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Google Offers Real-Time Map Of Australian Fires
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Wildfires in Australia caused over 130 deaths and a great deal of damage this weekend.  Some fires are still burning, too, and Google’s played an important role in letting people keep track of the different hotspots.

Online Advertising in Australia Grows 27% in 2008
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Online Advertising in Australia hasn’t been doing too bad. In fact, according the Online Advertising Expenditure Report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), online advertising dollars in Australia have risen 27% to $1.7 billion over 2008.

Australia’s Sensis Gives In To Google

Randy Newman once sang about building an all-American amusement park in Australia.  Now, Google seems to be bringing this idea a touch closer to reality as there’s word that a major Australian brand will wave a white flag in the search and mapping markets.

More Men Find Happiness Online
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Men find they are happiest when they are surfing the Web and women are happiest spending time with their families, according to a new Australian study on what makes people happy.

The "Happiness Index" study, polled more than 8,500 Australians between the ages of 18-64 and found that rest and relaxation were the most pleasing activities, while physical exercise was the least likely to make people happy.

Yahoo’s Australian Arm Gets Leg Up In Mobile Market

Fair warning: American readers aren’t likely to know a lot of names here.  But Yahoo7 (the product of an Australian partnership between Yahoo and the Seven Network) and Telstra (an Australian telecommunications company) have been bound together by an important new mobile search agreement.

Bogus Sick Note Site Causes Stir In Australia
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A Web site that sells fake sick notes could pose a risk to people’s health and encourage fraud according to Australian Medical Association President Dr. Rosanna Capolingua.

The notes are available from doctorsnotestore.com and cost about $38 each. They contain a local Australian doctors name and practice.

Aussie eBay Users Victimized By Big Seller
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A large eBay seller that had been the subject of numerous buyer complaints in Australia pocketed thousands of dollars in unfulfilled orders before its owner skipped the country.

Hitwise: Still Hope For YouTube Competitors

YouTube is dominant enough among video websites that, in order to keep its rivals from getting squished together at the bottom, it had to be removed from a graph showing Australian market shares.  Still, MSN Video and CNET TV are doing well under its rule.

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An Australian woman known as the world’s oldest blogger has died at the age of 108.

Olive Riley, from Woy Woy around 50 miles north of Sydney, started blogging in February of 2007. In her final post she talked about her declining health but also said she still sings a happy song every day.

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An Australian woman known as the world’s oldest blogger has died at the age of 108.

Olive Riley, from Woy Woy around 50 miles north of Sydney, started blogging in February of 2007. In her final post she talked about her declining health but also said she still sings a happy song every day.

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An Australian woman known as the world’s oldest blogger has died at the age of 108.

Olive Riley, from Woy Woy around 50 miles north of Sydney, started blogging in February of 2007. In her final post she talked about her declining health but also said she still sings a happy song every day.

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An Australian woman known as the world’s oldest blogger has died at the age of 108.

Olive Riley, from Woy Woy around 50 miles north of Sydney, started blogging in February of 2007. In her final post she talked about her declining health but also said she still sings a happy song every day.

eBay Drops PayPal Only Plan In Australia
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eBay Australia has officially dropped its proposal to move to a PayPal only system in the country.

eBay’s decision comes after sellers expressed their anger last week at a conference held by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on the company’s plans to only accept PayPal on the site.

The new plan would have forced sellers to pay fees to PayPal Australia on top of the fees they pay to eBay.

Hitwise Examines eBay’s Standing In Australia
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eBay users everywhere were pleased when the company gave up on making PayPal the only allowable payment option in Australia.  But Hitwise has taken a look at the company’s standing on that continent, underlining what was (and may still be) at stake within its borders.

eBay Australia Sellers Oppose PayPal Plan

Last month the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) introduced a draft proposal to put eBay Australia’s plan to move to a PayPal - only system on hold.

Yesterday in Sydney eBay sellers gathered at a conference organized by the ACCC to discuss the draft proposal before the July 3 deadline for submissions. The sellers urged the ACCC to not to allow eBay to go to a PayPal only system in the country.

Australian Auctions Off Life On eBay
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An Australian man who decided to auction his life on eBay after his marriage ended saw bids that reached $2.1 million in the first day of the sale.

Ian Usher, 44, said in March he was auctioning his life on eBay, that included his $420,000 three-bedroom home in Perth, along with his job at a rug store, his car, motorcycle, clothes and his friends.

Australia Puts Brakes On eBay PayPal Only Plan
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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have told eBay to put its plans to move to a PayPal only system on hold.

"The ACCC is concerned that the notified conduct will allow eBay to use its market power in the supply of online marketplaces to substantially lessen competition in the market in which PayPal operates," ACCC Chairman, Mr. Graeme Samuel, said today.

Gaming Does Not Lead To Poor Social Skills
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People who play video games for long periods of time are not necessarily lonely nerds without social skills according to an Australian study.

The study by Victoria University psychology graduate Daniel Loton revealed that 15 percent of 621 adult respondents were flagged as "problem gamers" who spend more than 50 hours a week playing games.

Australian Email Leaks Concern For Companies

Australian companies are frequently reprimanding and terminating employees for ignoring email security policies and sharing sensitive data, according to Proofpoint’s quarterly survey.

The survey found that 48 percent of the 69 Australian companies surveyed disciplined an employee for violating email policies and 18 percent fired an employee in the past year for violating such policies.

Google Files Objection On PayPal Only Policy In Australia
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eBay users have been curious to find out who submitted an anonymous filing to the Australian regulatory agency that is reviewing eBay’s plan to move to a PayPal only option.

The submission says eBay should not be allowed to exclude competing payment methods. An AuctionBytes reader found a 38-page PDF filing that appears to have come from Google.

eBay To Move To PayPal Only In Australia
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After negative publicity about an eBay plan to require users in Australia to use PayPal-only, its online payment system, rumors about a similar policy in the U.S. were met with a forceful denial from the company.

"In the U.S., we are not mulling, planning, or otherwise seriously considering a move to PayPal-only," wrote spokesman Usher Lieberman on the company’s eBay Ink blog. "There are U.S. market-specific reasons why PayPal-only is something we simply cannot do in the U.S."