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 Tuesday, 31-July-2012  20:12:49 (GMT +10) - by booj

Anonymous has begun dumping details from its 40GB cache of what it is claiming to be AAPT's customer data. The data appears to contain information about AAPT business customers and staff, including the names, numbers, titles and email addresses of a contact for each business agreement and how much the company spends (presumably with AAPT) each month. Thanks Gunna.

Western Digital have revealed that they will not restore all of the manufacturing capacity that they lost in the Thailand flooding. "We expect that we will not spend the full recovery capital that we indicated of $650 million now, because, obviously, we are not bringing the capacity back to the same level. We earmarked that number at about $400 million as oppose to the $650 million," said Wolfgang Nickl, chief financial officer of Western Digital, during a conference call with financial community. Is this a ploy to keep average selling prices high?

Extremetech take a look at the Intel Xeon Phi, a 50 core processor that some of you may originally remember as Intel's aborted 'Larrabee' performance GPU attempt.

Following on from Valve CEO Gabe Newell's Windows 8 "catastrophe" comment, Blizzard Vice President Rob Pardo has tweeted "not awesome for Blizzard either." Chiming in with Gabe's little chorus was Blizzard executive vice president, Rob Pardo, who took the opportunity to state in a tweet that Windows 8 is "not awesome for Blizzard either." This has us wondering if Microsoft's store fees extend to subscription-based services and is treading on the firm's toes a little, or if there's something in general about the platform from a development point-of-view that the firm isn't too happy with.

According to a leaked RIAA report, the defunct SOPA and PIPA legislation would not likely have been an effective tool for preventing music piracy. Contrary to the endless lobbying and subsequent defending of the now-dead SOPA and PIPA frameworks, a leaked report shows that earlier this year the RIAA’s Deputy General Counsel admitted that the legislation was “not likely to have been effective tool” for dealing with music piracy. All efforts are now being put behind the “six strikes” plan.

Ubisofts Uplay DRM was found to include a rootkit. The discovery was made by Tavis Ormandy, and information security engineer at Google, when he installed Assassin’s Creed: Revelations on his laptop. He noticed that during the installation Uplay installed a browser plug-in that allows any website to gain access to your machine through a backdoor and take control of it. To their credit, Ubisoft quickly responded to the issue by updating Uplay. Still, the rootkit should not have been there in the first place.

Foreign price comparisons on IT goods and software often come up in the forums, particularly given the strength of the Aussie Dollar. Trevor let us know that the Australian Information Industry Association, an industry lobby group, recently dismissed such concerns as "not useful". Yeah.. Righto..

Apple has announced that its latest Mac OS X version, Mountain Lion, was downloaded three million times in four days, thereby making it the most successful OS in the company's history. Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said, “Just a year after the incredibly successful introduction of Lion, customers have downloaded Mountain Lion over three million times in just four days, making it our most successful release ever.”

How much would it cost to be Batman in real life? Apparently it would cost at least $682 million. Thanks Adam.

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