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Late News: PS Vita Japan Debut on Dec. 17, Facebook Hack Tool, Warner Bros. Sued by Hotfile

Japan based console giant Sony announced on Wednesday that its next generation handheld gaming console will hit the Japanese stores on December 17. The official release date of the device was disclosed by Mr. Hiroshi Kawano, head of gaming unit Sony Computer Entertainment during an event in Tokyo.

In a shocking revelation made by a group of security researchers, it was demonstrated how a Java based tool can be exploited in order to extract personal information from Facebook user profiles, even when they are not publicly accessible.

Social networking giant Facebook has hired a director of privacy with political connections as the government increases scrutiny in its security and privacy practices. The company announced that it had hired Erin Egan as its senior policy advisor and director of privacy.

Telecom giant AT&T is reportedly planning to launch three brand new 4G handsets from HTC and Samsung based on Windows Phone Mango. Amongst these new offerings from the second largest wireless provider in the US are Focus Flash and Focus S from Samsung and the Titan from HTC.

Popular online file sharing platform Hotfile has filed a lawsuit against Hollywood studio Warner Bros. for allegedly abusing its anti-piracy tool. Hotfile is used by millions around the world to store their files and even share them online. Hollywood studios had earlier launched a massive legal attack on Hotfile, accusing it of violating copyright laws on a daily basis.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.