THE WRAP: Telstra bumped, Internet Explorer loses its way

This week Telstra was thrown out of the bidding for the Aussie broadband tender and Ricky Wong cleared his desk in the ATV corner office.

The Australian government said Telstra had breached bid guidelines by failing to provide industry development plans for local business. Telstra is said to be considering legal action.

Microsoft issued an emergency fix for a hole in its IE browser that could allow criminals to take over users' machines by steering them towards infected websites.

Google denied claims it was backing away from net neutrality. Anurag Dikshit, co-founder of online gambling firm Party Gaming, pleaded guilty in a New York court and agreed to pay a $300 million penalty.

Worldwide voice traffic increased 12% in 2008, thanks mostly to mobile calls, said TeleGeography, predicting mobile would overtake fixed-line traffic next year.

For the first time, Apple chief Steve Jobs will not deliver his trademark keynote address at Macworld in January, prompting speculation about his health.

The chip sector shrank 4.4% in 2008 and will further contract in 2009, Gartner said.

Vodafone plans to cut $1.3 billion in costs next year. Orascom launched a 3G network in North Korea. Palm opened an apps store. Canadian telco Telus said it had no plans to bid for Bell Canada.

Normal transmission resumed in the Chinese internet, with censors once more blocking BBC and Hong Kong and Taiwan sites that had been unfiltered over the Olympic period.

The Indian government set a timeline for 3G spectrum auctions. The BlackBerry made it to Korea.

Overture Networks bought fellow carrier Ethernet specialist Ceterus for an undisclosed sum. File sharing service BitTorrent completed a $7 million financing round and admitted it was not gaining market traction.

The ITU approved the standard for next-generation home networking.

An Australian solicitor used Facebook to serve legal documents on a couple who had defaulted on a home loan.

A company in Utah developed a device that uses RFID or Bluetooth to prevent drivers from talking or texting while at the wheel.

And in the first recorded case of "zzz-mail", doctors are studying a woman who sent emails to her friends while asleep.