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Today in Tech: bin Laden news sets Twitter record, Sony Online hacked, too

May 3, 2011: 6:30 AM ET

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  • The BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930

    Research In Motion announced a major update to its smartphone operating system, BlackBerry 7, and the first smartphone to come loaded with it, the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930, due out some time this summer. The new device sports a 1.2 GHz processor, graphics processing unit (GPU), 768 MB RAM, 2.8-inch touschscreen, 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording capability, and 8 GB of onboard storage. The BlackBerry 7 OS itself should offer an easier and faster user experience and voice-activated search. No legacy support though, which means all current BlackBerry owners can't upgrade their devices with it. (Engadget and Boy Genius Report)

  • News of Osama bin Laden's death sent Internet traffic through the roof Sunday night. Case in point: Twitter users shot off 5,106 tweets a second at the news event's peak -- second only to Japan's celebration of the 2011 new year -- while the average rate of tweets clocked in at 3,000 per second, a new record. (CNNMoney) More
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