PayPal is far more dominant in online payments in the US than Australia where traditional players have defended the market.
Venture capital money is starting to flow into Australian fintech, but success will largely be based on whether new players can innovate in areas where bank's aren't.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has promised an effective tool to combat complex tax avoidance.
A close look at Hockey's tax avoidance laws aimed at multinationals like Apple and Google, shows they can avoid them.
Multinational companies like Google have avoided having a “taxable” presence in Australia.
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What constitutes a "taxable presence" in Australia lies at the centre of the government's proposed tax avoidance clampdown on multinational companies.
Why did Penn State take so long to disclose the breach?
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The recent cyber attacks at Penn State have put personal information of 18,000 students in the hands of hackers. What should universities do to protect students' privacy?
The European Commission is taking a much tougher line on Google than the FTC did.
The EU is accusing Google of abusing its dominance in search, yet a similar antitrust case in the US led to a settlement. What counts for the divergent outcomes?
Windows on anything means revenue from everything, at least that’s the idea.
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If the money is in the cloud, it makes sense to take as many users there as possible.
While Microsoft, Google and Apple have had to answer questions in Canberra about whether they meet their tax obligations, their media activities seemingly defy regulation.
Current regulations are a complete mismatch for today's media practices and structures. While politicians shy from the debate, it's time to heed public opinion and revisit the Finkelstein Report.
In Monopol-e-Commerce, who plays the hat, and who gets the boot?
Legal moves against Google are a major step, with implications that will stretch across the industry.
Just how common this sight is shows how big mobilegeddon’s impact will be.
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Web users are increasingly mobile and Google has updated its vital search ranking algorithm to suit - sites that haven't moved with the times will suffer.
The growing trend: searching the web from your smartphone.
With more people using the web from hand-held devices the search giant Google wants you to see more mobile-friendly websites.
They came in like a wrecking ball… online firms like YouTube, Spotify and Apple have fundamentally changed the way we consume. But whose rights are protected?
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The sheer market power concentrated in the hands of such few online companies represents a formidable hurdle to fair competition.
Offers of candy won’t prevent the European Commission’s scrutiny now.
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First search, then shopping, now Android – European Commission sets out to take Google to task.
News Corp Australia CEO Julian Clarke and CFO Susan Panuccio were asked by Senators to account for its tax affairs.
The government want us to believe in the "debt deficit disaster: in order to accept paying more tax. But why do parliamentarians need an inquiry simply to find out how much tax multi-nationals pay?
Google remains at the centre of international debates over corporate tax practices, but its power should not be underestimated.
With Australia planning its own Google tax, we're likely to see state power and sovereignty come into direct conflict with corporate might.
Until machines become truly intelligent, they’re going to make a lot of mistakes when they try to help us.
Computers try to predict our behaviour and anticipate our needs, but sadly they often get things dreadfully wrong.
‘If I’m honest I just don’t think this is Windows 10-compatible.’ (with apols to Ritchie & Thompson)
The question of whether or not to go for the upgrade or stick with the devil you know is an increasingly common contemporary dilemma; the lure of new features against the threat of potentially disabling…
Google rarely demonstrates the transparency it requires of its users.
After the European Court of Justice ruled that there was a “right to be forgotten” from Google’s search results, Google’s Advisory Council embarked on a roadshow aimed at debating the issue. While this…
Facebook knows what you’re doing. What you’re watching. How you’re feeling.
Did you recently buy a Samsung smart TV? If you are worried about privacy, you may be wondering how smart that decision was following the manufacturer’s warnings that its voice-activated televisions may…
Look, no hands.
The news that Google is to get into the ride-hailing scene – the same taxis-that-aren’t-taxis business pioneered by Uber – may have come as a surprise to some. We can speculate that it may even have come…
Beware of geeks bearing gifts…
Microsoft’s part in a US$70m investment in CyanogenMod has raised many eyebrows: why is Microsoft investing in a popular version of the Android mobile phone operating system, when it has its own competing…