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In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the internet

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 4:01am
While America tucks into Thanksgiving turkey, the world will be taking over the net

On February 8, 2000, the US government signed a contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to run the so-called "IANA functions" – which glue together the internet as we know it.…

Privacy complaints skyrocketed in 2013-14, says Pilgrim

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 3:43am
DoI set Oz government record for privacy fumbling

Privacy breach complaints in Australia nearly tripled between 2013 and 2014, according to the soon-to-be-defunct Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).…

Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 3:28am
USB-serial imitators whacked by driver update

Reports are emerging that chip-maker FTDI has declared war on chip counterfeiters with a driver update that bricks USB devices recognised as fakes.…

Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 3:01am
Unbelievable specs, too

Pic  When Bonhams put a vintage Apple I computer on the block, the Brit auction house thought the tech antique would fetch as much as $500,000.…

Whistleblower behind PM's daughter scholarship leak must wait for fate

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 2:41am
Magistrate says she needs about five weeks to consider the case

Freya Newman, the Sydney student who pled guilty to illegally using login credentials to leak documents about a scholarship awarded to the daughter of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, won't learn her fate until November 25th.…

BUNGA BUNGA: Bone shows humans BONED Neanderthals in 50,000 years B.C.

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 1:57am
Hairy protohuman zig-a-zig-ah revelations

Bone-furtling boffins in Germany have extracted the oldest human DNA yet found – from a 45,000-year-old thighbone found by an ivory hunter in Siberia.…

Disney and chums halt Comcast-TWC, AT&T-DirecTV weddings

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 12:42am
FCC reaches to pull back curtain, TV networks run screaming from sunlight

US watchdog the FCC has hit the brakes while scrutinizing the proposed mergers of Comcast-Time Warner, and AT&T-DirecTV.…

Smartphone giant _____ puts citizens' private data beyond reach of oppressive regime _____

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 11:52pm
And into the hands of _______ that also spies on people

Chinese Apple wannabe Xiaomi says it's spent much of the past year migrating its online services out of its Beijing data centers so that it can better serve customers in international markets.…

How to hit the top of Google's rankings: 'Use a new dot-thing gTLD'

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 11:10pm
You know what they, say – when the Cutts away ...

If you want to get higher up Google's search rankings, it turns out that using a new dot-thing domain – such as .guru or .ninja – may give you the edge.…

Find email DIFFICULT? Print this article out and give it to someone 'techy'

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 10:43pm
Let us sort you out, dunderhead, says Google

Vid  Email has been around for better than 40 years – but Google thinks you just can't handle its fiendish complexity. And lo, the Oompa-Loompas of the Chocolate Factory have developed an application they've dubbed Inbox to make an easy job easier.…

Nokia France leak: Windows Phone DUMPED in Microsoft Lumia revamp

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 9:57pm
Haricots renversés sur Facebook

The French wing of Microsoft's Nokia mobile device division appears to have confirmed some Windows Phone rebranding efforts that have been rumored for the past few months.…

SNIA's Australia/New Zealand chapter winds itself up

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 9:30pm
Board declares mission accomplished

The Storage Networking Industry Association's (SNIA's) Australia and New Zealand chapter has decided to wind itself up.…

Pay a tax on every gigabyte you download? Haha, that's too funny. But not to Hungarians

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 9:16pm
Sssh, don't give anyone any ideas, Hungary

Hungary is threatening to tax its broadband providers for every gigabyte their subscribers use.…

Australia to 'relieve' telcos of need to disclose intercepts

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 9:14pm
Administrivia-reduction measure said to have no consumer benefit

Updated  The federal government's “red tape repeal” policy looks set to reduce the amount of information Australians receive about telecommunications interception requests.…

Is your home or office internet gateway one of '1.2 MILLION' wide open to hijacking?

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 8:18pm
Doublecheck your NAT-PMP settings now

Hundreds of thousands of routers, firewalls and gateways used by small offices and homes are said to be vulnerable to hijacking due to bungled NAT settings.…

Guns don't scare people, hackers do: Americans fear identity theft more than shooting sprees

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 7:24pm
Citizens know their stats

A survey into what Americans fear most has shown that fears of identity theft and being unsafe online outweigh the fear of being shot.…

Chinese hackers slurp iCloud passwords, Apple's CEO jumps into his jet for China

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 4:01pm
Beijing wants answers from Tim 'Demon Headmaster' Cook

Apple boss Tim Cook has met top Chinese officials following a major attack on the security of the iCloud website – an assault that some security analysts have blamed on Beijing.…

Big Azure? Microsoft and IBM ink deal on business cloud

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 3:28pm
Enterprise round-up time...

IBM and Microsoft’s Azure cloud are blending after the two firms inked an enterprise partnership.…

Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 3:00pm
Sneak peek at security features Redmond's baking into new OS

Windows doesn't have the best reputation for security, but Microsoft has been outlining a series of improvements in the new operating system that it believes will stymie hackers and leave corporate data more secure.…

EMC profits flatline as VCE joins the storage-tastic federation

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 2:43pm
Just gotta hope the Fed holds out against activist investors

For its third quarter EMC reported good numbers but the news is overshadowed by the expected VCE announcement and the activist investor pressure on the Hopkinton firm.…