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Netflix plans to offer video games in push beyond films, TV

Netflix, marking its first big move beyond TV shows and films, is planning an expansion into video games and has hired a former Electronic Arts and Facebook executive to lead the effort. Mike Verdu will join Netflix as vice president of game development, reporting to Chief Operating Officer Greg Peters, …

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Twitter expands efforts in AI-assisted war on COVID fake news

From July 1 to December 6 Twitter removed a total of 3.8 million tweets for violating its rules (not just those related to COVID-19), and has determined that 77 per cent of those tweets were viewed less than a hundred times before removal. However 6 per cent (or 228,000 tweets) …

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What the Dragons could teach the PM about confronting bad behaviour

What a sharp and embarrassing contrast with Scott Morrison and his government, for whom responsibility is something to be passed off to others, as if they are above reproach. Nothing to see here. Note the blatant, multi-billion-dollar expenditure on pork-barrelling – the car parks, the sports facilities, the regional and …

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Locally produced mRNA vaccine won’t be available until at least 2023

“We should be doing everything we can to attract the companies that can help. Loading “But unless we do a deal that involves a very strong strategic relationship with a commercial partner that is already doing mRNA, it won’t make much difference.” Professor Munro, a former executive at biotech company …

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Inspirational teachers can impart the magic

Allowing VCE students to focus on chemistry’s giants It is fantastic to see chemistry education on the front page as chemistry has become so central to critical challenges such as sustainable development. Australian chemists and engineers are innovating and design 21st century solutions in battery technologies and renewable energy production, …

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Careful planning needed to avoid derailing Victoria’s future

According to the Intergenerational Report released in late June, the national population is projected to increase by about 50 per cent to reach 38.8 million in 2061. Any geographical breakdown is outside the report’s scope. However, where the population growth will occur is of enormous importance as it indicates where …

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Calls for law and order rethink as the number of women in jail soars

The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women being incarcerated is also growing faster than any other group, with a 321 per cent increase in Aboriginal women entering prison in the same period. The Dame Phyllis Frost correctional centre.Credit:Angela Wylie The paper has called for wide-ranging strategies to reduce …

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Childcare fees waived for locked down Sydney families

Without the sign off from Mr Tudge, providers had to charge parents a gap fee in order to receive the childcare subsidy that covers between 85 per cent and 20 per cent of their fees. The only exception was if authorities closed down a centre because of COVID-19. Early childhood …

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‘My destiny to die’: Afghan who helped Australian soldiers pleads for visa

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size When Australian soldiers withdrew from Uruzgan Province, local builder Hammedullah Hammedie knew he had to flee as well. Because of his work for Australia, Hammedie says he was a target of the surging Taliban. Hammedie left his home in Tarin Kowt in …

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Support welcome but Morrison government’s credibility takes a hit

Is Sydney the city that, like a favoured child, can do no wrong? This week, the Andrews government was not shy about airing its view. After welcoming the joint NSW-federal financial package for Sydney businesses and workers suffering under lockdown, a spokesperson for Premier Daniel Andrews let rip: “Victorians are …

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