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Aussies to pay more for Win 7

If you are looking to make some money in these troubled times, perhaps importing copies of Windows 7 could be for you.

If you are looking to make some money in these troubled times, perhaps importing copies of Windows 7 could be for you. Microsoft has revealed that Australians will have to pay between $50 to $150 more than US residents for a copy of the upcoming Windows release. And vendors wonder why piracy is so prevalent when they slug customers with these pricing structures.

Now if the cost of Windows 7 is small bikkies to you, perhaps you'd be more interested in splurging on Oracle's new Fusion Middleware 11g. The suite contained updates for Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle WebLogic Suite, Oracle WebCenter Suite, Oracle Identity Management and Oracle Development Tools for Fusion Middleware — and if you think that is confusing, just wait until Sun's products get into the Oracle portfolio. Speaking of which, the US Department of Justice decided to extend its investigation into the Oracle/Sun deal.

Firefox 3.5 finally saw the light of day this week and comes jam packed with HTML5 goodness and performance increases. For a breakdown of the new features, be sure to check out our Firefox 3.5 screenshot gallery.

In terms of feature articles for the week, we looked at the current state of C++, the basics of secure administrative privilege use with Unix, and how standards can impede employee innovation.

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