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Brisbane business turns away Danish royalty … Secret job ad found on Apple website … Eight Aussie companies ask UN to act on lethal autonomous weapons

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Despite him being seemingly a “very nice guy”, a Brisbane business owner was forced to initially turn away a Danish prince on Friday night due to Queensland’s liquor licensing laws, reports The ABC.

Licensed businesses required to scan IDs after 10 PM, and the Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark was at first turned away by security at Brisbane’s Jade Buddha after being unable to provide identification. He was reportedly later let in after Queensland Police Service’s dignitary protection unit convinced the business it was okay.

Jade Buddha’s owner, Phillip Hogan, told The ABC the law was ridiculous, despite the “best intentions of lawmakers”.

“We’re dealing with it all the time with normal people without ID, and if you’re not someone like Prince Frederik you don’t hear about it,” he said.

“The authorities have threatened us to the nth degree if we do break a law.”

Secret job ad found hidden on Apple website

Security reporter with ZDNet Zach Whittaker has uncovered a hidden job ad on technology company Apple’s website after “stumbling” on the link whilst browsing data transferred between iPhone apps, reports news.com.au.

The advertisement is no more than a simple text page with the apple logo, reading “Hey there! You found us” and says the company is looking for “a talented engineer to develop a critical infrastructure component” for the Apple ecosystem.

“Among the stream of connections to analytics sites and advertisers used to track a user’s app consumption, there were several outbound connections to one of Apple’s ‘blobstore’ servers, which the company uses to host iCloud data, such as customer photos and videos,” Whittaker told news.com.au.

“I entered the web address into a browser, and there you have it. Trust me, there was little proficiency needed to find the page, which, since it was widely reported, has been taken down.”

Eight Australian companies sign letter to UN asking for ban on militarised drones

Eight Australian science and technology companies have joined over 100 business leaders from 24 countries in signing an open letter to the United Nation to ask for “lethal autonomous weapons” to be banned in accordance Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.

Chief executives from businesses including Premonition.io and Microbric have asked the UN “to find a way to protect us all from these dangers”.

“Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare. Once developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend,” the letter reads.

“We do not have long to act. Once this Pandora’s box is opened, it will be hard to close. We therefore implore the High Contracting Parties to find a way to protect us all from these dangers.”

Other signatories include Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and Tesla, and Google’s machine learning and AI business DeepMind Technologies Mustafa Suleyman.

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Dominic Powell

Dominic Powell is the lead reporter at StartupSmart.

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