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Government Just Sold $543 Million Of Mobile Spectrum

The results of the Federal Government’s recent auction of a large chunk of the 1800MHz band of the Australian radiofrequency spectrum have been announced: Telstra and Optus each spent nearly $200 million on securing more bandwidth, while TPG and Vodafone also splashed out with multi-million dollar investments. The 2015 auction should see Australia’s 4G networks in regional areas get faster and cover wider areas.


Playboy's First Nudity-Free Issue Targets Teens With A Snapchat Selfie

This is Sarah McDaniel, a 20-year-old Instagram celebrity. She’s on the cover of the newly nudity-free Playboy magazine, striking a very millennial pose. Notice anything odd about her eyes, though?


Government Says It 'Needs To Keep Up With The Times' And Monitor Welfare Recipients' Social Media

Yesterday it was revealed that State and Federal Government agencies are monitoring the social media and eBay accounts of Centrelink recipients, and using that data to prosecute fraud claims against them.

In response, The Department of Human Services has told Gizmodo it is “serious about protecting the integrity of Australia’s welfare system and conducts extensive compliance activity,” and will “take action to ensure those who attempt to deceive the Department are caught and held to account.”


All The News You Missed Overnight: Google Rolls Out Fibre To Public Housing

Good morning! It’s a busy world out there. All The News You Missed Overnight gives you a guide to everything techy that happened while you were sleeping.


Google Goes To War Against Annoying Fake Download Buttons

You know that fun game you play every time you wander over to Download.com and try to download an app? The game where you have to find the right download button in a sea of buttons or risk infecting your computer with malware until the end of time? Well, it’s game over man.


BBC: UN Panel Believes Julian Assange Was 'Unlawfully Detained'

It’s almost four years since Julian Assange took refuge in London’s Ecuadorian embassy. Now, according to the BBC, a UN panel has ruled that he has been “unlawfully detained”.


Google Rolls Out Free Gigabit Ethernet To Public Housing Locations

High-speed internet is improving across the US, but not everyone is experiencing the same level of improvement. Google wants to help solve that problem, albeit in a highly limited fashion.


Is This Vigilante Group Fighting ISIS Or Just Feeding The Media A Fat Load Of Crap? 

In the past few months, dozens of media outlets reported on a disturbing secret app being used by ISIS members to exchange secure messages. The media reports were based on one another, as well as the word of a volunteer hacking collective called Ghost Security Group (GSG). Another story has also made the rounds recently: That this same group, GSG, found information and used it to stop a mass terrorist attack. These are compelling, terrifying stories — and they’re both stories with many holes, from a strange and unverifiable source.


Signing The TPP Has 'Almost No Positive Benefit': Choice

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, an economic free trade agreement between Australia and 12 countries including the United States and New Zealand, has been signed by government representatives in a NZ ceremony today. It now goes in front of Parliament for review and a vote, but consumer advocacy group Choice has said it will have a minimal financial benefit at best, and will open Australia up to myriad international legal issues.


I Can Think Of 75 Billion Reasons Why Google Doesn't Like Adblockers

It appears Google is cracking down on adblocking apps in the Google Play store. Hmm.


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