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Home Affairs and Cyber Security minister Clare O’Neil said Australians should be concerned about handing data to social media companies.

TikTok and social media data collection a concern, says cyber minister

Home Affairs and Cyber Security Minister Clare O’Neil has warned Australians about giving up personal information to social media companies.

  • Max Mason

Yesterday

Battle of the brands: former indie rock musician William Savitt will take Twitter’s fight to Elon Musk

Meet the guitar-slinging lawyer out to get Elon Musk

Colleagues say Bill Savitt has one of the most brilliant legal minds in America, but don’t expect showboating when the former indie rock band member leads Twitter’s case against Elon Musk.

  • Sujeet Indap

This Month

Pinterest recently launched shoppable pins for its visual search and scrapbooking platform.

Pinterest rallies on report Elliott has acquired a stake

Elliott has built a stake of more than 9 per cent, making it the company’s biggest investor, and has engaged in discussions with Pinterest management.

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  • Kurt Wagner
Twitter has gone down.

Twitter down for tens of thousands of users globally

Twitter has suffered one of its longest outages in months, if not years, with users around the world unable to access the site.

  • Reuters
Has Elon Musk bitten off more than even he can chew with his Twitter takeover?

The poop emoji in Twitter’s Musk lawsuit says it all

Twitter legal complaint against Elon Musk is a classic of the genre. But it’s hard to see how either side wins from a protracted legal battle. 

  • James Thomson
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TikTok said its US security team restricted access to data based on need to carry out a job.

Australia’s TikTok data vulnerable to access by China staff

TikTok says its US-based security team oversees a strict approval process for access to Australian user data by employees across the world, including in China.

  • Max Mason
Amazon is keen to grab a share of the emerging livestream shopping market.

Amazon wants influencers - but is it cool enough to attract them?

In China, livestreamed shopping is well-established. Keen to replicate its success, Amazon is courting influencers - but is it too late?

  • Dave Lee
One of the main takeaways is that retractions of research articles come too late.

Retractions aren’t a panacea for bad research

Retractions of academic articles do not just hurt the careers of researchers, a new study finds that they also fail to reduce misinformation’s reach.

  • Erin Blakemore

Musk scraps Twitter deal, citing ‘misleading representations’

Elon Musk said he’s terminating his $US44 billion ($64 billion) agreement to acquire Twitter and take it private, saying the company has made “misleading representations” over the number of spam bots on the service.

  • Kurt Wagner
Cruise the star burns as bright as any of his contemporaries, and far brighter than any who have come up since, in part because he continues to throw more and more of himself into his work and give up less and less of himself everywhere else

Why Tom Cruise is Hollywood’s last real movie star

Sheer force of will is now part of his potent mix of athleticism and charisma. That combination goes a long way to explain why Top Gun: Maverick is a hit.

  • Calum Marsh
Some estimates have as many as 7.4 million Australians using TikTok.

TikTok’s Australian user data under scrutiny after US admission

Liberal senator and opposition spokesman for cybersecurity and countering foreign interference James Paterson has asked TikTok for clarity about Australian user data and statements executives made to parliament.

  • Max Mason

June

Elon Musk is facing tough times.

The most probable reasons why Elon Musk has stopped tweeting

Considering Shanghai’s shutdown, another factory opening, the chaotic Twitter deal and Tesla job cuts, it’s no wonder he fired off his last tweet on June 21.

  • Dana Hull
The defendant Alan Davison, better known by his popular Twitter profile Stock Swami has been ordered to court.

‘Get him on a plane now’: Furious judge orders Stock Swami to court

Alan Davison, better known as Stock Swami, was ordered to fly from New Zealand to Sydney and the Federal Court witness box on Tuesday.

  • Tom Richardson
Anonymity is back: a Black Lives Matter protester wears a Spiderman mask during a march in April last year. Young people also downloaded encrypted apps to communicate during the protests.

Why it’s no longer cool to be famous on Instagram

Something has shifted online: the personal brand is dead and anonymity is in as the most online generation retreat into smaller internet spaces and secret-sharing apps.

  • Kaitlyn Tiffany
The owners of WeChat and TikTok have come under increasing scrutiny from governments and agencies across the world.

Concerns over China’s access to WeChat user data: report

A new technical analysis of WeChat by an Australian security firm raises questions about access to Australian user data under Hong Kong security laws.

  • Max Mason
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It’s not that the politicians themselves are worse people than their predecessors such as Bob Hawke and John Howard.

Daily doom prompts politicians to promise miracles

No wonder we think governments aren’t as good as they used to be when hyperbolic media reporting about almost every event is fostering expectations that can never be met.

  • Alexander Downer
John Demsey.

The meme that derailed an executive’s career

John Demsey made diversity Estée Lauder’s corporate pitch. An Instagram post with a racial epithet cost him his job.

  • Jacob Bernstein
Twitter has agreed to share a vast trove of data about the content on its platform with Mr Musk.

Twitter agrees to share data with Musk as it presses ahead on deal

The social media company said it expects a shareholder vote by early August as it agrees to the Tesla boss’s information demand.

  • Dana Hull and Maxwell Adler
Sheryl Sandberg

Sandberg leaves Facebook after 14 years

The chief operating officer helped build the world’s most profitable social network alongside Mark Zuckerberg.

  • Elizabeth Dwoskin and Naomi Nix
Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, will remain on Meta’s board.

Top executive Sandberg is leaving Facebook

The long-time No. 2 at Facebook said it was time “to write the next chapter of my life”.

  • Mike Isaac and Sheera Frenkel