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Toyborg: Now Barbie talks back

Hello Barbie can converse with children by using ToyTalk’s system to analyse a child’s speech and produce relevant responses.

Natasha Singer 11:55 AM   Mattel plans to introduce Hello Barbie later this year, a Wi-Fi enabled doll with Siri-like features that has sparked privacy concerns.

Hands on: LG's smartphone Virtual Reality viewer

LG's VR for G3 viewer, based on Google Cardboard.

Adam Turner 10:31 AM   LG's smartphone-driven virtual reality promises to put exotic worlds within reach of the masses.

North Koreans subvert laws preventing access to movie and TV shows with $60 device

A Chinese-made portable media player, which North Koreans call "Notel".

James Pearson   People are exchanging South Korean soaps, pop music, Hollywood films and news programs, all of which are expressly prohibited by the North Korean regime.

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Apple chief Tim Cook Cook to give wealth away

Tim Cook plans to give his wealth away.

12:09 PM   Apple chief Tim Cook is joining Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and other technology titans who have vowed to donate their wealth to charities, according to a report in Fortune magazine.

How one woman disrupted Silicon Valley

Ellen Pao (R) and attorney Alan Axelrod walk to their courtroom before the start of her trial at San Francisco Superior Court in San Francisco, California, February 23, 2015. Pao, a former partner at prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, is seeking $16 million for discrimination and retaliation in a lawsuit against the firm, a Kleiner attorney said earlier this month. Kleiner has denied the accusations of discrimination and retaliation, along with accusations that it did not take reasonable steps to prevent discrimination. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS CRIME LAW SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

FARHAD MANJOO   Ellen Pao's gender bias case has accomplished something improbable.

Optus admits security and privacy 'failure'

Optus exposed many customers' private details and was slow to address the risk.

Ben Grubb   Optus has been forced into a mea culpa over the privacy and personal security of about 300,000 customers in three separate incidents last year.

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Researchers find switch that may tame aggressive breast cancers

Angelina Jolie carries the BRCA1 mutation. Women with this have a higher risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.

Nicky Phillips   Australian researchers have made a significant discovery that may lead to a new form of aggressive breast cancer treatment.

Communication breakdown? Emails are the culprit

Some companies are banning emails.

Su-Lin Tan   Emails were a godsend when they replaced "snail mail" or the traditional letter but now they are starting to become a burden.

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Astronomers witness supermassive black hole eat its own galaxy's star-forming gas

Artist's impression: Red gas pours out of a galaxy with a supermassive black hole at its core.

Nicky Phillips   The three little pigs were rightly outraged when the wolf blew down their houses, but that's nothing compared to the havoc some supermassive black holes wreak on their host galaxies.

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Hands on: LG's smartphone Virtual Reality viewer

Adam Turner 10:31 AM   LG's smartphone-driven virtual reality promises to put exotic worlds within reach of the masses.

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The truth about pirates - who’s doing it and why

Laura Demasi   A new study has shed more light onto why Australians are so keen to grab content anyway they can.

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Watch is at the core of new Apple releases

Garry Barker   The Watch occupied centre stage at its recent launch event but there was much more. It was a peek into where Apple’s thinking, technology, design and innovation are headed.

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Apple opens Aperture debate with beta release of Photos

Terry Lane   Aperture is being retired in favour of Photos, which is built into the next version of the Yosemite operating system. Are we really going to get a free replacement for Aperture, for which we paid good money a couple of years ago?