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LONDON (AP) — It's been dubbed the surfin' outhouse. Thanks to Microsoft, Internet fans at music festivals across Britain will be able to fill their minds while they answer nature's call.

The iLoo comes with flat-screen plasma display, waterproof wireless keyboard and WiFi broadband Net access.

Microsoft UK, which previously brought the Internet to a park bench in Bury St. Edmunds, England, says it's negotiating with toilet paper manufacturers for special rolls with Web addresses printed on them.

"At the moment, it's purely a promotional stunt, just a bit of fun," said Ben Philipson, a spokesman at Microsoft's MSN unit, which hopes to boost online subscriptions. He said the company is now building a prototype of its pioneering portable potty that will travel to festivals around Britain this summer.

"Reading in the loo … is a traditional English pastime," said analyst Jeremy Davies of U.K.-based market researcher Context. "We've all seen the magazine racks, loo paper with jokes and cartoons on the walls in toilets up and down the land. You've got to hand it to the creative — and uniquely English — minds at Microsoft."

The iLoo will have a Windows XP-powered computer under the sink with a connection to six-channel surround sound. The flat-screen plasma display will swivel out from the side of the outhouse.

A guard will be stationed outside the iLoo to prevent theft.

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