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Byte Into It - 20 March 2013

March 20th, 2013

Episode 299 of 438 episodes

On this week's Byte: News: The French Government is attempting to force Skype to register as a telecommunciations company. US student Jeffrey Knockel has deconstucted Skype's code to show how the Chinese government flags certain words for the use of censorship and surveillance. Reporters Without Borders have released a special report on Internet surveillance, showing how governments are increasingly using online surveillance against journalists, dissidents and other perceived "enemies'. Crown Casino's security system has been hacked by a team who hooked into the live CCTV feed and "won" $32 million in eight hands of cards. Dan Golding joins the team to talk games: The Federal Government has released its National Cultural Policy, the first since the Hawke-Keating era, and so the first to deal with games as a cultural artefact. Ridiculous Fishing for iOS - it's fishing, and it's ridiculous. Backflip Madness (again, exactly what it sounds like). Siobhan Reddy of Media Molecule has been named Australian Woman of the Year in the UK for 2013 - prompting more discussion on the role of women in games development. John Riccitello has resigned as CEO of EA on the back of a difficult time for the company, including the poor reaction to the launch of SimCity. Real Racing 3 has been a hit, despite criticisms of the 'Fremium" model. The Last of Us - a new postapocalyptic game from the makers of Uncharted - out in June for Playstation. Vale Google Reader - it will be disestablished on July 1 this year, but never fear - they will be introducing a GIF search tool - that makes up for it, right? A new handheld console from Game Consoles Worldwide, GCW-Zero - runs on Linux, and will be open-specified, and funded by Kickstarter. AND DON'T FORGET - Digital Community radio is under threat! Commit to Community Radio here. Presented by Mike Bantick, Paul Callaghan and Ben Finney. http://profiles.google.com/byteintoit http://twitter.com/byteintoit http://friendfeed.com/byteintoit

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