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Thursday Night (4 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 24-May-2012  21:20:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Telstra have suffered a hacking attack. It said information that may have been obtained "was limited to BigPond Games user names, the email address used to join the site and the encrypted GameArena and Games Shop passwords of up to 35,000 customers". Original statement here.

TheWedgie spotted that Mini Motor Racing, a popular mobile game by OCAU member professo, is free on iOS today. Looks like it's still $1.99 on Android.

SpaceX successfully launched their Falcon 9 Dragon system on Tuesday. This is the successful launch attempt of the Falcon 9 Dragon system by SpaceX on May 22nd, 2012 (5/22/2012). The Falcon 9 successfully lifted off at 3:44am EST, and 11 minutes 38 seconds into the flight, successfully deployed both solar power arrays. This video begins at T-1:15 and continues on through the successful deployment of the solar power arrays, in high definition (HD) quality.

If that's just not spacey enough for you, how about a plan to build the USS Enterprise? The Gen1 Enterprise can arrive at Mars within 90 days of leaving earth's orbit. This is derived from various analyses sponsored by NASA that show that with mass to engine power ratios within our reach, a 90 day travel time is possible.

Yahoo have a new search-oriented browser, called Yahoo Axis. Yahoo! Axis offers a faster, smarter search with instant answers and visual search previews. More info here.

If you have the DNSChanger Trojan, Google will be warning you soon. The company estimates that more than 500,000 systems remain infected with the malware, despite a looming deadline that threatens to quarantine the sick computers from the rest of the Internet.

The Federal Government is investigating technology pricing discrepancies, thanks Rezin. The Federal Government has officially begun a parliamentary inquiry into alleged price discrepancies between Australia and overseas for technology products. The inquiry, first announced last month, will investigate whether price differences exist with hardware and software sold locally compared to the US, UK and Asia Pacific.

Lots of people are upset about various aspects of the recent Facebook IPO, with claims the major investors made huge profits at the expense of smaller investors. The IPO mishaps have sparked numerous lawsuits against Morgan Stanley, the Nasdaq stock exchange and Facebook itself by shareholders who claimed they hid the social networking company's weakened growth forecasts just before it went public.

Sabz spotted this Minority Report-like gadget called the Leap. “It’s more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen. For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements.” says Leap Motion’s CEO Michael Buckwald. Should The Leap prove to be every bit as responsive in ‘the wild’ as it is in the video demo then, hyperbole or not, the device could find itself used as the dictionary definition of ‘game changer’.

Microsoft have opened an Innovation Centre in Brisbane. The software giant will invest $3 million over the next three years in the centre, and team up with local incubators and universities to accelerate the growth of software start-ups and small businesses in the state. Microsoft state director for Queensland and NT Sharon Schoenborn said the project, headed by program manager Emily Easterby, hoped to help up to 100 new ventures get off the ground by 2015.

Over on the iiNet/Internode free zone, I notice today they have a WOZ Live presentation, which is a question and answer session with Steve Wozniak.

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