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How Airbnb is glad-handing its way to legality in Australia

Since Airbnb officially arrived in Australia in 2012, the short-term property rental giant has been extending its power and popularity, all with the …

Australia

Judge rules in favor of Apple in key case involving a locked iPhone

A federal judge in New York ruled in favor of Apple on Monday, saying that an obscure Colonial-era law did not authorize him to force the firm to lift data from an iPhone at the government’s request.<p>The ruling is not binding in any other court, but it takes on an outsize importance as the U.S. …

Privacy

Turning tables: How technology is shaking up restaurant reservations, and profits

It is not yet seven o'clock on a frigid Friday night, and there is already a lineup at Pizzeria Libretto. All the tables at the hip Neapolitan-style restaurant on Ossington Avenue in downtown Toronto are spoken for. Standing in small clusters, hopeful diners scan the room, eyeing other people's …

The CIA is giving its surveillance tech to US law enforcement

The Justice Department's newest electronic dragnet--plane-mounted "dirtboxes" that can slurp thousands of cellular phone ID's from the air -- was originally developed by the CIA to hunt terrorists in the Middle East, <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports. Now however, it's being used domestically to track …

Surveillance

Australia to Trial New, Free Classification System for Online Games

More classification reform on the way.<p>Minister for Justice Michael Keenan has announced that Australia will soon commence a year-long trial of a new …

Disney announces Disney Infinity 2.0 mobile built w/ Metal, new ESPN app, and more during today’s special event

Today’s Disney Mobile Product Showcase kicked off with Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, sharing a Steve Jobs anecdote. No matter the time or place it’s always incredibly interesting to hear personal stories of Apple’s late leader.<p>Iger recalled the time when he contacted his buddy Jobs with what he thought …

iTunes U 2.0 iPad Review: Education for Everyone?

Being a teacher and a die hard geek, I’ve long been searching for a way to take my courses online in a meaningful way where students can engage in their work in Martini fashion (anytime, anywhere, not drunk). There have been lots of, what we might call ‘Virtual Learning Environments’ over the last …

Too much time on web 'gives children mental health problems'

Public Health England said children who spend too long on the internet face social problems such as loneliness, depression and anxiety<p>Children who spend too much time on the internet are developing mental health problems, according to government health advisors.<p>Those who sit behind a screen for …

Turkey has censored more than 100 tweets in the past week

More than a month after Turkey lifted its Twitter block, the country's government is still keeping a close eye on any potentially embarrassing tweets. This week alone, Turkish courts have filed five separate takedown motions to Twitter HQ, requesting the removal of over a hundred tweets. Most of …

The Mythical 'Map Of The Internet 2.0' Is Even Better Than The First

Amateur graphic designer Martin Vargic has put together the second version of his "Map of the Internet," and not surprisingly, it's even better than the first.<p>His original map, put together using Photoshop along with data from Alexa, featured websites as different countries within different …

Japanese Broadcast Official: We Didn't Commit War Crimes, the U.S. Just Made That Up

In the clearest signal yet of U.S. unhappiness with the rightward tilt of Japan’s political leadership — and by extension, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe …

Kazakhstan May Drop the 'Stan' for Geography-Impaired Westerners

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Kazakhstan is tired of geography-impaired Westerners confusing it with those other inferior -stan …

Scotland's Parliament Legalizes Gay Marriage

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The Scottish Parliament overwhelmingly passed a bill on Tuesday that will legalize gay marriage in …

Facebook Estimates Between 5.5% and 11.2% of Accounts are Fake

Last week, during its fourth-quarter earnings report, Facebook revealed it had 1.23 billion monthly active users, 757 million daily active users, 945 million monthly active mobile users, and 556 million daily active mobile users. In its 10-K filing published on the weekend, the company estimated …

FiftyThree Asks Facebook to Change the Name of its Paper iPhone App

Oh dear. FiftyThree isn’t happy with Facebook’s decision to brand its new iPhone app ‘Paper‘. The company has an app of its own that uses the same name – it’s a well-known app for drawing on your iPad – and has picked up numerous awards since its initial release in March 2012.<p>In a blog post, …

White House suggests Iran sanctions bill could draw U.S. into war

WASHINGTON -- The White House launched a harsh attack on supporters of a Senate bill to impose fresh sanctions on Iran, suggesting that they have a hidden goal of drawing the country into another Mideast war.<p>If supporters "want the United States to take military action, they should be up front with …

South Asia

Central African Republic president's resignation brings joy and fear

The interim president of the Central African Republic (CAR) has resigned after a disastrous nine-month rule, prompting celebrations on the streets but fresh anxiety about a power vacuum and revenge attacks against Muslims.<p>The fate of Michel Djotodia, a rebel who became the country's first Muslim …

The most photographed places in the world

These are the most photographed places in the world according to Google Maps' Panoramio service, which collects geolocated images uploaded by Google …

Google Maps

New e-waste map shows the global toll of electronics

All of our used electronics are here to stay — unfortunately, we haven't figured out what to do with them yet. A new interactive e-waste map, created by the UN partnership organization StEP Initiative, shows that the volume of our e-waste, or any disposed item with an electrical cord or battery, is …

China's first moon rover lands — and starts rolling over the lunar surface

BEIJING — China on Saturday successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, state media said. Hours later, video footage showed the probe's rover rolling onto the lunar surface.<p>The achievement marked the next stage in an ambitious space …

Space Science

Exclusive: McCain Flies to Ukraine as Protests Rage

As pro-euro protests continue to rock Kiev, the senator is flying there to show support—the highest-ranking American official yet do so.<p>Sen. John …

Nelson Mandela: Hundreds break through police barrier to see Madiba

Hundreds of South Africans pushed their way past a police cordon in a bid to see Nelson Mandela's body, in the final moments of his lying in state.<p>The group bustled past officers after they, along with tens of thousands of other mourners, were told they would not get to pay their last respects to …

South Africa

Execution of Kim Jong-un's uncle raises fears of instability in North Korea

North Korea's brutal purge and execution of Kim Jong-un's uncle has raised fears of instability in a state with a nuclear weapons programme and a willingness to ratchet up regional tensions.<p>Jang Song-thaek was accused of everything from plotting a coup to instigating disastrous currency reforms and …

Vast Freshwater Reserves Discovered Under Ocean Floor, Scientists Say

Massive reserves of “freshwater” are buried beneath the seabed on continental shelves around the world, including off Australia, China, North America and South Africa.<p>This is the conclusion of a new study by a team of Australian scientists that appears in this week’s issue of the journal, …

BBC News (World) on Twitter: "South Korea expands its air defence zone, now partially overlapping with China's zone http://t.co/LdkFq7uayh http://t.co/sxhHUBJnov"

Replying to @<b>BBCWorld</b><p>“@<b>BBCWorld</b>: South Korea expands air defence zone, partially overlapping with China's zone http://bbc.in/1ciycKi …