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Apple's Tongue-Tied Siri Faces 'Singlish' Rival

Singapore's SingTel has developed an application to rival the voice-activated Siri on the iPhone 4S that is sure to go down well in the island state -- because it can understand "Singlish".

When Apple unveiled its latest handset earlier this month most of the talk was about Siri, which can give directions or even advice to users simply by asking a question into the speaker.

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India Firm Launches Gold, Diamond 'Cash Machine'

An Indian company has launched what it says is the world's first "cash machine" that dispenses gold and silver coins and diamond-studded jeweler.

The Gitanjali Group launched the Gold and Diamond automatic teller machine at a central Mumbai shopping mall for the annual Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, on Wednesday.

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Giant Lego Man May Soon be Released from Custody

The 100-pound, 8-foot-tall mysterious Lego man that was found on a Florida beach may soon be sprung from a holding room.

Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight said Thursday that Lego-man could be freed from the shed where he's been kept for two days.

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Reward for Bin Laden: Uncorking an 1870 Lafite

Pentagon chief Leon Panetta will bring in the New Year with a $10,000 bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothschild from 1870, courtesy of a bet with a friend over tracking down Osama bin Laden.

The wager was struck last New Year's Eve in California, when restaurateur Ted Balestreri pledged to uncork the oldest bottle in his collection if Panetta -- then the CIA director -- found the Al-Qaeda mastermind.

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Vote Winner Urges Calm in Cradle of Tunisian Revolution

The head of the Islamist party Ennahda that won Tunisia's weekend elections called Friday for calm in Sidi Bouzid, the town where the north African country's revolution began, after overnight unrest.

"We call for calm and the preservation of public property," Rached Ghannouchi said after more than 2,000 youths marched on Ennahda's headquarters and sacked public buildings in Sidi Bouzid following the announcement of election results on Thursday.

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'Dr Death's' Machine, Memorabilia Go on Sale in NY

The machine used by the late Dr Jack Kevorkian, popularly dubbed "Doctor Death," in his campaign to help people commit suicide will go on sale in New York on Friday.

The deceptively simple device, essentially consisting of three syringes and an electric switch, is expected to sell for between $200,000 and $300,000 when it goes under the hammer at the New York Institute of Technology.

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Lewis Hamilton ends romance with Pussycat Dolls star

Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has confirmed his break-up with Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger after frenzied speculation in the tabloid press.

A downbeat Hamilton said the end of the high-profile, four-year relationship had been "very tough" to deal with after a difficult season in which the 2008 champion sits just fifth in the drivers' standings.

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BlackBerry Outage Triggers Lawsuits

Research In Motion is being sued in the United States and on its home turf in Canada for a BlackBerry service outage that affected millions of people worldwide.

The lawsuits seek class action status to represent all BlackBerry users in the respective countries and call for RIM to pay unspecified cash damages.

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Int'l Criminal Court in 'Informal Contact' with Gadhafi Son Seif

The International Criminal Court is in "informal contact" with Seif al-Islam, the fugitive son of slain Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, its prosecutor said on Friday.

"Through intermediaries, we have informal contact with Seif," Luis Moreno-Ocampo said in a statement issued at the court's headquarters in The Hague.

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Aerosmith's Tyler Performs in Paraguay After Fall

Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler wowed tens of thousands of fans in Paraguay with his vocal stylings and dance moves after a fall forced him to delay the US band's concert in Asuncion by a day.

Tyler's bruises -- one very visible on his right cheek and the other on his chin -- did not keep him from thrilling the fans late Wednesday with a vibrant set at the Jockey Club that included many of the band's greatest hits.

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