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Aussie mine set to become source of almost magical material graphene

The CEO of Valence Industries, Christopher Darby.

Bennett Ring 7:32 AM   An Australian mine is at the forefront of producing a magical material that could revolutionise the way we make everything around us.

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Twitter risks losing sight of who its most valuable users are

Twitter latest moves are putting at risk its loyal user base.

Peter Wells   In recent weeks, Dick Costolo stepped down from his role as Twitter chief executive officer, leaving Twitter's original founder, Jack Dorsey, as interim chief. Costolo's swan song is Project Lightning, a curated news and media service, designed to highlight breaking news and events in a beautiful new layout and story mode.

Lack of progress in Silicon Valley diversity push

Twittr.

Mike Isaac   Despite the self-effacing messaging, big US tech firms are failing to make measurable progress in the gender and racial diversity of their employees.

Telstra's $90 million Centrelink black hole

Telstra has ended its offer of free Wi-Fi from selected phone boxes.

Noel Towell   Telstra is haemorrhaging money in its deal to manage the Centrelink phone lines, insiders say.

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Public service gets its own IT crowd

IT geeks are taking over the APS

Noel Towell   And yes, they are probably earning more than you.

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Apple's iPhone preparing to drop a key feature

iphone mockup

Tim Biggs   It's been the centrepiece for the iPhone's operating system since its 2007 debut, but Apple may be planning to drop the Home button from future models, according to a report.

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Twitter to Jack Dorsey: you're not our next CEO

'I'm Square CEO': Dorsey's prior commitments make him an unlikely choice for Twitter's next honcho.

Paresh Dave   It seems obvious, but Twitter's board of directors isn't interested in chief executive candidates who can't give 100 per cent to the San Francisco microblogging service.

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Slack: a true email killer?

Slack icon.

Peter Wells   Out of nowhere, Slack has become the default chat program for the world's coolest companies. Thanks to a generous amount of features on the free tier, and word of mouth from it's passionate users, Slack is experiencing hockey-stick growth. Now, like Dropbox before it, the platform is sneaking its way into the enterprise. But what the hell is Slack?

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Mandatory data breach laws needed now, warns security firm

Data breaches need to be disclosed, argues security firm.

Brendan Foster   Cyber security firm FireEye says the Abbott government needs to introduce mandatory data breach disclosure laws after more than 30,000 iiNet customers had their passwords hacked.

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Hunting Deep Panda: US-China cyberwar

The group which launched a cyberattack against the US Office of Personnel Management is believed to be linked to the Chinese government

Jeremy Wagstaff   The 'extremely efficient and talented group' of international hackers, believed to be linked to the Chinese government, is well known and has many names. But only a select few security researchers have ever seen them in action.

Hackers ground 1400 passengers in Poland

The Polish airline LOT was forced to cancel flights after its ground computer systems were hacked.

Around 1400 passengers of the Polish airline LOT were grounded at Warsaw's Chopin airport on Sunday after hackers attacked the airline ground computer systems used to issue flight plans, the company said.

Couch commandos: ADF flags lower fitness standards for cyber soldiers

Cyber warriors

Noel Towell   Army thinks outside the barracks in its search for keyboard warriors, Australian Public Service to follow suit.

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Stephen Elop, former Nokia CEO, to leave Microsoft

Stephen Elop with a Lumia smartphone in 2013.

Stephen Elop, the former top boss at phone-maker Nokia, is one of four high-level executives leaving Microsoft Corp as the company sharpens its focus on software services and the cloud.

The man who tried to save Nokia with this memo

SELFIE: Stephen Elop introducing the Nokia Lumia 930 mobile phone in April.

Stephen Elop   There is a pertinent story about a man who was working on an oil platform in the North Sea. He woke up one night from a loud explosion, which suddenly set his entire oil platform on fire. In mere moments, he was surrounded by flames. Through the smoke and heat, he barely made his way out of the chaos to the platform's edge. When he looked down over the edge, all he could see were the dark, cold, foreboding Atlantic waters.

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Sports team under investigation for hacking rival

St Louis Cardinals in St Louis in 2013.

Michael S. Schmidt   Front-office personnel for the St Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful teams in baseball over the past two decades, are under investigation by the FBI and Justice Department prosecutors, accused of hacking into an internal network of the Houston Astros to steal closely guarded information about players.

Google is its own secret weapon in the cloud

The HTC One M9. HTC has used Google to build computing architecture that enables smartphone apps to update data quickly.

Quentin Hardy   Google is wielding a new weapon against Amazon and Microsoft for cloud computing customers: itself.

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Alibaba to make China's own alternative to Netflix

Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba Group, has been to Hollywood to acquire content for a new streaming service.

Alibaba to build a new streaming service called Tmall Box Office, as it tries to service 600 million families craving more entertainment content.

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Top cop says we're not prepared for Cybergeddon

Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis

Ben Grubb   NSW Police Force's top cyber cop says internet-enabled crime "poses the greatest challenge to law enforcement in the 21st century – both in terms of the risk to our national security, our border protection and the impact it has on the economy overall".

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Insiders greatest threat, says WikiLeaks investigator

Green rain, binary style.

Markus Mannheim   Former Pentagon official says reliance on security vetting of staff is far from adequate.

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Sex, lies and debt potentially exposed by major data hack

A data breach of US government information has potentially exposed highly intimate information.

Arshad Mohammed, Joseph Menn​ and Mark Hosenball   When a retired 51-year-old military man disclosed in a US security clearance application that he had a 20-year affair with his former college roommate's wife, it was supposed to remain a secret between him and the government.

BlackBerry may put Android system on new device: sources

The Blackberry Classic smartphone is shown during a display at the launch event in New York.

Euan Rocha   BlackBerry is considering equipping an upcoming smartphone with Google's Android software, sources say.

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Twitter's embattled chief announces resignation

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is leaving the company.

Vindul Goel   Dick Costolo, Twitter's embattled chief executive, is stepping down, the company says.

Microsoft's answer to fun work meetings

Microsoft Surface Hub.

Matthew Hall   Microsoft pitches its newly-launched Surface Hub as an all-in-one platform so engaging workers will no longer check Facebook or emails while listening in to conference calls and meetings.

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Pain and convenience for drivers from smart parking plans for Canberra

The ACT government plans a 12-month smart parking trial.

Tom McIlroy   Canberra motorists look set to get more fines as well as improved convenience through the introduction of car park sensors and digital signage as part of a government trial of "smart parking". 

NBN rebrand cost close to $1m

'Each house the NBN hooks up to will carry distinctive features and challenges.'

Henry Belot   NBN Co will ramp up its TV and internet ads to gets its message out to consumers.

Locomote plans business travel revolution

David Fastuca of Locomote: The Australian company has acquired an impressive local customer list.

Matthew Hall   Two Australian cousins are aiming to revolutionise business travel with a technology platform that simplifies booking and approval processes for travellers and saves money for companies.

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Dangerous minds: Are maths teachers Australia's newest threat?

Pupils raise hands

Liam Tung   Australian academics who teach maths may soon need to run ideas by Defence before sharing them or risk jail.

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Start-up wants companies to crowd-source their security

ICT now contributes $79 billion to Australia's GDP but the number of graduates is declining.

Nicole Perlroth   The people with the skills to fix the internet's security problems often have more reasons to leave the web wide open to attack. HackerOne is trying to change that

US should retaliate for cyberattack, congressmen say

Congressmen are calling for payback for the massive hack of US government personnel data.

David Lerman   The Obama administration should retaliate for a cyberattack on federal employee records that US officials have linked to the Chinese government, members of the House Intelligence Committee said on Sunday.

China calls US hacking accusations 'irresponsible and unscientific'

Hacking has become a major irritant in the US-China relationship.

Simon Denyer   'We wish the United States would not be full of suspicions, catching wind and shadows, but rather have a larger measure of trust and cooperation.'

CSIRO and NICTA merger could cost 200 jobs

Merger: CSIRO chief executive Dr Larry Marshall said even more people would lose their jobs if the merger did not go ahead.

Henry Belot   A merger of the CSIRO and NICTA may result in as many as 200 additional job losses as the departments move closer to signing a formal agreement.

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Chinese hackers steal millions of US personnel records, official says

Hacking has become a major irritant in the US-China relationship.

Justin Sink, John Walcott   Hackers in China breached US Office of Personnel Management computers and stole personal records of as many as 4 million current and former federal employees, a US official has said.

The app that cost ACT budget $300,000 in lost revenue

IT worker Matthew Graham received nearly $300 in parking fines while using Parkmobile

Tom McIlroy   Tuesday's ACT budget confirmed hikes to parking rates and new paid parking sites across Canberra, but it also revealed just how much problems with a smartphone based payment system cost the government. 

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IT expat comes home

Zendesk vice president of engineering and local managing director Brett Adam.

Sylvia Pennington   You've spent two decades playing with the big kids in the super-charged start-up world of Silicon Valley, after quitting Australia's infant IT industry in the mid-nineties – what could possibly compel you to up sticks and return?

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The history of our insecure internet

Vinton Cerf designed key building blocks of the internet in the 1970s and 80s. Now a Google executive, he says he wishes he had been able to build encryption into TCP/IP from the beginning.

The internet grew from the work of many people over several decades. Few predicted how essential it would become to our lives or the ways that it would make us more vulnerable to scam artists, snoops and spies.

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Rent-a-hacker site leaks Aussies' details

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Liam Tung   The cat's out of the bag for about 60 Australians who thought they could anonymously rent a hacker without being caught.

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This is how much data breaches are costing

A new study says data breaches are costing companies millions.

Bill Rigby   The cost of data breaches is rising for companies around the world as sophisticated thieves target valuable financial and medical records, according to a new study.

'Uber for cleaners' TidyMe raises capital

Stacey Jacobs, centre, with her team at TidyMe.

Rose Powell   Australia could be set for another online marketplace startup technology success story to sit alongside 99designs, Seek and Freelancer, with a service to link customers with cleaners online receiving financial backing.

We won't outsource IT services: Queensland Government

CITEC will remain in Queensland Government hands.

The Palaszczuk government has continued its push to de-Newmanise Queensland by scrapping plans to outsource government IT services.

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$474m deal and no better service

Gary Sterrenberg was bullish about the prospects for improvement under the $474 million Telstra deal in 2012

Noel Towell   Three years ago, senior public servants promised a half-billion-dollar deal with Telstra would deliver shorter waiting times for Centrelink's phone lines.