IBM retains Westpac outsourcing throneview story

http://www.itwire.com – This morning top-tier bank Westpac revealed it would renew its comprehensive technology outsourcing contract with IBM for a further five years, with the bank's technology chief Bob McKinnon (pictured) stating the relationship had improved greatly in recent years. (IT news)

Google fleshes out apps strategyview story

http://www.itwire.com – Hot on the heels of Microsoft's new Lync unified communications server, Google is talking up the Google apps platform in Australia, detailing its strategy and revealing two significant new Australian customers that have moved from Microsoft platforms. (IT news)

Future Fund snubs Telstraview story

http://www.itwire.com – Telstra's shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favour of three resolutions at its annual general meeting on Friday. The only problem? The company's largest shareholder, the Federal Government's Future Fund, issued a protest vote against all three. (IT news)

MVNO Lycamobile launches in Australia: on Telstra?view story

http://www.itwire.com – UK-based mobile virtual network operator, Lycamobile, has launched services in Australia, with a focus on low cost international calls from prepaid SIMs. It is reported to be reselling services on Telstra's network. (IT news)

Graphene oxide delivers anti-cancer drugsview story

http://www.itwire.com – Chinese researchers have developed a new drug delivery system that uses graphene oxide. Because GO has an exceptionally high surface area, it becomes a very effective way to deliver drugs, such as those used to fight cancers. (IT news)

Pope accepts lesser of two evils: Condomsview story

http://www.itwire.com – Pope Benedict, the leader of the Catholic Church, has stated that the use of condoms is acceptable if it helps to reduce the spread of AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) in the world.   (IT news)

Kinect’s USB kinnection: unprotected by designview story

http://www.itwire.com – Microsoft changes its stance on “hacking” the Xbox 360’s new Kinect motion controller, saying that taking and interpreting the output from a USB connection is not hacking, whereas breaking into the Kinect’s algorithms or making physical hardware changes is. (IT news)

Bolle iPhone photo printer: bollocks or boldy printing where…view story

http://www.itwire.com – Physical photos: the final printed medium? These are the voyages of the iPhoto-printer, Bolle BP-10, on a mission unconnected with sunglasses, exploring the albums of strange new iPhones, to seek out what the replacement ink and paper costs are, and to boldly go where no dedicated photo printer has gone before. (IT news)

Exxy virtual real estate that’s out of this world!view story

http://www.itwire.com – OMG – if you thought Sydney house prices were expensive, wait ‘til you find out what they’re paying for electrons, zeroes and ones representing a virtual night club in the cyberspace of “Entropia Universe”! (IT news)

Assange pokes a tiger, tiger pokes backview story

http://www.itwire.com – Following allegations of rape a couple of months ago, Swedish prosecutors yesterday announced they wish to have Wikileaks founder Julian Assange returned to Sweden for questioning. (IT news)

No quibbles from Quigley: NBN to cost less?view story

http://www.itwire.com – The head of Australia’s NBN Co, the company that will build a fibre optic network to the premise reaching 93% of Australian homes at speeds between 100Mbps and 1Gbps, has again said that the NBN won’t cost the original figure of AUD $43b and will instead come in much cheaper, but can Government employees ever truly be trusted to let the sunshine in? (IT news)

HP 3079tx - below $1,300 Core i7 allrounderview story

http://apcmag.com – Although a newer model has been released, the HP Pavilion dv6-3079tx still has excellent overall specs and is going for a low $1,299. (IT news)