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Facebook-Goldman Sachs offer excludes the US

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Goldman Sachs clients in the United Sates will be excluded from a US$1.5 billion private share offer in the popular social network Facebook, according to the Wall Street Journal, after media attention may make its private share offer invalid under US law. The company said in a statement that it wasn’t “required or requested by any other party” – including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Facebook offer has […]

TECHGEEK Podcast 18: Put that in your phone

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John Brumby goes Oprah and starts giving doctors iPads, Facebook tries to kill Gmail with their own email project and your phone will be able to determine if you have a STD instantly. What a freaky little world. Oh, and turns out the Kinect is starting to be a bit creepy (and its not because of Project Milo) when advertising companies are getting images of you performing acts in front […]

Pokemon Black and White: Legendaries

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The Japanese Pokemon Website has revealed the fifth generation Pokemon or Pokemon Black and White Legendaries, Reshiram and Zekrom. The cover of the Pokemon Black version will feature the Legendary Pokemon Reshiram, and the White version cover will feature the Legendary Pokemon Zekrom. Reshiram is white in colour with blue eyes, possessing big wings and claws. Reshiram somewhat has familiar features such as Palkia’s feet and Darkrai’s head and tail? […]

Victoria to trial iPad in Australian schools

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On the same day as the iPad was released, the Victorian Government has announced that it will spend over $300,000 to pay for the newly-launched device in a ground-breaking trial to see if this device could have educational benefits within the Victorian education system. Victoria is the first state to implement this for educational purposes. “Education is the top priority of this Government and our Australian-first trial of iPads in […]

Leaked IMs and backlash highlight Facebook’s problem: privacy

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And when you thought Facebook couldn’t take any more heat, leaked instant messages published online appear to show Zuckerberg mocking users joining the social networking site (then called The Facebook and was limited to Harvard students) in 2003, and is very brutal on the people who published photos and addresses and was willing to give them out to people when asked.

iPhone leak saga continues: Gizmodo blogger house raided by police

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NEWS IN BRIEF: Turns out, acquiring stolen property (though Gizmodo says it was ‘found’ in a bar) is a crime after all. Wow (note the sarcasm). Anyway, Gizmodo – the same people who broke the news that they found a working prototype – broke the news that one of its editor’s houses was raided by the California’s Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team after a warrant was issued when he wasn’t […]

Vietnam rejects Google claims of hacking

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Google’s claims that Vietnamese computer users were spied on and blogs critical of the government were hacked into were rejected by Vietnamese authorities talking to the AFP, telling the news agency that these were “groundless opinions”. A spokeswoman from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Vietnam has “specific regulations against computer viruses, harmful software and for ensuring information security and secrecy.”

Ten unveils new digital channel plans

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The Ten Network has confirmed that it will be launching a new general entertainment channel on its second multichannel in the second half of the year, joining ONE HD and the main network on digital television. It has also been confirmed that the station will have a new brand, unlike the public broadcaster ABC and SBS – referring to their channels as ABC1, ABC2, SBS One or SBS Two. David […]

Google shows off port of Quake 2… on a browser with no Flash!?

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Yes, you have read that correctly. In an attempt to show off the power of HTML5 and its GWT engine, Google has created a port of Quake 2 – proving that a lot of people have a lot of time on their hands. Anyway, it is not an April Fools joke, and you can install it and battle your friends (because it is also multiplayer!). However, don’t expect to use […]

Review : Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5K

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Who would have thought that a HD camera could be so small these days? First the Flip does it and now many other competitors are lining up trying to take a stake in that market; and Sony is no exception with its Bloggie camera line – the model we got is the MHS-PM5K, and we did a piece on it during our CES 2010 coverage. Now it has landed in […]

Acer working on frameless laptop, touchscreen keyboard

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RUMOUR MILL: Apple’s war against keys might have another ally, though it might be taking it a bit too far. Acer is rumoured to be working on a frameless laptop that will have a touchscreen keyboard, allowing to make the laptop in an ultra-thin form-factor while reducing material costs. This rumour, however, is from Digitimes, so I would take it with a pinch of salt; but the idea isn’t farfetch […]

Apple parts maker confirms workers poisoning

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Taiwanese manufacturer Wintek, the manufacturer that makes LCD screens and components for Apple and Nokia, has confirmed that more of its workers in China have become ill after being exposed to chemicals than it previously reported. According to Global Post, 62 of the employees have became ill after a report that ran on state-controlled media – 15 more than it was reported – that were exposed to chemicals last summer; […]

Govt Freelancer claimed to wrote Google attack code

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Analysts from the United States government have said that they have found the programmer who wrote the code that was used to hack into Google’s servers last year, according to the Financial Times. According to the newspaper, the man is a security consultant in his 30s and posted sections of the code to a hacking forum. The creator is known to be a freelancer, but while he did not launch […]

Intel and Nokia to merge mobile OS to create MeeGo

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Intel and Nokia have decided to announce during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that they will be merging their not-yet-finished, Linux-based mobile OSs into one – and they have called it the MeeGo. While we don’t know which parts of Intel’s Moblin and Nokia’s Maemo will be dropped or present in MeeGo, expect this to be (according to the press release anyways) a variety of devices, “including pocketable mobile […]

iiNet victorious in AFACT trial

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iiNet has been given a huge victory against a long-running lawsuit by the film and TV studios represented by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT); which included Village Roadshow, Universal Pictures, Warber Bros, 20th Century Fox, Disney and the Seven Network. The court finding that iiNet’s role in giving access to copyright infringers to BitTorrent does not mean that it is authorising the infringement, and is protected by a […]