Gizmodo's Weekly Australian Internet Update

Here's where we round up all the Aussie news around the 'net about the 'net, every week. Check in here for a quick primer on everything from piracy to privacy, data retention and what's happening with the NBN.

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This week:

Vodafone And TPG Have Teamed Up In A $1bn Network Sharing Deal

Vodafone is Australia’s third largest mobile telco, trailing stronger competitors Optus and Telstra. TPG is a telecommunications company with a strong national data network and plenty of existing high-speed infrastructure. The two have teamed up in a $1 billion deal that sees TPG’s fibre network carrying Vodafone mobile network traffic, and it might be the first move in a larger partnership or even a merger.

VicHealth: One In Two Aussie Youths Think Spying On Their Partner Is OK

Last week our friends at Kotaku covered Australia’s new Minister for Women’s thoughts on video games and domestic violence, referencing a report released by VicHealth. While the report only tentatively linked video games to the perpetuation of this culture, much of the data did in fact look at the influence of modern technology — such as social media and mobile phones — and its potential role in domestic violence.

Also in Australia's internet this week:

Lift-off for NBN's long-term satellite

Subsea cable leaves Telstra customers with Apple download delays

Vocus, M2 announce $3bn merger

NBN takes aim at satellite broadband leechers

'Game-changer' satellite gives Aussies near-real time weather data

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