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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 […]

IBM near deal to buy Sun, assures that it will fight if regulators object

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IBM and Sun are said to be nearing a possible merger, with discussions that IBM will pay US$9.55 a share – $1 less than what Sun previously expected and a revised value at US$7 billion – in return that IBM will fight for the deal even if the regulators object to the plan, according to the Wall Street Journal. Both companies have a 65 percent share in the high-end Unix […]

TechCrunch : Google in talks to buy Twitter

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Though turning down an offer to be bought by Facebook, Google is said to be in “late-stage negotiations” to acquire popular microblogging tool Twitter, which recently got a huge boost in popularity after being mentioned on the BBC on the UK and in Australia from Network Ten; according to TechCrunch. Another source is being quoted to be in “early stages”, and are considering to work together on building a real-time […]

Vodafone and 3 merger gets shareholder approval

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Shareholders for telecommunications operator Hutchison, who run the 3 network in Australia, have approved a proposed merger with the Australian operations of the UK-based Vodafone mobile phone operator in what will be a major shakeup in the mobile phone sector in Australia. The merger was given the approval this afternoon in a general meeting in Sydney. This will, also, eliminate its second last hurdle before they could form a new […]

Get Steve Jobs in your home today!

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You can cuddle him, play with him in your fantasies and whisper any corporate secrets; and you must be a die-hard Apple fanboy or fangirl to have this chance to get Steve Jobs at your home. OK, he might not there in person, but you can get a plush version of him for only US$27.99. Completely handmade and wire glasses, he is only 43cm tall (or 17-inches). However, he is […]

Encarta to be axed by Microsoft

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Microsoft has quietly announced that it will be getting out of the competitive encyclopaedia business as it will stop selling its long-standing Encarta products and shutting down its website on MSN. “Encarta has been a popular product around the world for many years. However, the category of traditional encyclopedias and reference material has changed,” Microsoft wrote in a posting. “People today seek and consume information in considerably different ways than […]

Vietnamese security firm claims Conficker might have come from China

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Vietnamese security firm BKIS, which makes the BKAV anti-virus software, has said that they have found clues that tell them that the Conficker worm may have originated from China, as opposed to countries like Russia and in Europe, according to a report by CNET News.com. It’s conclusion is based on the coding of the virus, saying it is closely related to the notorious Nimda virus, which wrecked havoc across the […]

NBN winner to be announced next week – AAP

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The federal Government is expected to make an an announcement on who won the tender to build the proposed national high-speed broadband network next week, according to the Australian Associated Press. The Minister for Communications and the Digital Economy has said that he was waiting for the Prime Minister to return before making his announcement. “I’ve said over the last couple of weeks, we’re just waiting for Kevin to get […]

Researchers uncover major cyber spying network

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A spy network, mainly based in China, has been said to have infiltrated computer networks from government offices around the world, according to Canadian researchers. However, even though they are located in China, there is no conclusive evidence of China being involved. Called “GhostNet”, it has become the largest reported spying operation to come to light. It has also been believed that this is the first time that researches have […]

Rumour Mill : NVIDIA to buy large stake in Via Tech.

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Graphics card manufacturer NVIDIA is said to be in talks with Taiwanese chipmaker VIA Technologies to buy a significant amount of shares after VIA recently put 300 million new shares, ranging from US$0.27 to US$0.35 per share, according to website Digitimes. While nothing has not been said yet, a possible announcement for the candidates to purchase the shares will be named in a June 19th shareholders meeting. However, according to […]

UK Parliament computers infected by Conflicker work

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The UK Parliament has become the latest to fall victim to the Downad/Conflicker work after an leaked internal memo advising network users on how to contain the problem, according to the blog Dizzy Thinks. The latest variant of the worm, which activates and download files to the infected computer on April 1st, is still being debated as an April Fools Day prank or something that will cause havoc on computers. […]

Popping madness – Bandai releases new bubble popping app

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If you are ever so addicted to popping bubble wrap, this may ease your addiction to your bubbly drug. However, if you are not addicted to popping the bubbles, then this might be a useless application that would just take up space on your 8GB/16GB iPhone or 8GB/16GB/32GB iPod touch. The “highly addictive handheld keychain” from Bandai has now made it to your iPhone, and you can set three different […]

Classification website hacked after Conroy makes appearance on ABC show

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The Australian Classification Board’s website, classification.gov.au, has been cracked a few moments with a prank message after Senator Stephen Conroy made his appearance on the ABC current affairs panel show Q&A on Thursday evening. “The site contains information about the boards that have the right to CONTROL YOUR FREEDOMZ,” the message said. “The Classification Board has the right to not just classify content (the name is an ELABORATE TRICK), but […]

Google to cut 200 jobs from sales

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Google, the number one search engine and search advertising company in the United States, has said that it will be axing 200 jobs in its sales and marketing team after it had over-invested in certain parts of the Silicon Valley-based company. “Making changes of this kind is never easy—and we recognize that the recession makes the timing even more difficult for the Googlers concerned,” Omid Kordestani, Senior Vice President for […]