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(Singapore) Singapore neglecting smart nation roots in COVID-19 fumble (ZD Net)

Eileen Yu  writes for ZD Net: For years it has pushed an ambitious plan to lead the global stage with its unabashed adoption of technology, but Singapore now appears to have forgotten its smart nation roots amidst a current COVID-19 outbreak. In managing the spread, the government could have leveraged the strides it made in […]

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(Brazil) Brazilian government establishes price reduction for Oracle contracts (ZD Net)

Angelica Mari  writes for ZD Net: The Brazilian government has established a price reduction for products and services provided by Oracle as part of a broader exercise to rationalize technology spending in the federal administration. go to ZD Net website: Brazilian government establishes price reduction for Oracle contracts | ZDNet

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(Australia) Amazon and eBay next in line for ACCC’s digital platforms assault (ZD Net)

Asha Barbaschow  writes for ZD Net: Online retail marketplaces operating in Australia such as eBay, Amazon, Catch.com.au, and Kogan are the latest companies to fall under the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) microscope, with the watchdog concerned about potential competition and consumer issues within that space. go to ZD Net website: Amazon and eBay […]

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(TechInnovation) ‘Digital HQ’ emerges from Salesforce’s $27.7 billion Slack acquisition (ZD Net)

Asha Barbaschow  writes for ZD Net: Salesforce has completed its $27.7 billion acquisition of Slack Technologies, referring to the combination of the two companies as creating the “digital HQ for success from anywhere”. The deal was officially announced on December 1, ending speculation the CRM giant was looking to expand its footprint more into collaboration and workflows. go to ZD Net […]

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(Australia) Commonwealth Bank takes up quarter stake in Tangerine and More Telecom (ZD Net)

Chris Duckett writes for ZD Net: The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) on Thursday announced it has acquired a 25% stake in the company behind Tangerine and More Telecom, a pair of NBN retailers based in Melbourne. go to ZD Net website: Commonwealth Bank takes up quarter stake in Tangerine and More Telecom | ZDNet

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(USA) US House terminates deal with iConstituent after company waited days to raise ransomware alarm (ZD Net)

Jonathan Greig  writes for ZD Net: The Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) — which provides support services to US House members of both parties — sent a letter to members of Congress announcing that it has terminated all contracts with iConstituent and will no longer be authorizing the platform’s use because of multiple […]

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(TechInnovation) AT&T working with real estate company on 5G smart city in Virginia (ZD Net)

Jonathan Greig  writes for ZD Net: AT&T and property developer JBG Smith announced a letter of intent to create a 5G Smart City at scale in National Landing, a community at the intersection of three neighborhoods in northern Virginia.  go to ZD Net website: AT&T working with real estate company on 5G smart city in Virginia | […]

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(TechInnovation) Now that Alexa is everywhere, it’s time for developers to cash in (ZD Net)

Stephanie Condon writes for ZD Net: Alexa is well on its way to pervading all aspects of life — the AI assistant will follow you through your smart home to your car, into the office, and during your afternoon jog. Even so, Amazon says that building a completely ambient voice assistant is a long-term project that requires contributions from a […]

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(Cybersecurity) Joker billing fraud malware found in Google Play Store (ZD Net)

Charlie Osborne writes for ZD Net: Malicious Android apps harboring the Joker malware have been discovered in the Google Play Store. On Tuesday, cybersecurity researchers from Zscaler’s ThreatLabz said that a total of 11 apps were recently discovered and found to be “regularly uploaded” to the official app repository, accounting for approximately 30,000 installs between them. go […]

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(Australia) IT service provider Interactive hits out at tech companies for monopolistic firmware tactics (ZD Net)

Aimee Chanthadavong  writes for ZD Net: Australian IT service provider Interactive has expressed serious concerns that tech manufacturers are using tactics such as “digital locks” to control or limit access to firmware updates, which may ultimately harm consumers’ ability to easily repair their own electronic devices. go to ZD Net website: IT service provider Interactive […]

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(Australia) ASX issues caution for Aussies investing in crypto and contemplates exchange regulation (ZD Net)

Asha Barbaschow writes for ZD Net: The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) has issued a warning to investors keen to buy into the crypto scene, particularly around the security of the private keys used to access digital funds. In a submission [PDF] to the committee considering Australia as a Technology and Financial Centre, the ASX said it would be worth […]

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TechInnovation – Fauna adds geo-isolation to globally distributed database cloud (Tony Baer, ZD Net)

Fauna, an open source database whose founders came from Twitter, is adding an important capability for enterprises seeking to operate global databases; a new “region groups” feature that enables enterprises to keep data within a specific region or country. It provides a feature for specifying the cluster or region where specific data should reside. Fauna […]