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News@5: Anonymous Targets Amazon, Scientists Map UK Using Fixed Phone Line Calls & T-Rex Tooth Phone

In what is certainly the group’s most ambitious attack to date, and buoyed by earlier successes against PayPal, Mastercard and Visa, Operation Payback is gearing up to attack the website of the world’s largest online retailer. Confrimed in a post on the Op_Payback twitter account, the group said: “TARGET: WWW.AMAZON.COM !!!”

A team of collaborating researchers from MIT, Cornell University and University College London have used a massive database of 12 billion anonymised fixed line call records to redesign the map of Britain. The data, which was originally meant for the BBC's Britain from Above series, allowed the researchers to map Britain according to the frequency of the calls made by people in the country, the BBC reports.

British designer Stuart Hughes has created 10 limited edition iPhone 4 handsets fashioned out of a 65 million years old Tyrannosaurus Rex tooth and meteoric stone. The Apple logo on the back of the iPhone History Edition is made out of platinum and diamonds. The device is retailing for around £40,000.

Google has announced that it is activating more than 300,000 Android devices every day. In a Twitter post that might have rattled many rivals, head of Android Andy Rubin said: “There are over 300,000 Android phones activated each day.”

PayPal has announced that it has released the remaining funds in WikiLeaks’ account after blocking access to the account last week. Announcing the decision in a statement on the PayPal blog on Wednesday, General Counsel John Muller said that the company has released all funds in the account to Wikileaks, but added that the account will remain restricted.