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Maker of smartphone surveillance app gets $500,000 fine


Matt Zapotosky 9:41 PM   The maker of a smartphone app once marketed to help catch cheating lovers by listening in on phone calls and tracking locations was ordered Tuesday to pay a $US500,000 ($A587,000) fine - a win for federal prosecutors that might spur more legal action against producers of so-called stalker apps.

Kim Dotcom broke, facing jail

Kim Dotcom was raided in 2012 after the US said he had cost Hollywood studios millions.

Michael Field 2:42 PM   Entrepreneur Kim Dotcom says he is broke and has become a political pariah with the New Zealand government.

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What's app-ening on voting day?

Vote Victoria: The election draws near.

Hannah Francis 2:27 PM   Check out our guide to the best election apps for this year's Victorian election.

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New website to report cybercrime

New approach: ACORN help at hand.

Henry Belot 6:23 PM   A new website to fight cybercrime is set to save police an enormous amount of time and money.

Tim Cook's Apple tops $US700 billion valuation

Apple’s market cap has doubled since Tim Cook became CEO in August 2011.

Ben Grubb 3:03 PM   Anything Steve Jobs can do, Tim Cook can do better.

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Evidence suggest US, UK behind Regin malware

Regin is is the sophisticated work of hackers who dabble as government agents, experts say.

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai 10:32 AM   "Peerless" espionage malware has hit hundreds of victims, and all signs as to its origin seem to point to NSA and GCHQ.

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Forum to boost women's participation in science


Clare Colley 11:45 PM   Playing into the competitive nature of academics and researchers could be a game changer in addressing the low numbers and high loss rate of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Art in a whisky glass, neatly explained

Scotch mist: It's all about surfectants and polymers.

KENNETH CHANG   Some think they can find poetry in a whisky glass, some the meaning of life. But one man in the US has found art and in turn has found another man who has found the science of the art. Cheers.

The 5:2 diet helps beat cancer and Alzheimer's, study finds

Tom Brooks-Pollock   Fasting regimes such as the ‘5:2’ diet could help the body guard against diseases including cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s, according to a new study.

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Gadgets on the Go

Super-thin smartphones make the case for serious protection

Adam Turner 12:31 PM   Coming to grips with a new phone might mean conceding that you need a case.


New tool to silence noisy pictures

Terry Lane   DxO Optics Pro has an almost miraculous ability to distinguish between the good pixels – the fine detail – and the bad – the noise.


Users monitor consumption with menu monitor

Garry Barker 11:45 PM   During its seven years of service, iStat Menus has been downloaded millions of times.


Age-old dream fulfilled as humans finally make contact with comet

Rachel Feltman   Throughout human history, comets have been distant, mysterious heavenly bodies. The hunks of rock and ice streak through the sky, streaming bright tails of gas as the sun warms them.