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Yahoo! enters! last! chance! saloon!

The lazy reaction to Yahoo!‘s latest attempt at revival is cynicism, but a closer examination suggests it is playing a mixed hand of cards as well as it can. As we all know Yahoo! lost the search wars to Google, as did a bunch of other vendors that appeared well placed at the time. One of them, Alta Vista, ended up being acquired by Yahoo, which has never entirely given up on its original core business.
Faultline, 15 2012
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AssangeTM TV broadcasts this week

The spotlight on Julian Assange is on high beam, this time masterminded by his own content production efforts.
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ANU puts quantum random numbers online

Last year, Oxford university demonstrated the use of quantum fluctuations to generate random numbers. Now, the Australian National University has gone a step further – putting its quantum-generated random numbers online.
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Yet another OSX/Java Trojan spotted in the wild

Hard on the heels of the Flashback Trojan, Kaspersky Labs is warning of a new OSX threat, which it’s dubbed Backdoor.OSX.SabPub.a.
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Oz parliament may investigate tech price discrimination

Australians should get ready for a publicity assault by rent-seeking vendors, with reports emerging that the Australian government is likely to launch an inquiry into price gouging, otherwise known as price discrimination.
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Cloudy QR code bike theft stopper gets Police thumbs up

Police in Victoria have started recommending a cloud-and-QR-code-driven product that aims to make retrieval of stolen bicycles easier. The product is called MyBikeRego, the eponymous creation of an Australian startup. The product offers buyers – who stump up $30 a year – three QR codes to affix to their bicycle. That QR code is tied to an individual profile that stores details about the bicycle, and its owner, in the cloud.