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 Thursday, 12-February-2009  00:02:45 (GMT +10) - by BlaYde

Yesterday, communications Minister Stephen Conroy has announced the names of six ISPs which will take part in the Federal Government's internet filtering trial. The tests with the six ISPs announced today will look at the "efficiency and effectiveness" of a range of filtering products that were tested in closed trials at Telstra last year. The tests will also assess how easily the filters are circumvented as well as the impact on internet speeds.

Telstra is expanding their business interests in China, with the news that they had acquired shares in China M and Sharp Point. The telco this morning revealed it had acquired a 67 per cent interest in China M ó a mobile content supplier to 350,000 customers daily ó and Sharp Point, which provides technical services for China Mobile's mobile music platform. The combined value of the two acquisitions will be $302 million over the next few years.

Only a few weeks ago Intel announced its plans to close manufacturing plants in Southeast Asia and scale back U.S. operations as part of their cost cutting plans, however, today we learn that Intel has plans to invest $7 billion over the next two years to build advanced manufacturing facilities in the US. Intel's investment will be made at existing manufacturing sites in Oregon, Arizona and New Mexico and will support some 7,000 jobs at those locations. The company said its total workforce in the U.S. is about 45,000.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has been the subject of security breach, with hackers illegally accessing some 45,000 employee records. It's unknown when the data breach took place and when the FAA first learned of it, but up to 45,000 people may have had their personal information compromised. Although there have been a number of data breaches lately, there is higher scrutiny if a government agency is successfully accessed by hackers.

Word on the street is that Apple may base their new MacBook and MacBook Por units on the 32nm Arrandale Core i7's. It is highly probable that Apple will base new MacBook and MacBook Por units on 32nm Arrandale Core i7's. With 2 cores and able to process 4 threads, the new MacBook models will be able to save even more power, thanks to the smaller fabrication process as well as optimized processor features.

University of Colorado's Silicon Flatirons center in Boulder Colorado, is hosting a conference on the future of the Internet. Academics and policy makers gather in Boulder, Colorado to debate the future of Internet regulation. When it comes to network neutrality, some want rules now, but Verizon's CTO and others argue that government should focus on "real" problems, not crazy hypotheticals.

Apparently cyber crooks are setting traps on the news sharing site Digg. The crims are posing as Digg members and then providing links to bogus online video in comments posted in forums. Digg members chat about stories in accompanying online forums and it is normal for people to stick links to other news stories and videos. The usual technique is for the cyber-frauds post comments claiming to have links to video of starlets having sex or stars getting into trouble.

Rumours of an entry level iPhone and a 3rd generation revision of iPhone just wont go away. While Apple has said more than a couple of times that they donít want to play in the entry level cell phone market space, it seems that the rumour that will not die is back in full force again, claiming that Apple will launch a new stripped-down iPhone as well as an updated third generation high end iPhone in the June or July time frame.
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