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Google crashes Monster man's party


Ben Grubb Timothy Sabre, the convicted hacker and former party promoter who claimed to have unlocked the secrets of Google's algorithm, has been stripped of his Google accreditation.

Gaming Google: Monster's party boy Tim under fire

Tim Sabre.

Ben Grubb Tim Sabre lives the high life on riches earned by promising he can get you on Google's front page. But he's left behind a string of dissatisfied customers and may now face losing his Google...

Hackers steal AAPT customer data to protest web spying proposal


Ben Grubb Hackers have stolen customer data from Australian ISP AAPT to show the dangers of a proposal to force telcos to store every Australian's web history for up to two years.

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Spy in the machine

Spy in the machine.

Dylan Welch and Ben Grubb As the digital world becomes ubiquitous, exactly what happens to the data trail people leave - every day humans create 2.

Roxon questions plan to track users' web history

Nicola Roxon.

Dylan Welch and Ben Grubb 'The case has yet to be made' for a controversial plan to force internet providers to store the web history of all Australians for up to two years, according to Attorney-General Nicola Roxon, who has...

Roxon doubts over security plans to store web history

Dylan Welch, Ben Grubb ''THE case has yet to be made'' for a controversial plan to force internet providers to store the web history of all Australians for up to two years, says the Attorney General, Nicola Roxon, who has...

Pete & Ned's web war on cheap foreign labour

Face Tweaky.

Ben Grubb A former civil engineer and a DJ want to transform odd jobs on the web - but that's not the most unusual part of the story.

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Canberra defends data retention plan

Similar data retention schemes proposed in the United States and Britain have sparked fierce debate.

Ben Grubb, Dylan Welch THE Gillard government has defended a plan to force telcos to store internet and phone data of all Australians for up to two years, saying it is needed to allow intelligence and police agencies to...

Government defends web spy powers


Dylan Welch and Ben Grubb The Gillard government says data storage is needed to allow agencies to effectively target organised criminals and terrorists.

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New web spy powers: for and against

Big brother.

Ben Grubb There's a very strong chance law enforcement will soon have access to a two-year backlog of our web data and telephone history due to law reforms. But so could hackers and just about everyone else.

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New code puts a cap on telco sweet talk

Ben Grubb, Lucy Battersby, James Manning CUSTOMER service in the telco sector may improve over the next two years, thanks to a new code governing advertising, account management and complaint handling in a sector notorious for high...

Ben Grubb, Lucy Battersby and James Manning

New customer code for telco industry gets good reception

 Nick Bilich has a freight business and has four mobiles registered with Telstra but three months ago he received an invoice with an extra 10 mobile numbers linked to it and a $10,000 bill.

Ben Grubb, Lucy Battersby and James Manning Customer service in the telco sector may improve over the next two years thanks to a new code governing advertising, account management and complaint handling in a sector notorious for high complaint...

Kogan backs down on Microsoft censorship claim


James Manning and Ben Grubb The CEO of online electronics retailer Kogan has backed away from claims that Bing and Yahoo! deliberately removed his website from their search engines as punishment for criticising Internet...

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Digital disaster as online security firm loses personal data in the mail


Ben Grubb A FEDERAL government contractor that was paid more than $1 million to deliver e-security alert services to Australians has lost 8000 subscribers' personal information in the postal system.

'Customer privacy is not negotiable': Telstra boss admits leaking customer data

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Ben Grubb Telstra CEO David Thodey has told staff "customer privacy is not negotiable" and that the telco's customers are "entitled" to feel as though the company had "broken their trust" following a recently...

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Telstra accused of Next G web 'stalking'


Ben Grubb Telstra has been criticised by the chief scientist at one of the web's most prominent organisations for "stalking" millions of Next G mobile phone users by sending a third party in Canada the...

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Apple co-founder Woz weighs in against tech giant on price discrimination

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Ben Grubb Apple co-founder Steve 'Woz' Wozniak has sided with Australian consumers on the contentious topic of price discrimination, saying we shouldn't have to pay more for technology goods that cost much...

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New BlackBerry teased but critics say it's almost 'too late' for RIM

blackberry 10

Ben Grubb in Florida BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has shown off advanced new features that will be available on new BlackBerry 10 smartphones - and a new prototype - but analysts are already questioning whether...

Hollywood loses final appeal in piracy case

Pirates, pirate flag, jolly roger

Ben Grubb A damaging blow has been dealt to the giants of the film industry in the High Court today after it decided to dismiss their copyright infringement appeal case against ISP iiNet.

How Instagram founders struck it rich

Instagram co-founders

Ben Grubb How exactly does one sell a 551-day-old profitless tech startup for $US1 billion? The answer: encroach on a giant's territory to the extent where it sees you as a threat.