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 Monday, 15-June-2015  02:13:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Whirlpool have won their legal battle with WCS Group, thanks mpot. Whirlpool has won a legal battle after it was sued by WCS Group Pty Ltd in August 2014 in the Supreme Court of Victoria. WCS alleged that Whirlpool should be held responsible for members' posts that were claimed to have created a negative impression about its financial services business. WCS has now discontinued this legal action – effectively raising the white flag and surrendering – and is now required to pay our costs.

The Attorney-General has advised that data retention will start on October 13th. From 13 October 2015, telecommunications service providers that use communications infrastructure in Australia to provide any of their services may be required to retain and secure specific telecommunications data for two years. The obligations apply to licensed carriers, carriage service providers and internet service providers. More info here.

Meanwhile the site blocking legislation seems likely to pass into law. Consumer advocacy group Choice has slammed the decision, saying the reform amounts to an “industry-run internet filter” that would “limit access to international websites that offer consumers a greater range of more affordable products and services”. “At its heart, this is about protecting uncompetitive local industries who have failed to provide timely and affordable content and services,” Choice campaigns manager Erin Turner said.

The apparent cyber-war between the USA and China continues, with a major data breach. Nearly all of the millions of security clearance holders, including some CIA, National Security Agency and military special operations personnel, are potentially exposed in the security clearance breach, the officials said. More than 4 million people had been investigated for a security clearance as of October 2014, according to government records.

NASA's Philae comet lander has woken up as the comet nears the Sun. It worked for 60 hours before its solar-powered battery ran flat. The comet has since moved nearer to the sun and Philae has enough power to work again, says the BBC's science correspondent Jonathan Amos. The probe tweeted the message, "Hello Earth! Can you hear me?" On its blog, Esa said that Philae contacted Earth, via Rosetta, for 85 seconds in the first contact since going into hibernation in November.

Plane nuts will enjoy this footage of Boeing showing off their 787-9 Dreamliner in the runup to the Paris Airshow, thanks IntelInside.

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