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Posted 25/03/2011

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The latest stories from the Technology section of the BBC News web site.

Smartphones pack huge batteries
New smartphones from Lenovo and Acer feature much bigger batteries than is the norm for a handset.

Valve boss responds on 'mod' row
Valve boss Gabe Newell has defended the company's decision to let developers of some game modifications or 'mods' charge for their creations.

Woman denied $41.8m jackpot payout
A 90-year-old woman is denied a $41.8m (£27.6m) penny slot machine bonus after the casino blames it on a computer error.

Silk Road 'link' to six drug deaths
Six people who died from overdoses bought their drugs via the Silk Road marketplace, claims the US government.

Valve expands Steam 'mod' market
Game maker Valve has expanded its online store to let players who make 'mods' for games sell their creations.

Rail upgrade 'raises hack risks'
A government adviser warns that a new hi-tech rail signalling system could be hacked by terrorists to cause train crashes.

Ellen Pao faces $1m legal bill
A woman who challenged an alleged case of sexism in a high-profile Silicon Valley dispute now faces a $1m legal bill unless she agrees not to appeal.

Russians 'accessed Obama's emails'
Russian hackers who gained access to the White House computer system last year were able to read President Obama's unclassified emails, reports say.

Cyber-thieves 'avoiding' bitcoins
The falling value of bitcoins is making the virtual cash much less attractive to cyber-thieves, claims a security expert.

Amazon web services 'growing fast'
Amazon says its web services business generated sales of $1.57bn in the first quarter of the year and is profitable.