February 2015

Productivity Commission roundtable: how can regulatory reform help Australia’s early stage startups?

2:29PM | Friday, 20 February 2015 | By Sophie Hose Incentives through the tax system to encourage founders and investors will help shift our risk profile where truly disruptive ideas that challenge our regulatory framework might get funded.

A new force in gaming? Controls combine virtual reality with exercise, motion tracking and resistance

2:16PM | Friday, 20 February 2015 | By Andrew Sadauskas An Australian tech company called The Realm has created a new motion tracking control system with force feedback that co-founder Matt Long says will give gamers a more immersive experience – along with a calorie-burning workout.

Malware infecting hard disk firmware remained hidden for 15 years – but who’s responsible?

2:12PM | Friday, 20 February 2015 | By Alan Woodward It sometimes seems that whenever security researchers discover some new exploit or malware that allows the monitoring of remote computers, the finger is quickly pointed at the US intelligence agencies.

How much will Australia’s metadata retention plan really cost?

2:51PM | Friday, 20 February 2015 | By Philip Branch The metadata retention debate is heating up with Prime Minister Tony Abbott telling us the cost of not going ahead with compulsory retention of metadata will be incalculable and will represent a form of unilateral disarmament in the face of criminals.

Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane among the world’s most vibrant startup event scenes: Survey

2:33PM | Friday, 20 February 2015 | By Andrew Sadauskas Sydney and Melbourne are in the top 10 cities outside the US for meetup groups, with Brisbane and Auckland also in the top 20, according to figures from US data analytics firm RJMetrics.

Upgrade to core HTTP promises speedier, easier web

2:04PM | Friday, 20 February 2015 | By Peter Maynard Like much of the internet HTTP has been around for decades, but a recent announcement reveals that HTTP/2, the first major update in 15 years, is about to arrive.

THE NEWS WRAP: Uber expands Series E round to $2.8 billion

2:21AM | Friday, 20 February 2015 | By Kye White Transportation network startup Uber has expanded its Series E round of venture financing to nearly $2.8 billion due to investor demand, The New York Times reports.

Do men need help buying gifts for the women in their lives? HappyWife thinks so

2:19PM | Thursday, 19 February 2015 | By Broede Carmody A Melbourne startup that helps men purchase gifts for women has been crowned the winner of this month’s TechCrunch Radio Pitch-off.

Fulbright scholar plans to shine a light on indigenous entrepreneurship

2:59PM | Thursday, 19 February 2015 | By Kye White A PhD student at the University of Technology, Sydney has been awarded the 2015 Fulbright Indigenous Postgraduate Scholarship to advance his research into the socio-economic and cultural impacts of indigenous entrepreneurship and social enterprise.

Plans apace for growth at Melbourne bitcoin co-working space

2:48PM | Thursday, 19 February 2015 | By Eisha Gupta Melbourne’s bitcoin co-working space is now home to eight startups, and has plans to expand to accommodate more, just a few months after launch.