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  • Military-funded robots can learn by watching YouTube

    Those fearing the rise of an all-powerful artificial intelligence like Skynet, take note: Robots are now learning by watching YouTube.

  • Turn your whistling into song with the tap of an app

    If you fancy yourself a Mozart of the shower, Casio has an app that will write entire compositions based on what you whistle or sing.

  • PayPal’s BattleHack comes to Australia for a second time

    Over the weekend Melbourne’s Plaza Ballroom will play host to the Australian leg of BattleHack, PayPal’s global hackathon.

  • VPN providers play 'cat-and-mouse' with China's growing censorship

    Amit Bareket calls it a "cat-and-mouse" game. In this instance, his company is the mouse, and the Chinese government is a giant cat.

  • Data retention inquiry kept in the dark on costs

    The parliamentary committee charged with scrutinising the government’s data retention legislation is unlikely to gain access to the most detailed attempt to assess the cost of the scheme.

  • Facebook tests delivering tips about your location

    Facebook is getting closer to territory occupied by Yelp and Foursquare by testing a new service that will provide users with recommendations about places they are at.

  • Gaming companies hit the hardest by DDoS attacks in Q4 2014: Akamai

    Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks were heavily targeted at the gaming and software/technology industries during Q4 of 2014 as cyber criminals sought to disrupt services, according to a new report by Akamai.

  • How three small credit card transactions could reveal your identity

    Just three small clues -- receipts for a pizza, a coffee and a pair of jeans -- are enough information to identify a person's credit card transactions from among those of a million people, according to a new study.

  • Data retention to involve 'petabytes of data' for Vodafone

    Recording data that will allow IP addresses to be matched to individual customers will involve Vodafone storing petabytes of information it would otherwise be unlikely to keep, the telco has said.

  • Citrix's 900 job cuts seen as 'defensive' move

    Citrix Systems announced better than expected financial results for the last quarter but also a restructuring plan that will see 900 jobs being cut.

  • Amazon returns to profit as holiday sales soar

    The holiday season proved to be a good one for Amazon, which reported a jump in sales for the last quarter and a return to profit.

  • Uber passenger who alleged Delhi rape sues in US

    A passenger who says she was raped and sexually assaulted by an Uber driver in New Delhi has sued Uber in a U.S. court, alleging that the company was negligent and that its commitment to passenger safety comes second to profits.

  • Microsoft said to invest in Android maker Cyanogen

    Microsoft has made a $US70 million equity investment in Cyanogen, producer of an alternative distribution of Android, according to a Wall Street Journal article.

  • Reddit handed over user info for 58% of government requests

    Reddit today released what it called its first "transparency report," which details requests for user information from both government entities and private lawyers.

  • Google misses with Q4 sales and earnings

    Google disappointed Wall Street with its fourth quarter results, missing expectations for both sales and earnings, and growing its advertising business more slowly.

  • Feds go after operator of revenge porn site

    U.S. federal regulators are clamping down on revenge porn, taking aim at a website whose operator allegedly deceived women into sending intimate photos of themselves and then charged them to have the pictures removed.

  • Android apostates account for 1-in-5 U.S. iPhone sales

    Apple CEO Tim Cook may have tapped Android "switchers" as part of the reason for the boffo iPhone sales last quarter, but a survey implied that most of those defectors lived outside the U.S.

  • FCC banks nearly $45 billion in landmark AWS-3 spectrum auction

    The FCC announced today that Auction 97 spectrum auction has closed after roughly two and a half months, with winning bids totaling $44.9 billion for the 65MHz of mostly AWS-3 range. That figure is far and away the highest ever seen in a spectrum auction.

  • FBI consultant: Silk Road founder carried millions worth of bitcoins on laptop

    The man accused of masterminding the Silk Road underground online marketplace had between $16 million and $18 million worth of bitcoins on the laptop he was using when he was arrested in October 2013, federal prosecutors testified in Manhattan federal court Thursday.

  • Wi-Fi issues continue to hamper OS X users despite updates

    Apple's efforts this week to remedy the Wi-Fi connectivity issues plaguing many OS X users produced mediocre results, judging by comments left in Apple's support forum.