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Friday, 17/4/2015

Sony execs lobbied Netflix to stop VPN users

In emails leaked from Sony Pictures, executives have expressed their frustration at Netflix for not stopping users in Australia and elsewhere from bypassing geoblocks to access the streaming video service.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Vocus buys stake in MacTel

Vocus Communications has purchased a 14.5 percent stake in managed hosting and telco provider Macquarie Telecom under an equity swap deal valued at $15.6 million.

Source: iTnews Australia

Telstra's cost-cutting chief resigns

The man who led Telstra's cost and job cutting initiatives over the last five years has resigned from the telco to search for other non-executive opportunities.

Source: iTnews Australia

Thursday, 16/4/2015

Netflix: We 'should have avoided' unlimited iiNet and Optus deals

Netflix has said that in signing deals with Optus and iiNet to allow customers to access Netflix without it counting towards their download quota, the company acted against its strong stance for net neutrality.

Source: ZDNet Australia

DDoS attacks in Australia shorter but still dangerous: Arbor

Network protection vendor Arbor Networks says DDoS attacks in Australia don't last as long as those elsewhere in the region, but they are bigger.

Source: iTWire

Aussie ISP takes a year to refund $5000 to customer

Melbourne-based Planet ISP has refunded a customer over $5000 a year after being ordered to hand back the money by the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO).

Source: iTnews Australia

Telstra completes $857 million Pacnet acquisition

Telstra has completed its $857 million buyout of telecommunications and datacentre provider, Pacnet.

Source: ARN

Netflix regrets signing unmetered deals with iiNet, Optus

Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings has hit out against data caps used by Australian internet service providers and said the US-based company regrets the unmetered usage deals, which it signed with Optus and iiNet's, and will avoid them in the future.

Source: SMH

Wednesday, 15/4/2015

ISPs to forgo appealing Dallas Buyers Club decision

M2 Group has confirmed that it will not appeal a decision by the Australian Federal Court to grant Voltage Pictures access to the details of over 4,000 customer accounts alleged to have illicitly downloaded Dallas Buyers Club.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra doubles Wi-Fi trial hotspots, extends free trial to June

Telstra is doubling its free Wi-Fi trial hotspots with more than 1500 new hotspots across Australia including regional areas, adding to 1000 hotspots already online.

Source: iTWire

Class actions against Aussie telcos in doubt

The law firm behind a series of class actions against Australia's top three telcos over late payment fees has put the legal action on hold pending the outcome of a similar court battle against ANZ Bank.

Source: iTnews Australia

Australia's telco ombudsman cuts workforce by 10 percent

Australia's telecommunications industry ombudsman will let 19 of its workers go as a result of a continuining decline in customer complaints about telecommunications companies.

Source: iTnews Australia

Telstra expands national Wi-Fi network

Telstra plans to add more than 1500 hotspots to the rollout of its national Wi-Fi network, the telco said today.

Source: Computerworld

Australians too trusting, fall for social media scams: Symantec

Symantec's latest internet security report showed that Australia ranked as the seventh most targeted country globally when it came to social media scams in 2014.

Source: ZDNet Australia

The future is now: You may already be using IPv6

You've probably heard about the looming shortage of Internet addresses, even if you've never gone looking for one. But depending on what websites you visit and how you get to them, you may be helping to solve it.

Source: Computerworld