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Apple

Submission + - Apple loses Samsung Oz ban->

downundarob writes: An Australian court has ruled against Apple, who have just lost their case against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Apple may also have to pay costs to its Tab rival, according to the ruling. However, Apple quickly sought to prolong the ban until Friday, when it will make a case for an appeal against the decision.
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Apple

Submission + - Apple gain patent for blindingly obvious->

downundarob writes: According to The register Apple have been granted patent 8,046,721 “A device with a touch-sensitive display may be unlocked via gestures performed on the touch-sensitive display. The device is unlocked if contact with the display corresponds to a predefined gesture for unlocking the device. The device displays one or more unlock images with respect to which the predefined gesture is to be performed in order to unlock the device. The performance of the predefined gesture with respect to the unlock image may include moving the unlock image to a predefined location and/or moving the unlock image along a predefined path. The device may also display visual cues of the predefined gesture on the touch screen to remind a user of the gesture.”
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Comment Re:That's just unfair (Score 2) 337

I used to be a taxi driver here in .au, many years ago something similar happened with a big fuss from APRA/AMCOS going after hair dressers and the like for playing music in their stores. I phone APRA for clarification and was told that playing music in my taxi was not considered a public performance, (as the passenger could ask for it to be turned off/ stations changed etc). Strange how different countries can see the same thing in a different light?

Government

Submission + - Oz.Dems Announce new Technoclgy Policy Coordinator

downundarob writes: The Australian Democrats have announced a new Technology Policy Coordinator, Anti-Clean Feed Campaigner Geordie Guy. Currently a board member of Electronic Frontiers Australia, Mr Guy has been an active figure in the fight against internet censorship — the so-called 'Clean Feed' — proposed by the Rudd Government. He is a computer systems architect with a decade of experience working with business and people in the IT industry itself as well as other markets and a qualified network engineer.
Censorship

Submission + - gov.au tells parents they too st00pid for intarweb

downundarob writes: Senator Nick Minchin , the Australian Shadow Minister for broadband, communications and the digital economy, has written (or more likely a staffer has written) this interesting article on the Australian Federal Governments continued zeal to enforce ISP level filtering in Australia. In the article he posits "Underlying the Rudd Government's plan to screen the internet is an offensive message: that parents cannot be trusted to mind their children online.". Meanwhile, we wait for filtering trials to start, trials that have been delayed and which have next-to-no support among the industry. Telstra BigPond — Australia's largest ISP — has refused to take part, comparing internet filtering to "like trying to boil the ocean". The third largest, iiNet, is prepared to participate to highlight flaws.

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