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Startup snapshot: Bluedot

Adelaide startup Bluedot has developed geolocation software that uses the precise location of a person’s smartphone for payments.

Freelancer launches $15 million IPO

Australian startup Freelancer.com has applied to list on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) as it seeks to accelerate the company’s growth.

Telstra shuffles leadership deck, steers toward Asia

Telstra CEO David Thodey has announced a realignment of its senior executives and an increased focus on Asia.

Telco service complaints tumble as TCP code takes effect

The new TCP code has contributed to a large reduction in the number of complaints to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) in the 2012-13 financial year, according to ombudsman Simon Cohen.

'Sexy' IT fields lure talent from enterprise

Australia has lost security and other enterprise technical skills to trendier IT areas like apps and online development, according to a report released today by Clarius Skills.

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Vodafone unlikely to buy out Hutchison's VHA stake: Morrow

A possible sale by Telecom NZ of its stake in Hutchison Telecom Australia (HTA) could be responsible for recent jumps in HTA’s share price, according to Vodafone Hutchison Australia CEO Bill Morrow.

Telstra to invest $800,000 a year on startups

Telstra will provide $40,000 in funding to 10 Australian technology startups every six months under a seed funding program announced today.

Thiess mines operational data with cloud dashboard

Workers at Thiess Australia are using a cloud-based dashboard to make sense of large mines of data critical to maintaining the company’s machines.

Telco networks mostly unscathed by NSW bushfires

Telcos are not reporting major network problems despite severe bushfires continuing to burn in New South Wales.

Telstra wants to work with (and like) startups

Telstra believes working with startups is a “strategic necessity” if it wants to survive increasing competition from over-the-top players and other rivals, according to Telstra CIO Patrick Eltridge.

Coding error costs Optus $8.8 million

A software coding error that went unnoticed for more than two years resulted in Optus incorrectly billing about 235,000 postpaid mobile consumer and small business customers on its SurePage service, Optus has revealed.

Coles, CommBank hoping payment smart tags will stick

Stickers for contactless payments got a major boost today as Coles and Commonwealth Bank separately announced small payment tags designed to attach to a user’s smartphone.

Optus-Innov8 now open to startup pitches 365 days a year

The Optus-Innov8 seed fund will begin taking applications from Australian startups year-round, a significant shift from its previous approach of holding application rounds twice a year.

Vodafone prepaid customers accelerate to 4G

Vodafone Hutchison Australia will upgrade prepaid mobile customers to its 4G network starting today, the telco has announced.

Fast broadband critical to future of education: teachers

The NBN could be a transformational tool for teaching, according to educators who spoke at the Connected Australia conference this week.