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Australia

  1. Do you know what your stuff's worth? Trov raises $6.5M to reinvent insurance for the mobile generation

    Millennials, the largest generation since the Baby Boomers (their parents), have almost no relationship with the insurance industry. This is in part due to low rates of home ownership --and a general malaise toward renter's insurance -- but also due to the fact that the insurance industry has yet to deliver a solution that speaks this massive group’s language the way Wealthfront and Venmo do for personal finances, or Gilt, Wish, and Instacart do for retail commerce.

    By Michael Carney

    From the News desk

  2. PayPal appeals for regulatory clarity in Australia, hints at future blockchain application plans

    Large, mature companies are rarely the first to adopt new technology. But if you want to get a sense of what areas of innovation these incumbent giants view as promising, if not deeply strategic, it pays to look at where they direct their lobbying muscle.

    By Michael Carney

    From the News desk

  3. With rabid overseas demand, home design favorite Houzz looks to triple its international reach in 2015

    After getting a taste of international operation in 2014, Houzz is going back for a second helping in 2015. With overseas outposts currently in the UK, Australia, Germany, and France, the home remodeling and design community will expand its footprint into a total of 15 non-US markets in the first half of 2015 with its sights firmly set on covering all of Europe and much of Asia as soon as possible.

    By Michael Carney

    From the News desk

  4. Spotify positions itself to take advantage of Australia's declining piracy

    Australians aren't pirating music as often as they were before, according to a study by Spotify that analyzed the rate at which consumers in the country illegally downloaded music via their mobile phones. And the company isn't shy about its excitement at the idea of selling its service to everyone who have decided they would rather pay for their music, or at least suffer through a few ads, than download it for free.

    By Nathaniel Mott

    From the News desk

  5. Ransomed iPhones are the latest sign that "digital security" is an oxymoron

    Australian iPhone users are reporting that their devices have been "hacked" and held for ransom by someone calling themselves Oleg Pliss. The attacker is offering access to affected devices in exchange for around $100, according to the Age, and has compromised iPhones across Australia. The attacks have been reported to Apple and to relevant local authorities.

    By Nathaniel Mott

    From the News desk

  6. Australia becomes the latest country to offer a government website with crippling security flaws

    It seems that the United States isn't the only government that struggles to make a functional website.

    By Nathaniel Mott

    From the News desk

  7. Oops! Silk Road shutdown leads to more online drug sales

    It looks as if global law enforcement is getting a taste of the Streisand effect. Nearly six months after the FBI seized the underground black market website Silk Road, not only have dozens of copycats sprung up in its place (although none yet reaching its level of scale or dominance), but also the level of online drug sales activity has actually increased in some jurisdictions. This, according a new report by ABC News Australia. The explosion in activity appears to lead straight back to the media coverage of the event.

    By Michael Carney

    From the News desk

  8. Zookal starts "world first" delivery-by-drone service in Sydney

    Sick of relying on slow trucks and traditional delivery systems to get his company Zookal’s textbooks to people, Ahmed Haider decided on a fresh approach. Now, his Sydney, Australia-based company will deliver the textbooks via drones.

    By Hamish McKenzie

    From the News desk

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