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 Tuesday, 22-May-2012  13:10:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Spotify, apparently the largest streaming music service in the world, has launched in Australia. The basic ad-supported service is free, dropping ads will cost you $6.99 a month, and the full premium version is $11.99 a month. Unlike its launch in other markets, Spotify isn’t relying on an invitations system, so you can sign up straight away. There are Windows and Mac clients, as well as mobile apps for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Symbian. Check it out here, discussion here.

Facebook's IPO hasn't gone entirely to plan, with trading glitches and a sharp decline from the opening value. Facebook shares ended down $US4.20, at $US34.03, on the Nasdaq. That was a decline of almost 25 per cent from Friday's intra-day high of $US45 a share. "At the moment it's not living up to the hype," said Frank Lesh, a futures analyst and broker at FuturePath Trading, adding that some people may have decided to hang back and buy the stock on the decline.

Sydney now boasts the world's largest permanent interactive display. The windows of new Commonwealth Bank building in Darling Quarter have been wired with a total of 557 LED lights to create what’s effectively a 207×4 resolution display.

Google's Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, according to StatCounter. It turns out that the worldwide numbers are skewed by two regions: Asia and South America, and even still the numbers aren’t necessarily what you’d expect. IE is in the lead in Japan with a more than 50 percent share, and things are even more skewed in China and South Korea, where roughly three quarters of traffic comes through Microsoft’s browser. Chrome is in the lead in India, but it’s only by 8 percent. The real difference is in South America, where Chrome has a nearly 50 percent share overall.

Apparently an ABC employee tried to set up bitcoin on their systems, without much success. The result of the investigation, the ABC told Abetz, was that the employee was disciplined. “Their access to all production systems has been restricted,” the broadcaster added, and “the employee is being closely supervised by their manager”. The placement of the Bitcoin mining code onto the ABC’s servers had been detected by internal ABC checks “within 30 minutes”, the ABC said, and was removed immediately.

Futurelooks have a Z77 motherboard roundup. We’ve assembled a wide range of boards for price conscious users, gamers and professionals and will take a detailed look at the ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional, ASUS Sabertooth Z77, ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe, ECS Z77H2-A2 Gold Edition Extreme, GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H, Intel DZ77GA-70K Extreme and MSI Z77A-GD65 Military Class III motherboards.

Here's a cool retro gaming room from shOOter---. Some modern households are blessed with the addition of a game room. Call them what you will – man caves, bro dens, jock retreats. Most of them are organised in a way that emphasises utility – a place for drinks, a place for gaming, a place to chill. However, some game rooms are made to be showcases.

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