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Snapchat 'priest' offers confession

Snapchat, which makes a mobile application for sending photos and videos that disappear within seconds, wants to raise as much as $500 million.

A mysterious San Antonio 'priest' is offering to absolve sins digitally - by taking confessions using Snapchat.

30 and dating? That'll cost you

PREMIUM SERVICE: The new Tinder Plus feature will allow users to retract "swipes".

Tinder's new premium service will cost a user more than $10 more if they are aged 30 or older.

Netflix launch date revealed

ON DEMAND: Netflix has announced the launch date for its New Zealand service.

Netflix will launch its New Zealand service on March 24, the company announced today. 

iPhone fail: 'Sorry who is this?'

Greg Hunt reportedly sent this message to someone messaging him.

It was a simple "hack" that led to an avalanche of spam for an Australian MP.

Paypal stops payments to Mega

FURTHER BLOW: PayPal is no longer processing payments to Mega.

Mega has been left up a creek after PayPal stopped processing its payments.

Global Mode creator sells service

Bypass Network Services' Global Mode software does away with annoying messages like this.

Kiwi technology Slingshot and Orcon use to help customers access geo-blocked services is itself going global.

Regulator renews Net Neutrality

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler at the FCC Net Neutrality hearing in Washington.

American internet activists have declared victory over the nation's big ISPs.

2degrees majority owner adds to stake

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Maori trust surrenders more than a quarter of its shareholding to US investor Trilogy International.

Lobbyists skew net debate video

Anti-Net Neutrality lobby group Protect Internet Freedom released this ad purporting to show the horrors of what internet regulation would be like under Barack Obama's latest plan.

Critics talk about Obama's net neutrality plan like it's a govt takeover of everyone's Netflix account.

3.2m computers hacked globally

Ramnit botnet: Hackers that stole banking information by taking control of more than 3 million computers around the world hit by European counter-op lead by police and three tech companies.

Hackers that stole banking info by hijacking more than 3m computers worldwide hit by European counter-op.

SIM maker downplays hack

SIM cards maker Gemalto admits the NSA and GCHQ probably did break into its system to steal codes for billions of users' phones

Dutch firm admits the NSA and GCHQ probably did break into its system to steal codes for billions of users' phones.

Spark service falters

Call boxes could be in demand as Spark’s mobile network experiences fresh problems

Telco says a hardware failure brought down its mobile network this afternoon.

$3.9m reward for Russian hacker

The FBI conducted a probe into the Sony hack and accused North Korea.

FBI shines a torch on intelligence linking cyber attacks to countries' political motivations.

Free IT hackathon for charities video

Charity-IT weekend hackathon overhauls nonprofit systems

Four charities will get a free technology overhaul this weekend from 30 volunteers.

Apple adds diversity to emojis

iOS 8.3: Apple's new diverse emoji are finally here.

iOS 8.3, will bring 300 new emojis along with a handful of other features.

Chorus, Spark copper clash

Arguments over copper line pricing look set to continue long into the night.

Posturing over the price Chorus should be allowed to charge for its copper phone lines.

Spark, Chorus clash over copper

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Big money at stake in the argument over what Chorus can charge for its copper phone lines.

CIA to elevate web spying

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Brennan speaks during a rare news conference at CIA Headquarters in Virginia, December 11, 2014.  Brennan said on Thursday that some agency officers used "abhorrent" interrogation techniques and said it was "unknowable" whether so-called enhanced interrogation techniques managed to get useful intelligence out of terrorism suspects.  REUTERS/Larry Downing   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT)

Agency head plans major expansion of the CIA's cyber espionage capabilities.

SIM hacking slammed by activists

A detail from graffiti art is seen on a wall near the headquarters of Britain's eavesdropping agency, Government Communications Headquarters, known as GCHQ, in Cheltenham, western England.

Call for urgent steps to be taken following allegations US and British spies hacked into major SIM card maker.

Adware makers point fingers

Lenovo continues to diversify away from the crumbling PC market.

Is Superfish an internet pioneer or a computer-user's privacy nightmare?

How Oscar buzz fuels piracy

Michael Keaton bears all in <i>Birdman</i>.

After nominations were announced, worldwide downloads of Academy Award-nominated films skyrocketed 385 per cent.

Cricket interest soars online

An enthusiastic crowd watched New Zealand beat England at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.

There's no doubt the Black Caps are popular online right now - but the team still can't quite compete with pop star Lady Gaga.

Snowden: UK stole SIM codes

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Britain spy agency hacked into Dutch networks to steal codes to eavesdrop on cellphones worldwide.

Lenovo installed spyware to 'help'

Lenovo has agreed to stop pre-installing Superfish on its computers after security concerns.

World's biggest PC-maker says it pre-installed ad software to 'help' consumers not spy on them.

YouTube subscription music

A picture illustration shows a YouTube logo reflected in a person's eye, in central Bosnian town of Zenica, early June 18, 2014. Google Inc's YouTube said on June 17, 2014 that it plans to launch a paid streaming music service, amid criticism that its existing, free video website might block the music videos of labels that do not agree to its terms. YouTube has partnered with "hundreds of major and independent" music labels for the new service, the company said in a statement, confirming long-running rumors that the world's most popular online video website will offer a paid music service. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TELECOMS MEDIA TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Long-awaited paid monthly subscription service called YouTube Music Key to go live in a few months.

Equipping youth with financial skills

David Glover, Kendall Flutey and Marc McHardy from Banqer at Webstock held in Wellington.

Wellington start-up Banqer is “pleasantly surprised” to have won this year’s BNZ Start-up Alley competition.

Netflix's big guns unlikely

Kevin Spacey in House of Cards, Season 2.

Netflix won't be cracking down on Kiwis who accessed the US Netflix through a virtual private network.

Taxi firm renames after app

TRANSPORT EVOLUTION: San Francisco taxi drivers protest against ride sharing programmes.

US cab company ditches its brand in another sign of how technology is changing the way people get a ride.

ICY app helps vision-impaired

VOICED VISION: Genevieve McLachlan, with seeing-eye dog Pedro, has been helping Stacy McLean, Ernest Cunningham and Daniel Grey trial their iSee system in Petone, which provides information about Jackson St and could be applied elsewhere.

WelTec students devise a smartphone app to help the visually impaired get information on their surroundings.

iPads keep patients in touch

1Hospice Marlborough chief executive Judith Delebeke, left, and specialist nurse Lyn
Naysmith, with one of the iPads that are used by Marlborough patients living in
remote areas.

Getting health information online, through text and by email is the "way of the future", says a Blenheim GP.

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