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Google forced to act on shonky ticket resellers

Pressure from consumer groups has forced Google to crack down on ticket resellers from the beginning of the new year.

Netflix achieves YouGov's top BrandIndex ranking with strongest customer advocacy

The "YouGov BrandIndex" has announced its 2017 Brand Advocacy Rankings in Australia, showing Netflix’s customers are the strongest advocates of any brand in Australia.

Australian, NZ local governments face barriers to digitisation: report

Limited budgets and organisational culture is hindering digital transformation by the public sector in both Australia and New Zealand, with local governments facing the biggest barriers to digitisation, according to a new report.

WhiteHawk launches IPO ahead of ASX debut

Online cyber security advisory firm WhiteHawk has opened an initial public offering to raise $4 million as it ramps up its fledgling business ahead of an ASX listing in December.

EU to end unjustified geoblocking by end of next year

The European Union has told online sales outfits that operate within its jurisdiction that they will have to stop redirecting would-be customers to the site in their own countries from the end of 2018.

Uber contributing to growth of cyber crime: claim

Security companies have reacted to the Uber hack that revealed the details of 57 million users with a mixture of anger and advice.

Bitcoin mining consumes more energy than 159 countries

Bitcoin mining around the world consumes 29.05TWh (terawatt hours) of electricity annually as of 20 November, according to a website that claims to provide in-depth analysis, opinions and discussions with regard to bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Telstra, CommBank targeted by email scammers

Two major Australian brands, Telstra and Commonwealth Bank, have been targeted by scammers in a bid to dupe users into downloading malware to their computers or giving up credit card details.

Amazon soft launch likely today; electronics retailers may take hit

An email sent by Amazon third-party sellers indicates that the US retailing giant will begin selling on its Australian store today, with the obvious intention of stepping up things alongside Black Friday in the US.

Australia third in mobile penetration in OECD: report

Australia has the third highest rate of mobile penetration among OECD countries, behind Japan and Finland, according to a report from the OECD, which said it had 128.8 subscriptions per 100 people.

Report: Over 1.5 billion smartphones to be shipped in 2018

With global shipments set to grow 5% by 2017 end and then nearly another 5% in 2018, ever better technologies at all price points are putting the sell into your smartphone.

Apple pips Samsung at post with both dominating UK in Q3 2017

With 34.4% UK market share to Apple and 34% to Samsung, Huawei, Alcatel and Moto join them to account for almost 80% of Q3 2017 smartphone sales.

Internet dating attracts Aussies but Tinder, Bumble have respectability problem

A third (35%) of Aussies have used Internet and online dating apps, with the number using the apps rising to half among millennials.

Telstra CTO releases top 5 technology trends for enterprises in 2018

Cyber security, real-time analytics, containers and microservices, digital team collaboration and a digital twin are the trends, so how does Telstra chief technology officer Håkan Eriksson explain how businesses of all sizes will feel the effects of these technologies?

IT sector exec demand slows as economy dips: EL Consult

There are signs Australia’s “booming economy" might be hitting a flat spot, according to recruitment firm EL Consult, which says its executive demand index for October showed the Information Technology sector was the smallest supplier of executive-level jobs for the month.

Macquarie $18m bid to mop up remaining shares in Bulletproof

The Macquarie Telecom Group has launched an $18 million bid to buy outright the cloud services business Bulletproof which would give it 83.89% of Bulletproof shares that it does not currently own.

Solar panel take-up rising due to power prices: GetUp!

More than 100 megawatts of rooftop solar capacity was installed across Australia in October, according to the Renewable Energy Index issued by Green Energy Markets.

Solar, energy bodies merge into new smart energy council

The Australian Solar Council and the Energy Storage Council have combined to form the Smart Energy Council, a new peak industry body for the solar, storage and smart energy industries.

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