Stories by Renai LeMay

Commentators pan ‘uncompetitive’ NBN plan

A number of Australia’s most senior business and economics commentators have opened fire on Labor’s flagship National Broadband Network (NBN) project, claiming NBN Co’s corporate plan released on Monday was based on flawed assumptions and demonstrated the project would wind back competition in the telecommunications sector.

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Plan now or be a NBN “dinosaur”, AIIA tells business

Australia’s peak technology industry representative body has told Australian businesses to start preparing for the onset of the National Broadband Network or risk being left behind, in the wake of the release yesterday of NBN Co’s business plan outlining the next several decades’ work ahead for the project.

Gigabit fibre for $150/month: NBN Co plan revealed

The Federal Government this morning released the long-awaited corporate plan outlining how NBN Co plans to build and operate its planned fibre network over the next decade and more, including tantalising details such as the promise of a uniform national wholesale price for 1Gbps fibre broadband for close to $150 per month.

HP's private Cloud moves local

Technology giant HP will begin pushing its 'Utility Services' private Cloud model in the Australian market from early next year, with plans to provide virtualisation business applications from the likes of Microsoft, Oracle and SAP.

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Telstra considering shift to Windows Live

Australia's biggest telco Telstra is considering dumping the email, blogging, photos and online storage platforms used by customers of its BigPond internet service provider division and migrating customers to Microsoft's Windows Live platform.

AFP drops charges on Google Street View blunder

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has dropped charges against Google related to the collection of Wi-Fi data by its Street View cars, noting the data collection may have been "inadvertent" rather than a deliberate privacy breach.

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Filter gets a new date: Mid-2013

Legislation supporting Labor’s mandatory internet filtering project may not hit parliament until mid-2013, according to advice provided to Stephen Conroy by his department — a timeframe which may make it an issue in the next election.

HP investigates Foxteq scandal

Technology giant Hewlett-Packard has said it is looking into reports

Brumby promises every doctor in public hospitals an iPad

Victorian Premier, John Brumby, has promised every doctor in the state's public hospital system would be issued with an Apple iPad if his incumbent Labor Government was returned to power in the state's upcoming election.

Carr backs venture capital to tune of $80m

The Federal Government has injected $80 million into four Australian venture capital funds, with the aim of stimulating innovation and accelerating commercialisation in early stage Australian companies.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Australian pricing

Today sees the Australian launch of the tablet device which global gadget blog Engadget has labelled "the first true competitor to Apple's iPad" -- Samsung's Galaxy Tab.

Optus launches 'My Tab' Android tablet

Fresh on the heels of Telstra's launch of its own self-branded Android tablet device, Optus has confirmed it will launch a similar tablet at a price point $20 cheaper than Telstra.

Apple Australia opens iBookstore floodgates

Up until now, the Australian version of Apple's eBook marketplace, the iBookstore, has been fairly sparsely populated compared with rivals. But yesterday it appeared as if the company has added half a dozen major new publishers to its catalogue in a major move.

Ericsson flags Christmas job cuts

For the second time in three years, Swedish networking giant Ericsson has outlined plans to make substantial cuts to its Australian workforce just before the Christmas holiday period begins.

Qantas lounges go Apple

Tough luck if you're a Windows 7 fan. The nation's largest airline Qantas yesterday announced it would go Apple-only in its frequent flyer lounges around Australia, giving travellers access to "the latest generation Macs" in a national rollout.

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