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'Uber for cleaners' TidyMe raises capital

Stacey Jacobs, centre, with her team at TidyMe.

Rose Powell 12:15 AM   Australia could be set for another online marketplace startup technology success story to sit alongside 99designs, Seek and Freelancer, with a service to link customers with cleaners online receiving financial backing.

Business

Fire damages Apple's former sapphire-screen factory

The Apple logo is seen at the flagship Apple retail store in San Francisco, California April 27, 2015. Apple shares were up 1.1 percent at $13.59 ahead of its results, due after the close. Analysts expect Apple's quarterly revenue to rise 23 percent to $56.07 billion.  REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Tim Higgins   The unlucky streak continues at Apple's US factory.

Business

Apple design guru Jony Ive gets new role

Power behind the throne: Jony Ive.

Tim Higgins   Jony Ive, Apple's top designer, will give up day-to-day managerial duties in what the company says is a promotion to the newly created position of chief design officer.

Twitter an odd bird at Asian electronics show

Twitter's booth up close.

Tim Biggs   The sole visitor to the Twitter stand at CES Asia suggests that Chinese haven't yet realised the usefulness of the microblogging site for marketing to an international audience.

Business

The hidden cost of administration

Administration tasks are taking up almost two full days of the work week.

Drew Turney   We all know the time administrative tasks take up is a necessary evil, but new research finds the problem is worse than we thought.

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Tech VCs don't dare mention b word

Tech bubble.

Conor Dougherty   The tech industry’s venture capitalists admit to a certain amount of "frothiness" in start-up investments, but they studiously avoid another word. Bubble.

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Business

BlackBerry cuts jobs worldwide in smartphone consolidation

BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen attends the launch event for the new Blackberry Classic smartphone in New York.

Gerrit De Vynck   BlackBerry is cutting jobs at offices around the world as it brings together the different parts of its shrinking smartphone business.

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Founder of Oculus hit with lawsuit

Oculus VR is the maker of virtual reality head-mounted displays.

Dan Levine   Founder of virtual reality glasses maker Oculus VR, acquired by Facebook for $US2 billion, accused of taking confidential information he learned whilst working with another company and passing it off as his own.

Aussie medtech company raises $1.5 million

Global Kinetics Corporation chief executive Andrew Maxwell with the Parkinson's KinetiGraph (PKG) medical device developed by his company.

Beverley Head   Crowdfunding platform OurCrowd has tipped $1.5 million into the coffers of the Melbourne-based health tech company with ambitions to be Australia's next ResMed or Cochlear.

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'Grand Theft Uber': Man sues tech giant

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and his company is being sued by an an entrepreneur who claims the idea for Uber was stolen from him.

Andrew Chung   Man claims he invented the Uber concept and was left out of the company by the people he worked with.

AI

IBM's Watson aims to be jack of all trades

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Watson already has won a major TV game show, is looking for a cure for cancer and has ambitious gastronomy ambitions including devising a recipe for chocolate-beef burritos. Now it's a business consultant.

Leadership

Fridge magnate: Haier's Zhang Ruimin changing the face of white goods

Zhang Ruimin, CEO of Haier Group, says the manufacturing company must become an internet company.

Matthew Miller   CEO famous for once publicly taking a sledgehammer to defective fridges says he will no longer 'use Chinese recipes to make western food'.

Yahoo sues ex-staffer for leaking secrets

Yahoo chief executive officer Marissa Mayer.

Joel Rosenblatt, Brian Womack and Sarah Frier   ​Staffer "brazenly" divulged secrets to a reporter who was writing a book about Marissa Mayer, Yahoo claims.

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Business

Aussie education start-up Edrolo raises $2.6m

Edrolo founders Jeremy Cox, Duncan Anderson and Ben Sze's faith in their company has paid off.

Sylvia Pennington   Online education provider Edrolo's content is in use in 120 schools in NSW and Victoria.

Tap to tell: whistleblower launches app

Encouraging: Sylvain Mansotte's FraudSec app lets a company reply to the whistleblower without the person having to reveal their name, phone number or email address.

Liam Tung   A one-time whistleblower has launched a new app that helps people report fraud anonymously while protecting their identity.

Aquisitions

How Uber plans to end dependence on Google

Uber mapping

Mark Scott, Mike Isaac   In an effort to hedge against its heavy reliance on Google, the ride-hailing app service is looking to the only other company with a huge cache of accurate mapping data.

Business

Apple's Ahrendts top-paid US woman at $US83m

Angela Ahrendts

Madeline McMahon   Angela Ahrendts, Apple's senior vice president of retail and online stores, was the highest-paid female executive in the US last year, it has emerged.

Aussie start-up founder Tania Yuki shares New York dream

Shareablee co-founder Tania Yuki is leading the charge for women in a digital world.

Matthew Hall   Founder of Aussie start-up Shareablee Tania Yuki shares her New York dream come true.

Privacy

Privacy complaints leap as companies struggle with compliance

Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim says the case for a two-year data retention plan is unclear.

Hannah Francis   Companies' inadequate privacy policies have been highlighted by the Privacy Commissioner.

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Aviation

Boeing warns all 787s should be turned off and on again

Boeing has supplied 264 787 Dreamliners to carriers around the world, including Jetstar, and now says the aircraft has a serious software bug.

Jad Mouawad   Plane manufacturer discovers software bug that causes a total loss of electrical power, regardless of whether the 787 Dreamliner is in the air.