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Top 10 most bizarre tech stories of 2011updated: Thu Dec 29 2011 09:21:00

In 2011, the tech world saw the release of coveted devices such as the iPhone 4S and the Kindle Fire, along with such spectacular fails as BlackBerry's worldwide service outage and a hack that crippled Sony's PlayStation Network.

BlackBerry users offered apps, not cash, for outageupdated: Mon Oct 17 2011 10:56:00

BlackBerry customers slammed by last week's global outage are being offered free apps, not cash, as payback for their troubles.

Again? Sony's PlayStation Network hit with another attackupdated: Wed Oct 12 2011 12:07:00

Sony's PlayStation Network, the gaming and entertainment platform knocked offline for weeks this spring, has been hit again.

Sony: Supreme Court ruling spurred changes to PlayStation termsupdated: Wed Sep 21 2011 13:30:00

People don't typically pay attention to software agreements, but PlayStation owners may want to read a recent update to their digital contract.

Hacking collective LulzSec says it is disbandingupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 08:42:00

LulzSec, the gleeful and secretive band of hackers who appear to be responsible for a string of high-profile and sometimes embarrassing Internet attacks, said it was disbanding.

Hacker group LulzSec downplays arrest, claims Brazil attackupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 11:02:00

The computer hacking collective LulzSec denied that a teenager arrested this week was a key player in the group, and claimed Wednesday it brought down the Brazilian government's website.

Hacktivists: What do they want?updated: Wed Jun 22 2011 11:02:00

CNN's Errol Barnett talks with Nicholas Thompson about the LulzSec-Anonnymous online plot called "AntiSecurity."

CIA, Senate hackers gleefully promise moreupdated: Fri Jun 17 2011 16:51:00

They've breached or busted the websites of the CIA, PBS and the U.S. Senate, and launched at least part of an extended attack on Sony, whose PlayStation Network was brought to a grinding halt for the better part of a month.

Hackers temporarily down CIA websiteupdated: Fri Jun 17 2011 16:51:00

Hackers shut down the Central Intelligence Agency website for a few hours Wednesday. CNN's Colleen McEdwards reports.

Sony Pictures website hackedupdated: Fri Jun 03 2011 08:04:00

Sony is not having a good year. As the company scrambles to get the PlayStation Network and Qriocity music service back online, it's suffering from yet another security breach.

CNNMoney: Sony to restore PlayStation network in Asiaupdated: Fri May 27 2011 14:08:00

Sony will begin a phased restoration of its hack-prone PlayStation Network this weekend in Asia, the company announced Friday.

CNNMoney: PlayStation Network down againupdated: Wed May 18 2011 15:19:00

Yet another wrinkle developed in the seemingly unending PlayStation Network saga on Wednesday, as Sony took down part of its network again due to a newfound exploit.

Sony restoring its PlayStation servicesupdated: Wed May 18 2011 09:27:00

Sony began a gradual restoration of its PlayStation services Sunday as the company works to resume normal operations following a security breach that exposed personal details of 77 million users.

CNNMoney: Massive hack blows crater in Sony brandupdated: Tue May 10 2011 05:31:00

It's been a nightmarish three weeks for Sony, as it struggles to recover from massive hack attacks on three separate gaming systems it runs. Not only are the PlayStation, Qriocity and Sony online gaming networks still offline, but tens of millions of credit card numbers may have been stolen.

Tech Check: Osama and the Web, PlayStation Network, kissing machineupdated: Fri May 06 2011 14:51:00

In this week's Tech Check podcast, Doug Gross, Brandon Griggs and Mark Milian break down how the internet, particularly Twitter, responded to news of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

PlayStation users waiting to assailupdated: Thu May 05 2011 17:05:00

For many gamers, recent news stories about potential security breaches, lost data or lifted financial information were missing the most basic, most important point: When do I get to play again?

Sony apologizes for PlayStation breach, offers compensationupdated: Sun May 01 2011 06:30:00

Sony announced Sunday that parts of the PlayStation Network will be back online this week and gamers will receive compensation for not being able to log on.

PlayStation hackers may have users' credit card infoupdated: Fri Apr 29 2011 12:55:00

In addition to usernames, e-mail addresses and passwords, the hacker or hackers who cracked into Sony's PlayStation network also may have nabbed credit card numbers.

Tech Check: The PlayStation breach, iPhone news and a $23 million bookupdated: Fri Apr 29 2011 11:20:00

In this week's Tech Check podcast, Doug Gross, John Sutter and Stephanie Goldberg break down news about the Sony PlayStation Network's data breach -- which some are calling the biggest in online history.

'Mortal Kombat' a triumphant rebootupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 12:23:00

"Mortal Kombat" reboots the origins of the classic video game with a time-travel story, awesome new moves and (for the first time) the ability for tag-team action.

PlayStation network hack: Who did it?updated: Thu Apr 28 2011 08:16:00

It's one of the biggest data breaches in history. Now that Sony has come clean -- sort of -- on a computer intrusion this month that exposed personal information on 77 million PlayStation Network users, one obvious question remains: Who pulled off the hack?

Gamers fuming over PlayStation hackupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 06:24:00

It's been seven days since Louis Pietig's PlayStation gaming system worked -- and he's pretty mad about that.

Sony faces possible lawsuit over breachupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 06:24:00

Hackers plunder personal data from its PlayStation servers. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.

Sony: Hacker stole PlayStation users' personal infoupdated: Wed Apr 27 2011 22:18:00

A hacker has obtained the personal information of PlayStation Network account holders and subscribers of the Qriocity streaming service, Sony said in a message to customers Tuesday.

Sony mum on details about ongoing PlayStation Network outageupdated: Mon Apr 25 2011 22:55:00

PlayStation Network users are still waiting for an extra life.

Gamers frustrated as Sony PlayStation outage continuesupdated: Fri Apr 22 2011 11:51:00

Sony's PlayStation network continued to be down on Friday morning.

Retro gaming looks big in 2011updated: Mon Feb 14 2011 17:41:00

Classic movies, music and books all enjoy healthy reprints and ardent fan followings. But given ever-changing technology and fans' limited attention spans, classic video games are often left to molder in obscurity, cosigned to download from dubiously legal "abandonware" sites.

Holiday gift guide: Video gamesupdated: Mon Nov 29 2010 09:27:00

With hundreds of titles available in dozens of genres, choosing a holiday gift for the gamer on your list is never simple. It's even harder in 2010, with thousands of downloadable games, social games and iPhone apps competing for gamers' attention, as well.

Classic video game series making a comebackupdated: Thu Oct 07 2010 10:13:00

If there's one fundamental truth about video games, it's that smash hits tend to leave a lasting impression.

Small video games offer big, easy funupdated: Tue Sep 21 2010 15:41:00

From the ultraviolent side-scrolling brawler "Shank" to the tomb-raiding adventure "Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light" or the trigger-mashing blaster "Monday Night Combat," there's been no shortage of enticing video games lately.

Remakes offer classic games new lifeupdated: Fri Jul 16 2010 22:44:00

The more things change, the more they play the same.

Top download services for gamesupdated: Tue Jul 13 2010 09:06:00

Downloading games straight to your favorite handheld or set-top video game system has quickly emerged as one of the simplest, most wallet-friendly ways to get the most from your gaming dollar.

12 hot video games for a hot summerupdated: Fri Jul 09 2010 16:55:00

Summer is a great time to barbecue, hit the beach or get out and explore the town. But for gamers it's often a huge disappointment, as the flow of new releases generally slows to a trickle.

Episodic games deliver fun in spurtsupdated: Fri Jul 02 2010 17:42:00

Even as gaming begins to challenge television as a leading mass entertainment medium, the industry continues to struggle with the serialized model that's made broadcast programming a nightly must-see for many.

Branson to offer $1 million in online gaming prizesupdated: Wed Jun 16 2010 15:13:00

"Video games are bigger than ever. ... There's never been a better time to get back in," British billionaire Sir Richard Branson said at the E3 trade show Tuesday in announcing his new venture, Virgin Gaming.

Sony unveils PlayStation community siteupdated: Thu Dec 11 2008 09:19:00

Electronics giant Sony launched its eagerly anticipated social-networking site Thursday for PlayStation 3 users.

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