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+ - It's time to finally kill CAPTCHA->

Submitted by AcidAUS
AcidAUS (997653) writes "CAPTCHA tests, used almost everywhere across the web, are frustrating for all internet users. However, for me, and millions of other blind or vision impaired people, CAPTCHA tests prevent us from engaging with the web and government services, because they can't be read by screen reading software — which is why it's time to kill CAPTCHA."
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Google

+ - Australian surgeon sues Google over 'bankrupt' auto-complete->

Submitted by AcidAUS
AcidAUS (997653) writes "A Port Macquarie surgeon is suing Google for defamation over an auto-complete search suggestion that he believes has cost him clients.
Google has been involved in several lawsuits around the world in the past year revolving around its autocomplete suggestions and has increasingly been held responsible for content on its search pages.
The suit, filed by Dr Guy Hingston in the US district court in California, claims that when you type "Guy Hin ..." into Google the words "Guy Hingston bankrupt" appear in the auto-complete. He claims this is defamatory as he is not bankrupt."

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The Internet

+ - Lonely Planet shuts Thorn Tree forum 'over paedophilia posts'->

Submitted by AcidAUS
AcidAUS (997653) writes "Lonely Planet's popular online travel forum, Thorn Tree, has been temporarily shut down by owner BBC, reportedly after the discovery of paedophilia-related posts. A source said that BBC executives, still smarting from the Jimmy Savile scandal, went into "panic attack mode" after a disgruntled user alerted them to swearing and posts that discussed topics related to paedophilia. The site has not officially revealed why it was necessary to close the entire forum without warning except that "a number of posts" did not conform with the site's "standards". A message on the Thorn Tree page said the forum was closed "temporarily" so the site could apply "necessary editorial and technical updates"."
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Facebook

+ - How the internet became a closed shop->

Submitted by AcidAUS
AcidAUS (997653) writes "A little over a decade ago, just before the masses discovered the digital universe, the internet was a borderless new frontier: a terra nullius to be populated by individuals, groups and programmers as they saw fit. There were few rules and no boundaries. Freedom and open standards, sharing information for the greater good was the ethos. Today, the open internet we once knew is fracturing into a series of gated communities or fiefdoms controlled by giants like Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and to a lesser extent Microsoft. A billion-dollar battle conducted in walled cities where companies try to lock our consumption into their vision of the internet. It has left some lamenting the ''web we lost''."
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Microsoft

+ - I won't go back to Microsoft: Bill Gates->

Submitted by AcidAUS
AcidAUS (997653) writes "On holiday with his family in Sydney, Australia, Bill Gates scotches reports in Fortune that he was considering returning to the helm of Microsoft. Gates said he had made the transition to work full-time at his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation "and that will be what I do the rest of my life". He also replies to Steve Jobs' barbs, saying they were driven by the fact that "Microsoft machines outsold his machines by a lot"."
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Apple

+ - Apple blocks Samsung's Australian tablet launch->

Submitted by AcidAUS
AcidAUS (997653) writes "Apple escalated a patent dispute against Samsung Electronics and won an agreement that the South Korean company won’t sell the newest version of its tablet computer in Australia until a lawsuit is resolved. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringes 10 Apple patents, including the “look and feel”, and touchscreen technology of the iPad, Steven Burley, a lawyer for Apple, told Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett in Sydney on Monday"
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Microsoft

+ - Tablets might be a flash in the pan: Microsoft-> 1

Submitted by AcidAUS
AcidAUS (997653) writes "As virtually the entire consumer electronics industry throws its weight behind tablet computers, Microsoft's global chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie said today that he did not know whether the booming new category was here to stay. Speaking at a lunch held in Sydney by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), Mundie, who reports directly to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, said he did not know whether tablets like the iPad would "remain with us or not"."
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Piracy

+ - Piracy: are we being conned?->

Submitted by AcidAUS
AcidAUS (997653) writes "Is piracy really sending the entertainment industry broke or are the claimed hundreds of millions of dollars in annual losses and thousands of job cuts just a load of hogwash?
The industry is constantly warning of an impending piracy apocalypse but continues to notch up healthy revenues and record box office takings.
From bogus figures to highly exaggerated press releases, analysts and academics claim there is no limit to the hyperbole record labels and movie studios will use in their relentless lobbying campaign."

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+ - Love lost as PlentyofFish files stolen->

Submitted by AcidAUS
AcidAUS (997653) writes "It's one of the world's largest dating sites but its owner has just discovered the relationship from hell. PlentyofFish.com founder Markus Frind claims his site has been hacked and he has been blackmailed. But the accused hacker, Chris Russo, says it was merely a way of exposing bad security of personal information on a dating site with almost 30 million global users, including about 350,000 monthly visitors in Australia."
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Apple

+ - I'm sorry, Steve: Netgear CEO->

Submitted by AcidAUS
AcidAUS (997653) writes "Patrick Lo, global chairman and chief executive of home networking giant Netgear, has apologised for comments he made yesterday about Apple founder Steve Jobs that some commentators interpreted as making light of his health issues. At a small lunch gathering in Sydney yesterday, Lo referred to a time when "Steve Jobs goes away, which is probably not far away". He attacked Apple's closed proprietary products and Jobs's ego, saying Apple would be in trouble if it did not open up its iPhone and iPad and the iTunes ecosystem that feeds the devices with content and apps."
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Apple

+ - Jobs's ego will bite Apple: Netgear CEO->

Submitted by AcidAUS
AcidAUS (997653) writes "The global chairman and CEO of home networking giant Netgear has launched into a scathing attack on Apple and its founder Steve Jobs, criticising Jobs's "ego" and Apple's closed up products. At a lunch in Sydney today, Patrick Lo said Apple's success was centred on closed and proprietary products that would soon be overtaken by open platforms like Google's Android."
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Apple

+ - Autism iPhone breakthrough: tantrums to app-y days->

Submitted by AcidAUS
AcidAUS (997653) writes "Few can legitimately boast that an iPhone app changed their life but for 10-year-old Grace Domican, unable to speak due to autism, the touchscreen phone has given her a voice for the first time. Her mother, Lisa Domican, created a picture-based iPhone application to help her communicate and the tool was so successful she is now trialling it in a schools for autistic children."
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Space

+ - How astronaut reality show hit black hole->

Submitted by AcidAUS
AcidAUS (997653) writes "Jonathan Nolan had plans for the world's most ambitious reality show — a global cross-continent space challenge pitting prospective astronauts against each other for the chance to win two tickets into space. He told media, partners and contestants that he had already secured two seats on Russian Soyuz rockets, had a production partner in Britain and had already obtained from foreign investors the tens of millions of dollars required to get the project, dubbed "Starwalker", off the ground. Today, the project appears to be in tatters, its website is offline and questions are being raised over the whole operation. A former employee claims Nolan has failed to pay him a significant sum of money."
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