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  • Alexei Oreskovic and Gerry Shih - Reuters | Business Spectator
    of financial numbers is needed to restore confidence Politics Australian Election Federal Budget International News Asia Europe USA National Affairs Latest stories Gagging visas are an attack on democracy The skyrocketing price of a journalist visa for Nauru will limit coverage of Australian prisoners on a vassal state It is an insult to the democratic principles this country stands for Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Alexei Oreskovic and Gerry Shih Reuters Who s next on the tech IPO merry go round Twitter s gangbusters IPO has got the ball rolling at Silicon Valley with Box Square and Airbnb all likely to accelerate their IPO plans by Sarah McBride by Alexei Oreskovic and Gerry Shih Reuters 9 28am November 11 Search Markets Global Indices Index Last Chg Chg DOW JONES 16437 05 7 7 S P 500 1842 37 4 2 0 2 NASDAQ 4174 66 18 5 0 4 FTSE 100 6739 94 48 6 0 7 NIKKEI 15912 06 31 7 0 2 Hang Seng 22846 25 58 9 0 3 The

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  • Starfish Ventures sees room for US funds | Business Spectator
    Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Starfish Ventures sees room for US funds Brett Cole 8 Nov 2013 12 18 PM DataRoom Dealmakers Technology Start ups Industries Information Technology The venture capital firm says there are plenty of good Australian entrepreneurs that need capital You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password John Dyson a cofounder of Melbourne based venture capital firm Starfish Ventures welcomes the entry of US competitors such as Peter Thiel Accel Partners and Sequoia Capital to the Australian market saying it will help support local entrepreneurs who have business plans but need capital There are plenty of opportunities but not enough capital for Australian startups Dyson told DataRoom The entry of US VC firms is absolutely fantastic and an endorsement of Australian entrepreneurs and the entire market Starfish founded by Dyson and Michael Panaccio has invested in more than 60 companies from which 14 trade sales and initial public offerings have occurred including the IPO of financial comparison shopping web site iSelect which listed on the ASX in June The firm also invests in university and research institute projects The best and the brightest know if they want to make a contribution to the economy and to their bank balances they have to go out and build their own businesses rather than work at McKinsey Goldman Sachs or KPMG says Dyson Previously budding Australian technology health care and biomedical firms sought to relocate to the US if their businesses excited the VC industry Now the world is more agnostic as to where companies are based says Dyson as technology means entrepreneurs can operate almost as well on the Gold Coast as in Silicon Valley Local entrepreneurs are finding they can tap a group of self managed superannuation funds for up to 500 000 as there has been a sea change in Australian attitudes towards backing new ventures says Dyson People are now much more open minded about writing a 50 000 cheque for a start up he says If such self managed superannuation funds backed start ups make it through a year or two then angel investors can come along and provide up

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  • Start-ups | Business Spectator
    power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Start ups SEC flags concerns of tech companies confusing growth metics Says big but ominious numbers are fooling investors as they might not translate into profits by Reuters 8 29am November 07 Qatar Holdings backs BlackBerry s recovery plan Buys into 1 billion convertible debt offering by Reuters 8 14am November 07 Freelancer com closes offers for IPO Company still expects to list on the ASX on November 15 by Harrison Polites 1 04pm November 06 1 comment Early Twitter investors show an appetite for consumer web start ups Venture capitalists look to expand mobile and social portfolios by Reuters 8 14am November 06 Lighting a fire under Freelancer Evaluating Freelancer s revenue can be complicated but it s not hard to see the listed business turning 50 million in annual profit within five to seven years by Ben Shepherd 5 59pm November 01 1 comment Microsoft seeks EU approval for Nokia takeover Asks regulator to pass it s near US8 million deal for Nokia s handset unit by Reuters 8 33am October 31 Start ups adopt tech giant s tax tactics Ireland set to benefit from its status as a tax haven by Reuters 7 43am October 31 SPECIAL REPORT Diagnosing Australia s start up disconnect We have capital we have talent and we have ambition so why isn t Australia an innovation hub We put the question to three of the country s leading start ups by John Treadgold 6 55am October 31 2 comments Computer cracks CAPTCHAs San Francisco based start up Vicarious says it has come up with software that works like a human brain in one key way it can crack CAPTCHAs by Reuters 8 51am October 29 The visa program that could reshape Australia s tech sector The Coalition s move to alter the investment rules with the 888 Visa program could be a policy game changer for Australia s start up scene The industry needs to put its hand up and get involved in this debate by James Riley 8 03am October 24 6 comments Freelancer com names Caledonia Investments as a cornerstone in IPO Says Sydney based investment fund brought a significant slice of shares less than a day after the firm launched its offer period by Harrison Polites 11 13am October 22 Freelancer com names Caledonia Investments as a cornerstone in IPO Says Sydney based

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  • Start-ups | Business Spectator
    consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Start ups Australia risks missing tech boom Start ups enticed by incentives moving operations overseas report 2 34pm January 08 3 comments Twitter founder s next social vision Details of Biz Stone s new social media venture Jelly may be thin on the ground but the app s focus on the nature of connectivity and its suite of high profile backers have the pundits talking by Daniel Palmer 10 03am December 31 Where Freelancer led others may follow The resounding success of Freelancer s debut as a listed entity has other players looking around for suitable tech assets to bring to market by Ben Shepherd 10 29am December 24 4 comments REVIEW Will 3D tech take Lytro mainstream The latest rendition of the world s first light field camera allows you to display images in 3D but the feature just doesn t justify the steep learning curve and the price tag by Harrison Polites 7 42am December 16 1 comment Gleaming success with social media action While most marketers grapple with converting social media engagement into tangible action Melbourne start up Gleam is doubling in size every month by Ben Shepherd 6 32pm December 13 2 comments Freelancer com rival oDesk mulls an Australian expansion Sees Australia as a potential growth market based on the company s current success by Harrison Polites 9 03am December 12 Improve start up capital access ASX Exchange says local tech sector at risk of falling behind global rivals report 7 09am December 12 Equity crowdfunding platform VentureCrowd goes live Venture capital outfit Artesian s platform lets startups pitch and secure funding online from a crowd of investors in exchange for equity by Supratim Adhikari 11 29am December 11 Vic state govt launches 12m fund to promote government IT Program to assist with pilots and technology trials across the various state government s departments by Harrison Polites 9 22am December 05 Who s afraid of the big bad Netflix The arrival of the US entertainment juggernaut Netflix on Australian shores may not be as imminent as imagined and the likes of Quickflix and EzyFlix certainly aren t losing sleep over it by Harrison Polites 9 15am November 29 4 comments Airtasker raises 2 million for renewed micro task push Looks to cater to larger corporates in the near future by Harrison Polites 8 24am November 27 Sizing up Netflix s Australian invasion

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  • Snowden asylum not on the cards: Brazilian Govt | Business Spectator
    Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Snowden asylum not on the cards Brazilian Govt Reuters 18 Dec 2013 11 30 AM Technology Security Brazil says it is not considering granting asylum to NSA whistleblower even after he offered to help investigate revelations that the agency has spied on Brazilians and their president You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Brazil says it is not considering granting asylum to Edward Snowden even after the former US National Security Agency contractor offered to help investigate revelations that the NSA has spied on Brazilians and their president The Brazilian government has received no official request from Snowden since he arrived in Moscow in June a foreign ministry spokesman said Without a formal request asylum will not be considered the spokesman said In a letter published Tuesday by the Folha de S Paulo a Brazilian newspaper and by social media Snowden offered to collaborate with a Brazilian investigation into the NSA Internet surveillance program he revealed earlier this year Simultaneously Avaaz a website for public petitions launched an online signature campaign to press President Dilma Rousseff to grant Snowden asylum In his Open Letter to the Brazilian People Snowden said he would like to assist in a congressional probe into NSA s program which monitored the personal communications of Rousseff and other Brazilians I have expressed my willingness to assist wherever appropriate and lawful but unfortunately the United States government has worked very hard to limit my ability to do so the letter said Snowden is living in Russia under temporary asylum that is due to expire in August He had previously asked for asylum in Brazil among other countries but Brasilia did not answer his request While Snowden stopped short of asking for asylum again in the letter he suggested that any collaboration with Brazilian authorities would depend on it Until a country grants permanent political asylum the US government will continue to interfere with my ability to speak Snowden wrote The revelations of NSA spying damaged relations between the United States and Latin America s largest country and prompted Rousseff to cancel a state visit to Washington in October The spying also led Rousseff to become a global advocate for curbs on Internet surveillance Evidence that the NSA monitored Rousseff s email and cellphone and hacked into the computing network of state run oil company Petrobras angered Brazilians

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  • Surviving the Snowden 'cataclysm' | Business Spectator
    Ledgett who leads a task force responding to the leaks said in a rare interview at NSA s heavily guarded Fort Meade headquarters In the more than hour long interview Ledgett acknowledged the agency had done a poor job in its initial public response to revelations of vast NSA monitoring of phone and internet data pledged more transparency and said he was deeply worried about highly classified documents not yet public that are among the 1 7 million Snowden is believed to have accessed He also stoutly defended the NSA s mission of tracking terrorist plots and other threats and said its recruiting of young codebreakers linguists and computer geeks has not been affected by the Snowden affair even as internal morale has been Any time you trust people there is always a chance that someone will betray you he said The NSA is taking 41 specific technical measures to control data by tagging and tracking it to supervise agency networks with controls on activity and to increase oversight of individuals Measures include requiring two person control of every place where someone could access data and enhancing the security process that people go through and requiring more frequent screenings of systems administrative access Ledgett said After months of sometimes blistering criticism in the news media and by Congress and foreign governments the publicity averse NSA is now mounting an effort to tell its side of the Snowden story Ledgett a 36 year intelligence veteran who reportedly is in line to be the agency s deputy director joked that doing media interviews was a complete out of body experience for me He spoke to Reuters on the same day that the White House said it had decided to maintain the practice of having a single individual head both the NSA and US Cyber Command which conducts cyberwarfare an outcome the NSA leadership favoured Separately news reports late last week said an outside review panel appointed by the White House has recommended changes in a program disclosed by Snowden that collects basic data on Americans phone calls known as metadata The panel reportedly said the data should be held by an organisation other than the NSA and stricter rules should be enforced for searching the databanks Ledgett declined to discuss the panel s specific recommendations But he seemed to acknowledge that tighter guidelines for NSA eavesdropping were in the offing saying that what is technologically possible has gotten ahead of policy Snowden who is living under asylum in Russia disclosed a vast US eavesdropping apparatus that includes the phone metadata program NSA querying of internet communications via major companies such as Google Inc and Facebook Inc and widespread tapping of international communication networks Ledgett made no apologies for what many see as overly aggressive NSA monitoring He noted that the US government s intelligence taskings to the agency run to 36 000 pages and said its activities take place within a box of US laws and policies We ll colour in every

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/12/17/technology/surviving-snowden-cataclysm (2014-01-12)
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  • Tabassum Zakaria and Warren Strobel - Reuters | Business Spectator
    clean set of financial numbers is needed to restore confidence Politics Australian Election Federal Budget International News Asia Europe USA National Affairs Latest stories Gagging visas are an attack on democracy The skyrocketing price of a journalist visa for Nauru will limit coverage of Australian prisoners on a vassal state It is an insult to the democratic principles this country stands for Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Tabassum Zakaria and Warren Strobel Reuters Surviving the Snowden cataclysm The US National Security Agency may still be in damage control but behind the scenes the agency is making sure that there s no repeat of the Snowden affair by Tabassum Zakaria and Warren Strobel Reuters 9 37am December 17 Search Markets Global Indices Index Last Chg Chg DOW JONES 16437 05 7 7 S P 500 1842 37 4 2 0 2 NASDAQ 4174 66 18 5 0 4 FTSE 100 6739 94 48 6 0 7 NIKKEI 15912 06 31 7 0 2 Hang Seng 22846 25 58 9 0 3 The Spectators Scoreboard

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  • NSA surveillance program ruled unlawful | Business Spectator
    Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu NSA surveillance program ruled unlawful Reuters 17 Dec 2013 8 51 AM Technology Security US District Judge Richard Leon says government s program likely violated Americans right to be free of unreasonable searches You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password The US government s gathering of Americans phone records is likely unlawful a judge ruled on Monday and ordered the suspension of the collection of data on two phone company customers who sued the Obama administration In a significant challenge to US spying authority US District Judge Richard Leon in Washington D C wrote that the government s program likely violated Americans right to be free of unreasonable searches I cannot imagine a more indiscriminate and arbitrary invasion than this systematic and high tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen Leon wrote citing earlier court precedent The US Department of Justice was reviewing the ruling We believe the program is constitutional as previous judges have found department spokesman Andrew Ames said in a statement Leon suspended his injunction against the program in light of the significant national security interests at stake in this case and the novelty of the constitutional issues pending an expected appeal by the government The judge ordered the government to stop collecting data about two Verizon Communications Inc customers who had sued They were Larry Klayman a lawyer who founded Freedom Watch public interest organization and Charles Strange described in court documents as the father of a cryptologist technician for the National Security Agency who was killed in Afghanistan in 2011 Verizon which was the first phone company to have its involvement in the program revealed declined to comment on the ruling The British newspaper The Guardian reported in June that a US surveillance court had secretly approved the collection of millions of raw daily phone records such as the length of calls and the numbers that are dialed The data collected do not include actual conversations US officials said Details of the program were revealed after leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden Civil liberties advocates have called the database an intrusion on privacy and they sued to end it while the government has said the ability to search data going back seven years is crucial to fighting militant groups such as al Qaeda Leon expressed scepticism

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