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Mozilla may release new patches before closing Firefox 2.0

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Speaking to Computerworld, Director of Firefox Mike Beltzner has said that they will consult the community for feedback if they should release two new security patches for Firefox version 2.0, prior its ‘end-of-life’ status – meaning that it won’t have any new patches or support after a certain date. The new patches would push the latest version of Firefox 2.0 to 2.0.0.19. The retirement for Firefox 2.0 is at the [...]

AOL launches new site, no longer a clone of Yahoo

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After using a design which we said that it was copying Yahoo’s previous design; it has now launched a new beta design based on the designs that most of its sites (except blogs) use. The new design also includes several new features, including that they can log into their social networks to view updates, while allowing you to adding links to sites that you frequently visit – if you set [...]

CSM to stop daily edition, moves to online print

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The Christian Science Monitor has announced that it will axing its daily print edition in favour of a continuously-updated online website, starting in April 2009. However, it is not leaving the print medium, with a weekly edition being printed instead. This is part of a new multi-platform strategy for CSM to cut costs because of a decline of circulation. While it is owned by a religious organisation, according to Wikipedia, [...]

TiVo users rejoice – Netflix is coming

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Joining the Roku, various Blu-Ray players and the Xbox 360; TiVo has announced that it will support streaming movies from Netflix via its Watch Instantly service. It will be avaliable now to thousands of households that will be beta testers, with it going full-scale in “early December” – good news is that there is no additional fees other than your TiVo and Netflix subscriptions. TiVo users also have access to [...]

Porn leads to depression? New survey shows “alarmingly high” results

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The India Times, citing a Swinburne University of Technology study in Melbourne, is reporting that web users who go online to sex, fetish or swinging sites are more likely to have depression, anxiety and stress – while also revealing that well-educated men aged between 18 to 80 indulge in this kind of ‘pleasure’, spending just over 12 hours on the sites each week. They also participated in cyber sex with [...]

New government filter to make internet slow – tech experts say

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According to technical experts talking to the Courier Mail, internet speeds could slow down the already crippled connection speeds by 30 percent if the new government filter scheme goes ahead; among other warnings – including that it would do little to block any illegal content, expose financial details of users during online banking and could see popular websites like Facebook banned from Australian computers. The risk of exposing financial details [...]

Optus accepts IOU credit – becomes a loan shark

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Need to make a call very quickly, but you are running low on credit? Don’t worry, Optus has got you covered with its recently released service called IOU Credit – hoping to regain your trust in them after the many problems like the 3G congestion and multiple network failures. The deal is that you send them a text and then you can get a $3 emergency loan for up to [...]

Live Mesh to go beta, adds Mac and Windows Mobile 6 Support

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The Windows Live Mesh team has announced that during this week, Mesh will now be a beta and will add more features to the service. It will also become open to the public, meaning that users who have a Windows Live ID will now be able to access the product without waiting for an invite using Microsoft Connect. Among the new features announced in a blog post, they include: Additional [...]

Compulsory net filtering is coming, and not everyone is happy

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Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy Minister Stephen Conroy is reported to have admitted that the $44.2 million internet censorship plan would now be in two tiers – one that all ISPs must filter, and another optional filter to censor all adult material. And despite saying live trials will be held before the end of the year, Senator Conroy has no idea what the content on the mandatory filter would block [...]

Yahoo7 to start culling jobs – follows US move

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The Australian is reporting that Yahoo7 has begun sacking its workers, with a number of employees being made redundant immediately. A spokesperson for the company has confirmed the news, but did not mention on an specific number. One report, made by News.com.au (owner of The Australian), would cut as many as 20 jobs, or 10 percent of its entire workforce. “These changes resulted in a select number of staff exits [...]

New Features, New UI in Windows 7

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Showcased in PDC 2008, Microsoft announced several things about the successor of Windows Vista – Windows 7. And while Microsoft has said that it will not change the architecture of 7 as it is based on Vista; it has made several user interface changes – including to the classic task bar and start menu. Among the changes, we will also see a new UI for Paint, and the Windows Sidebar [...]

Optus – Vodafone network goes offline in Sydney’s Northern Beaches

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Optus’ struggle to maintain its 3G mobile network has taken another twist after customers are reporting that the 3G network has gone down in the Sydney’s Northern Beaches area. It is currently providing partial service after a maintenance operation, after botching a previous capacity upgrade, during a five day period when it first went down. The downtime also affected Vodafone customers, who Optus has been providing data services for 18 [...]

Rumour Mill : New iPhone firmware has podcast downloads

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AppleInsider is reporting that a leak in the new iPhone 2.2 firmware will see a podcast download function in bulit with the phone, instead of requiring to use iTunes on your main computer. The function is said to use Wi-Fi to download the latest episodes of podcasts by pressing a “Get More Episodes” link. However, it is unknown if you will be able to subscribe to a show as well. [...]

Microsoft to make next version of Office online

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CNET News.com is reporting that Microsoft is set to make the new versions of its popular programs in Office – namely Word, Excel and PowerPoint, to be accessible online within a standard web browser. There will be two versions for the online suite; one for consumers via its Office Live, and another for business and enterprise consumers via its SharePoint services. The development of these online versions will be developed with [...]

Jeeves now a porn star… OMG!

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Remember the mascot for Ask Jeeves (now Ask.com) was retired in February 2006? Well, it was an end for an era, but he was thanked and received a special site at www.jeevesretirement.com/desk, where you can see what he was doing after retiring. But there is a reason why we are not linking it now. Apparently, the domain expired and someone picked it up. Unfortunately, that someone happened to make it [...]