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New Australian PM wants to push forward with Internet filtering -- instantly loses the geek vote

Just weeks ago, Australia received its very first female Prime Minister. It was a surprising bit of news, and it came just after word had broken out that the "toxic" issue of government-run Internet-censorship was set to be shelved. Unfortunately, Julia Gillard is not the shiny new PM that everyone had hoped she would be. She wants to push forward with the much-hated Internet filter, and doesn't...

New Australian Government initiative could have ISP's logging browser histories and email traffic

The Australian Attorney-General's office recently confirmed to ZDNet Australia that it's trying to implement a data retention regime in the country, and that they are currently in talks with ISP's about the proposed plan. Australian ISP's aren't currently logging web histories or most other user activity unless instructed by warrant, but that could soon change. The proposed regime would likely be...

You might hate it, but would you use IE8 for $10,000?

OK, so it's really just a chance to win $10,000 (Australian), but would you? You'll have to do a few things to get in the action. First, of course, you'll have to become a legal resident of Australia. The DIAC website can help you with the process. Once you've checked that off, you also have to follow @tengrand_IE8 on Twitter to get the daily clues and then put on your Columbo trench coat and use...

Windows 7 or KDE 4?

Microsoft's newest operating system may be in beta, but it's already getting a lot of praise for providing a good mix of performance and eye candy. Features like the new taskbar, Aero Shake, and Aero Peek make the operating system both visually attractive and easy to navigate. But you know what? Windows 7 isn't the only operating system with a flashy new desktop interface. The KDE 4 desktop...

eBay considers PayPal requirement, invites Australians antitrust scrutiny

This is a story we've kind of been expecting to bring you since the day eBay bought PayPal. The company is thinking of requiring members to use PayPal to complete transactions -- in Australia anyway. Right now you can arrange payments by check, money order, PayPal, or other methods. But next month eBay will change that policy and require Australian shoppers to pay via PayPal. And that's prompted...

Geneology website uploads historic Australian convict info

Does your family tree have a few skeletons in the closet? Not sure? Now you can use Ancestry.co.uk to find out if relatives, friends, or pretty much anybody else was sent to a penal colony in Australia during the 18th century. You you can also find out what they were convicted of, how long their sentence was, and which penal colony they went to. The site has uploaded records of 160,000 inmates...

Google opens up Gmail to Japan

Google has reportedly opened up access to Gmail for users in Japan, after a successful launch of open access for Australia and New Zealand users. Google is trying to raise its presence in the mobile phone capital of the world, where more people access the internet from mobile phones than from personal computers. [via Reuters]...

Life on Mars - Today's Time Waster

As if this world wasn't wacky enough for you, along comes the web game show "Know Like an Earthling." Apparently once tied to a show on Australian TV, the Life on Mars site is still up so you can still play the games— all 30 of them. They're Wario Ware type mini games, like slap the mosquito (similar to a game I used to play in System 7 on my Mac), and Talk Show Chair Smash. Each...

No Firefox on Aussie Dells

One more wrinkle in the Dell-Firefox saga: While it's been confirmed that Dell UK is shipping its PCs with Firefox on the desktop, CNet News.com is reporting that Dell Asia Pacific, which ships PCs in Australia, has stated its customers won't be seeing Firefox on their desktops any time soon. So, when do we hear from Dell USA?...