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Optus pushing for tender extension or boycott

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Chief Executive for Optus Paul O’Sullivan has said that the Federal Government offer a five-month extension for all bidders for the new national broadband contract or will face a boycott. The $4.7 billion national broadband contract would see those bidding creating a new high-speed network that will reach 98 percent of Australia’s population. The price is expected to be twice that amount, with the government pouring in $4.7 billion into [...]

Microsoft/Yahoo merger not going to happen

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Microsoft has now dropped its three-month bidding bid to buy Yahoo because the two sides cannot agree on the price. Steve Ballmer, the chief executive for the software giant, formally withdrew the offer to Jerry Yang, the chief executive of Yahoo, in a letter. Microsoft is said to have raised the offer to $47.5 billion, or $33 per share, from its original offer of $44.6 billion. But Mr Ballmer has [...]

Cuba lifts ban on home computers

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Cuba has now lifted a ban on personal computers, in a series of restrictions being lifted in recent weeks by the new President, Raul Castro. Crowds formed at the Carlos III shopping centre at Havana, though many came to look at them only. The computers will cost $800, though many will have to wait months, even years, to purchase one as the average wage is under $20 a month. But [...]

Activision and Vivendi drops ESA membership

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News in Brief: Joystiq is reporting that both Activision and Vivendi Games have decided to drop their membership for the Entertainment Software Association, after their announcement that they would not attend E3 this year yesterday. Both Activision and Vivendi Games are set to become one company to compete with Electronic Arts. E3 is set to continue the same structure from last year’s event, but will return to the Los Angeles [...]

iPhone now has an (non-exclusive) carrier in Australia

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After months of speculation by us and by everyone; an industry insider has confirmed to CNET.com.au that Optus would be selling the iPhone, with sales and service commencing in the last week of June. However, unlike the others in Europe and in the United States, it is not exclusive contract – meaning that there would be more than one carrier. Optus is set to make plans to announce the service [...]

PS3 sees GTA IV experience downgraded

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Reports have confirmed the differences between the Xbox 360 version and the PS3 version of the latest game of the Grand Theft Auto series, Grand Theft Auto IV. It has laid two additional issues that would make you want to buy a Xbox 360 instantly to get the full experience of GTA IV. These included that the game will not have no online play and it would have a less-than-HD [...]

Officeworks to sell Dell PCs

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The PC manufacturing giant Dell has turned to the Wesfarmers’ owned Officeworks to help unseat HP in a bitter market share war between the two in Australia. After months of wooing the retail ‘gods’, Officeworks would offer Dell computers, laptops, printers and flat panel displays. The PCs would be priced between $999 and $1,800. It would start next week. Previously being operating in a direct model, offering its products online, [...]

GTA IV leaked online before debut this week

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Grand Theft Auto IV has already been leaked online to the web on the file-sharing network BitTorrent after it was uploaded last week and has been spreading like wildfire. Though it was supposed to come out sometime this week, it was first reported on the gaming blog Kotaku, a Gawker Media property. The file, a 6.32GB, has a document attached saying that it the PAL version of the game for [...]

Student gets out of jail with Twitter

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A US graduate student has helped free himself from an Egyptian jail, thanks to a one-word post from his cell phone. James Karl Buck, a graduate student from the University of California-Berkeley, was in Egypt covering an anti-government protest in Mahalla when he and his translator, Mohammed Maree, were arrested on April 10. On his way to the police station, he took out his cell phone and sent a message [...]

Music Industry opens new way to “stop” piracy

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Telstra BigPond has shrugged off threats of legal action against the music industry after record labels drag ISPs to court to stop the piracy. The largest ISP in Australia has said that it would be “gobsmacked” if the music industry here, represented by ARIA, would try to do the same; arguing that local copyright laws protected it for being responsible. The industry wants to adopt a “three strikes and you’re [...]

15 cents for just an extra 2GB? Hell no!

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Optus has this weird thing on your internet where you have to pay an extra 15c for every MB, with a maximum of 2GB. This is absurd, and outrageous. It’s just another money-making scheme, where we are in a middle of paying higher interest rates and many of us losing our homes or have to cut back spending. These, however, are making additional hell. And I’m facing it. And plus, [...]

CNET Networks and Yahoo in new partnership

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While both CNET Networks and Yahoo are facing threats on their companies, both companies have announced a partnership which will provide content to Yahoo sites and will cross-sell advertising. The new venture will bring about $100 million in revenue for the next three years for CNET Networks, who publishes CNET, GameSpot, TV.com and many other properties in the US and internationally. It is set to launch in the third quarter. [...]

Europe games rating face update

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The Pan European Game Information, or PEGI, is set to get a ratings update after a survey was done in all of the EU member states. The survey has revealed that some nations have not done anything to enforce the age limits, with a code of conduct is being suggested with retailers around Europe. The survey was carried out by the European Commission, after a request by the Council of [...]

Hacker claims News Corp hired him

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A hacker has told the court that he was hired by News Corporation, the owners of The Australian, The New York Post and FOX, to develop pirating software. Christopher Tarnovsky, described as one of the two best hackers in the world, denied using the software to hack into a rival satellite television service. He is testifying in a corporate-spying lawsuit against News Corp’s NDS Group by Dish Network. NDS, which [...]

Intel slashes quad-core chips by 50%

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In a move that signals the "next phase", as APC says, Intel has slashed the price of the Q6700 Core 2 Duo Quad processor in half, with the other chips in its line reduced by 30 percent. The Q6700 now sells for US$266, or around AU$280; from the original price of US$530, or AU$558.50. In total, it has reduced the pricing of 14 processors in what now the industry watchers [...]