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Facebook & MySpace lagging in Japan – still

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According to comScore’s data which was released today; both MySpace and Facebook – the two most popular social networking sites in the US – are lagging in Japan by another social network, Mixi.jp. While Facebook is improving in market share, it still has less visitors than current market leader, Mixi.jp – Facebook’s 538,000 to Mixi’s 12,738,000 visitors. However, Google’s Orkut is the most engaging social network with users users spending […]

Firefox 3.1 beta date announced

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The developers over at the next version of Firefox has announced that it will aim to release a beta or test version to the public of the next version of Firefox, version 3.1, on August 19 – which will see a freeze on new features and make the test version available. The date, however, is an estimate. Expected new features include support of the open-source Ogg Vorbis and Theora codecs, […]

Time Warner to split AOL in two

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Time Warner’s Chief Executive has confirmed that AOL will be split into two starting from next year, according to CNET News.com. Jeff Bewkes has said that AOL will spilt its dial-up internet access and its media units in a release announcing the company’s second-quarter earnings. The online service and media company saw revenues drop 16 percent to $1.1 billion in Q2 this year; however advertising were up to $8 million, […]

Round 2: iPhone launches in 20 countries in August

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After the iPhone was launched in July 11 in many countries – including New Zealand and Australia for the first time, Another 20 countries will receive the prized iPhone in 20 countries on August 22nd. Spanish telecommunication carrier Telefonica will launch in eight countries: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru and Uruguay; and Reuters is reporting that America Mobil will bring the iPhone to several South American countries […]

Flawed software sends Optus into chaos

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Flawed software patches from Nokia Siemens Networks has sent Optus’ 3G network in Brisbane down since 6am after it battled to reconfigure the network after a recent upgrade. The upgrade, which went to all mobile switches nationwide, was supposed to provide better speeds and capacity loads. However, it triggered three separate network failures which caused chaos of customers in Queensland, New South Wales, ACT and Victoria last week – leaving […]

App-approval my a$$: Most useless app cost $1,199.99

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While Apple did say that they were checking all the apps that were going to be in the Apps Store, this has to be the most funny cock-up that Apple has done since the MobileMe launch. This application, known as the I Am Rich application, is basically an application for the iPod Touch and iPhone that displays a red gem. And that’s about it. It’s all about how rich you […]

Oh the humanity, Vista crammed onto a PS3.

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We need to question this person’s sanity by emulating Windows Vista on a Playstation 3 – and we heard that it is not a pretty sight – and takes 25 minutes to boot up. Don’t forget to add the five minutes and thirty seconds to load the start menu and another twelve just to load the most basic, but yet ‘demanding’ application – Notepad. Running behind Qemu 0.9.1 – it […]

Spanish hacker jailed for sending out ex-manager’s private emails

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A Spanish hacker has been jailed for two years for revealing hundreds of private emails written by a former colleague; with those emails divulging details of his – the colleague – sex life. In what could be seen as the internet version of ‘Cheaters’, well to me at least, the hacker sent the emails to his colleague’s (who happened to be his boss) wife, his mistress and the mayor of […]

US cracks ‘biggest’ ID fraud case

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US authorities have charged 11 people in connection with the theft of credit and debit card details in what the US Justice Department calls the largest-ever identity theft case. Those accused are charged for stealing more than 40m credit and debit card numbers before selling the information. Three of those charged are from the US, with others coming from Estonia, Ukraine, Belarus and China. However, one of those charged has […]

IKEA to launch mobile phone service

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Known for their stylish, inexpensive and weird instruction booklets, IKEA is entering the mobile phone market; according to Fortune Magazine. The company will join a long list of companies that have turn into mobile virtual network operators, or MVNOs, that will resell mobile phones running on somebody else’s network. In IKEA’s case, they will run with T-Mobile. It will launch in the UK this Friday to IKEA’s loyalty card members. […]

Olympic scam losses run to $40k

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Australian victims of an online scam has reported losses of more than $40,000 in the first few hours after the national hotline was open today at 9am AEST. It had received more than 30 calls, mostly from Victoria, as it collects information about the scam which the IOC received complaints from overseas victims. Sports fans have said that the website in question was the US-based beijingticketing.com. Even the former NSW […]

Virgin is out of iPhones – already…

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Virgin Mobile has run out of iPhones, after announcing that it would be offering the phone on Friday. The website is saying that both the 8GB and 16GB offerings are "Out of Stock", with the white iPhone version only available for the 16GB – and is very limited. A spokesperson for Virgin has confirmed that the iPhone stock had gone dry. It did not say how many that it had […]

Apple to build second store in Australia

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A second, official retail store will open at 9am this Saturday (9 August) in Chatswood, NSW. The store will also allow people to register to a range of workshops online, including one-on-one training and teaching sessions for children. Workshops will be available for Final Cut, OS X, iWork and Adobe’s CS3 products. The new store will be located in Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre, at 345 Victoria Ave, and will have […]

FAIL! Kid fakes abduction for game console

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SND: It’s a Sunday, and you would have thought that we would get a break – but no, some child managed to f**k that up and decided to make up a plan to fake his own abduction. A young, Chinese man, who’s last name is Yang, was arrested by police in Henan province for colluding with two men to fake his own abduction and demanded a 10,000 yuan ransom. Funny […]

Microsoft confirms that the six degree of separation thing is fact

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It turns out that at least two people who instant message each other are distanced by 6.6 degrees of separation, or linked by a string of seven people or less. Thanks to Microsoft’s new survey focused on the popular concept that inspired games like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, it contains all of the instant messaging network traffic from MSN/Windows Live in June 2006, or roughly half of the world’s […]