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Beyond The Verge: Joshua Topolsky leaves Vox Media for Bloomberg, while Nilay Patel returns as EIC

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It’s often been difficult to define exactly what Vox Media’s ‘The Verge’ is. Launched in 2011 by ex-AOL/Engadget bloggers Joshua Topolsky, Nilay Patel, Paul Miller, Chris Ziegler, just to name a few, The Verge, from the outset, looked like the ultimate technology publication. With a star-studded roster, joined by Vox Media’s unmatched video and product team, the website seemed to have a fresh focus and simple goal: to create content for a niche [...]

Microsoft boosts OneDrive space

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Microsoft have today announced that they’ll be making some changes to OneDrive, which includes doubling (and a little more) their free storage tier from 7GB to 15GB. Additionally, users with an Office 365 subscriptions will have their storage increase to a huge 1TB for the duration of the subscription. Microsoft is even slashing the prices for the standalone OneDrive plans, charging $2 a month for 100GB (previously $8.99 a month) [...]

Samsung Australia launches new Multiroom Audio speakers

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Last night, Samsung Australia officially launched the new Multiroom Audio speakers at an event in Sydney featuring Australian DJ duo, Flight Facilities. The new range of speakers include the M5 and M7 (pictured above) triangular speaker, a Soundbar and a Home Theatre System. When multiple speakers are paired with the M2 hub (RRP $79), you can group speakers together and play your music in perfect sync. “Home audio has come [...]

Network Ten axes ‘Wake Up’ breakfast show, 150 other jobs

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It’s no secret that Network Ten has experienced difficulties in building and maintaining their audience in recent years. Today, after days of reports and leaks, Ten CEO Hamish McLennan has announced that the network will be cutting 150 jobs, including the staff of breakfast show, Wake Up, as well as the networks early, morning, and late news bulletins. Non-presenter jobs, such as the jobs of editors, floor managers, camera operators, and technicians will also be [...]

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 [...]

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.

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 [...]

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 [...]

Foxtel’s Presto movie streaming service launches on March 13, will cost $20 per month

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Foxtel’s “Netflix killer” now has an official launch date and price. The company’s new movie streaming service Presto will open its doors on March 13 with a lower subscription price than previously announced. The service was due to come out later last year, but was delayed because of technical issues and software glitches. Customers will now pay $19.99 (instead of $24.99) to access to its wide library of movie titles from the major studios, [...]

Online creators might not know what ‘fair use’ really means – research

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The internet has fostered a remix culture for my generation – where people make use of existing copyrighted content to produce their own works. From remixes of songs, fan fiction and art of Sherlock, to even mashups of movie trailers – all of them exist because of the ‘fair use’ provision in the American copyright regime. However, a new report by Georgia Tech – titled Remixers’ Understandings of Fair Use Online - has [...]

“Controversial” report recommends that Australia reforms copyright law, adopt fair use provisions

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Described as “controversial” by the Attorney-General Senator George Brandis, the Government has finally made public the Australian Law Reform Commission’s report on digital copyright. And not surprisingly, the report recommends that Australia’s copyright laws should include fair use provisions. Fair use allows anyone to sample or transform copyrighted works without the need to get explicit permission from the copyright owner, as long as you don’t take revenue from or harm [...]

Telstra in talks with Google to launch Chromecast in Australia

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Telstra is reportedly in “secret talks” with Google that would see the Chromecast dongles – the search engine’s cheap streaming device that can be plugged into any television set through a HDMI port – officially available in Australia, according to a report. We say officially because there are many ways to get the Chromecast in Australia – though many of the services won’t work without the help of a VPN. Eager customers [...]

Community radio will not end online simulcasts, but the ABC says it has to “consider carefully” future of streaming

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Image: Fod Tzellos/Flickr (Creative Commons) Great news if you are fans of FBi Radio in Sydney, or SYN FM in Melbourne. Community radio broadcasters have confirmed that they will not be shutting down their online simulcasts – unlike their regional commercial counterparts – despite their opposition to having separate licences for internet broadcasts. Until a new licence has been negotiated… the existing arrangement will continue In a message to its [...]