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.


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.


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.


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.


VMware acquires employees and assets of SDN startup PlumGrid

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VMware, a subsidiary of Dell, has purchased assets from OpenStack software-defined networking (SDN) startup PlumGrid to strengthen its SDN and container strategy. PlumGrid will shut down, according to a blog post by the company's co-founder and CTO Pere Monclus, with some of its employees joining VMware. The deal closed on Friday, though financial terms were not disclosed. 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 PlumGrid was founded in 2011 by ex-Cisco engineers who worked on the networking giant's Catalyst 6500 and Nexus 7000 switches. PlumGrid's technology, which was introduced in 2013, took a different approach to other SDN players like Nicira, which was also acquired by VMware.