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Dinkum delay at BigPond
A THIRD of Telstra's $100 million project to rebuild its billing and
information technology systems for its Big Pond internet division will
not begin until the end of the year, more than two years after the email
meltdown that triggered the project.

Warning on broadband modems
BROADBAND modems need more stringent testing to protect consumers,
according to Telstra-endorsed ADSL equipment certification authority

Migration shuts out graduates
DATA released by the Immigration Department has sparked fierce debate
about whether skilled migration is undermining the ability of graduates
to find work.

News chases
NEWS Corporation's Australian arm has launched a $126 million cash offer
for the rest of leading online property business as it
continues its push for internet businesses.

Govt warned on ID card fraud
A CENTRALISED database of personal information used as part of the
proposed national ID card scheme would make Australia's problems of
identity fraud worse, privacy advocates have said.

Govt data sent to auction
A WEBSITE'S claims that NSW's bus and ferry authority sent old servers
to auction with confidential information on the hard drives have forced
the agency to demand an explanation from contractors and to change its
disposal policy.

PBA nabs new wholesale deal
WIRELESS broadband provider Personal Broadband Australia has entered a
wholesale deal with Melbourne-based internet provider Pacific Internet

New Nokia chief emerges
FINLAND'S Nokia has picked Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo to take over as chief
executive next year from Jorma Ollila, who transformed the company from
a maker of rubber boots into the world's biggest mobile phone producer.


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eBay stays mum on sex spin-off
open source | MELBOURNE woman Susie Choppin, banned from selling her
body-moulding kit on eBay, has set up her own adult auction site to
handle material from people the US giant has blacklisted.


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Delay in Optus satellite launch

Oracle prepares a move to retail

$1.2m 3D handset deal

Ingram 61pc profit rise

Hospital offuture goes remote

Virus rash rains cash

Minnows fall between telco cracks

China snatches top chip ranking

Trujillo shies from Nationals

Telstra rift over as pair depart

FIX for ASX trading system

Costello issues warning over T3

US pursues army hacker in Britain

MapInfo in $3.4m retail buy


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