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24 June 2016

Siteblock: Pirate Bay, Torrentz, IsoHunt under spotlight in Australian website-blocking test case (ABC News)

The first test case for the Government's website-blocking laws is underway in the Federal Court in Sydney, with copyright holders pushing to make it easier to shut down alternate pathways to file-sharing websites.

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23 June 2016

Smartphone users temporarily blinded after looking at screen in bed (The Guardian)

Warning: Looking at your smartphone while lying in bed at night could wreak havoc on your vision.

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21 June 2016

Australian pleads guilty to making online threats over Tinder profile (BBC News)

An Australian man has pleaded guilty to making sexual threats on social media, in what is seen as a landmark victory for opponents of online harassment.

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Tech sector brings opportunities to New Zealand by the billions (InternetNZ)

InternetNZ is proud to support a new report that analyses New Zealand's tech sector and brings to light huge economic opportunities that we may be missing out on.

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20 June 2016

Australian broadband speeds set to lag world by 2020 (Computerworld)

Australian web traffic will grow at a rate of 21 per cent a year for the next five years, according to Cisco's latest annual Virtual Networking Index.

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The internet of things: Connected homes will take longer to materialise than expected (The Economist)

The fanfare has gone on for years. Analysts have repeatedly predicted that the "internet of things", which adds sensors and internet capability to everyday physical objects, could transform the lives of individuals as dramatically as the spread of the mobile internet. Providers have focused on the home, touting products such as coffee pots that turn on when the alarm clock rings, lighting and blinds that adjust to the time of day, and fridges that send an alert when the milk runs out. But so far consumers have been largely resistant to making their homes "smart".

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18 June 2016

Vile online abuse against British women MPs ‘needs to be challenged now’ (The Guardian)

Less than two weeks ago, Tulip Siddiq, the Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, was talking about the online abuse she was regularly getting, including death threats. "If I could I would kill you," was just one of them. "Being a female politician, there is no way you are going to avoid abuse. I don't know anyone who has not had to deal with it," she said, adding it could be "frightening and upsetting" and that a group of female MPs had an unofficial support group to deal with it. But at the same time, she also brushed off the effects on her. In an interview with the Sunday Times, she described herself as "a tough middle child" who wouldn't be silenced. Now, the day after the devastating murder of the Labour MP Jo Cox, she doesn't sound so sure. "When I spoke about it before, I was one of those who shrugged it off and said I was not as affected by it as other people," she says. "I felt I could handle it and not let it get to me. What I do know is that what happened to Jo has changed the environment."

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Apple wants to kill a US bill that could make it easier for you to fix your iPhone (Washington Post)

When Jessa Jones found out her kids had submerged her iPhone in her toilet, causing a clog, she thought her phone was a lost cause. It powered on but didn't seem to be taking a charge anymore. The Apple store warns against water damage, which is not covered by the warranty.

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Domain names promoting sex crimes against children must be stopped (Council of Europe)

Governments and internet bodies must prevent web addresses being registered which openly refer to child sexual abuse, according to the Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland.

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17 June 2016

Women use tablets, men prefer Smart TVs, says revealing U.S. data (Computerworld)

The U.S. government is collecting data about tech device use by age, education, sex, and other demographics and analyzing it -- and that data says some interesting things about technology use in America.

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eSignatures: Is the digital age bringing about the end of handwritten identification? (ABC News)

Your signature, your John Hancock, your individual mark, says a lot about who you are.

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Microsoft to help track legalised marijuana sales in US (BBC News)

Microsoft has teamed up with California-based technology start-up Kind Financial, which helps businesses and government agencies track sales of legalised marijuana "from seed to sale".

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16 June 2016

'Spam King' sentenced to two years in prison (BBC News)

A US man who sent more than 27 million spam emails to Facebook users has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

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15 June 2016

New gTLD Registrations Soar Past 22 Million As .STORE Takes Off, While Other gTLDs Shrink

Registrations for the 1,032 delegated new generic Top Level Domains have soared past the 22 million mark to 22.52 million, with .xyz accounting for 6.226 million of these. Plus there was an impressive start this week for .store with 16,000 registrations on day one of General Availability.

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US cable and telecom companies just lost a huge court battle on net neutrality (Washington Post)

A federal appeals court has voted to uphold a series of strict new rules for Internet providers, handing a major victory to regulators in the fight over net neutrality and ensuring that one of the most sweeping changes to hit the industry in recent years will likely remain on the books.

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Social media 'outstrips TV' as news source for young people (BBC News)

Social media has overtaken television as young people's main source of news, according to a report.

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The cat-and-mouse game between China’s censors and Internet activists (Washington Post)

BEHIND THE FIREWALL: How China tamed the Internet | This is part of a series examining the impact of China's Great Firewall, a mechanism of Internet censorship and surveillance that affects nearly 700 million users.

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14 June 2016

Here's the truth about the 'planned obsolescence' of tech (BBC News)

"They don't make 'em like they used to," as the idiom goes. So it would seem for the Centennial Light. An astonishing, record-setting 115 years after someone first flipped it on, this light bulb is still faintly shining in a fire station in Livermore, California. (You can see it for yourself on a webcam that refreshes every 30 seconds.)

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13 June 2016

Australian Election 2016: Labor's NBN policy promises 2 million upgraded connections, embraces 'Operation Clusterf***' cable option (ABC News)

The Coalition and the Federal Opposition have traded blows over the National Broadband Network after Labor outlined how it would overhaul the rollout plans if elected next month.

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12 June 2016

Theresa May’s UK surveillance plans should worry us all (The Observer)

So Theresa May's investigatory powers bill has completed its passage through the House of Commons. It passed its third reading by 444 votes to 69 and now goes to the Lords for further consideration. Their lordships will do their best - and they are good at scrutinising complex legislation - but sometime in the next parliamentary session the bill, substantially unchanged, will receive the royal assent and become law. As a result, the powers of the national security state will have been significantly expanded.

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11 June 2016

How To Choose The Right Domain Name

In the last three years, almost 1,000 new generic Top Level Domains, also called new gTLDs, have become available for registration. This exponential increase from the previous 22 options like .com, .net, and .org. has created a historic change in the way people navigate the web. Companies looking to provide the next big domain extension have sparked a flurry of activity, along with investors looking to cash in on the next domain craze. Before diving into the countless new domain extensions that could make or break your business, Jeannie McPherson, domain evangelist and marketing expert at Verisign, answers some key questions about the new landscape and the implications for businesses and individuals.

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Google's Vint Cerf warns of 'digital Dark Age' (BBC News)

Vint Cerf, a "father of the internet", says he is worried that all the images and documents we have been saving on computers will eventually be lost.

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Why Facebook and other big sites are opposing this rape victim’s lawsuit (Washington Post)

She was a 22-year-old aspiring model from Brooklyn. Searching for a way to crack into the industry, she turned to, a website that connects freelance models to casting agents, photographers and others in the business. She flew down to Miami to meet the agent she had met online and, upon her arrival, he drugged and raped her, according to court filings. Her brutal assault was filmed and posted on the porn website Miami's Nastiest Nymphos. She awoke bruised and disoriented in a motel room with no knowledge of how she got there.

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A Russian Cybersleuth Battles the 'Dark Ages' of the Internet (New York Times)

A sense of menace stirs right off the elevator on the fifth floor of Kaspersky Lab's Moscow headquarters, where a small television screen displays cyberthreats occurring in real time around the world -- a blinking, spinning, color-coded globe brimming with suspicious emails, malware and evil botnets that could be infecting a computer near you.

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10 June 2016

Uber suffers legal setbacks in France and Germany (The Guardian)

Uber's assault on the European market has run into fresh legal roadblocks, after court rulings in France and Germany went against the company.

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