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.


THE NEWS WRAP: Twitter’s Periscope app now available on iOS

3:27AM | Friday, 27 March 2015 | Kye White

Twitter’s answer to popular live video streaming app Meerkat, Periscope, is now available on iOS.

 | Business

THE NEWS WRAP: Amazon to re-launch its on-demand services marketplace next week

3:31AM | Thursday, 26 March 2015 | StartupSmart

Amazon will launch its new on-demand services marketplace on Monday in order to compete with US-based crowdsourcing startups such as Angie’s List.

 | Business

THE NEWS WRAP: Obama hires former Twitter product manager

3:26AM | Wednesday, 25 March 2015 | StartupSmart

Silicon Valley veteran Jason Goldman will become the White House’s first chief digital officer.

 | Business

THE NEWS WRAP: Open source operating system startup raises $US80 million

3:23AM | Tuesday, 24 March 2015 | Broede Carmody

Cyanogen, a startup that distributes software based on Google’s Android mobile operating system, has raised $US80 million in series C funding in order to hire talent and accelerate software development.

 | Business

THE NEWS WRAP: Twitter facing gender discrimination lawsuit from former employee

3:27AM | Monday, 23 March 2015 | StartupSmart

A former software engineer has filed a class action lawsuit against Twitter, alleging the company unfairly favours men.

 | Business

THE NEWS WRAP: German court issues nationwide ban on Uber

3:31AM | Thursday, 19 March 2015 | StartupSmart

A German court has issued a nationwide ban on Uber which will prevent unlicensed taxi drivers from competing with licensed operators.

 | Business

THE NEWS WRAP: Facebook adds money transfer feature on Messenger app

3:21AM | Wednesday, 18 March 2015 | Kye White

Facebook is adding a new feature to its Messenger service that allows its users in the United States to send money to one another.

 | Business

THE NEWS WRAP: Facebook updates its community standards policies

3:38AM | Tuesday, 17 March 2015 | StartupSmart

Facebook has attempted to clarify its community standards and approach to government requests following criticism of the way it censors content and has discriminated against users who are not using their legal name online.

 | Business

THE NEWS WRAP: Ashton Kutcher launches new venture capital fund

3:28AM | Monday, 16 March 2015 | StartupSmart

Ashton Kutcher and his business partner Guy Oseary are launching a new venture capital fund called Sound Ventures.

 | Business

THE NEWS WRAP: Uber rival Lyft now valued at $US2.5 billion after $US530 million funding round

3:28AM | Friday, 13 March 2015 | Kye White

Ride-sharing service Lyft has raised $US530 million ($A688m) in a Series A funding round.

 | Business

THE NEWS WRAP: Apple gives $US50 million to improve diversity in tech

3:27AM | Wednesday, 11 March 2015 | StartupSmart

Apple is donating $US50 million ($A65m) to organisations that strive to improve diversity in the tech sector.

 | Business

THE NEWS WRAP: Apple announces Apple Watch pricing and launch date

3:18AM | Tuesday, 10 March 2015 | StartupSmart

Apple has confirmed its Apple Watch will launch on April 24, with customers able to pre-order the highly-anticipated device 14 days before it is released.

 | Business

THE NEWS WRAP: Facebook can now be sued in a user’s home country

3:33AM | Monday, 9 March 2015 | StartupSmart

Facebook can be sued in a user’s home country if it tries to censor content, following a ruling by the High Court in Paris.

 | Business

THE NEWS WRAP: Apple holds off on Beats streaming service until June

3:38AM | Friday, 6 March 2015 | Kye White

Apple won’t be unveiling its Beats-based music streaming service at its Spring Forward event next week, sources tell 9to5mac.

 | Business

THE NEWS WRAP: Uber one step closer to making its first public acquisition

3:29AM | Thursday, 5 March 2015 | StartupSmart

Uber is close to making its first public acquisition, eyeing off San Jose-based mapping startup deCarta.

 | Business

Speedlancer teams up with Canva for speedy designs with a twist

3:55PM | Wednesday, 4 March 2015 | Broede Carmody

Outsourcing startup Speedlancer has announced a partnership with design service Canva in order for customers to personalise professional designs within a short timeframe.

 | Growth  | Business

THE NEWS WRAP: Sydney software engineer discovers how to text politicians with simple iMessage trick

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

A Sydney software engineer has discovered a way to text federal MPs and senators without knowing their mobile number.

 | Business

THE NEWS WRAP: Samsung releases “ambitious” new flagship smartphones

3:21AM | Monday, 2 March 2015 | Kye White

Samsung has unveiled its latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge.

 | Business

THE NEWS WRAP: Apple continues to grow global smartphone operating profit share

2:24AM | Friday, 27 February 2015 | Kye White

While Google may be winning the mobile operating system market share race, it lags well behind in profits.

 | Business