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A Paid Social Network – Is App.net worth the $50/year price?

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Ever heard of App.net? The tech community has, and it’s built on a simple premise: being a different kind of social platform. As it’s creator Dalton Caldwell said in its video announcing the project, “our product is what we sell, not our users.” It also promises to be ad-free and will respect its developer community. Sounds like a dream service to use. But, there’s a catch – you have to [...]

Foxconn “ahead of schedule” in improving working conditions, says Fair Labor Association

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After an initial investigation in February – initiated by Apple, in the wake of a New York Times piece and a Mike Daisey’s piece on Apple working conditions (which was later retracted) – the Fair Labor Association has released their follow-up verification report to see if they are implementing the 195 actions that had to happen, and the organisation has found that some progress has been made. “Our verification shows [...]

WSJ: Groupon investors jumping ship as stock price plummets

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Early investors of deals website Groupon are reportedly jumping ship as the company struggles with a plummeting share price and is now worth a quarter of what it launched its IPO back in November, according to the Wall Street Journal. The report claims that at least four investors who held stock before the IPO have sold or reduced their holdings significantly in recent months. Andreessen Horowitz, co-founded by Netscape’s Marc [...]

Myki needs updating, and fast after Metcard is gone

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It is just a few months before Myki is to officially replace Metcard as the ticketing system for Melbourne’s transportation system. However, once we get Metcard out, the Victorian Government needs to seriously upgrade Myki to future-proof the delayed and overbudget project, or else we would be forced to create a new system down the track. Technology The technology needs to be drastically improved. Response times are long (but are [...]

Ecuador grants Julian Assange asylum, despite UK threat

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Ecuador has granted Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s request of political asylum. Assange has been inside the embassy after escaping on June 19 from house arrest to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where he believes he would be further extradited the United States. In a press conference, Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Richard Patino noted that his fears of political persecution were “legitimate”, according to the BBC. “The Ecuador government, loyal to its [...]

SkyDrive gets Metro revamp, introduces Android app

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Microsoft have now finally pushed out the new SkyDrive – now also using the Metro Windows 8-like design similar to what you can find in the Windows 8 app and the new Outlook.com design. In addition, it has also updated its applications for the cloud storage service plus launched an Android app for SkyDrive. By default, it will show the tile-based layout, but you can revert back to the standard [...]

Motorola sacks 20% of employees as Google steps in to make it profitable

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Motorola will be sacking 20 percent of its global workforce – or 4,000 employees – as Google tries to bring the struggling Android manufacturer to profitability, after purchasing it for US$12.5 billion last year mainly because of its patents. In a filing, Google said that the sackings were to “return [it]‘s mobile devices unit to profitability,” adding that, “Investors should expect to see significant revenue variability for Motorola for several [...]

BE BOLD? Putting BlackBerry’s new marketing line to the test

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For the last few years, Research In Motion, the company behind the infamous BlackBerry, have been a punchline in the tech blogosphere. And I’ve been part of that noise. Unfortunately, I wasn’t being fair to RIM or myself, or anyone who ever listened to me. In reality, I’d never used a BlackBerry, apart from in a store (which I have now believe, because of my thoughts on Windows Phone 7, [...]

Content from racist ‘Aboriginal Memes’ still exists on Facebook despite page removal

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Image: Tom Solari/TECHGEEK.com.au Images from the highly-controversial Facebook page known as ‘Aboriginal Memes’ page still exist despite the page was removed after numerous complaints to Facebook, and an investigation by the Australian Communications and Media Authority for potential breaches of the Racial Discrimination Act in Australia. The original page, believed to have been created by a 16-year-old male in Perth according to SBS, has already been removed – it is [...]

Anonymous compounds ASIO website again – among other sites in past few days

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ASIO, the national security intelligence agency for Australia, has been again the target of the attacks by Anonymous Australia as part of its OpAustralia in retaliation to the now-off-the-table data retention laws. Other sites include the South Australian Labor Party and the Attorney-General Nicola Roxon – both the government agency and MP’s personal website. This is the second time this week that the ASIO website has been taken down. Anonymous [...]

Anonymous takes down ASIO website

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UPDATE:The website for the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) was taken down briefly by Anonymous as part of their ‘OpAustralia’ campaign, initiated in response to the controversial data-retention policies that the Australian Government is proposing. The Twitter account posted this today at around 8:15am Melbourne time: [blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/Op_Australia/status/232963384671367168"] By 8:50am, the site was restored. As part of its OpAustralia campaign, Anonymous was able to successfully take down and deface websites [...]

Spotify now has 15 million users globally, including 4 million paying subscribers

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Spotify’s crusade against piracy and traditional music distribution seems to be paying off, if new stats are anything to go by. Launching down-under around 3 months ago, and originally launching in 2008 in Sweden, Spotify has quickly gained global and local attention as the go-to streaming music service, even more-so after their US launch. And to back this attention up, Spotify’s Chief Content Officer and Managing Director of Spotify North America, [...]

Google axes more products – ends Apps for Teams, Video for Business

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Google is ending some products and reallocating their resources to other projects – like Google+ More products are being retired by Google, with another three announced today in a blog post. The company has disclosed that Google Apps for Teams, Google Listen and Google Video for Business will join the other 50 products this year that have been axed. Google Apps for Teams was simply to allow collaboration between teams [...]

Windows Store allows paid apps, expands to new markets

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Microsoft has today announced several new bits of information with regards to the Windows Store that will be available on Windows 8 and Windows RT. The big news – Microsoft has now turned on the payment system for the Windows Store, allowing developers to create paid applications and in-app purchases. This now means that companies will be able to gain some profit from making apps – especially small developers, as [...]

Facebook Timeline to be pushed out to all in Spring – and you have no choice

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It probably wouldn’t surprise many, but by this spring (or fall in America) all Facebook users will be adopting the new Timeline design – regardless if you have attempted to resist change and still maintain that the old profile design is better. According to anonymous sources to Mashable, the site plans to force everyone onto the new design to make sure the experience is consistent to every site. Profiles have [...]