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Assange movie debuts this weekend

Julian Assange continues to insist that Australia's government has done him no favours, but his nation of birth has supported his cause in one, indirect, way. Screen Australia, the Australian federal government’s national movie-funding-and-promotion agency, is one of the key production finance investors for the Australian-made …
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French satellite operator gets Aussie carrier licence

French owned satellite operator EutelSat is poised to beam into the Australian market after securing a carrier licence and announcing that it will launch a new satellite covering Australia by year's end. In late August, EutelSat’s US arm EutelSat America was granted an Australian telecommunications carrier licence by ACMA. …
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New Zealand's Copyright Tribunal to hear first cases

The New Zealand music industry has taken aim at illegal music downloaders threatening to use the controversial ‘Skynet’ law for the first time before the new Copyright Tribunal. The three strikes, Skynet law, passed in September last year allows copyright owners to send evidence of alleged infringements to carriers and ISPs, who …
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India restricts SIM sales

India's telecoms regulator, the Department of Telecom (DoT), will try to put a crimp on mobile cybercrime by keeping a tight leash on visiting foreigners and their SIM cards. The Department has issued a ruling that stops service providers from providing a mobile connection for more than three months to any foreign tourist …
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US congress wants a word with ZTE, Huawei

China’s dominant telco vendors ZTE Corp and Huawei will take part in US congressional hearings next month regarding investigations of alleged Chinese spy threats to US telecommunications infrastructure. The House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has invited both ZTE chairman Hou Weigui and Huawei …
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Pirate Bay founder arrested in Cambodia

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, has been tracked down and arrested in Cambodia. Warg is believed to have been living in Cambodia since charges were laid against the founders of the Pirate Bay over copyright infringement in 2009. Sweden has no extradition treaty with Cambodia. Warg’s former lawyer Ola Salomonsson …
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More of Kim Dotcom's booty released by court

The New Zealand High Court has unleashed some of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom's considerable assets in order to help the contentious entrepreneur cover his legal fees in New Zealand. The @KimDotcom Twitter account modestly told the world: “BREAKING NEWS: The High Court just ruled the release of restrained assets to cover our …
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Mission Impossible for animation house Fuel VFX

The trailblazing Australian visual effects outfit behind CG animation for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, The Avengers, Mission Impossible and Iron Man 2 has plunged into voluntary administration. The high end production house was launched in 2000 by a small group of VFX producers, using locally developed technology smarts to power …
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British Minister likens Anonymous to fascists and racists

Hacktivist cabal Anonymous has continued its attack on UK government websites in retaliation to the UK’s treatment of Julian Assange, this time hitting former Wales and Northern Ireland Secretary, Peter Hain. Hain told the BBC he feels Anonymous' actions resemble those he experienced in the “anti-apartheid and anti-fascist …
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Aussie mobile SAP house acquired by Kony

Australian mobile enterprise SAP solution provider Sky Technologies has been snapped up by US based mobile enterprise player, Kony Solutions. Founded in Melbourne by former Accenture executive Troy O’Connor in 2002, Sky Technologies has deployed mobility projects to SAP customers in around 35 countries. Sky allows users to …

News Ltd's Australian chief demands copyright overhaul

The head of News Ltd's Australian outpost has urged for an overhaul of copyright laws to take on the “copyright kleptomaniacs” and “digital suckers” that are robbing the Australian economy of AUD$1.37 billion annually in pirated film and TV content. Addressing the film industry at the Movie Convention, News Ltd CEO Kim Williams …
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Melb IT tells ICANN to clear up its clearinghouse act

ICANN’s trademark clearinghouse guidelines for the introduction of gTLDs have been slammed by one of Australia’s largest domain registrars, Melbourne IT. Melbourne IT has warned that high profile trademark holders will be vulnerable to attack from cyber squatters and counterfeiters unless policy is swiftly changed. In a new …
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Internode's Hackett to fly new jet around the world

iiNet Board member Simon Hackett has sunk some of the millions he scored by selling ISP Internode into a new plane that he intends to pilot around the planet. Hackett founded Agile Communications in 1997 and cashed out last year. he has since written a cheque for a Pilatus PC-12 turboprop jet, which an aircraft comparison …
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Apple impasse sees China Mobile buy own speech tech

China Mobile has made a defensive move against Apple’s plans to launch a Chinese version of Siri by courting its own speech recognition investment. The carrier is poised to make a strategic investment or acquire local voice recognition technology firm Anhui USTC iFlytek. The iFlytek technology is widely used in Android devices …
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There's money in smarts for dumb phones

Australian mobile app platform developer BiNU has captured the interest and US$2 million in funding from Eric Schmidt’s investment vehicle TomorrowVentures, former Seek founder and serial entrepreneur Paul Bassat and a number of US private investors. BiNu, created in Australia by tech entrepreneurs and former OzEmail executives …
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Mining boom sparks IT jobs rush

Australia’s mining and resources boom is driving demand for IT workers, as new, lucrative tenders see vendors and miners alike start work on new projects. Kordia Solutions Australia snared a flagship coal seam gas tender this week with the AUD$90 million communications services contract from Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG), after …
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TransACT beefs up data centre for Dept of Finance

The Australian Department of Finance and Deregulation has amplified its data centre requirements signing a AUD$8.6 million deal with iiNet owned TransACT for the provision of data centre services. TransACT secured the ten year agreement after being selected by the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) to be …
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Hipster craft site bans sales of blood and skulls

Etsy, the crafty hipster’s version of eBay, has issued an edict curbing its contributor’s creativity with raw materials such as drugs and human body parts. The online shopping site prides itself on being the purveyor of the offbeat and eclectic when it comes to self-made objects but has had to draw the line on some or its seller …
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Anonymous stalking Australian spooks

The Australian chapter of hacktivist prankster cabal Anonymous has been engaging in prolific white noise activity down under making numerous threats via Twitter that it has infiltrated numerous law enforcement sites including Australia’s spy agency ASIO. On Friday, Anonymous claimed on Operations Australia Twitter account, that …
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DNA barcodes leap out of the lab

The South Australian government has backed the commercialisation plans of a locally developed DNA barcoding technology to be launched internationally as a security and authentication tool. Biotech outfit GeneWorks claims its DNA barcoding invention, which can invisibly mark a range of valued items, is compatible with forensic …
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Google ordered to destroy Oz Street View data

The Australian Privacy Commission has followed the lead of its global counterparts demanding that Google Australia immediately destroys payload data which was siphoned by the SteetView wi-fi data sucking car squads. In a letter sent to Google’s Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs Iarla Flynn, Privacy Commissioner …
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Australia prepares for Martian first contact

As NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission descends on Mars today, Australia’s facilities in Canberra and the legendary telescopic space mecca, Parkes will be yet again playing a significant role in space exploration history. The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC), which the CSIRO manages on NASA's behalf, will be …
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Telstra aces LTE market

Telstra has nailed first mover advantage in the LTE market, with a new report forecasting that the carrier will reveal it has captured in excess of 500,000 subscribers in its full year results next week. Analysts at Morgan Stanley claim that Telstra will report annualized growth of 900% on LTE growth despite only having 200,000 …
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RMIT serves up video tagging at Olympics London sportfest

The Australian Olympic badminton team has been perfecting its moves using a video tagging and tracking platform developed by RMIT University. The RMIT project team developed a statistical video tool that tags movements of players and provides comprehensive data analysis of the performance. The performance videos provide tagging …
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Metronode opens eco-friendly data centre for Victoria

Leighton’s data centre subsidiary Metronode has opened its second wholesale data centre in Melbourne. Investment in the new facility, the M2, is between AUD$150- $180 million and is part of Metronode’s capital intensive, four year, $500 million national data centre rollout. In May, Metronode announced it would invest $183 …
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LinkedIn shuts down online tricks

The long arm of the LinkedIn law has shut down and indefinitely banned a Singaporean anti-sex trafficking profile, claiming it violated user agreement terms. The offending profile was part of a campaign branded ‘TrickedIn.’Created by interns at advertising company BBH Asia Pacific, the profile's aim twas to help the not-for- …
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CloudFlare condenses in Australia

San Francisco-based content delivery network aspirant CloudFlare has rolled out a data centre in Sydney as part of the first phase of a global rollout. CloudFlare CEO and co-founder Matthew Prince told The Register that Australia was selected due to demand from its customer base, despite the prohibitively high bandwidth costs of …

U.S forces maintain fire against Megaupload

The United States government is holding firm against the pursuit of file sharing platform Megaupload and its founders stating that even if the indictment of the Megaupload corporation is dismissed, it will continue the indefinite freeze on its assets. During a federal hearing in the U.S last Friday, prosecutors urged U.S. …
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Baidu opens R&D lab in Singapore

China’s search giant Baidu is following Google's polyglot path by opening its first tech lab in Singapore. The lab, branded the Baidu-I²R Research Centre (BIRC) is a joint venture with Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and will create new technologies to deploy through the Southeast Asian region. …
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iiNet buys up more bandwidth on Southern Cross

iiNet has boosted its international cable capacity reserves by securing a new supply agreement with Southern Cross Cables, which will upgrade the ISP's bandwidth from 20Gbps to 200Gbps. The multi-year agreement deal is an extension of a long-standing supply agreement with Southern Cross, which provides capacity from Australia …

Vodafone drops 178k customers in 6 months

The Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) union continues to be plagued by customer leakage, after the company's recent results saw it admit 178,000 users abandoned the carrier in the last six months. The JV now sits on 6.8 million customers, a new two year low, following the 2010 season of network meltdowns. The carrier has …

Kim Dotcom mounts freedom campaign

Megaupload founder and Hollywood’s most wanted, Kim Dotcom has taken his fight against the US authorities to new social and viral levels launching an anti-Obama campaign on his personal website. In a call to clicks, kim.com , declares that “the US government has declared war on the internet, millions of Mega users want their …
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ABS gets AUD$2.1m to report online sales

Australia's federal government will shell out AUD$2.1 million over four years to ensure that online retail spending is tracked accurately. The funding splurge follows the recommendations from the Productivity Commission’s 2010 report into retailing, which found Australia’s online reporting standards vague and lacking in …
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Atlassian heading for the exit?

Atlassian has appointed Doug Burgum, a software entrepreneur and former head of Microsoft’s Business Solutions Group, as its Chairman in a move viewed as taking the Australian software darling into the global tech major league. The company which now operates in Sydney, San Francisco and Amsterdam, also plumped up its board with …
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Optus HFC network gobbled by NBN Co for AU$800m

SingTel Optus will hand over its 400,000 HFC network customers to NBN Co and decommission parts of the network following the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s final approval of the AU$800 million HFC asset deal. The original agreement was announced last June, subject to a raft of conditions including authorisation …

French credit card allows Wikileaks donations

Wikileaks is back in the donation-accepting business and hopes to raise EUR1 million thanks to French credit card system Carte Bleue. The organisation claims to have been financially crippled after a lengthy fight against VISA and Mastercard’s banking blockade. To circumvent the impasse, Julian Assange’s crew has launched a new …
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RMIT in Japanese space hook-up

Australia’s RMIT University has secured an agreement to develop global navigation satellite systems with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The collaboration, recursively dubbed the Multi-GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) Joint Experiment in the Asia-Oceania Multi-GNSS Demonstration Campaign, consists of a …
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Fukushima powerplant owner forced to cough teleconference vids

Japan’s troubled Tokyo Electric Power Co, Tepco, the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant, will be forced to release hundreds of hours of in-house teleconference video footage revealing executive briefings to staff during the unfolding events of the nuclear disaster. The footage will include Japanese Prime Minister at the …
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5th Finger gets acquired in US by CRM player

Australian mobile technology solutions pioneer 5th Finger has been acquired by US based customer relationship marketing outfit Merkle for an undisclosed sum. Merkle snapped up the company, which expanded internationally in 2007 setting up a HQ out of San Francisco, to expand its CRM capabilities in mobile. 5th Finger CEO and …
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Viasat lands NBN Co satellite tender

In a move sure to spark another round of Australian supplier angst, US corporate and military satellite provider ViaSat Inc has secured NBN Co’s coveted regional satellite tender, valued at an initial $AU280 million. The Long Term Satellite System is slated to begin commercial service in 2015 and cover around 200,000 premises …
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Vodafone NZ swoops on TelstraClear

Telstra is shedding its struggling investment in New Zealand, TelstraClear, for $NZ840 million ($AU660 million) to rival Vodafone New Zealand. In one of the worst-kept corporate secrets in the Kiwi market, the transaction will see Vodafone acquire a robust voice and data network and evolve into a full service carrier to meet the …
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Telco industry slapped with new consumer rules

The long-awaited telecommunications consumer protection (TCP) code, designed to push Australian telcos to clean up their terrible track record, has been adopted by the Australian Communications and Media Authority. The regulatory authority’s recent inquiry into telcos' customer service found that annual recurring costs …
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Zeebox lands in Aus with a click from Ten

IPTV guru Anthony Rose has officially launched his new social TV platform zeebox in Australia in a joint-venture with Network Ten. Australia is the third market destination for zeebox after launching in it’s HQ of the UK last year and most recently in the US. Network Ten is being termed as an “anchor partner” which has made a “ …
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Megaupload's founder downloads on Hollywood

New Zealand’s Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has dodged extradition to America until at least March 2013, following a New Zealand court’s decision to delay the hearing. Both Dotcom's lawyer and Crown lawyers representing the US government agreed to the delay, the result of concerns over the methods used to search Dotcom’s house …
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ACTA can't get its act together

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is losing its international momentum following the European Parliament’s rejection of the global treaty, which many member states claim is flawed. Australia and New Zealand, who have signed the agreement but not ratified it, are under increasing pressure to withdraw their support. …
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Pandora plays beta beats downunder

After months of speculation and a dress rehearsal back in 2007, one of the original online music streamers, Pandora, has re-emerged in Australia. Pandora was briefly available in Australia but in May 2007 the service was shut down due to draconian decentralised legal restrictions which meant that licencing was not available …
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Finding the Twitter psychopath ratio

The accidental psychological foibles of celebrities and colleagues are entertaining by-products of social media. Now a new study aims to nail a link between various psychopathic behaviours and tweeting. A "small group of expert volunteers, called The Online Privacy Foundation, has used Kaggle, an Australian crowdsourcing and …
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Huawai teams with Aussie investors to launch APAC cable

Quest Telecom, the Hong Kong based subsidiary of Australian diversified investment outfit Quest Investments, has signed an MoU with Huawei Marine Networks to develop and launch integrated submarine optic cable systems throughout the Asia Pacific. The company has not dabbled in the costly deployment of submarine cables before, …
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NextDC stumps up $133m for 'bulletproof' data centre

ASX listed data centre purveyor NextDC has ploughed $AU130m ($133m) into a new Melbourne based facility, M1, pitched as the city’s largest. Foundation clients include NTT Communications Australia, iiNet Business, Amcom and PIPE Networks, M2, Optus and ASG. NextDC chief executive Craig Scroggie said the company was on its way to …
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Joe Biden vs Kim Dotcom - Megaupload thriller

The antipodes' most notorious online file sharer, Kim Dotcom, has vented his wrath at the White House claiming, that Vice-President Joe Biden instigated the raids on and shutdown of his Megaupload business. Dotcom made revelations to TorrentFreak that he has information asserting that Biden directed attorney Neil MacBride to …