Fast five: this week in IT 9/12

In this week’s Australian IT news highlights: Dymocks, Australian Cloud hub, Smart robots, CBA, iiNet, NBN Co

Your wrap of this week's Australian tech news.

Australian Cloud hub gaining momentum The case for Australia becoming a Cloud computing hub has received greater support via endorsement from federal innovation minister, Kim Carr.

Dymocks launches publishing arm Australian book retailer Dymocks has launched its new web-based publishing arm to enable aspiring authors to produce, publish and distribute their work as both physical and electronic books.

Australia Post focuses on e-commerce The internet might be blowing over Australia Post’s letter business but it is turning out to be the saviour of the parcel division, according to CEO, Ahmed Fahour.

NBN Co submits special access undertaking to ACCC An NBN Co special access undertaking (SAU) has been submitted to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) which guarantees fixed wholesale prices for the next five years to service providers.

CBA to seek ideas with IdeaBank Developers and consumers with concepts for new banking applications could be $10,000 richer if the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) chooses their idea submission to its new website, IdeaBank.

Smart robot picks up three logistics awards for Nestlé Australia Smart robotic technology has helped Nestlé overcome the occupational health and safety issues of manually handing about four million cases of products in its consumer food and beverage, food service and pet food businesses.

iiNet voices concern over NBN access plan Australia’s number three internet service provider (ISP), iiNet, has raised concerns over a number of aspects of NBN Co’s Special Access Undertaking (SAU), lodged to the competition regulator yesterday.

Regional Queensland bids farewell to analog TV The Federal Government has met its deadline to switch-off all analog television signals across regional Queensland under its Digital Switchover Program.

Motorola nabs $40m contract with WA Govt Motorola has won a $40 million contract with the Western Australian Government for the build and maintenance of a new state-wide shared emergency services radio network.

Social media should play role in emergency warnings: Vic Flood Review A review of the 2010-11 floods in Victoria has urged the state government to ramp up its use of social media with the establishment of a standard social media policy to underpin its emergency warning and public information system.

NFC uptake picks up speed Despite some security loopholes remaining, near field communications technology is gaining a foothold in Australia, according to Visa A/NZ

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