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The skinny: Queen decides iPad2 is cool enough for her

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Queen decides iPad2 is cool enough for her

The Queen of England, Elizabeth II, has bought an iPad 2 after being impressed with the Apple tablets belonging to Princes William and Harry, the Daily Mail reported. "The 85-year-old monarch is said to have been so impressed with the touch screen device that she immediately ordered staff to buy her one," the Daily Mail said. "She hopes to use the popular computer for long journeys around the country when she is inside the Royal car or train." William and Harry "think it is hilarious," the report said. "They love the fact that their gran wants an iPad and think she's really cool." The queen also has some iPods, including one given by President Barack Obama during a visit in 2009.

Bogus officials

Dear Whoizzit, about your reply ...

If you get a letter from Britain's No. 10 Downing Street, don't bother with a personalized response. The person who signed it probably used a fake name. Downing Street says that, for years, staff at the British prime minister's office have been using bogus names in their correspondence with members of the public. Use of pseudonyms was introduced in 2005 after an official was tracked down by a constituent she had been in contact with and threatened at her home address, officials said. The practice came to light Wednesday. Downing Street said it is now looking for an alternative to using pseudonyms.

Cafe controversy

Coffeehouses have to stick to coffee

Baristas will have to cover up after police officers discovered nudity and illegal gambling at so-called lingerie cafes in a Southern California suburb. More than three dozen of the coffeehouses are operating in the Orange County city of Garden Grove, and some servers' outfits went from skimpy to nonexistent while serving customers, police said. Additionally, arcade machines were rigged to be gambling machines. The Orange County Register reported Wednesday that the City Council voted 4-0 to ban nudity, gambling and smoking in the cafes. Police Chief Kevin Raney said his officers raided 20 coffeehouses and confiscated 200 gambling machines.

Wrong call

iPhone tattles on car theft suspect

Police say an iPhone left in a stolen truck is how officers were able to capture a burglar suspected of multiple auto break-ins in Colorado Springs. Officials at the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said Joshua Mitzelfelt, 29, allegedly stole a truck left unattended and running in a driveway. The owner's iPhone was on the front seat. The truck's owner began tracking his vehicle's location though a website monitoring the phone's GPS application while updating sheriff dispatchers. Officers arrested the driver.

Compiled from Times wires.

The skinny: Queen decides iPad2 is cool enough for her 05/11/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 9:24pm]

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