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The Office Of The Australian Information Commissioner Has Been Saved By The 2016 Budget

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has been spared by the 2016 Federal Budget, after repeated attempts by government to de-fund and shut down the office were stymied by Opposition in the Senate. Tonight’s budget confirms that the OAIC, which deals with digital privacy, freedom of information and information policy for Australia’s federal bodies, will be funded for the next term of government.


$195 Million Budgeted For Australia's Cyber Security Strategy

“This initiative is not just about keeping Australia safe,” Scott Morrisson said of the Federal Government’s cyber security strategy in his budget speech this evening. “It is an important part of our economic plan for jobs and growth.”

$195 million has been set aside, building on the $38 million announced in the National Innovation and Science Agenda.


Budget 2016: CSIRO Will Explore Bitcoin's Blockchain Technology

The government’s just-announced 2016 Federal Budget will see the “encouragement” of private companies and the government itself exploring blockchain technology, the peer-to-peer protocol popularised by bitcoin. New legislation, too, will ensure that Australian citizens are not double-taxed when they use, buy and sell digital currencies like bitcoin itself.


Government Could Raise Over $4 Billion From Tax-Avoiding Multinationals

Tonight’s budget has unveiled a swathe of multi-national tax avoidance measures, including a diverted profits tax — commonly known as the “Google Tax” within Australia — that could potentially capture billions of dollars from Australia’s top multi-national companies including Google and Apple.


Making Your Kid Charge Your Phone Will Not Make Her The Next Zuckerberg

The Wall Street Journal has a new pair of articles about how to make your kid the next Mark Zuckerberg. One of the articles is literally titled “How to Raise the Next Mark Zuckerberg”. However, following their advice will not put your kid on the fast-track to VentureCapitalLand.


Tuesday's Biggest Stories

Every evening, we wrap up the day’s biggest stories in one place for you to easily check out. If you’ve been off the grid all day, jump in here and catch up on current events.

You Can Survive A Military Grade Bioweapon Sitting In A Tesla More than twice the number of people that die in vehicle accidents die from air pollution — that’s over three million people every single year.

Hands On: Panasonic DMP-UB900 Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player Australia’s first Ultra HD Blu-ray player delivers the goods but you’ll want a top-shelf television and a great movie to really do it justice.

Australians Are Really Terrible At Passwords It’s World Password Day this Thursday! Do you know what that means? That’s right, it’s that time of year when we get to discover just how truly awful we are at the whole password thing.

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• How Vertical Farming Is Revolutionising The Way We Grow Food • 5 Reasons To Use To Vivaldi Instead Of Chrome Or Firefox • This Tiny Star Is Now The Best Place To Hunt For Alien Life


Marissa Mayer Will Dry Her Tears With $71.6 Million If She Gets Fired From Yahoo

Marissa Mayer may be the captain of Silicon Valley’s version of the Titanic, but that doesn’t mean she’s going to drown with her angry shareholders and discarded Yahoo verticals. Instead, she’ll be rolling around in nearly $US55 ($71.6) million worth of cash, stock options and other assorted benefits.


Australians Are Really Terrible At Passwords

It’s World Password Day this Thursday! Do you know what that means? That’s right, it’s that time of year when we get to discover just how truly awful we are at the whole password thing.

Oh, and how to improve, of course.


Australia Post Is Going To Start Charging You Rent For Unclaimed Parcels

If you don’t pick up your Australia Post parcel deliveries after five days, you might be on the hook for an extra $9 fee. That’ll be another sting for the 8 per cent of AusPost’s customers that are a bit tardy with their post office visits, and it’ll net the mail carrier even more money to prop up the struggling letter delivery business.


5 Reasons To Use To Vivaldi Instead Of Chrome Or Firefox

At this stage, it feels like the browser wars have been fought and won. Most of you probably use Chrome or Firefox, and a sad few of you may even use Internet Explorer. But there’s a new browser in town, and it actually has some features worth sitting up and take notice of.


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