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New Zealand

4  Govt Asks Telecom Nicely
The government is to ask Telecom nicely if it wouldn’t mind including basic internet access to all New Zealanders in a revised Kiwi Share agreement and spending at least $100 million to upgrade its network...
NZ.Internet.com

4  NZ 3G Auction: Will It Ever End?
It took almost forever for New Zealand to get to the point of auctioning off its 3G spectrum. It's taking equally as long to complete the bidding process...
Wired

4  Big players applaud policy
The leading protagonists, politicians and the telecommunications user group, Tuanz, are applauding the Government's telecommunications policy...
NZ Herald

Other

4  The Other Dots Are Still Prized
Network Solutions found itself surprised by an avalanche of responses when it began taking requests for dot-info and dot-biz domain names -- surprised because no one can even buy the names yet...
Wired

4  Amazon testing online outlet store
Amazon.com is betting bargain hunters will snatch up deals online as quickly as they do at the local thrift store or bargain basement...
CNet

4  Rivals Oppose AOL Instant Messenger
Companies that compete with America Online in the growing market for instant messaging are making last-minute pitches for conditions on the company's merger with Time Warner. Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is among those lobbying the government...
Yahoo/AP

4  WishClick, Retailers Give New Twist
As Christmas fast approaches, millions of Americans are submitting to the annual ritual of procrastination, clogging the malls to do that last-minute shopping for friends and relatives who often already have -- or don't even want -- the gifts they receive...
TechWeb

4  Striking Reporters' Site Grows
Striking reporters from the Seattle Times and Post-Intelligencer are using their "free time" to build their online site into something substantial...
Wired

Australia

4  Police busted for porn emails
As many as five New South Wales police officers have been sacked for sending pornography over the police email system, with a further six threatened with dismissal...
ZDNet

4  Frustration as ComSec site blocked
Commonwealth Securities, the online sharetrading arm of the Commonwealth Bank, enraged clients and is thought to have lost millions of dollars in trades when its website became inaccessible for most of Monday...
Fairfax

4  Melbourne IT scrapes new depths
The hotly contested Australian Internet domain category, .com.au, is expected to be released into the open market in about July, ending Melbourne IT's exclusive rights to such sales...
Fairfax

4  Regions miss out on IT jobs
REGIONAL Australia is being left behind the surge in IT and telecommunications employment, a new research paper has found...
Australian IT

Other

4  Kriz virus makes return appearance
'Tis the season for nasty viruses. This one is based on the infamous CIH virus and trashes PCs on Dec. 25. The worst part is that it spreads by piggy-backing on other viruses. Be prepared...
ZDNet

4  Napster urged to block Nazis
Napster says that it can't stop the swapping of skinhead and Nazi music -- despite pleas from a German agency...
ZDNet

4  E-tailers Try Last-Minute Promotions
Desperate to extend a holiday season that peaked too early, online retailers are trying to entice shoppers with big-time promotions and incentives like speedy air shipping freight for the price of standard ground shipping...
Yahoo/AP

4  Sony's pet robot raking it in
Sony said Wednesday it has received 40,000 orders for an updated version of its popular Aibo pet robot less than four weeks after its launch Nov. 16, marking a smooth start...
CNet