Wednesday, July 20, 2005

ping: $40m loss for tech fund | Mobile slump bad for T3, Optus | 'GTA' hit with adult rating ...and more

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$40m loss for tech fund
THE federal Government's high-technology investment fund has lost more
than $40million, with one in six of its companies going belly up.
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Mobile slump bad for T3, Optus
GROWTH in Australia's $11-billion-a-year mobile phone sector is
collapsing amid fierce price competition and market saturation.
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'GTA' hit with adult rating
A US video game ratings board has slapped a restrictive "adult"
classification on "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas", prompting publisher
Take-Two Interactive Software to warn of a deeper quarterly loss.
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Microsoft buys more security
SOFTWARE giant Microsoft will buy anti-virus software specialist
FrontBridge Technologies, its second plan to acquire a security provider
announced this year.
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ACMA wins spam injunction
AUSTRALIA'S broadcasting and telecommunications watchdog has won its
first injunction against an alleged spammer under anti-spam laws
introduced early last year.
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Computershare takes park lease
SAM Tarascio's Salta Properties has snared global share registry
Computershare as a 15-year tenant at its Port Melbourne Cititech
Business Park.
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Mobiles sales to reach a billion
MOBILE phone sales will exceed one billion handsets per year by 2009
when they will become the world's most common consumer electronics
device with 2.6 billion users, a technology analyst firm said.
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Google exec sued by Microsoft
MICROSOFT is suing one of its former executives hired away by internet
rival Google to run a new research centre in China.
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news features
Samsung makes beautiful music
SAMSUNG wants to usurp Apple as number one in MP3 players worldwide by
2007 and has unveiled the players that will help it achieve its
ambition.
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reviews
Dell Latitude X1
Dell's X1 is striking, if not actually erotic to gaze upon.
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columns
Optus prowls by Telstra's crazy battle
IT seems that Telstra and its legal attack dogs don't like the nasty
taste of their own medicine, Michael Sainsbury writes.

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Phones lift Motorola
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Local HP jobs under cloud
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iBurst pulls plug on GeckoNet
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BigPond bugs force $1.5m refund
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Pan IT exec wiped drug test data
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Bill Express teams with Tatts
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Nats will pass T3
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IBM shuffles services
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News ponders local MySpace
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HP axes 14,500 jobs
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Yahoo profits surge
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US uni added to hacking hit-list
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Medicare blueprint for ID
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Making waves at Big Pond
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Grumbles over EDS extension
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