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Apple’s iPhone 4S gets thunderous response, fans crowd Apple stores

With iPhone 4S available in stores, thousands of avid buyers thronged Apple stores across the United States Friday, and eagerly waited for countless hours to be the first to bag the new iPhone.

Record-breaking sales for new iPhone

Pre-order sales of the new iPhone 4S have been overwhelming, according to Apple and the various phone carriers selling the handset.

Facebook's Zuckerberg most popular on Google+

It may be Google+ versus Facebook. Well, that’s the intent behind Google’s latest launch. The success of this less than one-week-old social network hinges on scores of Google users.

Nintendo 3DS hacked by R4 team to play older games

Following claims by the Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, of “increased anti-piracy measures” for the 3DS handheld game system introduced in Japan, several reports claim that Nintendo's new system was hacked soon after the sales began.

Super Bowl loss may be lethal for heart--study

Heart racing excitement at a Super Bowl game takes a whole new meaning after U.S. researchers found that a loss for the home team can lead to heart attacks.

Bieber: Pray for injured man

Berlin -- Teenage Canadian-born pop star Justin Bieber is asking his fans to pray for a man injured during a stunt on the German game show "Wetten Dass."

Bieber, 16, canceled his weekend appearance on the show after Samuel Koch, 23, was severely injured attempting to jump over a moving car while wearing shoes equipped with a suspension system.

"Just want to let my people in Germany know I won't be on 'Wetten Dass' tonight as an accident has taken place and we all don't think it is right to continue," E! News quoted Bieber as saying via Twitter Saturday.

"Please pray for Samuel Koch & his family as we wait and hope for his health and safety. I'm sorry we couldn't perform tonight but some things are more important than putting on a show."

LeBron says ready for Cleveland visit

Miami -- Miami Heat forward LeBron James said Tuesday he expects his return to Cleveland this week to be difficult but is ready for whatever the fans dish out.

James will visit the city Thursday for the first time since leaving the Cavaliers as a free agent and joining the Heat, a move that was lucrative for him but widely criticized by Cavs fans and by owner Dan Gilbert.

"It's going to be very emotional for myself," James told reporters at a press conference in Miami Tuesday. "I've got a lot of great memories in that city. I give a lot of thanks to that city, a lot of thanks to those fans for giving me the opportunity to not only showcase my talents but grow from a boy to a young man."

Kid Rock slams scalpers on Web site

Detroit -- U.S. recording star Kid Rock took to his Web site Tuesday to blast scalpers who sell tickets to his concerts at inflated prices.

The country rock singer posted the message online under the heading "Fans upset about Ford Field tickets and what not."

'South Park' creators head to Broadway

New York -- Tickets to "The Book of Mormon," a new Broadway musical from the creators of "South Park," are being sold first to fans of the animated series.

The show is set to open March 24 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in Manhattan. Previews are slated to begin Feb. 24.

Tickets for "The Book of Mormon" are currently on sale exclusively at They will go on sale to the general public Nov. 19, producers of the stage musical said.

'Idol' star Crystal Bowersox engaged; to marry in October

Wedding bells will soon be ringing for Crystal Bowersox! The season nine runner up of 'American Idol' and her musician beau Brian Walker has gotten engaged, and will be walking down the aisle next month, Bowersox’s rep has confirmed.