How we're butchering the emoji language

Michael Koziol 1:56 AM   Emoji: we've been doing them wrong. There are rules about these matters, as it transpires - codes and regulations, guidelines and grammar, stipulations and intonations. And we've been butchering the language worse than an American in Paris.

Streaming

Spotify to introduce video, podcasts, exercise-tracking

Daniel Ek, CEO and Founder of Spotify, announces the app's new features in New York.

Ben Sisario   Spotify now wants to help you jog, watch videos and catch up on podcasts, all in addition to listening to music.

Piracy

ISPs want $108k before handing over pirate IDs

Pursuing pirates: <em>Dallas Buyers Club</em>.

Ben Grubb   The owners of the Hollywood film Dallas Buyers Club are being asked in a landmark piracy case to pay $108,000 in security before several Australian ISPs divulge to them the identities of their customers alleged to have illicitly shared the film online.

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Digital life

Outrage over PayPal 'double dip' glitch

Paypal.

Hannah Francis   Australians say they've been left without medication or food after PayPal 'double dipped' into their bank accounts.

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Time

Hand-wringing as leap second approaches

Time bomb: The leap second threatens to be an inconvenience to any international company that hasn't planned accordingly.

Tim Biggs   The leap second has caused some semi-serious issues in the past, as it can potentially cause any system that relies on syncing across international time zones to become unstable.

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Piracy

Labor expected to back anti-piracy, site blocking legislation

Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, visits Google's Pyrmont offices to talk with young software engineers

Ben Grubb   Labor is expected to back a bill before parliament that would result in the blocking of websites facilitating piracy - but only if certain safeguards are agreed to by the Abbott government.

Uber threatens legal action against taxes

Uber.

Rebekah Ison   Uber is considering legal action to challenge a tax office ruling that requires its drivers to pay GST in line with taxi operators.

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This is how much time we're wasting on Facebook

Screen time: The typical Facebook user spends 8.5 hours a week on the site.

Users average a full working day per week.

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Piracy

Alleged pirates to get free legal advice

Customers of iiNet, Internode, Dodo and others will be able to access free legal advice if contacted by Dallas Buyers Club.

Hannah Francis   ISPs indicate they'll provide legal assistance to customers alleged to have pirated film online.

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Social

Obama gets own Twitter account

US President Barack has finally joined Twitter.

US president finally joins Twitter, gains a million followers, engages in some light ribbing with predecessor Bill Clinton.

Browsing

Tool stops tabs choking Chrome

Suspender

Tim Biggs   Chrome is well known to become a black hole for memory usage when you have a few tabs open at once, but The Great Suspender aims to help.

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Web

Internet capacity crunch ahead as web runs out of puff

Experts say we'll soon hit the limit of what optical cables can deliver.

Tim Biggs   As the spirit of the internet age races ahead — every device connected, any content, anytime, anywhere — the actual flesh and bones of the internet is wheezing under the strain.

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Inventor's Teleroo robot leaps into the future

Marita Cheng and her mother Judy Cho.

Katie Cincotta   ​The mobility challenged are set to benefit from a young scientist's work.

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Our modern, technology-fuelled vanity epidemic

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MAY 09 :First Minister and leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon takes a selfie with some young supporters after being joined by the newly elected members of parliament as they gather in front of the Forth Rail Bridge on May 9, 2015 in South Queensferry, Scotland. The SNP won all but three of the 59 general election seats in Scotland,and is now the third largest party in the House of Commons.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jemima Lewis   It used to be an embarrassing secret: now, thanks to technology, vanity is a universal pastime.

Drone + gecko = stickybot on steroids

Climber: Stickybot in action.

JOHN MARKOFF   Scientists create a powerful robot with the lifting power equivalent to a human climbing a skyscraper while carrying an elephant.

Streaming

The future of content according to Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom, founder of the Internet Party and Megaupload.

Emily Chang, Matthew Brockett   Big studios have been too stuck in the past to realise the fortune internet could have provided, Dotcom says, and will soon die.

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Social

How Facebook's news move affects you

An article on bees from <i>National Geographic</i> is accessed directly through Facebook as part of the Instant Articles test.

Claire Cain Miller   Facebook's new plan to host news publications' stories directly isn't only about page views, advertising revenue or the number of seconds it takes for a story to load. It's about who owns the relationship with readers.

Web

Reddit reined in with anti-harassment policy

reddit

Mike Isaac   The online forum that's long hosted a free-for-all for the collective id of the internet is changing, slowly but surely, into something with a few more rules.

Streaming

Foxtel, not Netflix, still king

Foxtel is competing in the subscription video on demand space with Presto.

Hannah Francis   Foxtel says no other subscription video service has anywhere near its 2.8 million subscribers.

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Streaming

Telstra defends last place speed ranking

Netflix's ranking would appear to indicate Telstra provides an inferior streaming experience, but the numbers are misleading.

Tim Biggs   Telstra explains its dead last ranking on Netflix's ISP speed index.

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