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We want to see dirty oceans, but not dirty laundry

We want to see dirty oceans, but not dirty laundry

May 27, 2010 4 Comments

In the age of web 2.0, we now demand an increasing level of transparency from our government and corporations -- but we're still not ready for our own lives to be so heavily scrutinised.

Google vs. Stephen Conroy

May 26, 2010 13 Comments

Stephen Conroy is taking on internet giants Google and Facebook over their recent privacy breaches. But is he just capitalising on the public sentiment against the two companies to take the heat off his widely-panned internet filter plans?

The secret Iranian oil trade

The secret Iranian oil trade

May 21, 2010

Everyone's buying their oil from Iran -- but no-one wants to talk about it. Like buying your undies from Target (come on, you know you do), it's cheap but unfashionable.

Why the €500 note has been dumped

May 14, 2010

The €500 note has been taken out of circulation in Britain -- not because the European economy has collapsed, but because it's making things far too easy for the country's crooks: $1m dollars' worth weighs an easily smuggleable (or swallowable) 1.43kg.

Al Gore: How the oil spill could save the planet

Al Gore: How the oil spill could save the planet

May 10, 2010

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill isn't just an environmental disaster, says Al Gore: it's a "consciousness-shifting event" that could have huge ramifications for the climate change movement.

Inside Facebook

Inside Facebook

May 7, 2010

Read an excerpt from David Kirkpatrick's new book The Facebook Effect: the Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World, revealing how wunderkind CEO Mark Zuckerberg turned the site into a $20bn company.

The 40 top predators of press freedom

May 5, 2010

Reporters Without Borders has named its annual list of press freedom "predators". This year, Russian PM Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Hu Jintao join Hall of Famers like Robert Mugabe and the Italian mafia.

Twitter does the Logies

Twitter does the Logies

May 3, 2010 1 Comment

For years, the Logie Awards were little more than a tedious tribute to cultural cringe. Then Twitter happened. We wrap the night, as seen through 140-character reports from insiders.

Will Rudd’s ETS woes go up in smoke?

Will Rudd’s ETS woes go up in smoke?

April 29, 2010 8 Comments

Daily Media Wrap: Less than two days after Rudd's ETS backflip, the government has pulled a sleight of hand: announcing it will introduce tough new laws for cigarette packets. Ta-da! Health is back on the national agenda.

Kenyans: really fast, really broke

Kenyans: really fast, really broke

April 21, 2010

Kenya produces some of the fastest runners on Earth -- yet few are even making a fraction of what their slower Western counterparts earn.