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$90 million “black hole” in Victorian Police IT arm

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The Australian has revealed that the Victorian Police’s Business Information Technology Service (BITS), which is under internal investigation for fraud, kickbacks and disappearing equipment, has a $90 million “black hole” (as described by The Australian) in its accounts. A consultant’s report that was leaked and obtained by The Australian, also show that it would need an extra $89 million to prop up a major contract. The report also found that [...]

Image : 2009 Inauguration Picture

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This is the image from the inauguration from the GeoEye-1 satellite, which Google has exclusive access to it, and it shows the mass number of people seeing the inauguration from Capitol Hill to the Washington Monument. It looks magnificent. Image Credit : GeoEye

Inauguration causes record highs on the internet

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The Inauguration of President Barack Obama has become the busiest day of the internet since ever, as many people were trying to access the Inauguration content live from not only television, but live internet coverage from video to Twitter and live blogs. Akamai Technology has said that 7.7 million people watched the video streams hosted on their servers, a record for the company as nearly 2 million watch video streams [...]

Full Text : Obama’s Inaugural Address

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Barack Obama, being inaugurated at the official time of 12:05PM, Washington DC time, made his Inaugural Address right after placing his hand on the Bible that was used by Lincoln. The full text of Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address is below. Source: PIC2009 Committee My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our [...]

Myki rollout to Geelong called a “success”

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Victoria’s long awaited, and delayed, ticketing system for its public transport network, known as myki, has officially been launched on bus routes along the Geelong railway station and other locations around the Bellarine Peninsula; and the Victorian Government has called it a success, and has not received a complaint yet – but that’s their story. The project. three years overdue and is $350 million over its original budget, is said [...]

RIAA ditches evidence-gathering firm after changing strategies

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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has dumped the company that it used to gather evidence against 35,000 people for illegally uploading music as part of its five-year-old strategy against piracy, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. The company, MediaSentry, searched the internet for evidence against people that they claimed were sharing large amounts of music. However, several people and civil-right advocates have complained that the [...]

Censorship lists from Thailand and Denmark leaked as Australian Govt. delays trial

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Secret lists of websites in two countries have been leaked online to Wikileaks, a known site for publishing secret information and putting it to the public, as the Australian Government has announced that they will delay the live trial of the controversial internet filtering scheme that would, according to experts, cripple our internet connection. Denmark’s list of 3863 websites was published yesterday onto Wikileaks, and is to believed to contain [...]

Conroy answers critics; says filter plan may extend to P2P, BitTorrent Traffic

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Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, has answered many of the comments made to people on the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy’s blog. However, while answering his critics, he has also revealed that new government filter may extend to peer-to-peer and BitTorrent traffic. “Technology is improving all the time. Technology that filters peer-to-peer and BitTorrent traffic does exist and it is anticipated that the effectiveness of this will [...]

Santa Clara shooter was fired, not laid off

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According to GigaOM, the person responsible for the shooting at SiPort was not laid off as part of the layoffs. Jing Hua Wu, who shot three executives at the Santa Clara based company, was terminated individually. In fact, SiPort had no plans to conduct layoffs from the company, nor will it conduct them in the future, according to their spokesperson. “SiPort has never had a general layoff at the company [...]

Police arrest gunman in killing at Silicon Valley tech company

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The Mercury News is reporting that a 47-year-old man has been arrested after a manhunt after the man fatally shot three of his former co-workers at a Silicon Valley technology company. Jing Hua Wu was arrested at an intersection in Mountain View on Saturday, according to Lt. Mike Sellers from the Santa Clara Police. Wu had been missing since he shot three people at the offices of where he previously [...]

Communications Minister labeled worst ever over net censorship plan

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Senator Stephen Conroy has been labeled the worst Communications Minister that Australia has had since the internet was invented by iiNet’s Managing Director Michael Malone. As well, Greens senator Scott Ludlam accused Conroy of misleading the public by claiming the plan was similar to that in Sweden, Canada and neighbour New Zealand. Even though the response has been negative, the Government is still pressing ahead with its promise of protecting [...]

Malaysian Blogger freed in landmark ruling

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A well-known Malaysian blogger has been freed by the courts, in what has been described as a landmark ruling, after finding that the government acted beyond its authority and his indefinite detention and the law that allows these sort of detentions were illegal. Raja Petra Kamarudin, who is the editor-in-chief of an anti-government website, was arrested and detained without trial on September 12. He is expected to be freed on [...]

Google execs. to face trial in Italy?

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According to Reuters, Italian prosecutors have ordered four former and current Google executives to stand trial over a video of a taunted youth with Down syndrome that was posted on the Italian version of YouTube. All four face charges of defamation and failure to exercise control over personal data. This comes after an investigation into an complaint from Vividown, an Italian advocate group for people with Down syndrome, and the [...]

Obama’s policy on technology – education and universal broadband

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Just days before the US Presidential election, we managed to find a video about him talking about what is his plan with technology. His plan includes allowing people to comment on new legislation before it is signed, enforce anti-trust laws (no more monopolies!), and ensuring that every American will have broadband. At least his plan does not include a filter. You can view the video below, or if you like [...]

Silicon Valley leaders go against Prop. 8

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A number of executives and investors in Silicon Valley have announced that they will be opposing Proposition 8, a ballot measure (sort of like a referendum) that would add in the California’s state constitution the definition that a man and a woman are allowed to be married – eliminating any same-sex marriage taking place in the state. Executives from Google, Facebook, Adobe, Yahoo, eBay and Intuit are named as “honorary [...]