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Media briefs: farewell Louise … getting shirty … Gotham boosts Nine lineup …

What’s the difference between a “shirtfront”, “shirt-front” and “shirt front”? And other media tidbits of the day.

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News Corp CEO thinks you should wait patiently for Game of Thrones

News Corp CEO Robert Thomson explains why he supports Essendon, points to good news in the Herald Sun and says you can wait 24 damn hours for your fix of Westeros.

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Media briefs: Nancy to Press Council … MEAA seeks chief … Digital revenues …

Kate Durham says she’ll take Gerard Henderson to the Press Council. And other media tidbits of the day.

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No place for artists in online copyright debate

John Ferris from Ministry of Sound Australia disagrees with the suggestion that filesharing will stop if content makers “just make stuff available”.

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How Apple is revolutionising your digital future — and you’ll never notice

The most exciting thing to come out of Apple’s announcement at its Worldwide Developers Conference isn’t a shiny new gadget — it’s a whole new toolkit for developers.

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The net closes, albeit slowly, on tax-dodging tech giants

There’s been plenty of media fuss about how little tax tech giants like Google pay in Australia. The problem goes wider, and yes, there are efforts to address it.

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Rundle: the robots are coming, for good or ill

Spectacular advances in robotic technology are a far cry from Rosie the maid — they can self-replicate, replace millions of workers and, most sinister of all, hunt and kill. Crikey examines the dark side of our bright future.

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Saville’s Shout: school’s out at Google … financial advice: don’t bother …

Do you really need a university education? And should you pay for secondary school? Plus why a blind monkey could invest better than your broker.

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What internet overlord Apple is doing with your personal data

Apple has issued some details on what information it passes on to governments (including Australia’s). Technology journalist Richard Chirgwin has some advice for you if you’re relying on Apple’s cloud. So put down that iPhone.

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The NSA’s war on Google: a how-to in intelligence stupidity

Revelations the NSA has broken into Google and Yahoo facilities will escalate a developing war between the US government and the companies it is damaging with its espionage.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Just a little reminder of the nonsense Joe Hockey spouted about Australia’s government debt when he was in opposition.

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Tax Office pursuit of offshore tax dodgers ramps up

The ATO will set up a new taskforce to catch businesses dodging tax by basing themselves offshore. It comes as the agency unsuccessfully pursued one company through the courts.

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Obama’s surveillance state revealed in detail

Two major revelations have exposed the extent of the Obama Administration’s mass surveillance of phone and internet use.

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Activists say no-pium to Google, Facebook ‘censorship’

An upstart political party has taken aim at Google for banning it from using its logo or the word “opium” in its online ads, while another activist group is fighting with Facebook over claims of censorship.

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Bombings and Bitcoins, why the centre can’t hold

Power is changing hands, flipping on its head, ebbing away, growing ever stronger. Guy Rundle on why (lazy cliche of a Yeats poem not withstanding), things are very much falling apart.

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Unicorns, Freemasons and the Devil: Google and our pollies

Google reveals all about our politicians — or at least the impression we have of them. Freelance writer Ben Westcott investigates the curse of auto-complete searching.

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How the government can protect privacy in the digital panopticon

Individuals’ privacy is under historic assault from both government and corporations, and there’s little enthusiasm for trying to save it.

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R(IP)SS: Google Reader’s death a wake-up call

The closure of Google Reader is a reminder of both the dangers and opportunities of cloud-based services. When they’re gone, they’re really gone — then what are you going to do?

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Through Google’s looking Glass, retail stores and branded products

Would you wear computer glasses? And would you buy them in a physical Google store? The tech giant is shifting its strategy to embrace old-world retailing and new-world technology.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

New research suggests plastic grocery bag bans in San Francisco have resulted in an increased number of deaths by food poisoning.

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Google’s North Korea maps: what we can learn from

Google’s detailed new maps of North Korea are a reminder not to fall into the trap of demonising populations, writes Charles Richardson.

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Gillard’s ‘stop the trolls’ plan will please the media, but it’s nothing new

Now there’s a war on cyberbullying. What is the government up to, and will it make a difference?

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Media briefs: Hun hatchet … Plibersek a Lib? … Lance v Oprah …

What’s happened to the subbing on Rupert’s Leader suburban papers in Melbourne? One article in last week’s Moorabbin Glen Eira Leader contained references to “State Labor Health Minister David Davis” (he’s from the Liberal Party).

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Tech in ’12: take nothing for granted online

In 2012, Big Copyright suffered several setbacks. And Big Data ramped up its efforts. Our technology expert looks back and forward at the world online.

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‘Trial by Google’ the new threat to privacy, Leveson warns

Trial by media? Trial by Google is the real threat to privacy, Lord Justice Brian Leveson told a Sydney audience today — fresh from delivering his media ethics report to the UK government.

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