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 Monday, 31-January-2011  12:10:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Egypt has gone dark, with the government ordering internet links disconnected, mobile phone services shut down and ejecting press agencies from the country. More detail here. Of course, there are some ways around it. Discussion here.

TechRepublic have some photos from a new Computer History Museum exhibit. Nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Computer History Museum has opened a spectacular exhibit that traces the birth of the computer. Several industry pioneers showed up for the launch on Tuesday.

Amazon has a password flaw affecting older passwords. The fix is straightforward for those with older passwords: Simply log on to Amazon.com, and change your password. You can even then change your new password back to your old password, and you’ll magically be safer than you were before. Meanwhile Sourceforge are forcing all passwords to reset after a recent attack on their servers, thanks mpot.

Mpot also sent in the grimly amusing tale of a suicide bomber who exploded too early because she recieved a spam SMS. Security sources believe a message from her mobile phone operator wishing her a happy new year received just hours before the planned attack triggered her suicide belt, killing her at a safe house.

The FBI have been raiding "Anonymous" members. I used LOIC during that whole Wikileaks fiasco. The FBI showed up at my door with a search warrant for any electronic devices that may have been used in the attack. That means any and all computers, unless I pointed out to them which one was used in the attack. I'm not retarded, I invoked my 5th amendment rights and didn't say anything so now they are taking everything.

It's been 25 years since the Challenger Space Shuttle was lost. The NASA community paused Friday to remember the sacrifice of the Challenger crew 25 years ago. Families of the seven astronauts and agency officials gathered Jan. 28, 2011, to mark the anniversary.

There's an iPad-only newspaper on the way from News Corp and Apple. That digital publication, the Daily, will cost 99 cents per week. According to Reuters, the original Jan. 19 unveiling date was scrubbed “because of technical glitches.” News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch and Apple Vice President of Internet Services Eddy Cue will headline the new launch event, scheduled to take place in New York City.

IntelInside noticed that the CIA World Fact Book for Australia has been recently updated.

From Brian, news that the IPv4 allocation will run out this week, leaving ISPs around the world about 6 months worth of stock. Mr Newton says many Australian internet consumers will need to upgrade anyway. "As the Federal Government rolls out the NBN, one of the necessary side-effects of that is that broadband router that you have in your house, you will need to replace," he said. "The NBN will already be compatible with IPv6: the act of connecting to it will solve this sort of problem for the households that choose to do so.

Facebook are soon requiring app developers to use their virtual currency and give 30% to Facebook. At first glance, the move suggests Facebook has become a monetary autocracy, forcing the companies critical to its success to use its currency, and to pay a fee for doing so. But on second thought, isn't that more or less how taxes work? As Facebook grows and starts to host all sorts of commerce, perhaps it's time to stop thinking of the social network as a company. Maybe it's best to think of it as a country.

Timbot sent in this 1923 BBC anti-piracy video. As threats go, it is probably the cutest we have seen. But we're guessing that being called a chimp for not buying your radio license back in 1923 was pretty insidious. To put the clip into context – the BBC only began broadcasting radio in 1922 and just a year later it was already trying to battle 'pirates' who were listening to the company's received pronunciation illegally.

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