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Friday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 15-May-2015  14:31:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I don't normally link Kickstarter stuff, but this one from Chris has an interesting Australian tech focus. For far too long, Australia’s political sector has gotten technology policy completely wrong. I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore. Let’s take Delimiter into the Canberra Press Gallery and literally write the book on tech policy while we’re there.

Meanwhile, it seems internet pricing may go up to cover the cost of the metadata retention scheme. Consumers are likely to face rising internet costs to meet a shortfall in the cost of implementing the government's metadata retention scheme. Reports indicate the government will contribute $131 million to the cost of the scheme, significantly less than the total estimated price tag. Any remaining costs of implementing the new laws - which require telcos and ISPs to keep data about their customers' phone and internet use for two years - will be covered by the industry, which could raise the price of its services to compensate.

Microsoft have provided more details about their new browser, Microsoft Edge. With Microsoft Edge, we want to fundamentally improve security over existing browsers and enable users to confidently experience the web from Windows. We have designed Microsoft Edge to defend users from increasingly sophisticated and prevalent attacks. This post covers some of the advanced technologies used to protect Microsoft Edge, including industry leading sandboxing, compiler, and memory management techniques developed in close partnership with Windows.

I didn't even know AOL was still going, but Verizon are going to buy it for $4.4B. By buying AOL, Verizon is getting much more than the 1990s dial-up Internet company that first introduced many Americans to the Web. Today AOL provides online video services, content and ads to 40,000 other publishers. It brings in $600 million in advertising. It has news sites such as The Huffington Post, TechCrunch and Engadget.

Moore's Law (which I still think shouldn't be called a law, but anyway) turns 50 this month. IHS said today that Moore’s Law has generated a minimum of $3 trillion in incremental GDP and up to $11 trillion when including the indirect impact. At an event tonight, Gordon Moore is expected to highlight that without increasing funding for basic research and focus on STEM education advancements such as Moore’s Law may not happen in the future, potentially hobbling economic growth and increases in living standards.

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