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Sony takes on Kindle with WiFi e-book reader

Sony plans to offer an e-book reader with the ability to wirelessly download books, injecting more competition in a small but fast-growing market by adopting a key feature of the rival Kindle from Amazon.com.

Rhodri Marsden: File-sharing is endemic. The law cannot move as fast as technology

As someone who writes words and makes music for a living, I should probably be rushing to carry Lord Mandelson shoulder high from his office to a waiting chariot, while a crowd of film-makers and songwriters shower him with confetti.

Tips and deals: 23/08/2009

The tour

Microsoft prices Zune HD below iPod

Microsoft Corp put its new Zune HD digital music and video player on sale in the US on Thursday, pricing it below comparable Apple iPod devices, in an attempt to claw some market share away from the dominant leader.

24-Hour Room Service: Hotel Missoni, Edinburgh

What's the current must-have for any major fashion label? Not so much an "it" bag (very déclassé – do keep up) but an "it" hotel. Versace, Bulgari, Ralph Lauren and Christian Lacroix all have interior-designed hotels, while Armani is set to open one in Dubai and Moschino in Milan later this year. Now, the Italian label Missoni – best known for its multicoloured zigzag patterns – has just opened a 136-room hotel in Scotland's capital. More will follow in Kuwait, Cape Town and Oman. The location of the label's first property is surprising, since Edinburgh is not as obviously high fashion as say Milan or Paris, but Rosita Missoni, creative director and co-founder of the company has explained that "Edinburgh was the first offer we received. The city is full of charm, history, tradition, culture. And the location was quite prestigious."

Small Talk: Cashbox spreads net to take in Wi-Fi ATMs

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Album: The Black Eyed Peas, The E.N.D. (Polydor)

The title apparently stands for "The Energy Never Dies", will.i.am's response to what he perceives as the end of a music industry "paradigm", but which is simply a shift in retailing structure.

24-Hour Room Service: Hotel Palomar, Washington DC

Arrive at the Palomar in the early evening and you might feel as though you've gate-crashed a private party: hotel guests mingle in the double-height lobby as complimentary drinks and canapés are dispensed at the daily "wine hour". This is an indication of the reception you will receive at this lively boutique hotel, which is located in one of the most accessible districts in the US capital.

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