Stories by Christina Zhou

Is Skype's challenge to telcos dwindling?

Australian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and telecommunication carriers have shrugged off any notion that free Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services such as Skype are threatening their businesses.

ACS WA branch announces awards finalists

The Australian Computer Society WA Branch has announced the finalists of the 19th Annual Western Australian IT and Telecommunications Industry Awards (WAITTA).

Telstra debuts the HTC HD2 smartphone

Microsoft has teamed up with HTC and Telstra to launch a new Windows HD2 touchscreen phone. The phone’s most prominent feature, its high resolution 4.3-inch touch display, enables users to view, zoom, and resize websites, Microsoft Office files, PDF documents and pictures by pinching your fingers.

ALRC renews data loss financial penalty call

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has renewed its call for fines for failing to notify the privacy commissioner of data breaches after the UK introduced penalties of up to half a million pounds.

Broadband future: Newspapers' future lies online

The director of the California-based USC Annenberg School, Jeffrey Cole, has predicted the extinction of newspapers in the next few years, accelerated by high-speed broadband National Broadband Network (NBN).

SAP opens door to prospective research partners for NBN

The president and chief executive officer of SAP Australia New Zealand , Tim Ebbeck, has described the National Broadband Network (NBN) as a ‘critical piece of national infrastructure’ to Australia’s economic future.

Top 10 disaster recoveries of 2009

Data recovery and legal technology provider, Kroll Ontrack, has announced its sixth annual top ten data disasters from 2009. A global poll of Ontrack Data Recovery experts came up with the list, which points to the vulnerability of data loss during time, location and situation.

AFACT v iiNet: Judge denies Internet Industry Association application to be heard in the trial

The Internet Industry Association’s (IIA) application to be heard in the trial between Perth ISP iiNet and AFACT was rejected by the Federal Court today, after its submission was ruled irrelevant. AFACT objected to iiNet’s intervention because the submission did not provide any information that had not already been heard in court. "The court acknowledges that the fact that the IIA could not be considered impartial is irrelevant. Equally, it is irrelevant that the IIA happens to have a perspective which is aligned with one of the parties and not the other,” stated Justice Cowdry in a written ruling.

AFACT v iiNet: ISP kicks off its closing arguments

iiNet senior counsellor, Richard Cobden, has told the Federal Court of Australia that although 97,000 copyright infringements have been allegedly detected within its customer base there is only adequate evidence to hold one user liable. The comments formed part of the closing arguments in the civil case with the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT).