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Twitter acquires image search firm Madbits

Madbits, a year-old company that uses deep learning technology to assign relevant information to raw images, has sold itself to Twitter, according to the Madbits website.

By Loek Essers | 30 July, 2014 20:24

Tags: business issues, twitter, Mergers and acquisitions

Amazon investing $2 billion more in India as online retail booms

Amazon.com is investing US$2 billion more in India, which is witnessing an online retail boom.

By John Ribeiro | 30 July, 2014 18:33

Tags: business issues, Flipkart Internet, e-commerce, amazon.com, internet, investments

Free movie link delivers malware payload: report

Consumers in Australia and around the world have fallen for a social engineering link promising a free download of Transformers 4, 22 Jump Street or Maleficent.

By Hamish Barwick | 30 July, 2014 16:20

Tags: trend micro, Transformers 4, 22 Jump Street, social engineering, malware

Amazon says $9.99 e-books will boost revenue, including for Hachette

Amazon.com believes that pricing e-books at US$9.99 will boost sales by over 74 percent as the books are highly price-elastic.

By John Ribeiro | 30 July, 2014 15:49

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, e-commerce, amazon.com, Hachette, internet

Attorney-General seeks public input on anti-piracy law changes

Attorney-General George Brandis and communications minister Malcolm Turnbull have opened a public consultation on changes to the enforcement of copyright law.

By Rohan Pearce | 30 July, 2014 15:40

Tags: copyright, piracy

iPhone gets first free app for encrypting voice calls

An open-source project has released the first free application for the iPhone that scrambles voice calls, which would thwart government surveillance or eavesdropping by hackers.

By Jeremy Kirk | 30 July, 2014 14:39

Tags: applications, telecommunication, security, ios, Mobile OSes, encryption, Open Whisper Systems, mobile

Zero-day flaws found in Symantec's Endpoint Protection

Symantec's Endpoint Protection product has three zero-day flaws that could allow a logged-in user to move to a higher access level on a computer, according to a penetration testing and training company.

By Jeremy Kirk | 30 July, 2014 13:32

Tags: symantec, security, Offensive Security, Exploits / vulnerabilities

Ericsson to operate NBN wireless, manage satellite migration

Ericsson Australia has won a four-year NBN Co contract to continue to operate the National Broadband Network fixed wireless service, as well as ground systems for the Long Term Satellite Service (LTSS).

By Rohan Pearce | 30 July, 2014 13:01

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

Countdown begins for switch from debit/credit card signature to PIN

Banks are reminding consumers that they will no longer be able to sign when they make purchases on their debit and credit cards in Australia from 1 August 2014. Instead, people will need to use a PIN – part of a move to decrease card fraud in Australia.

By Hamish Barwick | 30 July, 2014 11:56

Tags: PIN codes, debit cards, RMIT University, credit cards, Credit card fraud, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, PINWise, signature, ME Bank

Start Up Australia opens free classes for entrepreneurs

A startup initiative launched by the federal government and sponsored by industry players has announced a free online school for people wanting to start a business in Australia.

By Adam Bender | 30 July, 2014 11:02

Tags: american express, Start Up Australia, startups, small business, MYOB, entrepreneurs, education

Vodafone says it's 'right in the middle' of turnaround

Vodafone is halfway through its three-year turnaround initiative, Vodafone's chief marketer Kim Clarke this week told the ADMA Forum in Sydney.

By Adam Bender | 30 July, 2014 09:25

Tags: turnaround, Vodafone, Telco, telecom, Kim Clarke, cmo

Samsung, Apple still dominate smartphones, but their shares slip

Samsung and Apple, in the second quarter, sunk to their lowest shares of the global smartphone market in recent years as Chinese smartphone vendors came on strong, according to market research firm, IDC.

By Matt Hamblen | 30 July, 2014 07:10

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Networking, ios, ZTE, wireless, operating systems, mobile, Xiaomi, Apple, IDC, consumer electronics, tcl, smartphones, Lenovo, software

Ford and GM sued for millions over CD-ripping tech in cars

The Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies is suing Ford and General Motors for violating copyrights with the CD-ripping capability of their cars.

By Lucas Mearian | 30 July, 2014 07:05

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Networking, legal, wireless, mobile

Twitter more than doubles its sales, stock soars

Twitter more than doubled its sales in the second quarter, the company reported Tuesday, showing a strong advertising business.

By Zach Miners | 30 July, 2014 07:00

Tags: business issues, Internet-based applications and services, twitter, financial results, internet, mobile

BlackBerry focuses on security for the enterprise

Now that BlackBerry has fallen significantly behind Apple and Google in the race to offer features and third-party apps for its smartphones, the company is concentrating on providing devices that, it claims, have the strongest available security -- the killer feature for the enterprise.

By Joab Jackson | 30 July, 2014 06:48

Tags: BlackBerry OS, Blackberry, security, Mobile OSes, mobile

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