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Anti-piracy push will lead to higher music, movie prices, say economists Allan Fels, Henry Ergas

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Matthew Knott 10:38 AM   Australians would pay more to legally download music and movies under federal government proposals to tackle online piracy, with the vast bulk of the extra revenue flowing to overseas companies rather than the local production sector, according to two of the country's top economists. 

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Apple tool helps iTunes users delete free U2 album

Apple CEO Tim Cook and U2 singer Bono.

8:28 AM   Apple has begun helping people boot U2 off their iTunes accounts after a cacophony of complaints about not wanting the automatically downloaded free album by the Irish rock band.

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Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders hit record 4 million on first day

Hot property ... the Apple iPhone 6, left, and iPhone 6 Plus.

Lehar Maan 6:02 AM    Apple Inc said many customers will need to wait until next month for their new iPhones after a record 4 million first-day pre-orders were logged, double the number for the iPhone 5 two years ago.

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Edward Snowden reveals tapping of major Australia-New Zealand undersea telecommunications cable

Edward Snowden accused New Zealand's Prime Minister of misleading the public.

Philip Dorling 6:26 PM   A major undersea telecommunications cable that connects Australia and NZ to North America has been tapped to allow the NSA and its espionage partners to comprehensively harvest internet data.

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Telcos must ensure residents are not cut off in NBN rollout

Telstra says it aims to contact customers up to 20 times before any existing service goes dead.

Bec Zajac 12:15 AM   Telecommunications companies have confirmed it is their responsibility to ensure that no household is cut off prematurely from old phone services during the national broadband network (NBN) rollout.

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News bytes for week of September 15, 2014

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5:12 PM   Aussie company opens US office, demand for iPhone 6 fuels grey market in China, and executives relying on gut instinct for big decisions.

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CSIRO scientists sorting mail, cleaning labs after budget cuts

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Nicky Phillips 1:59 AM   Highly skilled scientists and project leaders at the CSIRO are being kept from their research to clean laboratories, write promotional material, sort mail and refill photocopiers following government budget cuts that have forced the departure of more than 100 support staff.

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Researchers investigate link between post-traumatic stress disorder and Alzheimer’s disease

Vietnam veteran Bill Rowe.

Bridie Smith   When Soviet troops marched into Hungary in November 1956, Bill Rowe was in Wagga Wagga. "I was crapping myself because I really didn't want to go [to war]," he recalls of his 17-year-old self.

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Go old-school with a DIY arcade machine

Adam Turner How do you bring your favourite games back to life?

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Get the picture with a good photo viewer

Terry Lane One thing missing from both Windows and Macs is a decent photo file viewer but fortunately there are several around and they're free.

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It's all linked in Appleworld

Garry Barker The connectivity built into the new Apple operating systems represents the most significant and far-reaching move in the company's history.

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Find and see elusive Mercury

Perry Vlahos Close to the spring equinox in September is a good time for evening viewing of Mercury.