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Australia’s spy agencies caught collecting COVID-19 app data

Australia’s spy agencies caught collecting COVID-19 app data Australia’s intelligence agencies have been caught “incidentally” collecting data from the country’s COVIDSafe contact tracing app during the first six months of its launch, a government watchdog has found. The report, published Monday by the Australian government’s inspector general for the intelligence community, which […]

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Metigy gets $20 million AUD to making online marketing easier for SMEs

Metigy gets million AUD to making online marketing easier for SMEs Metigy, a marketing platform created to help small businesses automate more of the decision making in their online ad campaigns, has raised a Series B of $20 million AUD (about $14.6 million USD). The new funding, led by returning investor Cygnet […]

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Pfizer and BioNTech to submit request for emergency use approval of their COVID-19 vaccine today

Pfizer and BioNTech to submit request for emergency use approval of their COVID-19 vaccine today Two of the companies behind one of the leading COVID-19 vaccine candidates will seek approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization (EUA) of their preventative treatment with an application to be delivered […]

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Ride Vision raises $7M for its AI-based motorcycle safety system

Ride Vision raises M for its AI-based motorcycle safety system Ride Vision, an Israeli startup that is building an AI-driven safety system to prevent motorcycle collisions, today announced that it has raised a $7 million Series A round led by crowdsourcing platform OurCrowd. YL Ventures, which typically specializes in cybersecurity startups but […]

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E-scooter startup Neuron Mobility adds $12M to its Series A for expansion in Australia and New Zealand

E-scooter startup Neuron Mobility adds M to its Series A for expansion in Australia and New Zealand Neuron Mobility, a Singapore-based e-scooter rental startup, announced today that it has added $12 million to its Series A. Led by Square Peg, an Australian venture capital firm and GSR Ventures, this increases the round’s […]

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Microsoft outage leaves users unable to access Office, Outlook, Teams

Microsoft outage leaves users unable to access Office, Outlook, Teams Microsoft said it’s investigating an authentication outage with Office 365, preventing users from accessing some of the company’s most widely used services, including Office.com, Outlook.com, and Teams. The company’s status dashboard said the issue started at 2:25pm PT, and has impacted mostly […]

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Researchers ready world-first vision restoration device for human clinical trials

Researchers ready world-first vision restoration device for human clinical trials Over a decade’s worth of work by scientists working at Melbourne, Australia’s Monash University has produced a first-of-its-kind device that can restore vision to the blind, using a combination of smartphone-style electronics and brain-implanted micro electrodes. The system has already been shown […]

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Facebook threatens to block news sharing in Australia as it lobbies against revenue share law

Facebook threatens to block news sharing in Australia as it lobbies against revenue share law Adtech giant and self-styled ‘free speech champion’, Facebook, has threatened to pull the plug on the public sharing of news content on Facebook and Instagram in Australia. The aggressive threat is Facebook’s attempt to lobby against a […]

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Waymo’s Boris Sofman and TuSimple’s Xiaodi Hou to join us at TC Sessions: Mobility 2020

Waymo’s Boris Sofman and TuSimple’s Xiaodi Hou to join us at TC Sessions: Mobility 2020 One of the areas of autonomous driving technology with the most potential to have a near-term and dramatic impact remains trucking: There’s a growing lack of drivers for long-haul routes, and highway trucking remains a relatively uncomplicated […]

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Google warns users in Australia free services are at risk if it’s forced to share ad revenue with “big media”

Google warns users in Australia free services are at risk if it’s forced to share ad revenue with “big media” Google has fired a lobbying pot-shot at a looming change to the law in Australia that will force it to share ad revenue with local media businesses whose content its platforms monetize […]

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