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States battle to be NBN home base

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Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales are in a three-way battle to become the home of the newly announced National Broadband Network Corporation, who will manage the new National Broadband Network that the Rudd Government announced last week. Securing the network’s base, according to the Australian, would generate thousands of high-skilled, high-paying jobs that would be vital to the states’ economy during the recession – and giving a boost in […]

Report: Embattled Yahoo to plan more layoffs

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Yahoo is said to be planning a new round of layoffs from the embattled company, the first for the new chief executive Carol Bartz, who succeeded co-founder Jerry Yang (who remains in the company as “Chief Yahoo”), according to the New York Times, quoting unnamed sources. The layoffs could be announced as early as Tuesday, when Yahoo is expected to report its first quarter results for this year (Q1 2009), […]

Google shuts down comments, uploads on Korea version of YouTube

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Google has announced that it will be disabling user video uploads and comments, both video and text forms, on the Korean localised version of its video sharing website YouTube as a protest over new regulations made by the South Korean Government came into effect. The new laws, part of a move to combat defamation on the internet, came into affect on April 1 and now forces sites with over 100,000 […]

Conficker brings up fake antivirus software

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Researchers from both Trend Micro and Kaspersky Lab have found another feature in the Conficker worm that could, finally, give us another clue on what the hell are they’re planning – the worm installs malware that is disguised to look like antivirus software. The program, known as “Spyware Protect 2009”, starts showing that you have your computer infected for every couple of minutes, “detects” the viruses, network attacks and browser […]

Telstra to provide free calls to L’Aquila this week

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Starting today, Telstra has announced that it will be making any calls to the Italian city of L’Aquila free; as Australians are calling the city to check on their family members and friends after the recent earthquake, measuring at a magnitude of 6.3. “To help Australians who are concerned about their friends and family in Italy, Telstra is offering its residential customers free fixed-line telephone calls to contact loved ones […]

A gold mouse to remember the good old days

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Yep, you guessed it. It’s a gold mouse, a freaking block of gold as a mouse. Comes with the standard left and right buttons, plus a scroll wheel, it connects to your computer via USB. Now, it might seem weird to spend money on something made out of gold, but its really, really cheap – it’s like £24.99 (approx. US$35). And if you thought that would be unbelievable, it’s real. […]

Protect yourself from Conficker

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On April 1, a variant of a potentially dangerous computer virus was set to be activated and its name is Conficker. However, no reported damage has occurred, even though the date was mentioned in the makeup of the variant in the first place. Conficker, however, is still a potential threat to everyone, and you need to know how to protect yourself from the worm, as reports of another variant has […]

Trend Micro : New variant of Conficker in the wild

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It seems that the Conficker threat , which was said to activate on April 1, is still not over; as a mysterious new payload has been introduced to infected computers and is said to be a new variant of the worm, according to a blog posting on the Trend Micro Malware blog. The latest variant, known as WORM_DOWNAD.E by Trend Micro, is known to be spreading over the a peer-to-peer […]

Apple faces lawsuit against patent infringement

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Apple is facing a lawsuit against Taiwanese chip designer Elan Microelectronics after Elan alleges that two of its patents were infringed on Apple’s MacBook, iPhone and iPod Touch product lines, according to the Wall Street Journal. The patents relates to the touch-screen technology that Apple uses to detect the positions of the fingers on a screen or touchpad. The technology that is claimed to be infringed used by Apple, known […]

PlayStation 3 outsells Wii in Japanese market

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After years of outselling both the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 in the crucial Japanese market, the second-largest market after the United States, the Wii has fallen behind by the PlayStation 3 in March for the first time in sixteen months. The PlayStation 3 sold, according to Enterbrain, 146,948 consoles; overshadowing the 99,335 consoles that Nintendo managed to sell. Microsoft finished third, selling 43,172 Xbox 360 consoles.

The winner of the NBN is… no one?

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The Federal Government has announced that the winner of the National Broadband Network tender is, well, no one, as the Government plans to look for “partners” to help build the new $43 billion fibre to the home network as it has announced that it will manage the construction of the project. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has said that none of the submitted proposals, including one by Optus, failed to meet […]

Report : Sun/IBM merger bid rejected, IBM walks away

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Shareholders will be watching Sun and IBM shares very carefully now when the markets open tomorrow (in the US), as merger talks between the two companies have been called off; according to sources talking to both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. A merger between Sun and IBM would given them a total combined share in the computer server market of 42 percent, overshadowing rivals HP’s 29.5 […]

US TV : MSNBC to go HD by June

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MSNBC, NBC’s 24-hour news channel that competes with News Corp’s Fox News and Time Warner’s CNN, has announced that it will be broadcasting in HD 1080i on June 29. “Broadcasting in HD is only going to help us build on the great success we’ve had so far this year, and will give viewers what they’ve been asking for, a full high definition broadcast of MSNBC,” president of MSNBC Phil Griffin […]

Watchdog not happy over Telstra April Fools prank

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It was a simple April Fools Day prank that sent Telstra share prices up to 5 percent. However, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission – known to not have a sense of humour – is now investigating how the spoof article managed to whip up such a frenzy. The article, published in Computerworld, said that Telstra was going to split into two divisions – retail and wholesale divisions – in […]

Telstra adds more homes to ADSL2 network, fights 3 over shared mobile network

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Telstra has announced that 131 exchanges in Victoria, including 127 located in regional areas, will be upgraded (or have been upgraded) to Telstra’s ADSL2 network within the next 200 days, allowing a further 84,000 homes and businesses to access faster speeds. “As well as the speed benefits, families will be able to simultaneously use several devices at home at the one time more easily. Content can be delivered with greater […]