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The Pirate Bay may have lost, but the battle has just begun

By the time Swedish police raided and shut down the world's most infamous file-sharing site, The Pirate Bay, on December 9, many of those involved in …

Lawquake! Judge rules that explaining jailbreaking isn't illegal

A federal judge in New York has ruled that telling people where to get DRM-removal software isn't against the law -- it's a huge shift in the …

The Dark Lord's Handbook: Conquest

It is not easy being a Dark Lord rising. Luckily Morden still has the handbook in this sequel, <i>The Dark Lord's Handbook: Conquest.</i><p>I was eager to read …

Grand Theft Auto 5, Australian culture, and how the American press misses the point

The decision to remove <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i> from the shelves of Target and K-Mart stores in Australia caused quite the reaction, especially in the American gaming press.<p>The move was discussed, argued over and written about, but the act itself took place in Australia, and reflects Australian culture …

Google launches app that will bring live channels to Android TV

Google today released an app that will eventually allow Android TV devices to watch live television. The app, plainly named "Live Channels for Android TV," appeared on Google Play today with no word or any announcement from Google. Maybe that's not surprising, as you can't install it on any current …

5 Flashpoints in Tech Giants’ Fights With Europe - Briefly - WSJ

U.S. technology companies are in pitched battles with Europe’s sovereign states, raising questions over whether the Internet will fragment as European governments seek to protect local data.<p>Here’s what the fights are about:

Australia named worst-performing industrial country on climate change

Australia has been named the worst-performing industrial country in the world on climate change in a report released at international negotiations in Peru.<p>The climate change performance index ranked Denmark as the best-performing country in the world, followed by Sweden and Britain.<p>Among the …

Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio Review

The HTC Nexus 9 is Google’s latest tablet running pure, unadulterated Android, and it’s a very capable piece of hardware, made better because it’s running Lollipop, which is a big step up for Android overall. Google has just begun shipping Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio accessories, too, which give the …

Apple loses appeal, cannot trademark ‘App Store’ in Australia

An Australian court has rejected Apple’s appeal against the country’s refusal to allow it to trademark the term ‘App Store,’ reports the <i>Sydney Morning Herald</i>.<p>The Registrar of Trade Marks refused registration of Apple’s “app store” trademark in March last year because it was too descriptive. Apple …

LNP took donations from coal seam gas companies, Senate inquiry told

Queensland’s ruling party took tens of thousands of dollars in donations from coal seam gas companies despite one of its senators denying it received any contributions a federal inquiry has heard.<p>Donor records show the Liberal National party (LNP) had taken more than $65,000 from two companies in …

What You Need To Know About The Australia China Free Trade Agreement

The free trade agreement is front-page news in Australia and business page news in China. That being said, what do you need to know about it?<p>​After the G20 summit in Brisbane wrapped up, Chinese Premier Xi Jinping stuck around to address the Australian Parliament yesterday afternoon, and was here …

New York City Has A New Plan To Give Everyone High-Speed WiFi Internet Access For Free

The plan, called LinkNYC, will replace the city's aging pay phone system with "Links."<p>Links are hubs for free Wi-Fi that run at up to gigabit speeds, and they offer a bunch of other services, including free phone calls within the U.S., access to 311 and 911, a free charging station for your phone, …

Tor users' IP addresses can be identified by exploiting routers

The fact that feds have seized Silk Road 2.0 <i>and</i> a bunch of other shady websites hiding behind Tor's technology proves that the browser doesn't provide the perfect cloak of anonymity. Now, a series of studies conducted between 2008 and 2014 gives us a clearer idea of just how vulnerable the browser …

Skeptic says bitcoin will “always be currency of the future”

Remember when bitcoin was going to disrupt the world’s banking system? That was two years ago and, while new payment platforms like Venmo and Apple …

Toshiba joins other tech giants in growing super-clean vegetables

The name "Toshiba" conjures images of stacks of laptops piled high and maybe the occasional television, but the Japanese electronics giant is turning its attention to something just a little more humble: lettuce. Well, spinach too. And swiss chard. <i>Quartz's</i> Dan Frommer tells the tale of a …

Anonymous takes over Ku Klux Klan's Twitter account

The internet activist group Anonymous has responded to Twitter taunts from the Ku Klux Klan by taking over its US Twitter account.<p>The Twitter spat began after the KKK allegedly threatened protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, as the area awaits an imminent court decision over the killing of Michael …

BitTorrent Opens Its Paygate Premium Content Bundles To All Artists, Giving Creators A 90% Cut

BitTorrent, the peer-to-peer file distribution network that has been repositioning itself as a legit friend and home to the creative industries, is today embarking on the latest phase of its strategy to build a bigger business model for itself, and the musicians, filmmakers and others whose content …

Overtime pay in danger as big business pushes for changes

Stephen Smith, the group's industrial relations director, said the provision was already commonly included in other Australian workplace deals.<p>"We …

The Workplace

Australia suffers another cringeworthy moment during G20 summit

The Group of 20 summit could have been Australia's moment, signalling its arrival as a global player, some here argued. But in all, the summit had …

Australia

High Court rejects challenge to Queensland’s criminal gang laws

Virtually overnight, belonging to one of the 26 outlaw motorcycle gangs essentially became a criminal act. Members and associates were banned from …

'I smell' confession leads Pope Francis to install showers for homeless at St Peter's Square

Pope Francis has ordered the installation of showers for the homeless next to St Peter's Square after a street dweller declared himself too smelly to …

Working a Minimum Wage Job Should Be the UK's New National Service

A year in the shoes of your average worker might give Britain's political leaders a little more perspective.<p><i>This post originally appeared in VICE UK​</i><p>I was at work a little over a week ago when a greasy-haired man walked in and transferred a substantial amount of his stomach contents onto and across …

How I Will Win The G-20 By Tony Abbott

"The G-20 is a very important meeting where the world's most vital matters are to be discussed, and I'm here to tell you that Australia is going to win."<p>​This weekend, Australia will be hosting the G-20 Summit.<p>For those unfamiliar, the G-20 is a special gang that can only be joined by the world's …

Young Aussies politically engaged but dissatisfied, favour system overhaul: survey

A growing number of Australians feel powerless about the process of democracy in Australia and favour changes including a 'none of the above' option …

Inside a Happy Family Home With Vivid Colors

Miles Redd dreams up amazing color and pattern.<p>Only decorator Miles Redd could dream up the colors and pattern combinations in this Manhattan apartment. And it's exactly the look this growing family refused to lose when they had to move. Read the interview with Redd here.

Interior Design

7 Common Misconceptions About Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence, or AI, is a field that has captivated our imagination for decades. However, the field has had a rocky past with several …

United Nations raises serious concerns about Australia's immigration policies

The United Nations Committee Against Torture has raised serious concerns about the Australian Government's immigration policies and about conditions …

Digitally-Enhanced Boardgames Have Arrived and Golem Arcana Is a Winner

Reading Time: 8 minutes<p>There are a number of games these days that experiment with the convergence of technology and boardgames: Fantasy Flight’s …