Speling, Grammer & Apostrophe’s: Labor wants encryption laws changed, Instagram to collect user birthdates, a US comedian wants audiences NDAs and Vale D.C. Fontana, Rene Auberjonois, Andrew “Greedy” Smith & Carol Spinney [Episode 319]

This is our last episode for 2019 – we’ll be back on Monday 27th January 2020! Until then you can catch Phil, Andy and Mark every Monday night from 8pm with our summer series.

Phil Edwards, Andy Blume and Mark Macdowell are back in the studio with this week’s look at all things geek.

This week’s stories:

Facebook EU Hurdle

EU agrees tough line on digital currencies like Facebook’s Libra [ITNews]

Labor Suddenly Doesn’t Like Encryption Laws

‘Government broke their promise’: Labor seeks to amend encryption legislation [The Age]

https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/labor-attacks-on-broken-promise-encryption-bill-20191203-p53gag [Financial Review]

Telecommunications Amendment (Repairing Assistance and Access) Bill 2019 [Parliament Of Australia]

Medicare Is The New Robodebt

Medicare data matching laws waved through [ITNews]

APS Restructure

Communications dept abolished in APS restructure [ITNews]

A Pos Trophies

Apostrophe Protection Society closes its doors, announcing that ‘the ignorance and laziness present in modern times have won!’
[ABC News]

Apostrophe society shuts down because ‘ignorance and laziness have won’
[Evening Standard]

The Apostrophe Protection Society

Instagram Influenzers

Instagram to collect ages in leap for youth safety, alcohol ads [ITNews]

Alphabet’s Leadership Change

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin relinquish control of Alphabet to CEO Sundar Pichai [The Verge]

Wallets Ready – Mac Pro Is Almost Here!

Mac Pro, Pro Display XDR orders start December 10 [AppleInsider]

Vale Dorothy Fontana

Star Trek writer and Hollywood trailblazer D.C. Fontana has died [Ars Technia]

Vale René Auberjonois

René Auberjonois, Odo from ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’, has died [Mashable]

Vale Andrew “Greedy” Smith

Mental As Anything’s ‘Greedy’ Smith dies aged 63 [The Age]

Vale Carol Spinney

Big Bird actor Caroll Spinney, long-running Sesame Street star, dies aged 85 [ABC News]

Wanker News

Pete Davidson makes fans sign $1M non-disclosure agreement before his comedy shows [Global News]

Fans claim Pete Davidson is demanding $1 million NDAs to attend his shows. Lawyers say that’s a joke. [Washington Post]

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