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 Wednesday, 18-July-2012  16:41:25 (GMT +10) - by booj

Former Google executive Marissa Mayer has been appointed as the new CEO of Yahoo. Yahoo Inc. reached inside the ranks of rival Google Inc. in its latest changing of the guard, appointing longtime Web-search executive Marissa Mayer as its new chief and returning the struggling Internet company to a leader with deep technology experience. The appointment showed how Yahoo, a onetime pioneer of Web search and online advertising, is going back to its Silicon Valley Internet roots.

Microsoft have released a preview version of its upcoming Office 2013 software. It's been about three years since Microsoft unveiled a new version of Office, and particularly with Windows 8 just months away from dropping, the software has been well overdue for an upgrade. Today, Redmond unveiled the latest edition -- Office 2013.

Valve have officially announced that Steam and a port of Left 4 Dead 2 are coming to Linux, beginning with Ubuntu. The goal of the Steam client project is a fully-featured Steam client running on Ubuntu 12.04. We’ve made good progress this year and now have the Steam client running on Ubuntu with all major features available. We’re still giving attention and effort to minor features but it’s a good experience at the moment. In the near future, we will be setting up an internal beta focusing on the auto-update experience and compatibility testing.

AMD have announced price cuts for several models in their 7xxx range of GPU's. The Radeon HD 7970, Radeon HD 7950, and Radeon HD 7870 are all getting official price cuts. The 7970 will be dropping from $479 to $429, the 7950 from $399 to $349, and the 7870 from $349 to $299. (Prices shown in USD)

This one is kind of obvious isn't it? One Secret That Stops Hackers: Girlfriends. While conducting research for her criminology Ph.D., Kirwan interviewed about 20 hackers and found that the majority stopped hacking due to their changing life circumstances. "The chances are by the time they turn 18 or 19 they'll age out, and if they haven't stopped then, by the time they get married, settle down, and have kids, they won't have time to do this type of behavior anyway."

The Pirate Party of Australia has failed in its bid to gain electoral registration..Again. For the second time in two years, Australia’s division of the Pirate Party has failed key registration requirements determining its elegibility to contest major elections, with the group noting this week that it had fallen short of required numbers for the Australian Capital Territory’s upcoming poll.

Vodafone are taking steps to increase coverage for Sydney train commuters. Vodafone customers travelling in the Wynyard North Tunnel, the Central to Town Hall tunnels and Town Hall to Wynyard tunnels will get extra coverage starting from today. North Sydney and Chatswood tunnels to and from Central are also set to receive a boost.

Games.on.net has been relaunched after merging with iiNet's 3FL games network. The single games portal offers unmetered downloads, gaming and viewing for Internode, iiNet, Westnet, and Netspace customers. Gamers now have access to more than eight terabytes of files, patches, demos and content on 600 servers to power favourites including Battlefield 3, Team Fortress 2 and Modern Warfare 3.

Google is holding a summit in Los Angeles aimed at finding ways to combat illicit networks that are used for illegal activity. This summit aims to break down those silos by bringing together a full-range of stakeholders, from survivors of organ trafficking, sex trafficking and forced labor to government officials, dozens of engineers, tech leaders and product managers from Google and beyond. Through the summit, which lasts until Wednesday, we hope to discover ways that technology can be used to expose and disrupt these networks as a whole—and to put some of these ideas into practice.

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