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What If Everybody James Woods Talked Crap About On Twitter Sued Him?

James Woods has filed a $US10 million lawsuit against a semi-anonymous Twitter user who tweeted that the actor was a cocaine addict. Many people are holding up this case as the perfect example of the Streisand Effect, where more attention is drawn to the accusations by suing rather than ignoring the trolls.


Labor Changed Its Mind On Data Retention

Remember when the Federal Labor Opposition voted in support of data retention legislation? Well, now that it has passed the Parliament and become law, the same Labor Opposition has changed its mind, flagging the need for a review at its annual conference over the weekend.


Twitter Is Using Copyright Law To Bust Joke Thieves

Imitation is supposed to be the sincerest form of flattery, but for comedians on Twitter it’s a pain in the arse. Joke theft is rampant, with “parody” accounts and spambots racking up thousands of followers by tweeting stolen jokes as their own. But now Twitter is helping people bust joke-stealers.


Judges Revive Claim That AT&T Overcharged Schools For Internet Service

For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services.


Qualcomm Under EU Scrutiny For Possible Chip Sale Market Abuse

Qualcomm is in the early stages of an EU anti-trust investigation because… it’s better at what it does than everyone else?



The Aussie Kid Who Allegedly Hacked The Gaming Industry Wants To Give Up His Citizenship Over 'Police State' Laws

Dylan Wheeler, the 20-year old security prodigy who allegedly hacked the big names in gaming is renouncing his Australian citizenship. Between laws like data retention, site blocking and alleged human rights abuses, Wheeler has had enough, and has told us of his plans to abandon his home nation.


BBC Is Listing Pages Removed By Google Under EU Right-To-Be-Forgotten

A year has passed since the EU ruled that people have the “right to be forgotten” online, and Google has been busy removing links when people ask it to. But the BBC has been keeping track of its articles that Google has de-listed — and now it’s published the list online.


Best VPN Providers: What Australians Need To Know

Not all VPNs are created equal. Some keep logs, some cap your traffic, some don’t work on mobile, some don’t work at all. This is what you need to know about choosing a VPN provider, as well as a few recommendations to get you started.


There Are Better Ways To Combat Piracy Than Blocking Websites

The Senate passed controversial anti-piracy legislation, the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015, last night. But it’s not so clear whether the legislation will actually achieve its stated ends of reducing piracy, and it might be easily circumvented by the public.

Arguably, the media industry can do more to prevent piracy by making content more easily accessible rather than quixotic efforts to block it using legislation.


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