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Wednesday, 5/8/2015

Quickflix looks to acquire unnamed Chinese content company

Streaming company Quickflix has entered an MOU to acquire a Chinese TV and movie content company, just days after announcing a loss of 14 percent of its customer base in the second quarter of 2015.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Internet Australia joins outcry at telco infrastructure security bill

Internet Australia has joined representatives of the telecommunications and ICT industries in condemning a draft bill the government says is intended to boost the security of Australia's telco infrastructure.

Source: Computerworld

Optus to cease 2G services from April 2017

Telecommunications company, Optus, will soon shut down its 2G GSM network. According to the company, 2G services will cease effective April 1, 2017, as consumers increasingly use more data and opt for the latest 4G smartphones.

Source: ARN

Senate committee calls for GST changes to treat bitcoin as money

An Australian Senate committee has warned of the over-regulation of digital currencies like bitcoin in their early stages, and recommended legislative changes to treat digital currencies as money.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra opens new innovation lab

Telstra has opened its new ‘Gurrowa’ R&D lab in Melbourne, which it says will be the centrepiece of its development efforts.

Source: iTWire

Tuesday, 4/8/2015

Foxtel set to launch legal action to block piracy websites

The pay TV company is preparing to launch a legal case "in the coming months" to have piracy-related websites like The Pirate Bay blocked from access in Australia.

Source: ABC News

NBN charges to lift lines may force boat builder to shed staff

A Tasmanian boat builder fears he may have to close or move his business because of the cost of transporting boats past NBN infrastructure on the east coast.

Source: ABC News

Yatango drops prices and increases 4G data

What a yatangled web Yatango weaves with its $23.90 unlimited voice and SMS plan, while three other plans get an always welcomed data boost.

Source: iTWire

Monday, 3/8/2015

Windows 10 commandeers users' upload bandwidth

Microsoft will use its customers' upload bandwidth to deliver Windows 10's updates and apps with a peer-to-peer technology resembling BitTorrent, a fact that has caught some by surprise.

Source: ARN

Government access to Telstra customer information jumps by 6 percent

Australian telecommunications company Telstra has revealed that it provided access more than 90,000 times to customer information over the course of the last financial year.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Sensis publishes hundreds of silent numbers online

Sensis and Telstra are investigating a privacy breach that led to the publication of the unlisted phone numbers and addresses of at least 230 residential and business customers.

Source: iTnews Australia

Optus launches data pooling for individuals and small business customers

Telecommunications company, Optus, has launched a new offer that lets users pool and share data across all of their eligible mobile broadband and mobile devices. Optus customers can share data more easily across their tablets, dongles and mobile phones by creating their own Data Pool.

Source: ARN

Telstra reveals increase in warrant-free access to customer data

Access to Telstra customer data by law enforcement agencies increased in FY 14-15, the telco revealed in its latest transparency report.

Source: Computerworld

NBN to double construction workforce

Company building the National Broadband Network launches a $40 million program to boost total construction workforce to 9000.

Source: The Australian

National Broadband Network jobs drive for SA and NT

The National Broadband Network expands its workforce by creating up to 400 jobs in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Source: ABC News