Australia

Platform News: 5G and data transfer

What you need to know about getting a mobile plan

Our mobile phones are an indispensable component of our daily routines, serving as anything from a calendar to a bank card to an Email client, to a camera to a phone and a personal...

Streaming Stats

SVOD market share for the UK and Australian markets

In terms of the streaming providers, the United Kingdom and Australia differ significantly from the US, with well funded local players having a substantial usage in mature SVOD mar...

Sezzle

Buy now, pay later firm Zip to buy US rival Sezzle in $352 million deal

Buy now pay later (BNPL) firm Zip Co Ltd has said it would buy US-based Sezzle Inc in a A$491 million (approximately $352.59 million) deal, as it looks to further expand its reach ...

Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey’s Block beats profit estimates

Block Inc, the payments company of Twitter Inc founder Jack Dorsey, posted better than expected fourth-quarter profit thanks to a highly volatile bitcoin market and booming online ...

Paramount+

ViacomCBS’s Paramount+ ‘thinks local’ to go global with streaming

When the reality series “The Challenge: War of the Worlds” launches on four continents in June, ViacomCBS Inc aims to test a key component of its streaming strategy – using l...

Scott Morrison Australian PM

Australia PM Morrison loses control of WeChat Chinese account

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Liberal Party lost access to his official WeChat social media account months ago, politicians said on Monday, issuing claims...

Afterpay

Afterpay’s meteoric rise as a lending pioneer

Block Inc, formerly Square Inc, is set to complete its acquisition of buy now, pay later (BNPL) company Afterpay Ltd by Feb. 1, one of the biggest takeovers in Australian history.

Platform News: Twitter App

Twitter expands feature allowing users to flag misleading tweets

Twitter Inc has said it will expand a feature it has been testing which allows users to flag misleading content on its social media platform to Brazil, Spain and the Philippines.

Platform News: Software titan Microsoft building

Microsoft’s $16 billion Nuance bid gets EU antitrust approval

The European Commission has granted Microsoft unconditional antitrust approval for its $16 billion bid for artificial intelligence and speech technology company Nuance Communicatio...

Facebook is Meta

Facebook to win conditional EU nod for Kustomer buy, sources say

Facebook is set to gain EU antitrust approval for its acquisition of Kustomer after offering remedies that allow rival products to function with those of the U.S. customer service ...

Afterpay

Afterpay gets shareholder nod for Block Inc buyout; majority of proxy votes in favour of deal

Buy now pay later firm Afterpay Ltd said on Tuesday its $29 billion buyout by Block Inc, previously known as Square, got overwhelming support from shareholders, with 99.79% of the ...

Platform Economy in Australia, primarily in Melbourne and Sydney

Australia proposes new laws to regulate crypto and BNPL sector

Australia will create a licencing framework for cryptocurrency exchanges and consider launching a retail central bank digital currency as part of the biggest overhaul of its A$650 ...

Facebook's Instagram

Instagram, ahead of US Senate hearing, tightens teen protection measures

Instagram has said it will be stricter about the types of content it recommends to teens in the photo-sharing app and will nudge them toward different areas if they dwell on one to...

Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram

Australia challenges Facebook to back anti-troll defamation law

Facebook Inc will show it has no interest in making the online world safe if it quits Australia over laws holding it liable for defamation on its platform, Prime Minister Scott Mor...

Scott Morrison Australian PM

Australia to introduce new laws to force media platforms to unmask online trolls

Australia will introduce legislation to make social media giants provide details of users who post defamatory comments, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said.

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