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To those tweeting terrorist threats to airlines: what the fuck is wrong with you?

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“My apologies go out to all but why can’t y’all take a joke,” said one Twitter user named Alden Fernandez. This was in response to a tweet he earlier sent to American Airlines that a bomb was “going [to go] off on six of your aircrafts”. This is one of many tweets coming in from some very stupid and idiotic teenagers – because they think it’s pretty funny to send tweets [...]

No, Commonwealth Bank is not running OpenSSL

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Everyone is freaking out about Heartbleed – that massive security bug that may have comprised people’s passwords, usernames and other encrypted information. And rightly so. Many people are now asking companies if they used OpenSSL and if they used the versions that contained the bug. But when the Commonwealth Bank tried to explain whether or not they were running OpenSSL, it made things even worse. That was largely because a blog post [...]

Samsung sues Korean newspaper over negative report

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Samsung is no stranger to threatening the tech media – remember, they threatened to leave two bloggers in Berlin because they refused to promote their products at IFA in 2012. Well, the South Korean company is now suing a Korean newspaper, the Electronic Times, after it wrote a negative news article about the Galaxy S5. The article, published on March 17, claimed that Samsung was having issues with producing the six lenses [...]

triple j announces new digital station ‘double j’

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Before there was ‘real’ digital radio, the ABC was broadcasting a new kind of radio station to digital TVs across the country. In 2002, ABC DiG, as it was called at the time, was an automated radio station, more like a jukebox, focusing on a more contemporary Adult Alternative genre. With no presenters, it was just about the music, though was obviously a very low-budget affair. As the years have gone [...]

4chan adds WebM support for “better animated images”

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Google’s WebM video format now has an unlikely backer. The infamous imageboard 4chan has announced that it will allow users upload WebM videos to the site, in order to provide “better animated images” support. Because the file format is being used as an alternative to the traditional animated GIF, 4chan will only accept WebM video with no audio, that are shorter than 120 seconds long, no larger than 2048×2048 pixels, and [...]

Facebook acquires Nintendo in US$25 billion move

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Despite a partership this morning with the Google Maps team, Ninendo is now officially a Facebook company. With disappointing sales of the Wii U, it’s no surprise that Facebook decided to pounce on the company, known for their incredibly unique and priceless IPs. The deal will include the Mario franchise, as well as many other high-profile Nintendo properties, with the concluded sale to cost US$25 billion in a mixture of [...]

Yahoo to poach YouTube stars for new video service

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Image: Magnus Hoij/Flickr (Creative Commons) Money makes the world go ’round, and Yahoo knows it. Today Recode is reporting that Yahoo will soon launch a new video service to take on YouTube. And while that might sound like a laughable endeavour, with YouTube yet to have a competitor steal their mainstream userbase, the company is hoping that the popularity of YouTube’s own stars is more important than the popularity of YouTube [...]

Crossing the line: YouTube community in crisis as sexual assault allegations are made public

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The YouTube community has been rocked by allegations of sexual assault, emotional manipulation and inappropriate behaviour made by fans against some of the more popular members of the community. It all began last week when a former girlfriend of Tom Milsom, Olga, wrote in a Tumblr blog post that during her six-month relationship with the blue-haired musician, Milsom was abusive and coerced her into having sex with him.

So, who are the Wikileaks Party preferencing in the WA Senate Election?

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Western Australians are going back to the polls on April 5 to pick their six state senators again, after the Australian Electoral Commission lost 1370 ballot papers during a recount. Given the last election was decided purely on preferences, we decided to have a look at one party’s group voting ticket if you decide to vote “above the line” – the Wikileaks Party. Why choose them? If you remember last [...]

Unreleased Daft Punk collaboration with Jay-Z leaks

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I love a good leaked song, and today’s delivery from Daft Punk and Jay-Z is definitely interesting. Originally created for Daft Punk’s 2010 soundtrack of Tron: Legacy, the song, called Computerized, is drizzled with Jay-Z, over the foundation of Random Access Memories-style electronic music. Featuring the French duo’s trademark, somewhat corny, appetite for the future, the song feels unfinished, with Jay-Z’s lyrics leaving something to be desired.  But it’s also [...]

Vox Media to launch general-news website, Vox.com, in 2014

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According to Ezra Klein, formerly of The Washington Post, “there’s a problem in journalism,” one where people don’t care about news. He compares the problem to “vegetables”, where you consume media not by choice, but because you feel you have to. You have an obligation to know what’s happening in the world, but don’t always understand, or even have incentive to care. Or at least, that’s the problem he describes [...]

The #AskHannaForCash thing is most likely a scam

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Meet the Twitter user @princessthot. No one knows who she – or he – is, but she’s responsible for one of today’s trending topics on Twitter #AskHannaForCash. The idea is simple, all you need to do is tweet something with the hashtag, and she – or he – will give you at least $1000 from their father’s PayPal account that contains at least $23 million. First 10k people to retweet [...]

Public Transport Victoria finally releases timetable data to the public

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Image: Stewart Wilson/TechGeek Melbourne will soon get better public transport apps as the government agency responsible for all public transport in the state – Public Transport Victoria – has finally released its timetable data to the public. This means developers can create their own apps with accurate timetable data for trains, trams and buses. Before the release of timetable data, PTV would insist that those who are looking for public transport data [...]

New Australian startup lets lonely people hire a friend – for $60 an hour

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Yes, this is about to be a real thing. A brand new startup from Townsville, Queensland called “Friends for Hire” is about to open its doors – and as its name suggests, it will let those who are friendless hire a friend for “endless possibilities”. Well, except for one. According to Business Insider Australia, Friends for Hire is strictly for platonic relationships. “It’s definitely not a dating website. It’s for [...]

Tumblr becomes the weapon of choice for Apple’s marketing team

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According to Apple, every colour has a story. Or at least, that’s what they want to tell potential young customers using microblogging site Tumblr. While it isn’t out of the ordinary for a company like Apple to flaunt their latest devices in an expensive marketing blitz, their latest attempt to sell the iPhone 5c is a little out of the ordinary. Generally limiting themselves to more traditional advertisements, users of [...]