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The Sad, Weird World Of Unseen YouTube Videos

Embarrassing open mic nights, topical parodies, gaming tutorials — these are the YouTube videos we know. The ones we replay and the ones we send to our friends, coworkers, families and everyone we know. But YouTube has another layer. One where view counts sit at zero and bizarre bits of film rot away in indifference. It’s a dark, morbidly fascinating world — and it’s easy to invade.


Dropbox Deletes A Bunch Of User Files From The Cloud

Bad news for some people who only live on the cloud: Dropbox has confirmed that a bug in some older version of its desktop app has deleted user files from the cloud.


We Need To Talk About Upload Speeds

Opinion: Australia is home to some incredible high-tech businesses, and Aussies can access some technologically amazing services — take video on demand, for example — with the quality of internet that we already have. Our download speeds, on the world stage, are okay. In the long and ongoing and convoluted and annoying argument about the National Broadband Network and about our countrywide internet, though, we’re all getting caught up talking about downloads, and it’s uploads that really matter.


iiNet Makes Itself Clear On Data Retention: "Not Necessary Or Proportionate"

iiNet has made public its response to the government’s industry consultation paper on mandatory data retention, as proposed under new broad national security laws. The activist telco says that the majority of the customers it consulted are against the proposal, that the procedures would add significant cost to its bottom line that would be passed on to customers, and that there is no evidence the new regime will be more effective in law enforcement.


US Police Are Giving Away Keylogging Software As A 'Safety' Measure

For years, local law enforcement agencies around the country have told parents that installing ComputerCOP software is the “first step” in protecting their children online.


What It Was Like To Be Online During The '80s

Before Google Fiber, before broadband, before you got bombarded with enough AOL free trial CDs to build your family a (very pointy and ineffective) home, the internet was a vastly simpler thing. Here are two first-hand accounts of internet life in the ’80s, when porn was restricted to asterisks and dashes and the screeching sound of dial-up was music to young computer geeks’ ears.


Facebook's Wi-Fi Drones Start Testing Next Year

By this stage, Facebook’s plan to bring internet to the whole world with a fleet of drones and lasers is pretty well documented: what’s a little vague has been the details — until now.


Rural Areas In The US May Soon Get High-Speed Wi-Fi Over Unused TV Bands

If you live out in the less densely inhabited regions of America, chances are very good that high-speed internet in your area is pretty hard — if not impossible — to come by. That could soon change thanks to a team from Rice University who have hacked currently unused, Ultra High Frequency (UHF) TV spectrum into a high-speed, wireless internet pipeline.


The Internet Is On Go-Slow Today To Support Net Neutrality

Websites including Reddit, Pornhub, Twitter and Netflix are all slowing down today in support of net neutrality. In this article, the Electronic Frontier Foundation explains why — and how you can join in.


What's The Best Visualisation Of The Internet You've Ever Seen?

All the cables and servers that make up the internet may be actual, physical things, but the data they send zipping all over the world is a bit harder to put into perspective. Many have tried — quite a few have failed — but every once in a while, creativity and genius combine to form the perfect picture of the internet kingdom.


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