Privacy

Google to face privacy lawsuit in the United States

Rose Powell   12:20 PM   Google slurps up data on most internet users. Now they're facing court to defend their privacy policies.

Wearables

Apple watch patent revealed

An image from Apple's patent shows the so-called 'iTime' device.

10:06 AM   A US patent has been made public that bolsters rumours that Apple has designs on a smartwatch.

Streaming

Netflix tops 50m subscribers

<i>Orange is the New Black</i>'s Laura Prepon and Taylor Schilling.

7:44 AM   Earnings more than double as new episodes from hit series help Netflix surpass 50 million subscribers worldwide.

Social

Smiling selfie at Auschwitz leaves a poor taste

Smiles all round: Breanna's Auschwitz selfie raised eyebrows around the world.

Michael Koziol   More than one million people died within its walls, but that didn't stop "Princess Breanna" from tweeting a smiling selfie at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Internet

Yahoo Ending: Preparing for death in Japan, the Yahoo way

Yahoo Endings can close accounts, delete documents or send letters to loved ones after a user's death.

Anna Fifield   Yahoo Japan is helping people get ready for the inevitable, offering "Yahoo Ending," a service that, among other things, allows Japanese people to send emails to loved ones from beyond the grave.

Confessions

Misery enjoys company: Downtrodden vent in anonymous apps

Vent allows you to notify the online community about your feelings.

Mahesh Sharma   Society is showcasing its best and worst side via apps which anonymously broadcast thoughts to a group of strangers.

Apps

Apple should do more to tackle in-app purchases problem: EU

Europe's mobile app market has a revenue of $18.2 billion, 80 per cent of that from in-app purchases.

Apple has provided no concrete and immediate solutions to tackle the problem of adults and children racking up credit card bills by making "in-app" purchases on tablets and mobile phones, the European Commission has said.

e-Books

Amazon's Netflix-style book service takes off amid publisher spat

Amazon has officially launched Kindle Unlimited.

After the news leaked late last week, Amazon has officially launched a $US9.99-per-month subscription service that lets customers read as much as they choose from its library of more than 600,000 digital books.

Tech

Canberra joins bitcoin revolution

Mr Masters keys in information using the ATM. Photo by: Jamila Toderas

Matthew Raggatt   Canberra is now home to a fingerprint-reading, eye-scanning teller after the first bitcoin ATM opened on Saturday.

Apps

Fans line Kim Kardashian's pockets

Kim Kardashian is set to earn millions from her app, which encourages users to spend up to $99 to buy the star's currency "K Coins."

Mahesh Sharma   Kim Kardashian is poised to become an app-millionaire after lending her name to a re-badged fashion app encouraging young girls to spend $99 on a virtual currency.

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Social

Facebook unveils app for famous people only

Facebook Mentions: an app for celebrities to connect with their fans.

Samantha Murphy Kelly   Facebook Mentions, which some celebrities have already been secretly using, lets famous folk find and interact with people talking about them more easily.

Piracy

Tamper-proof watermark threatens to put digital pirates out to sea

Digital watermarks are "absolutely no impediment to the consumer", says an investigator.

Mahesh Sharma   Illegal downloaders could soon sow the seeds of their own destruction. A new tamper-proof digital watermark that has been developed in Australia is promising to capture information about people who have downloaded and distributed copyright-protected material.

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Tech

Google's 'smart' contact lens might actually happen

Prototype for Google's computerised contact lens.

Drugmaker signs deal with Google to develop contact lenses that can restore the eye's ability to focus.

Social

Who inherits your Facebook when you die?

Grave concern: What happens to your online accounts when you die?

Anne Flaherty   US plan to automatically give loved ones access to a deceased person's digital accounts.

3D-printing

Tokyo artist arrested for distributing her vagina via 3D printer

Megumi Igarashi in her vagina kayak.

Japanese police have arrested 42-year old artist Megumi Igarashi, who used a 3D scan of her vagina to make a kayak and distributed the data to fans who had funded the project online.

Father's online call for photoshopped image after his baby died

Lucy Cormack   A father grieving the death of his newborn baby has turned to Reddit in search of someone to photoshop her image.

Screens

Lean, mean, new-gen screen

A curved screen prototype. With new OLED technology, one can 'print' a screen onto basically any shape.

Henry Cooke   A glimpse into the factory where most of the world's screens are made.

Internet

Digital archaeologists dig up internet's past

Unearthed: Like an ancient city, contemporary internet content might seem mundane to us now but be of vast importance to future generations.

Drew Turney   In an age in which uninterrupted access to the sum total of human knowledge now seems a given, we're in paradoxical danger of losing a lot of recent history, writes Drew Turney.

Tech

Apple brings trade-in program to Australia

Apple customers are now able to take their old devices to an Apple retail stroe to trade in for credit.

Apple will allow its Australian customers to trade-in their iPhones and iPads for credit towards new models.

Services

000 rings social media for aid

Saving lives: New technologies can make 000 even better, says Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Adam Turner   A government study is exploring how the 000 service can take advantage of telecommunications advances and respond to changing community expectations.