How Australia’s top internet companies compete globally

7:05PM | Tuesday, 1 July 2014 | Bronwen Clune

With much news around about the lack of support for Australian startups, a new global survey sheds light on how globally competitive Australian startups can be.


Google to support world-changing Australian non-profits with mentoring and $2 million in grants

7:07AM | Tuesday, 1 July 2014 | StartupSmart

Australian non-profits wanting to turn their technology-driven ideas into reality can now apply to the Google Impact Challenge Australia for the opportunity to share in $2 million in grants.

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OPINION: Should Facebook have experimented on 689,000 users and tried to make them sad?

6:41PM | Monday, 30 June 2014 | David Glance

In a move that has as many people puzzled as outraged, Facebook has published research that involved a deliberate attempt to manipulate the emotional state of 689,000 of its users.

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Facebook data scientist explains why it experimented on its users: We care about you

6:41AM | Monday, 30 June 2014 | Bronwen Clune

Facebook data scientist Adam Kramer (aka Danger Muffin) – the man who wrote and designed the controversial Facebook mood study - has put up a public post on Facebook explaining why they experimented on the emotional impact of Facebook on its users.

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Australian virtual reality startup welcomes Google Cardboard, but warns of its limitations

6:24PM | Friday, 27 June 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

How would you react if Google announced it wants to compete in your sector? That’s the situation confronting virtual reality startup Phenomec, after Google unveiled its Cardboard virtual reality headset during its I/O developer conference.

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The tech developer’s World Cup: Google 2, Apple 1

6:36PM | Friday, 27 June 2014 | David Glance

Following on from Apple’s developer conference held earlier this month, Google has now had its chance to respond to Apple’s agenda with its own vision for the coming tech landscape.

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Meet Alpha, a robot that more than carries its weight

6:18PM | Friday, 27 June 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Tired of lifting and carrying those back-breaking loads? An Australian firm has launched a crowdfunding campaign for an autonomous robot that can do the hard work for you.

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Video streaming giant Netflix to launch in Australia

6:32PM | Friday, 27 June 2014 | Broede Carmody

US video-on-demand giant Netflix has confirmed it is planning to launch in Australia, according to reports on ZDNet.

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“Australians love apps”: ACMA figures show mobile commerce is booming

6:18PM | Friday, 27 June 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

The mobile commerce sector in Australia is booming, with monthly sales for December growing by a massive 448% in just three years, according to an ACMA report.

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Best of the Web: Clicks before creativity; Name your machine; Uber just old-school capitalists

6:05PM | Friday, 27 June 2014 | Eloise Keating

Marketers don’t need to be more creative: The advertising and marketing industries have traditionally invested heavily in their creative departments because that’s where the magic happens, right? But what if this investment has been at the expense of actually tracking the effectiveness of the content?

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New exercise app aims to become the Michelle Bridges in your pocket

6:59PM | Friday, 27 June 2014 | Broede Carmody

A new Melbourne-based startup is aiming to conquer the lack of motivation users of health and fitness apps come across by acting as a 24-hour-personal trainer without the price tag.

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THE NEWS WRAP: Early-stage investor 500 Startups teams with SeedInvest for new $100 million public raising fund

6:23AM | Friday, 27 June 2014 | Kye White

Early-stage investor and accelerator 500 Startups is using public fundraising for a new $100 million fund.

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Maestrano secures patents for cloud apps integrator Connec!

6:26PM | Thursday, 26 June 2014 | StartupSmart

Cloud-based business app provider Maestrano has secured US and worldwide patents for Connec!, a world first development that integrates complex cloud applications from different vendors with one click.

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Gloves off for Google v Apple after I/O conference announcements

6:05PM | Thursday, 26 June 2014 | Kye White

“The gloves are off between Google and Apple” in the battle for the hearts and minds of consumers, according to Martin Halford, CTO of Australian app developer Appster.

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OPINION: How Google Drive for business fits with a home security business

6:48PM | Thursday, 26 June 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Google raised a few eyebrows when, ahead of I/O, it announced it’s shilling out $US555 million for a company called Dropcam. Here's how the pieces fit together.

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10 massive announcements from Google I/O: A new version of Android is coming for cars, smartwatches and TVs

6:39PM | Thursday, 26 June 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Google’s head of Android, Sundar Pichai, delivered a keynote speech overnight to the tech giant’s annual developer conference, Google I/O. In terms of big announcements, he didn’t disappoint.

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Tailored mobile apps, project planning software and a mobility equipment platform all make it to RiverPitch

6:25PM | Thursday, 26 June 2014 | StartupSmart

The Roundabout, a startup which hopes to make it easier for people in need to access disability and mobility equipment, was one of six bright startup ideas that took part in River City Labs’ River Pitch earlier this week.

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Sneaky photo app to assist journalists and activists in documenting events

6:03PM | Thursday, 26 June 2014 | Broede Carmody

A new camera app is aiming to change the way journalists and activists report on events one cheeky snap at a time.

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NBN Co and Telstra agree on broader FTTN deployment

6:49PM | Thursday, 26 June 2014 | StartupSmart

NBN Co and Telstra have reached agreement on an expanded program to plan, design and construct fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) high-speed broadband to about 200,000 homes and businesses.

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Heartbreaking: Cupid Media struck by Privacy Commissioner for breaching privacy laws

6:44PM | Thursday, 26 June 2014 | Kirsten Robb

Online dating company Cupid Media has come under fire from the Australian Privacy Commissioner for breaching privacy laws after it was hacked last year.

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