Weekly Roundup: Apple sets the date and Yahoo and Microsoft finally part ways

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Weekly Roundup: Apple sets the date and Yahoo and Microsoft finally part ways

This week, Apple announced the official date for the 3G iPhone to hit Australian shores, while Yahoo and Microsoft decided once and for all that they can’t cut a deal.

Nokia, the world’s largest mobile phone company, predicts that the role of Linux software will grow in the mobile market, but will still take awhile to become mainstream. Both Nokia and Google have used Linux software in their mobile platforms, but Nokia says the open source operating system is still not mature enough to become mainstream.

Apple announced that the new
3G iPhone will make its way to Australia on July 11
. The new phone, which will be carried through Vodaphone and Optus, will include built-in GPS and will retail for less than the previous iPhone model.

Security research firm, Kaspersky Lab, is reaching out to security and cryptography experts to help crack an unbreakable blackmailing virus with a 1024-bit cncryption key. The virus encodes data from computers, then demands money from the user. Kaspersky said it may take around 15 million modern computers, running for about a year, to crack the 1024 bit encryption key.

Microsoft has filed 21 lawsuits in US Federal Court to fight against those who pirate its software. Eight of the firms in the suit, who Microsoft refers to as “repeat offender software pirates”, have already previously sued by the software giants.

Microsoft disclosed several virtualisation plans it has for the future to heighten the pressure for its competition. It said its server virtualisation validation programme will allow any software vendor to test and validate its software to run Windows Server 2008 and previous editions of the Windows Server.

Telstra has changed its tune and hinted it may resell ADSL2+ services to rival ISPs. The telco has traditionally denied other ISPs access to the network because of fear the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) would force it to sell at low prices. This announcement may mean that the (ACCC) has made assurances to let allow Telstra to dictate its own prices.

Yahoo and Microsoft have failed to reach a merger agreement, but Yahoo says it is close to settling on a search advertising deal with Google. The announcement of the failed deal has signaled a 13 percent drop in Yahoo shares and analysts expect this to be the final end to the merger discussion between the companies.

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