Twitter's Inexplicable New Setting Highlights Problems With Abuse

So Twitter created a rather obscure new setting in its privacy menu called “Receive Direct Messages from Anyone”. What that means is that people you don’t follow can send you a direct message, or DM, which is not public. Here’s why this setting got people’s knickers in a bunch — for some pretty good reasons.


Now You Can Download Your Google History, Or Better Yet, Delete It

You can now download your entire Google search history to your computer. Sound neat? That’s what I thought at first. And then I realised there were dangerous things in my search history — things way worse than my taste in porn.


Village Roadshow: Piracy Will Turn The Souls Of Australian Communities Dark, And Other Amazing Quotes

Village Roadshow is no stranger to colourful language in its anti-piracy submissions to government. The last time it submitted one, it compared film pirates to paedophiles and terrorists. Now Village Roadshow is back with another rant-filled submission, and it’s loaded with amazing quotes.


The People Who Make Your Videos Go Viral

Aside from Justin Bieber videos, YouTube’s greatest contribution to the internet has been in the ‘humans being dumb’ genre — everyone loves watching, say, people failing to pour ice water on their heads. But viral videos don’t just go viral on their own; in many cases, there’s a viral puppetmaster pulling the strings.


Are You Ready For Google's Mobilegeddon Phonepocalypse Tomorrow? 

Google is making a rare change to its search algorithm tomorrow — one that has the power to dramatically alter a site’s ranking in Google’s all-important search results. SOUND THE ALARM.


Optus Wants Netflix To Pay For 'Premium Service'

It begins. The first salvo in the local net neutrality battle has been fired in Australia, with Optus saying it wants Netflix to pay to make sure its streams arrive at customer computers safely.


NBN Co Testing 50Mbps Download Speeds Over Its Fixed Wireless Network

NBN Co is all about experimentation these days. It’s figuring out what might work when it comes to Fibre-To-The-Building/Basement; testing a supercharged Hybrid-Fibre Coaxial network, and now it’s experimenting with speed boosts on the Fixed Wireless network in a new pilot.


HBO Now Is Killing Australian Accounts

Bad news, VPN-ers: HBO doesn’t want your money. The service has started emailing people who are using the new HBO Now streaming service outside of the US to tell them they’re about to be booted.


How Much Will Australia's Dallas Buyers Club Pirates Have To Pay?

Nearly 5000 Australians are expected to receive letters in the near future asking them some pointed questions about their online downloading habits, specifically relating to the film Dallas Buyers Club. What might these letters contain? Will they make threatening advances in the hope for a large settlement, as has happened in the United States? Or will they take a softer line, seeking smaller sums?


Netflix Sets Its Prices According To Local Piracy Rates

If you live in a country with a lot of piracy, you probably enjoy lower monthly Netflix subscription fees. That’s according to Netflix CFO David Wells, who says that a country’s piracy rate is the primary factor determining the service’s local price.


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