now.

Otherwise keep checking back. You can get a guaranteed spot into the Public BETA next month by subscribing to a year's subscription to QORE, or by pre-ordering the game. Pre-order bonus codes will be given out at a later date.

And a fun fact: If you've got a friend playing the R2 Private BETA, they'll show up on your friends list as playing "Girl With a Stick," an old Insomniac Games project that was canned before they moved on to Ratchet & Clank.
 

Cyber risk equals 9/11 impact

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328w ago - The US homeland security chief has made a heartfelt plea to Silicon Valley workers to stand up and be counted in the fight to secure the cyber highway.

Michael Chertoff invoked the attacks of 9/11 as he sought to galvanise IT professionals and security experts.

He told the world's biggest IT security conference that serious threats to cyberspace are on "a par this country tragically experienced on 9/11".

Such attacks can hit financial bodies and a government's powers, he said.

"We take threats to the cyber world as seriously as we take threats to the material world," Mr Chertoff added.

'Desire to serve'

Speaking to a packed auditorium at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, Mr Chertoff pointed out that securing the nation's internet highways and byways was a job the federal government could not do alone.

Appealing to the private sector, the homeland security boss reached out and simply said: "Please send some of your brightest and best to do service in the government."

It was, he said, "the best thing you can do for your country".

And, if the crowd was somewhat sceptical about getting into bed with the government on this issue, Mr Chertoff talked of the first big-name Silicon Valley recruit to the cause....
 
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