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The Vita has been dogged by slow sales and a crumbling market. The rebooted version might tie in with the PS4, but can it convince consumers?

Sony admits second security breach with data theft from 25m more users

After top executives bowed in a traditional Japanese apology at a weekend press conference in Tokyo, Sony has been plunged into further disarray, admitting that a second hack, older than the one revealed last week has been discovered, involving the theft of almost 25 million sets of personal details.

Sony chief 'sorry' for PlayStation security breach

Sony is set to compensate customers who have been locked out of the PlayStation Network following the security breach which caused it to be shut down on April 20.

Sony to resume PlayStation Network service

Sony says it expects some parts of the PlayStation Network to be back online within a week following the security breach which caused it to be shut down on April 20.

Fury at Sony's delay in telling millions their details were hacked

PlayStation users left uninformed for five days after world's largest data theft

Sony asks for 'more patience' from PlayStation Network users

Electronics giant Sony today asked for "a little more patience" from users of its PlayStation Network which has been out of action for nearly a week.

Andrew Martin: I am so hip, a burglar took my gadgets

Our writer gets used to his new career as a crime statistic

Video: Problems hit Xperia Play launch

Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play has launched in shops in the UK, but stocks are said to be limited.

It is not PlayStation for dads: FA's grass-roots plan for richer England future

Educating parents, scrapping league tables and smaller sided games are part of revolution to improve juniors

The Business On... Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President, Sony

Isn't that rather a grand title?

How not to beat gang culture, whatever that is

Social Studies: It is easy to imagine that a "gang injunction" might become a test of gang loyalty

Independent Appeal: 'We were the family from hell'

With help from Barnardo's, the Wilsons have turned their lives around in just 18 months. Paul Vallely reports

Tom Sutcliffe: The best dramas don't choose who to offend

Social Studies: The last three decades have seen a considerable expansion of the empire of the unsayable

Bedtime stories and home by half past 10 – life at the Nolans for Andy Carroll

It's more Men Behaving Badly than Rising Damp.

Lovefilm signs to PlayStation3

Movie rental group Lovefilm has secured a "game changing" deal to stream movies through Sony's PlayStation3, expanding its reach to three million more homes.

Closer Look: PS3 Move and the best of its launch titles

S3 Move, Sony’s motion control peripheral, hits stores on Friday and brings with it the release of a number of Move exclusives and updates to a select few existing games — most notably Heavy Rain, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 and Resident Evil 5.

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

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