Briefly: Pirate Party Official In Oz, ACCC Crackdowns Galore

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including the Pirate Party registering in Australia and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) maintaining the rage against deceptive business practices.

  • If you don't like the current state of copyright law in Australia, the Australian Pirate Party might just win your vote. The party has officially registered for the upcoming Federal election. [Gizmodo]
  • Further proof that the ACCC doesn't like deceptive business practices: today it scored a fine of $250,000 against jeweller Zamel's over exaggerated claims about discounts in sales, and then won an enforceable undertaking in court against Samsung over claims about energy efficiency on some of its washing machines. We like the practical outcome in the latter case: Samsung is extending warranties on the affected machines from two years to five years.
  • Finally, while the Onion's pseudo-news-yarn Internet Users Demand Less Interactivity is satire, there's a kernel of truth there that's worth bearing in mind if you work as a site developer. Favourite quote? "Sources also called for an end to the badges that some websites award for 'checking in' to physical locations, citing the fact that they ostensibly have no meaning, are dumb, and nobody cares about them."

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