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Phone, internet data to be stored for two years

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's party is expected to back new data retention laws if the government accepts a committee's suggested changes.

David Wroe, Ben Grubb, Hannah Francis   Phone and internet records for every Australian will be kept for at least two years with Labor expected to back the Abbott government's controversial new 'data retention' laws.

Metadata laws may close piracy loopholes

The powerful copyright lobby clearly has the ear of Attorney-General George Brandis.

Adam Turner   Even with a parliamentary committee's last-minute recommendations, Hollywood pirate hunters will still probably use your metadata against you in court.

Transgender? Now you can declare it on Facebook

Social inclusion: A selection of Facebook 'stickers' which can be used in chat.

Hannah Francis   Fully customisable gender option comes to Australia for the first time.

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Brave, creative, over 60: age only a number when it comes to tech

Ron Hunt scored a permanent gig in the US at 69.

Sylvia Pennington   Some mature ICT professionals are refusing to let age hold them back or stand in the way of their start-up dreams.

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Iran behind cyberattack of Las Vegas gambling juggernaut, US says

Sheldon Adelson (left), chief of Las Vegas Sands Corporation and his wife Miriam Adelson attend the ground breaking ceremony of the Cotai Strip in Macau.

Tony Capaccio   The top US intelligence official confirmed for the first time that Iran was behind a cyber attack against the Las Vegas Sands Corp. last year.

Queanbeyan homes and businesses connect to NBN

NBN roll out in Queanbeyan

More than 2800 Queanbeyan homes and businesses will be able to connect to the National Broadband Network from Wednesday.

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Obama, Wozniak celebrate net neutrality victory

Michael Copps, ex-commissioner of the FCC, speaks in favour of net neutrality during a demonstration outside of FCC headquarters in Washington.

Josephine Tovey   On what has been described as a "red letter day for internet freedom", the communications authority in the United States has agreed to new rules that guarantee an open internet in line with the concept known as "net neutrality".

Six apps to make your weekend better

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Melanie Kembrey   From parking, to walking, events and beaches - here are the apps that will make your weekend better.

Bright lights on dwarf planet perplex NASA

Two mysterious lights, filmed by NASA's Dawn space probe, appear on the surface of dwarf planet Ceres.

The discovery of two bright lights on the dwarf planet Ceres has NASA scientists puzzled.

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Metadata laws may close piracy loopholes

Adam Turner   Even with a parliamentary committee's last-minute recommendations, Hollywood pirate hunters will still probably use your metadata against you in court.

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Don’t blame Facebook – the narcissists have always been there

Laura Demasi   Laura Demasi looks at the me-media world and asks the questions worth pondering over.

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User support a core issue

Garry Barker   Despite aiming for simplicity, our linked-in world of increasingly complex devices requires sophisticated help.

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Return to film smells like teen spirit

Terry Lane   The day we left the darkroom and closed it for good, rescued for all time from toxic fumes, our lungs breathed a sigh of relief.