Fast Five: this week in IT, 02/09

In this week’s Australian IT news highlights: Adobe versus Apple, Telstra vs ACCC, Attorney General vs WikiLeaks and NBN goes live in Townsville

Your hand-picked five-minute wrap up of the biggest Australian IT stories of the week.

Adobe versus Apple: The Flash saga continues

Adobe has claimed that Apple's decision to bar Flash from all iOS devices is related to its business plan, and not to technical concerns.

ACCC cannot accept Telstra’s separation undertaking

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has cast doubt on the future of Telstra’s deal with NBN Co, stating that the telco’s structural separation undertaking cannot be accepted in its current form and important changes are required.

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) warning this week that it cannot accept Telstra’s structural separation undertaking (SSU) in its current form has come as no surprise according to the telco’s chief executive officer, David Thodey.

AARNet hooks up first education customer to the NBN

The Cathedral School in Townsville was connected to the National Broadband Network (NBN) this week by the Australian Academic and Research Network (AARNet), with students and staff now having fibre optic access speeds of 100 megabits per second (Mbps).

NBN switched on in Townsville

The latest mainland test site of the National Broadband Network (NBN) has been switched on, with Townsville becoming the first Queensland location to be connected to the network.

UXC gears up for expansion following FSG sale

Melbourne-based IT services company, UXC (ASX: UXC), has outlined its strategy to expand, following the decoupling of UXC’s IT business from the Field Solutions Group (FSG) and the sale of FSG to investment firm Cashel House for $61 million.

More info on NBN needed: Govt Joint Committee

NBN Co and the Federal Government must do more to keep Australians and the telecommunications industry more informed on the progress of the National Broadband Network (NBN) and its consequence, the Joint Committee on the NBN has concluded.

IT in cars will reduce road fatalities

New safety technologies, rather than the banning of mobile device use in cars, will have a major role to play in reducing the number of road fatalities during the next 10 years, according to motoring researchers and academics.

Federal Attorney-General slams WikiLeaks again

Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland has again labelled the release of thousands of US embassy cables by WikiLeaks as a threat to national security.

AG defends Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Bill

The Attorney-General Robert McClelland, has sought to sway public opinion on the Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 by slamming "alarmist" assertions made about the new laws.

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