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 Tuesday, 24-July-2012  16:47:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Anonymous, or people acting using that name, have apparently attacked some QLD government websites in protest of the data retention proposals. Those policies would see the government able to store and access up to two years worth of data about individuals and businesses, and enjoy easier access to social networks without user consent, in the name of national security. Anonymous has claimed responsibility for the defacements in an email sent to News.com.au, which reports the attack was timed to coincide with the appearance of Prime Minister Julia Gillard in a Google+ Hangout.

The Google Nexus 7 has attracted a lot of attention lately, and reax spotted this amusing video montage of the unboxing process, which seems to not be as simple as you might expect. For many, the most satisfying part of trying a brand new gadget is unboxing it. The Nexus 7 is no exception: the sturdy box and high-grade tape definitely make it playful - perhaps too challenging!

We reported on Vodafone earlier, but Telstra have enabled Sydney rail tunnel coverage recently too. The first stage of the project covers the North Shore line from Central to the Harbour Bridge, including the busier stations Town Hall and Wynard. For Sydney commuters on the North Shore line that means up to an extra 20 minutes a day in which they can do email, they can text, they can tweet, hey, maybe even make a phone call.

Choice Magazine have submitted info to a parliamentary enquiry, stating Australians pay 50% more than American shoppers for many IT goods. New research carried out by the group found price differences across a range of IT products including iTunes downloads, PC games, personal and business software, Wii console games and computer hardware. "In Australia you pay, on average, 52 per cent more than an American consumer will for the same 50 top iTunes songs," says Choice head of campaigns, Matt Levey.

This next video is a couple of months old, but it shows how modern CPUs are made by GlobalFoundries.

Google have enabled street view of Antarctica, thanks mpot. With the help of the Australian Antarctic Division, Google managed to capture 360-degree images of some of Antarctica’s most significant landmarks as part of the World Wonders Project. Landmarks captured by the web giant for your pleasure include Scott’s Hut from the early Antarctic expeditions, the South Pole Telescope and the Ceremonial South Pole.

A Dutch user of Microsoft's SkyDrive has had his account yanked, demonstrating some of the risks of integrated cloud services. Dutch user ‘WingsOfFury’ had uploaded 9 GB of content, and suddenly found his Windows Live account suspended, meaning he lost access to his Hotmail, Xbox Live, could not purchase apps and could of course not upload anything to SkyDrive.

If you see one of these power boards suddenly appear in your office, be concerned. To summarize that for you, the Power Pwn can launch remotely-activated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Ethernet attacks to identify network weaknesses. You can send commands via a convenient Web interface, accessible through the unit's built-in 3G radio, or directly to the device via text message. In fact, if you're feeling really lazy, you can use Apple's Siri voice-recognition software to send it instructions.

Lenovo's CEO has given away his $3M USD bonus to his employees. The CEO took the $3 million bonus and distributed it among 10,000 junior level employees. Among the employees to receive a piece of the pie were receptionists, production line workers, and assistants.

Two more videos, with a spacey theme. Firstly this stunning night views from the ISS, and also, a trailer for the upcoming new Red Dwarf series!

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