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Mobile operators mourn death of embedded 4G

Mobile operators are giddy at the prospect of doubling, tripling or quadrupling the number of devices connected to their networks over the coming years. Next generation portable devices such as tablets, laptops, cloudbooks and Ultrabooks are seen as candidates for 3G/4G integration that will help shore up the carrier position now that handset penetration has hit the saturation ceiling. However, considering that these gadgets will be used overwhelmingly on Wi-Fi networks, it's difficult to justify integrating cellular functionality now that most consumers are walking around with a Wi-Fi hotspot in their pocket: their smartphone.
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Huawei banned from Australia’s NBN: reports

Australia’s media is swarming around the latest National Broadband Network (NBN) scandal, with the government confirming that Chinese vendor Huawei has been told not to submit tenders for the project.
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Proposed Oz mobile 'tower ban’ stalls

Independent federal parliamentarian Andrew Wilkie has lost his bid to regulate the placement and expansion of “low impact” mobile phone facilities, with a House of Representatives committee unanimously rejecting his bill.
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Chrome extensions malware hijacks Facebook profiles

Kaspersky Lab has found malware-laden Chrome extensions, along with a criminal gang playing cat and mouse with Google by releasing several variations of its wares.
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Senators chime in on employers’ Facebook snooping

The row over employers’ demanding the Facebook logins of staff has widened further, with two US senators asking whether such demands would break federal laws.
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Reckon dumps Intuit for local strategy

ASX listed accounting software company Reckon has severed ties with US-based Quickbooks supplier Intuit, following a falling out over strategic direction and hosting priorities.
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E-tax may return to Mac OS

Australia's Mac OS users may once again have native access to the Australian Taxation office's (ATO's) e-tax app, after the agency asked Capgemini to rummage through code for the Windows version to see if a Mac port is possible.
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Primus getsB2B approval on NBN

NBN Co has given Primus Australia the green light to be the network’s first retail service provider with B2B interoperability certification.