ATO systems still not fully functional

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The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is still experiencing reduced functionality across some of its systems, more than a week after a storage hardware failure caused the crash of its online services. NBN connection process adversely impacting 40 percent of businesses: ACMA Dump innovation patents and apply safe harbour to all online services: Productivity Commission Former CBA IT exec sentenced to 3.5 years behind bars Australian data re-identification defendants will need to prove their innocence Former CBA IT exec sentenced to 3.5 years behind bars "All business critical systems are live and performance is returning to normal as systems stabilise," the ATO said in a statement Tuesday evening. The ATO's website, tax agent, and business portals initially crashed on Monday last week as a result of a "world first" hardware issue. The outage continued through Tuesday, when the ATO called in Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to help it determine the underlying cause of the problem that the ATO said was encountered for the first time anywhere in the world. As of Tuesday evening, the Australian Business Register is currently available to users, but with reduced functionality.


Perth-based Quantify takes on IoT and the ASX

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Perth's Quantify Technology is developing technology to create intelligent buildings, with the same technology aiming to provide a foundation to enable the creation of secure Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Although Quantify is in the business of power points and light switches, founder and managing director Mark Lapins said there is more to his company than just that. NBN connection process adversely impacting 40 percent of businesses: ACMA Dump innovation patents and apply safe harbour to all online services: Productivity Commission Former CBA IT exec sentenced to 3.5 years behind bars Australian data re-identification defendants will need to prove their innocence Former CBA IT exec sentenced to 3.5 years behind bars "IoT is big and confusing and we're trying to simplify it down," Lapins told ZDNet. "I see a massive challenge when you've got hundreds of vendors taking their own implantations out into the world and today's drive in the market is to rush your product to market as quick as possible and so security always takes a second place." With analyst firm Gartner predicting that by the end of 2016, around 6.4 billion "things" -- devices from toasters and kettles to cars and hospital equipment -- will be connected to the internet, Lapins believes the challenge of creating a standard in IoT development is getting more unachievable every day.


NBN updates rollout map for most Australians

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When the NBN is going to get the NBN, according to the NBN rollout map. The company responsible for rolling out the National Broadband Network (NBN) across Australia has made good on its promise to have a searchable rollout map by the end of 2016 that will allow Australians to find out when they can connect to the NBN. The updated Check Your Address page began providing information on when users could connect to the NBN on Tuesday afternoon, unless the address is within a HFC area. It is expected that these areas will be added at some point in 2017. Speaking at Senate Estimates in October, NBN CEO Bill Morrow said the new rollout map provides a higher level of transparency than its previously used three-year construction plan.


Turnbull hands out AU$76m to drive industry and research partnerships

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The federal government has boosted its funding for Australia's research universities, handing over AU$76 million to encourage the partnering of researchers with industry. NBN connection process adversely impacting 40 percent of businesses: ACMA Dump innovation patents and apply safe harbour to all online services: Productivity Commission Former CBA IT exec sentenced to 3.5 years behind bars Australian data re-identification defendants will need to prove their innocence Former CBA IT exec sentenced to 3.5 years behind bars "Australian researchers have no shortage of smart ideas. But Australia needs to become better at taking research and applying it in ways that benefit the broader community, or that turns our best research ideas into new job-creating commercial realities," Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said. "We've worked with our research sector on the new funding arrangements, creating a simple, transparent framework that gives universities flexibility in how they support research and research training." The funding includes AU$50 million announced over a year ago as part the government's AU$1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda.


Telstra begins blocking pirates following Federal Court decision

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Telstra customers looking to download content from certain torrent sites will be denied access after the telecommunications provider has started blocking domain names in response to a Federal Court directive. The blocked access comes after the Federal Court of Australia last week determined that piracy sites The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, TorrentHound, and isoHunt, and their related domains, will need to be blocked by internet service providers (ISPs). "Access to this website has been disabled by an order of the Federal Court of Australia because it infringes or facilitates the infringement of copyright," Telstra's landing message reads. Several ISPs including Telstra, Optus, M2, and TPG were ordered on Thursday by Justice Nicholas to block known piracy websites within 15 days of his determination, under section 115A of the Copyright Act, which requires rights holders such as Foxtel and Roadshow Films to pay a fee of AU$50 per domain name in order to have the sites blocked. Content owners now have the ability to seek injunctions against ISPs ordering them to block access to overseas-based sites that infringe or facilitate copyright infringement.