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It is now day 15 of The Great Sony Cock-Up of 2011™, and the Japanese giant finally has some good news. No, not that their PSN and PC gaming networks are up and running again, but that they should be soon.

"Today our global network and security teams at Sony Network Entertainment and Sony Computer Entertainment began the final stages of internal testing of the new system," the PlayStation Blog reported on Thursday, calling this testing "an important step towards restoring PlayStation Network and Qriocity services."

Sony's woes began on April 21 when its PSN Network went dark amid rumors of DDoS attacks and PSN-hacker revenge. First, the data of 70 million users was possibly compromised, then it was compromised, then Sony was sued, then Sony shut its PC-gaming site, then it admitted that personal data of another 25 million users was compromised, then...

That's enough. You get the picture. But Sony says it's sorry.

"We've been working around the clock to rebuild the network and enhance protections of your personal data," the company says. "It's our top priority to ensure your data is safe when you begin using the services again."

Call us weary cynics, but mightn't it have been nice to have the safety of user data a top priority in the first place? ®

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