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Amazon commits to being 'fully operational' in Australia by end of 2018

There’s been plenty of speculation as to when US-based e-commerce giant Amazon will finally have a hold on the Australian retail market, but we’ve finally gotten word from an executive at the company, who has confirmed that the internet company aims to be fully operational Down Under by the end of 2018.Speaking to Fairfax Media, the executive – responsible for expanding the company’s global grocery operations – said that Amazon will “launch......
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Russian hacker pleads guilty for get-rich-quick botnet - CNET

A Russian hacker pleaded guilty to creating a global botnet to make millions. Moment Editorial/Getty Images A Russian hacker has pleaded guilty to installing malware on ten of thousands of computer servers in order to generate millions in fraudulent payments, the US Department of Justice said Tuesday.Maxim Senakh, 41, admitted to installing E......
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US House votes to let ISPs sell your browser history

The Electronic Frontier Foundation responded to today's vote with a statement that "If the bill is signed into law, companies like Cox, Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T, and Verizon will have free rein to hijack your searches, sell your data, and hammer you with unwanted advertisements. Worst yet, consumers will now have to pay a privacy tax by relying on VPNs to safeguard their information."New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is in support of rolling ......
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Infographic: The Pros & Cons Of Social Media

Ahhhhh social media the wonderful and wacky world of getting to know people that you never knew before until the internet and the various social media websites listed in this infographic below came along. In the old days before the internet - your social circle could have been your family, close friends and maybe a few people you ran into at church or the grocery store. But now with the advent of the internet and more and more blossoming so......
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Upcycled Motherboard Notepad Gift Set

Recently I acquired quite a few old and/or broken motherboards and I decided to make something useful out of them. The desktop computer motherboards were perfect for a notepad covers, the laptop motherboards for coasters and CPUs or graphics chips could be used as key rings . . .

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Windows has a heart of trash

I did a bad thing. I opened a bad file and it borked my PC. So now, in concordance with the grand tradition of frustrated tech bloggers calling on enormous companies to conform to their wishes, here is my rant on how terrible computers are — Windows ones, this time anyway — and how they ought to be. Now, I’m no PC spring chicken. I build my desktops, I seat the CPU, I fiddle with the registry and fiddle with the BIOS (even though it isn’t r......
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Windows has a heart of trash

I did a bad thing. I opened a bad file and it borked my PC. So now, in concordance with the grand tradition of frustrated tech bloggers calling on enormous companies to conform to their wishes, here is my rant on how terrible computers are — Windows ones, this time anyway — and how they ought to be. Now, I’m no PC spring chicken. I build my desktops, I seat the CPU, I fiddle with the registry and fiddle with the BIOS (even though it isn’t r......
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Tesla Deal Boosts Chinese Presence in US Auto Tech

From a Reuters report:China's Tencent has bought a 5 percent stake in U.S. electric car maker Tesla for $1.78 billion, the latest investment by a Chinese internet company in the potentially lucrative market for self-driving vehicles and related services. Tencent's investment, revealed in a U.S. regulatory filing, provides Tesla with an additional cash cushion as it prepares to launch its mass-market Model 3. Tesla's shares were up 2.9 perce......
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Uber’s diversity is on par with the tech industry and that’s not great

Uber has published its much sought after diversity numbers for the first time since it was founded in 2009. Unfortunately for the company, the pressure to publish the numbers mounted after former employee Susan Fowler published her account of the sexism and sexual harassment she endured during her year working at Uber. The company has revealed that its diversity numbers are on par with much of the rest of the tech industry. That’s not gre......
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Ear Biscuits - Rhett and Link

Ear BiscuitsRhett and Link Genre: Comedy Release Date: March 26, 2017 Rhett & Link and guests have a weekly, candid conversation for your Internetainment. © © All rights reserved Original link......
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Johnny Depp signs on to play John McAfee in a film of his life

The John McAfee movie maybe filmed in bath salts-avision HIGH PITCHED ROALD DAHL RUINER JOHNNY DEPP has signed up to what we reckon will be the role of his life. While some actors have taken on critically acclaimed roles as Stephen Hawking, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, Depp will be playing the INQUIRER's favourite technology person, the marvellous John McAfee. We assumed that the film will focus on the genes......
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AOMEI Backupper Standard 4.0.3

AOMEI Backupper Standard will protect your data by applying incremental and differential backups of your system. The application has many useful features, including scheduled backups and the ability to encrypt and compress backups. With AOMEI Backupper Standard you can back up entire hard disks or specified partitions and create system images to keep your operating system and applications safe. Key Features Include: B......
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Chinese tech giant Tencent takes 5 percent stake in Tesla

Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) said on Monday that Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd (0700.HK) has invested $1.78 billion in the electric carmaker for a 5 percent passive stake. Tencent, best known for its WeChat mobile app, has been investing in a number of sectors, including gaming, entertainment, cloud computing and online financing. Tencent now owns more than 8......
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Joking While Muslim in Trump’s America

Joking While Muslim in Trump’s America Joking While Muslim in Trump’s America by Negin Farsad | photograph by Dan Winters3.28.17 There’s an unwritten rule in the world of comedy: If you are a person of color, if you have a disability, if your nose is too ethnic, you have to call yourself out when you walk on that stage. You have to be self-aware that you know, that they know, that your face is weird-­looking. Explain your face! I often w......
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Google Wifi is coming to the UK next week

Alongside the news that the Google Home voice assistant speaker will be available in the UK next week, Google is announcing that its dubiously punctuated Wifi router system is on the way too. Google Wifi will go on sale on April 6th, like Google Home, and also costs £129. That’s just for one unit, though — as with similar products such as Eero, the advantage of Google Wifi is that you can use multiple routers to create a mesh network and g......
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Truecaller gets payment support and Duo integration as it trickles to feature phones

For Truecaller, an app that offers real-time caller ID and spam protection, the past two years have been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride.  On one hand, the eight-year-old service continues to grow strongly in developing markets, and has also chalked out plans to attract people globally. On the other hand, several features that made Truecaller so popular are now shipping out of the box with iPhone and Android smartphones.  So what doe......
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Microsoft OneNote for beginners: Everything you need to know

OneNote is the best Microsoft program you’re probably not using. For me, it's become the online home for much of my work: article drafts, interview transcripts, even random thoughts about how to re-organize the home office.I love that I can take it with me basically anywhere. OneNote is baked right into the company’s own Surface devices, and there are apps for iOS, Android, MacOS, and support for Apple Watch and Android Wear. It’s not easy ......
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Apple mulls joining reported SoftBank-backed investment in Didi to avoid dilution of existing stake

  By Mikey Campbell Monday, March 27, 2017, 09:02 pm PT (12:02 am ET) Japanese tech giant SoftBank is reportedly in talks to back a $6 billion investment in Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing, a move that could dilute stakes of existing backers like Apple. Apple CEO Tim Cook meets with Didi president Jean Liu in 2016. | Source: Tim Cook via TwitterCiting sources familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reports Didi i......
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'Immortalized' Stem Cells Could Be the Key to Mass-Produced Artificial Blood 

Photo: Getty The need for more blood donations is a seemingly never-ending problem. Between interruptions to the donation process, fear of needles, rare blood types, and a general lack of awareness, life-saving blood supplies are difficult to keep stocked. But a team of researchers has found a way to manufacture artificial blood that could make a major impact on millions. Scientists worki......
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Reader Discussion – Are You Enjoying Mass Effect Andromeda?

Mass Effect Andromeda is here and is easily one of the biggest games of the year. We’ve played it, we all have opinions about it, which you can hear on our upcoming Game Club or read about in Joe Juba’s review. But let’s not talk about us. Let’s talk about you, reader. How are you enjoying the game? Does it meet your expectations? Are you making memories flying through the galaxy in The Tempest? Or has this sci-fi sequel left you feeling co......
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Why It's Important to Cancel Dinner Reservations If You Can't Make It

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Broadway Play Changes Set Design Over Cafe Trademark Threat And, No, That Doesn't Make Any Damned Sense

When you write enough about trademark disputes, a recurring thing that happens is you keep thinking you've seen it all, but then something insane happens. And truly, after years of writing here at Techdirt, I've come across some mind-bending trademark disputes. But I can't think of a single one that matches the Broadway version of A Bronx Tale changing its set design to appease a cafe owner who insists he is a monarch of Italian pastries. ......
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The Godzilla Animated Movie Gets New Art, More Plot Details

Toho’s first animated Godzilla movie, the studio’s 30th about the monster, won’t arrive in American Netflix cues until later this year. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait that long to learn what Godzilla: Monster Planet will be about. A full translation of the film’s synopsis was posted to SlashFilm, and it sounds like they’re taking Godzilla to some exciting new places. The film will begin at the end of the 20th century when humans discove......
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Group sues DHS, IC over digital device border search records

reader comments 0 A free speech advocacy organization sued the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Monday, seeking "statistical, policy, and assessment records regarding the government’s searches" of digital devices at the United States border. The group, the Knight First Amendment Institute based at Columbia University, said on Twitter that the lawsuit came about as a result of recent journ......
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This drone is inspired by one of the most deadly hunters in the insect kingdom

Why it matters to you This microdrone borrows from one of nature's most efficient predators to (hopefully) become one of tech's most efficient drones. If you’re a company called Animal Dynamics looking for inspiration for a new type of drone, you naturally go in search of the most awesome flying creature in the animal kingdom. That creature? According to Chief Security Officer Adrian Thomas, who is also a professor of B......
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