Mark Zuckerberg
Global tech

2021 was the year governments really started to wise up against big tech

- January 5, 2022 4 MIN READ

After all the bad press tech companies have received, would anyone still be surprised to learn the outwardly smiling face of social media conceals a sophisticated data-collection industry? Last year’s headlines delivered news of an array of concerning data and privacy violations from the world’s biggest tech players. But interestingly, it also seemed to be… Read more »

Mel Silva, Scott Morrison
Global tech

Google’s $1 billion Australian plan is really just a cloud and AI play

- November 18, 2021 4 MIN READ

Google has announced a $1 billion investment in Australia over five years, bringing with it thousands of new jobs, along with ‘digital infrastructure’ to help businesses in the post-COVID recovery period. Prime Minister Scott Morrison amicably shook hands with Google Australia Managing Director, Mel Silva, at Google’s newly-expanded offices in Sydney, less than a year… Read more »

Google, Mel Silva
Global tech

Google pledges $1 billion for digital infrastructure in Australia

- November 16, 2021 3 MIN READ

Google Australia has promised to invest $1 billion in Australian infrastructure, research and partnerships over the next five years to develop the country’s digital economy. The Digital Future Initiative also includes an Australian Google research hub and a range of partnerships, including a collaboration with the CSIRO. Google Australia managing director Mel Silva said the… Read more »

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Google losing its appeal against a $3.8 billion EU fine could see tech giants re-thinking their entire business models

- November 12, 2021 4 MIN READ

Google is being fined €2.4 billion (A$3.8 billion) for hindering competition in the EU after a 2017 decision has been upheld on appeal by the general court of the European Union. This is a saga dating back over 15 years, in which the European Commission has been accusing the tech giant of using its search… Read more »

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Nearly 20 years on, Atlassian’s revenue is continuing to skyrocket – and the losses too

- October 29, 2021 2 MIN READ

Atlassian continues to grow rapidly, with quarterly revenue up 34% on 12 months ago. Releasing its first quarter FY22 results today, Nasdaq-listed Australian tech company posted revenue of US$614 million, with quarterly subscription revenue up 57% year-on-year to US$435 million. But the company’s losses remain equally impressive, with a net loss of US$400.1 million for… Read more »

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Australia’s competition regulator wants to put an end to Google’s dominance as a search engine

- October 28, 2021 2 MIN READ

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) wants to end Google’s reign as the default search engine for Australians, saying its dominance has likely “stifled innovation and reduced consumer choice”. The consumer watchdog released the interim report of its Digital Platform Services Inquiry on Thursday and has taken aim at Google for penning deals to ensure its Search… Read more »

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Global tech

Queens of the Drone Age: It’s time to take a closer look at the true costs of Google’s Wing and airborne delivery

- October 9, 2021 5 MIN READ

  Drone delivery company Wing recently celebrated 100,000 deliveries with an unusual burst of media fanfare. Australia is at the forefront of Wing’s plans, with the company’s two biggest trial sites running in Canberra and Logan in Queensland. Wing tells a simple story of barista coffee and roast chooks dropped on your driveway at a… Read more »

Rod Sims, ACCC
Global tech

Competition watchdog the ACCC says Google’s ad tech dominance ‘harms’ business and users

- September 28, 2021 3 MIN READ

An ACCC inquiry into advertising technology (ad tech) has found significant competition concerns and potential harms to publishers, advertisers, businesses and consumers from Google’s dominance of the sector. More than 90% of ad impressions traded via the ad tech supply chain are estimated to have gone via at least one Google service in 2020. The… Read more »

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Google’s ad ramp up is making it even harder to google what you’re looking for

- September 2, 2021 3 MIN READ

Over the past 25 years, the name “Google” has become synonymous with the idea of searching for anything online. In much the same way “to Hoover” means to use a vacuum cleaner, dictionaries have recognised “to Google” as meaning to undertake an online search using any available service. Former competitors such as AltaVista and AskJeeves… Read more »