Topic / New Zealand

NZ student sells virginity online for $45k

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Remember when Opposition Leader Tony Abbott suggested that women should treat their virginity as a precious gift? Well, in New Zealand, you would most likely see that precious gift online on eBay – by the holder of the gift. The AFP is reporting that a 19-year-old teenager sold her virginity on an undisclosed online auction site and the winning bidder offered her $45,000 to buy it. She, however, has caused […]

Porn “morally acceptable” than piracy in NZ

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NEWS IN BRIEF: A New Zealand poll conducted by UMR Research found that watching porn online while married is “morally acceptable” than downloading copyrighted material. Asking 1000 New Zealanders, 21 percent of the respondents believed that it was acceptable for a married person to watch porn without telling their spouse (and it has been made easier to hide it because of new private browsing modes on all of the browsers). […]

Vodafone Australia confirms Nexus One is coming

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Vodafone Hutchison Australia has told ZDNet that it will sell the Google Nexus One phone “sometime [in] 2010”. This comes hot off the heels of Google’s announcement two days ago that Vodafone will be responsible in selling the phone in Europe. VHA has also confirmed that the Vodafone deal covers all geographies where Vodafone is covered. This means that those in New Zealand will also get it under Vodafone, though […]

Wikileaks post censored New Zealand telecom leak

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The news article revealing the secret deal between Vodafone New Zealand and the third carrier in the country 2degrees that was reported on the National Business Review newspaper has found its way on the Wikileaks website in servers located in several countries, including Sweden and the United States.

New Zealand Government to scrap amendment section

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The New Zealand Government has scrapped a controversial clause in its amendment to the Copyright Act that covers the internet, after industry leaders have failed to make the clause work for them. The clause, Section 92a, would have made ISPs to disconnect the internet of anyone, or any website, accused of infringing copyright. The clause, which has been labelled as a “guilt by association law”, was due to come into […]

Ireland to follow New Zealand in blackouts against disconnections

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Blacking out New Zealand (might have) worked, but now Ireland has decided to follow in their footsteps, with avatars on Facebook and Twitter will go black to oppose the new rules sought by the major record labels. The protests come after the IRMA (Irish Recorded Music Association) sued the largest ISP in Ireland, Eircom, and then dismissed it after Eircom agreed to disconnect P2P users that have been identified by […]

New Zealand delays controversial internet bill, may scrap law if it isn’t workable

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The New Zealand Government has decided to delay the controversial amendment to its copyright act for one month, as public backlash and the IT industry were against the law, Prime Minister John Key said today. The timeframe will also give the industry to find a workable solution to the new law. The new amendment, in particular – Section 92A of the Copyright Amendment Act – would see any internet service […]

New Zealand man gained access to US military files

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State broadcaster, TVNZ, is reporting that a New Zealand man has gained access to personal information, including names and social security numbers, of American soldiers after buying an MP3 player, which cost him $18, from a thrift shop in Oklahoma. Chris Ogle, from Whangerei, plugged in the MP3 to his computer and found 60 files in total. Among the information, he found lists of soldiers based in Afghanistan, and mobile […]

Google reveals top searches of 2008 – “Obama” takes Google’s top fastest rising crown (in the US)

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Following a similar move made by Yahoo, Google has announced that results of its “Fastest Rising” and top search queries from its Zeitgeist; with results from worldwide, the United States and 34 other countries, including New Zealand, United Kingdom and Australia (and if you’re scared about your privacy, don’t worry, Google says that no personal data was used). Barack Obama topped the “Fastest Rising” result in the United States; while […]

New Zealand becomes first country with three-strikes rule

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New Zealand will be one of the first countries in the world that will force implementations of a three-strikes rule to copyright infringers, after an amendment to their Copyright Act was given the royal assent, forcing ISPs to have conditions to terminate internet access for those who go over 3 strikes. The law in question, the Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Act 2008, will be enforced in February 2009. The law […]

NZ judge restricts reporting case for the media – on the internet

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A New Zealand judge has taken a step to ban all websites to name two men that have been charged with murder; but giving newspapers, radio stations and television networks the right to reveal those who are charged. The judge, Judge David Harvey, has said that the online media could not use the names, or even published a photo of the accused, because he is trying to prevent the public […]

Vodafone claims iPhone coup in AU and NZ

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Vodafone Australia has announced that it would be selling the iPhone later this year in Australia, as part of a global deal with Apple. The global deal would see Vodafone selling the product in Australia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Italy, India, Portugal, New Zealand, South Africa and Turkey. Vodafone has not commented on the deal being exclusive or not, especially on the case of Australia; and would not comment […]

Kiwi picked as ICANN chairman

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The Board of the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has selected Peter Dengate Thrush, a New Zealand lawyer long active on internet addressing policies; over Roberto Gaetano of Italy to replace Vint Cerf. Gaetano will still be ICANN’s vice chairman. The selection comes after ICANN are doing trials of domains using other languages like Chinese and Japanese, which do not have a Latin based alphabet. This also […]