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Google execs. to face trial in Italy?

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According to Reuters, Italian prosecutors have ordered four former and current Google executives to stand trial over a video of a taunted youth with Down syndrome that was posted on the Italian version of YouTube. All four face charges of defamation and failure to exercise control over personal data. This comes after an investigation into an complaint from Vividown, an Italian advocate group for people with Down syndrome, and the […]

Security researchers “partially crack” WPA in 15 minutes

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Once thought to be the safer Wi-Fi security option than WEP, the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) encryption standard has been cracked by a security researcher Erik Tews, who will be presenting and discussing the results at next week’s PacSec conference in Tokyo. His test was to crack the security protocol to read what was being sent from a router to a laptop, and this attack could also be used to […]

Sprint Nextel faces $1.2b class action lawsuit

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Sprint Nextel is facing a possible class-action lawsuit over its early termination fees, with allegations that the company’s fee of $150 to $200 violates the Federal Communications Act – and relevant laws in every state in the United States. The lawsuit seeks to upgrade the case to a class-action status on behalf of all the customers. The lawsuit previously asked for $73 million, with Sprint Nextel failing to appeal the […]

Review : WordPress 2.7 Beta 1

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WordPress, the most popular blogging tool out on the web, has released the first beta of its latest version, WordPress 2.7. While the full version was supposed to go out on November 10th, it was delayed – but they managed to give out a beta version of the software for everyone to try out. So, I took that opportunity to find out what has changed and what has been removed. […]

THQ to axe 17% of entire workforce

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According to a report by Shacknews, THQ will be sacking 17 percent of its entire studio staff – or 250 people (approx.) – under a new “strategic plan", which would also see the firm focusing on “fewer, higher quality titles.” This comes as news that it would shutdown five internal game studios, including Mass Media, and Paradigm. As well, it will cancel several titles under development, but were not announced […]

When in doubt, use brute force – Red Alert 3 fails to print last digit

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EA’s Red Alert 3 has a problem, its missing the last character of the 20 character CD key for the game. But have no fear, EA has a solution – try brute force. No, we aren’t kidding. Basically, the last digit is an alphanumeric character – meaning that its either A-Z or 0-9, giving you 36 characters to choose from. "There is currently a work-around that may allow you to […]

Google terminates Yahoo deal after DOJ rejects revised deal

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Google has decided to terminate its ad deal with Yahoo after the US Department of Justice rejected the revised ad deal that would account for more than 90 percent or more of the web ad market, and “would likely harm competition in the markets for Internet search advertising and Internet search syndication.” Google’s Chief Legal Officer, David Drummond, said in a blog post that while Google was disappointed, but it […]

Nokia to close plant, “reorganises” 600 employees

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Nokia has announced that it would close its plant in Turku, Finland; and it will redeploy the 600 staff in the plant to its Salo plant or near its site near the capital in Helsinki. It will also announced a “sharpened focus”  that would see 130 staff in its research and development department, plus another 35 staff in operations, at risk of being fired. Source: The Register

Ten HD to dump HD content – moves to sport

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According to one Citigroup analyst talking to Smarthouse, the Ten Network has become the laughing stock of the entire television industry after announcing that it would be ditching its HD stream in favour of a 24-hour HD sports network. The new move will see shows like Rush, Neighbours, NCIS and Life no longer having a HD simulcast, and would also displace many of its shows that were shown on the […]

More Windows 7 News – we can’t help our selves

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While we enjoy the occasional news about Windows 7, we found a bounty today. And since we are getting ready to get back to work because of the long holiday that we usually get out of the Melbourne Cup, we decided to merge the entire thing in one post. First off, Download Squad has found out that Windows 7 can now burn ISO images to a CD/DVD disk. While we […]

Want to Chrome Firefox?

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While Google Chrome and Firefox are arguably the two most popular browser alternatives to the monopolistic Internet Explorer (sorry Opera and Safari fanboys), why not merge the two into some weird, yet “sexy” (according to one comment) twist. Introduce Chromifox 2, a skin for Firefox 3 that makes it look like the Chrome browser. While you don’t get the “tabs being separate windows” feature or the tabs being on the […]

iPhone subsidiary costs Optus $44 million

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Optus has spent $44 million on subsidising the iPhone to make it cheaper, according to its parent company Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel), during the first quarter when the iPhone was released. However, its not all bad news for Optus – 55 percent of the iPhones were sold as Optus as the carrier. Along with Telstra and Vodafone, Optus is one the three selling the iPhone in Australia. However, Optus’ 3G network […]

Yahoo, Google to submit new revised ad deal to Justice Dept.

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Yahoo and Google is being reported to have submitted a revised version of their proposal to form an advertisement partnership to the US Justice Department anti-trust regulators, according to the Wall Street Journal – citing “people familiar with the matter”. According to the newspaper, both parties have added new provisions to limit the “scope of the deal” in a bid to get the green light from the Justice Department. It […]

Windows 7 on a MacBook Pro

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First it was Vista, but now Windows 7? Geeklog has now posted up pictures of their installation of Microsoft’s new operating system on the latest MacBook Pro. However, they could not connect to the internet, even though they had the Boot Camp disk, and various features from Windows 7 were disabled. Though, it seemed fun. You can read the entire post here.

Circuit City store shutdown update – locations announced

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After breaking news that Circuit City will be shutting down 155 stores in the US, today we find out the stores that will be shutting down by the end of this year. The stores shutting down are located in 55 US Media markets, and it will exit 12 of them. According to Engadget, the stores shutting down will begin their “store closing” sales on November 5th (a day after the […]