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US DoJ taking aim at Google for breaking antitrust law

The US Department of Justice is apparently gearing up to open a case against Google for breaking antitrust law. "One source said the potential investigation, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, focused on accusations that Google gave preference to its own businesses in searches" - basically the DoJ is looking into if Google prefers linking to YouTube for video results instead of say, Vimeo. Or linking to Google Flights instead of Expedia. Google got pinged for this hard in the EU, let's see what happens in the US of A.

Soon you’ll be able to receive inbound calls at Telstra payphones

Telstra still has over 15,500 payphones active across Australia and has decided to allow people to making incoming calls to each one of them. It'll be free to call the payphone too. Not sure how it'll work exactly (look online for the payphone's number and call it?), but it's gonna be a thing soon. Telstra has also made it cheaper to use a payphone - 50c flat to any landline in Australia and 50c for 10 min to any mobile in Australia. Nice to see payphones getting some love.

Queensland state govt funds more rapid EV chargers

Queensland's Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has announced an $2.5m to build 13 additional electric car rapid charging stations. This'll bring the number of rapid chargers in the state government's Queensland Electric Super Highway to 31. Most of the sites have already been identified and TMR is working with Yurika to have work started on most of them by the end of the year. These new sites will "be located on or just inland from the coast" according to the roads minister. QLD is so far ahead of the other states when it comes to EV infrastructure.

Apple might discontinue iTunes at WWDC tomorrow morning

On the eve of WWDC (3AM Tuesday morning AEST), Bloomberg is spreading rumors that Apple is taking iTunes out back and smothering it with a pillow after 18 years of faithful service. Instead of one monolithic app to do it all, the functions of iTunes will be split into individual apps like on iOS. Music in a Music app, e-books in Books, media purchases in iTunes and so on. Hopefully this will make Apple Music less of a user interface nightmare than it is now.

Twitter “accidentally” deleted anti-communist Chinese users days before anniversary of Tiananmen Square massacre

Twitter has been accused by Marco Rubio (a US Senator who's a bit of a dickhead) of being a Chinese government censor after it suspended "a number of accounts" that were anti-communist on the eve of the Tiananmen Square massacre's anniversary. Twitter says the Chinese government didn't ask them to delete anyone's account, it was simply an automation mishap and these accounts just happened to get caught up as "false positives". Mmmhmmm, that's exactly what someone who was told by the CCP to delete the accounts of "problematic" citizens would say.

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Not News, But Still Cool

Napster launched 20 years ago

20 years ago, on June 1st 1999, Napster made illegally downloading music stupidly easy. The story of Napster and the impact it had on the music industry has been told many times, so I won’t repeat that here. Some of the fondest memories I have of my teenage years are coming home from school and lining up albums to download overnight with my slow as hell 56k modem. I'd take them to school the next day on a 64MB USB flash drive where the other social outcasts and I would swap tracks and build our collections. As a teen in the western suburbs of Melbourne it opened me up to so much new sounds I'd never have heard otherwise. Cheers Napster!

Code Like a Girl has paid internships for women looking to get a start in the IT industry

Code Like a Girl is currently taking applicants for paid internships at tech companies sympathetic to their cause of getting more women working in IT. The internships are in areas like AI/machine learning, front-end/back-end development, data science/visualisation, DevOps and software development. Pretty much anyone that's a woman, has at least "a base level knowledge of coding acquired through self-learning or attending short courses" and is keen for some hands on experience in the IT field can apply.

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