Internet Turns 40 Today: First Message Crashed System

Everyone surfing for last-minute Halloween costumes and pictures of black Lolcats today—what you might call the 40th anniversary of the Internet—can give thanks to the simple network message that started it all: "lo."

WiFi pioneer John O'Sullivan wins PM's Prize for Science

ALMOST two decades after pioneering high-speed wireless technology, John O'Sullivan has won one of the nation's top science gongs.

The CSIRO scientist was awarded the prestigious Prime Minister's Prize for Science for 2009 for his WiFi technology now found in millions of laptops, printers, wireless access devices and even Nintendo's Wii.

Dr O'Sullivan and his team found a way to speed up wireless networks in 1992 - a problem that had international scientists stumped.

The idea has since generated a windfall for the CSIRO to the tune of $205 million and counting.

First Look: Verizon Droid with Google Maps Nav GPS

After weeks of ads teasing us with glimpses of a handset that could do what iPhones don't Verizon Wireless finally unveiled the Droid by Motorola. This is an impressive phone that flexes its raw data and graphics processing muscle as much as its does its smart features such as Google's new turn-by-turn 3D Maps Navigation service.

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