Late News: Sony Confirms PSN To Be Offline Till End Of Month, Apple Tops Brand Value, Vodafone And JustGiving

Japanese gaming giant Sony has confirmed that its PlayStation Network and Qriocity services will not be back online before the end of this month. The company had previously said that the services would gradually come back online in the next few days, but now a Sony spokesperson has told Bloomberg that the company remains uncertain about when the services will come back online.

Apple has ousted Google as the world’s most valuable brand name, a marketing company has reported. According to the Brandz 2011 report released by marketing research firm MillwardBrown, Apple’s brand value grew by 84 percent from $83 billion to $154 billion, while search engine giant Google saw a 2 percent drop in its brand value, which was pegged at $111 billion.

Sony’s PSP hand-held gaming console has seen a massive sales boost in Japan, out-selling Nintendo’s new 3DS device. According to an article on PlayStation Lifestyle, the Japanese holiday week of April 25 - May 1 saw a massive rise in sales of gaming hardware, with the PSP leading the way.

The Japanese telecoms and internet company Softbank Corp has reported a Q4 net profit growth of 48%, reaching Y147 billion compared to last year’s Y99.55 billion. Their profit is mostly due to the iPhone since they are the only Japanese iPhone carrier. Softbank revenues also went up by 5% reaching Y754.74 billion (£5.7 billion) from Y718.10 billion

Vodafone has partnered with charity website JustGiving to launch a new service that allows Britons to donate money to their favourite charities by sending text messages. The move makes it easier for UK’s 184,000 charity organisations to get donations by simply receiving a text message from their supporters.