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Global tech

The legal battle by Fortnite maker Epic Games against Apple and Google’s app stores began in Australia’s Federal Court this week

- March 20, 2024 3 MIN READ

A five-month legal showdown between three tech titans has kicked off in Australia, with Fortnite-maker Epic Game’s case against Apple and Google to have potentially huge ramifications for how we use our smartphones. Epic’s legal battle with Apple and Google began in Federal Court in Melbourne on Monday, centred on the dominance of the tech giant’s app… Read more »

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Quantum Computing

The federal government wants more quantum research commercialised – as it eyes off a US supplier for its secretive computer plan

- February 22, 2024 3 MIN READ

Quantum technologies are the “future of made in Australia’, federal industry minister Ed Husic said as he pushed for more quantum research commercialisation in Australia. Husic made a speech at a Quantum Australia event on Wednesday morning, focusing on the federal government’s National Quantum Strategy and efforts to make Australia a quantum powerhouse in the… Read more »

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Global tech

Europe is paving the way for Apple App Store changes in Australia for app developers

- February 14, 2024 3 MIN READ

Significant changes that Apple was forced to make to its App Store in Europe will likely pave the way for similar reforms in Australia. In the biggest changes to the App Store since it was launched, Apple relinquished some control over its platform earlier this month in response to the Digital Markets Act in the European Union.… Read more »

Cyber Security
Future of work

These tech jobs are paying 30% above market rates

- January 17, 2024 2 MIN READ

Australian job candidates with cyber security skills could enjoy a pay increase of nearly 30%, according to new workplace research. According to a survey by specialist recruiter Robert Half, Australian employers are willing to pay significant salary premiums to job candidates that have the most in-demand skills. The survey of 300 business leaders, including 100… Read more »

Politics

The feds are offering grants worth up to $5 million grants to startups

- December 1, 2023 3 MIN READ

The federal government’s flagship $392 million Industry Growth Program has been officially launched, with grants of up to $5 million available for startups and small businesses. The $392.4 million program was unveiled in the May budget, replacing the former Coalition government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme, which was embroiled in controversy due to bungled procurement processes. The aim of the… Read more »

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Social Media

Not responsible: Meta kills off its team overseeing ethical AI

- November 21, 2023 2 MIN READ

Meta has scrapped its responsible artificial intelligence team, a year after the tech giant closed its responsible innovation branch. The news was first reported by The Information, which said that Meta’s Responsible AI team had been disbanded, with its members to work on other teams, including Generative AI and the company’s AI infrastructure. The Responsible AI… Read more »

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AI/Machine Learning

A Victorian mayor is suing ChatGPT for defamation after it said he was a convicted criminal

- April 14, 2023 3 MIN READ

An Australian council mayor may become the first person in the world to sue AI platform ChatGPT for defamation over false claims he was imprisoned over a bribery scandal. The mayor of Hepburn Shire in Victoria, Brian Hood, discovered late last year that artificial intelligence chatbot ChatGPT was incorrectly claiming that he had pleaded guilty… Read more »

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Politics

The Australian government has banned TikTok on public service devices amid China fears

- April 6, 2023 3 MIN READ

The Australian government has banned TikTok from all public service devices, claiming the app poses “significant protective security risk” to the Commonwealth. Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus announced on Tuesday he had authorised a mandatory direction to ban the TikTok social media app from any device issued by a Commonwealth department or agency. State and territory governments… Read more »

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Cyber security

Hackers steal 100,000+ drivers licenses in Latitude Financial cyber attack

- March 16, 2023 3 MIN READ

The driver licence information of a hundred thousand Australians has been stolen after a major consumer finance company was targeted with a “sophisticated and malicious cyber-attack”. Latitude Financial, a major non-bank lender of consumer credit in Australia boasting 2.8 million customer accounts, revealed on Thursday that it had been breached following a significant cyber attack… Read more »

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Workplace

Senate committee urges government to lead the way in 4-day work week trial

- March 15, 2023 3 MIN READ

Government and Greens Senators have called for a significant trial of the four-day working week after hearing “substantial evidence” of its effectiveness. The Select Committee on Work and Care, chaired by Greens Senator Barbara Pocock, released its report late last week. A key recommendation from the report is for the federal government to undertake a… Read more »

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Social Media

Meta wants to charge the combined cost of Stan, Binge and Netflix subscriptions just to be verified on Facebook and Instagram

- February 21, 2023 2 MIN READ

Meta will trial a new subscription service for Facebook and Instagram users in Australia, at a cost of just under $25 per month. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the trial of Meta Verified on Monday morning, with Australia and New Zealand to be the first testing grounds for the service. The monthly subscription service will… Read more »