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Chorus tries to pass on cost of rural telco levy
Commerce Commission considering request by Chorus to include cost of levy in copper pricing...
Loon project brings the web to billions
New Zealand has reached for the sky, backing Google's extraordinary plan to encircle the Earth with helium-filled balloons beaming internet access to billions...
Scammer clones profile
Imposters are cloning New Zealanders' Facebook profiles and winning over their friends before trying to con them out of...
Online daters beware
A terminally ill Christchurch woman has lost more than $160,000 in an online dating scam...
Mega balks at spy powers
Kim Dotcom's Mega online storage service says service providers should not be covered by new spy laws...
Skype trial for inmates canned
A plan to let prisoners have Skype video-chats with family members has been scuppered before it began, because officials couldn't guarantee the security of the personal data of criminals and their families...
Balloon-powered internet launches in NZ
Google has unveiled a world-leading internet initiative in Christchurch this afternoon - balloon powered internet....
Consumers warned about text scam
New Zealand mobiles are being targeted by a new text-message scam, luring people with promises of a multi-million dollar prize win...
New Zealand law permits 'low risk' designer drugs
Stoners, pill-poppers and drug regulators everywhere: turn your eyes to New Zealand...
Vodafone enters 4G race
Vodafone has officially entered the 4G race - years behind its rivals Telstra and Optus...
Bitcoin gets first Aussie retailer
Australian online electronics retailer Millennius today announced it is the first major Australian online retailer to accept controversial currency Bitcoin as a payment mechanism...
Warm Ocean Drives Most Antarctic Ice Shelf Loss
Ocean waters melting the undersides of Antarctic ice shelves, not icebergs calving into the sea, are responsible for most of the continent's ice loss, a new study has...
Unzipped Nanotubes Unlock Potential for Batteries
Researchers at Rice University have come up with a new way to boost the efficiency of the ubiquitous lithium ion (LI) battery by employing ribbons of graphene that start as carbon nanotubes...
Telegram system ends. Stop. Replaced by text messages. Stop
The telegram, that bringer of bad news and birthday greetings, was too slow for the digital age...
Google beams internet from balloons
Google is launching an experiment to beam the internet to remote areas of the world from near space balloons...
Facebook reveals US data requests
US authorities made thousands of data requests to Facebook last year, the firm says, after a vast surveillance scheme was revealed in leaked papers...
U.S. Government Uses Early Knowledge Of Microsoft Bugs For Spying
Forget PRISM, this is real super-villain stuff...
Details emerge about PRISM, big tech companies release data request reports
After Facebook, Google, and Apple among other companies issued blanket refutations of that "direct access" claim, it was difficult to parse what PRISM really entailed...
Encrypted e-mail: How much annoyance will you tolerate to keep the NSA away?
How to to encrypt e-mail, and why most don't bother...
Syria has crossed chemical red line, says Obama
The US government has "high confidence" that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons (CW)...
Mystery of X-Ray Light from Black Holes Solved
It is a mystery that has stymied astrophysicists for decades: how do black holes produce so many high-power X-rays?...
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