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Facebook wants to get inside your brain

Facebook has its eye on future applications of artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

Hannah Francis   It wants to be your newspaper, your dream weaver, your saviour. Now Mark Zuckerberg is talking telepathy.

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Australia embraces MPEG-4 digital TV with new racing channel

Seven West Media is first past the post, launching  Australia's first permanent MPEG-4 digital TV channel in conjunction with Racing Victoria.

Adam Turner   If you can't see the horse racing on Channel 78, your old TV or set-top box probably doesn't support the new MPEG-4 broadcast standard.

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Apple may pay image price in 'demoralising' worker search lawsuit

 Apple store employees have complained of overly-strict and time-wasting security checks after lunch breaks and at the end of shifts.

Joel Rosenblatt   Apple CEO Tim Cook personally fielded at least one Apple Store employee complaint about "demoralising" security searches. Adding 12,000 more may give him a reason to worry about the company's reputation.

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Next Mark Zuckerberg is not who you might think

Is this what a successful start-up founder looks like? Rarely, some investors say.

Claire Cain Miller   How start-up investors are broadening their horizons in hopes of funding the next big thing.

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Aussie mine set to become source of almost magical material graphene

The CEO of Valence Industries, Christopher Darby.

Bennett Ring   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.

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Rare basking shark with a head for science becomes model specimen

3D scanning engineer Ben Tam scans the 600-kilogram head of the male basking shark.

Bridie Smith 5:41 PM   You wouldn't know it to look at him but this shark is model material. Sure, he's not what you'd call classically good looking - his eyes are small and his teeth far from impressive. But he's a basking shark. And southern hemisphere scientists don't see many of them.

ATO under fire as myGov, myTax site problems prevent lodging of returns

Website problems are plaguing the tax office at tax time – and not for the first time.

Hannah Francis   Insider describes ongoing system failures around tax-time as 'farcical', while taxpayers pillory the office on social media.

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Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant in Germany

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It reads like the beginning of a robo-acocalypse sci-fi movie, but in this case the damage and the tragedy is all too real.

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Australia embraces MPEG-4 digital TV with new racing channel

Adam Turner   If you can't see the horse racing on Channel 78, your old TV or set-top box probably doesn't support the new MPEG-4 broadcast standard.

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'Generation Free' teens have no concept of paying for content online

Laura Demasi   Forget generation Z – today's youngsters are generation "free" when it comes to how they consumer music and TV content.

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Apple hopes to call the tune with new Music

Garry Barker   A flood of new developments was launched at this year's World Wide Developer Conference.

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See the future in a mirrorless camera

Terry Lane   DSLR cameras appear to be close to extinction.