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Stan, Netflix, Presto: Is streaming the end of piracy?

The Netflix logo is shown in this illustration photograph in Encinitas, California, in this file photo taken October 14, 2014. Video streaming pioneer Netflix Inc added more subscribers in the first quarter than it had projected, helped by aggressive expansion in overseas markets.  REUTERS/Mike Blake/Files

Marc Moncrief 12:01 PM   Australia's reputation as the world's most profligate pirates of movies and trendy TV shows may be at risk, with new research suggesting people are switching to streaming rather than stealing.

Hands on with Samsung's Gear S2 smartwatch

The Gear S2 Classic is styled after traditional watches.

Peter Wells 10:39 AM   Samsung's latest smartwatch is a bold move on many levels. But after spending some time with the watch, it seems most of the company's decisions have paid off.

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LG rethinks curves with first flat Ultra HD OLED TV

LG TVs are displayed at IFA 2015.

Adam Turner 9:57 AM   LG will be "more focused on flat in the future" after the launch of its first flat Ultra HD OLED range in Berlin, says its global head of TV strategy.

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Sex sites off limits, public service love rats warned

Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd has laid down the law on the use of Commonwealth government email addresses to create accounts on the cheating site.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Marriage vows are one thing, but the public service Code of Conduct, that's serious.

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Undersea cable would connect Sunshine Coast directly to internet

A plan would bring Australia's sixth undersea communications cable to the Sunshine Coast.

Tony Moore 9:58 PM   A plan to make the Sunshine Coast a vital internet gateway is luring Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to the area on Friday to view the proposal in person.

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Human Services' computers keep disabled out of work

A screenshot of one user's attempt to login to the MyGov online portal, which has left clients blocked from the system for up to two weeks.

Noel Towell   Disabled workers are caught in bureaucratic limbo by problematic computer systems.

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Robot to destroy starfish on Great Barrier Reef

COTSbot, the starfish killer.

1:06 PM   An autonomous robot that can administer a lethal injection is set to be the latest weapon in the fight against the invasive crown-of-thorns starfish on the Great Barrier Reef.

Bizarre 'alien corpse' discovered in Russia has experts stumped

The "alien corpse" discovered in Russia.

Kate Aubusson 9:25 AM   A tiny alien creature that washed up on the banks of a river in western Russia has locals and experts stumped.

Palmer to back undersea internet cable bid to Sunshine Coast

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to visit Sunshine Coast on Friday

Tony Moore 6:58 PM   Wealthy businessman and Fairfax MP Clive Palmer wants to back the bid to bring Australia's sixth undersea data communications cable into the Sunshine Coast and stop Australia's "brain drain".

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Presto launches HD library, adds AirPlay streaming to Apple TV

Adam Turner   Presto subscribers can finally watch movies and TV shows in HD, streaming to the Apple TV or Chromecast, after a major refresh of the streaming service's iOS and Android apps.

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Teens choose 'real' friends over Facebook friends

Laura Demasi   Australian teens no longer live and breath Facebook, turning instead to messaging apps like WhatsApp and Kick to create micro networks of "real" friends where they can say what they want in private, away from the ever present eyes of hundreds of "friends" – including their parents.

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For one school, from small things big things grew

Garry Barker   One school in Britain transformed itself and the lives of many people in its community by putting the right technology in the hands of its students.

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The art of the image in politics

Terry Lane   The striking thing about the photos in Political Vision is that they are all taken by a photographer standing in exactly the right place at the right time.