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South Australia is fueling energy storage investment
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Enlarge / An employee working for the manufacturer of solar batteries, Sonnen GmbH, in the Bavarian village of Wildpoldsried in southern Germany is pictured on July 5, 2016. (credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images) In September, South Australia confirmed a plan to set up an AU$100 million (USD $72 million) fund to help households purchase home energy […]

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Australia doesn’t care to break its coal habit in the face of climate change
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Enlarge / Coking coal. (credit: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Earlier this week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a dire warning about climate change: unless governments of the world coordinate to implement multiple long-term changes, we risk overshooting the 2°C warming scenario that countries strived to target in the Paris Agreement. This would lead […]

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UK, Australia Investigating Facebook Amid Cambridge Analytica Data Scandal
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Both the United Kingdom and Australia said Thursday that they have opened formal investigations into Facebook amid allegations that their citizens’ data was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica. ABC News reports: The Information Commissioner’s Office in the U.K. is “looking at how data was collected from a third party app on Facebook and shared with […]

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132-Year-Old Science Experiment Washes Ashore In Australia
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): A message in a bottle was tossed off the side of a German ship on June 12, 1886, as it sailed through the Indian Ocean, the date and location penned carefully in script on the scroll inside. […]

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Science in a bottle: 132-year-old experiment washed ashore in Australia
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Enlarge / The ship on which this message was placed into its bottle. (credit: Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum-Unterweser) A 132-year-old message in a bottle turned up on an Australian beach earlier this year, but it’s not a love note or a treasure map: it’s a science experiment. Tonya Illman was walking the beach with a friend while […]

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Australia tackles revenge porn with a national reporting tool
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Companies like Microsoft, Google, Twitter and Facebook have in the past made attempts to help victims of revenge porn, but it's still a big problem as recent incidents have made very clear. Well the Australian government has been working on a way to…

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Final days to apply for Startup Battlefield Australia
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 What could you do in the next three days to change your startup’s trajectory? Apply to Startup Battlefield Australia! Taking an hour today to apply could result in $25K AUD, an all-expense paid trip to TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2018, pitch training that will leave investors asking for more, global media exposure and a warm […]

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Apple Flies Top Privacy Executives Into Australia To Lobby Against Proposed Encryption Laws
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Patently Apple: Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled “Australia proposed new Laws Compelling Companies like Facebook & Apple to Provide Access to Encrypted Messages.” Days later, Australia’s Prime Minister spoke about the encryption problem with the Australian press as noted in the video in our report. […]

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Australia pushes for weaker encryption at 'Five Eyes' meeting     – CNET
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Australia says tech companies should be “thwarting” messaging encryption to stop terrorists, and it’s pushing US companies in particular.

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