TPG currently stands as the second largest internet service provider (ISP) in Australia, and is a force to be reckoned with in the telecommunications industry. Its rapid growth is mainly attributed to strategic acquisitions it has made in recent years. One of those acquisitions was iiNet, an ISP that boasted high customer satisfaction and respect in the community.

A year after TPG bought iiNet, the situation looks bleak for the ISP that was once the darling of the telco industry. Most recently, iiNet's Sydney office was shut down, most of its staff made redundant. We spoke to one former iiNet employee to get the insider story on the aftermath of the TPG acquisition. We also spoke with iiNet, to get its side of the story.


Marc Andreessen is under fire after playing both sides of an important decision made at Facebook earlier this year. A new Bloomberg report cites recently unsealed court documents from a lawsuit filed against the company's board of directors. In the suit, shareholders accuse Andreessen of advising CEO Mark Zuckerberg when he was supposed to be representing the interest of investors.


Alienware's funky-lookin' laptops may look cool and play games good, but we've agreed in the past that they're generally a little bit too expensive for what you're getting. Microsoft's daily Christmas deal for today, though, knocks $1000 off the price of this 15-inch Alienware notebook. Why? Because it's about to be replaced by a new model.


As far as jobs enshrined at the top of America's impenetrable bureaucracy go, the head of the US Food and Drug Administration is pretty important. The chief of the FDA is responsible for setting the course of an organisation that oversees the safety and efficacy of a huge array of products that Americans use everyday, from makeup and mobile phones to food and drugs. In total, each year it oversees more than $US1 trillion ($1.3 trillion) in consumer goods.


Consider this a love letter to my favourite people I've (mostly) never met in real life: Australian Scientists. They are, without a doubt, straight-up badasses. Weathering job cuts and funding reductions, the amount of incredible discoveries made this year is astounding.

From koala tracking drones, to quantum computing breakthroughs and robots saving the Great Barrier Reef, here are just a handful of my favourites


For a lot of us, the only reason you even snap a photo in the first place is so you can share it with family and friends. The problem is, most of the time you don't want to blast all of your friends on Facebook or Twitter with pictures from your kid's birthday party. This can make sharing personal photos a little more difficult. Here are a handful of apps that help mitigate that problem by making it easier to share more selectively.


Razer has built a "tournament-grade' controller for the PlayStation 4 — with supposedly better ergonomics than your common or garden DualShock, as well as a bunch of customisable settings and esports-friendly extras. And, y'know, it looks suspiciously like someone chucked an Xbox One controller and a PS4 controller into Photoshop and mucked around with the transparency.


Facebook is doing a big public relations push today to promote its "Year in Review" lists of the top topics and videos on the platform, and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg appeared on the Today Show in the US as part of the festivities. During her interview, Sandberg dodged questions on fake news and failed to provide any meaningful information about its spread on the platform in the lead up to the US election. Though she was happy to announce that the US election was indeed the most discussed topic globally on Facebook this year.


As if your social media feeds weren't already filled with endless updates of why the world is a giant garbage fire and you probably should have just stayed in bed today, you can now get Twitter alerts to let you know your train is running late.


And we're not talking about Clarkson's ego.

Could this mean the spiritual successor to Top Gear is filming down under?

Giant stone heads (yes, you're reading this correctly) of The Grand Tour presenters Jeremy "Problematic" Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond are being driven around Sydney today. Gizmodo has scored leaked footage of the heads.