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It’s official: Yahoo buys Tumblr and promises “not to screw it up [like every other site it ever bought]“

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It’s now official. After a week of speculation, Yahoo has announced that they have reached a deal with Tumblr to acquire the blogging service, worth approximately $1.1 billion in an all-cash deal. Knowing users are very unhappy about the move, Yahoo has an agreement (and a promise “not to screw it up” – that’s in the press release, I should add) with Tumblr that will see the company be operated [...]

Deal Done? Yahoo to acquire Tumblr in a $1.1 billion deal

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Yahoo’s board has approved a US$1.1 billion deal to acquire Tumblr, according to “people familiar with the matter” talking to the Wall Street Journal. It is unknown if Tumblr would accept the deal or not; but the deal’s announcement could be held on Tuesday (our time). Forbes is reporting that the Tumblr board has already voted in favour. Marissa Mayer has assured that Tumblr will continue being on its own [...]

Yahoo eyes Tumblr – but will it acquire it?

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According to anonymous sources talking to AllThingsD, Yahoo is rumoured to be negotiating a deal for either a strategic alliance, a small investment in the company, or even a complete buyout of the blogging platform Tumblr – all because they want to become “cool again”. AllThingsD reports that CEO Marissa Mayer has been interested in the service for some time, and has met with its top executives, including its CEO and founder David [...]

Google Maps get a massive redesign – focuses on what matters to you

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Google Maps is about to change – at Google I/O, the company showed off its next-generation Maps product with the ability to create millions of custom maps based on what you want to do instead of one map for everyone. Google will tailor a map just for you highlighting what it considers as useful – like the roads and landmarks that may help you get to a different location. It [...]

Google reveals 41 new features for Google+

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41 new features. Yes, you heard that right. Google has announced 41 new changes to its social network Google+ that will affect the Stream, Hangouts and Photos. First out of the block was the Google+ Stream – it will be getting a redesign to bring it in line with its mobile applications and can fit multiple devices. Also being rolled out is “Related Hashtags”, so you can go deeper on [...]

YouTube offers paid subscriptions for channels – will you pay though?

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YouTube has officially confirmed what everyone has been speculating for the past few months – they will start offering paid subscriptions. It has already signed up over 50 channels in its “pilot program” that will charge at least $0.99 per month to access their premium content, with a 14 day free trial. In addition, you can access the channels from any device – desktop, tablet, phone and TV. Some content [...]

Optus, Telstra and TPG big winners in digital spectrum sale

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Photo: Kainet/Flickr (Creative Commons) The Australian Government has announced the winners of the digital dividend auction – with Optus, Telstra and TPG the big winners in a deal worth nearly $2 billion. The new spectrum, to be made available after the digital television transition is completed, will be used to deploy LTE. Telstra has secured 2 x 20MHz blocks in the 700MHz band, and 2 x 40MHz blocks on the [...]

Pirate Party Australia announce Senate candidates

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Pirate Party Australia has announced their Senate candidates for this year’s election – hoping to replicate the success of other Pirate Parties across Europe (most recently, in Iceland). President David Campbell and Secretary Brendan Molloy will contest the Senate seats in New South Wales – with Molloy being the lead candidate. The other candidates include: Joe Miles and Geoff Hammett for Victoria Melanie Thomas and Liam Pomfret for Queensland Thomas [...]

Report: iOS 7 could be delayed, will see massive overhaul

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A new report has claimed that latest version of Apple iOS could be delayed as Jonathan Ive, in charge of iOS design at Cupertino, has embarked on a massive design overhaul to replace the previous skeuomorphic look that was promoted by the former software chief Scott Forstall (who was dumped from his role last year). According to Bloomberg, engineers are also apparently racing to get this finished in order to show [...]

LivingSocial hacked – 50 million customers and email addresses affected

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Daily deals website LivingSocial (second only to Groupon) has disclosed that they have been hacked and that the attacker accessed the names, email addresses and “encrypted” passwords of 50 million customers worldwide. “We recently experienced a cyber-attack on our computer systems that resulted in unauthorized access to some customer data from our servers. We are actively working with law enforcement to investigate this issue,” the site told customers. “We are [...]

Facebook Home: a Facebook user’s perspective

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Plenty of discussions on Home turn into ‘I hate Facebook’ agreements, one of the only reasons why I think that I may actually add something to the conversation. Home isn’t for non-Facebook users, so it makes little sense to say ‘I hate Facebook, but here’s my review of Home’. Along with the majority of Generation Y, I do use Facebook. I don’t have a religious attachment, but I do check [...]

JB Hi Fi enters the eBook business with NOW Books

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JB Hi Fi has expanded its NOW brand to include eBooks with the launch of the NOW Books store – pitting themselves against not only the book retailers but as well as Google Play, Kobo and the eBook giant Amazon. NOW Books will let users download and purchase EPUB or PDF versions of books (depending on the book). To read the books, you can download the JB Hi Fi NOW [...]

New Android malware found, can bypass app verification process

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Image: lwallenstein/Flickr (CC) Android users, look out because there is another malware in the wild. A mobile security research firm has found 32 apps infected with a new malware called BadNews that pretends to be a third-party advertising network and pushes out a well-known SMS fraud app to infected devices. Lookout Mobile Security discovered the malware in 32 apps across four developer accounts on the Google Play store – with [...]

Telstra introduces “no lock-in” mobile plans, data sharing plans coming soon

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Telstra has announced some new changes to their mobile plans – with the addition of no-contract plans (following Optus’ move) with the same value as their contract plans, and the introduction of data sharing plans so you can share your data cap with multiple devices. The “No Lock-In Plans” will start at $60/month and will include 1GB of data, unlimited SMS messages and $600 of included voice and MMS value. Then [...]