These 90s snacks would never feature in a modern lunch box

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THE 1990s was a golden era for the Australian lunch box. As the nation marched bravely towards the new millennium, the advent of the internet opened up a whole new world of mass media marketing directed at kids. My friends and I were totally engrossed in Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel, and food …

Apple’s clash with Facebook and Google: What you need to know

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If you want a sense of how much power Apple holds over Silicon Valley, take a look at what the iPhone maker did to Google and Facebook this week. On Wednesday, Apple yanked enterprise certificates — digital signatures that both the tech giants used to run software on iPhones and iPads. That shut down internal …

Flickr’s new limit on free photo sharing is helpful, not hurtful, CEO says (Q&A)

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The criticisms started piling up as soon as Flickr said it would end its free terabyte of photo storage and delete all but a member’s 1,000 most recent photos unless the member upgraded to a $50 annual pro subscription. ‘Internet say goodbye’ to ‘11,000 photos that were hosted on #flickr,’ said one tweet. ‘I’m sad …

Net neutrality is really, officially dead. Now what?

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The Obama era net neutrality rules proved short-lived, lasting briefly from 2015 to 2018.  Many people agree with the basic principle of net neutrality – broadly the idea that all traffic on the internet should be treated equally – but plans for realizing that uncontroversial concept were a lightning rod for conflict. Behind the clash: …

Get an actual human CPA to prep your taxes for just $89

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Funny how the planets align sometimes. Because tax-return season is officially underway, I’ve been getting ready to write about Visor, a service that charges a flat rate to hook you up with a certified public accountant who’ll prepare and file your return and answer your questions. That rate is a pretty attractive $99, though it …

Google’s CEO says it may never launch that censored search engine it made for China

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Google has been experimenting with a censored search engine that would work in China, but it’s not sure if it will ever launch the service, CEO Sundar Pichai said Monday.  Pichai, speaking during the Wired25 conference at the SFJazz Center in San Francisco, said Google started the internal project — dubbed Project Dragonfly — to …

Amazon creates Amazon Hub brand for locker, pickup point services

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  Amazon on Tuesday said it created a new global name — Amazon Hub — for its many lockers and pickup services. Hub includes Locker, the company’s self-service pickup and return kiosks that first came out in 2011. There are also staffed pickup and return spots, many at college campuses. Those have been renamed Locker+, …

A high stakes game is being played between the tech giants

Because companies like Apple don’t rely on ads targeting, they can make life hard for Google and Facebook while protecting customers privacy at the same time. Picture: Matt Rourke

FACEBOOK and other digital companies routinely track your online surfing habits to better target ads at you. Now, two web browsers want to help you fight back in what’s becoming an escalating privacy arms race. New protections in Apple’s Safari and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers aim to prevent companies from turning “cookie” data files used to …

The latest Facebook security breach could earn you some coin

Facebook has been at the centre of a number of high profile attacks recently, causing major frustration to users. Picture: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

HACKED Facebook users could be owed as much as $11,000 in compensation as a result of the security breach revealed last week. Legal experts have told The Sun that damages could run into the “thousands” for anyone affected by the hack — if you can prove that you felt distressed. Hackers gained access to 50 …