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New Zealand

4  Sex slips through censor's net
NEW Zealand could soon host a website featuring live sex acts due to a legal loophole in the country's censorship laws, a New Zealand newspaper has reported...
Australian IT

4  Courts may have to interpret new tax law - expert
The courts would be called on to settle conflicting interpretations of proposed new rules on research and development tax deductions, particularly if the Inland Revenue Department continued to closely scrutinise deduction claims, a leading tax expert said on Wednesday...
Stuff

4  Ministry buys into internet phone system
The Ministry of Social Policy has attained the Holy Grail of telecommunications. This month it has tossed out...
NZ Herald

Other

4  Microsoft Muscles Up Its Portal
MSN gets a beefier look on Wednesday as the Redmond software giant says it will pursue the leading online sites even more aggressively...
Wired

4  Usenet Sale: Sounds to Silence?
Deja.com is about to sell its Usenet archive -- six years of Internet communications chiseled into digital stone. The pending change of owner raises the question: Is there a future for the Internet's oral history?...
Wired

4  Singapore targets $4 billion to promote science, tech
The National Science and Technology Board (NSTB) has received $4 billion (S$7 billion) from the Singapore government to boost the island's local science and technology efforts over the next five years...
CNet

4  Data Privacy Fears Haunt Internet, Study Shows
Almost two-thirds of U.S. Internet users and three-quarters of non-users say they fear that going online endangers their privacy, the U.S. component of a world survey released on Wednesday found...
Yahoo

4  Internet Attack Paralyzes Israeli Government Web Site
A coordinated attack by thousands of pro-Palestinian Internet users Wednesday blocked access to the Web site of Israel's Foreign Ministry, a ministry official said...
Yahoo

Australia

4  Banks herd customers online with higher branch fees
Whilst most Australians would still prefer to conduct banking transactions in a branch rather than over the Internet, the recent onslaught of increased over-the-counter transaction fees is likely to put the Australian public just where the banking behemoths want them - online...
ZDNet

4  Government blamed for low broadband take-up
A new report by Gartner says the current government policy explains why just 2% of consumers will be using broadband by 2003...
NewsWire

4  Software prices set to rise
MICROSOFT's move to raise software prices by up to 18 per cent to counter the falling Australian dollar were part of an industry-wide trend, analysts said...
Australian IT

4  Twomey in net advisory partnership
Paul Twomey, former chief of the Australian National Office of the Information Economy, made a splash yesterday when he announced...
AFR

Other

4  Hitachi's Flora plants Crusoe chip
Transmeta scores another win in Japan. New Flora mini-notebook to ship with Crusoe chip inside...
ZDNet

4  Spec released for PCI bus successor
InfiniBand 1.0 is the first version of the standard being touted as the successor to today's PCI bus architecture...
ZDNet

4  Intel: Bluetooth 'too expensive'
Intel has rejected Bluetooth wireless technology for its new range of consumer wireless PC peripherals on grounds of cost. The new peripherals are currently only available in the US...
The Register

4  Will Spam Kill the Golden Goose?
Is it time to ask whether or not direct marketing as we know it can survive in a world increasingly crowded with commercial messages?...
ClickZ