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Sunday Afternoon (9 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 11-December-2011  14:07:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Telstra seem to have exposed customer data by opening an internal website to the internet. Detailed information about Telstra's customer accounts - including usernames and passwords - has been found to be sitting on the open web for anyone to access via a Google search. Discussion here.

Apple's appeal in the Australian High Court to have Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 blocked in Australia has been rejected, clearing the way for sales by Xmas. Samsung Electronics Australia is pleased with today’s judgment by the High Court of Australia to deny Apple’s request to appeal the decision of the Full Court. The Full Court of Australia decision on November 30 clearly affirmed our view that Apple’s claims lack merit and that an injunction should not have been imposed on the GALAXY Tab 10.1.

In fact, Apple are not doing well at all on the legal front, with Motorola seemingly scoring a Europe-wide sales ban on iOS devices. Motorola Mobility has won its first of two patent-infringement cases against Apple, both of which were filed back in April. This grants them an injunction against all of the products which infringe. No big deal, that only includes the iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, the original iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G. Oh damn. More here, thanks NPSF3000.

That kinda stuff makes me wish gadget makers could just play nice and let us get on with our geekery, but here's a more positive story: HP are making webOS open source. HP plans to continue to be active in the development and support of webOS. By combining the innovative webOS platform with the development power of the open source community, there is the opportunity to significantly improve applications and web services for the next generation of devices.

CN sends word that NASA is missing space samples - hundreds of them. In a report issued by the agency's inspector general on Thursday, NASA concedes that more than 500 pieces of moon rocks, meteorites, comet chunks and other space material were stolen or have been missing since 1970. That includes 218 moon samples that were stolen and later returned and about two dozen moon rocks and chunks of lunar soil that were reported lost last year.

Google have a new Google Currents service, which seems to be USA only at the moment. We’ve worked with more than 150 publishing partners to offer full-length articles from more than 180 editions including CNET, AllThingsD, Forbes, Saveur, PBS, Huffington Post, Fast Company and more. Content is optimized for smartphones and tablets, allowing you to intuitively navigate between words, pictures and video on large and small screens alike, even if you’re offline.

Tech Report lament the current state of TV. Or... you can hop on your favorite BiTorrent tracker and download high-definition, commercial-free rips of any TV show on the planet at most an hour after it airs. Many of the legit offerings are doing things almost right, but the pirates still provide a better service, hands down. It's not even funny. We all know what the problem is and what needs to be done, so why haven't the big networks gotten the message yet?

Tabris spotted this diagram showing the recent Mythbusters cannonball mishap and how far it went.



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