ASX VENDOR ANNOUNCEMENT:  Cannabis stocks have had a challenging year with huge selloffs seen across the sector. Yet this presents opportunities that are hard to ignore. Global cannabis investment group MMJ Group Holdings (ASX:MMJ) is one. The group is trading at a sharp discount to its intrinsic value, as featured in its March quarter business and investment update.

Data management vendor Cohesity has raised US$250 million in series E funding.

Australia’s second largest telco Optus has launched a new campaign - A G’day a Day - in response to the COVID-19 crisis, aimed at encouraging social interaction and to increase “positivity and optimism” at a time of uncertainty and isolation.

Australia’s competition regulator the ACCC has granted interim authorisation for members of the Australian Securitisation Forum (ASF) to work together to assist smaller lenders to maintain liquidity and issue loans to consumers and small businesses during the “economic disruption” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Toyota Australia has acquired Sydney-based software development and implementation company Revolution Software Services.

GUEST OPINION* by Nicholas Hollings, Equinix: Most enterprises understand the digital imperative but face significant challenges on the path to digital transformation, with enterprise IT refresh cycles and budget constraints partly to blame, according to Nicholas Hollings from Equinix, an interconnection and data centre company.

Content services vendor Hyland is planning a major push into the Australian government sector, where it believes it is underrepresented. Australian country manager Jamie Atherton, in a wide-ranging interview with iTWire, outlined the company’s new strategy.

The head of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association, a lobby group for the mobile industry, has described claims being spread that there is a connection between 5G and COVID-19 as "false" and "the worst kind of fake-news misinformation".

Congestion, and outages across the national broadband network have remained at low levels, with no material increase compared to previous months due to increased usage across the network during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to NBN Co chief executive Stephen Rue.

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