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Facebook clamps down on underage ad targeting after Australian research revealed children were shown gambling, smoking & alcohol ads

- July 28, 2021 3 MIN READ

Instagram’s parent company, Facebook will default set Instagram accounts for users under 16 to private, and restrict targeted advertising to them following an Australian expose that revealed how it was for marketers to show smoking, gambling, extreme weight loss, and alcohol advertising to underage users. The social media giant announced the changes in a blog… Read more »

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Apple just lost its bid to stop Fortnite’s Epic Games suing it in Australia

- July 9, 2021 2 MIN READ

Apple’s attempt to block Epic Games, the company behind the hit video game Fortnite, from suing it in Australia over anti-competitive behaviour has been overturned on appeal by the Federal Court. Epic has filed anti-competition complaints against Apple in the European Union, UK, US and Australia, complaining about a range of restrictive conditions on the… Read more »

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After taking on Apple in a global legal fight, Epic Games now has Google in its sights in Australia

- June 21, 2021 3 MIN READ

Fortnite maker Epic Games, which is currently in a massive anti-competition legal battle with Apple in the California courts, is planning similar legal action against Google and has won an Australian Federal Court victory to launch proceedings. Justice Nye Perram, who is also overseeing part of Epic’s case against Apple, but granted a three-month stay… Read more »

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World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee is selling the source code as an NFT

- June 17, 2021 2 MIN READ

Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web (WWW), is auctioning off the source code for his world-changing invention as a non-fungible token (NFT). The winning buyer will receive files of the source code Berners-Lee wrote in between 1990 and 1991, a 30-minute silent animation of the code being written – which you can view at Sotheby’s –… Read more »

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TransGrid and Endeavour Energy are backing EnergyLab’s new global scaleup program

- June 15, 2021 3 MIN READ

Nine late-stage energy startups have been chosen for the second cohort of EnergyLab’s Scaleup Program including Australian ‘digital twins’ tech venture Neara. TransGrid and Endeavour Energy are partnering with the program, which kicks off later this month, allowing the startups to collaborate with the utilities, investors and founders. The two power utilities operate across NSW… Read more »

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Ignition Lane Weekly Wrap: M&A mania, Tesla trademarks, African fintech, another SoftBank implosion & NFTs explained

- June 7, 2021 7 MIN READ

Welcome to Ignition Lane’s Weekly Wrap, where they cut through the noise to bring you their favourite insights from the technology and startup world. Ignition Lane works with ambitious business leaders to apply the Startup Mindset to their technology, product and commercialisation problems.  This wrap goes out free to subscribers every Saturday. Don’t forget you can catch Gavin Appel discussing… Read more »

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TikTok Politics: How the rise of digital nationalism is a massive win for US big tech

- May 25, 2021 4 MIN READ

The massive digital platform market has until recently been dominated by a handful of US-based companies such as Facebook and Google. However, as foreign governments and competing platforms try to erode this domination, platforms are becoming a new sphere of geopolitical manoeuvring. The European Union wants to gain more control over international tech companies and… Read more »

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The ACCC is trying to insert itself into the App Store fight between Apple and Epic Games

- May 10, 2021 2 MIN READ

Competition regulator the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) is applying to the Federal Court to appear as part of a local legal battle between Fortnite maker Epic Games and Apple over control of the App Store. Epic has filed an anti-competition complaints against Apple in the European Union, UK, US and Australia over App… Read more »

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6 questions answered on the Facebook Oversight Board making calls on user bans

- May 7, 2021 5 MIN READ

Facebook’s quasi-independent Oversight Board on May 5, 2021, upheld the company’s suspension of former President Donald Trump from the platform and Instagram. The decision came four months after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg banned Trump “indefinitely” for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. The board chastised Facebook for failing to… Read more »