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The US is taking on Google in a huge antitrust case. It could change the face of online search

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google for unlawful monopolisation. The department says Google’s conduct harms competition and consumers, and reduces the ability of new innovative companies to develop and compete.

It’s the most important monopolisation case in the US since 1998, when the DoJ brought proceedings against Microsoft.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Calls for an ABC-run social network to replace Facebook and Google are misguided. With what money?

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If Facebook prevented Australian news from being shared on its platform, could the ABC start its own social media service to compensate?


Originally published in The Conversation.

We vibrated earthworms to learn about safely connecting human brains to computers

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This year, my colleague Andrey Pototsky and I were awarded the Ig Nobel Prize in Physics for our The Conversation.

Hey Google ... what movie should I watch today? How AI can affect our decisions

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Social media algorithms, artificial intelligence and our own genetics are among the factors influencing us beyond our awareness. This raises an ancient question: do we have control over our own lives?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Apple's iPhone 12 comes without a charger: a smart waste-reduction move, or clever cash grab?

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Apple has released its new smartphone, the iPhone 12, without an accompanying charger or earbuds.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Do criminals freely decide to commit offences? How the courts decide

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Social media algorithms, artificial intelligence, and our own genetics are among the factors influencing us beyond our awareness. This raises an ancient question: do we have control over our own lives?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Apple releases fast 5G iPhones, but not for Australia. And we're lagging behind in getting there

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Following in the footsteps of Samsung, Apple has released its first high-spectrum 5G smartphone, the iPhone 12.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A viral hit? The sequence of coronavirus makes surprisingly lovely music

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All my life I’ve been involved in music and molecular biology. At the crossroads between science and art, I see great scope for insight.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Robot take the wheel: Waymo has launched a self-driving taxi service

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The age of the driverless taxi has arrived – at least in parts of Phoenix, Arizona.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Could Schrödinger's cat exist in real life? Our research may soon provide the answer

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Have you ever been in more than one place at the same time? If you’re much bigger than an atom, the answer will be no.


Originally published in The Conversation.