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Tech companies to disclose foreign software probes under US Bill: Report

A piece of proposed legislation reportedly facing the United States Senate would force US tech companies to divulge whether they permit nations including China and Russia to examine the source code of software they sell to the US military, a report has said. According to Reuters, the Bill was approved 25-2 on Thursday by the Senate Armed Services Committee, with ... Read More »

Basslink subsea cable restoration delayed yet again

The Basslink Interconnector subsea cable, which was due to return to service next week, has been delayed again. According to Basslink, the cable will be back in operation in early June rather than the previous May 31 date due to “logistics and scheduling challenges beyond the control of Basslink”. “Due to the highly specialised nature of the equipment needed for ... Read More »

Google, Facebook hit with serious GDPR complaints: Others will be soon

Video — GDPR deadline: Organizations are struggling to comply. With the introduction of the European Union’s blockbuster new privacy regime, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), it took no time at all for privacy activists to lodge serious complaints about the behavior of Google and Facebook — and they’re promising more within the coming weeks. The complaints come from a ... Read More »

Google robocall scam: We’re suing hustlers who pretend to be us, warns Google

Video: Robocall from Google? Hang up. It’s a scam. Google says it’s taking legal action against several US marketing firms for using its name in connection with SEO scams. The companies are already in hot water with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for making misleading claims to victims about their supposed affiliation with Google. The companies used robocalls to inform ... Read More »

Box brings multi-region data storage support to customers ahead of GDPR

Box Box has announced new security and compliance capabilities for the enterprise through the introduction of multi-region support for Box Zones. What is GDPR? Everything you need to know about the new general data protection regulations General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is coming. Here’s what it means, how it’ll impact individuals and businesses. Read More One day ahead of ... Read More »

Facebook’s fake account crackdown: Our AI spots nudity, hate, terror before you do

Facebook has released its first report on spam and fake account takedowns to demonstrate how effectively it’s enforcing its community standards. In the first three months of 2018, Facebook disabled 583 million fake accounts and says this was usually done within minutes of registration. The implication is that had it not taken this action, nearly a quarter of the social ... Read More »

Most small businesses were not getting value from innovation patents: IP Australia

Getty Images/iStockphoto Since the introduction of innovation patents in Australia in 2001, purportedly to boost the innovation metric in small and medium-sized businesses, less than 5,000 were ever awarded to the scheme’s targets. “Innovation patents are filed by a very small proportion of Australian businesses,” IP Australia said in response to Senate Questions on Notice. “As of February 2018, in ... Read More »

Optus and Telstra battle in court over ‘unlimited’ mobile ads

Australia’s two largest telcos have kicked off a second court battle over mobile advertising, with Optus this time taking aim at Telstra’s “unlimited” ads and seeking permanent injunctive relief preventing Telstra from using the word. During a hearing in the Australian Federal Court on Friday, Telstra’s billboard and online ads that state, “One word from Australia’s best mobile network: Unlimited” ... Read More »

Senate votes for net neutrality — enjoy the moment

Video: Net neutrality explained with beer Enjoy the moment. While most Republicans stand against net neutrality, Republican Senator Susan Collins, and well as John Kennedy of Louisiana, unexpectedly, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have all joined the Democrats to pass the Senate Joint Resolution 52 in a 52-to-47 decision to restore net neutrality from President Donald Trump’s Federal Communications Commission’s ... Read More »

IT consultant charged with 115 offences of unauthorised data access, insider trading

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has charged a Sydney IT consultant with 115 offences of unauthorised access to data held in a computer, insider trading, and destroying or concealing books required by the regulator. ASIC alleges that between January 2012 and February 2016, 41-year-old Steven Oakes gained unauthorised access to inside information from the private network of a ... Read More »

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