MORNING BRIEFING: 3 January 2011

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Welcome to the Morning Briefing for January 3, 2012, where we highlight the tech stories from across the web and what we are watching here at

Here’s what we are watching:

  • Weather in South Australia and Victoria continues to be hot due to a heatwave, but it is expected to pass tonight. Melbourne will be 35 degrees with a chance of a late storm, while Adelaide will be 37 degrees with a possible shower or two.
  • The rumour mill is spinning again with speculation of an important event in New York that will focus on a media-related announcement. However, the All Things D says its not related to an iPad 3 or an Apple TV. So, we’ll be watching what’s happening.
  • Spain has passed a tough new law to tackle internet piracy. Less than two weeks in office, the current Partido Popular-led government has implemented a law that could see sites blocked by ISPs or shut down completely within 10 days of a complaint – with no due process.
  • Also in Europe, Belarus has now made browsing a foreign website a misdemeanor with fines of up to US$125. The law also appears to have a wider scope, with businesses and even owners and administrators of internet cafes can be held responsible if one person visits a foreign website.
  • Acer and Lenovo could be launching a Wintel tablet for release in Q3 of 2012. We’ll write a full post on that rumour.
  • Also new is the Mac Pro could now be reaching end-of-life stage or get a product refresh with a shipping estimate for just a slightly customised Mac Pro will now take “1-3” weeks.