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WSJ: Facebook to launch IPO between April and June

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Image: Tom Solari/techgeek.com.au Social networking giant Facebook could launch its initial public offering of its stock somewhere between April and June of next year. This is according to a new report by the Wall Street Journal, who cites “people familiar with the matter” as their source. The paper notes that the company is seeking to raise US$10 billion in the IPO. In doing that, it could raise its market value […]

PETA turns to porn for animal rights – yes, graphic footage included

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UPDATE [29/08/2013]: We have updated the article in order to take issue with Google Adsense saying that an image is considered pornographic material. We consider it isn’t, given the fact that it was an actual ad for PETA found on Flickr back in 2011. There is nudity – which apparently goes against Adsense’s policies – but it’s not adult material. Like I said, this was an ad for PETA. However, we […]

Wikileaks cables reveal American involvement in iiNet trial

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Image: Tobias Vemmenby/Flickr (Creative Commons) Wikileaks has recently published more cables from the US embassy in Canberra. One such cable has revealed that there could have been American involvement in the trial against ISP iiNet and AFACT over copyright infringement. The cable was created by the then-ambassador for the United States Robert McCallum and was published on November 30, 2008. The cable, as seen by techgeek.com.au, says that the United […]

GoDaddy sold to private investors in $2.25bn deal

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Image: Los Angeles Times The largest domain registrar and web hosting company GoDaddy has been bought for a hefty $2.25 billion to private equity firms KKR, Silver Lake Partners and Technology Crossover Ventures. The buyout comes after the announcement by ICANN to reduce restrictions on domain names a few weeks ago. “I’ve always said we would make a move like this when the right deal with the right partners could […]

The sizzling smell of bacon… now a perfume?

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You must think we must be pulling your leg, but sadly (or not) it is true. Perfume maker Fargginay has created the bacon-smelling perfume, so those addicted to the sizzling smell can now wear it every day. According to the maker, each bottle has a slight smell of bacon with 11 popular essential oils. It will come in two smells – Classic (spicy maple) and Gold (citrus), both at US$36. […]

BlackBerry PlayBook gets price in US – $499 for 16GB

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The PlayBook, the tablet that RIM is hoping to stand a chance against the iPad, has now revealed the prices that the tablet will be sold at, as well as the stores in both the United States and Canada who will be offering the PlayBook. The tablet will be sold for $499 for the 16GB model, while the 32GB and 64GB models will be sold for $599 and $699 respectively. […]

Why the Internet can be useful and cruel at the same time

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Image by: Tom Solari/techgeek.com.au OPINION: The Internet is a marvellous place where we can all communicate instantly without waiting several weeks to communicate internationally, or when we need something instant. But the true power of the internet is always in a major breaking story – such as a natural disaster. This year, we have seen three: the Floods in Queensland, the Earthquake in New Zealand and the powerful tsunami-and-earthquake combo […]

Judge gives Wikileaks Twitter Records to US Government

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The United States Government has been given the go-ahead to access Twitter records relating to associates of website Wikileaks after Birgitta Jonsdottir’s motion to have the request thrown out failed, with the judge saying that the associates have no standing to challenge the order. Judge Theresa Buchanan, also denied a request to unseal the order, saying that the Twitter order “does not demand the contents of any communication… and thus […]

Anonymous targets Westboro Baptist Church, Church says “Bring It”

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Oh noes, the apocalypse is nigh! And if you happen to not read into the sarcasm, then you really need to go back to school. Anonymous’ latest targets – the controversial Westboro Baptist Church (of which I should mention not related to any other Baptist Church) – has now told them to bring their raft in a new statement.

Sony launches online streaming music service in Australia

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Sony has announced the expansion of its online music streaming service, Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity, to Australia, the United States and New Zealand, joining users in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Span. The service, which allows users on Internet-connected Sony devices, such as its line of BRAVIA televisions, Blu-Ray players and PlayStation computers, will stream music from all four major labels – Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music, […]

Comedy Central blocks international visitors from Daily Show, Colbert Report

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International fans of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are no longer able to see videos from the show – including the archival videos from both show’s history – after Comedy Central upgraded its video player and blocked international visitors. Previously, both sites allowed international visitors to watch clips of the show, including the latest episodes. The only parts that were geoblocked were full episodes. Now, you must be […]

Man sues Wikileaks for creating “nucliar WAR” fear

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No, that isn’t a spelling mistake. That’s how he actually spelt it. David Pitchford, a Florida native, is suing Wikileaks for “treason” – which I thought was only limited to crimes against the state and not a man – and is also claiming the release has put emotional distress on him.

Murdoch’s The Daily iPad newspaper images leaked

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The supposed The Daily iPad newspaper is getting closer to reality after images of the app (albeit small) were discovered on the app’s new website after a bit of digging. Damon Kiesow, from Poynter, went inside the CSS files of the paper’s site – thedaily.com – to find the image. And we can tell it will be in the traditional, Murdoch style with headlines such as “A Bridge to Farve” […]

Iceland “furious” over US Wikileaks subpoena

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Jónsdóttir helped Wikileaks to release the Collateral Murder video – she is now no longer a volunteer for the site. The Icelandic government has summoned the US ambassador to Iceland to explain why the United States has subpoenaed the personal details of an Icelandic MP’s Twitter account who had links to Wikileaks and Julian Assange, the site’s founder.


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