ACCC puts TPG-Vodafone merger in doubt

ACCC puts TPG-Vodafone merger in doubt

The competition regulator says the merger would take away TPG Telecom's (ASX:TPG) incentive for aggressive pricing strategies to offer cheap mobile plans and large data allowances. A merger to form a $15 billion telecommunications powerhouse between TPG Telecom and Vodafone Hutchison Australia has been called into question by the Aust...

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Smart vape breakthrough for cannabis tech LifeSpot Health

Smart vape breakthrough for cannabis tech LifeSpot Health

LifeSpot Health (ASX: LSH) has started distribution negotiations with "key players in recreational cannabis" following production of its first medical cannabis smart vaporiser. At the time of writing shares in the Melbourne-based company were up 13 per cent, with the group highlighting significant growth in the booming cannabis ...

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We have lift-off! The Australian Space Agency to be based in Adelaide

We have lift-off! The Australian Space Agency to be based in Adelaide

The space industry has been flexing its muscles in South Australia for the past three years and the Federal Government has been paying attention. Today, the Australian Space Agency announced that it will base its headquarters in Adelaide, South Australia. The new home for Australia's space industry will be built in the city-based ...

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Coincast Media cuts out the jargon, rides the blockchain wave

Coincast Media cuts out the jargon, rides the blockchain wave

While prices of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum have dropped this year, fortunes have been much better for a Perth-based global news and media group specialising in the blockchain that underpins the technology. With a background in financial journalism at Bloomberg, Heidi Cuthbert (pictured) founded her digital PR agency Multip...

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ACCC preliminary report slams unfettered dominance of Facebook and Google

ACCC preliminary report slams unfettered dominance of Facebook and Google

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has today released its most scathing assessment of how American tech giants are impacting the Australian market, particularly the news and advertising sectors. The regulator released a preliminary report containing 11 preliminary recommendations and eight areas for further analysis...

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Forget the sofa: Find comfort with online counselling

Forget the sofa: Find comfort with online counselling

Seeing a mental health professional can be a daunting experience. Never mind the sterile waiting rooms, the unfamiliar office, and the anxiety of having to ask for time off work sometimes the hardest part is finding a car park! With broadband speeds faster than ever, and with telehealth well and truly entering its prime, it might be t...

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DigitalX launches American joint venture

DigitalX launches American joint venture

Blockchain company DigitalX (ASX: DDC) has launched a new joint venture with US-based investment bank and broker-dealer Americas Executions (AmerX) to service the Security Token Offering (STO) marketplace. Called DX Americas, the new entity will provide blockchain and technical advisory services in addition to marketing and public relatio...

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Freelancer.com moves into freight business with acquisition

Freelancer.com moves into freight business with acquisition

Freelancing and crowdsourcing business Freelancer Limited (ASX: FLN) has moved into the freight and logistics market with the acquisition of Channel 40, an enterprise marketplace connecting freight owners with transport operators. With the acquisition, the company announced the launch of Freightlancer.com, a global marketplace for freight...

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Fleet Space sends Australia's first commercial mini-satellites into orbit

Fleet Space sends Australia's first commercial mini-satellites into orbit

In the lead-up to a launch with Elon Musk's SpaceX in the coming weeks, Adelaide-based Fleet Space Technologies has achieved a national first by sending up Australia's first ever commercial CubeSat satellites. The two satellites Proxima I and II were recently launched onboard a rocket from US-owned New Zealand company Rocket Lab. ...

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GO1 and PeopleStreme join forces

GO1 and PeopleStreme join forces

E-learning company GO1 has teamed up with human resources and payroll solutions group PeopleStreme to provide an "all-in-one" holistic service for customers to upskill their workforces while keeping the books in order. PeopleStreme was recently acquired by Sydney-based Ascender, and is known for its 'Human Capital ...

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Fake ads continue to run rife on Facebook, despite ACCC intervention

Fake ads continue to run rife on Facebook, despite ACCC intervention

Despite the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) warning Facebook about a number of recurring and dangerous ads on its site, the social media giant appears to have taken no action. Over the weekend, Business News Australia once again spotted scam ads which featured Shark Tank personalities and were spruiking fake business...

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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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