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 Thursday, 26-February-2009  00:05:09 (GMT +10) - by BlaYde

It appears that yet again the prosecution has changed the "indictments against the owners of The Pirate Bay. According to Swedish publication the Local, the prosecution once again changed the indictments against the four men behind the Pirate Bay. Removed is now the sentence, “All components are necessary for users of the service are able to share files with one another” from the charges, though added at the same time was wordage saying that users would be able to both upload and store torrent files on the service.

Microsoft's Steve Ballmer has confirmed that Microsoft Office 14 will not be launched till 2010. Ballmer offered little explanation or context for the Office 14 delay, although he did say that the free OpenOffice suite had caused the company to lower the worldwide price of the suite. Ballmer's disclosure of the delay was actually made in passing. "From a strategy perspective, the next big innovation milestone is Office 14, our next Office release, which will not be this year, there's a version of Sharepoint, there's a version of Exchange, there's a new version of Office Live," Ballmer said.

Telstra has offered to help iiNet in their legal fight against the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT). The help has been in the form of advice from Telstra's legal team. "I've got to say, when I spoke to the lawyer there, he asked how can we help, and I said 'write me a check'," Malone joked. "He didn't quite agree with that one, but no, they're providing us with expert advice and advice to our legal team."

And there is more good news at iiNet with managing director Michael Malone today announcing that his company has posted a "net profit for the six months to December 31 of $11.4 million". iiNet managing director Michael Malone said the revenue growth was at the top end of the company's guidance, and that the company was on track to achieve its full year forecast of at least $400 million in revenue. "Our half year results reflect strong subscriber growth due to the continued success of Naked, the successful consolidation of Westnet and the increasing popularity of our innovative products, particularly our award winning Naked service," Malone said.

NASA officials have been left puzzled as to what caused their $273M satellite to crash 3min after the launch. The satellite launched this morning, and sadly failed just three minutes after launch, plummeting back to Earth. Shocked and devastated NASA program manager John Brunschwyler describes, "We could not make orbit. Initial indications are the vehicle did not have enough [force] to reach orbit and landed just short of Antarctica in the ocean. Certainly for the science community, it's a huge disappointment."

BMW is working on a new Intelligent Learning Navigation System that "learns the drivers habits to improve efficiency". The way the system works is by recording data on your typical daily commute as far as learning your route, road gradients, curves and braking points. The system also uses a camera to get a visual of your path. Once the path is learned, BMW claims the system could proactively reduce the power to your AC system to give you more power to merge onto a highway. At the same time power to the AC is reduced, the shift points for the transmission could be raised to provide better acceleration.
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