THE NEWS WRAP: Microsoft third quarter earnings beat analyst expectations

4:31AM | Friday, 24 April 2015 | Kye White

Microsoft has announced its third quarter financial year results, with revenues growing to $US21.7 billion and earnings per share of $0.61.

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THE NEWS WRAP: Apple could ship Apple Watches to customers sooner than expected

4:38AM | Thursday, 23 April 2015 | StartupSmart

Customers who have pre-ordered the Apple Watch can expect to see their new gadgets at their doorsteps sooner than expected.

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THE NEWS WRAP: Twitter cracks down on violent trolls

4:36AM | Wednesday, 22 April 2015 | StartupSmart

Twitter has rolled out several updates aimed at combating online abuse that will see a broadening of the definition of violent behaviour.

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THE NEWS WRAP: Dutch prosecutors launch criminal investigation into Uber

4:24AM | Monday, 20 April 2015 | StartupSmart

Dutch authorities have launched a criminal investigation into Uber because the company is providing an illegal taxi service that violates a court order.

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THE NEWS WRAP: Yahoo! and Microsoft renew search agreement, but with added flexibility

4:28AM | Friday, 17 April 2015 | Kye White

Yahoo! and Microsoft have put to bed rumours the duo might not renew their current search agreement, announcing a new deal overnight.

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THE NEWS WRAP: Google could face $8 billion penalty for allegedly stifling competition

4:48AM | Thursday, 16 April 2015 | StartupSmart

Google could face a fine of more than $8 billion if the European Commission proves it has abused its dominance of the internet to the detriment of competitors.

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Charity startup Shout for Good snapped up by ANZ Bank

4:22PM | Wednesday, 15 April 2015 | Broede Carmody

Australian micro-donation platform Shout for Good has been snapped up by the ANZ Bank for an undisclosed amount.

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THE NEWS WRAP: Dinosaurs will get their “ass kicked” by unicorns, says 500 Startups founder Dave McClure

4:29AM | Tuesday, 14 April 2015 | Kye White

Entrepreneur, investor and 500 Startups founder Dave McClure says while it’s likely many startup ‘unicorns’ are overvalued, few realise that the valuations of public companies might also be too high.

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THE NEWS WRAP: Twitter urging celebrities to stop using Meerkat

4:30AM | Monday, 13 April 2015 | StartupSmart

Twitter is urging celebrities to stop using rival live-streaming app Meerkat in favour of their recent acquisition Periscope.

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THE NEWS WRAP: LinkedIn makes its largest acquisition yet, forking out $US1.5 billion for

4:29AM | Friday, 10 April 2015 | Kye White

Social networking giant LinkedIn has announced it will acquire subscription-based online learning portal for $US1.5 billion ($A1.94b).

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THE NEWS WRAP: Hilary Clinton hires Google executive to oversee technology behind presidential bid

4:26AM | Thursday, 9 April 2015 | StartupSmart

Former US secretary of state Hilary Clinton, who is tipped to announce her presidential candidacy in coming weeks, has snapped up a Google executive to be her chief technology officer.

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Google tax debate pits corporate "thieves" against state sovereignty

4:56PM | Wednesday, 8 April 2015 | Carl Rhodes

In the lead-up to the May budget Treasurer Joe Hockey is talking tax. Without mincing words he has referred to corporations who don’t pay the “legitimate” amount of tax as “thieves”.

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Australia named top 10 e-commerce market in the world, as sales grow by 9%: Report

4:28PM | Wednesday, 8 April 2015 | Kirsten Robb

Australia has been ranked the 10th best e-commerce market in the world by global management consulting firm AT Kearney, following a boost to the country’s online sales figures of 9% in 2014.

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THE NEWS WRAP: Microsoft rolls out pilot program to hire people with autism

4:28AM | Tuesday, 7 April 2015 | StartupSmart

Microsoft is rolling out a new program that will see the company hire people living with autism.

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THE NEWS WRAP: GoDaddy raises $US460 million in IPO

4:29AM | Thursday, 2 April 2015 | StartupSmart

Domain registration and website hosting company GoDaddy raised $US460 million ($A605m) today as it listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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MYOB and Xero brawl over “outrageous” accusations: is it ever OK to bag a competitor?

4:40PM | Wednesday, 1 April 2015 | Cara Waters

Accounting software companies MYOB and Xero are engaged in a war of words ahead of MYOB’s planned initial public offering.

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Airbnb, Uber opponents build barriers rather than compete, asking consumers to pay price

4:55PM | Wednesday, 1 April 2015 | John Jordan

Instead of welcoming a bit of healthy competition, incumbent businesses tend to resist changes to the status quo when confronted by digital disrupters, like Uber or Airbnb.

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THE NEWS WRAP: Sprinklr now valued at more than $1 billion

4:32AM | Wednesday, 1 April 2015 | StartupSmart

A US startup that specialises in helping major brands handle their social media presence has closed a $US46 million ($A60m) funding round.

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THE NEWS WRAP: Apple chief slams workplace discrimination

3:35AM | Tuesday, 31 March 2015 | StartupSmart

Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook has slammed so-called “religious freedom” laws in the US that allow employers to discriminate against their employees on the basis of personal beliefs.

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THE NEWS WRAP: Uber bows down to regulators in Germany

3:24AM | Monday, 30 March 2015 | StartupSmart

Taxi-hailing service Uber has bowed down to regulators in Germany and will instead pay for the transport licences of its UberX drivers, according to Reuters.

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