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Apple, Beats move forward with streaming service to rival Spotify

Moving to the Beats: Ian Rogers, the chief executive of Beats Music (left), Luke Wood, chief executive of Beats by Dre, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, record producer Jimmy Iovine, and Dr. Dre.

Ben Sisario, Brian X. Chen   Apple is pressing ahead with a sweeping overhaul of its digital music services that would allow the company to compete directly with streaming upstarts like Spotify.

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Facebook wants Messenger to become a hub for commerce

Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the company's F8 developer conference in San Francisco.

Vindu Goel   Social network opens chat app up to developers, allowing for applications like ordering food or tracking packages through chats with businesses, or more customisable games and emoji.

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Microsoft partners with Android tablet-makers in mobile Office push

Samsung will be one of 11 partner companies to pre-install Microsoft Office on their Android devices.

Nick Wingfield   Microsoft is serious about making its most lucrative business, Office, relevant for mobile users. What is less clear is how much money it will be able to make from them.

Wearables are the next smartphones, says Telstra

Telstra chief technology officer Vish Nandlall.

Hannah Francis   Telstra is preparing for the internet of things, and 5G will play a crucial role.

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New bugs found in common encryption software

New vulnerabilities have been found in the same software that housed the 'Heartbleed' vulnerability discovered last year, although these newly-discovered bugs are not as serious.

New bugs in the widely used encryption software known as OpenSSL were disclosed on Thursday, though experts say do not pose a serious threat like the "Heartbleed" vulnerability in the same technology that surfaced a year ago.


Senate committee slams NBN roll out

NBN Co is still too 'uncertain' to reveal how much technology will cost or how long it will take to build, report says.

A parliamentary committee has accused NBN Co of secrecy over future costs of rolling out the broadband network.

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NBN knocks 3000 off line

More than 3000 Brisbane homes will be disconnected from the old copper wire phone network on Friday.

Tobi Loftus   Some Brisbane suburbs are switching to the NBN today.


'Dark web' keeps criminals out of reach of metadata retention laws

The Tor network is a web outside the web, offering anonymity to users.

Liam Tung   Criminals and terrorists are taking cover in a part of the web that can’t be Googled. It’s called the dark web and it’s growing.

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Melbourne clusters around start-ups


Lia Timson   Lord mayor Robert Doyle says the Victorian capital has the economic pillars needed to sustain business growth.


Stylerunner twins teach lesson in upmarket online success

Stylerunner twins Julie and Sali Stevanja, 34, shy away from discounting.

Sylvia Pennington   While scores of e-tailers target the bargain dollar, these twins have hit a sweat spot with their online start-up that does the opposite.

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Angela Merkel urges closer ties with rising tech giant China

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, China's Vice Premier Ma Kai (L) and Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma at the official opening of the CeBIT Hanover 2015.

Frank ZELLER   German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged closer high-tech cooperation with China as she opened a major IT business fair where the Asian giant is the official partner country.

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'Dead unicorns': investor warns Valley bubble burst draws near

Burn out: a tired South by Southwest attendee recharges.

Mik Isaac   Bill Gurley, who has made a career of picking the winners and losers in the future of technology, says we'll soon see the negative effects of tech start-ups' high burn rates.

'We're world champions, we want to be better,' says Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton wins the 2015 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, Melbourne.

Lia Timson   Already World Champions, Sunday's winners Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg want to use biometrics to improve further.

Virtual currency

IBM looks at adopting bitcoin technology for major currencies

Regulated currencies like the US dollar could soon join Bitcoin in the virtual space.

Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss   The objective is reportedly to allow people to transfer cash or make payments instantaneously without a bank or clearing party involved, saving on transaction costs.


Apple Pay bridging bricks-and-mortar and online fraud

The Apple Watch will be able to make payments using Apple Pay.

Brian Krebs   Lost amid the Apple media firestorm these past few weeks is a stark and rather unsettling reality.

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Slack: the office chat app that may finally sink work email

Stewart Butterfield, co-founder and chief executive of Slack. The start-up is changing the way workers communicate, with a group chat app that eschews privacy and automatically archives almost everything.

Farhad Manjoo   If email is to be replaced, it will be by new tools that allow people to collaborate in big groups and promote information transparency across the company.


Microsoft fixes Stuxnet bug, again

Another big Patch Tuesday.

Brian Krebs   Microsoft pushed 14 update bundles to address at least 43 separate vulnerabilities in Office, IE, Exchange and a host of other components.

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Commonwealth Bank does away with smartphone tap-and-go pay sticker for Android

iPhone users will still need the Commonwealth PayTag sticker for now.

Beverley Head   Commbank's latest app opens up tap-and-go payments for any Android phone using 4.4 and above

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Andrew Dent presents Zeetings to help keep audiences awake

Andrew Dent

Beverley Head   Andrew Dent returned to Australia five years ago – but he still bears the hallmarks of years spent in the start-up scenes of Seattle and Silicon Valley.


Rightsizing: the best way to tackle cloud computing

Transitioned: Hipages CEO David Vitek (centre) with VP of Engineering, Chris Iona and VP of Product, Dino Talic.

Stuart Corner   The cloud's advantages over an in-house system are not necessarily simple, or fixed.

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Competitive sport still afraid of technology

Rafael Nadal in action with his Babolat racquet.

Matthew Hall   With so much technology around, you’d think more would be making its way onto sports grounds and playing fields.