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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 […]

Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox goes offline, as document leak alleges massive theft of Bitcoins

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If you have invested in Bitcoin, then your week is about to get a little bit worse. One of the world’s largest Bitcoin currency exchanges, Mt. Gox, appears to be dead after its website began showing a blank page. Meanwhile, a leaked document claims that at least US$375 million worth of Bitcoins may have been stolen. The document published by TwoBitIdiot, titled “Crisis Strategy Draft” has suggested that Mt. Gox “can go […]

Spotify finally announces an update to their Windows Phone app

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While Spotify has had a Windows Phone  app for a while, it was lacking in features, performance and overall support from Spotify. However, today Spotify announced that they’ll be updating their Windows Phone app to bring it further into line with the other platforms. While Spotify currently employ the “Metro” look and feel to the current app, the updated app looks like something from Android. Even so, the app will […]

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, […]