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(Associated Press Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Telstra strikes $10B deal for Australia broadbandCANBERRA, Australia (AP) _ The government and Australia's largest telecommunications company announced a deal Sunday that clears a major hurdle to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's plans for a superfast national broadband network. The Australian dollars 11 billion ($9.6 billion) deal will give the government-owned company building the new network, the National Broadband Network Co., or NBN, access to existing infrastructure owned by Telstra Corp., which controls the only national communications network.
iPad coming to church altars with daily missal appROME (AP) _ An Italian priest has developed an application that will let priests celebrate Mass with an iPad on the altar instead of the regular Roman missal. The Rev. Paolo Padrini, a consultant with the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said Friday the free application will be launched in July in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Latin.
Twitter traffic spikes with World Cup goalsNEW YORK (AP) _ When a World Cup goal is scored, Twitter celebrates. The social networking site is seeing huge traffic when a big goal is scored in the soccer tournament. Though Twitter normally sees about 750 tweets per second on an average day, there were 2,940 tweets per second, then a record, after Japan scored against Cameroon on Monday.
Study: Teens not the worst text-driving culpritsSAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ If you're about to warn your teenager about the dangers of texting or talking on the phone while driving, a new report suggests you look in the mirror first. A study released Friday by The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project says adults and teenagers are equally likely to have texted while driving. And adults are more likely to have chatted on their phones while driving.
Twitter a hit in Japan as millions 'mumble' onlineTOKYO (AP) _ Twitter is a hit in Japan, succeeding where other social networking imports like Facebook have foundered as millions "mumble" _ the translation of tweet _ and give mini-blogging a distinctly Japanese flavor. The arrival of the Japanese language Twitter service in 2008 tapped into a greater sense of individuality in Japan, especially among younger people less accepting of the understatement and conformity their culture is usually associated with, analysts say.
FCC votes to reconsider broadband regulationsWASHINGTON (AP) _ Federal regulators are reconsidering the rules that govern high-speed Internet connections _ wading into a bitter policy dispute that could be tied up in Congress and the courts for years. Over the objections of the agency's two Republican commissioners, the Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to begin taking public comments on three different paths for regulating broadband. That includes a proposal by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, a Democrat, to define broadband access as a telecommunications service subject to "common carrier" obligations to treat all traffic equally.
High court: Go ahead, search cop's sexy textingWASHINGTON (AP) _ The Supreme Court had a common-sense message Thursday for workers with cell phones and other gadgets provided by their employers: Use your own cell phone if you've got something to text that you don't want your boss to read. The justices unanimously upheld a police department's search of an officer's personal, sometimes sexually explicit, messages on a government-owned pager, saying the search did not violate his constitutional rights.
Internet sleuths get new way to report stolen dataSAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ A new program being spearheaded by Microsoft Corp. is designed to provide a trusted way for researchers to report stolen credit card numbers and other data they've found in the dark corners of the Internet. Establishing that link is important because when a researcher finds stolen data, it can be hard to convince a bank or law enforcement that the information is legitimate. The lost time can mean the difference between someone's identity being used for fraud, and stopping a fraud before it occurs.
Apple, AT&T get record number of iPhone ordersNEW YORK (AP) _ Apple Inc. said Wednesday that it and its phone company partners took orders for more than 600,000 iPhone 4s in one day, the highest number it's ever seen. The companies stopped taking orders for shipment by the June 24 launch day in the U.S. The crush of orders sets the scene for long lines and potential chaos at stores when the next version of the iPhone is released. Judging by previous years, shortages could last through the summer.
AOL unloads social networking site BeboNEW YORK (AP) _ AOL Inc. is paring its ambitions in online social networking, selling a website called Bebo that it bought a little more than two years ago for $850 million when AOL was still part of Time Warner Inc. Bebo, which launched in 2005, has failed to match the huge popularity of sites like Facebook and Twitter.
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