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Eftpos' online play moves closer with Coles trial

Payment provider Eftpos has unveiled an online payments trial in conjunction with supermarket chain Coles. Some 350 consumers will participate in the trial.

By Rohan Pearce | 01 September, 2014 14:41

Tags: e-commerce, mobile payments, Eftpos, digital payments, ecommerce, mobile commerce

Senate backs ads for Bureau of Meteorology site

The Senate late last week passed legislation that amends the Meteorology Act 1955 to make clear that the Bureau of Meteorology can run commercial advertising on its online services.

By Rohan Pearce | 01 September, 2014 12:11

Tags: online advertising

Telstra finalises joint venture with Telkom Indonesia

Telstra has signed a joint venture agreement with Telkom Indonesia. The joint venture will offer cloud, unified communications, managed network and security services in Indonesia.

By Rohan Pearce | 29 August, 2014 15:40

Tags: cloud computing, Telstra

Half-Life publisher Valve faces ACCC legal action

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced it is taking legal action in the Federal Court against Valve Corporation, the publisher of popular gaming titles including the Half-Life and Portal series.

By Rohan Pearce | 29 August, 2014 09:51

Tags: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), valve, games, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Valve Software, Steam

NBN likely to share HFC with Foxtel

National Broadband Network services and pay TV service Foxtel are likely to co-exist on the hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) network currently owned by Telstra, according to NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow.

By Rohan Pearce | 28 August, 2014 15:43

Tags: Networking, national broadband network, National Broadband Network (NBN), NBN, broadband

Section 313: iiNet, industry orgs seek limits on website blocking

Internet service provider iiNet, the Internet Society of Australia (ISOC-AU) and industry bodies the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) and the Communications Alliance have all called for restrictions on the government agencies that can issue requests for ISPs to block websites.

By Rohan Pearce | 28 August, 2014 13:40

Tags: censorship, civil liberties, section 313, telecommunications act, internet filter

Senate extends telecommunications interception inquiry

The Senate has voted to extend the reporting deadline of the inquiry into reform of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979. The inquiry, chaired by Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, had been due to table its final report last night.

By Rohan Pearce | 28 August, 2014 08:40

Tags: civil liberties, surveillance, security, data retention, privacy

Brandis mum on data retention cost

Attorney-General George Brandis has reiterated the government's intention to introduce a mandatory data retention regime but failed to answer a query by Greens Senator Scott Ludlam on what the cost of such a scheme is likely to be.

By Rohan Pearce | 27 August, 2014 15:26

Tags: civil liberties, surveillance, security, data retention, privacy

Telstra hits back over bandwidth pricing claims

A Telstra spokesperson has condemned as "factually incorrect" claims about the telco's transit pricing made by DDoS protection and CDN provider CloudFlare.

By Rohan Pearce | 27 August, 2014 13:31

Tags: Networking, CloudFlare, Telstra

ASIC reveals depth of ignorance over website blocking debacle

Teams at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission that employed section 313(3) of the Telecommunications Act 1997 to force Internet service providers to block access to websites "were not aware that a single IP address can host multiple websites," the financial watchdog has revealed.

By Rohan Pearce | 27 August, 2014 13:10

Tags: censorship, civil liberties, section 313, telecommunications act, internet filter

NBN: Labor condemns 'flawed' Vertigan panel report

The shadow minister for communications, Blaxland MP Jason Clare, has condemned the cost-benefit analysis of the National Broadband Network commissioned by the government as "flawed" and "not independent".

By Rohan Pearce | 27 August, 2014 08:24

Tags: Networking, national broadband network, broadband

In brief: Telstra to switch on 700MHz 4G in Sydney, Adelaide

Telstra will offer 700MHz 4G services in portions of Sydney and Adelaide next month, the telco announced today.

By Rohan Pearce | 26 August, 2014 17:06

Tags: 4g, Telstra

Some light shed on scope of data retention regime

Industry peak body, the Communications Alliance, says it is working with the government to “provide greater clarity and precision to a government proposal for a data retention regime”.

By Rohan Pearce | 26 August, 2014 14:40

Tags: civil liberties, surveillance, security, data retention, privacy

Coalition move to disband Senate’s NBN committee deferred (again)

A motion by Liberal Party Senator Cory Bernardi to disband the Senate's National Broadband Network committee has been postponed for a third time.

By Rohan Pearce | 26 August, 2014 12:14

Tags: national broadband network, National Broadband Network (NBN), broadband

End in sight for servers at St Luke’s

Chances are that the server room at St Luke's Anglican School in Bundaberg, Queensland, is approaching the end of its life according to Mitch Miller.

By Rohan Pearce | 25 August, 2014 14:13

Tags: Amazon Web Services, Case studies, Cloud, cloud computing, Case Study

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