Morning Briefing: 20 January 2011

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Welcome to the Morning Briefing for 20 January 2011, where we highlight the tech stories from across the web and what we are watching here at

Here’s what we are watching:

  • University of Sydney is another company with a huge privacy headache when a SMH investigation revealed that past and present student data has been made public since 2007.
  • A “third party solution” is apparently making those large data uploads on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 that have caused many in the United States to go over their now recently-introduced caps. The company is working on a fix.
  • Spain has become the first nation to sue Google over privacy issues, with the Data Protection Agency launching at least 90 cases, at the request of individuals, against the search engine. The cases involve certain links appearing on the search engine, and they want those links removed in order to clean up their history.
  • Starbucks in the US, after introducing a new “Trenta” cup size, will now allow users to make payments simply via their phone. Introducing a new virtual Starbucks card mobile app, a barcode will be presented every time you order, and all you do is have it scanned. The app is currently available on iOS and BlackBerry OS devices, with Android coming later in the year.
  • Playboy is making headlines after its founder Hugh Hefner is promising to have an iPad app on the store and it will be uncensored from March. The app will also feature its back-catalogue.
  • Blogs make predictions all the time, but now there is a site promising to countdown to when the Apple App Store’s 10 billionth app will be downloaded. It might not take into account the rise of downloads that could occur, but it’s a good estimate.
  • Infographic love in today’s briefing with the Rise and Fall of Yahoo – courtesy of Techcrunch.
  • And we finally leave you with Arcade Fire, playing their song Neon Bible in an elevator. Enjoy!

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