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Lucy Battersby

Lucy Battersby is Technology Reporter for Fairfax Media. She worked on communications policy for the federal government before joining Fairfax in 2006.

Bitcoin

Australian authorities sitting on $9.6 million worth of bitcoins confiscated from Silk Road drug dealer

Lucy Battersby Authorities may soon reap millions of dollars by selling more than 24,500 bitcoins confiscated from a Melbourne man who ran a "one-stop shop" for drugs through Silk Road.  

Tech

Breastfeeding mothers get help from Google Glass and Small World

Sheila Chan

Lucy Battersby and Julia Medew New mothers struggling with breastfeeding may soon have the latest technology at their disposal to get expert help at any time of day.

SMS costs too high in Australia

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Lucy Battersby Australians are paying too much to send text messages, so the competition watchdog is looking to regulate the wholesale costs of texting for the first time.

SMS costs in watchdog's sights

Lucy Battersby Australians are paying too much to send text messages, so the competition watchdog is looking to regulate the wholesale costs of texting for the first time.

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Broadband

Asbestos hurdle in broadband rollout

NBN

Lucy Battersby Design and construction of NBN Co's network has stalled because of the change in government policy and a "significant backlog" of work caused by Telstra's asbestos remediation program.

Rollout delays decimate NBN's forecast earnings

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Lucy Battersby NBN Co's latest annual report reveals it earnt a 10th of what it was expected to be earning by 2013 due to continuing rollout delays, throwing into question the government's ability to attract...

Mobile downloads double in a year

Lucy Battersby The volume of data downloaded over mobile broadband networks has nearly doubled in the past year as the number of mobile handset subscribers in Australia increased to nearly 20 million.

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Cheap iOs 7 data calls a threat to telcos

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Lucy Battersby A new calling feature in Apple's latest operating system threatens billions of dollars of revenue that network operators such as Telstra, Optus and Vodafone receive from mobile voice calls.

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Broadband

NBN fibre installations continue, for now

Malcolm Turnbull.

Lucy Battersby NBN Co will continue connecting fibre to homes where construction has started but will also start testing copper-based broadband technologies under instructions from the new Communications Minister.

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Telcos

Telstra rebuked by watchdog for delay in fixing $30m global roaming over-charging problem

Mobile

Lucy Battersby Telstra has received a slap on the wrist from the communications regulator for over-charging hundreds of thousands of customers by $30 million over six years.

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Copper longevity a mystery for NBN

Copper wires

Lucy Battersby The condition of millions of copper wires that the Coalition will rely on to deliver its broadband policy remains a mystery, and it will take months to uncover how many are functional and how many...

Broadband

Concerns over state of wiring for the NBN

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Lucy Battersby The condition of millions of copper wires the Coalition will rely on to deliver its broadband policy is unknown, and it will take months to uncover how many are functional and how many are beyond use.

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Finnished: Nokia sells handset business to Microsoft

Lucy Battersby Once the world's most popular mobile phone maker, Nokia has sold its handset division to Microsoft for 8 billion euro ($5.6 billion), marking the end of an era in the consumer mobile phone market.

Careful what you say, the bins have ears

Pedestrians walk past one of the high-tech rubbish bins in London that are capable of collecting smartphone data

Lucy Battersby Rubbish bins tracking pedestrians as they walk along the street sound like something out of a sci-fi movie.

Privacy

Tracked from the moment you wake

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Lucy Battersby Rubbish bins tracking pedestrians as they walk along the street sounds like something from a sci-fi movie.

Parents underestimate risk of cyber-bullying for teens

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Lucy Battersby Nearly 80 per cent of Australian children under ten years of age use social networks. Among older teenagers – those 16 and 17 – parents underestimate bullying and risky online behaviour.

Telstra opens AFL streaming service

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Lucy Battersby Telstra will open its AFL live-match streaming service to all mobile networks this year.

No plans to pension off Telstra payphones

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Lucy Battersby The sight of Telstra payphones on city footpaths and in country towns will be a fixture for the next 20 years after a historical shift in the way payphones are funded in Australia.

Fake reviews and group buying under scrutiny

Australian Competition & Consumer Commission.

Lucy Battersby ACCC to investigate companies suspected of writing their own reviews or paying for positive reviews.

Consumer watchdog targets website product reviews and discounts

Groupon

Lucy Battersby FAKE reviews and group buying sites offering discounts are top of the competition watchdog's hit-list as it moves to police misleading online behaviour.