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Monday Morning (6 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 10-May-2010  02:46:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Urgh, some kind of horrible flu ate my weekend.

Nokia is suing Apple for patent infringements in the iPad range. This is just the latest in a series of escalating lawsuits between the two companies regarding their respective mobile and consumer electronic devices. This lawsuit -- which unlike the others was filed in the Federal District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin -- is about technologies related to enhanced speech and data transmission.

Apparently the National Broadband Network will deliver faster and cheaper than first thought. THE Federal Government has been told the National Broadband Network can be rolled out for at least $5 billion less than the original $43 billion earmarked for the project and that it could be built without Telstra. The long-awaited implementation study into the viability of the NBN, released today, makes 84 recommendations, including that plans for it to cover 90 per cent of the population should be boosted to 93 per cent.

Mpot sent in this interactive diagram on how Facebook's attitude to privacy has changed. Wired wonder if we should be working on an open alternative. The relationship is simple: Facebook thinks that your notions of privacy meaning your ability to control information about yourself are just plain old-fashioned. Head honcho Zuckerberg told a live audience in January that Facebook is simply responding to changes in privacy mores, not changing them a convenient, but frankly untrue, statement.

Here's a high-tech one-man band. What can you do when no one's got a phone to jam with you? Why, you can be a geeky one-man band, of course! Web developer Steffest (just one name, like Sting or Madonna) managed to do just that by strapping a couple of Android devices (possibly an Archos 5 and a HTC Desire), a couple of WinMo handhelds (looks like a HP iPAQ h1940 and a HTC Touch Diamond), and an iPod touch on top of a portable speaker.

Is there a technology war brewing between India and China? The Indian government has blocked local firms from buying Chinese mobile networking hardware over fears of embedded malware. The ban comes over fears that the Chinese intelligence services could be embedding malware in networking equipment and using it to monitor phone conversations and possibly bring down the network. In addition, installation and operation of the Indian mobile backbone must be carried out by local engineering according to the new rules. Thanks Kosta.

Gamepron report on R18+ video game rating support from the Australian Catholic Bishops. The Australian Catholic Bishops (ACB) state that their preferred position is that R 18+ material would not be available in Australia. However, as material is currently available despite its illegality, it would be preferable to introduce an R18+ classification category for computer games so that access to such material, particularly by children, can be restricted.

Interesting Forum Threads:
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Death of retail photography stores in Photography.
Humanoid Aliens in Science.
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Laptop stolen 2 years ago is sending SETI units back in Distributed Computing.
HTPC + DAC = The Future in Audio Visual.
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