June 12th, 2013
Episode 310 of 424 episodes
On this week's Byte: News An international coalition has been formed, aiming to get a fair deal out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In delicious irony news, Google have banned the Google Glass from shareholders' meetings, citing security concerns. It appears Microsoft have begun monitoring users' Skype communications. Disappointing? Yes. Surprising? Well... The US Government is under intense pressure, after it was revealed that the National Security Agency has been monitoring worldwide online communications: The program, known as PRISM, taps into the servers of Google, Apple and Facebook among others. The NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, has fled to Hong Kong, and doesn't expect to see his family again. Some see him as a hero. Others don't. Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr believes that this is nothing to worry about, while Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Ludlam have voiced concerns. In the end though, is it possible to exist online without casting a digital shadow? Guest: Mark Gracie of Open Channel joins the team to discuss the Generation Next Kids' Conference, July 22 and 23 at the Comic's Lounge, 26 Errol St, North Melbourne. Book here before July 19. Dan and Mike's wrap-up of E3: The Microsoft and Sony keynote speeches have announced their new (and somewhat similar) consoles, the Xbox One and the PS4 (resulting in a lot of comparisons between the two, criticisms of the Xbox's Internet requirements, and always-on settings, and praise of the PS4's lack of these features). Events Re:Play - The Sims: Evolution of Simulation Talk - ACMI, Tuesday June 18, 7:00pm 2012 Young Australian of the Year Marita Cheng presents a free lecture on Robots, Gals and Engineering the Future - The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Tuesday Jne 18, 6:00pm Bookings open for the 2013 Intelligence Squared debates: "Copyright is Dead: Long Live the Pirates" - The Wheeler Centre, Tuesday September 24, 6:30pm Presented by Ben Finney, Mike Bantick, and Dan Golding. http://profiles.google.com/byteintoit http://twitter.com/byteintoit http://friendfeed.com/byteintoit
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