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New Trump appointee puts global internet freedom at risk, critics say

After Pack was confirmed for his new post on June 4, following a personal campaign of support by President Donald Trump, Pack fired the technology group’s top officials and bipartisan board, an action now being fought in the courts. A federal judge last week ruled in Pack’s favour, a decision …

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Five questions tech tycoons could face from US Congress

Are they monopolies? The committee has spent months compiling evidence of alleged antitrust abuses. Businesses including News Corp, Oracle, Spotify, TripAdvisor and Yelp have all reportedly responded with evidence they claim shows technology giants have abused their dominant market position to squeeze out smaller rivals. Members of Congress will demand …

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Apple’s latest privacy measures could turn users off

“Then of course you just get bombarded by notices and you just start ignoring them, and in the midst of it there’s something important,” he said. [embedded content] Meanwhile, apps will soon be required to self-report the kinds of data they link to you in identifiable profiles, as well as …

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The new tools coming soon to an iPhone near you

An early version of Apple’s iOS 14 software is now available for developers, with a public version to come soon, giving us a look at the new features on their way to iPhones this September. It’s tempting to say iOS 14 adds features Android users have enjoyed for years, like …

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One device for all your work and play needs

Recently I’ve been testing Microsoft’s 15-inch Surface Book 3, which is a heavy and somewhat dated-looking powerhouse that some might argue is expensive overkill. But it’s also extremely good at providing the same premium functionality — and of course all your local files, apps, work and entertainment — across multiple …

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Facebook risks becoming ‘irrelevant’ as advertiser exodus snowballs

The company’s executives continued the campaign with another video meeting with advertisers late on Tuesday, AEST, followed by separate sessions with ad holding companies. At the meeting Facebook’s marketing chief Carolyn Everson, public policy director Neil Potts, and vice president for integrity Guy Rosen, took a more conciliatory tone, acknowledging …

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Same mistakes keep exposing children to online dangers

Julie Inman Grant, Australia’s eSafety Commissioner.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen The Christchurch example shows the ever-evolving nature of internet harm and how profoundly the risks have changed during eSafety’s first five years. In 2015, we simply wouldn’t have imagined a terror attack could be posted live on Facebook, or – as occurred just …

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‘There’s no way we’re shifting’: Australia rules out Apple-Google coronavirus tracing method

“As for the Apple Google app, it fundamentally changes the locus of control and takes out the middle person and the middle person is the contact tracer, the people who have kept us safe,” Dr Coatsworth told Channel Ten’s The Project. “There’s no way we’re shifting to a platform that …

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Google to wipe data on new accounts after 18 months

After years of criticism about how it keeps a record of what people do online, Google said it would start automatically deleting location history and records of web and app activity as well as voice recordings on new accounts after 18 months. The limited change, announced on Wednesday (US time), …

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Why Apple putting its own chip in its Mac is such a big deal

When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, he approved adverts sniping at Intel and unfavourably comparing its designs with the Mac’s Power PC chips developed by IBM. By 2005, however, IBM and Apple had fallen out, and Jobs announced that it would switch to Intel (albeit, maintaining that the …

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