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5 things you should know about tech today

- January 29, 2020 4 MIN READ

Welcome to Wednesday. Let’s do this.   1. UK lets China’s Huawei in on 5G UK PM Boris Johnson has ignored US concerns about Chinese multinational telecommunications company Huawei and will let it build part of the country’s 5G network. Australia banned Huawei from being part of the local 5G roll out. Johnson has apparently broken… Read more »

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Environmental tech founders are uniting to tackle climate change

- January 28, 2020 2 MIN READ

A group of leading Sydney tech organisations have vowed to ramp up efforts to tackle climate change and environmental issue with a new group, The Envirotech Alliance. Advocacy group TechSydney, startup hub Fishburners, energytech org Spark Club, Girl Geek Academy and PR Launch Group are leading the alliance, which hopes to bring together hundreds of professionals… Read more »

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5 things you should know about tech today

- January 28, 2020 4 MIN READ

Happy post Australia Day. It’s Tuesday and we hope you enjoyed the long weekend. Here’s what’s been happening.   1.  Kobe Bryant’s death hits tech hard Retired LA Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, 41, and his daughter, Gianna, 13, were killed in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday. Among the millions shocked and saddened by the… Read more »

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5 things you should know about tech today

- January 23, 2020 3 MIN READ

  Hello, it’s Thursday. Here’s what’s happening.   1. No ads on Netflix Netflix CEO Reed Hastings once again ruled out ads on the streaming service, despite the temptation of adding an extra US$1bn to the revenue stream, during the company’s earnings call for 2019. Netflix posted US$20 billion in revenue for 2019, with the year’s… Read more »

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5 things you should know about tech today

- January 22, 2020 4 MIN READ

Happy hump day. Let’s do this.   1. Bezos had his phone ‘hacked’ by the Saudi crown prince A WhatsApp file sent to the world’s richest man in 2018 from Mohammed bin Salman personal account was reportedly used to steal data from the phone of the Amazon boss, according to an astonishing account in The… Read more »

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5 things you should know about tech today

- January 17, 2020 4 MIN READ

  Hello and happy Friday. How good is rain? Here’s a few things we’ve spotted and share.   1. Neobank Xinja shows interest It’s been a busy week for banking startups, with 86 400 getting into price comparisons for power bills, Judo hitting it $1bn lending goal (see below), and Volt enlisting Julian Sawyer, co-founder… Read more »

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Office desk phone killer Spoke Phone just raised $6.7 million in Series A

- January 16, 2020 2 MIN READ

  Business telecom startup Spoke Phone has raised $6.7 million in Series A funding, led by Sydney private VC firm Marbruck Investments, supported by New Zealand-based Icehouse Ventures and Sir Stephen Tindall’s K1W1 fund.  Spoke Phone seeks to do away with the office desk phone, with a cloud-based, mobile-first strategy and is the only venture… Read more »

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Fires Near Me, the bushfires app used by millions, is up for grabs as tech co Arq struggles to balance its books

- January 15, 2020 2 MIN READ

When bushfires ripped through communities over summer, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service smartphone app, Fires Near Me, became a crucial warning system for many holidaymakers and residents. It quickly became of Australia’s most downloaded apps, with more than two million users – and around 1.6 million downloads in the two months leading up… Read more »

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Neobank 86 400 is getting into the energy comparison business

- January 14, 2020 2 MIN READ

86 400 Chairman Anthony Thomson and CEO Robert Bell Digital bank 86 400’s fourth product since launching last last September is somewhat unexpected for a financial institution – an electricity analysis and switching service. Announcing Energy Switch today CEO Robert Bell said “Energy Switch service delivers on our purpose to help Australians take control of… Read more »

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5 things you should know about tech today

- January 14, 2020 3 MIN READ

  Hello and happy Tuesday. Here’s a mix of the latest news and some more of what you may have missed over the break.   1.  From Zume to zero Just before Christmas, five-year-old Californian robotic pizza venture Zume was being flagged as a $4 billion startup, but now the SoftBank curse has struck. The… Read more »