AM News: Sony PSN now Sony Entertainment Network, Windows Phone 8 Outlined, Virgin Media's 100Mbps Broadband

Sony has announced that the PlayStation Network (PSN) is set to be renamed the Sony Entertainment Network (SEN) as of 7th February. This was relayed to users of the PSN in an email sent out over the weekend that said current Playstation Network accounts would be replaced with Sony Entertainment Network accounts from today morning.

Redmond based Windows maker Microsoft revealed that it had laid off some of its marketing staff last week on Wednesday. The move, according to the company, was primarily aimed at restructuring its operations. Though the company did not disclose the exact figure, unnamed sources claimed that the company laid off a couple of hundred employees from its massive 92,000 strong workforce, reports CBS News.

Who can forget Kelihos - the infamous spam botnet that at the peak of its vicious existence, pumped out as much as four billion spam messages per day, creating havoc all around. Well, in a statement that could relieve millions of its former victims as well as security experts from all around the world, a couple of firms who played a proactive role in hunting down Kelihos, have revealed that the botnet is very much dead.

Apollo, the codename for the Windows Phone 8 update that is expected to be released later this year (after the upcoming Tango), will be Microsoft's attempt to truly challenge Apple's iPhone and top-end Android smartphones. Joe Belfiore, senior vice president and Windows Phone manager, in a video communication to partners at Nokia (seen by PocketNow), reveals some of the new features it is hoped will boost both companies to new heights in the market.

British ISP Virgin Media has announced it has connected its 100Mbps fibre optic product to 10 million households across the UK, months ahead of schedule. The firm initially revealed it wanted to reach the milestone by mid-2012; so a full quarter cushion gives it ample time to get ready for competition from BT.