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What Happens To Music After Net Neutrality?

Years ago, I believed experts who said Net Neutrality wasn’t a big deal for two reasons. First, It never really existed in the first place (because many ISPs prioritise traffic in some way, say, for or against online gaming). Second, the free market would solve the problem, because ISPs that threw up bad content roadblocks would be abandoned.


Pirates Aren't Cool, Theft Is Not Trendy

Kim Williams is the now outgoing chief executive officer (CEO) of News Corp Australia. As the head of Australia’s biggest content creator, Williams is no fan of piracy, and gave a speech last year asking legislators to invent tougher anti-piracy laws while damning the NBN as a piece of infrastructure that will enable the fastest theft of content in our nation’s history. He resigned today, effective pretty much immediately, and as such its a good time to remind you of his legacy.


Our Digital Mobile Future

Bill Morrow is the CEO of Vodafone Australia, and has some thoughts about the future of telecommunications in Australia. Is it going to be an NBN-only world, or does mobile represent the future of high-speed infrastructure? He also has some controversial thoughts on the government subsidising Telstra for its fixed line network which have set a few people off.


Windows 8 Hybrids: Netbooks That Just Aren't Worth It

Windows 8 hardware sales are off to a slow start as shoppers scratch their heads over Microsoft’s new operating system and flock to low-cost tablets instead. Could a souped-up netbook save the day? The latest hybrids powered by Intel Atom processors promise the best of both worlds: the versatility of a laptop combined with the portability of a touch screen slate. But now that we’ve tested a couple of these detachables, I’ve concluded that the folks who price these things are detached from reality.


I'm A Tech Writer Thanks To This Calvin And Hobbes Comic Strip

I wasn’t supposed to be here today. Growing up, I was obsessed with dinosaurs and dreamed of becoming a paleontologist — the thought of sifting through heaps of stone and soil was far more enticing than fighting fires or learning Ninjutsu, my two fallback careers. But then Calvin’s dad went and blew my mind.


The Apple Vs Android Fanboy Wars

Here’s a brief note intended for the minority commenters who make things nasty. As a community, let’s start smiling again on Gizmodo Australia. Let’s improve the tone. The war doesn’t make any sense. This whole fanboys vs fandroids thing, the iPhone vs Galaxy, the iPad vs Kindle Fire…They’re just machines at the end of the day.


Beyond The NBN Business Model

Malcolm Turnbull is the Shadow Communications Minister and has had a beef with the Labor government’s National Broadband Network (NBN) project ever since it was minted. He addressed the American Chamber of Commerce In Australia (AMCHAM) last week on the problems with the NBN and how they might be fixed by a Coalition government.