Top IT news stories of the week

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  • Lenovo awarded NSW DET netbook contract: The Hong Kong-based vendor and Microsoft will provide 220,000 netbooks to NSW school students under the Department of Education and Training’s $110 million mini-laptop tender. Under the arrangement, Lenovo will supply 220,000 IdeaPad S10e laptops to school students in years 9-12.
  • Optus wants in on Internet filter trial: Despite criticism the big ISPs have shunned the Federal Government's Internet filter trial, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, declared Optus has jumped on-board. While there is currently no contractual agreement, Optus has confirmed it is in talks with the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE).
  • S Central, ComputerCorp and Synergy Plus to merge: The three companies will combine as one listed IT integration powerhouse following a major merger agreement. S Central has purchased a 30 per cent stake in ASX-listed ComputerCorp, making it one of the largest single shareholders in the business.
  • Retail crash not the end of IT: Australian retail sales took a substantial hit in February, but IT spending remains strong. The lastest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) retail figures show an overall seasonal adjusted decrease of 2 per cent for February, or $18,873 million. This compares to an increase of 3.8 per cent in December, and 0.5 per cent in January.
  • Budde claims everybody gets a piece of the NBN pie: The Federal Government’s $4.7 billion national broadband network (NBN) contract will be given to a group of contenders, according to Buddecomm telco analyst and director, Paul Budde. While Telstra has been excluded from the NBN bid, Budde conceded the telco still had a role to play.
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