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CAPTCHA's are an irritating but necessary evil. The system that is used to verify whether or not a user is human has been around a while and it had to evolve because machines were getting better at reading the text than humans. With its latest iteration, Google says you'll no longer have to input anything at all.

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Young Australians will have greater protection from the vile grooming of online predators under tough new laws to be introduced by the Australian Government.

An evolved version of Carly's Law will make it a crime for an adult to use a carriage service to commit an act in preparation for, or planning to, cause harm to or engage in or procure sexual activity with a minor. Importantly, this will include those who misrepresent their age.

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Australia's Telecommunications Interception and Access Act has nothing on China's plans.

Human Rights Watch is calling out a Cybersecurity Law about to be passed by the Chinese government as a "regressive measure that strengthens censorship, surveillance, and other controls over the Internet." The new law demands companies to require users to provide their real name and personal information, which will then be retained.

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With viral memes and hashtags sweeping the internet on the daily, language is evolving faster than conventional dictionaries can keep up. You may have been "procrastatweeting" about the "popepocalypse" last week, but the stalwart publishers of the Oxford English won't give your neologisms official recognition for years to come, if ever. Heck, they didn't even put hoverboard down until 2015!

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The weakening Australian dollar makes overseas purchases less enticing, though there are international retailers that don't charge in US dollars that are mightily competitive with local stores. Hong Kong-based eGlobal is one example and with it currently offering free economy shipping, now might be the time to pick up a new lens, or even camera at a discount.

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The National Broadband Network is facing renewed competition, in the cities where it should theoretically be making the most money. TPG will continue to build out its potentially lucrative fibre-to-the-basement metropolitan broadband network, and might even start to offer access to it through its new acquisiton iiNet. Soon enough, you might buy an iiNet service for your apartment and be getting NBN-like speeds, despite being connected to TPG's own fibre.

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Internet shorthand is ubiquitous, but in our desire to get words out quickly, meaning can be muddled or lost. Case in point: Accent marks, one of the foremost linguistic casualties of the digital age. Now, defenders of the Spanish language are trying to bring the neglected markings back.

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The Abbott Coalition government came to power two years ago this week with a promise to change Labor’s fibre to the premises (FTTP) National Broadband Network (NBN) to one using less-expensive fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) technologies, spruiking its network with the three-word slogan: “Fast. Affordable. Sooner.”

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Take an image, add a caption. Congratulations -- you've made a meme! Of course, its popularity isn't guaranteed, but if your hastily-made piece of visual commentary did circulate en masse, you might want to make sure the image you use isn't from Getty. Otherwise, the company could try to make a few bucks out of protecting its copyrights from anyone careless enough to post it.