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Former MySQL head leaves Sun

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The leader of the open-source database group, MySQL, has announced his resignation from Sun Microsystems, and has said that he will be leaving the company at the end of March. The MySQL database group is one of the fastest-growing businesses at Sun. Marten Mickos, who was chief executive at MySQL AB before being bought by Sun, will leave current role as senior vice president. He explained in a letter sent […]

Salesforce’s president resigns to purse other “opportunities”

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Salesforce.com has said that its president and chief strategy officer, Steve Cakebread, resigned “to pursue other professional opportunities”, and disclosing that in a Securities & Exchange Commission filing on Thursday that he resigned on February 1. Cakebread, who also served as chief financial officer for six years before moving to his current role in 2008, joined the company in May 2002. The SEC filing also says that Cakebread will get […]

RIM pays big fine over backdating options

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Research In Motion’s co-CEO and other executives have agreed to pay nearly $75 million to settle charges that tied to their role in stock-option backdating in the company. The deal, approved by a panel for the Ontario Securities Commission, calls for the company executives and the two co-CEOs, Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, to pay 38.3 million Canadian dollars (or US$31 million) for the benefits received because of the improper […]

Apple delays MacBook Pro 17-inch by two weeks

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So, if you have been waiting for that 17-inch MacBook Pro, well you might want to wait a bit longer. Apple has said that they have delayed the new unibody MacBook Pro to February 19 (the original shipping date was the 3rd of February. So if you planned to get this for anyone on Valentines Day, you’re out of luck. The e-mail is below, after the jump.

House delays Digital TV transition to June

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The House has voted in favour of pushing back the digital television transition, originally pencilled in on February 17, to now happen during June 12 when all stations must broadcast in digital, ditching analogue television in the country, and giving the free airwaves to other companies. Failing to secure a two-thirds majority in the previous bill, this bill passed with 264 votes against 158 votes, not needing to have a […]

Project Kangaroo gets blocked by Competition Commission

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Project Kangaroo, the new joint venture between UK broadcasters ITV and Channel 4, along with BBC Worldwide – the commercial arm of the BBC, has been blocked from launching the site, similar to Hulu (owned by NBC Universal and News Corporation) by the UK Competition Commission. The venture was deemed to be a threat by the commission to the video-on-demand market in the UK. Channel 4, ITV and the BBC […]

Optus to launch first Android phone in Australia

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Optus has beaten rivals Telstra, Vodafone and 3 Mobile to get the exclusive rights to get the first Android phone in the world, the HTC Dream. The phone is commonly known in the United States as the T-Mobile G1, named after the phone’s exclusive carrier. The phone will come with a slide-out keyboard, 3G and Bluetooth connectivity, a 3.2 megapixel screen, and a 3.2-inch touchscreen. It does not feature a […]

Windows 7 to sell in multiple versions

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Why Microsoft continues to persist with releasing two different versions on Windows is a complex issue, as Linux and Mac OS X only has one version (or more in Linux, depending on the coding) – but it has been confirmed by Paul Thurrott’s website that it will sell multiple versions of the site. So, here are the versions: Windows 7 Starter – The most basic version of Windows 7, with […]

IE drops in market share; IE, Chrome, Safari rise

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Internet Explorer continues its drop in the browser war, but still is retains the number one placing, with 67.55 percent of the total market share, according to Net Applications – down from December’s 68.15%, and it looks likes a continuing trend. Firefox, Safari and Chrome continues to grow, while Opera lost 0.01 percent. Firefox was up 21.53 percent, from December’s 21.34 percent; while Safari grew from 7.93 percent to 8.29 […]

Blogger finds security flaw in Windows 7 UAC

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Blogger Long Zheng has found that a security flaw in Windows 7’s User Account Control (or UAC) that could allow anyone to change the setting of the UAC without any notification – even when disabling it. While it isn’t a big deal – it’s kind of important to show you what change you had made, or you could accidentally agree to something you don’t want to do. Zheng writes: “Of […]

Motorola’s layoffs may see shift away from Windows Mobile

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With Motorola eliminating 4,000 jobs after posting a loss in the fourth quarter of 2008, as holiday sales plummet more than 50 percent from a year earlier, there might be signs that Motorola may be shifting away from using Windows Mobile as the OS for many of its smartphones, according to the Wall Street Journal. There have also been signs, with the recent cuts happening to more than 70 employees […]

Hulu : An Evil Plot to Destroy the World

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If you receive an error from Flash, it is not TECHGEEK.com.au’s fault – it’s the video site’s fault. The Superbowl may be over, but the ads will not, since it has been an ongoing tradition to post these ads up online and vote on them. You can find many of them on Hulu (which also made an ad), YouTube, Spike and a whole lot of other sites. Hulu also made […]

Hulu spent free money on ad for Super Bowl?

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According to Silicon Alley Insider, NBC essentially gave away money to allow Hulu to advertise on the Super Bowl. What? How? Well, according to them, as part of a deal to agree to create Google with News Corporation (owners of FOX), it gave them $50 million worth of advertising that it can use whenever it wanted. Along with the Hulu ads, its parent company, General Electric, will also air an […]

Google thinks all sites are potential malware sites?

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UPDATE: Google response has been added. Google seems to have a problem – a very, very big problem. For some unknown reason, type in anything into Google and you would be greeted with a list of sites. However, they all have been marked with “This site may harm your computer”. For whatever reason, TECHGEEK.com.au is not a security risk, nor has it ever been, and this can be verified with […]

Apple allows you to pick songs to upgrade to iTunes Plus

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While it took some time, Apple has now made an option that would allow you to choose a song that you purchased before and convert it to the new DRM-free iTunes Plus format, making it easier to upgrade and not download those songs that you now don’t listen to anymore. It still costs 50c to upgrade a song, and 30% of the current album price to upgrade an album. Music […]