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    Friday, August 15, 2008

    Reuters - Texas school district to let teachers carry guns

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    Texas school district to let teachers carry guns

    Friday, Aug 15, 2008 7:41PM UTC

    HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas school district will let teachers bring guns to class this fall, the district's superintendent said on Friday, in what experts said appeared to be a first in the United States.

    The board of the small rural Harrold Independent School District unanimously approved the plan and parents have not objected, said the district's superintendent, David Thweatt.

    School experts backed Thweatt's claim that Harrold, a system of about 110 students 150 miles northwest of Fort Worth, may be the first to let teachers bring guns to the classroom.

    Thweatt said it is a matter of safety.

    "We have a lock-down situation, we have cameras, but the question we had to answer is, 'What if somebody gets in? What are we going to do?" he said. "It's just common sense."

    Teachers who wish to bring guns will have to be certified to carry a concealed handgun in Texas and get crisis training and permission from school officials, he said.

    Recent school shootings in the United States have prompted some calls for school officials to allow students and teachers to carry legally concealed weapons into classrooms.

    The U.S. Congress once barred guns at schools nationwide, but the U.S. Supreme Court struck the law down, although state and local communities could adopt their own laws. Texas bars guns at schools without the school's permission.

    (Reporting by Jim Forsyth in San Antonio; writing by Bruce Nichols in Houston, editing by Vicki Allen)

    Reuters - Sony plans no PS3 price cuts at Leipzig games fair

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    Sony plans no PS3 price cuts at Leipzig games fair

    Friday, Aug 15, 2008 4:4PM UTC

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Sony Corp <6758.T> does not plan to announce price cuts to its flagship PlayStation 3 games console at Europe's biggest video games fair in Leipzig, Germany next week, a company spokesman said on Friday.

    "It's not going to happen. If you're coming for that you'll be disappointed," Sony Computer Entertainment spokesman Nick Caplin said.

    In the 12 months ending March 31, Sony sold 9.24 million units, below its initial estimates of 11 million sales.

    But in an interview with Reuters on July 16, the company's video game chief said the firm was on track for the current year's target of 10 million sales.

    Cuts to the Playstation 3's original high price have helped boost its fortunes in Sony's three-way battle with Microsoft Corp <MSFT.O> and Nintendo Co Ltd <7974.OS> in the global video game industry.

    Sony ruled the video game industry for about a decade from the mid-1990s with its original PlayStation and PlayStation 2.

    In the current console cycle, Sony has found itself in an unfamiliar position, trailing Nintendo's Wii and competing neck and neck with Microsoft's Xbox 360 for second place in monthly sales in the United States.

    The Leipzig games fair runs from August 20-22.

    (Reporting by David Milliken; editing by Rory Channing)

    Reuters - T-Mobile to offer first Android smartphone

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    T-Mobile to offer first Android smartphone

    Friday, Aug 15, 2008 8:13AM UTC

    (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom's <DTEGn.DE> T-Mobile USA will be the first carrier to offer a mobile phone based on Google Inc's <GOOG.O> Android software, the New York Times reported, citing people briefed on the company's plans.

    The high-end phone, which will be made by the world's top smartphone maker High Tech Computer Corp <2498.TW>, is expected to challenge Apple Inc's <AAPL.O> iPhone as well as other smartphones that run software from Palm Inc <PALM.O>, Research in Motion <RIM.TO> <RIMM.O>, Microsoft Corp <MSFT.O> and Nokia Oyj <NOK1V.HE>.

    The phone is expected to go on sale in the U.S. before Christmas and perhaps as early as October, the paper said.

    Neither Google, nor T-Mobile immediately returned calls seeking comment.

    Last November, Google introduced its highly anticipated Android software system for designing mobile phone devices, in a move it promised could help the cellphone industry make the Internet work as smoothly on phones as it does on computers.

    (Reporting by Tenzin Pema in Bangalore; Editing by Paul Bolding)

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