Google forced to apologise after contractor threatens to remove gay bars from search engine

Michael Koziol 6:19 PM   For a company that prides itself on being a┬ápride ambassador, this was an awfully embarrassing gaffe at the hands of a contractor thousands of kilometres away.

1986: Bill Gates and the Windows to the future of computing

Bill Gates: from a computer hack at university to a pioneer of personal computers.

Gareth Powell 6:03 PM   Computer Editor Gareth Powell talks to Bill Gates, an American Pioneer of personal computers.

Games

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

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

Ben Grubb 4:47 PM   It's Flappy Bird meets Bronwyn Bishop's Choppergate scandal.

Digital life

Google Plus gets dismantled by tech giant

Google is moving features once integrated into Google Plus into other services.

Dino Grandoni 2:49 PM   For many users, Google Plus accounts don't get all that many visits. Now, Google seems to be indicating it, too, will be paying less attention to its social network.

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Phones

LG announces new Android-powered flip phone

The LG Gentle: The T9 keyboard returns in a cushy faux-leather flip phone thing that runs Android Lollipop 5.1

Tim Biggs 2:39 PM   Meet the LG Gentle, a brand new Korean phone with an incredibly Korean name that runs the very latest Android software but has a physical T9 keyboard.

Beijing police shut down iPhone counterfeiting operation

Apple is one of the most popular brands in China. Pictured here is a real iPhone 6 Plus.

Gerry Shih 9:07 AM   Police in Beijing have busted a factory that produced more than 41,000 fake iPhones worth as much as 120 million yuan, including some that reached the United States, and have arrested nine suspects in the counterfeiting operation.

Cars

Research to assess whether recording driver behaviour makes them safer

Insurance Box requires policy-holders to have a telematics box installed in their car.

Tim Biggs 8:16 AM   Researchers are to study whether a device that measures how safely a vehicle is driven affects the way young people behave behind the wheel.

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Podcasts

Apple celebrates 10 years of podcasting

Podcasting

Peter Wells   Apple is celebrating 10 years of podcasting in iTunes, and like many podcast fans I've taken this as an opportunity to look back on the last decade of radio in mp3 format.

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Retail

How Amazon went from web start-up to the world's biggest retailer

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was made up to $US7 billion richer on paper following the firm's surprise profits.

Marion Dakers   Twenty years online have taken the firm from books to bandwidth rental and a market value of $US250 billion.

e-sports

Drug testing comes to competitive gaming

Kory Friesen, left, in an interview with gamer and streamer Mohan Govindasamy, said he used Adderall in a tournament. In response, the Electronic Sports League said it would create anti-doping standards.

Nick Wingfield, Conor Dougherty   As the cash prizes for e-sports grow ever bigger, new temptations present themselves to players.

The Great Australian TV delay

Empire, Sunday 15 Feb 10pm on Ten. MMag FTA TV Previews for Sunday 15 Feb by Melinda Houston. Image supplied by Melinda Houston.

Graham Spencer   Ask any avid TV fan in Australia and they will tell you that many of the best TV shows take weeks (or months) to air on Australian TV or become available via online streaming services.

This YouTube star says the internet has not made her rich

Portrait of Video Blogger - Natalie Tran

Mark Dapin   She's one of YouTube's biggest Aussie stars and her videos have been viewed more than half a billion times.

Connected cars vulnerable to attack from all sides

Modern cars are connected in many different ways, from smartphone integration to wireless tire pressure monitors.

Craig Timberg   As our cars begin to resemble computers on wheels more than old-fashioned automobiles, the number of attack surfaces - or places where intrusions can start - is growing.

Ten facts about the world's most successful retailer

A man looks at his Apple iPad in front an Apple logo outside an Apple store in downtown Shanghai.

Stephen Hutcheon   Not all retailers are retreating from the bricks-and-mortar experience. This company can't built them fast enough.

Hashtag-crossed lovers struggle with the social media that made them

Carter Reynolds has 4.3 million Vine followers.

"U may hate me but I love me": social media wars over video sex leak.

Wearables

Apple Watch shows signs of familiar path to success

The Apple Watch might not have flown off shelves like new iPhones do, but that's not really a fair comparison.

Farhad Manjoo   Asking if the Apple Watch will become a hit or a flop is a bit like asking if my 2-year-old daughter is destined to go to Yale or to jail.

Data

Google will now show you how it's been tracking your movements

maps

Tim Biggs   Google is turning your years of location data into an automated, private diary of your life.

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Social

Twitter's 'poor taste' frat party lands team in hot water

Twitter frat party.

Sarah Frier   Silicon Valley top brass is apparently becoming less tolerant of 'brogrammer' culture, with Twitter officially apologising for 'ill-chosen' theme at social event.

What would make 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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Digital life

Apple services suffer three-hour outage

Apple's iTunes store and App Store was down for 3 hours on Wednesday.

Anya George Tharakan and Lehar Maan   Apple says its App Store, Apple Music, iTunes Store and some other services are back online, after a more than three hour outage.