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10h Updated Google and Australia’s fight is one that could decide the future of the internet
The Independent
Fallouts and legal struggles between governments and tech companies are likely to happen more and more, writes Andrew Griffin, and the consequences will be felt the world over
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13h MacBook Air to be redesigned to make it even thinner and lighter, rumour suggests
The Independent
The MacBook Air is to be redesigned to make it even smaller and lighter, according to a new report.
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14h Robotic submarine could explore the ocean of liquid methane on Saturn’s moon, scientists say
The Independent
A prospective mission could reveal the mysterious origin of why there is liquid methane on Titan at all, 
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15h Updated Elon Musk offers $100 million prize for best carbon capture technology
The Independent
The entrepreneur also asked his Twitter followers how to give away his fortune
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15h Could Google really leave Australia?
BBC
After threatening to cut off Australia, could Google survive without it?
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15h Xbox Live Gold price rise: Cost of online service to increase for first time in years
The Independent
Xbox is increasing the prices for its "gold" online service for the first time in years.
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16h Spotify will force ad-free Premium users to listen to adverts
The Independent
The ads are only available on podcasts that Spotify produces itself, so it will receive money both from subscription fees and company ads
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16h Robot ‘brain’ chip unleashes physical potential of machines
The Independent
Robomorphic computing could ‘unlock exciting behaviours’, says Boston Dynamics engineer
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16h How to expand your wine horizons online | Fiona Beckett on wine
The Guardian
Since we can’t yet visit vineyards, a wine tasting on Zoom (other platforms are available) is the next best way to get to know about wine One of the best things to come out of the months of restrictions and lockdowns (well, you have to search for positives somewhere) are wine tastings on Zoom. And while you might think they wouldn’t have much appeal, the upside is that you have the actual wines in front of you and access to their makers in person, albeit online, to shed light on the character of a particular region. I’ve particularly enjoyed ones I’ve joined in on from Australia, which have included Margaret River chardonnay, Tasmanian pinot noir and Rutherglen muscat, a sticky-toffee pudding of a wine that I suggest you treat yourself to pronto, assuming you’re not doing dry January. Though it must be said those sessions usually took place at 10am UK time, which may not be ideal. Online tastings also provide an incentive to attend a niche one you may never have previously considered.
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16h Loon: Google’s balloon-based internet project has finally been shut down
The Independent
‘The road to commercial viability has proven much longer and riskier than hoped’, Alphabet said
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17h Updated Malware found on laptops given out by government
BBC
Suspicious files contacting Russian servers are thought to have been found on devices given to schools.
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18h Concerns grow for children’s health as screen times soar during Covid crisis
The Guardian
Experts say rise in sleep and eyesight problems may also be linked to increased use of digital devices
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18h How to help your children make the most of their screen time
The Guardian
Child development experts on how best to reap the benefits of being online while staying healthy
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18h Electric car battery’s quick charge and other tech news
BBC
BBC Click’s Marc Cieslak looks at some of the best technology news stories of the week.
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19h Spotify Premium users will still have to listen to podcast adverts
The Independent
The ads are only available on podcasts that Spotify produces itself, so it will receive money both from subscription fees and company ads
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19h Hitman 3 review – a wild bacchanalian backdrop to bloody escapades
The Guardian
PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC; IO Interactive
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22h WHO platform for pharmaceutical firms unused since pandemic began
The Guardian
Exclusive: ‘pool’ to share Covid-19 information has received no contributions since May 2020
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23h Google threatens to shut down search in Australia over digital news code – video
The Guardian
Google Australia’s managing director Mel Silva has told a Senate committee the tech giant could remove its search engine from Australia if a code forcing the companies to negotiate payments to news media companies goes ahead. The threat comes as Google and Facebook are fighting against legislation currently before the parliament that would force the digital platforms to enter into negotiations with news media companies for payment for content. Prime minister Scott Morrison says his government will not respond to threats. ‘Australia makes our rules for things you can do in Australia,’ he says. ‘And that’s how things work here in Australia and people who want to work with that, in Australia, you’re very welcome’
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24h Google threatens to withdraw search engine from Australia
BBC
The tech giant says it will remove its main search function from Australia if it passes a new law.
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24h Cyber criminals publish more than 4,000 stolen Sepa files
BBC
Thousands of files hacked from Scotland's environment watchdog appear on the "dark web" after it rejected a ransom demand.
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24h An anonymous hotline for crimes big and small – podcasts of the week
The Guardian
The Apology Line tells the story of a confessional service which consumed the life of its creator. Plus: do ghosts exist – and are they in south London?
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25h Google says goodbye to giant internet balloons idea
BBC
Parent company Alphabet is scrapping Loon, a project set up to beam the internet to rural areas.
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21 Jan 8:09pm How Covid turbocharged the QR revolution
BBC
As a cheap and reliable way to store information, the humble QR code is finding new uses.
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