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Byte Into IT - 18 June 2014

June 19th, 2014

Episode 347 of 407 episodes

On this week's Byte: Guests: April Staines joins the team to discuss the Girl Geek Academy - running training and educational programmes, workshops and field trips for Girl Geeks around Australia. Lilly Ryan comes into the studio for a wrap up of the EFA and Thoughtworks' Web We Want event. News: The UK Government has justified their surveillance of social media by categorising anything posted to Facebook, Twitter, etc as "external communications", as the companies are not based in the UK, the difference being that monitoring "internal" communciations requires a warrant, while "external" doesn't. Figures are coming through on the results of Facebook's cuts to organic brand reach, and its effects on total engagement. And it's not good news for the brands... The NSW Government has followed the lead of the Victorian Government, and is starting to crack down on the "ride-share" function of Uber, fining users in Sydney $2500. Banks beware - start-ups are looking at ways of eating into they describe as the Big Four banks' "insane profits" - offering payment and peer-to-perr lending services outside of the system. The decentralised nature of Bitocin is under threat - with over half of the most recent mining efforts being produced by a single entity Lighter News: In World Cup news, Software for Good have developed an API that outputs match data in JSON. Unicode 7.0 has dropped, introducing 2834 new characters, including 250 emoji (groan...) Event: DreamWorks' Thursday Night Talks as part of ACMI's DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition is holding "Artist Talk: Collaborative Animation, with Kate Matthews - ACMI, Thursday June 19, 6pm. Presented by Warren Davies, Lachlan Simpson and Keren Flavell. Keep up with all things Byte on Twitter, Facebook, and G+ - see you next week!