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Consumer genealogy internet services have accumulated DNA information on millions of people. Studying a relatively small data set of 1.2 million records, researchers were able to identify and connect about 60% of random targets from European descent to a third cousin or closer family member match...

A new California law will make it illegal for manufacturers to supply hardware and software systems with default weak passwords. Is it really such a big issue? Well, the US Government Accounting Office has discovered that weapons systems can be hacked with simple default “admin: admin”...

A simple tweet just cost Elon Musk US$20m and a top seat at the Board of Directors at automaker Tesla. The tweet read, “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured. 2:48 AM - Aug 8, 2018”. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was...

Google was represented by an empty chair, as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg faced US Senators in Washington this week over the Silicon Valley giants' social responsibility measures. The Senate hearings sought to expose why the tech giants failed to...

Perth start up PowerLedger seeks to be the first Australian company trading in a virtual solar power “currency”. Like bitcoins, the company will operate a private blockchain platform called Ecochain and issue exchangeable tokens called "POWRS". The overall effort hosted on Ethereum is aimed to allow...

In law, collusion is an agreement between two or more sellers to limit open competition by deceiving or misleading purchasers. But what happens when sales and pricing logic are hidden inside an algorithm, an artificial intelligence ‘black box’? EU and Australian competition regulators warn that companies are...

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