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IN THE NEWS: BEWARE, "HARRY POTTER" STAR

NEW YORK (AP) -- Searching for stuff about Emma Watson online? Instead of getting images, you might end up with a hard-drive full of woe, instead. Turns out the "Harry Potter" actress is listed as the "most dangerous" to search for online. The Internet security company McAfee says Watson is the favorite celebrity "bait" for cyber criminals trying to lure Internet users. Many sites use Watson's name to trick users into downloading malware -- or steal personal information. McAfee says if you search for Watson's name, there's a one-in-eight chance of landing on a site that tries to stick malicious software or a virus on your computer. Others among the riskiest celebrities to search online are Jessica Biel, Eva Mendes, Selena Gomez and Halle Berry.

IN THE NEWS: NFL PLAYERS TURNING TO iPADS AS PLAYBOOKS, FILM DEVICES

DENVER (AP) -- Back in the day, when an NFL player was cut, they were told to turn in their playbooks. Nowadays, it's more likely they might be asked to give back their club-issued iPad. The Apple device is being used by 14 different teams -- 12 more than last year. In the NFC, the Bears, Cardinals, Cowboys, Lions, Packers, Panthers, Redskins and Seahawks are using the tablets. In the AFC, teams using the tablet are the Bengals, Broncos, Chargers, Colts, Dolphins and Ravens. Aside from making the 500-page playbooks obsolete, the iPad may also make it possible for coaching staffs to spend more time at home. Instead of spending the wee hours in the team's film room, studying their teams and opponents, the tablets can be used to download video clips -- in high-definition, no less.

ON THE WEB: LADY GAGA'S ALBUM

CYBERSPACE (AP) -- Lady Gaga may be breaking barriers with her next album. Not necessarily musically -- but at least technologically. She says her new release "Artpop" will be an app. She brags on her Web site that her new project will be "a multimedia experience" that will include chats, films for each song, extra music, games and other stuff. And unlike an album, Gaga says the app can be updated, like she uploads new stuff to Twitter. She urges her fans to "start asking for iPads for Xmas!!!" -- but notes "Artpop" will be available on regular CDs and digital downloads, too.

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Lady Gaga site: http://littlemonsters.com/text/5047d491ac460c3508001b8e

IN STORES: VIDEO GAME SALES

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's a continued slump for the video game industry. NPD Group reports that retail sales of new video game hardware, software and accessories in the U.S. fell for the ninth straight month in August. Overall sales fell 20 percent -- to $515.6 million. Software sales -- the video games for consoles themselves -- are down 9 percent from a year earlier. And sales of hardware such as the PlayStation 3 fell 39 percent. Sales of accessories? They are also down, off 7 percent.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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