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Store Charges $5 Browsing Fee to Combat Showrooming Store Charges $5 Browsing Fee to Combat Showrooming
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In order to combat showrooming, one Brisbane, Australia store is taking to some rather extreme measures. The store is now charging people a $5 “just looking” fee in the hopes of deterring them from using the store as a physical …

Chromebooks Are Now Available In Six More Countries Chromebooks Are Now Available In Six More Countries

Chromebooks are slowly making their way around the world as Google introduces more consumers to its idea of what personal computing should look like. Now consumers, schools and businesses in six more countries can take advantage of the affordable computing …

Australian Miners Fired for Harlem Shake Video [REPORT]
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According to one Australian mining outfit, doing the Harlem Shake on the job is a fireable offense. ABC News is reporting that at least 15 miners at the Agnew Gold mine in Western Australia were canned after posting their own …

Julian Assange Forms Wikileaks Party, Runs For Australian Senate Seat Julian Assange Forms Wikileaks Party, Runs For Australian Senate Seat
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Early last year, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange found that he could technically run for the Australian senate while under house arrest in London. A lot has happened since then, but Assange’s political aspirations have not diminished. The Age reports that …

Google Wins Six-Year Legal Battle Over Ads In Australia Google Wins Six-Year Legal Battle Over Ads In Australia

Google has won a legal battle against the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) after six years in court. The ACCC had alleged that Google enaged in “misleading and deceptive” practices, when displaying ads for a company called CarSales for …

Humans Wiped Out Tiger, Not Disease, Shows Study

A new study from the University of Adelaide has shown that humans, not diseases, were responsible for the extinction of the Tasmanian tiger. The Tasmanian tiger, also known as thylacine, was a marsupial carnivore found in Tasmania until the species …

Python On Plane Wing Is Your WTF Story Of The Day [Video]

I promise not to make any stupid “Snakes on a Plane” jokes. A Python was spotted on the wing of a Quantas Airways plane during a two-hour flight from Cairns, Australia to Papua New Guinea. According to The Sydney Morning …

Milky Way Galaxy “Geysers” Spotted
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A team of astronomers has detected detected huge outflows of charged particles streaming out of the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way. The outflows were detected using the CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope in Australia, and the new research has …

Crocodile Leaps at Tourists in Australian National Park [VIDEO]

Australia has a reputation for housing some of the strangest and most frightening wildlife that the good Earth has to offer. And apparently, even the cute little crocs in the country are thirsty for your blood. Ok, “cute little croc” …

Australian ISP Tells Entertainment Industry To Start Offering Better Service Australian ISP Tells Entertainment Industry To Start Offering Better Service

After numerous delays, the six largest ISPs in America will be joining forces with rights holders to implement a six-strikes policy. The program will seek to educate Internet users on legal methods for obtaining content online. There’s already a discussion …

Samsung Ribs Apple for Australian Maps Fiasco with Hilarious Ad Installation Samsung Ribs Apple for Australian Maps Fiasco with Hilarious Ad Installation
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Earlier this week, it was pretty big news that Apple Maps was apparently leading Australian motorists into the middle of a national park instead of the cozy confines of Mildura. Sure, Apple Maps had seen plenty of bad press before, …

Like Apple, Google Accused of Map Misguidance in Australia Like Apple, Google Accused of Map Misguidance in Australia
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It appears that Apple isn’t the only maps provider that’s leading Australian motorist astray. According to police in Colac, a small city in the Western part of Victoria, Google maps are leading people down a dangerous path. Police say that …

Bon Iver, One Direction Top Aussie Facebook Trends in 2012 Bon Iver, One Direction Top Aussie Facebook Trends in 2012

Like tons of other internet properties, Facebook is joining to party and slowly releasing its year-end data. Earlier this month, we learned that the number one Facebook game of 2012 was SongPop. Today, Facebook has released the top 2012 trends …

Apple (Partially) Fixes Australian Map Issue Apple (Partially) Fixes Australian Map Issue
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It appears that Apple has made some adjustments to their beleaguered Maps product after it was accused of leading Australian motorists into a prickly situation. Yesterday we told you that local police in Mildura were warning people to be wary …

Apple Maps Now Stranding People in the Middle of Nowhere, Australia Apple Maps Now Stranding People in the Middle of Nowhere, Australia

UPDATE: Apple has partially fixed the problem. ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Yeah yeah, we all know that Apple Maps suck. But apparently the problem is worse than adding a few extra minutes to your commute or getting you lost in an unfamiliar …

Melbourne Metro’s “Dumb Ways to Die” Campaign Is Rather Brilliant
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Trains are dangerous things. And if you’re not careful around them, you could end up dying in the dumbest way possible. That’s the message behind a new viral ad campaign for Melbourne, Australia’s Metro Trains. They’ve tapped a local artist …

Google Reportedly Loses Defamation Case In Australia Google Reportedly Loses Defamation Case In Australia
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Google has lost a defamation suit in Australia, which could have bigger ramifications for how it handles situations when people complain about search results. A man from Melbourne sued the search giant after he tried to get Google to remove …

HIV Diagnoses on the Rise in Australia
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Three annual reports on HIV and sexually transmitted infections in Australia released this week show a rise in HIV diagnoses. The reports were released at the Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference 2012 currently taking place in Melbourne. The reports show that new …

Tornado Made Of Fire Might Be The Coolest Thing You See Today

A rare “firenado” was spotted by a filmmaker in Australia recently, and he caught the whole thing on camera–about 40 minutes worth of funneled fury. Chris Tangey said the phenomenon “didn’t even look real” and that he knew he was …

Facebook Sex Rating Page Nets Australian Man Four Months in Jail Facebook Sex Rating Page Nets Australian Man Four Months in Jail
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In Australia, it is illegal to “use a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offense,” and a 22-year-old Victoria may pay a pretty steep price for violating that statue on Facebook. According to ABC News Australia, David McRory operated …

Wikileaks Says Assange Will Go To Sweden If Certain Conditions Are Met Wikileaks Says Assange Will Go To Sweden If Certain Conditions Are Met

Wikileaks, and its Australian founder Julian Assange, have been under fire for the past two months. He has been holed up inside the Ecuadorian embassy since his bid to stay his extradition to Sweden was denied. It all came to …