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 Tuesday, 17-February-2009  22:09:37 (GMT +10) - by BlaYde

Microsoft is determined to catch the Conficker worm author and as a result they are offering a bounty payment of US $250,000. An editor for Hostexploit.com cybercrime research site that goes by the pseudonym ĎJart Arminí said that if the Conficker author lives in a part of the world that is soft on cybercrime such as Russia, the Ukraine, or Romania, it could be difficult to get a conviction.

Facebook and MySpace have removed sensitive content about the accused Victorian arsonist, Brendan Sokaluk, who is allegedly responsible for the Churchill-Jerralang fires in Gippsland. Deputy police commissioner for Victoria Kieran Walshe earlier today said the force was enquiring whether blogs and postings on social network sites about Sokaluk could be removed, in line with the ban on publishing certain details about him. "We don't want anything to take place, we don't want anything to be done, that might jeopardise a fair trial down the track," Walshe said.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has officially unveiled the latest version of Microsoft's mobile operating system. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer previewed Windows Mobile 6.5 during his keynote address, and as expected, the updated OS brings a handful of enhancements, including an application store, a backup and restore service, and an improved mobile Web browser. More on this topic in our forum.

From 23rd of February, Telstra will be gradually increasing the maximum speed of its Next G mobile network to 21Mbps and by the end of 2009 to 42Mbps. Telstra chief executive Sol Trujillo said the faster speeds would be gradually rolled out for all business customers through March and then made available to consumer customers in April. Telstra would increase the speed to 42 Mbps towards the end of 2009 and in early 2010.

World's largest file sharing site, The Pirate Bay, is set to go on trial in Sweden. To some, The Pirate Bay is evil personified. To others, including its founders, itís just a service that does nothing wrong. But the truth is about to be hammered out in a Stockholm courtroom as the three men behind the site and a dotcom millionaire who gave money to support The Pirate Bay go on trial for assisting copyright infringement, according to the Guardian. More coverage here and here, thanks Vulkanyaz.

Nevada gaming regulators have issued a general alert to Las Vegas casinos over a new iPhone-based card counting application. An iPhone-based card-counting system recently turned up in a California Indian casino. This new application is causing a lot of fuss, and Nevada gaming regulators have issued a general alert about it, warning Las Vegas casinos about its potential use in game play.

Facebook has recently made changes to their TOS which apparently has left some users "rather disgruntled". The previous Facebook terms of service (TOS) stated that if a user closed his or her Facebook account, rights to original content posted on the profile would eventually expire. The recent TOS changes, however, give Facebook the ability to use uploaded content any way they see fit through an unending and irrevocable license.

Researchers from the University of Illinois claim to have found proof regarding the theory about graphene. Graphene is a hexagonal lattice of carbon atoms and scientists have predicted that the orientation of the atoms along the edges of the lattice would affect the materials electronic properties, but that prediction had not been proven. According to a pair of researchers from the University of Illinois, they have now found the proof needed.

An Audi Dealer has a new holographic virtual assistant in use at Audi Centre in Sydney. The virtual assistant is a life-size virtual construct using 3M's dynamic Vikuti rear projection film and a rear mounted projector. The image is projected onto a 10mm thick chunk of Perspex that becomes a virtual talking person.

There's a fair bit of news in the world of mobile phones so let me start first with the news that Nokia UK has launched their first eight megapixel N-series smartphones, the N86. I'm not sure if this phone will make it to Australia but another phone that has been released here is the Nokia E63, a cut down version of the E71. Next we have a new release from Samsung, the OmniaHD. Samsung has also unveiled a solar powered touch screen phone. And last but not least, i-Mate has announced their new military grade smartphone.

Adobe has announced at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, that in early 2010 Flash Player 10 will be present on smartphones running Windows Mobile, Google's Android, Nokia S60/Symbian, and the new Palm operating systems, however, Apple's iPhone is set to miss out. The company has worked for years on a lightweight incarnation of its Flash technology for mobile phones. Adobe executives said that about 40 percent of all phones that are shipped today use this version of its technology. But because Flash Lite doesn't allow for the same functionality as what's available on the Flash 10 desktop version of the technology, mobile users are missing out.

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