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Senate agrees to new probe for My Health Record

After Greens, Labor push. The Senate has approved a push by the Greens for a fresh inquiry to be conducted into the government’s controversial My Health Record scheme. Greens Leader Richard Di Natale on Wednesday afternoon moved that the e-health record system be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee, gazumping a Labor push to stand up an inquiry. Labor ...

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For a mere £340,000 you could own your own flying Iron Man suit

ow cool would it be if, like, you could actually fly? We’re not talking about in a plane or paragliding, you smart alecs. But really, truly flying. Well, if you’ve got the cash, your dream of leaving us earthly landlubbers behind can be a reality because Selfridges is now selling a real-life, flying Iron Man suit for the utterly reasonable sum of ...

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ACCC to devise bulk of consumer data right

Govt gives regulator ‘substantial scope’. Australia’s competition regulator has been handed “substantial scope” to devise the government’s impending consumer data right, which will give consumers unprecedented access to their banking, energy and telco data. An exposure draft of the legislation, published today, reveals that “key elements” of the new consumer data right will be governed by “consumer data rules” to be decided by the ...

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GOOGLE ACCIDENTALLY REVEALS NAMES OF RAPE VICTIMS DESPITE LAW

Google has been inadvertently revealing the names of rape victims that should remain secret. Searching for details of certain cases can bring up predictions that reveal details of those cases that are confidential. Victims in rape cases are supposed to remain confidential forever, even if the accused is found not guilty. A number of examples of searches that revealed the ...

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How Microsoft became tech’s good guy

Once upon a time, Microsoft symbolized all that was wrong with the tech world: greedy, monopolistic, single-mindedly focused on profits while caring little about the public good. In the heyday of Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, the company ran roughshod over competitors in its attempt to corral the worldwide market for both operating systems and application software. But today, Microsoft ...

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Google Translate’s AI is doing something incredibly creepy and nobody is totally sure why

Never trust a computer for anything’ is a great piece of personal advice. Stick to analogue, where it’s safe and nothing can hurt you. Computers, they’re the scary ones – particularly when they’ve got a ghost in them and they are prophesying the coming apocalypse by spouting rambling religious doctrine. Which is what Google Translate is doing at the moment, ...

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How to sneakily delete unwanted Instagram followers without blocking them and making life awkward

Got someone that you don’t really want to have following you? Like, an ex or something, or a stalker, or your racist uncle who keeps commenting really bad things under all your posts? Well, sometimes a block just isn’t the right way forward – you see, when someone’s blocked, they know about it. This makes family BBQs extremely awkward. So what Instagram ...

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