Obama, Wozniak celebrate net neutrality victory

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.

Police smash international identity-theft ring

Police carry out one of the early morning raids.

Emma Partridge   Police have smashed an international identity theft ring accused of making thousands of fake NSW driver's licences to fraudulently obtain loans and credit cards and board domestic flights.

Mysterious drones spotted flying over Paris landmarks for the second straight night

The unidentified drones were seen near the Eiffel Tower and La Defense business district.

Sarah Kaplan   The unidentified aircraft were seen near the US Embassy, the Eiffel Tower and several roadways.

Sex, religion and John Howard: Wikipedia's most controversial pages

Former Prime Minister John Howard.

Patrick Begley   John Howard is more controversial than homosexuality, the right to bear arms and 9/11 conspiracy theories. 

Tech

New RAAF pilots' smart helmets will cost a bomb

f-35 helmet

Stephen Hutcheon   Before any RAAF pilot steps into the cockpit of the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet, they'll need to be fitted with a custom-made $770,000 helmet.

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M2 wary over NBN rollout

Geoff Horth, CEO, M2 Telecommunications

David Ramli   M2 Group, which owns Dodo and iPrimus, has reported a 25 per cent increase in net profit to $38.5 million and a 26,000 increase in broadband subscribers in its half-year results. But the company remains wary of the ability of the national broadband network service to generate sales.

Why is electricity dangerous?

Electricity generic

Rod Taylor   To start with, the question is misleading: not all electricity is dangerous.

3D-printed beak for injured toucan in Costa Rica

Veterinarian Carmen Soto (out of frame), in charge of an animal rescue centre, in La Garita, Alajuela, 45 km north of San Jose, cures a toucan that lost the upper half of his beak after being attacked by unidentified, on February 4, 2015. Though such attacks are not uncommon in Latin America, now the animals count on a new friend--social networks-- to defend them.    AFP PHOTO/EZEQUIEL BECERRA

Ray Sparvell   Australians have been outraged by the controversy surrounding the live baiting greyhound scandal that has engulfed that sport since the story was broken by the ABC's Four Corners on Monday.

Tag plan to stamp out Broome’s 'black market' bins

Shire of Broome waste coordinator Jeremy Hall with one of the radio frequency identification tags being placed in Broome bins.

Aleisha Orr   Broome’s "black market" bins are such a problem, the shire has turned to high-tech devices to deal with it.

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Tech

Telescopic contact lens lets users zoom with a wink

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Jean-Louis Santini   Swiss researchers are developing contact lenses that contain tiny telescopes to boost vision and zoom in and out with the wink of an eye.

The art of digital matchmaking

MATCH: Janin Mayer and Evi Bitran, pictured with their son Elliav, met via dating website RSVP. They married 18 months later.

Inga Ting   With so much data at our fingertips, are we any closer to finding an algorithm for love?

History fades as tech changes make old photos inaccessible

Google's vice-president has warned it is time to start preserving the vast quantities of digital data that are produced before they are lost.

Sarah Knapton   Print out your photos or risk losing them, warns GoogleFuture generations may be unable to access today’s digital data as technology moves on

Google buys Altamont wind energy to power Googleplex

Wind power is Google's preferred energy source.

Matt O'Brien   Google has spent $US1.5 billion ($1.95 billion) around the world on clean energy projects cutting the pollution from millions of users clicking on search links, watching YouTube videos and sending emails, but now it's found a powerful electricity source close to home.

Tech

Apple becomes first $US700 billion company

Apple chief executive Tim Cook.

Tim Higgins   The world's largest company by market capitalization got a little bit bigger Tuesday.

FBI investigating Newsweek Twitter hack that threatened Obamas: White House

Michelle Obama

The FBI is investigating a hack into US magazine Newsweek's Twitter account that resulted in posted threats against the Obama family, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Tuesday.

Earnings

Reckon profit rises on new subs model

Reckon's profit slightly missed analyst expectations.

Shaun Drummond   Updated | Reckon has reported a 5 per cent rise in annual net profit after stripping out an acquisition in the previous year, which inflated its earnings in 2013.

Silk road

Accused Silk Road mastermind 'Dread Pirate Roberts' convicted in US

The Silk Road 'anonymous market' sold electronics, art and apparel but also drugs and other illegal goods.

Nate Raymond   Ross Ulbricht has found guilty by a Manhattan federal jury on all seven counts he faced after a closely watched four-week trial spilling out of US investigations of the use of the bitcoin digital currency for drug trafficking and other crimes.

E-commerce

Amazon offices raided in child pornography investigation

'We take this seriously': Amazon says it is cooperating with the  police investigation.

Paul Mozur, Mark Scott   Japanese police have raided Amazon's Tokyo headquarters, a distribution centre and the offices of an affiliate as part of an investigation into the online sale of child pornography, according to a report by the Japanese news agency Kyodo.

Drones

Secret Service investigates drone crash at White House

The drone that landed on the White House lawn has reignited security concerns.

Lesley Clark, Anita Kumar   Hours after investigators examined a small unmanned drone which crashed into the grounds of the White House, an individual called the Secret Service and told it that the device had been in their control and was being flown for recreational use.