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Why Uber signed a gig economy deal with the Transport Workers’ Union

- June 30, 2022 3 MIN READ

Uber Australia has struck a historic agreement with the Transport Workers’ Union – a statement of principles that re-regulate work in the Australian rideshare and food delivery industry. This is a major shift to industrial relations in the gig economy. Uber and its rival platforms have largely treated their workforce as independent contractors, not employees… Read more »

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The family of a gig economy rider killed delivering food will receive workers comp in a landmark ruling that he was an employee

- June 23, 2022 3 MIN READ

A landmark decision by the NSW government disputes resolution body, the Personal Injury Commission, with see the family of a food delivery rider killed in a traffic accident in 2020 receive $830,000 in compensation after food company and its insurer accepted liability for his death. Xiaojun Chen, 43, died in September 2020 after his bike… Read more »

Colette Grgic, Head of Startup BD, AWS at the Startups in the Web3 World segment at AWS ANZ Summit 2022
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“We’re rethinking everything”: How Web3 is helping startups disrupt existing models and create the impossible

- June 9, 2022 4 MIN READ

Whether you’re just stepping into Web3, or you’ve been busy paving roads for a while now, there’s no denying that it’s a vast and often confusing place to be. “We are literally rethinking everything from the ground up,” Colette Grgic, Head of Startup Ecosystem, AU & NZ  for AWS said at the recent Startups in… Read more »

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BILLIONAIRES BICKER: Elon Musk’s now having a war of words with Atlassian’s Scott Farquhar over working from home

- June 3, 2022 2 MIN READ

Twitter pugilist Elon Musk has a new war to fight on the micro-blogging site he’s buying. After ordering his executives back into the office for a “minimum” of 40 hours a week via email, Musk followed up with an all staff email saying “If you don’t show up, we’ll assume you’ve resigned”. Taking a dig… Read more »

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Uber cops $26 million fine after admitting it misled more than 2 million Australians over its cancellation fee

- April 26, 2022 2 MIN READ

Ridesharing company Uber has admitted it misled customers when it warned them of additional fees for cancelling trips and has agreed to wear a $26 million fine following action by consumer watchdog the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission. Uber has admitted that it breached the Australian Consumer Law by making false or misleading statements in… Read more »

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Booking site Trivago whacked with $44.7 million fine over misleading consumers about cheap hotel rates

- April 23, 2022 2 MIN READ

Hotel comparison site Trivago has been hit with $44.7 million in penalties by the Federal Court, misleading representations about hotel room rates on its website and in television advertising, in proceedings brought by the ACCC. The fine brings to an end a four-year legal battle against the Nasdaq-listed German tech company, launched by consumer watchdog the… Read more »

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Ghost in the machine: The psychology behind why people behave so badly on dating apps

- March 24, 2022 3 MIN READ

There’s no doubt that online dating and dating apps have transformed the way we initiate, form and end romantic relationships. We might also question whether the convenience of these apps has encouraged us to behave differently than we would in “real life”. More specifically, do mobile dating apps breed bad or antisocial behaviour? If you… Read more »

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The NSW government is planning to compensate the taxi industry for Uber’s arrival with another $1 billion package

- March 24, 2022 2 MIN READ

Rideshare and taxi users in NSW will be slugged with an ongoing $1 surcharge as part of a whopping $1 billion compensation package for the taxi industry being considered by the NSW government, more than six years after Uber was legalised in the state. When rideshare was legalised in late 2015, the then-Baird government announced… Read more »

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How the world’s biggest tech companies are sanctioning Russia over the Ukraine invasion

- March 7, 2022 4 MIN READ

The world’s five leading tech companies – Google (now Alphabet), Apple, Facebook (now Meta), Amazon and Microsoft – have taken steps to impose significant and (mainly) voluntary sanctions on Russia, in response to its invasion of Ukraine. But the decisions didn’t come unprompted. Ukraine has lobbied the major tech companies in the same way it… Read more »

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Atlassian ponders US move

- February 15, 2022 2 MIN READ

NASDAQ-listed Australian software venture Atlassian is looking at moving its parent company from the United Kingdom to the US. Atlassian (NASDAQ: TEAM) announced last week that it had undertaken an exploration of redomiciling the parent holding company across the Atlantic. The workplace collaboration software business originally set up in the UK in 2014 ahead of… Read more »