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Today's Tech: new Apple iTunes release imminent, 7in Nook HD tablet arrives in UK, and fearless cyber-criminals flout the law

Following the October release of its Nook Simple Touch eBook reader duo, US bookselling giant Barnes & Noble has unleashed a pair of affordable tablets on to the UK market. The 7in Nook HD and 9in Nook HD+ are now available to purchase from a variety of stores, including specialist literary outlets like Blackwell's and Foyles, general retail giants like John Lewis and Argos, and supermarket chains Waitrose and Sainsbury's. Both products will hope to nick sales off the likes of the Nexus 7, Apple's iPad mini, and the Samsung-manufactured Google Nexus 10 during the 2012 holiday shopping season, which kicks off in earnest tomorrow with Black Friday.

Elsewhere, the latest episode of the Apple/Samsung lawsuit saga has witnessed the Korean firm appearing to outwit its foe by getting a judge to grant a request ordering the disclosure of details relating to a patent deal struck between Apple and HTC. To give an idea of context, the two parties recently announced that they had settled a long running legal dispute that began in 2010.

In other drama, has a leaked email revealed all about iTunes 11? A communication supposedly from German digital music distribution company Feiyr, has been posted online and states that the new Apple music platform will go live in a matter of days. The email was sent to the owner of a small record label and requested pictures of his artists, for use on the new system, which will feature a refreshed user interface focused more heavily on artists' images and galleries. However, the email does not come directly from Apple and has not yet been confirmed as the genuine article. Apple was originally supposed to launch the product last month and seems unlikely to delay it again.

"When you speak to cyber-criminals and ask them what keeps them awake at night, they worry about other criminals attacking them. They don't worry about the police kicking down their door." That's what an ex-Scotland Yard detective and Internet security researcher told ITProPortal, in our analysis of law enforcement in cyber-crime. A look at the current structures dealing with online criminals shows a tangled web of inefficient policing that is contributing to soaring figures concerning illegal activity and the cost it incurs. Read on for more on the problems and how it can be tackled.