Internet experts predict privacy will be a luxury by 2025

Hannah Francis   Exchanging personal data for online convenience is eroding current notions of privacy.

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Thinking outside the box to recycle your old TV or computer

E-waste: Masses of discarded computer and televisions at the recycling plant in Minto.

Tim Barlass   NSW lags behind other states in initiatives to safely dispose of old televisions and computers and keep them out of landfills.

Facebook's popularity among teens dips again this year

Surge in popularity: Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, has more users than Twitter.

Sarah Frier   Facebook is getting less and less cool, at least among teens.

NASA 'emails' spanner to space for the first time

Running repairs: Astronaut Mike Hopkins on a spacewalk last year to replace a faulty water pump outside the International Space Station.

Rachel Feltman   In September, Made In Space shipped a 3D printer to the astronauts at the International Space Station. In November it printed its first object - a replacement part for itself.

What we found when we captured Senator David Leyonhjelm's metadata

Computer hackers who threaten British national security will be punished as harshly as murderers under new plans unveiled

Mark White   Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonjhelm gave permission for metadata from his business address in Sydney's inner west, an agribusiness consulting company, to be captured and analysed. Here's what we found out.

Napster co-founder donates millions for allergy research

Donating millions: Sean Parker.

Ariana Eunjung Cha   Sean Parker of Napster fame is donating $24 million to create a new research institute at Stanford University with the mission of finding a cure - not just another treatment - for allergies.

'Spider dog' video tops Youtube's most shared

Spider Dog.

A prankster video depicting a dog disguised as a giant spider was the most-shared item on the Google-owned YouTube platform this year.

Ask Fuzzy: What is 'white'?

Spectrum: All objects emit some amount of light.

Rod Taylor   What is "white?"?

Storms disrupt internet for Canberrans, providers won't provide quick fix

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Isobelle Waller   Roughly 25,000 homes may be without internet or phone service in the ACT until Christmas, with telcos absolving themselves of responsibility for a quick fix.

Taking the guesswork out of fishing for a few bytes

On the spot: Sam Psanis fishing on the Albert Park jetty.

Aisha Dow   New app about to raise your fishing success

'The garage is a bit of a myth'

Re-writing history: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Gail Sullivan   Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says the story about the Jobs family's Silicon Valley garage is 'overblown'.

NSW Police to trial unmanned drones

Raising concerns: NSW Police is trialling unmanned drones in search and rescue operations, but the news has sparked concern among privacy advocates.

Nick Ralston   NSW Police is trialling unmanned drone aircraft, which if successful could be used in search and rescue and emergencies.

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Drones: Does a line in the sand hold back the tide?

A drone.

Andrew Purcell   Drones carrying high-resolution cameras are being used by a number of police departments - but the idea of using them for surveillance is one step too far, privacy advocates say.

Canberra a video game design hub

Wildgrass co-founder Tom Spratt with an image
from the Canberra developers' game Bearzerkers behind him, set to retail for $10 for PCs next year. Photograph by Graham Tidy.

Matthew Raggatt   With video games a bigger industry than Hollywood these days, Canberra is stepping up to the plate with dynamic ideas teams.

Anti-abortion doctor sues Facebook for cocaine allegations

Dr Roland von Marburg has sued Facebook Australia.

Mark Russell   A doctor and father-of-eight who supports an local anti-abortion group called 'Abortion Hurts Albury' has sued Facebook Australia for defamation in the Victorian Supreme Court over claims he was an incompetent surgeon and cocaine user.

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Thrill-seeking stunts elicit drone safety concerns

Fancy flyer.

Ben Grubb   Drones are being used widely for many good reasons, but they are also a favourite tool for more unruly groups - pranksters and troublemakers.

Facebook posts on Vegas poker trip lead to $340,000 defamation payout

Nicholas Polias, far right, with his legal team, including Sue Chrysanthou, far left, and Bridgette Regener.

Louise Hall   A poker player awarded $340,000 in damages after suing four of his friends for defamation following comments they posted on Facebook about a trip to Las Vegas has warned people to "be very careful about what you write on social media."

Google pushed to apply 'right to be forgotten' rule worldwide

Google dominates internet searches in Europe.

Julia Fioretti   European privacy regulators want internet search engines such as Google and Bing! to scrub results globally, not just in Europe, when people invoke their "right to be forgotten" as ruled by an EU court.