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?Flash bites again: Huge malware campaign on Yahoo ads hits millions
A week long attack has struck Yahoo visitors using malicious ads.

South Korea pushes policy for public sector to use local servers and storage
South Korea is moving to implement a policy that will have the public sector give preferential treament to local storage and server vendors over foreign counterparts starting next year to boost the market.

Electronic voting will eventually replace postal ballots: NSWEC CIO
NSW Electoral Commission CIO Ian Brightwell has hinted that the agency is looking to move postal voting completely onto its electronic voting platform.

Freelancer raises AU$10m in the wake of half-yearly loss
Outsourcing e-marketplace Freelancer has raised AU$10 million in its latest share placement, and sold AU$35 million worth of extra shares after two board members reduced their respective stake in the company.

?Department of Defence begins battle with information management
The Department of Defence CIO Peter Lawrence has outlined that information management, reducing duplication, and creating interoperable networks are on the agenda for improving the agency's functions.

Optus announces 2G network shutdown from 2017
Optus has announced that it will not be offering 2G services to customers beyond April 2017, more than a year after incumbent telco Telstra made a similar announcement.

Quickflix looks to acquire unnamed Chinese content company
Streaming company Quickflix has entered an MOU to acquire a Chinese TV and movie content company, just days after announcing a loss of 14 percent of its customer base in the second quarter of 2015.

Developing mobile-first for a better customer experience
The new paradigm of user and customer experiences is to look at the simplest, smallest, and lowest powered platforms first, and those who are doing so are reaping the benefits of expanded markets and simpler tools.

SanDisk and Toshiba link up on 3D NAND technology
SanDisk is claiming a world first for its 256Gb, three-bit-per-cell, 48-layer, 3D NAND technology.

Australian government ponders extending crowdsourcing framework to SMBs
The federal government has published a consultation paper regarding its proposed crowdsourcing equity funding framework for public companies, and discusses the option of opening the framework to Australian proprietary businesses.

Senate committee calls for GST changes to treat bitcoin as money
An Australian Senate committee has warned of the over-regulation of digital currencies like bitcoin in their early stages, and recommended legislative changes to treat digital currencies as money.

Telstra partners with Pivotal, launches innovation lab in Melbourne
Australian telco Telstra has opened its innovation lab in Melbourne and simultaneously announced a partnership with Pivotal for the provision of cloud platform as a service.

With data doubling every 15 months, Queensland looks for archive provider
The sunshine state is seeking a long-term solution to building a digital archive that will hold its 40 petabytes of data.

Digital Transformation Office CEO blames IT for poor service delivery
Newly-appointed CEO of the Australian government's digital transformation office Paul Shetler has outlined the government has an ethical obligation to improve the way it services the public.

Westpac drives Beat the Q Posse's AU$5m funding round
Sydney cafe startup conglomerate Beat the Q Posse has raised AU$5 million in its Series A funding round, sourcing its cash injection from investment firms Reinventure and Exto.

DRM issues kill off Matchstick Firefox OS dongle as pledges refunded
After delays and issues with plans to add DRM, Matchstick is closing down and refunding its backers' money.

Suncorp aims to achieve AU$170m in benefits by 2018 from technology program
Suncorp Group believes that its optimisation program, which involves simplifying processes for claims, and leveraging business intelligence and technology, will help it achieve AU$170 million in benefits by the 2018 financial year.

Lotto New Zealand seeks mobile 'anywhere, anytime' gaming
A new e-commerce platform will be at the centre of Lotto NZ's digital refresh.

Material Design boosts Xero Touch on Android
Online accounting service Xero uses the Android Material Design framework to sweeten mobile access.

?Motorola Solutions wins AU$11 million contract with WA police
Western Australia police will be working with Motorola Solutions to upgrade its existing dispatch system and integrate a new mobility application.

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