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Pandora reportedly in talks to be sold off

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Leslie Picker, Ben Sisario   World's largest internet radio service has shed multiple billions of dollars from its market value in the last few years, and now reports indicate it's held discussions about selling.

Twitter

Twitter shares drop as user growth completely stalls

Twitter's monthly active users remained at 320 million, the same as the third quarter.

David Pierson   San Francisco company once again is facing serious doubts about its viability and growth potential.

Security

Good riddance to the Java plugin

Java is installed on roughly 850 million computers worldwide.

Brian Krebs   Long overdue step should cut down dramatically on the number of computers infected with malicious software.

Start-ups

Remembering the failed Aussie start-ups of yesteryear

Many start-ups have disappeared as quickly and quietly as they arrived, but others have burned up much more dramatically.

Claire Connelly   Failed start-ups are a dime a dozen. But you wouldn't know it from the Australian market which, unlike that of our American cousins, prefers to hide its failures and slink quietly into that good night instead of exploring the lessons gleaned from failure.

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Tax

Apple steps up lobbying amid European tax probe

An Apple logo on a sign at Apple's campus in Cork, Ireland.

Adam Satariano, Aoife White   Tim Cook pushes back against European officials, who accuse Apple of using subsidiaries in Ireland to avoid paying taxes on revenue generated abroad. The investigation could force the company to pay almost $12 billion in back taxes.

VR

Google forms virtual reality division as Facebook rivalry heats up

Google's Carboard VR visor.

Jessica Guynn   Google has formed a division to focus on virtual reality, a move that comes in the face of growing competition from Facebook and its subsidiary Oculus.

Hackathons

The big business of hackathons

Sarah Erlington sleeps after working on her project all night at the NAB Hackathon in Sydney in November, while Juliius ...

Mahesh Sharma   Hackathons have turned into million-dollar businesses of their own, as corporates scramble for the attention of the industry's best developer talent.

Twitter

Politwoops returns as Twitter reverses decision to block transparency watchdog

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has announced the  return of Politiwoops.

Karen Workman   ​Politwoops will once again be able to collect and publish the deleted tweets of politicians around the world after Twitter announced that it reached a deal with the organisations that run the website.

Data

Personal information of more than 190m American voters appears online

So far nobody has stepped forward to take ownership of the database.

Andrea Peterson   Questions raised about the security chops of political campaigns who increasingly hold large caches of personal data.

Start-ups

Start-ups: how maintaining good mental health is best for business

Entrepreneur Avis Mulhall has a new set of priorities that benefit her mental health as well as her professional projects.

Mahesh Sharma   The external and internal pressures of building a start-up frequently lead to burning out and depression, but help is at hand.

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Security

Makers of notoriously insecure Java software ordered to help PC users clean it up

Jave is installed on roughly 850 million computers worldwide.

Brian Fung   Oracle, one of the world's largest tech companies, has been accused by the US government of misleading consumers about the security of its software Java, which is installed on roughly 850 million computers.

Business

Apple names Jeff Williams COO, a job once held by Tim Cook

Jeff Williams during an Apple event in San Francisco.

Long serving executive who oversaw Apple Watch, social responsibility initiatives has been made Apple COO.

Data

Pro sport and big data: coaches may be more in favour than athletes

Tracking the performance of tennis players like Maria Sharapova can be difficult, because the data provided by many ...

Matthew Hall   Professional sport is still working out how to tackle big data and understand how technology can assist elite athletes, according to top-level sports sports officials in the United States.

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Therapy app triggers $26 million business decision

Psychologist and creator of the Happiness Trap app, Anthony Berrick.

Yolanda Redrup   Manual Jardim was a burned out property developer at 33, when an app on his smartphone helped him change his life.

Web

Network effect: the science of addictive social media

A screen from the "Network Effect" website. The voyeuristic site is deliberately disjointed and discomfiting.

Natasha Singer   The drive to hook users into an endless stream of media could have negative effects - not just to health but to the web industry as well.

CommBank joins UNSW in $1.6m cyber security education partnership

CBA chief information security and trust officer Ben Heyes and UNSW associate professor Richard Buckland have joined ...

Claire Connelly   The UNSW computer science undergraduate degree will offer a specialist stream focused on cyber security.

Energy

Off-grid suburb a 'perfect storm' for energy giants

Paired with an off-grid battery, solar panels can provide 'round-the-clock power.

Claire Connelly   Renewable energy alternatives and off-grid energy storage are hastening the move away from fossil fuels.

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Education

Code Club gets $1 million birthday present

Code Club Australia says new funding will help it extend its reach into rural and regional areas.

Claire Connelly   On the eve of its first birthday, an Australian non-for-profit facilitating digital literacy in school-aged children just received a million present from the federal government and the Telstra Foundation.

Is it really free Wi-Fi?

Westfield can gather a lot of information about its customers through their WI-Fi use.

Andrew Colley   Shopping centre and cinema giant Scentre Group has analysed the air above the heads of shoppers in its Westfield malls in Australia and has found that those who tune in to its Wi-Fi are bigger spenders than those who don't.

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Phoenix rises from the ashes to battle Aussie bushfires

Called Phoenix, this software is proving to be indispensable for fighting bushfires.

Bennett Ring   Firefighters and planners are using an Australian-made bushfire simulator to help them do their job.