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Sony lobbies Netflix to stop VPN users

Netflix is unwilling to stop users sneaking into the streaming giant's US service.

Sony Pictures has complained over Netflix unwillingness to stop users sneaking into the US service.

Where does your data go?

Apple Watch.

Why are some consumers willing to pay handsomely for the privilege of being spied upon?

Yahoo staying with Microsoft

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.

Yahoo and Microsoft will stay together but Yahoo gets more control.

Apple cooperation down

Apple Inc's cooperation with a court-appointed monitor has "sharply declined" a report said.

Apple's cooperation with a court-appointed monitor has "sharply declined" a report said

Sony condemns Wikileaks release of docs

A logo is pictured outside Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California.

Sony objects to the release of more than 30,000 documents obtained by hackers.

Microsoft keeps eye on Google

Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Satya Nadella speaks at his first annual shareholders' meeting in Bellevue, Washington December 3, 2014.

Microsoft Corp is watching with interest as the EU charges rival Google Inc for abusing its monopoly power in the online search business.

Infusing emotion into texts

New apps are trying to make it easier to express emotions beyond a text or emoji.

Instant messages can feel trite and impersonal, but new apps can make it easier to express emotions beyond a text or emoji.

Would you swallow a microchip?

Soon we might be swallowing microchips for our health.

It may take more than a spoonful of sugar to make the public accept the idea of swallowing a tiny computer that reports on their health.

Trying to give up piracy?

Pirates looking to go legit can turn to a new generation of content search engines.

Pirates looking to go legit can turn to a new generation of content search engines.

Plane wifi could facilitate terrorism

Plane, generic, strap

The same internet access now available on most commercial flights makes it possible for hackers to bring down a plane.

Reddit game has internet contemplating fear and death

The Button

Reddit's The Button has become the Internet's foremost forum on death and mortality.

Google faces fines, search constraints

After more than four years of regulatory scrutiny by the EU, Google Inc. may finally be facing fines and new constraints on how it delivers Internet search.

Google Inc. may be facing fines and new constraints on how it delivers Internet search in the EU.

TV companies accused of protectionism

Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin is accusing television companies of "protectionism".

If local providers aren't offering the best service for online viewing, people must be allowed to look overseas for a better deal, Consumer NZ says

Season five seized by pirates

Winter is coming late at Sky's Game of Thrones premiere.

Pirates get leaked copies of the first four episodes of Game of Thrones Season 5, a day before its official start.

How web piracy could soon be criminal

What happens next: The case of the Dallas Buyers Club is just the start.

A trade pact being negotiated in secret may create new criminal sanctions for illicit downloading of films and TV shows.

China's 'Great Cannon'

China determination to censor information resulted in an internet assault known as the "Great Cannon".

China determination to censor information resulted in an internet assault known as the "Great Cannon".

Virtual school keeps growing

Occupied into silence: children's later literacy skills can be predicted by their oral language skills at aged two but more toddlers and small children, and their parents, are too busy to chat.

A virtual school stretches over the Central North Island and has doubled its roll over the past four years.

Russia bans mocking memes

"These ways of using (celebrities' images) violate the laws governing personal data and harm the honour, dignity and business of public figures."

In post-Soviet Russia, you don't make memes. Memes make (or unmake?) you.

Smartphones retailers' new friend?

Semble's digital wallet allows ASB and BNZ bank customers make 'tap and go' purchases.

Could high-tech loyalty schemes designed in New Zealand help save the global retail industry?

Crack down on '.sucks' blackmail

I THINK ICANN: Shift in stewardship of internet address system raise questions about the future direction of online innovation and communications within the United States.

Internet address regulator says domain name is being used to extract money from celebrities.

Cybercrime group downs botnet

ENHANCE: Bryan Hurd, director of Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit, looks at a location where a botnet virus has taken over in the United States to demonstrate how the company's new center for countering cybercrime works.

A new group of international cybercrime fighters has claimed one of its first kills.

Studio to go after Kiwi pirates

A scene from Dallas Buyers Club, centre of a piracy crackdown in Australia.

Studio says it will now try and force NZ internet providers to hand over the identities of suspected pirates.

Microsoft wants autistic workers

Microsoft believes people with autism can bring certain speciality skills to the tech company.

New program focuses on hiring people with autism for full-time positions.

Worried about fines? Serves you right

Why should stealing a movie like Dallas Buyers Club be any different to any other theft?

OPINION: Why do people defend pirated movies? Steal anything else and you could end up with a criminal record.

How will Aussie's pirates react?

The Dallas Buyers Club ruling will force pirates to either change their ways or change their tactics.

The Dallas Buyers Club ruling will force pirates to either change their ways or change their tactics.

Hackers targeted White House

The White House claims no classified information was taken during a cyberattack on the seat of American power.

Russian hackers were behind intrusion into a non-classified US govt network, CNN reports.

Hugo Awards hijacked

Hugo Awards

Annual sci-fi awards now a battleground for co-ordinated campaigns by authors and their online followers.

Landmark piracy ruling

Australian internet providers have lost their battle to keep secret the names of users suspected of illegally downloading Dallas Buyers Club over file-sharing networks.

A landmark ruling has paved the way for Australians who share movies online to be sued by Hollywood.

Are smartphones ruining sex lives?

A rise in smartphones could correlate with the declining frequency of sex between married couples, a researcher says.

Devices have blurred the line between work time and private time for couples, researcher says.

Gigabit broadband now the goal

Brett Hayward is one of the first people in New Zealand to get gigabit broadband at home.

No-one may have a totally convincing answer as to why we need gigabit broadband in the home right now, but that hasn't stopped it becoming the new target for the telecommunications industry.

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