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Heres how Twitter hackers did their huge $250,000 bitcoin scandal

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We know you couldn’t miss it. If you did, this week multiple high profile accounts, such as Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Kim Kardashian, and Apple, had their Twitter accounts hacked. But you really should not sent your bitcoins to this address. It all began with with a teasing message between two naive hackers late Tuesday on the online messaging platform Discord. “yoo bro,” wrote a user named Kirk. […]

The Australian Government just ordered ISPs to block 86 more websites

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A Federal Court judge just ordered Australian internet service providers to block access to an 86 piracy-focused websites and has also introduced a whole new process that may result in those sites being reblocked more quickly if they change their name or web address, a common technique used by these bandits. During COVID-19 Australian Piracy has been on the rise, especially with the closure of cinemas, and production companies are surely sick […]

LinkedIn CEO apologises for employees ‘appalling’ comments during their virtual town hall

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LinkedIn CEO Ryan Roslansky was only days into his new role when he apologised for his staff who made “appalling” comments during LinkedIn’s virtual town hall of over 9000 employees from across the world, which is something you would expect on a local Facebook group comment section. The Microsoft-owned company hosted a virtual town hall meeting on Wednesday to talk about George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis and the racial inequalities […]

Australia To Become 5G World Leader

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A Parliament-first inquiry into 5G mobile technology in Australia tabled its report in the House yesterday. Committee Chair Dr David Gillespie says the inquiry saw the need for 5G to connect Australia and allow for a wave of innovation and opportunities not seen before “The Committee heard that Australia has the opportunity to be a 5G world leader. “ How Australia will get there The committee has agreed that the following recommendations have […]

Government Grills Mark Zuckerberg over Cryptocurrency Platform

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The CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, attended a congressional session on last Wednesday. His next ‘big idea’ of the globally renowned social network to foray in cryptocurrency was met with tremendous disdain. Libra is an about-to-be-launched cryptocurrency, which is securely backed by international assets. Its calling card is the ability to spend it anywhere all over the world. This also poses a ‘big if’ for the central banks and governments […]

Sex Party wants to have the same-sex plebiscite held online (if we have one)

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Put this in the very long list of horrible ideas suggested by Australian politicians that should never ever be implemented. The Australian Sex Party’s leader Fiona Patten is calling for the federal government to have the same-sex plebiscite held online, saying it is cheaper and claiming that it is now possible thanks to “modern technology and current leaps in cyber security.” “Countries like Estonia have successfully moved to complete internet voting where […]

Despite being twelve years old, Sony is blocking people from watching “Numa Numa” on YouTube

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In an odd and perplexing move, Australians can no longer see “Numa Numa” on YouTube. Despite being on the site for nearly ten years, a copyright claim by Sony Music Entertainment has now geoblocked Australians from accessing one of the earliest viral videos on YouTube. https://t.co/fkwO6Rm4El Sorry Australia… but you can still watch the original from 2004 on @Newgrounds! https://t.co/R4J8Jv6UP6 — Gary Brolsma (@Gman250) June 6, 2016 For those who need a refresher, the […]

Labor promises fibre-to-the-premises NBN, but embraces cable

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Photo: Kainet/Flickr (Creative Commons) The question of what Labor will do to the National Broadband Network if it does win the election has finally been answered. Labor has announced today that it will upgrade the NBN to a fibre-to-the-premises network; and will connect an additional two million homes and businesses to the network. Labor says they will cap the cost of their NBN rollout at $57 billion, $1 billion more than the current estimate of […]

Judge rules that iiNet must hand over customer data to Dallas Buyers Club

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Image: Dr Stephen Dann/Flickr (Creative Commons) In a landmark decision, the Federal Court has ruled today that iiNet must hand over customer information of almost 5000 people that the owners of the 2013 film Dallas Buyers Club claim to have pirated the film. Five other ISPs – Dodo, Internode, Amnet Broadband, Adam Internet and Wideband Networks – will also be required to hand over customer information to Dallas Buyers Club LLC. Justice Nye […]

Class President-elect Barack Obama tries to go viral on Buzzfeed

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Like a teenager attempting to be school captain, Barack Obama is continuing his rein of putting Coke-in-the-bubblers by talking to millennials through sites such as YouTube and Vox. Today, though, his voyage to reach a particular pop-politics audience, Obama has found himself on the Buzzfeed homepage, just above a ‘Reality Check’ article called 14 Texts You Send In Your Early 20s Vs In Your Late 20s. In the pandering viral video, Obama […]

Facebook has a problem with “freebooting”, says YouTuber after Bauer Media steals his video

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A popular YouTube creator has attacked Facebook for profiting from “freebooting”, after one of his video was posted without his permission on the social network by German media publishing company Bauer Media. Destin Sandlin, the person behind Smarter Every Day, uploaded a video in September about getting a tattoo in slow motion. Zoo Magazine – owned by Bauer – then downloaded the video; removed all the education content, sponsors for […]

TPG withdraws NBN competitor fibre service after Turnbull’s new rules

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Photo: Kainet/Flickr (Creative Commons) New rules imposed by the Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull have forced TPG to withdraw its superfast fibre-to-the-basement service, which competes with the National Broadband Network. As reported by The Sydney Morning Herald today, TPG posted on its website that it was advised of the new regulations on December 14 that precludes them from selling the service after January 1st of this year unless they taking certain […]

ACCC takes Valve to court over breaches of the Australian Consumer Law

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The ACCC has announced that it will take Valve to the Federal Court over its games refund policy on Steam, saying that it misrepresented or made false claims “regarding the application of the consumer guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law.” According to the ACCC, Valve is alleged to have made claims that customers were not entitled to refunds in any circumstance; that it was not in any obligation to refund, […]

Melbourne’s City Loop to get 3G coverage by end of year, 4G next year

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The Victorian Government has announced today that Melbourne’s City Loop tunnel – which contains the Flagstaff, Melbourne Central and Parliament underground stations – will get full 3G coverage by the end of the year, and will be upgraded to 4G by next year. “It is frustrating when people coming into the City Loop drop off … in the 21st century we need full connectivity throughout our transport system,” Premier Dennis […]

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 […]