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GENIUS LEVEL: A screenshot from a 'fire challenge'.

Even by YouTube standards, the “fire challenge” hits new lows.

'Sue mum and dad pirates'

MALCOLM TURNBULL: Australian Communications Minister tells the film studios to toughen up in the battle against piracy.

Film studios and other content creators should sue “mums and dads and students”, Malcolm Turnbull says.

Widepsread Facebook outage

Facebook.

Service to world's largest social network fully restored following outage that affected multiple countries.

Key denies spyware claims

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

John Key flatly denies suggestions NZ installed controversial spyware to collect data from the Southern Cross cable.

Machine serves up music mix

Coolio

Eliot Slevin has created a website that generates playlists from any year you choose, all the way back to 1960.

Hacktivists wage war on Kenya

Anonymous cell Anon_0x03 is purported to be behind a series of attacks on Kenyan infrastructure.

Cyber criminals threaten to turn nation's dream of e-government into nightmare.

Govts demand more Twitter data

WATCH THE BIRDY: Requests to remove content from Twitter have risen 14 per cent, and copyright notices have risen 27 per cent.

Biannual transparency report shows 46 per cent increase in government requests for user information.

Lightbox boasts 5000 hours of TV

Masters of Sex.

Telecom's challenge to Sky includes anytime-streaming of new series like Masters of Sex and House of Cards.

Microsoft must turn over emails

Outlook email Microsoft

Judge rules Microsoft must turn over customer's emails stored in a data centre in Ireland to the US government.

Magnifying glass galaxy

Galaxy random

Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope finds most distant galaxy that acts like magnifying glasses.

Hack bears signs of China

PRIVATE EYES: Cybersecurity expert says attack on Canadian govt network similar to attacks mounted by elite Chinese army unit.

Cybersecurity expert says attack on Canadian govt network similar to attacks mounted by elite Chinese army unit.

Facebook free internet in Zambia

FACEBOOK INTERNET: Internet.org project gives subscribers of Zambia phone company access to basic internet services for free.

Internet.org project gives subscribers of Zambia phone company access to basic internet services for free.

CIA spied on CIA probe

NO SECRETS: Agency concedes it spied on those who were investigating the CIA's tactics and secret prisons.

Agency concedes it spied on those who were investigating the CIA's tactics and secret prisons.

School suspends microchip plan

Swannanoa School is reconsidering its plan to issue microchip bracelets to pupils. Parents, including Emma Goodin, were concerned.

A North Canterbury primary school has put a hold on its controversial microchip bracelet programme.

Tech firms get Branson bump

Kiwis behind The Mind Lab and Littlelot jetting off to Sir Richard Branson's Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Kiwis behind The Mind Lab and Littlelot jetting off to Sir Richard Branson's Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Regulators aim at Google mobile

European regulators preparing stern challenge to Google's mobile search practices.

European regulators preparing stern challenge to Google's mobile search practices.

Mystery of new Mega boss

MEGA MUDDLE: Former Mega Chief Executive Officer Stephen Hall.

No word yet on who new boss is or on the timing of a slated US$7 million capital raising.

Who pays for piracy crackdown?

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull suggests Australia's anti-piracy scheme be modelled on New Zealand's.

Malcolm Turnbull suggests Australia's anti-piracy scheme be modelled on New Zealand's.

What's a group selfie called?

USIES: The proverbial collective selfie.

In contrast to one-person selfies, group shots are "more about the relationship, and less about you and your hair".

Tor admits attack

LAYER CAKE: Tor is a free software supposedly meant to prevent users from being tracked online.

Internet privacy protection service discovers network compromise that indicated somebody monitoring users.

Ex-Green claims Craig spoof

BUNFIGHT: Former Hamilton West Green Party candidate Max Coyle.

Former party candidate, who once told Judith Collins "kill yourself", says he is behind colincraig.co.nz.

Privacy the new norm?

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Mark Zuckerberg may be changing his mind about what privacy means.

Microsoft spreads Cortana

HER? Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant is touted to combine the best parts of Siri and Google Now.

Chinese and British users of Windows Phones will get the voice-recognising app in latest update.

Snowden lawyer blasts Aussie law

DEFENDER: Edward Snowden's lawyer Jesselyn Radack.

Law that would make it illegal for journalists to report on information from whistleblowers labelled as "draconian" and "chilling".

School plans microchips

Kids at Swannanoa School are being measured for microchip bracelets which will be scanned for good behaviour and the like.
Parent of two, Emma Goodin, is outraged.

A North Canterbury school's plan to fit students with microchip bracelets to track their behaviour has prompted concern among parents.

Dotcom forced to reveal fortune

Kim Dotcom must reveal his entire fortune to a collection of Hollywood studios,High Court judge rules.

Judge orders internet mogul to reveal his entire fortune to a collection of Hollywood music and film studios.

Facebook to shut Gifts service

Facebook Flowers

World's largest social network will shut its 2-year-old Gifts shop next month.

Police want assets forfeited

POLICE PROSECUTION: Mega founder Kim Dotcom.

NZ police want Kim Dotcom's asset freeze to stay, regardless of the outcome of US court cases.

Teen's global trending experiment

Liam Martin's i#iMessagemeliam hashtag becomes one of the most popular in the world.

Liam Martin's hashtag becomes one of the most popular in the world.

Colincraig.co.nz frustrates leader

A satirical website devoted to Conservative Party leader Colin Craig may be out of reach of the Electoral Commission.

Satirical website refuses to say who is behind parody of Conservative Party leader Colin Craig.