Category: Business

‘Not good enough’: Netball great Liz Ellis slams sport’s response to Maria Folau

Netball great Liz Ellis has slammed the sport's peak body in Australia after it refused to sanction Israel Folau's wife for re-posting his controversial online fundraising campaign.Maria Folau, who plays for Adelaide Thunderbirds in Super Netball, re-posted her husband's online...

/ June 23, 2019

Rowers’ Reprise: how Angus Taylor’s mates cleaned up without him

“Nothing to see here,” said Scomo, following misconduct allegations over Angus Taylor allegedly trying to influence Josh Frydenberg to weaken laws to escape prosecution by a company he part owns. Jommy Tee and Ronni Salt make another deep dive into...

/ June 21, 2019

Trump offers mixed messages over downed drone as US-Iran tensions escalate

Iran said Thursday it had recovered parts of a US spy drone in its territorial waters, after downing the aircraft in a missile strike slammed by President Donald Trump as a "big mistake."Under pressure to respond to the high-stakes incident...

/ June 21, 2019

The Power, and Limits, of Artificial Intelligence

So, you’ve heard about this thing called artificial intelligence. It’s changing the world, you’ve been told. It’s going to drive your car, grow your food, maybe even take your job. You’ll be forgiven for having some questions about this chaotic,...

/ June 20, 2019

Google’s Troubles Encroach on Alphabet’s Shareholder Meeting

Alphabet, Google’s parent company, faced an onslaught of 14 independent shareholder proposals during its annual meeting on Wednesday, most criticizing the concentration of power in the hands of a few executives and all demanding some kind of structural change to...

/ June 20, 2019

Brand new shoes are washing up on beaches around the Atlantic

Scientists and concerned beachcombers are looking for answers.Over the past several months, beachcombers on both sides of the Atlantic have been encountering the same thing – hundreds of Nike running shoes washing up on the sand, in rough shape after...

/ June 19, 2019

Iran says CIA spy network dismantled, as US plans to deploy 1000 more troops to Middle East

Iran said Tuesday it has dismantled a new espionage network linked to the US Central Intelligence Agency and arrested a number of spies."Following clues in the American intelligence services, we recently found the new recruits Americans had hired and dismantled a...

/ June 18, 2019

Michel Platini detained in 2022 World Cup probe

Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been detained in relation to the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.Confirming a report by online news publication Mediapart, a judicial official said Mr Platini was taken into custody on Tuesday as...

/ June 18, 2019

Creative Destruction Lab’s second Super Session is an intense two-day startup testbed

Canadian startup program Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) escapes succinct description in some ways – it’s an accelerator, to be sure, and an incubator. Startups show up and present to a combined audience of investors, mentors, industry players (some of whom,...

/ June 12, 2019

Bitcoin’s Climate Impact Is Global. The Cures Are Local.

The operators of the only bitcoin mine in Missoula County, Montana, thought they were doing everything right. They set up shop in an abandoned mill on the edge of town, made a plan to recycle the computers when they conked...

/ June 12, 2019

#Watergate: the billionaire, the minister and the accidental diplomats

Expat billionaire Sir Michael Hintze’s penchant for poaching former Liberal Party Australian High Commissioners has seen Richard Alston and Alexander Downer flit in and out of his orbit but his most enduring connections are Angus and Richard Taylor. Jommy Tee...

/ June 11, 2019

‘Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants’ (book review)

You'll be shocked to learn what goes on behind the scenes at grocery stores – and relieved to know there's a much better alternative. There is no doubt that the modern-day grocery store is a thing of wonder, a testament...

/ June 10, 2019

Selective AFP raids show ‘bias’ says Labor after medevac leak probe dropped

Federal Labor has questioned why some leaked documents to the media are being investigated and others are not after federal police dropped their probe into the Medevac leak.This week the Australian Federal Police (AFP) launched raids on the offices of...

/ June 8, 2019

Why Google Would Drop $2.6 Billion on an Analytics Company

Despite rumors of a pending Department of Justice antitrust investigation, Google continues to expand. Today the company's cloud computing division announced that it will pay $2.6 billion for the business intelligence/analytics company Looker. It's the first big purchase made by...

/ June 6, 2019

This Case Could Change How the SEC Regulates Cryptocurrencies

Last week, the Canadian social media company Kik—and an array of prominent backers in the crypto world—launched a $5 million campaign to fund an impending legal battle with the Securities and Exchange Commission. CEO Ted Livingston said the fight, which...

/ June 4, 2019

Watergate Crew: the regatta of mates behind Australia’s richest water deal

Hopes of exposing the Cayman Island beneficiaries behind the Watergate mystery are not entirely dashed in the wake of the Coalition’s election victory, but they have surely receded. There will be no Royal Commission, perhaps no revealing of documents for...

/ June 4, 2019

The One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack

In May 2019, WIRED joined the One Free Press Coalition, a united group of pre-eminent editors and publishers using their global reach and social platforms to spotlight journalists under attack worldwide. Today, the coalition is issuing the fourth monthly “10...

/ June 4, 2019

Investigation: The Sydney Institute’s Gala Balls-up

“The Annual Dinner is an occasion for a prominent personality to present a serious lecture to an audience of some 900 paying guests – after they have enjoyed dinner and over an hour of networking. “The Annual Dinner’s presentation is...

/ June 3, 2019

If China Really Wants to Retaliate, It Will Target Apple

Apple has a Huawei problem. Of the myriad issues raised by the evolving and intensifying US-China trade Cold War, the knock-on effects on Apple have been perhaps least appreciated. And not just Apple, of course, but a slew of American...

/ May 30, 2019

The Ontario Beer Store is a model for the circular economy

It's being killed the name of "convenience."For years on TreeHugger, I have been talking about Ontario's Beer Store, previously Brewers Retail, as a model to be emulated. Since 1927, the beer companies owned these stores where you could buy your...

/ May 28, 2019