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  • Startups graduate from ecentre accelerator

    Massey University’s ecentre business incubator has named the 11 startups that have graduated from its Sprint Global accelerator programme.

    26 July 19 14:52 Written by Stuart Corner
  • What Google, Facebook could face in U.S. antitrust probe

    ​The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether big technology companies are engaged in anticompetitive behaviour, addressing a rising tide of criticism they have become too powerful to the detriment of consumers.

    25 July 19 09:24 Written by Reuters
  • Podcast popularity surging, says Roy Morgan

    Roy Morgan Research says the popularity of video and audio podcasts in New Zealand is increasing faster than other forms on online entertainment: TV program downloads, feature length movies and video clips.

    24 July 19 12:49 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Big Tech faces broad US Justice Department antitrust probe

    The US Justice Department said on Tuesday it was opening a broad investigation of major digital technology firms into whether they engage in anticompetitive practices, the strongest sign the Trump administration is stepping up its scrutiny of Big Tech.

    24 July 19 09:22 Written by Reuters
  • Zag creates spatial services business unit

    SAP and cloud service provider Zag (previously Soltius) has set up a spatial services team dedicated to geographical information systems (GIS) and headed by Matti Seikkula who has joined Zag from e-Spatial where he was the CIO and principal consultant.

    15 July 19 15:46 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Trump blasts Bitcoin, Facebook's Libra, demands they face banking regulations

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday criticized Bitcoin, Facebook's proposed Libra digital coin and other cryptocurrencies and demanded that companies seek a banking charter and make themselves subject to U.S. and global regulations if they wanted to "become a bank."

    12 July 19 13:20 Written by Reuters
  • US to probe French plan to tax tech companies

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered an investigation into France's planned tax on technology companies, a probe that could lead to the United States imposing new tariffs or other trade restrictions.

    11 July 19 11:15 Written by Reuters
  • Seequent scores international deal for its 3D modelling software

    Seequent (formerly ARANZ Geo), a developer of geoscience analysis and modelling software based in Christchurch, has scored a deal with US based design, engineering, construction and technical services firm Jacobs for the use of Seequent’s Leapfrog Works 3D subsurface modelling software on its civil engineering and environmental projects around the world.

    11 July 19 11:07 Written by Stuart Corner
  • KiwiNet scores $8.2 new annual MBIE funding

    Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet) has secured $8.2m of new annual funding from the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) for research commercialisation.

    09 July 19 10:34 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Aviva launches algorithmic decision agent ADA to hyper-personalise marketing

    Personalisation has become a core component of digital marketing and the guiding principle behind a range of new products. At insurance giant Aviva, it provided the conceptual foundations of ADA, an algorithmic decision agent that powers omni-channel, hyper-personalised marketing by predicting a customer's "next best action" – the most effective way that a company can meet their individual needs in a specific moment.

    09 July 19 02:55 Written by By Tom Macaulay
  • Robotic process automation helps UK's NHS slash admin time

    Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Foundation NHS Trust has dramatically reduced the time spent by staff on tedious tasks after launching a Centre of Excellence for the use of robotic process automation (RPA) technology.

    09 July 19 00:16 Written by By Tom Macaulay