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New Zealand

4  Microsoft plugs Passport to local merchants
Microsoft's Passport authentication service - one of the cornerstones of its .NET strategy - will be launched in New Zealand within weeks...
IDG

4  Poll reveals impact of free net accounts
Just over a fifth of New Zealand web users maintain more than one internet account, according to a survey by Melbourne research company Red Sheriff...
NZ Herald

4  NZ Post plugs in for e-commerce
"There's a natural belief that everything will go electronic. But it's going to be a long time before we will be able to shove matter along wires," says New Zealand Post's general manager of electronic business, David Skinner...
NZ Herald

Other

4  Top Guns Want to Probe Carnivore
A top-flight, independent group of security experts wants to review the FBI's Carnivore surveillance system, but at least one Justice Department official isn't impressed...
Wired

4  Venture Folk Saying No to Youth
In recent years, investors have poured cash into student and university-initiated startups. But with the market for new dot coms drying up, investors are getting choosier about where the money goes...
Wired

4  Venture capital firm shares blunders
While some investors get a sudden case of amnesia when asked of missed opportunities, one cheeky venture capital firm has no qualms of recalling its "screwups."...
CNet

4  Erratic Windows Me contest site irks Web surfers
Whether caused by overwhelming traffic or a technical gaffe, Microsoft's Windows Me sweepstakes Web site has been plagued by a series of outages that has consumers irked...
CNet

4  OEMs Ready To Roll On Jukeboxes For Net Audio
Audio for the Internet is jumping out of the PC and mobile player and into the home stereo as companies including Compaq, Creative Labs and S3 prepare a generation of digital jukeboxes and Web audio receivers...
TechWeb

Australia

4  State considers virtual electorates
TWO seats in South Australia's upper house of parliament may be reserved for virtual voters, giving expats a chance to participate in home politics...
Australian IT

4  Telstra scraps sale of e-business assets
Telstra Corp has canned the planned sale of its e-business assets into Solution 6, saying that the changed landscape means the proposed transaction no longer makes sense...
AFR

4  Gamble says Nasdaq will come in time
Solution 6's newly appointed CEO Neil Gamble said a listing on Nasdaq should not be rushed...
NewsWire

4  Nortel pumps another $150m into local R&D
Optical and wireless research and development will be the centre point of Nortel's latest Australian investment...
NewsWire

Other

4  Uranium Offered for Sale on the Internet
Add radioactive uranium to the list of items you can buy and sell with the click of a computer mouse, and it might seem like a nuclear bomb-maker's dream come true...
Yahoo

4  Simplifying how you protect e-mail
Several small firms believe they have created simple, clever alternatives to PKI for securing messages...
ZDNet

4  'Love Bug' Charges Dismissed
Prosecutors on Monday dismissed all charges filed against a former computer college student accused of having released the ``ILOVEYOU'' computer virus that crippled e-mail systems worldwide...
AP

4  Corporations cool on GNOME -- for now
The Linux desktop technology isn't going to displace Microsoft anytime soon, corporate IT managers say...
ZDNet