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Security

This is how much data breaches are costing

A new study says data breaches are costing companies millions.

Bill Rigby 11:36 AM   The cost of data breaches is rising for companies around the world as sophisticated thieves target valuable financial and medical records, according to a new study.

'Uber for cleaners' TidyMe raises capital

Stacey Jacobs, centre, with her team at TidyMe.

Rose Powell   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.

We won't outsource IT services: Queensland Government

CITEC will remain in Queensland Government hands.

The Palaszczuk government has continued its push to de-Newmanise Queensland by scrapping plans to outsource government IT services.

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$474m deal and no better service

Gary Sterrenberg was bullish about the prospects for improvement under the $474 million Telstra deal in 2012

Noel Towell   Three years ago, senior public servants promised a half-billion-dollar deal with Telstra would deliver shorter waiting times for Centrelink's phone lines.

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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.

Plane hacking case points to deeper cyber issues

Security researcher Chris Roberts told FBI agents he had hijacked an aircraft's thrust management computer and briefly altered its course.

Jeremy Wagstaff   Aeroplane hacking case draws attention to a wider issue: that the aviation industry has not kept pace with the threat hackers pose.

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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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Cost-saving data centre opened in Canberra

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the new data centre would save money and energy.

Ben Grubb   The federal government has opened a new data centre it says will save taxpayers millions in operating costs and provide stability for numerous government departments.

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Security

Flaw leaves 'wiped' Androids exposed

Not so flash: A factory reset on some half a billion Android devices may not delete sensitive data.

Hannah Francis   Passwords, contacts, emails, media files and texts recoverable after a device is "wiped".

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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.

Security

AdultFriendFinder exposed by large security breach

Hookup website AdultFriendFinder has been exposed by hackers.

Mike Snider   One of the largest online dating sites, the 64 million-member AdultFriendFinder.com, is investigating a data breach.

Telstra's Pacnet division suffers IT security breach

Telstra acquired Pacnet for more than $750 million.

Telstra's Asian telecommunications provider Pacnet data centre has been targetted in a security breach.

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Security

Tech giants urge US against forcing encryption 'backdoors'

The US government is considering rules that would force companies to soften their data encryption for the purposes of law enforcement.

Nicole Perlroth   A collection of tech industry giants including Facebook, Google, Apple and Microsoft send a letter to US President Barack Obama warning of the unintended consequences of any policy meant to weaken the encryption technologies that protect internet communications.

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Cybersecurity

Mid-air 'plane hack' raises big ethical questions

'Fantastical': experts are split on whether Chris Roberts was actually able to control a passenger jet.

Hannah Francis   US hacker Chris Roberts insists he's one of the good kind, but things aren't always black and white.

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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Airlines sceptical planes can be 'hacked'

The double-decker aircraft has failed to win a single order from any new airline customer for two years.

Georgina Mitchell   Airlines are doubtful a US man was able to take control of a plane with his laptop.

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Security

Hacker hijacks plane mid-air

Security researcher, Chris Roberts, told FBI agents that he'd hijacked an aircraft's thrust management computer and briefly altered its course.

Liam Tung   Commercial airliner's course changed after hacker took control of onboard computer system, according to the FBI.

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Security

Hackers force uni to unplug PCs

Hacker

Michael Riley   Two separate groups of hackers have been stealing data, investigators say.

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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.

Security

Man behind controversial hackers-for-hire site outed

Charles Tendell, who owns a cybersecurity consulting firm in Denver, says he started Hacker's List.

Matthew Goldstein   Charles Tendell built a controversial site allowing ordinary people to hire hackers to break into things. He's now been outed.

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.

Security

Cyber security firm extorted prospective clients, ex-employee claims

A cyber security firm allegedly used its relationship with a regulator to tell prospective clients they needed to hire them "or face the music".

Liam Tung   A former employee of a cybersecurity firm says he lied about a data breach that ultimately cost a company its life.

Hacking

Obama's war on cyber espionage has not stopped hacking

US President Barack Obama has authorised new travel and financial sanctions designed to curb cyber espionage.

Nicole Perlroth   Two years ago, the Obama administration announced a new strategy to curb online espionage. The five-point strategy came after a 2013 article in The New York Times about how the newspaper had been breached by Chinese hackers. The Times, working with a security company, also concluded that thousands of...

Business

Digital nirvana a while away yet, NSW minister Dominic Perrottet laments

NSW Minister for Finance and Services Dominic Perrottet.

Sylvia Pennington   NSW has more than 10,000 paper forms and 3000 data-entry operators. One minister wants to change all that.

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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.

Canva raises $6m amid designs on global growth

Canva co-founder Melanie Perkins.

Beverley Head   Ask most 27-year-olds what they do in their spare time and you'll be listening for some time. But not with Melanie.

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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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Australia's digital future not bright

Matthew Beddall says finance is ready to be "revolutionised by digital technology".

Noel Towell   Slow internet and ponderous public service are keeping Australia in the digital slow lane.

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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.

How this $100m app became digital roadkill

Secret co-founders David Byttow and Chrys Bader.

Mike Isaac   It was one of the the hottest start-ups in Silicon Valley with a $100m valuation. It's now closing.

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