Archive for January, 2012

Megaupload closure hits legitimate users

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Following Megaupload being temporarily shut down, it now looks like many other file sharing websites are shutting down world wide due to a US Government led crackdown on piracy.

Unfortunately this is hitting legitimate users of these websites who are now unable to access their files.

Steve Su, an academic in Perth was caught out by the closure of Megaupload.

“It’s like confiscating everyone’s mobile phone because terrorists used them,” he said. “I don’t think it’s correct to penalise the technology because, based on that logic, shouldn’t the internet be taken down, as this is how people infringe copyright?”

You can read more over at

Biggest ever online shopping spree

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

PayPal has revealed the Christmas period was Australia’s busiest ever for online shopping.

PayPal did not announce much much money was spent, but did say there was double-digit growth in the amount of online transactions over the Christmas period compared to 2011.

PayPal spokesman Adrian Christie said today “It’s been the biggest online Christmas for transaction volume,”

“The week commencing December 5 (2011) was the biggest week we’ve seen at PayPal Australia in regards to processing secure payments.”

Mr Christie said roughly 70% of online purchases were made with Australian stores.

You can read more over at the Sydney Morning Herald.