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Calls for 'urgent reform' of metadata access as government reports reveal disparity

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam says the disparity is concerning and has called for better reporting requirements.

Ben Grubb 9:24 PM   The number of times Australians' private internet and phone metadata records have been divulged to law-enforcement and spy agencies without a warrant has become unclear after a disparity was found in two government department reports, prompting concerns about inadequate reporting.

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Hands on: Skype Qik

Skype Qik makes it easy to share video clips with a handful of friends rather than the whole world.

Adam Turner 10:48 AM   Not content with face-to-face phone calls, Skype also wants to be the Snapchat of instant video.

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'Skynet has already won': Terminator director on why he won't use an iPhone

'Microsoft Word is as sophisticated as I get': James Cameron attends a 30th Anniversary Screening Of <i>The Terminator</i> in Hollywood.

Bryan Alexander 10:33 AM   You'd imagine one of Hollywood's leaders in film technological advances would have the latest in communication technology, but James Cameron likes to keep things low-fi.

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Bankruptcy case may expose Apple's secrets

Gorilla tactics: Many expected GT Advanced's sapphire glass to feature in the iPhone 6, but Apple went with Corning's Gorilla Glass instead.

8:40 AM   A key Apple supplier believes the public should be made aware of the details of an 'oppressive and burdensome' deal that lead to its bankruptcy, but it filed documents to court under seal because it faces fines of $US50 million per violation if it breaches Apple's confidentiality agreement.

Corruption watchdog probes education IT project

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Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie 2:38 PM   Victoria's corruption watchdog is running a secret investigation involving past and present senior education bureaucrats and a botched $180 million schools computer project.

News bytes for week of October 20, 2014

1:49 PM   Australian executives underestimate big data's potential; taxpayers to pay for ATO's iPads and iPhones, and more.

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Mountain-sized rare comet whizzes past Mars

An artist's impression of the comet Siding Spring on approach to Mars.

A comet the size of a small mountain with the consistency of talcum powder has whizzed past Mars, wowing space enthusiasts with the once-in-a-million-years encounter.

Cats will dine until their delicacy is rare

Fussy: Research has shown that cats often obsess over their choice of food.

Nicky Phillips   Some cat owners may have noticed their kitty has particular tastes when it comes to the half-eaten presents left on the doorstep.

Forget missionary, ancient fish had sex sideways

Fish.

Nicky Phillips   Scientists have thrown off the covers and revealed the origins of sex, discovering that it wasn't always performed like we do it today.

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Hands on: Skype Qik

Adam Turner 10:48 AM Not content with face-to-face phone calls, Skype also wants to be the Snapchat of instant video.

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Study the clouds to get the best deals

Terry Lane A clear look at which service to choose when your free storage space runs out.

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Zen and the art of Apple technology

Garry Barker Apple's suite of applications includes powerful tools to aid the musician and filmmaker.

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Volcanoes on the moon could have been erupting in the time of the dinosaurs

Amina Khan Scientists thought the moon had been cold and dead for a billion years, but a new discovery could force them to reconsider its evolution.