2019 is almost done, but before you head off on your Christmas leave, its time to reflect on the massive year that was. Reflecting on the moments and trends is YouTube’s annual video #YouTubeRewind.  The video has been fairly hit and miss and YouTube did exactly the right thing by calling...
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    A Sony-backed ISP in Japan has launched a 2Gbps home internet service, which it claims is the fastest internet service in the world for home use. The service began to be offered yesterday to homes, apartments and small business’ in Tokyo and will only cost around $50(AUD) a month...
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  • Conroy launches new Internet Basics website

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    Over the past 17 years, more than 100 million people around the world have used eBay. Today eBay are revamping their brand, including their logo, which you’ll notice isn’t updated on either ebay.com or ebay.com.au. That’s because it’s only an announcement today, the logo doesn’t actually go live till...

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