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News Corp bid for BSkyB moves to Competition Commission amid more allegations of phone hacking

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Image: Tom Solari/TECHGEEK.com.au More allegations of phone hacking have struck another newspaper owned by News International, the UK subsidiary of News Corporation, as the its bid to control the largest UK satellite television provider BSkyB is heading to the UK’s Competition Commission. The move to let the Competition Commission decide on the final merger was in due part of News International withdrawing its move to make Sky News – the […]

OFFICIAL: Foxtel now will acquire Austar in deal worth $2bn

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Foxtel and Austar have now agreed on the terms that will see the metropolitan pay television provider acquire the regional pay television provider in a deal worth approximately AU$2 billion, or $1.52 in cash per share. The price set by this new transaction agreement represents a 54% premium on the closing price on February 17, which was around 99 cents per share (the date is the day prior its shares […]

“Friday” taken off YouTube by… Rebecca Black?

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So, when I went on Facebook, my Wall was populated with this. Rebecca Black’s hit single – and most disliked video of YouTube – has been removed from the Ark Music Factory’s YouTube account by none other than Rebecca Black. Wait, what? Turns out, there’s an actual story behind it. I know. A story behind one of the worst songs of the year.

IT IS COMING! News Corp to erect paywall on Australian sites soon

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Image: Luc De Leeuw/Flickr (Creative Commons) Rumours are hinting that News Corporation papers, such as The Australian, the Herald Sun and the Daily Telegraph are about to be behind a paywall – falling it in line with its international counterparts which include The Times in the UK and The Wall Street Journal in the US.

SMH: Hulu to launch in Australia

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American television streaming service Hulu is said to be preparing for an Australian launch, and could do it without the support of the free-to-air networks, who hold the terrestrial and (now) internet streaming rights of several productions its owners air. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the television networks have been reluctant to show support due to it could drive people away from television to the internet, despite Hulu being […]

YouTube turns on WebM transcoding, 30% of video already done

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Once Google bought WebM, it was speculated that YouTube would also switch to the new royalty-free codec. Well, today YouTube has announced that it will now transcode all videos uploaded to its site to WebM, allowing those who watch it on their HTML5 player to watch it natively on Firefox, Opera and (of course) Google Chrome. Google has also confirmed that it has already transcoded 30 percent of its entire […]

James Cameron: all films to go 3D within 5 years

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Image: Steve Jurveston/Flickr (Creative Commons) Something tells me once Avatar came out, James Cameron has been on a 3D high. The filmmaker has launched a brand new venture that aims to bring the technology to both the big screen and small screen, and aims to have all cinemas to be capable of showing 3D films in the next five years.

AFACT brings iiNet case to High Court

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The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) has announced that it plans to lodge an appeal with the High Court in its case against iiNet, alleging that the ISP has allowed its users to infringe on the copyright of the film and television studios it represents. It seeks to reverse the decision made by the Federal Court, dismissing AFACT’s appeal in its case, ongoing since 2009. The federal court found […]

New ad reveals the next generation is f**ked

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PHD, a marketing company, has copped some flack over its new video campaign titled “We are the Future”. Why? Because it reveals the extent of how PHD or other advertising companies will help its clients interact with “the next generation”. The video, however, has gotten some flack across the internet. [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/aliceroberts/statuses/40919827140984832″] [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/stephenfry/status/41371009651183616″] Why is it bad? Despite the fact it is a very bad ad, it reveals some […]

iiNet wins appeal against priacy lawsuit

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The Federal Court has ruled in iiNet’s favour, dismissing an appeal by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) filed after losing in the high-profile case against internet piracy and copyright infringement earlier last year. “I have concluded that the appeal should be dismissed,” Justice Arthur Robert Emmett, who presided over the case, said in court.

Sony launches online streaming music service in Australia

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Sony has announced the expansion of its online music streaming service, Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity, to Australia, the United States and New Zealand, joining users in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Span. The service, which allows users on Internet-connected Sony devices, such as its line of BRAVIA televisions, Blu-Ray players and PlayStation computers, will stream music from all four major labels – Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music, […]

Comedy Central blocks international visitors from Daily Show, Colbert Report

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International fans of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are no longer able to see videos from the show – including the archival videos from both show’s history – after Comedy Central upgraded its video player and blocked international visitors. Previously, both sites allowed international visitors to watch clips of the show, including the latest episodes. The only parts that were geoblocked were full episodes. Now, you must be […]

Foxtel expands availability to Telstra T-Box

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Your mobile phone and your Xbox 360 are not the only places where you can now watch Foxtel, with Telstra announcing that it will offer 30 channels from the Foxtel channel lineup to its customers who are using its T-Box set-top box. The deal would mean that consumers will be able to stream the best of Foxtel’s lineup of channels, all unmetered via BigPond. Channels include FOX 8, CNN International, […]

AOL buys Huffington Post for $315m, creates new “Media Group”

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AOL will buy the left-leaning blog The Huffington Post in a deal worth $315 million and will see AOL’s media content to be merged with the blog to create a new media group within AOL, with founder Arianna Huffington full editorial control over AOL’s media properties. AOL’s media properties include popular tech websites Engadget and recent addition TechCrunch along with its news content. AOL’s buy is worth $315 million, with […]