YouTube's dumbest trends video

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.

Nasa reveals 2020 Mars rover

Planning for NASA's 2020 Mars rover envisions a basic structure that capitalizes on the design and engineering work done for Curiosity, which landed on Mars in 2012,

Successor to Curiosity to include a include a super-laser and stereo vision.

Smartphones at risk

FAKE ID: Researchers uncover vulnerability that tricks smartphones into trusting malicious software.

Two separate threats could put up to 90 per cent of the world's 2 billion plus smartphones at risk of password theft.

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.

Hackers can tap USBs

German crypto specialist and and chief scientist with Berlin's SR Labs Karsten Nohl.

Potential new class of attacks evade all known security protections, top computer researcher reveals.

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.

Quirky 3-D printer pen

3Doodler

Pen turns you into the 3-D printer.

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.

Beyond the Fables

The Wolf Among Us

Two themes run strongly throughout Telltale's The Wolf Among Us: disparity and justice.

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.

Arcade to art gallery

Video Games: The Movie.

Documentary director says he was not hooked as a gamer until he recognised their artistic value.

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".