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British Hacker Gets Two Years for Laundering Zynga Credits

Earlier today, a British hacker was sentenced to two years in prison for five counts of hacking and theft. Ashley Mitchell, 29, hacked into Zynga (the game giant behind 'FarmVille' and 'Texas HoldEm Poker'), stole more than $11 million in credits, and laundered a third of them through Facebook. There are some potentially interesting ramifications to this case. The court ignored the defense's...

Wimbledon to be Broadcast in 3-D, Streamed to Movie Theaters Around the World

Few sporting events are more deeply rooted in tradition than Wimbledon, where applause is always kept to a polite murmur and staid dress codes are strictly enforced. This year, though, the world's most celebrated tennis tournament will be filmed in 3-D for the first time, with the semi-final and championship matches being broadcast in movie theaters around the world. Sony will produce the...

Airport's Holographic Announcers Won't Make Security Lines Any More Fun

Travelers passing through security lines at the U.K.'s Luton Airport will now be greeted by two smiling, photogenic faces -- belonging to holographic announcers. According to the BBC, Luton is the world's first airport to introduce holographic staff members, as part of an experimental program designed to streamline the screening process and enhance traveler experience. The two holograms are...

Google Earth Helps Thieves Steal Lead from British Churches

Remember Tom Berge, the English builder who used Google Earth to steal lead tiles from the roofs of nearby buildings? Well, it turns out there are plenty more metal scavengers just like him -- and they're making life especially difficult for Britain's churches. According to Tony Baldry, estate commissioner for the Church of England, roughly 8,000 churches have made insurance claims for lead...

Revamped Double-Decker Bus Goes on View in London

Back in May, we learned that London's iconic, double-decker buses would be getting a green makeover, just in time for the 2012 Summer Olympics. On Thursday, city mayor Boris Johnson finally unveiled a life-size model of the new bus in all its red resplendence. Unveiled at the London Transport Museum, the new bus is modeled after the original Routemaster, and features an open platform and a...

Queen Elizabeth II Joins Facebook, Avoids Friendship

She may be 84-years old, but Queen Elizabeth II is clearly a teenager at heart. She has an iPod. She's on Twitter. She even has her own 3-D glasses. And now, Her Majesty has finally made the jump to Facebook. Today, the British Monarchy launched its very own Facebook page, where users can find all the latest photos, videos and news on the Queen, Prince William and the rest of the fam. The...

Lazy Road Trip: Man Traverses Britain Using Google Street View

Walking the entire 1,200 mile length of Britain is no easy feat, but using Google Street View to "travel" the same stretch of land is just plain boring. Matthew Partridge, however, has embarked on this adventure, going pixel by pixel from Land's End to John O'Groats in ten days. Honestly, we'd rather go the actual distance than stare at a screen for 240 hours, but, hey, at least the bright line in...

Drug Vending Machines Dispense Prescriptions in U.K.

In the U.S., most vending machines provide only corn syrup confections. Vending machines in the U.K., however, may soon deliver something substantially more healthy: medicine. Sainsbury's, a U.K. supermarket chain, has already begun testing one drug delivery machine in its Essex stores. In order to use the device, customers have to use a unique ID or fingerprint, along with a special PIN...

'Digi-Bike,' A Darling Contraption to Help Stop Brit Crime

The town of Dudley in West Midlands, England has just deployed a crime-fighting vehicle that's more cute than it is fearsome. According to the BBC, after a "slight increase" in the number of robberies since April, the Dudley Bobbies decided that a pedal-powered contraption in the shape of a giant, sideways apostrophe would help make civilians more protective of their valuables. The 'Digi-Bike,' as...

New U.K. Party Calls for CCTV Cutbacks, Less Authoritarian Internet

Now that the dust from the recent U.K. parliamentary elections appears to have settled, the new Liberal Democrat/Tory coalition government has wasted no time in publicizing its new agenda. And, as ArsTechnica reports, major changes may be on the horizon. Today, the new government issued its official unified policy statement (.PDF), which aims to reverse many of the controversial policies of the...

London's Iconic Double-Decker Bus Gets a Green Makeover

The bright red, double-decker Routemaster bus has long been an iconic symbol of the city of London, and Londoners were introduced to a new generation of green Routemasters this week that hopes to retain the original's distinct charms. Fast Company reports the original Routemaster was phased out of service in 2005, but London Mayor Boris Johnson pledged to bring in back. The sleekly redesigned...

Spy Drones and Building Projections Used in U.K. to Maintain Order

If you thought the U.S. was turning into a police state, just count your 50 lucky stars you don't live in the U.K. where, according to The Guardian, civilian police forces are planning on employing military-like unmanned drones to keep aerial tabs on "antisocial motorists, ­protesters, agricultural thieves(?) and fly-tippers(??)." The Guardian managed to get their hands on documents outlining...

First Convicted Cyber-Bully Is Jailed

Cyber-bullying and Web-related deaths have become increasingly troubling in Great Britain, particularly since over a one-year period 17 teens haved killed themselves, allegedly because of social networking sites. The suicides even prompted the head of the U.K. Roman Catholic Church to comment that "a key factor in their committing suicide is the trauma of transient relationships," referring to the...

91-Year-Old Man + Rabbit-Hunting Ferrets = YouTube 'Stardom'

Crotchety old men with curious accents and a penchant for smoking and swearing are, face it, charming. So England is touting its newest YouTube personality, Frank Farr, 91, of Budleigh Salterton, Devon, as harkening back to the good old days, when hunting rabbits meant ferrets and a snare. The three-minute long YouTube video, made by Will Halfacree, is meant to teach younger generations of a...

CCTV-Equipped Police Cars Hitting the Streets in Manchester, England

Intent on preventing people from using their cell phones while driving, police in Manchester, England are trying out a new method that has caused some public concern. Two smart cars equipped with closed-circuit-TV (CCTV) have hit the streets in Greater Manchester in an attempt to spot and punish distracted drivers, according to the BBC. Each of the tiny cars, both of which take turns sitting...