Snowden's lawyer blasts law against spy leaks

Ben Grubb   6:53 PM   Edward Snowden's lawyer has labelled as "draconian" and "chilling" Abbott government legislation before Parliament that would threaten ASIO leakers with 10 years' imprisonment and make it an offence for journalists to report on information they receive from whistleblowers.


Sex app selfies at Holocaust memorial grind against taste

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe was officially opened in 2005.

Michael Koziol   2:42 PM   Gay men have been taking profile pictures at a Berlin Holocaust Memorial and posting them on Grindr, a sex hook-up application.


Aussie duo turn uni lecture notes into cash

Hugh Minson and Richard Hordern-Gibbings from Nexus Notes in the garage they work from in Darlinghurst, Sydney.

Ben Grubb   2:20 PM   University students are cashing in on lecture and texbook notes by selling them online using a new service built by an ex-AFL player and a Macquarie Bank employee in an inner Sydney garage.

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Digital habits

Australia nears digital tipping point

Smart kids: Gabrielle Jamison and her children Marcus, William and Georgina.

Lia Timson   1:47 PM   A new annual report by Deloitte Australia has found the proportion of Australians owning three electronic devices – a smartphone, a tablet and a laptop – has climbed to 53 per cent, from 28 per cent last year.

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Turn any wall into an Android touchscreen

TouchJet's new TouchPico handheld projector.

Lance Ulanoff   Handheld projectors are nothing new, but TouchPico from TouchJet offers a new twist that could be useful: the ability to turn any flat surface into an interactive screen.


OkCupid defends human experiments

OkCupid's experiments helped refine its systems and provide a better user experience.

Karissa Bell   While news of Facebook's emotion-manipulation study sparked public outrage and investigationsfrom regulators, dating site OkCupid is letting its users know that human experiments are a reality of using the Internet.


Tweens, teens adept at hiding internet activities from parents, McAfee report shows


Esther Han   Most youngsters believe their parents are oblivious to their web activities, while some admit to making fake social media profiles and fudging browser histories to deceive tech-savvy ones, a new report shows.


Kiosks give Opal card users option to travel 'anonymously'

Unregistered Opal cards are now available - but only at select stations at select times.

Jacob Saulwick and Ben Grubb   Public transport users who want to travel via train, ferry or bus anonymously on NSW's Opal card will at last be able to buy unregistered smart cards. But Transport for NSW has confirmed the cards will never be sold over the counter at train stations.

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BuzzFeed fires editor after Twitter users unearth plagiarised articles

Twitter users have highlighted an episode of plagiarism by one of Buzzfeed's senior writers.

Adario Strange   Twitter users' analysis of Benny Johnson's articles set off a chain of events that ended with Buzzfeed confirming at least 41 instances of plagiarism by one of its most high-profile writers.


The emoji have won the battle of words


Jessica Bennett   In their short life, emoji have managed to find an exceptional cultural range. Have we reached a tipping point?


Aussies help bring twitterverse to the really big screen in Glasgow

Co-founders of Aussie start-up Stackla, Peter Cassidy and Damien Mahoney.

Ben Grubb   Whether you like it or not, you - the spectator - are about to become the half-time entertainment.


Hold the phone: Are your devices made to get slower?

Getting old: The iPhone 3G.

Sendhil Mullainathan   Wouldn't many business owners love to make their old product less useful whenever they released a newer one? When you sell the device and control the operating system, that's an option.


It's pens down, PINs in as card payments change over

Security: PINS will become the main form of authorisation for card holders.

Kim Arlington   Consumers without personal identification numbers have been warned they risk being ‘‘stranded at the checkout’’ when signatures for debit and credit cards are abolished from Friday.

#westillcoming: the truth about the viral wedding photo and the 'uninvited guests'

Soon after Ian and Amy Hicks married, they took a photo with a rap group that went viral online.

Kiratiana Freelon   Amy and Ian Hicks saw their unique wedding photo and the story about it everywhere in recent weeks — in People magazine, the New York Post, the Daily Mail and of course on Reddit, where the tale went viral. But they didn’t recognise what they were reading.


Leaked discussion paper reveals Australian online piracy crackdown in full swing

A discussion paper reveals Brandis is keen to crackdown on piracy

Mahesh Sharma and Ben Grubb   Websites hosting pirated material would be blocked and internet service providers compelled to stop their users illegally downloading under proposals being floated by the Abbott government.

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'Dronies' take-off creating aerial headaches

The flight crew at Melbourne's iDrones takes a "dronie."

Mahesh Sharma   The next evolution in self-photography has arrived. Selfies taken with a drone, or 'dronies', have sent narcissistic outdoor performers into a spin.

No limits to creative control

Very cool: Christopher Hills in his workspace.

Katie Cincotta   11:45 PM   Teenager Christopher Hills has found IT solutions to some profound physical barriers.


Regulators zero in on Google over EU privacy ruling

Regulators have quizzed Google over its decision to restrict removal of links to European sites only.

Handling of "right to be forgotten" requests from European citizens criticised as Google restricts the removal of links to their European sites only, not, source says.

Life and tech on show at 2014 MIFF

Wired: Web Junkie is a documentary that takes a look inside one of China’s military-like rehabilitation centres for web addiction.

Cynthia Karena   11:45 PM   The documentaries Web Junkie and Print the Legend deal with the subject of how technology has the power to affect our everyday lives.

Social media users 'feel jealous': survey

Social media users report feeling jealous, according to a British survey.

Martyn Landi   Nearly two thirds of social media users are left feeling inadequate about their own lives and achievements by sites like Facebook and Twitter, according to a British survey.