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Trade

China targets foreign tech vendors with new trade rules

Chinese has taken another step in its fight against foreign technology vendors.

Paul Mozur 2:33 PM   China has adopted new regulations requiring companies that sell computer equipment to Chinese banks to turn over secret source code, submit to invasive audits and build so-called back doors into hardware and software.

WorkMail: Amazon rolls out email and calendar app for businesses

Amazon Web Services is entering the email in the cloud business.

Jay Greene 12:44 PM   Amazon is launching a web-based corporate email service, available on any device.

Results

Facebook revenue tops estimates on back of mobile advertising

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has laid out a long-term plan for how Facebook will make money.

Sarah Frier 10:29 AM   Facebook has reported quarterly revenue that topped analysts' estimates, fueled by the mobile-advertising business that the company is now expanding beyond its main social network.

Workforce

Foxconn seeks to slim workforce over time, eyes robots

Jobseekers pass their resumes to representatives from Foxconn Technology Group at a job fair in Zhengzhou, Henan province.

Michael Gold and Yimou Lee   The world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, wants to reduce its massive workforce with the help of automation.

Spin-off

How Yahoo will cash in its $50b Alibaba stake without paying tax

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.

Michael J. de la Merced   Marissa Mayer, chief executive of Yahoo, has announced that the internet company would spin off its 15 per cent stake in Alibaba, China's leading e-commerce company, into a separate company, avoiding any taxes on the transaction.

Cyber security

Web attacks growing in volume and intensity: report

Australia experienced large DDoS attacks in 2014.

Lia Timson   Amidst claims and denials that Tuesday's Facebook and Instagram outage was the result of a DDoS attack by a hacker group, a new report finds attacks on websites are growing with no sign of abating.

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Software

Sluggish Windows still hurts Microsoft

Declining PC sales are hurting Windows sales for Microsoft, whose CEO Satya Nadella is seen here, but the market appears to be stabilising.

Bill Rigby   PC maker's quarterly profit slips to $US5.9 billion on strong US dollar and weak software sales.

Cyber conflict

Australia launches cyber weapons: sources

The frequency and severity of global cyber-attacks is rising rapidly, and Australia has deployed its own weapons.

Christopher Joye   Australia is no innocent bystander to cyber conflict, sources claim.

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Jobs

IBM dismisses report of massive layoffs

Is IBM preparing to lay off more than its usual annual quota?

Company says reports claiming it is preparing to cut 26 per cent of its workforce, are 'inaccurate'.

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Security

Hackers deface Malaysia Airlines website, upload rap song

A screenshot of the defaced Malaysia Airlines website.

The Malaysia Airlines website has been commandeered by hackers who referenced Islamic State and claimed to be from the "Lizard Squad", a group known for previous denial-of-service attacks.

Government

Abbott dismisses social media as 'electronic graffiti', again

Defacement: Graffiti, electronic or otherwise, has not always been kind to Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Lucy Battersby   While the Prime Minister dismissed social media criticism as "electronic graffiti", his government has been spending millions of dollars on social media strategies.

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Business

Apple's Angela Ahrendts makes more money than Tim Cook

Angela Ahrendts is senior vice president of retail and online sales at Apple.

Ben Grubb   Poached from Burberry last year to run Apple's retail and online stores, Angela Ahrendts earned a package worth $93.14 million in 2014.

Security

'Path to Hell': Davos elites warned about catastrophic cyber attacks

Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Labs, saw cyber threats coming.

Richard Carter   Moves and shakers were warned Saturday of the terrifying possibilities of modern cyber terrorism.

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Privacy

Use of mobile 'supercookies' a threat to privacy

Mobile phone cookies used but some telcos could allow third parties to track customers.

NATASHA SINGER and BRIAN X. CHEN   Codes used to tag and follow telco mobile subscribers around the web could make those consumers vulnerable to covert tracking.

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Security warning for NSW traffic and water systems

Traffic light

Nicole Hasham   Hackers could break into Sydney's traffic lights and water supply systems, says report

Abbott promotes Turnbull to take charge of e-government

Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull (pictured) have announced the creation of a new Digital Transformation Office within government.

James Massola   Prime Minister Tony Abbott has bolstered Malcolm Turnbull's ministerial duties, handing him greater responsibility for e-government and announcing a Digital Transformation Office.

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Metadata

Obama abandons telephone metadata spying reform proposal

President Barack Obama

Mark Hosenball and Warren Strobel   The US administration does not think allowing third parties to hold Americans' metadata is a good idea.

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Microsoft

Windows 10: Has the trusty ol' Redmond dog learnt new tricks?

Microsoft's holographic headset.

Microsoft had been slow to adapt to a new economic landscape, but Joe Sweeney argues, its latest move signals it can change.

Data

Data: how Tennis Australia is using information to improve the game

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Marc Moncrief   The new roof that spans Margaret Court arena does more than keep out the weather. Built into the gantries that surround the sliding ceiling are Wi-Fi antennas that beam web access to every ticket holder.

Government

State of a tech-savvy union: Obama's tech policy wish list

Barack Obama delivering the State of Union address

Matthew Hall   US President Barack Obama wants to support a secure, free and open internet, but the Republican-controlled Congress may thwart him.

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Business

eBay to slash thousands of jobs in bid to 'compete and win'

eBay

Lehar Maan   Online retailer eBay says it plans to cut about 2400 positions, or 7 per cent of its workforce across eBay marketplaces, PayPal, and eBay enterprise in the current quarter to simplify its organisational structure.