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Thursday, 8/10/2015

Draft legislation for GST on digital purchases unveiled

The Australian government will begin taxing ebooks, streaming services, apps, games, and music downloads should its legislation pass Parliament.

Source: ZDNet Australia

ACMA directs telcos to comply with industry code

The telco industry regulator in Australia has given six telcos directions to comply with the Telecommunications Protection Code.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Amended 'Netflix Tax' Released

Not just focused on streaming providers, the exposure draft of the bill covers GST on digital goods and services sold by overseas vendors in Australia. Netflix will be paying up of course, but so will sellers of e-books, music, apps and other downloaded purchases.

Source: Gizmodo

Superloop spends $5.8 million on ApexNetworks

​ASX-listed dark fibre infrastructure provider, Superloop, has acquired Brisbane-based network solutions and services provider, ApexNetworks (ApexN) for $5.8 million.

Source: ARN

Wednesday, 7/10/2015

Has Video Streaming Spiked Our Internet Traffic By 40 Per Cent?

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released their latest internet data figures and downloads way up compared to last year, or even 6 months ago. Should we blame Netflix? Their official arrival down-under in March likely made a big contribution, but of course they are not the only player in the streaming game.

Source: Gizmodo

Telstra's retail boss to step down

Telstra’s retail group executive Gordon Ballantyne will leave the company in December.

Source: CRN

Tuesday, 6/10/2015

TPP to 'reflect' notification regime for copyright infringement

The TPP will seek to protect intellectual property by encouraging member states to enact notification regimes and create legal frameworks for enforcement, along with fair use provisions.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Game on: digital games to pass $100B pa by 2020

PCs will power 8% annual growth in video games, seeing the digital games industry going from $80B in 2015 to $104B by end 2018.

Source: iTWire

Telstra pushes LANES to emergency services, enterprises

Telstra is continuing its drive to get emergency services agencies using its dedicated LANES service for their mobile communications, partnering with Ambulance Victoria for the AFL grand final on Saturday.

Source: iTnews Australia

Optus reseller Yatango Mobile Australia hits the wall

Optus reseller Yatango Mobile Australia has gone into administration less than two months after a reverse-listing attempt by Yatango Pty Ltd failed.

Source: CRN

TPP moves toward killing off government-mandated data sovereignty

Government mandates forcing companies to store its data in local datacentres will be a thing of the past under the terms of the TPP among the 12 countries involved.

Source: ZDNet Australia

The importance of building trust to guarantee Australia’s cyber-secure future

The increasing digitisation of the Australian economy promises exponential economic growth opportunities and societal advances for our nations, with investments like the NBN dramatically enhancing our working environment and living standards.

Source: Computerworld