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Media briefs: Oz b-day … exclusive watch … Optus oops …

Guess whose birthday it is! Guess whose! OK, it’s not till July, but guess! The Australian is giving everyone plenty of time to buy it the best presents. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Could Telstra and Optus dominate the NBN? iiNet snub a spanner

ISP iiNet has refused to sign up to NBN Co’s wholesale agreement. Is this a major stumbling block, or a chance for Telstra and Optus to earn big?

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Tips and rumours

Fairfax product review … Optus sends jobs overseas … LaTrobe University funding troubles …

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Tips and rumours

Optus redundos … anti-Maccas group has Facebook page censored … Liberals at it again with the wrong electorate …

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Tips and rumours

Optus to shed as many as 375 jobs … big business R&D perks “a great lurk” … which paper is hiring across the board? …

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Media briefs: Olso’s Age over … Rundle mag watch … Oz wins PANPA …

In today;s Media Briefs: Front Page of the Day … The Oz wins PANPA newspaper of the year … Optus TV Now appeal rejected by High Court … NI tries to block Elle aide’s phone-hack lawsuit …

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National environmental approvals and the public service

Crikey readers have their say.

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Paul Barry to Stephen Conroy: roam wasn’t built in a day, but fix it

Optus and its fellow phone companies blame those pesky foreign companies for charging outrageous rates. But …

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TV Now: Federal Court’s anti-consumer, anti-cloud decision

Today’s Federal Court decision on TV Now is a VCR decision for the internet age, but the key media players will be relieved, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer

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Foxtel-Austar merger a terrible competition decision

The ACCC missed a major moment in the history of regulation in this country and a chance to boost national productivity and the pace of technological change, say Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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If Huawei is OK within Defence, why sensitivity about the NBN?

The ban on the Chinese telecoms hardware and products company Huawei becoming involved in the NBN is odd to say the least.

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Poor fellow my country

Crikey readers have their say.

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Thinking of the kids as the net flattens information hierarchies

Attempts to legislatively address the TV Now “problem” will fail - and the solution is staring rights holders in the face.

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A simple copyright amendment? Sports chiefs don’t understand

Our copyright law is a wondrous complex beast, and even apparently simple tweaks carry the potential for significant unintended consequences, writes Kimberlee Weatherall, an associate professor in Sydney University’s Faculty of Law.

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AFL, NRL appeal likely, but Optus TV ruling the right call

Justice Rares in the Federal Court yesterday cut a large chunk out of the value of sports broadcasting rights in new media by ruling that Optus is allowed to offer its TV Now Service, writes Kimberlee Weatherall.

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Bartholomeusz: bracing for a local credit shock

There are at least two obvious routes through which the ongoing turmoil in European credit markets could be transmitted into this market and economy.

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How the NBN came to my house (and how much faster it is)

The prospect of being connected to this high-speed broadband network in the next few months sent me scurrying for information, writes Amanda Gearing, a freelance journalist in Toowoomba.

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Bartholomeusz: Optus’ NBN collateral damage

On the same day that Telstra and NBN co-signed their deal, NBN Co announced it would pay Optus $800 million to shut down its cable network.

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Coalition must adjust to life with fibre

The deals between the NBN and Telstra and Optus lock in the NBN and make life immensely difficult for the Liberals in communications.

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Build the NBN, but be careful of the detail: Optus boss

Optus’ CEO is frustrated by the debate around the NBN. The telecommunications industry faces a “critical period”, he says, but the discussion is little more than a polarised argument about whether to build it.

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Miners big on donations, but not on disclosure

Several companies and individuals have been identified in Liberal and Labor documents as making donations, but were not recorded on the AEC website as having made any returns, as they’re required to do.

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Cox: NBN the scariest business model I’ve ever seen

No wonder the minister delayed releasing the NBN plan until after the end of the parliamentary year and why he will never let it be exposed to a cost benefit analysis, writes Peter J.Cox, of Cox Media.

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It was a dark and stormy afternoon…

A Crikey Commenter’s story…

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iPad data plans: how does Australia compare?

The iPad is hitting Australian shores on May 28 and the telcos are putting forth their data plan offerings. How does Telstra and Optus prices hold up against the UK and the US plans?

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Telstra’s iPhone stuff-up: network is no (3) gee whiz

In a bid to curb an exodus of customers to Optus and Vodafone, Telstra last week announced that it would be reducing the cost of iPhone handsets by $100 until Christmas.

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