Microsoft are raising prices, or more accurately ending discounts, in Australia. The software giant will put up its prices despite weaker than expected software and PC sales, and disgruntled computer makers who have dubbed the software unsuccessful and slow to take-off. A Microsoft spokeswoman said the current Windows 8 Pro upgrade price of $39.95 would cease on Thursday, ending "a discount of up to 90 per cent off the recommend retail price that commences on February 1".
The CSIRO have launched a new digital economy program. Federal research organisation CSIRO has pulled together a range of projects into a concerted, $40 million initiative aimed at boosting Australia’s services sector. The so-called Digital Productivity and Services Flagship was launched today by Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and W3C director Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
Google have paid for 15,000 Raspberry Pi's for students in the UK. Commenting on the grant in a statement, Google’s Schmidt said: “Britain’s innovators and entrepreneurs have changed the world — the telephone, television and computers were all invented here. We’ve been working to encourage the next generation of computer scientists and we hope this donation of Raspberry Pi’s to British school pupils will help drive a new wave of innovation.”
ArsTechnica report on how Newegg beat a shopping cart patent. Soverain will lose the $2.5 million it stood to gain from Newegg, as well as two much bigger verdicts it won against Victoria's Secret and Avon. Those two companies were ordered to pay a total of almost $18 million, plus a "running royalty" of about one percent, after a 2011 trial. The ruling in the Newegg case is a total wipeout for a patent troll that had squeezed many millions from online retailers, was backed by big-firm lawyers, and was determined to collect hundreds of millions more.
Today's timewaster is Qoosh, a platform game with a teleporting twist, from Supplanter.