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 Thursday, 27-November-2008  00:18:49 (GMT +10) - by BlaYde

A Canadian citizen was hit with an $873m dollar fine for sending approximately 4 million spam e-mail messages to Facebook users the largest judgment ever handed down for a violation of the federal CAN-SPAM Act. Judge Jeremy Fogel did not elaborate on how he reached the $873 million total, which includes about $437 million for statutory damages and $437 million for aggravated statutory damages, but the CAN-SPAM Act allows for damages of up to $11,000 per violation.

According to Terria chairman Michael Egan, Telstra is out of the running for the $4.7 billion National Broadband Network. Telstra's apparent non-compliant bid has ruled the telco out of the running for the $4.7 billion National Broadband Network, Terria chairman Michael Egan claimed this afternoon.

Meanwhile the federal government could land itself in "legal hot water" should it decided to negotiate with Telstra after the telco allegedly put in a non-compliant bid for the National Broadband Network project, says Shadow Communications Minister Nick Minchin. "I think there's a very significant legal issue here," Minchin told ZDNet.com.au this afternoon, following the expiring of the deadline for NBN bids at 12 midday. "The government needs to seek its own legal advice whether or not the request for proposals document does or does not allow the government to negotiate."

World economic and financial crisis have affected many, from individuals to corporate sector and entire nations, however, according to Symantec underground cybercrime economy is booming. The underground cybercrime economy is a self-sustaining market that is thriving despite the current economic downturn, according to security company Symantec. The company published an extensive 99-page whitepaper on its findings yesterday; it discusses activity on underground economy servers between July of 2007 and the end of June 2008. Symantec estimates that the total value of advertised goods in this economy added up to $276 million over the 12-month period.

Sony has again come out and hosed down speculations about a price cut on the Playstation 3 before Christmas and next march. Surprise, surprise; another day and another release from Sony dismissing rumours of PlayStation 3 price cuts. Sony has once more trashed rumours of a price cut before Christmas, this time saying that it will not be lowering prices in March 2009 either, as had previously been rumoured.

Panasonic has put forth a proposal to the Blu-ray Disc Association for a Blu-ray standard for 3D imagery and for an HDMI standard for carrying 3D signals. Panasonic is trying to get in early with this proposal because, according to Panasonic's Masayuki Kozuka, "Standards wars, patent monopolies and the like would seriously interfere with the widespread adoption of any 3D image standard." Certainly no-one wants a repeat of the HD format war.

According to Microsoft, the Xbox 360 is dominating the Sony PlayStation 3 in sales in Europe and the US. "We are winning in Europe, outselling PS3 in the region and currently experiencing the strongest sales we have ever seen in Europe, and since our price drop... Xbox 360 sales have increased by five times, showing that European consumers are flocking to Xbox 360.

And speaking of gaming consoles, have a look at these whacky PlayStation 3 concepts that never made it.



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