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Conroy goes on the attack after US steps in

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Senator Stephen Conroy has gone onto the attack as news that the US State Department has said that it has an issue with its internet censorship plan, with the target placed on Google – who recently pulled its localised search engine after failing to get approval to stop censoring search engines – by highlighting its policies on content, privacy and censorship. “Notwithstanding their alleged do no evil policy, they recently [...]

iiNet victorious in AFACT trial

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iiNet has been given a huge victory against a long-running lawsuit by the film and TV studios represented by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT); which included Village Roadshow, Universal Pictures, Warber Bros, 20th Century Fox, Disney and the Seven Network. The court finding that iiNet’s role in giving access to copyright infringers to BitTorrent does not mean that it is authorising the infringement, and is protected by a [...]

Intel announce WiDi HD

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Straight from CES, Intel have announced the WiDi HD. Working over wireless, you can stream your HD media to your television set via a HDMI connection. Your PC will need a Core i3, i5 or i7 processor together with the receiver box which will set you back $100. Intel demonstrated netflix from a laptop with Windows 7 streaming over to a TV. Netgear will be the first to provide the [...]

Internet filtering: Google says no

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Google has today written a scathing blog post on the Australian Government’s plan on bringing mandatory ISP level filtering to millions of internet users in Australia, citing a report by three professors that found a wide scope of content that could be blocked under “Refused Classification”. The report claims that because the RC classification is so broad, content that are socially and politically controversial – like education content on safe [...]

Video game listing made easy

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Ever wanted to keep a rather well organised list of your games, unfinished or completed? Then sign up to Backloggery, the best way to keep a tab on your games. Whether it be old, new or unreleased, Backloggery has a complete listing of games from all consoles and peripherals ever made. And that’s not all, there are also other special features suggesting what game to play next, friends lists, medals [...]

Pirate Bay goes magnetic, DHT as tracker goes offline forever

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Since the start of 2003, the notorious torrent site The Pirate Bay was launched by a group of friends from Sweden, and became one of the largest BitTorrent trackers out there on the web as it handled more than 25 million peers downloading files from their tracker. Jump to today, and some news that would likely shock the entire torrent community – The Pirate Bay is saying bye bye to [...]

Star Wars: The Old Republic Battle of Bothawui video

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Bioware have posted another video in their timeline series on the official Star Wars: The Old Republic website,. It depicts a battle between the Sith and the Jedi which resulted in a draw. The battle was the first major defeat of the Empire’s ships which led to boosted morale in the Galaxy against the Empire, that they could be matched in strength. Several weeks later though, the Empire ordered several [...]

Conroy threatens further telecommunications reform

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Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has threatened the telecommunications industry with a plan to add additional reforms to the Telecommunications Act after an report by the industry’s ombudsman said that there was a massive spike in complaints from customers. The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) has said that it received 230,065 complaints from consumers and small businesses during the 2008-2009 financial year, representing a 54 percent increase from the previous year. However, [...]

WiFi a/b/g/n and introducing WiFi Direct

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There it is folks – a new Wi-Fi type that will be officially support by the Wi-Fi Alliance and is aimed to do one thing – create a devices-to-deivces network without a base station or ad-hoc nonsense. From the Wi-Fi Alliance website press release: The specification, previously code-named “Wi-Fi peer-to-peer,” can be implemented in any Wi-Fi device, from mobile phones, cameras, printers, and notebook computers, to human interface devices such [...]

802.11n Wi-Fi standard approved

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The IEEE has finally approved the next high-speed Wi-Fi standard 802.11n, after going through a dozen or so revisions from the standard was conceived in 2002. The standard is said to be capable of delivering throughput speeds of up to 300 megabits per second, but it is also reported to achieve higher than that. Few additions have been made to the draft, according to Network World, and all of the [...]

iiNet uses Telecommunications Act to defend itself in AFACT lawsuit

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In its lawsuit from the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT), Perth-based iiNet has used the Telecommunications Act as part of their defence, arguing that the request from AFACT to act on its notices of alleged infringement would violate the privacy provisions under Section 276 of the Act. “Under the Act, it is illegal for iiNet to use customers’ personal information in the manner demanded by AFACT without a court [...]

NBN board revealed by Conroy

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Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy has announced the board members that will lead the government-built $43 billion national broadband network, with the new members having skills in finance, technology, legal and business. The new board, to join the co-chairman Mike Quigley, who was also announced to be the chief executive of the new government-controlled company, will comprise of five members: former Freehills law firm CEO Peter Hay, former Telstra chief [...]

America’s AT&T reportedly blocking 4chan images

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American telecommunications operator AT&T, a similar entity to Telstra here in Australia, is being reported to have blocked access to images to 4chan.org, a notorious website known for its affiliation (via it’s /b/ board) to the anti-Scientology group Anonymous. “It’s come to our attention that AT&T is filtering/blocking img.4chan.org(/b/ & /r9k/),” according to founder Moot on their blog, “There is no remedy at this time.” Because of their notoriety for [...]

Pirate Bay anonymous network launches quietly

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In what has been a turbulent week for The Pirate Bay, they have launched quietly their anonymous virtual private network, IPREDator, to the public. The new network, like we reported before, hopes to give you anonymous access to the internet, so the ISPs won’t be able to trace your steps.

Government might back away from mandatory net filtering

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The Rudd Government has indicated that it might be backing away from its mandatory internet filtering plan, which is composed of two filters, as Communications Minister told a Senate estimates committee that the scheme could be a voluntary one. The statement made, reported by The Australian, is a huge policy shift from Labor as it was planning to forcefully make all ISPs in Australia to implement a filter that has [...]