EML Payments links up with Apple Pay

EML Payments links up with Apple Pay

Fintech group EML Payments (ASX: EML) is expanding its app offering to include Apple Pay, opening up its payment, incentives and rewards solutions to a new range of channels and customers.  EML describes the launch as a "shake-up" for corporate gift and reward programs, transforming how retailers can offer cash back incenti...

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Cohda Wireless autonomous cars prove powerful in world-first trial

Cohda Wireless autonomous cars prove powerful in world-first trial

Two blocks of Adelaide's CBD were closed off for the weekend, but surprisingly not for a wine and cheese festival. Cohda Wireless, the South Australian team behind some of the most advanced developments in autonomous vehicles and connected cities, took over the Adelaide CBD to test its smart connected vehicles and push the limits of i...

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Young techpreneurs pick up coveted award with ambitious goals ahead

Young techpreneurs pick up coveted award with ambitious goals ahead

Following a phenomenal year of international expansion and over 100 per cent year-on-year growth, Kane Sajdak and Bernard Mangelsdorf of BITS Technology Group have taken out the annual Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Technology Award for the second time in a row. The powerhouse duo won the Technology Award last year and returned again to re...

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Esports Mogul steps up its game with VIP service and rebrand

Esports Mogul steps up its game with VIP service and rebrand

Competitive online gaming platform Esports Mogul (ASX: ESH) has developed its first monetisation feature, a VIP subscription service which will help the company tap further into the global market of an estimated 2.2 billion gamers. Esports Mogul allows players to compete in and organise gaming tournaments for many of the world's most ...

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Megaport plugs in to new revenue growth streams

Megaport plugs in to new revenue growth streams

Megaport (ASX: MP1) has seen its revenue surge by almost a fifth in the first quarter on the back of new data centre partnerships and a dominant theme of US expansion. The company deployed its software defined networking (SDN) service in 13 new locations in the quarter of which nine were in the US, helping it leverage a first-mover advant...

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Default deals parting blow to 360 Capital in NEXTDC saga over APDC

Default deals parting blow to 360 Capital in NEXTDC saga over APDC

Update: Since this story was published, APDC has advised that Bankwest confirmed its consent to pay the special distribution and the September quarterly distribution.  After already dropping its price to get the Asia Pacific Data Centre Group (APDC) saga over and done with, former majority shareholder 360 Capital may end up...

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NEXTDC completes takeover of APDC Group

NEXTDC completes takeover of APDC Group

The long-running battle for control of Asia Pacific Data Centre (APDC) has come to an end with NEXTDC announcing it has completed its takeover of the data centres. NEXTDC now has control of 97 per cent of the securities in APDC, paying $2 per security for the remaining shares on offer. As a result of having an interest in APDC of over...

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MNF Group acquires spare parts of Inabox Group for $30m+

MNF Group acquires spare parts of Inabox Group for $30m+

Communications specialists MNF Group (ASX: MNF) have acquired certain parts of Inabox Group's (ASX: IAB) sprawling business. The agreement, worth between $30.5 and $33.5 million depending on how earn out conditions are met, will see MNF acquire the wholesale and enablement businesses from Inabox Group. The business being acquired ...

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NEXTDC launches $200m takeover bid for remaining APDC shares

NEXTDC launches $200m takeover bid for remaining APDC shares

Data centre operator NEXTDC (ASX: NXT) is on track to putting a property stoush to bed after striking a deal with Asia Pacific Data Centre Group ('APDC') (ASX: AJD) to buy the remaining 70.8 per cent of shares in the company for around $200 million. The offer represents a 7 per cent premium at $2 per share, but in total is $100 mi...

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GO1: The tech tiger that changed its stripes

GO1: The tech tiger that changed its stripes

With financial backing from the likes of Steve Baxter, SEEK, Oxford University and Y Combinator in Silicon Valley, e-learning company GO1 has helped provide workplace training to more than a million people globally with its aggregated online service. And its founders aren't even 30 yet. Vu Tran (pictured left) and Andrew Barn...

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To infinity and beyond: Inside Australia's "space renaissance" and the entrepreneurs driving it

To infinity and beyond: Inside Australia's "space renaissance" and the entrepreneurs driving it

When James and Adam Gilmour were kids, they didn't necessarily have any wild dreams of one day becoming astronauts. But, now that the brothers are all grown up, these days you'd be lucky to find a more enthusiastic pair of stargazers. James and Adam are the engineers and entrepreneurs behind Gilmour Space Technologies, a compa...

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Gig Economy: Discover the movers and shakers in freelance job postings

Gig Economy: Discover the movers and shakers in freelance job postings

Copy typing, javascript and creative skills saw the sharpest growth on Freelancer.com in the third quarter, while gigs in maths, statistics, algorithms and report writing dropped off.  Jobs relating to website development and internet applications were among the highest growth categories in the three months to September on Freelancer...

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Two Aussie companies go guns blazing into eSports, secure lucrative global deals

Two Aussie companies go guns blazing into eSports, secure lucrative global deals

With a combined fanbase of 380 million worldwide that grew 13 per cent in 2018 alone, there's little doubt eSports has now shot into the mainstream. Two Aussie companies, Swift Networks (ASX: SW1) and Emerge Gaming (ASX: EM1), have joined the global phenomenon and are edging further into the world's fastest growing sport through t...

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Airbus confirms commitment to Australia's space industry

Airbus confirms commitment to Australia's space industry

It's been a long time coming, but Australia's space industry is finally ready for lift-off. The latest bit of positive news for the sector is the receipt of a statement of intent from European manufacturing giant Airbus to continue developing its high-tech projects in the country. Executive vice president space systems at Airb...

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Blackbird Ventures: Unlocking "unprofitable beasts" and why they need more patient capital

Blackbird Ventures: Unlocking "unprofitable beasts" and why they need more patient capital

Companies are staying private for longer than ever before with abundant capital on offer, but the flipside is that sizeable global funds are entering the Australian market earlier to make their mark on the startup community. Meanwhile, local public equity funds are often unable to do the same due to mandates that don't allow investmen...

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Aussie company to lead WeChat expansion in South East Asia

Aussie company to lead WeChat expansion in South East Asia

You simply cannot do business in China nowadays without a WeChat account. Owned by Tencent Group, the social media platform and its associated WeChat Pay service are ubiquitous in China with rapid expansion internationally too. So how then did a Sydney-based company score a lucrative deal to expand WeChat Pay in South East Asia? We catch...

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Consortium breaks milestone on 9,200km international fibre cable project

Consortium breaks milestone on 9,200km international fibre cable project

The consortium behind an ambitious construction of 9,200km worth of undersea fibre network between Perth and Singapore has today reached its first major milestone. Earlier this year, SubPartners, AARNet, Google, Indosat Ooredoo, Singtel and Telstra joined forces on the INDIGO project, a subsea cable network which has today celebrated the ...

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Unlocking "unprofitable beasts" and why they need more patient capital

Unlocking "unprofitable beasts" and why they need more patient capital

Companies are staying private for longer than ever before with abundant capital on offer, but the flipside is that sizeable global funds are entering the Australian market earlier to make their mark on the startup community. Meanwhile, local public equity funds are often unable to do the same due to mandates that don't allow investmen...

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How Blackbook is trailblazing the world of AI and automation

How Blackbook is trailblazing the world of AI and automation

For Thuy Lam, founder of Blackbook.ai, problem solving has always been the name of the game. After working in professional services for close to ten years, Lam felt he had enough experience to be able to create his own company. With a history in process optimisation and data-science ("when data-science wasn't sexy," he a...

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TPG beats guidance despite NBN rollout 'eroding' profit

TPG beats guidance despite NBN rollout 'eroding' profit

Internet and mobile phone service provider TPG Telecom (ASX: TPM) saw its margins decline in FY18 as broadband subscribers moved to NBN bundles, pushing net profit after tax (NPAT) down 4 per cent to $396.9 million. However, underlying NPAT rose 3.6 per cent to $432.6 million and EBITDA ended up $41 million higher than FY18 forecasts made...

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