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BREAKING: Germany-based computer hardware retailer, Caseking, have just acquired British-based Overclockers. Overclockers UK have had a long-standing achievement of being one of the biggest sellers of computer hardware in the UK.
They've been in a band of just a few, with companies such as Ebuyer, Scan Computers International, Novatech, and Aria PC in selling PC hardware. Overclockers UK have been around since 1999, and have had their HQ in Newcastle-under-lyme.
The takeover involves 40 members of staff who currently work for Overclockers UK, but at the moment it is not known what the acquisition has in store for both Overclockers UK and its employees. The value of the deal is not exactly known either, but it is estimated to come in at 'less than 50 million'. The deal took place on February 1, 2012, and as you probably have guessed, both companies have been quiet about it.
US-based Space Systems/Loral has won a $620 million contract that involves two satellites which will provide high-speed broadband to areas in remote Australia. The announcement was made just moments ago in Canberra by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, as well as NBN Co chief Mike Quigley.
Loral Space and Communications, a California-based group, will launch two satellites which will provide the high-speed Internet by 2015 under the national broadband network (NBN). If you didn't already know, the NBN Co is the federal government-owned enterprise who is in charge of rolling out fibre optic cable broadband to 93-percent of Australia's 13 million homes, schools and businesses by 2021.
If the fibre optic network is not available to you, the fixed wireless technology and satellite technology will be used to 4-percent of premises, and 3-percent of the remaining premises, respectively. Stephen Conroy said in a statement:
This will ensure high speed broadband is delivered to Australia's remotest towns, such as Calvert in the Northern Territory and Bandya in Western Australia.
[update] Seems to be OK now, but at the time it was definitely down. I noticed it pretty quickly and no one else from Google searches had said anything about it. I figured I must have been one of the only ones to notice that quick. Seems all good now! Thanks to our readers for commenting and letting us know of their success/problems with Facebook! You guys and girls are awesome! :)
I just had a text message from my BFF, Tristan, who has informed me Facebook is down. I was typing up some news and thought "yeah, come on". I checked Facebook.com and sure as HELL, it's down.
It's not just you! http://facebook.com looks down from here.
The site loaded up just as I got 3/4 the way through typing up this piece, but is now ultra slow. I'd say it feels like its at 5-percent working capacity right now.
I'll update this post as we find information out.
Comment to let us know if you're experiencing issues, or if the site is not even loading at all for you.
RIM have been going through quite a lot of issues lately, thanks largely to Android and iOS. RIM Co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis have both just stepped down, after announcing that they would draw only $1 of yearly salaries to help the company's financial problems.
The move has been a start in management shuffles, where after a year of pressure from both investors and stockholders, both have stepped down from the Co-CEO positions. RIM insider and current COO Thorsten Heins will replace the Co-CEOs.
Lazaridis and Balsillie have both led RIM for decades now, as Lazaridis founded Research in Motion (RIM) back in 1984, shortly after taking on Balsillie. Balsillie stepped down from his role as Chairman back in 2007, but continued as Co-CEO with Lazaridis. Today, Lazaridis becomes vice chairman, and Balsillie continues to be a board member, but with no functional role in RIM.
RIM Director, Barbara Stymiest takes over as chairman, and Thorsten Heins, the current COO goes into numero uno position. Heins came into RIM four years ago from Siemens AG, where he was the CTO.
Anonymous takes down multiple sites in retaliation of Megaupload close down and arrests, in largest attack ever
Megaupload was taken down today, with the FBI, DOJ and local authorities across the world arresting people involved. But, those people should not feel alone, Anonymous has their back.
Anonymous have begun an attack on the website for the White House, after raping the sites for the Department of Justice, Universal Music Group, RIAA, and Motion Picture Association of America. Just hours before the DoJ and Universal sites went dark, news broke that Megaupload was taken down by federal agents. Less an an hour after the DoJ and Universal sites came crashing down, the RIAA website went offline, just before 6pm EST, the government's Copyright.gov went down.
It didn't stop there, thirty minutes later, the BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) website was also stripped down. MPAA.org (which I have just tried) is dark right now, another "victory" for Anonymous. MPAA is spear-headed by Chris Dodd, who fully supports both PIPA and SOPA legislation. Anonymous operative, Barrett Brown, has stated that "more is coming" and Anonymous-aligned hacktivists are pursuing a join effort with others to "damage campaign raising abilities of remaining Democrats who support SOPA".
This has been called the 'largest attack ever' by Anonymous.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shut down one of the world's most popular file-sharing websites today, MegaUpload.com. They also announced the arrest of four people behind a "global crackdown against the suspected online pirates", reported The Wall Street Journal.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted seven people and two companies in total, in the indictment, Megaupload and a company associated with it are accused of making $175 million while simultaneously causing approximately half a billion dollars in copyright infringement. The seven people indicted are: the site's founder, Kim Dotcom (a.k.a. Kim Schmitz), who holds residency in New Zealand and Hong Kong. Employees Bram van der Kolk, aka Bramos, 29, Julius Bencko, Finn Batato, Sven Echternach, Mathias Ortmann, and Andrus Nomm.
New Zealand authorities arrested the above-mentioned four people, Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and van der Kolk, with the others not yet arrested. The indictment states that the accused are part of a, and get this, I'll quote it for effect:
the Mega Conspiracy, a worldwide criminal organization whose members engaged in criminal copyright infringement and money laundering on a massive scale.
Yahoo! Inc. have just announced that Yahoo! co-founder, Jerry Yang has resigned from its Board of Directors and all other positions within the company, effective today. Yang has also resigned from the Boards of Yahoo Japan Corporation and Alibaba Group Holding Limited, also, effective today.
In a latter Yang wrote to the Yahoo! Board Chairman, Roy Bostock, he said:
My time at Yahoo!, from its founding to the present, has encompassed some of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of my life. However, the time has come for me to pursue other interests outside of Yahoo! As I leave the company I co-founded nearly 17 years ago, I am enthusiastic about the appointment of Scott Thompson as Chief Executive Officer and his ability, along with the entire Yahoo! leadership team, to guide Yahoo! into an exciting and successful future.
Well, if the iiNet acquiring Internode wasn't big enough news for Australia this afternoon, this will be enough to have a celebratory drink tonight. Gerry Harvey has just announced Harvey Norman Direct Import, which will sell import European copies of video games at 'vastly reduced prices'. The site goes live at 6pm this evening, and continue from now. Gerry Harvey has been quoted "if you can't beat them, join them."
Harvey Norman spokesperson Ben Mackintosh has been quoted:
Harvey Norman is very pleased to announce, from six pm tonight, Harvey Norman will be utilising its global network, selling games direct to the consumers at fantastic global prices GST free. Consumers will be directly importing from Europe at the best prices available.
The Australian gaming customer has been paying far too much for console games. Retailers and suppliers have been keeping the prices far too high. We're utilising our network to bring better prices to the consumer. We strongly recommend that you do not buy a game until you've seen our website. We will save you money on games. We stand by this as a great new feature in the Australian market and we're going to rip up the prices of Australian market.
Two favourite ISPs, Internode and iiNet are merging into one. iiNet are buying Internode for a cool $105 million. The deal is said to be completed by the end of February. This isn't the first ISP that iiNet have scooped up, they purchased Westnet and Netspace previously.
Internode will continue to as a separate business unit, with business as usual. "Off-net" customers, those who are using services wholesaled from Telstra, will be merged onto the iiNet network. This is said to be 15,000 of Internode's total 190,000 customers. Right now, there's no short-term plans to change any of Internode's existing plans, with iiNet CEO Michael Malone saying:
There's no short term intention to do that.
North Korea's "Dear Leader", Kim Jong-Il has died, at 69. Kim's death was reported on Monday by state television from the North Korean capital, Pyongyang. Kim reportedly had a stroke back in 2008, and may have also had pancreatic cancer, according to South Korean news reports.
Kim was a 'chain-smoking recluse', who rules for 17 years after coming into power in July 1994 and resisted opening up to the outside world in order to protect his regime.
The news comes just hours after the U.S. military pull their last troops out of Iraq. Will we see a move by the U.S. in the next few weeks?