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EU finds Google in potential breach of antitrust laws, cites four concerns

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Image: Dimitar Nikolov/Flickr (Creative Commons) Back in November 2010, the European Commission launched an antitrust investigation into Google after two websites complained. Now, the results are in – and Google could face a suit on its hands, after it found four areas where it may be considered an abuse of its market dominance. The four areas include: Linking of its own ‘vertical’ search services – or search engines that focus […]

Google/Motorola tie-up approved by US Department of Justice, European Commission

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Both the European Commission and the Department of Justice in the United States have cleared a deal that will see Google and Motorola finally tie the knot, after the US$12.5 billion deal was announced last August. In Europe, the European Commission approved the deal with no conditions after evaluating that the deal will not “significantly impede effective competition” in the Eurozone. . However, it will continue to monitor the situation […]

EU announces new, unified privacy and data protection laws

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Image: Dimitar Nikolov/Flickr (Creative Commons) The European Commission has announced sweeping reforms in privacy and data protection laws within the union – including a single legal framework, and stronger penalties to make sure companies abide by these new rules. The EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding announced the new reforms, claiming that businesses will also save €2.3 billion a year because of the reduction of unnecessary administrative procedures and paperwork. EU […]

Gadgetlyst Bytes 3: iPads, Xooms and Zunes

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Welcome to the third episode of Gadgetlyst Bytes – our new monthly podcast recapping the month in gadget news. This month, we take a look at all of the new iPad, Xoom, Atrix, Commodore 64 and of course, Zune! Hosted by Stewart and I Terence and Tom (because Stewart is ‘too tired’), we also provide you an update of the all the latest reviews on, namely the Nokia E7 and Parallels Desktop […]

TECHGEEK Weekly 36: The Hidden Truth

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More censorship is coming to the App Store, Kogan makes the $1 million bet, and we see the insides of the iPad 2. Oh, and we have gone Charlie Sheen-mad this week after the release of the Gregory Brothers’ “Winning” song. Since Tom (and James, but he never shows up) is not here this week, we get Dave Barranquero – some random person that Chris and Stewart know – as […]

TECHGEEK Weekly 35: So much for #winning

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We give our take on the Apple iPad 2 announcement, find out Microsoft’s response to the tablet and see if 3D is a big gimmick on the Nintendo 3DS. As well, IE6 hopefully goes into the grave and Street View now on bicycles? You’ll have to listen and find out. A shorten edition today as Audition managed to crap out and lose the entire recording (luckily we only just started), […]

TECHGEEK Weekly 29: New Blood Required

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While James and Stewart are out, we get Tom Wood – a former host of a former TECHGEEK Podcast incarnation – to help us dissect the news that Playboy is going to the iPad uncensored, the University of Sydney having a privacy headache and Steve Jobs has gone on medical leave – again. Tom Wood, who also happens to be a known advocate of cyber-bullying prevention, also finds himself doing […]

TECHGEEK Weekly 27: CES is driving us GaGa

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And we’re back officially. CES was in full swing, and we saw a lot of tablets, 4G phones and 3D from Sony. We also had crazy Harvey Norman trying to put GST on our purchases online, Facebook being valued at $50 billion and the Mac App Store launch – and hack. And yes, it is the first hour long podcast – and the only one as it seems. But, hey, […]

Morning Briefing: Tuesday 28 December

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Welcome to the Morning Briefing for Tuesday 28 December, where we highlight the tech stories from across the web and what we are watching here at Here’s what we are watching: Facebook has been valued at $41.2 billion, which is 56 percent higher than the past half year, making it worth more than eBay and Yahoo. Ouch. The Next Web has an interesting infograph detailing the growth of Google […]

LittleBigPlanet 2 – Done and awaiting release

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Earlier this year, Media Molecule, developers of the LittleBigPlanet series disappointed many fans with the delay of the game as it was planned to be released worldwide November 17th.  Today Media Molecule reported that the game has ‘gone gold’ indicating the completion of the game’s development.  Along with the completion of the game, the developers have also announced the game’s release date worldwide. America – 18th January Mainland Europe – […]

TECHGEEK Podcast #23: The Live Unorganised Organised Podcast

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We were planning to recording our live show, but Stewart forgot – with the exception of this 30 minute segment of the news. So, we decided to release this – as a way to recap this week’s news. So, what happened in the week. Assange was released on bail, Gawker got hacked and some new Microsoft slates We also have some last minute additions as we reveal our plans for […]

TECHGEEK Podcast 21: We dropped the cable

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Okay, we get it. We fail at comedy. Don’t get your knickers in a twist. We discuss the Wikileaks saga, the fact that Porn aims to be the next Google in stealing your private data and that Apple tries to push a dead social network with a dead celebrity. Yep, and while I’m so going to get angry emails from Michael Jackson fans, Tom is going to get emails from […]

European Union announes antitrust probe on Google

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Microsoft and Intel had face them. Now it’s Google’s turn. The search engine will be investigated by the European Union for antitrust violations, with the European Commission accusing that Google had abused its dominant position in the search engine market. The matter, according to the European Commission, is “a matter of priority”.

Christian lobby launches new anti-R18+ campaign, with flawed research

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The Australian Christian Lobby has decided to do one last attempt to campaign against an R18+ rating, urging its followers to write to the Attorney Generals to say no for the introduction of the rating to video games which would put the Australian video game classification scheme on par with international ratings. The Lobby claims that bringing the rating would expose “explicit violence and sex” to children who would end […]