Imagine if you used the cash you thought you were getting for free from the Commonwealth Bank on Tuesday to buy an iPad, only to wake up on Thursday morning and find out that, not only wasn't it free cash, but your shiny new iPad is now obsolete.
The ZDNet team gives their view on the last week's news, all in the time it takes you to drink a cup of coffee.
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ZDNet Australia team
Suzanne Tindal heads up a team of keen ZDNetters, including journalists Luke Hopewell, Josh Taylor and Michael Lee. You can follow them all on Twitter: @engochick, @joshgnosis, @lukehopewell, @mukimu. Happy listening!
This week saw New Zealand telcos shine through a national disaster, the DSD gets chummy with Apple, AusCERT suffers under legal bindings, all while the Federal Court of Australia handed down the iiTrial verdict.
Has Telstra hit the jackpot with its long-term evolution (LTE) announcement? Does the government worry too much about cloud? Does piracy really cost as much as studios think it does, and can you really have too many lawnmowers?
Those sneaky Androids are creeping into Australians' pockets, but is Apple quaking in its iOS boots? Is there mutiny within pirate ranks? What's the Commonwealth Bank playing at with its core modernisation and should we start planning Windows XP's funeral?
Would you put your significant other on a terrorist watchlist if you could? Do you trust a speed camera? Did Tropical Cyclone Yasi blow Queensland away? Can Communications Minister Stephen Conroy kill your internets?
How do you send a penguin into space? What's really happening with the government's open-source policy? Will Tasmania suffer after David Bartlett's exit and will RIM keep its PlayBook play date with Android?
It's all about breaches this week: whether it's a breach of your data by the University of Sydney, a breach of etiquette by using the floods as a political football or a breach of your pocket as you realise you're paying more for software than the Americans.
As the flood waters begin to recede in what we are now dubbing Brislantis, we talk about the tech companies that went toe-to-toe with disaster.
Has a war broken out over online coupons? Is there a Chinese VoIP conspiracy afoot? What are Aussie retailers really blowing their horns over and does telco advertising go too far?
When Linux finally got a look in from the Australian Taxation Office did you fall over? Did you think the National Broadband Network business plan proved its worth? Do you think we'll ever be able to keep our account number when changing banks? And how about that OpenBSD FBI backdoor?