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RIM Co-CEOs step down, COO takes control

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 went down.


It didn't stop there, thirty minutes later, the BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) website was also stripped down. (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.

FBI shuts down, charges its founder, others with piracy

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shut down one of the world's most popular file-sharing websites today, 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.

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Yahoo! announces the resignation of Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang

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.

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Harvey Norman announce Direct Import, super cheap games for Australia, finally

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.


Mackintosh continues:


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.

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iiNet acquires Internode for $105 million

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.

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North Korea's "Dear Leader", Kim Jong-Il is dead

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?

Apple's appeal rejected! Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be on sale before Christmas

It's over! The dust has settled and Apple have walked away with their tail between their legs, with Samsung walking out victorious. The High Court just now rejected Apple's leave to appeal.




This means Samsung can have their Galaxy Tab 10.1 on Australian retailer shelves before Christmas. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 16GB Wi-Fi only model will start at $579, and the 32GB model with 3G built-in will go for $729.


Below is a statement from Samsung:


As the High Court has today rejected Apple's leave to appeal, Samsung Electronics Australia is pleased to announce the highly anticipated Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 will be available in stores in time for the Christmas shopping period from a RRP of $579 (16GB WiFi variant) and a RRP of $729 (16GB 3G variant).


Samsung Electronics Australia is pleased with today's judgment by the High Court of Australia to deny Apple's request to appeal the decision of the Full Court.


The Full Court of Australia decision on November 30 clearly affirmed our view that Apple's claims lack merit and that an injunction should not have been imposed on the GALAXY Tab 10.1.

AMD to exit the x86 CPU market?

This is kind of not unexpected, but there are rumors that AMD might be exiting the CPU market, probably from the unsuccessful launch of Bulldozer and the constant #WINNING of Intel's Core range of processors.




Mike Silverman, AMD company spokesman has said:


We're at an inflection point. We will all need to let go of the old 'AMD versus Intel' mind-set, because it won't be about that anymore.


What AMD does from here is unknown, but we all know that they just cannot compete with Intel at the high-end. They cannot compete with Intel at mid-range and market penetration of Intel's brand is far too strong and has been for quite a while now. AMD are late to the game in virtually every market, even smartphone and tablet technology. The only market they have a strong foot in is the graphics market.

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Samsung wins appeal against Apple, injunction overturned!

Apple and Samsung have been fighting for what seems forever, but Samsung has kicked Apple's arse for once and with a full bench of the Federal Court overturned the injunction on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 Australian release.




But, [come on, you knew there would be a but] within minutes of the verdict being smacked down onto Apple, Apple made it clear its intentions to appeal the decision to the High Court, which should drag out this dispute through to 2012.


Apple wants to suspend the verdict until the iPad 3 is released so that the injunction stays in place. The Court conceded to Apple and issues a stay of orders until 4pm on Friday afternoon, allowing the Curpentino-based company to lodge its appeal with the High Court.

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