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ACMA, Privacy Commissioner to collaborate on spam, telemarketing issues

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work closer together on telecommunications, spam and telemarketing issues.

Victorian Magistrates Courts to roll out digital proceeding service

Victorian Magistrates Courts are set to introduce a digital court triage service where proceeding times and status can be viewed in real time on tablets or display screens.

Cunningham Lindsey uses Wi-Fi units to work during natural disasters

After trialling a Wi-Fi unit during the Queensland floods in 2013 to process insurance claims in a timely fashion, Cunningham Lindsey rolled out Wi-Fi access points to its 48 Australian offices.

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Payment Adviser finds value in desktop-as-a-service

Australian electronic payment business, Payment Adviser, has transitioned to a hosted virtual desktop as part of its outsourced business model.

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Queensland Performing Arts Centre tenders for CRM system

The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) has issued an invitation of offer for a new customer relationship management (CRM) system.

Northern Territory government to set up ICT advisory council

The Northern Territory government is establishing an ICT advisory council that will advise the government on ways to develop the NT IT industry.

McDonald’s Australia to roll out iOS, Android ordering app

McDonald’s Australia is set to deploy an iOS and Android smartphone app that will allow customers to prepare a meal order before they arrive at the restaurant.

Australian Post develops cloud-based app for retailers

Australia Post has teamed up with NetSuite to develop a cloud-based app called SuiteApp, which is aimed at businesses that use its parcel business.

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Microsoft understands why enterprises would skip Windows 8 for 10

Enterprises who are running Windows 7 can upgrade directly to Windows 10 when it gets released in 2015, says Windows infrastructure technical evangelist Jeff Alexander.

Vocus Communications takes 10% interest in Amcom

Vocus Communications (ASX: VOC) now holds a 10 per cent interest in Amcom Telecommunications (ASX: AMM) as it looks to potentially merge the two businesses.

Microsoft unveils Azure Australia cloud services

Microsoft has announced that its Azure cloud services are now available from two data centres in Australia.

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Symantec donates $260k towards cyberbullying prevention

Security vendor Symantec has donated $260,000 to not-for-profit charity beyondblue to help the organisation combat cyberbullying amongst Australian children.

Deloitte launches crisis management service

Professional services firm, Deloitte has launched a crisis management arm in Australia to help organisations deal with disasters from data breaches to an outbreak of Ebola.

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Privacy complaints jump by 183% in FY14

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) received 4,239 privacy complaints during FY14, a 183 per cent increase on the 1,496 received in the previous financial year, according to a report.

Victorian police spend $15m on IT refresh

The Victorian police spent a total of $15 million on an IT refresh during the 2013-14 financial year, including the replacing of a distributed server network, transitioning from Windows XP to Windows 7 and designing new data centre