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Internet addresses set for change

The internet regulator has approved plans to allow non-Latin-script web addresses, in a move that is set to transform the online world.

The board of Icann voted at its annual meeting in Seoul to allow domain names in Arabic, Chinese and other characters in what is being described as the biggest change to the way the internet works since it was created 40 years ago.

More than half of the 1.6 billion people who use the internet speak languages with non-Latin scripts.

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.

Latest Facebook redesign

The only thing constant about change is that it sucks.

For proof, look no farther than the 300 million-plus Facebook users who spent last weekend coming to terms to the social network’s latest, but certainly not last, redesign.

The Twitter-like filter-free home page everyone hated a few months back was gone, and the default feed everyone missed so much was back — sort of — though some “friends” are suspiciously absent. Now equipped with a crazy random happenstance of an algorithm, the News Feed seems to update whenever it wants, with whatever info it feels like.

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