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ISPs should police web pirates: Tina Arena

Ben Grubb 2:54 PM   Chorus of high-profile Australian artists urging the government to act on online piracy.

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Brandis hides his metadata

Ben Grubb 1:37 PM   Attorney-General George Brandis wants law enforcement agencies to be able to see your metadata without a warrant but won't let you see his.

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GoPro making consumer drones: report

Google's shake-proof spoon

Maker of surveillance app gets $587,000 fine

Framed review: beauty in motion

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Courts

Australian courts' $1 million a year, 24-kilometre high paper problem

Ben Grubb   If you were to stack every paper document held in the storage facilities of Australia's Federal Circuit Court and Family Court they'd stand about 24 kilometres high.

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Apps

Facebook brings anonymous chat app Rooms to Australia

Stand-alone app mimics traditional internet chat rooms by allowing users to chat with strangers on niche topics.

Games

Far Cry 4 review: mountains and madness

Tim Biggs   This versatile, surprising open-world shooter set in the Himalayas has lofty ambitions and achieves nearly all of them.

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Search

Google settles case with victim of extreme trolling

Jeremy Hodges and Aoife White   A former Morgan Stanley banker has settled his suit with Google over "vile" comments on the internet accusing him of being a Nazi and a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

Social

Twitter chief caught out in embarrassing direct message fail

Sarah Frier   It seems even the higher-ups at Twitter sometimes send a message public when it was meant for one pair of eyes only.

Data

Fitness tracking data in courts – persuasive, but not conclusive

Suneel Jethani, Angela Daly   Beyond simply counting steps, fitness tracking technology creates personal black boxes that archive everything we do – even sleeping. So can it be used as evidence in court?

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Security

Sony denies PlayStation hacked

Matthew Codd   Hacker group claims to have published details for thousands of PlayStation Network.

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Social Radar

Why no one cares about privacy

Laura Demasi   If the sheer frequency of headlines is anything go by, you could be forgiven for believing that Australians everywhere are up in arms over their privacy online. But that's not the case.

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Hands on: Sony PlayStation TV

Adam Turner   Sony's tiny set-top box aims to deliver much of what's missing from the PlayStation 4, but falls short.

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Blogs & Columns

Gadgets on the Go

Super-thin smartphones make the case for serious protection

Adam Turner   Coming to grips with a new phone might mean conceding that you need a case.

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Imaging

New tool to silence noisy pictures

Terry Lane   DxO Optics Pro has an almost miraculous ability to distinguish between the good pixels – the fine detail – and the bad – the noise.

MacMan

Users monitor consumption with menu monitor

Garry Barker 11:45 PM   During its seven years of service, iStat Menus has been downloaded millions of times.

Astronomy

Geminid meteor shower to light up skies

Perry Vlahos 12:21 PM   The Geminid meteor shower can produce as many as 30 to 40 meteors an hour during peak activity over Australia. This year’s peak is overnight on December 13-14.