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28 June 2016

China moves closer to adopting controversial cybersecurity law (Reuters)

China moved closer on Monday to adopting a controversial cybersecurity law, after parliament held a second reading of the draft rules, which carry significant consequences for domestic and foreign business and threaten greater censorship.

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From Julia Gillard to Hillary Clinton: online abuse of politicians around the world (The Guardian)

Hillary Clinton received almost twice as much abuse as Bernie Sanders on Twitter this year, according to a wide-ranging analysis provided to the Guardian that compared the treatment of politicians in the US, UK and Australia.

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27 June 2016

The internet of things: Connected homes will take longer to materialise than expected (The Economist)

The fanfare has gone on for years. Analysts have repeatedly predicted that the "internet of things", which adds sensors and internet capability to everyday physical objects, could transform the lives of individuals as dramatically as the spread of the mobile internet. Providers have focused on the home, touting products such as coffee pots that turn on when the alarm clock rings, lighting and blinds that adjust to the time of day, and fridges that send an alert when the milk runs out. But so far consumers have been largely resistant to making their homes "smart".

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Australian telcos argue costs of compliance and workarounds process in piracy website blocking (ZDNet)

ISPs Telstra, Optus, M2, and TPG have argued that they should not have to bear the costs of compliance in implementing website blocks in their case against Australian pay TV provider Foxtel and media company Roadshow Films.

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Pirate Bay Blockade Lifted By Austrian Court (TorrentFreak)

The Court of Appeal in Austria has lifted an order which forced local ISPs to block The Pirate Bay, isoHunt.to, 1337.to, and the long-defunct h33t.to. In response, rightsholders have made fresh calls for ISPs to block a range of popular movie and TV show streaming sites.

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Rightscorp Pressures ISPs to Hijack Pirates Browsers (TorrentFreak)

Piracy monetization firm Rightscorp is promoting its browser hijacking system to ISPs. In a proposal revealed by Internet provider RCN, Rightscorp suggests a gradual approach where pirating subscribers eventually have to pay a fine to regain Internet access.

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British tech firms eye relocation after Brexit vote (The Guardian)

Brexit has left the UK's technology industry reassessing its position, with major firms putting expansion plans on hold as they consider a move to a continental location.

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24 June 2016

Siteblock: Pirate Bay, Torrentz, IsoHunt under spotlight in Australian website-blocking test case (ABC News)

The first test case for the Government's website-blocking laws is underway in the Federal Court in Sydney, with copyright holders pushing to make it easier to shut down alternate pathways to file-sharing websites.

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23 June 2016

Smartphone users temporarily blinded after looking at screen in bed (The Guardian)

Warning: Looking at your smartphone while lying in bed at night could wreak havoc on your vision.

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21 June 2016

Australian pleads guilty to making online threats over Tinder profile (BBC News)

An Australian man has pleaded guilty to making sexual threats on social media, in what is seen as a landmark victory for opponents of online harassment.

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Tech sector brings opportunities to New Zealand by the billions (InternetNZ)

InternetNZ is proud to support a new report that analyses New Zealand's tech sector and brings to light huge economic opportunities that we may be missing out on.

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20 June 2016

Australian broadband speeds set to lag world by 2020 (Computerworld)

Australian web traffic will grow at a rate of 21 per cent a year for the next five years, according to Cisco's latest annual Virtual Networking Index.

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The internet of things: Connected homes will take longer to materialise than expected (The Economist)

The fanfare has gone on for years. Analysts have repeatedly predicted that the "internet of things", which adds sensors and internet capability to everyday physical objects, could transform the lives of individuals as dramatically as the spread of the mobile internet. Providers have focused on the home, touting products such as coffee pots that turn on when the alarm clock rings, lighting and blinds that adjust to the time of day, and fridges that send an alert when the milk runs out. But so far consumers have been largely resistant to making their homes "smart".

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18 June 2016

Vile online abuse against British women MPs ‘needs to be challenged now’ (The Guardian)

Less than two weeks ago, Tulip Siddiq, the Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, was talking about the online abuse she was regularly getting, including death threats. "If I could I would kill you," was just one of them. "Being a female politician, there is no way you are going to avoid abuse. I don't know anyone who has not had to deal with it," she said, adding it could be "frightening and upsetting" and that a group of female MPs had an unofficial support group to deal with it. But at the same time, she also brushed off the effects on her. In an interview with the Sunday Times, she described herself as "a tough middle child" who wouldn't be silenced. Now, the day after the devastating murder of the Labour MP Jo Cox, she doesn't sound so sure. "When I spoke about it before, I was one of those who shrugged it off and said I was not as affected by it as other people," she says. "I felt I could handle it and not let it get to me. What I do know is that what happened to Jo has changed the environment."

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Apple wants to kill a US bill that could make it easier for you to fix your iPhone (Washington Post)

When Jessa Jones found out her kids had submerged her iPhone in her toilet, causing a clog, she thought her phone was a lost cause. It powered on but didn't seem to be taking a charge anymore. The Apple store warns against water damage, which is not covered by the warranty.

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Domain names promoting sex crimes against children must be stopped (Council of Europe)

Governments and internet bodies must prevent web addresses being registered which openly refer to child sexual abuse, according to the Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland.

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17 June 2016

Women use tablets, men prefer Smart TVs, says revealing U.S. data (Computerworld)

The U.S. government is collecting data about tech device use by age, education, sex, and other demographics and analyzing it -- and that data says some interesting things about technology use in America.

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eSignatures: Is the digital age bringing about the end of handwritten identification? (ABC News)

Your signature, your John Hancock, your individual mark, says a lot about who you are.

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Microsoft to help track legalised marijuana sales in US (BBC News)

Microsoft has teamed up with California-based technology start-up Kind Financial, which helps businesses and government agencies track sales of legalised marijuana "from seed to sale".

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16 June 2016

'Spam King' sentenced to two years in prison (BBC News)

A US man who sent more than 27 million spam emails to Facebook users has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

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15 June 2016

New gTLD Registrations Soar Past 22 Million As .STORE Takes Off, While Other gTLDs Shrink

Registrations for the 1,032 delegated new generic Top Level Domains have soared past the 22 million mark to 22.52 million, with .xyz accounting for 6.226 million of these. Plus there was an impressive start this week for .store with 16,000 registrations on day one of General Availability.

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US cable and telecom companies just lost a huge court battle on net neutrality (Washington Post)

A federal appeals court has voted to uphold a series of strict new rules for Internet providers, handing a major victory to regulators in the fight over net neutrality and ensuring that one of the most sweeping changes to hit the industry in recent years will likely remain on the books.

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Social media 'outstrips TV' as news source for young people (BBC News)

Social media has overtaken television as young people's main source of news, according to a report.

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The cat-and-mouse game between China’s censors and Internet activists (Washington Post)

BEHIND THE FIREWALL: How China tamed the Internet | This is part of a series examining the impact of China's Great Firewall, a mechanism of Internet censorship and surveillance that affects nearly 700 million users.

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14 June 2016

Here's the truth about the 'planned obsolescence' of tech (BBC News)

"They don't make 'em like they used to," as the idiom goes. So it would seem for the Centennial Light. An astonishing, record-setting 115 years after someone first flipped it on, this light bulb is still faintly shining in a fire station in Livermore, California. (You can see it for yourself on a webcam that refreshes every 30 seconds.)

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