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Pioneer to axe 10,000 jobs globally, gets out of plasma business

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Japanese electronics company Pioneer has said that it will axe 10,000 jobs as it copes with a downturn in sales in its car audio equipment and flat-screen televisions, combined with the stronger yen that is making exporting products to the US more costly. The massive job cuts are the latest from many Japanese companies as they try to cut spending and payrolls, and reduce their productions as they try to […]

Report : Sony Music to stay with YouTube, resigns video deal

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YouTube has signed a brand new deal with Sony Music Entertainment to allow music videos from the label’s artists to stay on the website, accomplishing something that YouTube and Warner Music failed to do in a few months back, according to a report on All Things D. The deal, which extends a previous agreement, has not been formally announced, but it has been finalised. It is unclear what are the […]

AP : Zuckerburg paid $100 million settlement to ConnectU founders

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The AFP has revealed that Facebook paid US$65 million (or $99.04 million in Australian Dollars) to settle a lawsuit from ConnectU after they claimed that its founder and former college roommate, Mark Zuckerberg, stole their idea for the website. Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, who represented ConnectU, actually boasted about the fact that they got Facebook to settle with ConnectU, saying that it was a sound investment and that […]

Sirius XM prepares to go bankrupt as debt repayments due soon

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The merged company of satellite radio companies, Sirius and XM, could face going into a possible bankruptcy as it tries to pay off its $3.25 billion debt that it had used to pay its talent, like shock-jock Howard Stern and Martha Stewart, and launching new satellites into space. Sirius XM is soon to pay $175 million of its debt at the end of February, but it could be unlikely to […]

Introducing ONE HD and ONE Digital – well, not really

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EXCLUSIVE : Ten will no longer be providing a HD simulcast, with breakaway programming, when its new ONE channel, a 24-hour sports channel for Freeview, comes into launch; as seen in the images above taken by TECHGEEK.com.au. In the lead up to it, Ten has moved TEN HD from Channel 12, where it has been since it was launched in 2007, to Channel 11, while a new Channel – called […]

Conroy announces ISPs to be part of filtering trial – Optus, iiNet left out of the list

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After weeks of delays, the Minister for Communications Senator Stephen Conroy has announced the first ISPs that will participate in the filtering trials, originally scheduled to be done in December 24 – and then delayed to the middle of January; as many continue to oppose the plan. Primus Telecommunications, Tech 2U, Webshield, OMNIconnect, Netforce and Highway 1 have been announced to take part. Obviously, big name ISPs like Telstra and […]

Hikaru – new Walkman phone?

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Sony Ericsson is said to be launching a brand new phone called the Hikaru, according to a report by SEMC Blog. The rumoured phone will have a 2.6-inch screen, an 8 megapixel camera, 8GB of internal memory, a 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo speakers and special keys for the Walkman player. The phone is expected to debut on the Mobile World Congress 2009, or on the 15th of February; and will […]

Mozilla to join EU fight against Microsoft’s Internet Explorer

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The European Commission has granted Mozilla, the owners of the second-most popular browser in the world, the right to join its case against Microsoft after the Commission charged Microsoft over distorting the market for web browsers after bundling Internet Explorer with its Windows operating system. If the charges go all the way, Microsoft could be paying a huge fine – like it did for a previous case with Windows Media […]

Windows 7 Beta is now gone…

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If you want to try out the beta for Microsoft’s successor to Windows Vista, Windows 7 – you are out of luck. As of 12am Los Angeles Time, or 7PM in Melbourne, you are not able to download the beta. However, if you still are downloading it, you have until February 12 at 9AM, or 4AM Friday,  Los Angeles Time to finish it. However, if you are an MSDN or […]

Victorian Bushfires causes havoc on telcos

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Telecommunication companies Telstra and Optus have seen their communication infrastructure gone as flooding in northern Queensland and massive bushfires in the State of Victoria; with Telstra expecting the bill to repair the damaged services to be in the millions. “The immense human tragedy of Victoria’s bushfires has shocked all Australians and, on behalf of Telstra, I wish to offer my deepest sympathies to those who have lost their family, friends […]

Vodafone and 3/Hutchison to merge, kills off 3 brand

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In a sign that economic times are tougher than ever; Vodafone and Hutchison Telecommunications, who runs the 3 mobile carrier, have announced that they will merge their businesses together to create a company, which both companies will own 50 percent in the joint venture. The new joint venture will effectively give Optus and Telstra less competition in the mobile telecommunications sector, but would pressure the other two companies in the […]

Twitter shines with sympathy as Victorian bushfires continues

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As Victoria continues to battle with the worst bushfires since Ash Wednesday in February 1983, users on microblogging tool Twitter are bringing in news of the fire (from their own view or news sources), and their sympathies to those affected by the bushfires. Twitter, which is popular by many – including the media, gained attention on many events, like the Mumbai attacks in late 2008, or during the US Elections […]

New Kindle 2 pictures leaked?

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Is this the new Amazon Kindle 2? According to MobileRead, they are – however, they haven’t been confirmed just yet. Also, the pricing has been leaked, and it will set you back US$359, and will be on sale from February 24. But you have to admit, even if this is not real, this looks like a better version of the Kindle. More images after the jump.

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 […]