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Council admits cutting Optus cable

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Gold Coast City Council has admitted that it was in charge of a project that cut the cables on Optus’ main fibre cable, leaving many Queenslanders without any landline, mobile or internet connections. It initially denied any wrongdoing, before they admitted that they failed to check the locations of the cable before it was severed during construction of a "pumps and pipes" project which is not yet officially part of [...]

Tax cheats turned themselves in after accounts given to US government

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Hundreds of tax cheats in America have turned themselves in to the IRS after a bank computer technician in Liechtenstein came forward with the names of the tax cheats who had set up accounts in the small European country, according to ABC News. The bank clerk, Heinrich Kieber, has now been branded a thief after he violated its bank secrecy laws. He is in hiding and will testify to a [...]

SF hacker still getting paid by government

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San Francisco has been forced to admit that they were still paying the salary of the same guy that locked them out of their own system after he refused to give the password that would allow them to regain access. It has also been forced to call help from Silicon Valley, including Cisco, to help get its data back after Terry Childs, the hacker, set a master password giving him [...]

Ex-Samsung boss fined $109 million for tax evasion, gets out of jail term

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The ex-chairman and the son of the founder of South Korean-based company Samsung, Lee Kun-hee has been found guilty of tax evasion by the Seoul Central District Court; however, he will not serve three years at prison after the court handed down a suspended sentence. He was charged for not paying about 47 billion won (or US$46 million) in taxes, and fined him 110 billion won (US$109 million). Prosecutors wanted [...]

Playstation 3 80GB to sell at 40GB pricing

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Sony has said that it will dump its 40GB version and will sell the 80GB at the original 40GB price, announcing it during its press conference at E3 in Los Angeles. From September, it will sell an 80GB in the US for $399, a price cut of around $150. The new 80GB will have all the features and functions from the original 40GB, but it also implies that it will [...]

Australia to get Freeview initiative, follows NZ and UK success

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All of Australia’s broadcasting corporations, including the public broadcasters and the regional affiliates, have announced a new initiative to follow the footsteps of similar plans in New Zealand and the UK, Freeview. The ‘Freeview’ initiative was started in the UK to help drive the take-up of free-to-air digital television in Australia, with the ABC’s Director of Television, Kim Dalton, will chair the organization in Australia. In New Zealand, almost of [...]

Intel faces new antitrust charges in EU

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Intel is expected to face new antitrust charges from regulators in Europe after focusing on the marketing and sales practices on the chip giant, according to the Wall Street Journal’s website and citing unidentified people that are claimed to be familiar with the matter. The new charges allege that Intel offered inducements to retailers in Europe in return of selling Intel and not from its rival Advanced Micro Devices, or [...]

Admin hijacks SF city network

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A network administrator in San Francisco has been arrested, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, after taking control of the city’s computer network and locking the administrators out of the system. Terry Childs, 43, is currently on jail on a $5 million bail after being arrested on Sunday. He is due to be arraigned on Tuesday. He is accused of tampering with the new fibre wide area network after being [...]

News in Brief: Twitter buys tweet search engine

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Twitter has made its first acquisition, buying the search engine Summize. Summize would also see five out of six employees being Twitter employees, the one who is not is its founder Jay Verdy, who has departed the company to work on a "new project". Silicon Alley Insider has put the value of the deal at around $15 million, with the transaction being mostly in stock. The search engine is used [...]

Wiimote gets in touch with its sensitive side, new games announced

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Nintendo has announced a new accessory for its Wii console at the E3 Business and Media Summit, the Wii MotionPlus. This accessory, which is to be connected on the Wiimote, will allow the player to do more intutive moves like frisbee throwing. This is to be released with a brand new title called Wii Sports Resort, which will include jet skiing and frisbee throwing. As well, it announced a new [...]

Firefox – How to Change your search engine on the address bar.

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Firefox has this neat feature where it can be used as a search box as well. However, unlike the search box, it is reliant on Google. Sometimes, we need to give the other search engines a chance. So, in this TECHGEEK Quick Tip, we are going to teach you how to change the search feature on the address bar from Google to Yahoo and Windows Live. I bet you are [...]

Developing: Major Outage in QLD

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This is a Developing Story. Check back here once in a while for more added content about the QLD outage. Whirlpool is reporting that Optus is experiencing a major outage in Queensland and in Northern New South Wales because of simultaneous network failures. Optus has said the problem came after a construction mishap, thus cutting all internet and telecommunication services from Queensland. The outage occurred around 8:00 am, and has [...]

Pope sends 1st txt msg.

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The Pope has sent his first text message to thousands of World Youth Day pilgrims who had sign up to receive messages of divine "direction"; with Telstra erecting eight temporary base stations to allow pilgrims to send text messages to their friends and family. As well, four giant digital "prayer walls" have been erected at four sites, the Opera House, the Domain, Darling Harbour and Randwick Racecourse. Those who have [...]

Netflix comes to Xbox 360

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Netflix, a US movie rental service, is set to stream its movies and TV Shows on the Xbox 360 in the fall, meaning that many subscribers of the service will now be able to watch the 10,000 movies and TV shows in their collection. This comes to its new Live Party feature, coming to the Xbox 360 soon. This means you can watch the same movie as eight other people, [...]

Major outage in QLD, Northern NSW

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Whirlpool is reporting that Optus is experiencing a major outage in Queensland and in Northern New South Wales because of simulatneous network failures. According to them, a fibre link between the two states were damaged at the same time when its hardware failed. It affects all services, including internet access, mobile and landlines. This is also affecting all other ISPs who rely on the link. They say that the service [...]