Corruption allegation hits Sydney Uni IT manager

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The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will hold a public inquiry commencing on Tuesday 20 March 2012 as part of an investigation it is conducting into corruption allegations concerning a University of Sydney manager's use of a recruitment agency, in which he and his wife had an interest, to recruit contractors and staff to the university.

Deakin Uni addresses student needs with Citrix cloud

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Victoria's Deakin University has deployed a cloud platform based on Citrix technology in order to provide a solution for the evolving needs of its 53,000 students, Citrix has announced.

Four years later, Westpac will finally shift core banking to Celeriti

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Four years after it first started talking about migrating its core banking platform to Celeriti, the next generation of CSC's Hogan system, and five years after it acquired St George, which already uses Hogan, top-tier bank Westpac has finally confirmed imminent plans to start taking action on the issue.

Avoiding future ICT disasters: Qld outlines next steps

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The Queensland Government today stated that it would accept all four major recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry into the Queensland Health payroll disaster, with the state's LNP administration already taking action to stop other projects going off the rails in a similarly catastrophic manner.

Developers association investigates Team Bondi

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The video game industry's peak global body for professional developers has pledged to investigate Australian studio Team Bondi, in the wake of allegations the company mis-treated staff during the lengthy development process for its flagship L.A. Noire game launched last month.

Spirit Telecom continues fibre rollout at up to 400Mbps

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Fibre-optic broadband provider Spirit Telecom has released a shareholder update to the market, stating that it continues to expand its superfast broadband service to new buildings and that it is considering making acquisitions that would "complement" the firm's direction.

NSW wants to ban smartphone, tablets, from courts

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The New South Wales State Government has flagged plans to amend court security legislation to ban the use of devices such as smartphones and tablets to communicate events inside courtrooms to those outside, in a move that could squash see a trend towards using Twitter to report court events live.

NBN Co will be a retail ISP, warns Coalition

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The Opposition yesterday vehemently protested key provisions of legislation associated with the National Broadband Network which it claimed would open the door for NBN Co to become a retail provider of broadband services, going against its 'wholesale-only' mandate.

Internode wants to resell Telstra HFC, Next G

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National broadband provider Internode today revealed it had asked Telstra repeatedly for wholesale access to its Next G mobile and HFC cable networks, requests which the larger telco has consistently turned down.

Govt doesn’t yet know how to fix NBN funding blackhole

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The Federal Government this morning was forced to admit it did not yet know how the NBN company would fund the remainder of its rollout and operations through to 2020, with public sector funding drying up and an unclear situation with relation to the NBN company's ability to borrow money privately.

Adobe’s Wallaby has Aussie roots

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A slice of Australia has touched global technology giant Adobe's software development team, with the company naming a Flash to HTML5 conversion tool after one of Australia's favourite marsupials -- the humble wallaby.

Australia doesn’t need the NBN, says Abbott

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Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has proclaimed that Australia doesn't "need" the National Broadband Network project and the billions being invested in the initiative would be better spent on "our roads, our rail and our ports" under a Coalition Government.

Attorney-General’s Dept seeks BitTorrent advice

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The Federal Attorney-General's Department has invited major Australian ISPs and content owners to meet with officials and discuss the current landscape with regard to online copyright infringement, as it seeks to advise the Government on the current landscape and the views held by different sides of the debate.

“Extreme”: Privacy Foundation slams SA fingerprint plan

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news The Australian Privacy Foundation has written to the South Australian Premier and Leader of the Opposition expressing strong concern about what it said...

Equinix completes expansion of Melbourne datacentre

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Equinix, an international provider of datacentres and Internet exchanges, has completed the second phase expansion of its Melbourne datacentre, known as ME1.

Atlassian sends graduates to beach house

Atlassian has stationed 10 of its finest software graduates at the ‘Hack House’, a beach house in Narrabeen up the coat from the company’s Sydney headquarters. The ‘Gradlassians’, as they’ve been nicknamed, will spend a week combining surfing fun and hard work, developing a new product innovation ready for shipment by the end of the week.

Interpol filter scope creep: ASIC ordering unilateral website blocks

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The Federal Government has confirmed its financial regulator has started requiring Australian Internet service providers to block websites suspected of providing fraudulent financial opportunities, in a move which appears to also open the door for other government agencies to unilaterally block sites they deem questionable in their own portfolios.

PlayStation lawsuit first of many, says lawyer

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Sony's PlayStation 3 mod chip lawsuit could be just the first of many gaming giant-initiated cases in Australia, according to a lawyer who defended a client against Nintendo in a similar case earlier this year.

Australians love the Pirate Bay, warns AFACT

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The Australian organisation tasked with protecting the copyright of film and television studios locally has warned the nation has a love affair with BitTorrent haven the Pirate Bay and other sites which allow files to be traded online through peer to peer file sharing technologies.

NBN Co limps in to June target

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The National Broadband Network Company this afternoon confirmed it had met its revised targets for the rollout of its fibre network to the end of June, revealing that at the end of last month it had connected a total of 207,500 premises; a figure in the middle of its target range of between 190,000 and 220,000.

Jealous VHA keeps Desire HD to itself

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Mobile telco Vodafone Hutchison Australia tonight gave several indications it wasn't willing to let its flagship HTC Desire HD handset be used on other carriers' networks, confirming it would have exclusive Australian distribution “forever” and that it would not offer an outright purchase price for the device.

Telstra pledges strong NBN asbestos controls

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The nation's biggest telco Telstra has announced a wide raft of new measures designed to ensure safety around the handling of dangerous asbestos materials in its pits and pipes, as concern continues to grow regarding the issue unearthed by the rollout of the National broadband Network.

Labor’s new policy won’t delay NBN again, says Quigley

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Enacting Labor's new NBN policy wouldn't cause further delays in the project, Mike Quigley said in a press conference with former MP Tony Windsor, because it will primarily focus on established technologies such as Fibre to the Premises, unlike the Coalition's Multi-Technology Mix switch in 2013.

Photos: IBM’s datacentre in a shipping container hits Australia

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Last week IBM launched its Portable Modular Data Centre solution in Australia. The unit is basically a self-contained datacentre located in a mobile shipping container. Prices range from US$700,000 to US$3 million, with site preparation and installation services not included. The launch follows similar product offerings by rivals such as Sun Microsystems (now owned by Oracle) in Australia over the past few years.

BoB security is ‘standard practice’, says iiNet

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National broadband provider iiNet this week said the default setup of its new BoB Lite ADSL router – which leaves its Wi-Fi functionality open and the device’s administration password publicly available – was “standard practice” used by router manufacturers.

Aussie pair buys 19 iPads in US haul

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A number of Australians visited the US over the weekend to pick up early copies of Apple's new iPad tablet device weeks before it goes on sale in Australia later this month, with one particularly enthusiastic pair picking up 19 iPads for themselves and mates.

BlackBerry PlayBook to hit Australia in June

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Research In Motion (RIM) has confirmed that its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will launch in Australia in June this year, but has not yet been able to confirm any further pricing or availability details.

Wi-Fi company SkyFii raises $4 million

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New institutional and retail investors have provided Australian wireless company SkyFii with over $4 million in new investment capital through the issue of new shares.

Treasury costings scant on NBN details

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You might have expected that the Treasury's costings of the two major party's election policies -- released to the Independents and the media late yesterday -- would contain a fair amount of detail about how much each party's wildly differing broadband policy would cost.

Adobe hikes CS5 prices for Australia

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Global software giant Adobe has slapped a substantial premium on Australian prices for its latest Creative Suite 5 suite launched this week when compared to equivalent US prices for the same software.

vividwireless cuts prices for the new year

vividwireless, part of the Seven network and one of Australia’s only independent wireless broadband providers, is reducing the price of its devices and giving them away free to new customers who sign up for eligible plans.

NBN Co updates rollout plan to 2016

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The National Broadband Network Company over the weekend updated its rolling three-year deployment timetable, adding more than 1.35 million Australian premises to its plan for deploying fibre, wireless and satellite infrastructure throughout Australia.

Vodafone launches unlimited iPad plan

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Mobile carrier VHA has launched its iPad data plans ahead of the launch of the Apple tablet in Australia on Friday, with the most notable feature being an unlimited prepaid data plan through its Vodafone brand for at a cost of $49.95, with the data expiring every 30 days.

Cross-platform tools luring mobile app developers back from HTML5

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Many performance and functionality-minded application developers, who are shifting back to proprietary mobile apps after growing disillusioned with the limitations of HTML5, will find solace in today’s launch of a cross-platform development tool that allows Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Android and Windows RT apps to be written using the popular C++ and Delphi development languages.

Google leaves Australia off cloud expansion list

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Google has announced two new regions for its Cloud Platform network of datacentres, with more on the way, but it is still unclear if Australia will eventually be included in the list.

Surface Pro 3 lands locally in August

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US technology giant Microsoft announced this morning that its Surface Pro 3 tablet -- unveiled in New York overnight -- would start shipping in Australia from the end of August, with Microsoft itself, Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi to sell the unit for prices starting from AU$979.

Budget 2016: Major Police IT projects win funding

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Commonwealth law enforcement agencies such as the Australian Federal Police and Crimtrac have won big in this year's Federal Budget in terms of their IT infrastructure programs, with the Government greenlighting a series of major initiatives.

ANZ Bank renews Optus telco deals

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Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) has renewed its telecommunications and managed services agreements with Singtel and Optus Business, extending both to 2020.

Optus wants NBN Co management outsourced

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The chief executive of Optus has delivered a landmark speech outlining a wide range of controls Australia’s number two telco wants implemented on Labor’s flagship National Broadband Network project, including the complete outsourcing of NBN Co’s management on a recurring basis.

Turnbull’s biggest problem: How to halt the NBN

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A senior telecommunications analyst has praised the Coalition's new telecommunications policy as being worthy of respect, while warning the fallout from its commitment to halting Labor's flagship National Broadband Network project would remain its biggest problem if it took Government in the next Federal Election.

University of Canberra rolls out Windows 7

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The University of Canberra has joined the list of Australian organisations dumping their legacy Windows XP environments and upgrading to Windows 7, completing a 900-seat rollout in August to its student PCs that also included an upgrade to Microsoft Office 2007.

ViewSonic brings Android tablets down under

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US display giant ViewSonic has unveiled plans to shortly bring its 7" and 10" ViewPad tablet devices to Australia, inviting journalists to a launch event next week in Sydney.

Telstra gets a new CIO

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Telstra has appointed former Seek, Wespac, NAB and Standard Chartered Bank technology executive Patrick Eltridge to be its new chief information officer, following the resignation of John McInerney in June.

Secret anti-piracy talks pointless, says iiNet

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National broadband provider iiNet has fired a full barrage of vitriol at the content industry on the morning on which closed door talks held by the Government on the issue are due to re-commence, arguing in a highly public blog post that discussing a path forward with content industry groups was like "talking to a brick wall".

Nexus S hits Vodafone this Friday

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Mobile telco VHA this morning revealed Google's flagship self-branded handset, the Nexus S, would launch to existing customers through its Vodafone brand in Australia this Friday the 9th of March, with general availability to new customers on the 16th of March.

Exetel cuts NBN prices, limits quota to 150GB

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National broadband provider Exetel has radically slashed the number of National Broadband Network plans it offers customers, as well as cutting prices and limiting the total monthly download quota on any plan to 150GB.

DHS hires pinch hitter NAB exec for billion-dollar Centrelink IT revamp

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The Department of Human Services today confirmed it had hired senior National Australia Bank executive John Murphy to lead its billion-dollar Welfare Payment Infrastructure Transformation (WPIT) project, in a move which creates an immediate direct rival to existing DHS CIO Gary Sterrenberg.

Comcast runs successful real-world test of gigabit HFC

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In what it is calling a "world first", Comcast has switched on gigabit hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) broadband at a home in the US.

Apple reveals new MacBook Pro Aussie pricing

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Apple today revealed the Australian pricing for its new line-up of MacBook Pro laptops unveiled overnight in the United States.

“Get on with it”: Ludlam tells Govt on data breach notification bill

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Greens Deputy Leader and Senator Scott Ludlam has filed a Senate motion demanding the Government "get on with" its plans to introduce mandatory data breach legislation, pointing out that the concept had multi-partisan support and would be likely to pass Federal Parliament in quick order.

Redditor downloads 994GB on second Telstra ‘free mobile data day’

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A single Australian who set records by downloading 421GB of data during Telstra's free mobile data day in February has more than doubled his previous record during the second such occasion yesterday, pulling down a total of 994GB of data during the 24 hour period.

VHA snares HTC Desire HD

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Mobile telco VHA has secured an exclusive deal with HTC to launch the Asian manufacturer's new HTC Desire HD handset in Australia, one-upping Telstra's existing control of the original Desire.

Cool SydStart videos: Live now

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At the recent SydStart startup conference in Sydney, the guys from StartCastAU did a great deal of filming, and have recently published a handful of excellent speeches by luminaries from Australia's startup scene. We've embedded what we think are the best ones below -- but check out StartCastAU's YouTube channel for others.

Data#3 deploys Cisco network for Edith Cowan

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Australian technology provider Data#3 has announced the deployment of a "next-generation" Cisco network service for Edith Cowan University (ECU).

Telstra signs up first Next G wholesaler

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The nation's largest telco Telstra today revealed it had signed up the first telco customer to resell its flagship Next G network, with the company being itself a wholesaler of telecommunications services named iTelecom Wholesale.

CommBank’s Kaching hits iOS App Store

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The Commonwealth Bank of Australia's 'Kaching' mobile payments app has been approved by Apple and is now available through the company's iOS App Store, the bank said this afternoon.

Australia prefers Govt contact via the Internet

Special Minister of State Gary Gray said in a statement yesterday that the Internet constitutes the preferred method of access to government services, backing his statements with the release of a new report in the area.

FTTN still causing massive outages in Newcastle, says Labor

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The Coalition's Fibre to the Node technology is still causing substantial problems for the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Labor said today, with issues such as speeds slower than ADSL and substantial outages, even for residents who are not yet connected to the NBN.

NBN pays Telstra $1.6bn to extend HFC cable network

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The NBN company this morning announced it would pay Telstra about $1.6 billion over the next four years to upgrade and extend its HFC cable network as part of the National Broadband Network.

Much ado about nothing: SMH FTTN ‘revelations’ spur NBN circus

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The Sydney Morning Herald has published internal NBN Co information purporting to heavily criticise the Coalition's rival FTTN model for the National Broadband Network. However, the information may not reflect the current state of play with the network or the Coalition's plans.

Gillard spends big on cyber-security; including new centre

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Prime Minister Julia Gillard this morning announced that the Federal Government would spend $1.46 billion through to 2020 on strengthening what she described as its “cyber security” capabilities, including establishing a dedicated Australian Cyber Security Centre.

Amendments turn NBN Co into a retailer: Turnbull

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Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has issued a sharp warning that an extensive package of amendments to key National Broadband Network legislation published by the Federal Government yesterday made a mockery of the claim that NBN Co would be a wholesale-only player in the telecommunications market.

Optus 4G hits Brisbane, Gold Coast

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The nation’s number two telco Optus announced this morning that it had switched on its first 4G sites in the Brisbane central business district and Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, adding to its existing coverage zones in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Newcastle.

New cloud development aims to support charities

Appichar, a technology company that has been working with not-for-profit organisations for over ten years in the UK and three years in Australia, has launched a locally developed system called ‘Supporter360’ that aims to use the latest cloud technologies to help charitable organisations computerise their operations with minimal capital investment.

Defence kicks off SAP-based ‘largest’ ERP project in Australia’s public sector

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The Department of Defence has officially kicked off what it describes as the "largest ERP program implementation of its kind in Australian Government", in a SAP-based initiative that will see several thousand business applications consolidated down sharply.

Attorney-General rejects metadata warrants: ‘Law enforcement would grind to a halt’

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Australia's Federal Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has made the extraordinary declaration that Australian law enforcement in Australia "would grind to a halt" if police officers and other law enforcement agents were forced to apply for a warrant every time they wanted to access Australians' telecommunications data.

Govt going down “wrong” piracy path, says iiNet

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National broadband provider iiNet has published a sharp blog post accusing the Federal Government of going down the "wrong path" with respect to its efforts to tackle Internet piracy, with the ISP exhorting its customers to become politically active in speaking to politicians from all parties about the issue.

Vodafone won’t sell Motorola’s Xoom

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Mobile telco Vodafone today confirmed it would not be launching Motorola’s highly anticipated Xoom tablet in Australia, preferring instead to focus on existing exclusive offerings such as its rival Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v.

When will Froyo hit Australia? The complete list

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When will the new 2.2 version (commonly called Froyo) of Google's Android operating system hit Australian handsets? We contacted carriers and handset manufacturers to find out. The answer, it turns out, depends on what mobile phone you have.

Seven months later, Turnbull still won’t talk TPG

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Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who has direct responsibility for setting and administering telecommunications law and regulation in Australia, has again refused to clarify whether national broadband company TPG is breaking the law by deploying its own Fibre to the Basement infrastructure in competition with NBN Co, seven months after the move was first revealed.

Google fails to delete Street View data again

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The Australian branch of global search giant Google has written to the nation’s Privacy Commissioner admitting that it had found yet more examples of undeleted data which its Street View cards had collected over the past several years as they brushed past Australian Wi-Fi networks, in what marks Google’s third attempt so far to delete the illicit data it collected.

iiNet to buy Netspace for $60-75m?

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Challenger internet service provider iiNet has put its shares into a trading halt following press speculation that it is in talks to acquire rival...

Telstra confirms HTC One XL launch

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The nation's largest telco Telstra has confirmed through a YouTube video posted this morning that it plans to launch HTC's 4G-capable One XL Android handset on its Next G network, with the smartphone likely to be one of the nation's top 4G-capable models for some time.

IT’S BEGUN: Split up the NBN and sell it off, says Infrastructure Australia

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Australia's independent authority on infrastructure has recommended the Federal Government split the NBN company into pieces based on technology or geographical lines and sell it off to the private sector, but without publishing any justification at all for such a move.

58% of Australians oppose privatising NBN

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A new survey taken by respected analysis house Essential has shown that a total of 58 percent of Australians oppose privatising the National Broadband Network Company, around the same level as those opposing government-owned media groups the ABC and SBS.

NEC Australia opens new HQ and Innovation Centre in Victoria

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Japanese IT services and products giant NEC has opened a new Australian headquarters in Victoria.

Great Australian Blackout hits 500 sites

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Over 500 Australian web sites will modify their design starting from Australia Day to include a black aesthetic and protest message against the Federal Government’s internet filtering scheme, according to Electronic Frontiers Australia.

NSW Education Dept CIO quits

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Long-standing NSW Department of Education and Training chief information officer Stephen Wilson will leave the role this week, the department confirmed this afternoon.

RIM to demonstrate PlayBook in Australia

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Research In Motion (RIM) has given a strong indication that its PlayBook tablet will shortly be introduced to the Australian market, inviting local journalists to preview the device next week.

Voluntary ISP filter attracts global attention

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The continued support by several of Australia's largest internet service providers for a voluntary version of the Federal Government's mandatory ISP filtering scheme has attracted the ire of the world's largest digital rights group, the Electronic Frontiers Foundation.

NSW Police trials iPad minis for tickets

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New South Wales' police force has revealed plans to undertake a four-week field trial of a mobile app for officers to issue traffic infringement notices, which will be deployed in the field on locked-down versions of Apple's iPad mini tablets.

Virgin Blue sacks 20 for reported porn collection

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Virgin Blue late yesterday confirmed it had sacked 20 staff for what the airline said was inappropriate use of computer systems and what the Sydney Morning Herald reported was participation in a pornography swap ring.

Queensland Rail CIO departs

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Queensland Rail chief information officer Patrick Lilwall appears to have left the organisation after just over a month in its top technology role.

Now David Jones gets hacked

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news David Jones today notified customers that it had become the latest casualty in a hacking spree which appears to be targeting Australian retailers. The...

Sensis to cut 800 staff

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Telstra's advertising and directories business Sensis has revealed plans to cut about 800 jobs Australia-wide, in a move that one of the telco's main unions has immediately stated will "irreparably harm local economies and erode the nation’s skills base".

After 16 years, ANAO picks Unisys again for IT

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The Australian National Audit Office this morning revealed it had renewed its extremely long-running relationship with US-headquartered IT outsourcer Unisys, in a move which will push the pair's partnership close to the 20 year mark and raise questions about the degree to which the agency is engaging in competitive tendering.

BigPond chief Justin Milne quits: Report

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The long-time leader of Telstra’s BigPond internet service provider division and current fixed line chief, Justin Milne, has reportedly resigned.

iiNet blames wholesaler for high estate fibre prices

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A spat between fibre-optic wholesaler Opticomm and retail ISPs iiNet and Internode has broken out online after the company was forced to defend claims that the prices it charges for access to its infrastructure in new estates are significantly higher than that ISPs pay for access to fibre under the National Broadband Network.

Qld Opposition calls for IT minister’s head

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Queensland's State Opposition has called for the head of the state's IT minister, Robert Schwarten after a string of delayed and problematic government technology projects yesterday became a fiery issue in parliament.

Broadband quota caps fair, says iiNet

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National broadband provider iiNet has published an article arguing the pay as you go quota charging system used by most Australian ISPs is fairer than the 'unlimited' quota models popular in regions such as the United States and Europe.

Your cloud data was never secure, says Microsoft

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Microsoft has attempted to dampen concerns about US Government access to Australian information hosted in American cloud computing facilities by claiming cooperation between governments would likely mean either country's law enforcement branches could get access data they wanted anyway -- regardless of where it was hosted.

Tassie Premier considers NBN opt-out model

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Tasmanian State Premier David Bartlett has committed to ask the Tasmanian NBN Company whether it would be feasible for Tasmanians to be required to opt-out from having the planned optic fibre cables connected to their premises -- reversing the current policy where they are required to opt-in.

PushStart gives startups a leg up

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A new Australian incubator for startups, PushStart, has formed and is head-hunting for volunteer mentors.

“Cheap stunt”: Turnbull rejects Quigley’s olive branch

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Malcom Turnbull has rejected out of hand a suggestion by Mike Quigley that Australia's telco industry independently back a study into the best technology to deliver Australians the next-generation of broadband infrastructure, with the Shadow Communications Minister describing the NBN Co chief executive's move as a "cheap stunt".

iiNet launches unlimited data plans

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Unlimited data broadband plans are the new black, it seems. Just a day after Westnet announced its range of unlimited data deals, so too does iiNet, with spookily similar pricing and nomenclature, to boot.

Developers prefer Android, says survey

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Google’s Android operating system has replaced Apple’s iOS in terms of importance to developers in the Asia-Pacific region in the last 12 months, according to a new survey by independent technology analysts Ovum. However, both still form the core of developer support and almost all developers support both platforms. The survey also reveals that there is increasing interest from developers in Blackberry OS and Microsoft’s Windows phone.

NSW Govt launches inquiry into driverless cars

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The NSW Government's Staysafe Committee has launched an inquiry into driverless vehicles and their potential impact on road safety in the state.

In-flight Internet: Qantas’ failure to launch

Qantas, Australia’s biggest airline, has announced a new trial run of in-flight Internet connectivity on its superjumbo A380 for passengers on intercontinental flights between Australia and the United States. But it's not the airline's first attempt to bring in-flight connectivity to its passengers; in fact, Qantas has repeatedly struggled with the issue over the past decade.

iBooks textbooks? Sorry, not for Australia

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Apple has limited access to the broad range of new educational textbooks announced through its iBookstore overnight to students in the US, locking Australians and those in other countries out of accessing the new content from publishers such as McGraw-Hill and Pearson.

Victoria partners with Zendesk to boost Melbourne employment

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Customer service platform provider Zendesk, Inc, has announced a new partnership with the Victorian Government that will create up to 175 new jobs in the state's developing tech industry.

DSD approves iPhones, iPads for Govt use

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The Federal Government's security evaluation agency has approved devices running version 5 of Apple's iOS platform (including iPads and iPhones) for classified government communications, after a lengthy evaluation period and the production of a detailed security 'hardening' guide for the popular mobile products.

Network upgrade on cards for Finance

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The Federal Department of Finance and Deregulation has flagged plans to upgrade its network infrastructure to deal with single points of failure in its existing infrastructure and plan for the future -- likely including the eventual deployment of an IP telephony/unified communications platform.

Vodafone loses 154k more customers

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Ailing mobile telco Vodafone has revealed it lost a further 154,000 customers in the three months to the end of September, with the continued customer churn piling on more financial woes for the company and signalling that the company's internal transformation under new chief executive Bill Morrow may not yet be having a positive impact.

GovCMS adoption ‘doubled expectations’ in first year

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The government's web content management system GovCMS has reportedly seen more than twice the number of agencies and institutions adopting the service than initially estimated.

Buy a HTC 7 Trophy, get a free XBOX 360 [mkt]

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Been working up the courage to ask your spouse if you can buy an XBOX 360? Now you don't have to. Vodafone has a special until the end of March where if you buy one a HTC 7 Trophy handset on a $49 or higher monthly plan, you'll get a free XBOX plus either one of Microsoft's new Kinect motion-tracking controllers or a copy of Fable III or Halo Reach.

Linux.conf.au requests 2012 bid proposals

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The organisation behind Australia's flagship annual Linux conference has requested formal proposals from parties interested in hosting the event in their city in 2012.

Optus: We’re fixing our 3G network

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The nation's number two telco Optus today defended the performance of its 3G mobile network and said it was working to improve customers' experience on it.

Has Telstra delayed HTC One XL launch?

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Australian specialist Android media outlet Ausdroid has reported that Telstra may have delayed its rumoured launch of a 4G version of HTC's new One smartphone series, further pushing back the date when Australian mobile phone enthusiasts will have access to a top-level smartphone supporting the telco's new 4G network.

Labor reshuffle sees Husic take on startups, Rowland lose Communications

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A portfolio reshuffle announced by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten this afternoon has brought both good and bad news for Australia’s technology community, with tech-focused MP Ed Husic taking on additional responsibilities for digital innovation and startups, but Michelle Rowland losing her Assistant Minister role in the Communications portfolio.

Farr’s forward march: Defence wins IT funding

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A number of high-profile technology projects which have been on the Department of Defence’s drawing board for years have been approved by the Federal Government, paving the way for hundreds of millions of dollars of technology spending to be unlocked over the next decade under the guidance of Defence chief information officer Greg Farr (pictured).

Twitter must toe the troll line, says Gillard

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Prime Minister Julia Gillard has singled out social network Twitter for not yet signing up to the Federal Government's new complaints handling process for major social networking sites, in a speech this morning pointing out that rival companies such as Facebook and Google had already done so.

Poll: Support for Labor’s NBN dives as Turnbull seen as strong Minister

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New polling data released over the past several weeks has shown that national support for Labor’s version of the National Broadband Network is weakening, in the context that Australians appear to strongly approve of the job that Malcolm Turnbull is doing as Communications Minister.

Quigley smears are “Godwin Grech revisited”: Conroy

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Communications Minister Stephen Conroy this morning laughed off questions about the appointment of Mike Quigley to lead NBN Co, describing issues raised by his shadow Malcolm Turnbull as being a "pathetic" smear campaign and "Godwin Grech re-visited".

NBN will stifle competition, says AAPT

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AAPT chief executive Paul Broad today called on fellow telcos to stand up and “make noises” to protect competition in the new world order of the National Broadband Network.

‘Keeping the company in Australia’: Freelancer.com turns down $400m buyout to list on ASX

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Outspoken Freelancer.com chief executive Matt Barrie today noted that the company would turn down the offers it had received to sell to a larger group or take investment, instead flagging plans to list on the Australian Securities Exchange later this year and continue the drive to develop Australia's home grown technology industry.

6 months free: New Internode 1.5GB mobile plan

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iiNet subsidiary and national broadband provider Internode has launched an inexpensive new mobile plan offering customers six months’ free access to its monthly NodeMobile plan, including 1.5GB of data and $450 of mobile calling value, to customers who sign up for two-year ADSL broadband and telephone plans.

Pirate Party slams ‘unjust’ surveillance upgrade

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The Australian division of digital rights political movement the Pirate Party has slammed Federal Government plans to "unjustly" boost online surveillance powers by law enforcement agencies, describing the initiatives as "steps towards a police state".

ACCC suffers initial setback in TPG case

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has been dealt in a blow in its lawsuit against national broadband provider TPG over the company's $29.99 'Unlimited' ADSL2+ plan, with the judge in the case denying the regulator's application to freeze TPG's advertisments until the case is finalised.

Federal Parliament is in furious agreement about how wonderful tech startups are

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The House of Representatives erupted in an unusual display of bipartisanship yesterday, with both Liberal and Labor MP waxing lyrical about the virtues of technology startups and how the tech startup community must be further supported in order to secure Australia's future as an innovative nation.

Kindle Touch 3G goes on sale to Australians

Online retailer Amazon.com has announced that the Kindle Touch 3G is available for pre-order online to customers in over 175 countries and territories, including Australia. The Kindle Touch 3G will be shipped to customers from April 27.

VMware appoints new Asia-Pacific chief

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Virtualisation giant VMware has announced the hiring of a new regional chief for the Asia Pacific and Japan.

iiTrial ruling on February 4

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The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) has confirmed an AustralianIT report that Justice Dennis Cowdroy will hand down his ruling in the organisation’s high-profile copyright violation case against ISP iiNet next week on Thursday 4th February.

Optus partners with Macquarie Uni on $10 million cybersecurity hub

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Optus Business entered a new partnership with Macquarie University to establish a new "cybersecurity hub" aimed help business and government organisations protect themselves from increasing cyber threats.

Planned NBN cyber security centre will bring new jobs to Melbourne

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The Victorian Government has announced that a new cyber security centre to be built as part of the National Broadband Network (NBN) infrastructure will help create 700 new high-skilled jobs in Melbourne over the next four years.

Replace RSA tokens, DSD tells agencies

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The Federal Government's peak security agency has recommended departments and agencies accept the offer by troubled security vendor RSA for replacement copies of its SecurID keyfob identification tokens, as the fallout over a security break-in to RSA's headquarters continues to be felt in Australia.

Tablet + pen computing takes off: Aussie schools in mass Windows 8 rollouts

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Microsoft has revealed that a number of major Australian schools have deployed its new Windows 8 operating system in both tablet + pen and traditional laptop form factors, as evidence continues to grow that adoption of Windows 8 in the local education sector is starting to challenge Apple's dominant iPad platform.

CIO promoted as Boral outsources IT

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Diversified materials company Boral this morning revealed it would embark on a wide-ranging IT outsourcing program which would see an undisclosed number of jobs go and its chief information officer promoted.

DBCDE planned for NBN RFP failure

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The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) had canvassed options to deal with the potential failure of the first, $4.7 billion National Broadband Network plan as early as August 2008, the government auditor has found.

Vodafone up for sale, reports The Australian

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The Australian newspaper has reported that embattled mobile telco Vodafone Australia has been put up for sale, with a memorandum on the issue having been issued to potential buyers such as telcos and investment houses in Asia and Europe.

“Nonsense”: Turnbull rejects ABC’s FTTN criticism

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Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has dismissed as “nonsense” claims by contracting companies deploying Labor’s National Broadband Network project that changing the project’s model to a fibre to the node rollout would be “an expensive, time-consuming hindrance”.

New Sony Android tablets hit Australia

Sony has launched the new Walkman Z series and the Sony Tablet P and Sony Tablet S 3G in Australia. Both the tablets and the Walkman are powered by the Android OS. The existing Sony Tablet S will also have a new pricing for its Wi-Fi model.

Pyne tries to rewrite history on Coalition innovation funding

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New Industry, Innovation and Science Minister Christopher Pyne appears to have mildly misled the public on the Government’s approach to funding innovation, pushing the Coalition’s credentials in the space without mentioning the significant amount of programs and funding Tony Abbott’s administration has cut over the past several years.

DHS CIO Coles takes central Vic Govt role

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Well-regarded IT executive Grahame Coles has resigned from his role as chief information officer at Victoria's massive Department of Human Services to take up a key position in the state's newly created central Office of the Chief Technology Advocate, with the department to conduct a national search for his replacement.

Filtering technically impossible for us, says NBN Co

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The National Broadband Network Company late yesterday confirmed it wouldn't be implementing the limited filtering scheme being implemented by other Australian telcos, noting that the national network it was constructing was incompatible with the type of technology being used in the filter.

Digital rights bodies back ALRC’s Fair Use call

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A cluster of Australia's most high-profile digital rights organisations, including Electronic Frontiers Australia, CHOICE and the Pirate Party have backed the Australian Law Reform Commission's strong call for so-called "Fair Use" provisions to be introduced into the Copyright Act.

Tassie Govt hack more serious than thought

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It looks like the rogue group of Internet nuisances known as "S4t4n1c S0uls" didn't just break into the Tasmanian Government's media release distribution site recently, but also made off with a great deal of Government data.

4G Samsung Galaxy S III is “coming”

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Korean manufacturer Samsung is planning to launch a 4G version of its popular Galaxy S III handset in Australia shortly, according to local blog Android Australia, in a move which will likely vault the company ahead of arch-rival HTC.

Pirate Party slams Lundy’s ‘censorship lite’

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The fledgling Pirate Party has attacked the opt-out amendment being proposed by Labor Senator Kate Lundy (pictured) to the Government's mandatory ISP filtering legislation as "censorship lite", saying it was a "hollow response" to the community's concerns about the project.

Labor dances around telco national security support

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Labor’s Shadow Assistant Minister for Communications Michelle Rowland has made a series of nebulous statements expressing vague concern about the Government’s latest package of telco-related national security reform, but without actually taking a position on the controversial legislation.

Nextgen’s wholesale ‘no magic bullet’, says Hackett

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A service launched yesterday which will aggregate National Broadband Network capacity across Australia was "no magic bullet" which would completely resolve perceived issues with the NBN's pricing model, according to Internode managing director Simon Hackett.

Atlassian acquires StatusPage

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Software giant Atlassian has announced the acquisition of its long-term partner StatusPage, a provider of status and incident communication services.

ninemsn searches for CTO idol

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ninemsn -- the online joint venture with media and entertainment group PBL Media and Microsoft partnership -- has advertised for a chief technology officer position on specialist emerging technology and media recruitment firm MitchelLake’s website.

NBN future “clearly wireless”, claims Alan Jones

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Radio shockjock Alan Jones made a statement riddled with factual errors about the Federal Government’s National Broadband Network project on his radio program this morning, describing it as a “white elephant” and a “disaster” and inaccurately claiming that the future of telecommunications is “clearly wireless”, rather than the mainly fibre model the NBN is mainly using.

Status quo remains in Telstra’s South Brisbane

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The nation's largest telco Telstra has confirmed it will not address several of the largest complaints by other ISPs about the way it is handling its new fibre rollout in the South Brisbane exchange area, despite signing a new accord regarding the region with Communications Minister Stephen Conroy.

Victory for Australian pirates as court blocks punitive damages

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The Federal Court this morning ruled that copyright owners could not use the preliminary discovery process to sue alleged Internet pirates for punitive damages, in a move that will be likely to limit the potential liability of those Australians illicitly downloading films and TV programs.

Google Fiber takes 1Gbps to 34 new US cities

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US technology giant Google has announced that it will work with a further 34 cities in the US on deploying its high-speed Fibre to the Premises broadband infrastructure, in a move that further solidifies the long-term case for the FTTP deployment model globally.

Specsavers outsources key IT services to Accenture

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Global optical chain Specsavers has partnered with professional services company Accenture to help manage its IT services as it focuses on increasing the digital side of its business.

Optus pumps 2.3Gbps total through 4G towers

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Optus last week announced it had achieved what it described as "a massive world first", generating a total of 2.3 gigabits per second (Gbps) site throughput on one of its custom-built mobile phone towers.

Powerhouse holds retro gaming weekend

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Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum will this weekend hold a series of special exhibits and events around a retro video gaming theme, featuring such classics as Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Galaga.

NextDC confirms second Melbourne data centre will follow equity raising

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Australian firm NextDC has announced it plans to raise equity to fund the building of two new data centres, including a second facility in Melbourne.

Abbott dodges repeated Tassie FTTP questions

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott has repeatedly declined to directly address questions about whether the Coalition deceived Tasmanian voters with respect to its support for an all-fibre broadband rollout in the state, in a tense press conference over the weekend in which journalists couldn't stop asking about the topic.

AGIMO strategy disappoints Gartner analyst

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blog There was a lot to take in in yesterday's wide-ranging ICT strategy announcement by the Australian Government Information Management Office, and we still...

Telstra preparing mobile network for 1Gbps speeds ‘later in 2016’

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Telstra has made a raft of announcements this week, including the launch of 1Gbps speeds on its mobile networks in certain areas.

Turnbull forces all Dept staff to re-apply for jobs

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Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has ordered all 550 staff at his Department of Communications to re-apply for their jobs, according to the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), as part of a sizable cull that could see up to 125 jobs cut from the department.

Optus releases NBN pricing

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The nation's number two telco Optus has released its first National Broadband Network pricing plans, with the company offering a range of plans from $39.99 up to $129 and with included data quotas ranging up to a terabyte.

Qld poaches Tassie broadband chief

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The Queensland Government has poached one of the lead architects of Tasmania's early stage participation in the National Broadband Network rollout to lead its own broadband strategy.

Turnbull on iiTrial: We need ‘global copyright’

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In the wake of iiNet's victory in its Internet piracy High Court case, Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called for the content industry to start releasing all of its content globally through on- and offline platforms simultaneously upon launch, in an effort to meet the demands of consumers and make piracy irrelevant.

HTC’s update “nightmare”: Desires finally get Froyo

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Six months after Google first released the 2.2 or 'Froyo' version of its mobile operating system, HTC has made the update available to Australian owners of its flagship HTC Desire handset – through its website, if not directly over the air.

IBM, Accenture are risk factors for IT disasters, claims TechnologyOne

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Australian technology vendor Technology One has claimed that using major third-party systems integrators such as IBM and Accenture on major technology projects can add to the risk of "implementation disasters" such as the billion-dollar catastrophe with Queensland Health's payroll systems overhaul.

Australia gets Flash web video on demand service

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Two veterans of mega-portals Yahoo!7 and ninemsn have formed a new Australian startup to launch online video on demand services in competition with new offerings from Telstra, FetchTV and more.

Xenophon slams NBN volume discounting

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Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has mounted a strident criticism of certain provisions of the National Broadband Network legislation currently before the Senate, arguing that the bills would allow NBN Co to unfairly offer large telcos like Telstra and Optus preferential pricing deals due to their size.

When will Aussie Android developers be able to sell apps?

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Google has issued a terse statement on the issue of Australian software developers not being able to sell apps through its app market for the Android platform, saying it's "working hard" on bringing Australia up to speed with the rest of the world, but doesn't have a due date just yet.

QLD Health payroll still “a mess”: Opposition

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Queensland Shadow Minister for Information and Communication Technology Scott Emerson today contradicted the state's Health Minister's claims of having “stabilised” his department's troubled payroll system, calling for “the mess to be sorted out”.

iiNet changes routing tables for StarCraft II

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Two months after the release of the most anticipated real-time strategy game to date, national broadband provider iiNet has amended its network routing path to make the experience of playing StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty better for Australians connecting to regional Battle.net servers in South-East Asia.

CommBank IT spend blows out past $1 billion

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The Commonwealth Bank of Australia's technology spend rose 12 percent over the past financial year to shoot past the $1 billion mark, with spending in almost all technology areas increasing and the bank as yet providing no explanation of the rise.

Costello says Qld should sell IT services units

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A landmark report into the Queensland Government's financial position penned by Howard-era Treasurer Peter Costello has recommended the state government consider selling off its IT shared services unit, as there was no guarantee they could provide IT services to the government efficiently.

Network, service upgrades kicking in, says Vodafone

Mobile carrier Vodafone yesterday gave an update yesterday on the upgrade of its mobile network and customer service initiatives, claiming that the achievement of key milestone targets was enabling an enhanced customer experience.

Telstra launches multi-cloud management platform

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Telstra has launched a cloud management platform aimed to help businesses with the operation of hybrid cloud environments.

Seittenranta to be permanent DPS CIO

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Long-time Centrelink and Department of Human Services IT executive Eija Seittenranta has been appointed to a permanent role as the chief information officer of the Federal Department of Parliamentary Services, following a temporary appointment to the role in October.

Video: Telstra tests ‘Ultimate’ Next G modem

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In this video, Telstra wireless engineer, Jared King, speed tests the telco's Ultimate USB modem around Melbourne. The modem isn't on sale yet, but when it is released it should provide a significant speed boost through its use of dual-carrier technology.

Attorney-General won’t confirm TSSR bill revamp

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Attorney-General George Brandis has refused to confirm whether the Government will accede to the Opposition’s demand that it provide a revised draft of its planned telco national security bill, in the wake of loud complaints from Australia’s entire technology sector about the controversial legislation.

TPG launches ‘Super Value’ contract-free mobile plans

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TPG yesterday introduced a new range of 'Super Value' contract-free mobile plans, which it says are "offer the best value anywhere in Australia". The 'Super...

New BlackBerry OS 7.1 hits Australia

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Troubled Canadian device manufacturer Research in Motion has made the new version of its operating system available to Australian customers, with the new platform being approved already for Government use and telcos Optus and Vodafone making it available to customers.

Primus, Internode & iiNet: First Tassie NBN ISPs

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Primus, Internode and iiNet are the first internet service providers who have signed up to sell services off the back of the Tasmanian arm of the National Broadband Network from July, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy announced today.

NBN says customers just as happy with FTTN or FTTP

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The NBN company today stated that customers using its Fibre to the Node service were just as satisfied with their broadband service as those using Fibre to the Premises services, on the basis of the industry standard Net Promoter Score rating.

Huawei espionage claims “completely absurd”: Downer

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Former Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has reportedly described claims that Chinese networking vendor Huawei has links to cyber-espionage from its home country as "completely absurd", in the wake of news that the company has been banned from participating in National Broadband Network contracts for such involvement.

CSC completes UXC acquisition

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Multinational IT services corporation CSC has completed the acquisition of UXC, Australia’s largest independent and publicly owned IT services company for over $420m.

Western Australia announces major cloud push

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The Western Australian state government has announced a cloud computing initiative that is aimed to boost services while cutting back on overall spending.

Qld school iPad trial a strong success

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Queensland’s education department has published several extensive reports detailing recent trials of iPads within the classroom, with the documents overwhelmingly classing the Apple tablets as a success, including in their ability to help students improve their academic performance.

RAA bulks up senior IT leadership

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The Royal Automobile Association of South Australia (RAA) has signalled plans to make a series of senior hires to bulk up its IT leadership team in the wake of the development of a new five-year ICT plan.

From 200 to 350: Optus sacks more

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The nation's number two telco Optus today confirmed the size of a redundancy round first revealed yesterday, with the company now planning to offload around 350 staff over the next few weeks instead of the expected 200 which was reported earlier.

Impolite Turnbull tweet sparks NBN backlash

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A flippant response by Malcolm Turnbull to broadband problems being suffered by a high-flying small business owner and executive has backfired on the Communications Minister, with a plethora of responses being published on the social networking site slamming the new Coalition Government's controversial revision of Labor's popular National Broadband Network policy.

Radio shockjocks diss NBN during paid ads

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NBN Co has shifted some of its radio advertising away from 2GB after the station's well-known conservative shockjock Ray Hadley and another presenter standing in for his colleague Alan Jones criticised the project on air, directly before reading paid advertising for NBN Co which factually explained details of the rollout.

Opening the kimono: Apple agrees to Husic meeting

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The managing director of Apple's Australian division has reportedly agreed to meet with with Federal Labor MP Ed Husic, almost five months after the politician complained in Parliament about price markups on the company's products when sold in Australia.

Telstra addresses SSU complaints

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Telstra today released a lengthy document to the Australian Stock Exchange (available here in PDF form) detailing possible responses to complaints by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and other telcos to its Structure Separation Undertaking (SSU).

Sony Vaio line exits Australia, local jobs cut

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After a decade and a half of only modest success with its VAIO PC and laptop line-up, technology giant Sony has finally confirmed the plans to remove the brand from the Australian market congruent with its sale to a Japanese investment giant, in a move that comes along with local job losses.

Optus keen on “terrific” Apple iPad

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Optus chief executive Paul O'Sullivan yesterday said the telco was very interested in working out how it could bring the Apple iPad to Australia, describing the new tablet device as "a terrific step forward for the industry".

Telstra mobiles get quota sharing, mass device management

The nation's biggest telco Telstra today announced a series of changes to its mobile phone and mobile broadband business plans, including matching Optus and Vodafone with the introduction of data quota sharing, as well as a new tool to let organisations remotely manage their smartphone fleets.

Brisbane gamer challenges Korean StarCraft scene

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Brisbane-based StarCraft II professional gamer Andrew Pender has announced he will take on the high-level Korean professional StarCraft scene.

Back off: Optus, TPG tell Govt on Telstra pricing

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Major telcos Optus and TPG have joined the rest of Australia’s broadband sector and sharply warned Malcolm Turnbull’s Department to stop interfering in the competition regulator’s decision to cut Telstra’s wholesale pricing by 9.6 percent.

ICAC finds Sydney University IT manager corrupt

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The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has found that University of Sydney information technology (IT) manager Atilla "Todd" Demiralay engaged in corrupt conduct by using Succuro Recruitment, a business that employed his wife and later operated through a company in which he and his wife had a financial interest, to recruit contractors and staff for the university, without disclosing his financial interest in the business.

Australian Federal Police fails cybersecurity health check

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The Federal Auditor-General has criticised the Australian Federal Police for not meeting federal cyber-security standards, in a wide-ranging audit that exposed a number of issues with the law enforcement agency's ability to secure its own IT systems.

Conroy & Intel understand each other

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Giant chipmaker Intel and Stephen Conroy's broadband department this afternoon announced a three-year memorandum of understanding which will see the pair work together to maximise future benefits stemming from the rollout of the National Broadband Network and other initiatives.

Vodafone turns on 4G in Tasmania

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Vodafone has switched on its 4G (LTE) network in Tasmania, following successful live trials in recent weeks in West Moonah, Cambridge, New Norfolk, Warrane and Hobart Airport, and has confirmed plans to expand its coverage across the state in the coming months.

Suncorp CIO resigns for Commonwealth Bank role

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Banking and insurance giant Suncorp this afternoon announced that its chief information officer Matt Pancino had resigned, with the executive to reportedly take up a senior role at the Commonwealth Bank.

White iPhone 4 hits Australia tomorrow (Thursday)

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After 10 months of delays and rumours, Apple late tonight (Wednesday) confirmed that the white version of its iPhone 4 would go on sale in Australia and a number of other countries tomorrow (Thursday 28 April).

Call me, Thodey tells Simon Hackett

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Telstra chief executive David Thodey today said he had not been contacted by Internode managing director Simon Hackett in relation to the smaller telco's ongoing complaint about Telstra's wholesale prices.

Bligh’s technology speech ‘bland and disappointing’

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One of the state's main technology industry associations has labelled a speech by Premier Anna Bligh in front of the cream of Queensland's technology sector as being "bland" and "an opportunity squandered".

Conroy bushwhacks Fifield with NBN transparency reform

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Former Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has blindsided the Government in the Senate, successfully passing an amendment to an otherwise innocuous piece of NBN legislation that will enforce a degree of radical transparency on the NBN company.

Tech.Ed 2010 kicks off in Queensland

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TechAU.tv has posted the following video of the opening keynote at Microsoft's Tech.Ed 2010 conference on the Gold Coast this week. Let the games begin!

Turnbull destabilises broadband regulatory environment

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Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made a public statement which appears to have significantly undercut the stability of Australia's telecommunications regulatory environment, winding back the potential for telcos such as TPG and Optus to invest in their own broadband infrastructure ahead of the rollout of the Coalition's Broadband Network.

Mincom picks up $7m Western Power deal

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Electricity utility Western Power has signed a $7 million agreement to continue its long-running relationship with resources software group Mincom.

Photos: Vodafone goes Android crazy

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When local mobile carrier VHA invited us last week to visit them at a special launch for the "Android man", we didn't quite know what the company was talking about. It turns out the Android man is just that -- a massive Android mascot which has been travelling around Sydney.

“Red tape”: Industry group slams Victoria’s opt-in NBN

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Australia's peak technology industry representative group has sharply criticised Victoria's new Coalition Government for its apparent decision to reject an 'opt-out' approach to rolling out the National Broadband Network in the state in favour of requiring residents and businesses to 'opt-in'.

SBS is a huge fan of BMC Footprints

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Business service management software vendor BMC has revealed that broadcaster SBS is expanding its use of the company's Footprints platform into departments beyond its IT support helpdesk, following a successful deployment of the system some three years ago.

Giddings offers NBN Co free access to power poles

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Tasmanian Labor Premier Lara Giddings has offered the National Broadband Network Company free access to the overhead power poles of state-owned energy utility Aurora to incentivise a full rollout of Fibre to the Premises broadband in the state, as part of a package of technology policy promises associated with the State Election.

Sydney iPhone 4 launch: Photos by Optus

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In these photos, Optus takes us on a tour through its iPhone 4 launch in Sydney last night — including a special performance by former Destiny's Child star Kelly Rowland.

End of an era: CIO Harte leaves CommBank

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The Commonwealth Bank's long-serving and highly decorated chief information officer Michael Harte has announced he will shortly leave the bank to take up a senior role at UK-based Barclays Bank, in a move that signals the end of an era for CommBank's IT operations.

NBN Co awash with review consultants

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The National Broadband Network Company revealed late last week that it would appoint three consulting firms to assist with its Strategic Review process, despite the fact that Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull had stipulated it was his intention that the review be conducted by NBN Co itself.

Budde says Turnbull may announce FTTdp as NBN election policy

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Veteran telco analyst Paul Budde this week said it was his view that the speed and cost advantages of the NBN's new Fibre to the Distribution Point (FTTdp) model might lead Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to announce it as the Coalition's new NBN policy ahead of this year's Federal Election.

Video: Domenic Carosa talks web startups, investment

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Domenic Carosa is currently one of the most active investors in early stage Australian technology companies — particularly web startups. His Future Capital Development Fund has invested in eight startups and is looking for more. We’ve reported on a few of those investments — CheapHotels, MyGuestList and Imorial and EventArch — and we’re sure there are more to come.

NBN’s second satellite to launch in October

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NBN Co has started the count down to the launch of its second telecoms satellite, which it has announced will take place on 5 October.

We’re giving away another Nexus 7

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Because it's still the season of giving, and also because it really helped promote our weekly newsletter last time, we've got our hands on another Google Nexus 7 tablet for another reader giveaway, as we did at the end of last year.

Tasmanian Liberal Leader demands FTTP NBN

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Tasmanian Liberal Leader Will Hodgman has reportedly spoken directly to Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull arguing "strongly" that Tasmania needs a full rollout of Fibre to the Premises broadband technology, as opposed to the partial FTTP and partial Fibre to the Node rollout outlined by NBN Co executive chairman Ziggy Switkowski this week.

Turnbull’s Department seeks replacement CIO

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The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) is looking for a new Chief Information Officer following the departure of Radi Kovacevic to the DTO.

Drastic govt measures needed: IT price hike report pulls no punches

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The Federal Parliament committee examining IT price hikes in Australia has published an extensive report recommending a raft of drastic measures to deal with current practices in the area, which, the report says, are seeing Australians unfairly slugged with price increases of up to 50 percent on key technology goods and services.

Turnbull factually inaccurate on NBN costs

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Malcolm Turnbull has over the past 24 hours appeared to make a number of misleading statements regarding the cost of and financial details involved in constructing the National Broadband Network, in what appeared to be an attempt by the Shadow Communications Minister to demonstrate the Coalition's own rival plan would save tens of billions of dollars.

Coalition attacks “discount” NBN ISPs Exetel, Dodo

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Coalition MP and former Optus executive Paul Fletcher has attacked early NBN pricing released by cut-rate ISPs Exetel and Dodo, claiming the pair's commercial plans didn't reflect the reality of what he said would be increased pricing on the NBN compared to today's existing broadband options.

Abbott confirms Coalition FTTN policy; Hints Turnbull will be Comms Minister

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Opposition Leader Tony Abbott this afternoon confirmed the Coalition would take Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull's fibre to the node-based broadband plan to the Federal Election as its broadband policy and appeared to hint that Turnbull would become Communications Minister in an Abbott administration.

Turnbull files private members’ bill for NBN transparency

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Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull today revealed he had garnered Coalition support for a private member's bill that would force Labor to disclose key financial details of its flagship National Broadband Network project and conduct a cost/benefit analysis into its construction.

Vodafone’s 4G rollout starts in 2013

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Vodafone has revealed it will start rolling out 4G speeds to its national mobile network from 2013 in a belated effort to catch up to its rivals Telstra and Optus, who will have started their own national 4G rollouts 18 months and almost a year previously at that stage.

ACCC knocks back NBN Co contract

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft decision rejecting the 'Special Access Undertaking' (SAU) which will guide NBN Co's long-term relationship with the regulator and retail ISPs, noting that the contract had a great deal of merit but still needed work.

Management the key for Victorian iPad rollout

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Analyst firm Gartner yesterday questioned whether Victoria's Labor party had properly analysed what management tools and supporting infrastructure it will need if it wins the upcoming state election and is required to deliver on its promise this week to roll out Apple iPads to every public hospital doctor state-wide.

Virgin confirms iPhone 4 launch

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A spokesperson for Virgin Mobile Australia yesterday confirmed the company would launch Apple's iPhone 4 handset in Australia -- as its parent brand Optus will.

CSC cycles out Aussie chief Wilkinson

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US IT outsourcing giant CSC has replaced incumbent Australian chief Nick Wilkinson with Gavin Larkins, a former local executive with the group who is returning from Harvard's Advanced Management Program.

Liberal MP misleads Parliament with NBN motion

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Liberal MP Ann Sudmalis has moved a motion in the House of Representatives which appears to contain demonstrably false information about Labor's National Broadband Network policy, in a controversial move which caused instant uproar on the part of Labor figures focused on the NBN policy.

“Breathtaking arrogance”: Labor slams Turnbull’s support for Ziggy breach

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The Opposition has described Malcolm Turnbull's support for the decision by NBN chair Ziggy Switkowski to ignore the Caretaker Conventions as displaying "breathtaking arrogance", and having opened the door for public officials to display politically partisan behaviour during elections in future.

Kobo announces price cuts for holiday season

Kobo, the eReading service with over 2.5 million eBooks, newspapers and magazines in one of the largest eReading catalogues globally, has dropped prices for its eReaders at top-tier Australian retail partners.

New Telstra SatCOW mobile base station

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Telstra has unveiled a new transportable mobile network base station called a Satellite Cell on Wheels (SatCOW) using satellite transmission to fuel a Next...

NBN Co delays FTTN rollout for further testing

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The National Broadband Network company has acknowledged it is significantly delaying its rollout of Fibre to the Node technology in order to better test its own systems involved in the deployment, as debate continues to swirl around the controversial broadband rollout style.

Tribunal rejects IBM move to delay union talks

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The Australian Services Union appears to have won another round in its ongoing battle with IBM, claiming today that Fair Work Australia had rejected...

Industry group lists digital policies to boost Australia’s economic prospects

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The Australian Industry (Ai) Group has released a report outlining seven priority policies that it believes are essential to strengthen pro-digital reforms and lift Australia's prospects in the digital economy.

Video: OzTV iPhone app review

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In this video, MacTalk.com.au reviews OzTV, an Australian TV guide for the iPhone, which was released recently.

114 jobs gone as Telstra closes Vic centre

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The nation's biggest telco Telstra has warned some 114 staff working at a call centre facility in the city of Moe, east of Melbourne, that they may lose their jobs as the company consolidates its numbers of call centres and takes advantage of automatic self-service technology.

Defence conducts OpenOffice.org trial

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The Department of Defence has reportedly conducted an informal trial of the open source OpenOffice.org productivity suite involving some 100 users.

Internode joins terabyte brigade

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Internode has become the latest internet service provider to launch an ADSL broadband plan featuring a terabyte of broadband quota.

NSW to outsource ServiceFirst functions

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The New South Wales State Government has followed through on its proposal to outsource key functions of state shared services agency ServiceFirst, inviting the private sector to provide options for the group's future in a move reminiscent of a similar approach taken by the Victorian Government to its IT shared services agency CenITex.

Vodafone claims fastest 4G speeds in Sydney and Melbourne

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National mobile carrier Vodafone has issued something of a public challenge to rivals Telstra and Optus, claiming that a clutch of recent speed tests had comprehensively shown its fledgling 4G network was the fastest such infrastructure in the major capital cities of Sydney and Melbourne.

Victorian school may deploy 3,500 iPads

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Independent Melbourne school Haileybury has already rolled out 1,000 iPads to staff members and students throughout its three campuses in the Victorian capital and may roll out several thousand more as it attempts to take advantage of the Apple technology in education.

ANZ Bank adds Mastercard to its Apple Pay, Android Pay options

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ANZ Bank has announced that its MasterCard customers can now use their smartphones to make payments with both Apple Pay and Android Pay.

WHAT THEY SAID: The NBN reaction

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The major players in Australia's telecommunications and IT industries were out in force yesterday to comment on the news that Labor would win Government and its flagship National Broadband Network project would go ahead. Most welcomed the news, although several had already started to look forward to the next step of the debate and rollout.

Govt funds Vodafone’s Tassie expansion again

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Vodafone has received its second round of government support in less than five years to expand its extensive call centre operations in Tasmania, with the ailing mobile telco revealing today it planned to double its workforce in the state to 1,500 and examine the case for bringing jobs back from overseas.

RailCorp still trying to replace CIO

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A year after she stepped down from the role, NSW transport agency RailCorp is still trying to replace its departed chief information officer Vicki Coleman with a permanent appointee.

Telstra: New Wi-Fi gateway is first with 4×4 Broadcom chipset

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Telstra has launched a new Wi-Fi gateway for businesses, which it claims is the world’s first using Broadcom’s 4x4 Wi-Fi AC chipset.

Turnbull appointee Adcock to leave NBN in search of greater challenge

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One of the most high-profile executives appointed shortly after Malcolm Turnbull became Communications Minister has signalled he plans to depart the NBN company in search of greater challenges.

Optus’ filter can be defeated by ‘trivial’ DNS change

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The nation's second-largest telco Optus this afternoon confirmed users would be able to defeat its implementation of a blacklist filter of sites containing child pornography merely by changing the DNS settings on their PC.

HP takes cloud step with MMG win

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Technology giant HP this week took one of its first major steps into Australia's emerging cloud computing market, picking up a four-year IT transformation project with local miner Minerals and Metals Group which will see the company implement a hybrid cloud environment.

Tasmania mandates opt-out NBN model

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The Tasmanian Government this afternoon revealed it would prepare legislation to mandate an "opt-out" model for the National Broadband Network rollout in the state -- essentially meaning all premises will receive the infrastructure unless they explicitly choose not to.

Yes, Labor still wants to upgrade HFC to FTTP

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Labor still has an interest in upgrading the NBN company's HFC cable networks to full Fibre to the Premises technology, Delimiter can confirm, with this issue to be considered as part of the Infrastructure Review outlined as part of Labor's new NBN policy today.

Optus launches unlimited data broadband bundles

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Australia's second-largest telco Optus this morning announced it would bring unlimited downloads to all of its broadband bundle packages, in a move which further ramps up the telco's challenge against cut-price unlimited data challenger TPG.

HP cuts Aussie TouchPad pricing pre-launch

In a statement this afternoon, HP has announced the Australian TouchPad will receive a big price drop before it goes on sale locally next Monday.

Qld inks whole-of-govt Microsoft deal

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The Queensland Government has inked a comprehensive whole-of-govt software licensing deal with Microsoft that will reportedly see all of its agencies migrate to Windows 7.

Police to investigate CenITex contract

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Melbourne-based newspaper The Age reported this morning that police had been called in to investigate Victorian Government IT shared services agency CenITex, following an audit that had revealed public servants awarded themselves a contract eventually worth some $1.5 million.

$408 outright: Telcos discount Galaxy Tab

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Telstra and Vodafone have dramatically chopped their list price for the 7" version of Samsung's Galaxy Tab tablet by more than half in some cases, with the device now costing as little as $408 outright -- compared to $999 when the tablet first launched in the closing months of 2010.

Microsoft deletes Aussie evangelists’ blog

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Microsoft appears to have accidentally deleted six years of blog archives belonging to Australian mobile technology evangelist Shane Williamson and hosted on its free Windows Live Spaces platform.

CommBank talks cloud computing: Video

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In this interview with iTnews, Commonwealth Bank of Australia executive general manager of service support Nick Holdsworth talks about the company's cloud computing infrastructure and what it means for the bank.

BlackBerry PlayBook due 20 June, from $579

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Research in Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will launch through all of Australia's major mobile carriers as well as retailer Harvey Norman in three different models from 20 June, the Canadian company said today, with recommended retail prices starting at $579.

Gillard launches Townsville as NBN debate intensifies

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Prime Minister Julia Gillard today intensified Labor's election focus on the National Broadband Network through a trip to examine the start of construction of the network in Townsville, as the Coalition continues to face questions from the community about its own broadband vision.

Whole of Govt CIO Steward retires

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Australia’s Whole of Government chief information officer Ann Steward this week announced her intention to retire from the public service after seven years leading peak IT strategy agency the Australian Government Information Management Office and long years more in the global public sector generally.

“IT needs a voice,” Wadeson tells successor (video)

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Check out the video above filmed by ZDNet.com.au, in which retiring Department of Human Services deputy secretary of ICT Infrastructure and long-time Centrelink CIO John Wadeson advises his successor — whoever that winds up being — that IT needs a voice in the department, and it’s not just “a tool, as some people like to call it”.

NSA spy scandal: Turnbull, Ludlam demand answers

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Several of Australia's most high-profile politicians in the telecommunications portfolio have publicly demanded answers from the governments of the United States and Australia in the wake of news that the US National Security Agency had obtained open access to private data held by US technology giants such as Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft.

Coalition failed to resource NDIA properly, PwC report finds

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A new report by 'Big Four' auditor PwC has levelled criticism at the Coalition Government over failures in the way it resourced the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and cast doubt on its ability to transition to full service.

Netflix’s House of Cards hits Foxtel; and Foxtel only

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Netflix's remake of the popular British TV series House of Cards is set to debut in Australia on the on-demand platforms of local pay TV giant Foxtel, the company revealed this morning, as debate continues to swirl about the timeliness of US content releases in Australia.

Now Tanner announces retirement

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Finance and Deregulation Minister Lindsay Tanner has announced he will not re-contest his parliamentary seat at the next election, although he is willing to serve in his current capacity until that point.

Details unclear in CSC’s iSOFT buy

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US-headquartered IT services giant CSC was today unable to provide any substantive detail about how its planned acquisition of listed Australian e-health player iSOFT would affect customers or staff, noting the buyout process had only just begun.

CSC offers “on-premise private cloud”

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Multinational IT services giant CSC this week launched in Australia a service which it described as private cloud computing infrastructure which could be hosted in customers' own datacentres, giving them an additional option for migrating to the burgeoning range of infrastructure as a service platforms.

I’m not the IT minister, says Conroy

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Communications Minister Stephen Conroy today told press at the launch of a new Macquarie Telecom call centre that he didn't consider information technology to be part of his portfolio -- claiming that role belonged to Industry Minister Kim Carr.

Conroy slams Turnbull’s NBN policy “pretence”

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Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has rejected comments by his opposition shadow Malcolm Turnbull that a Coalition Government would proceed with Labor's National Broadband Network project, describing them as a con, as misleading and "merely pretence" that didn't reflect the reality of the Coalition's actual NBN policy.

Geo-IP removal skips Aussie game censorship

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A noted online distributor of popular video games such as The Witcher series has removed functionality from its platform which limits some features to customers based on what country their internet address is from, potentially allowing Australians to clandestinely escape local video game censorship rules.

Crackdown: ATO targets eight major tech giants paying little tax

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The Australian Taxation Office has revealed plans to investigate eight major multinational technology companies, some of which which are paying "very low or no" tax in Australia, as scrutiny on so-called 'profit-shifting' activities by the local operations of technology giants such as Apple and Google continues to ramp up.

Coalition MTM model a ‘$40bn fraud’, says Conroy in epic Senate rant

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Stephen Conroy has accused the Coalition of perpetuating an "absolute fraud" on the Australian public through its drastic reworking of Labor's NBN project, with the former Communications Minister pointing out that the Coalition could not guarantee speeds on its planned infrastructure, and that no other country globally was buying back its incumbent telco's copper network.

New Mortal Kombat banned in Australia

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Australia's content classification regulator has banned the highly anticipate remake of the classic Mortal Kombat video game series from being sold in Australia, deeming the game's violence outside the boundaries of the highest MA15+ rating which video games can fall under.

High Court doesn’t feel the Optus vibe

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The High Court has knocked back Optus' request to appeal its lost case against sporting groups the NRL, AFL and rival telco Telstra over Optus' TV Now cloud TV recording service, spelling the end of the ongoing legal action on the issue.

We’re open: AGIMO denies Microsoft bias

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The Federal Government's peak technology strategy group has denied a significant new policy guiding desktop software use would hamper employee productivity through locking down desktops and restrict public sector use of alternative desktop software such as Firefox or Open Office.

Greens strike deal to prevent NBN Co privatisation

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The Greens have struck a deal with Labor to support Labor's contentious legislation to restructure the telecommunications industry, on the basis that provisions be included to make it difficult to privatise NBN Co.

Turnbull’s Blue Book FoI funded: Thank you and next steps

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The attempt to crowdfund a Freedom of Information campaign for the massive, 545 page 'Blue Book' departmental briefing received by new Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull last month is now fully funded and going ahead. This article is to thank readers for their support and to outline the next steps for the project.

Turnbull ‘has no clue what he is doing’, says Paul Budde

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Veteran telecommunications analyst Paul Budde has accused Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull of having “no clue what he was doing” with the National Broadband Network project, in the wake of news that the Coalition’s Multi-Technology Mix approach to the NBN has blown out in cost by up to $15 billion.

Pullman Sydney Airport hotel deploys cloud-based communications

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The newly opened Pullman Sydney Airport hotel, part of the AccorHotel Group, has deployed a cloud-based communications solution using technology by Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE) and McLaren Technologies.

ANZ continues super-regional IT strategy

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Australia and New Zealand Banking Group has given a series of tantalising hints about what technology projects have taken up its time over the past six months, in a half-yearly financial results session today which emphasised the bank’s strategy of focusing on investing on growth in markets in the Asia-Pacific region rather than Australia.

Pricing stoush: NBN Co Whirlpools its rationale

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The National Broadband Network Company has published an extensive statement explaining its pricing rationale on broadband forum Whirlpool in an apparent attempt to comprehensively respond to continued strident criticism from industry luminaries Simon Hackett and Bevan Slattery about its model.

Executives carry more tech devices than ever

Corporate executives are increasingly carrying around multiple devices at work, new research from the University of Sydney has revealed.

Payroll problems overshadow Queensland budget

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The Queensland Government has unveiled a raft of moderate-sized technology projects in its state budget handed down this week. However, all are dwarfed by a substantial tranche of funding allocated towards the highly public problems suffered by its disastrous payroll systems implementation at Queensland Health.

SA Police invests in facial recognition technology

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South Australia Police (SAPOL) has invested $780,000 in facial recognition software to be provided by NEC Australia.

Banks team up to deal with Apple Pay

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In a move that looks likely aimed at countering the threat from mobile payments apps like Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, a group of Australian banks has applied to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for authorisation to enter joint negotiations with providers of third-party mobile wallets.

Android tablet growth slows in Australia

The Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) media tablet market experienced a visibly dampened growth in the third quarter of this year, with a rise of only 3.1 percent quarter on quarter (QoQ) with 434,000 units shipped, and much of the slowdown relating to the Android side of the sector.

Law firm deploys desktop virtualisation

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Virtualisation and remote access vendor Citrix has revealed that a sizable deployment of its desktop and application virtualisation solutions has aided local law firm Duncan Cotterill in setting up a completely mobile working environment for its staff that will assist it with productivity as well as with dealing with natural disasters affecting its operations, such as the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

Govt invests in big data, surveillance systems for AFP, ACC

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The Coalition Government has announced it is to invest $2.6 million in a big data and surveillance projects for the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Crime Commission.

1,000 iPhones: Alleged heist attempt at VHA

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An employee of mobile telco Vodafone Hutchison Australia has been charged with fraudulently obtaining, among other mobile phones, 131 Apple iPhones, and attempting to...

NBN switched on in Kiama, Minnamurra

Australia’s second mainland National Broadband Network (NBN) site has been turned on this morning, with residents in the Kiama Downs and Minnamurra area set to gain access to the high-speed network.

ACCC mulls regulating Telstra’s DSL

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The National Broadband Network is on its way and legislation supporting the separation of Telstra's retail arm from its other assets has been tabled. But don't think the Australian Competition and Consumer Commisison has finished with the Big T just yet.

Shorten confirms Labor will shift to a “hybrid” NBN policy

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news Bill Shorten appears to have confirmed Labor will retain elements of the Coalition's controversial Multi-Technology Mix policy if it won power in the...

EU rules that Apple must pay €13 billion in back taxes

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Following a lengthy investigation, the European Commission (EC) has ruled that Apple must pay back up to €13 billion plus interest after Ireland gave the tech firm "illegal tax benefits".

Dumped Qantas CIO finds Leighton home

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High-profile technology executive Jamila Gordon has landed on her feet after losing her position as Qantas chief information officer earlier this year, picking up the equivalent role at project management and contracting giant Leighton Holdings.

Hackett hammers iiNode critics

Internode managing director Simon Hackett has strongly defended the pre-Christmas deal in which rival iiNet bought out his company Internode, stressing the strength and duration of his long-term relationship with iiNet's management team in two outspoken forum posts published last week.

Optus offers “Unlimited” broadband plans

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The nation's second-largest telco Optus has revamped its broadband plans, including new "Unlimited" download quotes and sizable allowances even on lower-end plans -- for...

Legal basis shaky for Interpol filter, says IPA

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Australian free market thinktank the Institute of Public Affairs has accused the Federal Government of relying on an “obscure” section of telecommunications law in a way that was never intended to implement its new limited Internet filtering scheme, and warned of the potential for scope creep under the scheme.

Finally, Foxtel launches full IPTV service

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Pay TV giant Foxtel has launched an Internet streaming version of its service that will allow those with certain smart TVs, gaming consoles or generic personal computers connected to their TVs to access a large chunk of the company's content through the public Internet, without the normal requirement to have a Foxtel cable or satellite connection.

NBN raises possibility of multi-gigabit symmetric HFC speeds

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NBN could soon roll out symmetric multi-gigabit broadband via the HFC network following developments announced by CableLabs, the US consortium that sets standards for cable technology.

VHA examines cloud computing options

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Mobile telco Vodafone Hutchison Australia has started considering to what extent cloud computing services could help serve its technology infrastructure needs, as part of a planned wider consolidation of its datacentre environment.

Budget 2010: E-Health gets $466.7 million

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The Federal Government has allocated a huge chunk of change in this year's Budget towards the creation of long-awaited electronic health records for Australians -- $466.7 million over two years to support the initiative.