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Pirate Party Hits Australia

The Pirate Party has caused quite a stir this week as it battles to become an official party in Australia. The controversial group, which already has success in Sweden and Germany, plans to tackle issues relating to intellectual property. More news in this week's Roundup.

The Pirate Party has caused quite a stir this week as it battles to become an official party in Australia. The controversial group, which already has success in Sweden and Germany, plans to tackle issues relating to intellectual property.

Google is opening up testing of Google Wave to a further 100,000 users who have registered to preview the product. Both Ribbit and 6 Rounds have created widgets that enable conferencing within the Wave platform. Last week's release of Chrome Frame, the plug-in that lets you run Chrome within IE, didn't generate as much excitement, with both Microsoft and Mozilla expressing their disapproval.

Microsoft has released its free Security Essentials software this week. For those who haven't downloaded it yet, here are some screenshots. The software giant has also finalised development for Windows 7 "XP Mode", which is to be released on 22 October along with Windows 7.

In articles this week, we look at the mistakes amateur IT consultants make, how to configure VoIP in Twinkle, and the latest update of Yahoo user interface (YUI).

We also brought you behind-the-scenes video footage of Tech.Ed to see what hardware the conference is powered by.

Finally, check out Chris Duckett's blog about the dramas he encountered when testing Oracle 11g Release 2.

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