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 Friday, 20-July-2012  13:13:10 (GMT +10) - by booj

Microsoft have announced October 26 as launch date for Windows 8. Over the past few weeks, we've seen Microsoft progressively narrow its release time frame for Windows 8. First it was this fall, and then it became late October. Now, we finally have a final release date set in stone: October 26, 2012.

Microsoft also released their latest financial results. The company reported a record fourth quarter revenue of $18.06 billion, but did suffer a net loss over the last three months of $492 million. While the net loss was in stark contrast the net profit of $5.87 billion from the same time last year, Microsoft is still optimistic heading towards the launch of Windows 8 and its sibling mobile platform.

Apple has been ordered by a judge to publish a notice on its U.K. website and in British newspapers alerting people to a ruling that Samsung didn’t copy designs for the iPad. The notice should outline the July 9 London court decision that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets don’t infringe Apple’s registered designs, Judge Colin Birss said yesterday. It should be posted on Apple’s U.K. home page for six months and published in newspapers and magazines to correct any impression the South Korea-based company was copying Apple’s product, Birss said.

What may be the world's first cybernetic hate crime has taken place in a French McDonalds. Steve Mann, the "father of wearable computing," has been physically assaulted while visiting a McDonalds in Paris, France. The Canadian university professor was at the restaurant with his family when three different McDonalds employees took exception to his "Digital Eye Glass" device and attempted to forcibly remove it from his head. Mann was then physically removed from the store by the employees, along with having his support documentation destroyed.

Dropbox, the popular cloud-storage service, is investigating whether a security breach is to blame for a recent wave of spam e-mail sent to users. The company is investigating internally and has brought in an outside team of experts "to make sure we leave no stone unturned," according to a post from an employee on the Dropbox forums. "While we haven't had any reports of unauthorized activity on Dropbox accounts, we've taken a number of precautionary steps and continue to work around the clock to make sure your information is safe," the post says.

An $800 million deal between NBN Co and Optus has been approved by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The agreement involves steady payments to Optus for migrating its customers to the National Broadband Network (NBN) as and when the service becomes available in areas currently serviced by Optus’ HFC service. The initial migration is expected to commence in 2014 and will take up to four years to complete.

A Taiwanese teen collapsed and died after playing Diablo III for 40 hours. The 18-year-old identified by only his surname, Chuang, booked a private room at the cafe in Tainan, southern Taiwan, around noon on July 13 and played for nearly two days without eating, the United Daily News broadsheet reported on Tuesday. On the morning of July 15, an attendant entered the room and found Chuang resting on a table. After the attendant woke him, he stood, took a few steps and then collapsed, the report said.

A major spam botnet, supposedly responsible for 20% of the world's spam has been taken down. The servers that operated the botnet were based in Russia, Panama, and the Netherlands and were estimated to be in control of 100,000 infected "zombie" PCs or bots. According to researchers, Grum was ranked as the third largest network behind the Cutwail and Lethic spam botnets.

Speaking of spam.. Email spam can now be reported to the ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority) by forwarding the message to the Spam Intelligence Database on report@submit.spam.acma.gov.au. Previously you had to fill out a form, but now it's easier.

Gigabyte are running a SuperPi competition at HWBot. You must use the Ivy Bridge platform, a Gigabyte motherboard and run the processor no higher than 4500Mhz. Have fun!!

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