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 »

International Space Station
News & Analysis

The International Space Station just had a near miss with space junk – and the problem is getting millions of times worse

- November 16, 2021 3 MIN READ

Earlier this week, the International Space Station (ISS) was forced to maneouvre out of the way of a potential collision with space junk. With a crew of astronauts and cosmonauts on board, this required an urgent change of orbit on November 11. Over the station’s 23-year orbital lifetime, there have been about 30 close encounters… Read more »

Business strategy

Ignition Lane’s Weekly Wrap: The IPO rollercoaster – who’s in and out, Rivian gets trucked, how Netflix delivered 500x

- November 15, 2021 6 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. Here’s their review of the week. … Read more »

Kellie Egan
Future of work

Why software startups need to rethink what they’ll have to pay for the talent they need to succeed

- November 15, 2021 3 MIN READ

Remember those LinkedIn posts of early 2020: scores of workers letting the world know they’d been let go or stood down, as companies cut their headcounts in response to the Covid downturn? Cue the emergence of opportunistic employers with an immediate need for resources offering short term contracts at cut price rates?  What a difference… Read more »

Google
Global tech

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 »

Accelerator

Antler’s now backed 18 startups in just five months from its $46 million early stage VC fund

- November 11, 2021 4 MIN READ

* Antler bolsters the Australian startup ecosystem with 18 early-stage investments, bringing the local portfolio to more than 60 companies Antler has ramped up its presence in Australia following 18 new investments from the firm’s AU$46m Fund 1. Over the last five months, the local Fund has invested in 18 newly minted Australian startups, built with… Read more »

Cryptocurrency

Quantum computing could be just as a few years away from creating a day of reckoning for cryptocurrencies

- November 10, 2021 3 MIN READ

Researchers are working to head off the collapse of cryptocurrency markets that, experts warn, could happen when quantum computers become strong enough to break the encryption underlying Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies – estimated to come by 2035. That timeline represents an existential threat for Bitcoin and its ilk, which rely on mathematical encryption so… Read more »

electric vehicle charge
News & Analysis

The Morrison government’s new EV strategy leaves Australia idling in the garage as the world hits the road

- November 10, 2021 4 MIN READ

The Morrison government will  announced its long-awaited electric vehicle strategy, coinciding with COP26 climate change talks underway in Glasgow. The new policy contains some welcome new funding, but is largely notable for what it omits. In a welcome move, the government has allocated an additional A$250 million for electric vehicles, primarily aimed at charging infrastructure.… Read more »

electric vehicle
News & Analysis

The Morrison government’s new EV policy avoids subsides and an end date for petrol vehicles

- November 9, 2021 3 MIN READ

After demonising Labor’s policy on electric cars before the 2019 election, the federal government has put electric vehicles at the centre of a new “Future Fuels and Vehicles Strategy” to be released by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday. The policy puts another A$178 million into the government’s future fuels fund, bringing it to $250… Read more »