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Ben Grubb

Ben Grubb is the deputy technology editor of smh.com.au, theage.com.au, brisbanetimes.com.au and watoday.com.au

Ashley Madison hack: sex, lies & the internet

Hannah Francis, Ben Grubb and Stephen Hutcheon We all have secrets. Secrets we don't even want our partners and closest family members or best friends to know about.

Hack

Ashley Madison hack explained: what you need to know

Highly personal information from cheating site Ashley Madison has leaked onto the web.

Hannah Francis, Ben Grubb and Tim Biggs Online "cheating" website Ashley Madison is making headlines this week hackers posted details of millions of its users online.

Ashley Madison hack: Blackmail warning after user data published on the internet

There are over 30 million Ashley Madison users.

Liam Mannix, Ben Grubb and Hannah Francis The leak of cheating website Ashley Madison's database leaves Australian security researcher Troy Hunt in no doubt that the information will be used for blackmail.

Meet Chris Rock, the man with the power to kill off any Australian

Chris Rock has found declaring someone dead is too easy.

Ben Grubb Imagine trying to get your driver's licence or passport renewed, only to be told you are dead. A major flaw uncovered by Chris Rock has shown this is entirely possible.

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Mobiles

Optus sets date to switch off 2G network

Still using a Nokia-3310? You will soon need to upgrade.

Ben Grubb Australians relying on Optus' old 2G mobile network have less than 20 months to buy a new handset and SIM card if they want to stay with the telco.

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Apple Music: Telstra gives customers a year's worth of free access

Apple Music, which includes an on-demand streaming library, radio stations and an artist-focused social network, is about to launch.

Ben Grubb Telstra announces it will offer customers on its eligible iPhone plans a free 12 month subscription to Apple Music.

Advertisers battle for new online platforms as teens turn off televisions

Online entertainment hub Amplify NOW powers up in Sydney's Kings Cross.

Ben Grubb With about a third of 14 to 29-year-olds no longer watching traditional TV orpPay TV, advertisers and content producers are looking to new platforms to find an audience.

Wearables

World's first braille smartwatch allows blind to read iPhone messages

Ben Grubb A group of university students in South Korea are developing a world first smartwatch that enables blind people to read messages from their smartphones.

Telstra sets date to kill off Spotify rival MOG

Telstra's MOG service.

Ben Grubb Telstra has finally decided to kill off its music streaming service MOG, announcing the move in an email to customers on Friday.

Games

Brownyn Bishop's Choppergate scandal spawns 'Bronny Copter' game

Bronny Copter: the game in which you dodge newspapers and Tony Abbott.

Ben Grubb It's Flappy Bird meets Bronwyn Bishop's Choppergate scandal.

Optus suffers major mobile network outage in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania

Optus was suffering from a

Ben Grubb Telco suffered from "major" mobile network outage affecting thousands of its customers in NSW and Victoria for three hours.

This is what would make more Aussies stop pirating

Online piracy websites will be banned under legislation passed in the Senate on Monday.

Ben Grubb About 80 per cent of Aussie pirates would not stop infringing even if threat of slow speeds or account suspension.

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It's Man v Machine at the supermarket checkout

Self-service checkout.

Ben Grubb Comment: Will we see the end of manned checkouts soon? There are signs it is occurring.

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Digital life

What ten popular sites looked like 15 years ago

Sites.

Ben Grubb It was the year 2000 and all the .GIF files in the land were uniting on the World Wide Web.

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Australian anti-piracy crusader Graham Burke on illicit downloading, failure and exercise

Co-chief executive of Village Roadshow Graham Burke.

Ben Grubb Anti-piracy crusader Graham Burke says his company will soon be prepared to sue pirates.

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8.8.8.8: The four digits that could thwart Australia's anti-piracy, website-blocking regime

8.8.8.8: Could website-blocking be passed using this simple number?

Ben Grubb Comment: Four digits used to combat censorship in Turkey could be used to render piracy crackdown useless.

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Piracy

Australian senate passes controversial anti-piracy, website-blocking laws

Piracy websites will soon be blocked in Australia.

Ben Grubb Watershed moment for film and TV industry as controverisal anti-piracy laws pass.

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NBN

Prime Minister Tony Abbott makes NBN speed promise his government can't keep

Prime Minister Tony Abbott accused Labor of

Ben Grubb The Prime Minister appears to have unintentionally promised all Australians 50 megabits per second download speeds by the end of the decade.

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Piracy

'I don't like it': Labor MP Ed Husic hits out at 'unfair' anti-piracy, website-blocking bill

Labor MP Ed Husic is the first MP from within the Labor and Liberal parties to speak against the anti-piracy website blocking bill.

Ben Grubb Labor frontbencher Ed Husic has hit out at the anti-piracy website-blocking bill despite his party's support of it, arguing it favours the interests of rights holders over consumers.

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Privacy

NSW Police want warrantless bank data access

Police want access to banking data without judicial oversight.

Ben Grubb NSW police officers would no longer require a judge's sign-off to gain access to the bank statements of people they suspect are engaging in criminal conduct under a police proposal before the NSW...

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