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Google 'Trojans' Internet Explorer with Google Frame

Google, seeking to win over Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) users to its new Google Chrome browser, has launched Google Frame, an IE plugin that runs Chrome inside IE.

Remembrance of things past (a video to make you fear the future)

A dark animated short film set in the future where a major corporation has developed software that stores all the lost memories of humankind. We're looking for something here... Something real.

MIT students develop ‘Gaydar’ software to out social networkers

Two MIT students have developed software that uses an algorithm to analyse friendship associations on Facebook and predict whether users are gay.

MIT students develop 'Gaydar' software to out social networkers

Two MIT students have developed software that uses an algorithm to analyse friendship associations on Facebook and predict whether users are gay.

Wacky Websites: Wonder what you’d look like thinner? Just upload your photo.

ThinnerView.com doesn't promise to deliver you six-pack abs while you munch crisps on the couch watching trashy telly. It doesn't even promise to get you off the couch and into a gym. It invites you to upload a photo of your current self, then digital artists shave off the amount of kilos you wish to shed (2-50kgs) and you are sent the altered image - the thinner view of you - to pin on the wall and remind you of how much better you could look (fatty).

Wacky Websites: Wonder what you'd look like thinner? Just upload your photo.

ThinnerView.com doesn't promise to deliver you six-pack abs while you munch crisps on the couch watching trashy telly. It doesn't even promise to get you off the couch and into a gym. It invites you to upload a photo of your current self, then digital artists shave off the amount of kilos you wish to shed (2-50kgs) and you are sent the altered image - the thinner view of you - to pin on the wall and remind you of how much better you could look (fatty).

Ali G pitches Ice Cream Gloves to The Donald, VCs

Sacha Baron Cohen might be making more waves these days with his other alter egos, Borat and Brüno, but his original breakout character, Ali G (ayyyeee), was where it all began. In this clip, Ali G gets his entrepreneur on, pitching his idea for "Ice Cream Gloves" to a less-than-wooed Donald Trump and a series of bemused US VCs.

Lifelogging everything you see and hear has almost arrived. Scared?

Hanging around Bell's neck wherever he goes is a device called a SenseCam, which takes pictures of whatever is in front of him at predefined intervals (generally within a few minutes) or when the sensor detects a change of light, signalling a change in environment. The pictures are stored on a server along with constant audio, some video and the rest of Bell's "life".

Design unveiled for spectacular eco-friendly Chinese sports stadium

Sports stadiums have typically been Colosseum-type structures, designed to leave an imposing mark on the landscape. However, as reported in the excellent sustainable design blog Inhabitat, Los Angeles-based NBBJ Architects have turned the stadium concept on its head with this proposed design for China's new Dalian Shide Stadium.

The Telstra break-up, the NBN and the public good

Australia’s proposed National Broadband Network (NBN) has been thrust back into the headlines with yesterday’s news that the Rudd Government is taking Telstra over its knee with the firm intention of breaking it in two. Of course, Conroy’s Telstra play is all about the National Broadband Network and competition – more of it means better prices for consumers, and more opportunity for clever Australian startups.

Google Maps adds live traffic information for Australian cities

Earlier today, Google made one of its most useful online services, the Sydney-developed Google Maps, even more useful for Australian users by adding current traffic information to several cities.

Is Steve Ballmer too kooky to be running Microsoft?

It must be difficult heading up one of the world's largest companies. Harder still trying to emerge from the shadow of that company's founder, one of the world's most famous men. And then there's the issue of a new competitor muscling in on your turf - one that can do no wrong in the eyes of the public. How frustrating!

Contract negotiation according to the Marx Brothers

Negotiating contracts is an integral part of business. But the process is rarely as simple as anticipated. In this classic video, Chico and Groucho Marxgive a contract a once over... and then some.

Are you 'fired' up for the Aussie Apprentice?

The US TV series "The Apprentice", like host Donald Trump himself, is not everybody's cup of tea. But we like it. So, of course, we've been looking forward to the upcoming Australian version of the show. The star is Wizard Home Loans founder Mark Bouris, and occasional Anthill contributor Carmen Parnos is one of the contestants. If you haven't seen it yet, here is Channel 9's promo for The Apprentice Australia, which is expected to premiere later this month.

Are you ‘fired’ up for the Aussie Apprentice?

The US TV series "The Apprentice", like host Donald Trump himself, is not everybody's cup of tea. But we like it. So, of course, we've been looking forward to the upcoming Australian version of the show. The star is Wizard Home Loans founder Mark Bouris, and occasional Anthill contributor Carmen Parnos is one of the contestants. If you haven't seen it yet, here is Channel 9's promo for The Apprentice Australia, which is expected to premiere later this month.

SMS payment for school canteen lunch orders now available via Easy Canteen

You might, from time to time, forget to give your kids money to pay for their lunch orders. Or perhaps your children have a habit of using the lunch money you give them to buy lollies instead of the alfalfa sandwiches for which it is intended. Either way, mHITs is hoping both parents and schools will sign up for Easy Canteen.

You think Twitter is indulgent. Check out “hauling”.

"Hauling" = videoing yourself showing off items you have just bought and posting it on YouTube for the world to see. This clip, from the Al Gore-backed Current TV, contains everything that is right and wrong with America.

You think Twitter is indulgent. Check out "hauling".

"Hauling" = videoing yourself showing off items you have just bought and posting it on YouTube for the world to see. This clip, from the Al Gore-backed Current TV, contains everything that is right and wrong with America.

The death of the record industry

Former Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania record story proprietor Paul Mawhinney owns about one million record albums and about a million and a half record singles, making his the world's largest record collection. This fascinating short documentary explores how he built it and, due to a struggling record industry and his own ill health, why he was forced to close his store is now selling his collection. It's a poignant glimpse at impermanence; of a passionate human life buffeted by impersonal market machinations.

uberVU returns with improved online conversation tracking

Last week we discovered that the uberVU team has been hard at work transforming the product based on the initial feedback received from private beta testers. And the public beta version is now live.

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The Alchemy of Negotiation with Matt Lohmeyer [FREE REPORT]

Negotiation is part and parcel of everyday life. Despite this, the idea of honing our negotiating skills doesn’t go down well with most of us. We fear that we’ll end up being manipulative, exploitative, scheming. To help us break the chains of this retrogressive mentality, we have Matt Lohmeyer. He has worked as a professional negotiator in various fields for over eight years and before that, negotiated deals with biotech pharmaceutical and chemical companies. In short, he’s an Alchemist in the Art of Negotiation.

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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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