Australia

TechCrunch Startup Battlefield is coming to a new continent: Announcing Australia!

TechCrunch is headed to Australia to find the most disruptive early-stage startups poised to compete on a global stage. How? We are bringing TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield to Australia this year i

500 Startups admits it kept Australian partner in the dark over investigation into Dave McClure

500 Startups has apologized to its Australian partner LaunchVic after the U.S. firm admitted that it failed to disclose an internal investigation into sexual harassment claims against co-founding par

Australia wants Five Eyes to squeeze tech firms on encryption

The political rhetoric against strong encryption continues to crank up. Reuters reports today that Australia will be pushing for greater powers for countries to tackle the use of encrypted messaging s

Google Cloud Platform launches in Sydney

Nobody can accuse Google of not moving as fast as it can to make up the considerable gap in available cloud regions between its Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and its two biggest competitors: AWS and Mic

Qwilr, which turns boring business documents into attractive websites, raises $1.5M

Qwilr, an Australian startup that helps companies turn boring PDFs and other static sales documents into attractive websites, has grabbed $1.5 million to develop its product and expand its global r

Google invests in new subsea cable that connects Singapore to Australia

Google today announced that it will invest in a new subsea cable that will connect Singapore to Perth and Sydney in Australia (with a branch to Jakarta, Indonesia). The so-called Indigo cable will be

Australia details plan to replace passport stamping with biometric scans

A badge of pride among frequent travelers, the battered passport could become a relic of the past, as sophisticated technology aims to replace more traditional means of identifying passengers. Austral

Seatfrog’s auction app lets you grab a last-minute flight upgrade on the cheap

From time-to-time here at TechCrunch, we see companies tackling problems or painpoints in a way that makes you wonder why it wasn't done long ago. Seatfrog from Australia is one that gives me that fee

Australia’s largest banks unite to challenge Apple Pay

A number of Australia's top banks have come together to challenge Apple and its Apple Pay service in the country.

SwagBot will autonomously roll them little dogies along rough Australian ranchlands

Is nothing sacred? The rugged trails that over history have been trod by cowboys, gauchos, ranch hands, and in Australia, swagmen, are now to be presided over by cold, calculating machines. SwagBot is

Android Pay launches in Australia

Google is continuing the expansion of Android Pay in Asia Pacific after the mobile payments service went live in Australia today, its most significant launch in the region to date.

Asia Pacific cross-border payment startup Airwallex lands $3M

Fintech companies are continuing to draw interest from investors in Asia. The latest company to pull in financing is Airwallex, a China-Australia startup that specializes in cross-border transactions.

Samsung Pay launches in Australia to take on “tap-and-go” credit cards

Samsung Pay has expanded its reach in the Asia-Pacific region with yet another country launch. This time it is Australia, where Samsung smartphone owners can now use the service. Its launch Down Under

Australia’s PromisePay, a payment platform for online marketplaces, raises $10M

PromisePay, an Australia-headquartered fintech startup that specializes in payments for online marketplaces, has raised $10 million in fresh capital for growth.

New fantasy sports app SportsHero raises $2.4M ahead of planned Australia IPO

SportsHero is a new app that lets sports fans dabble in match predictions and show their skills off against friends and other game-watchers. The app is made by the team behind Singapore-based TradeHer

Researchers are using Land Cruisers in the Outback as a wireless network

Communication in the harsh, uninhabited and undeveloped environment of the Australian Outback is a huge challenge. That’s why Paul Gardner-Stephen, a senior lecturer at Flinders University in Ad

Square launches payments in Australia, its first country expansion in nearly three years

It's been almost two years since Square expanded its mobile payments service into a new country -- it most recently hit Japan, its first foray outside of North America, in May 2013 -- but this week it

Just Eat Snaps Up Menulog For $687M To Enter Australia And New Zealand

Online meal delivery company Just Eat has agreed to purchase Menulog for £445 million (about $687 million), marking its entrance into New Zealand and Australia. Menulog, which has 5,500 restaurants o

Google Executive Dan Fredinburg Dies In Everest Avalanche After Nepal Earthquake

Dan Fredinburg, a respected Google executive who headed privacy for Google X and led its product management team, has died in the avalanche on Mount Everest which was triggered by the huge earthquake

Apple Watch Is Now Available For Pre-Order

Apple has flipped the switch for pre-orders for the Apple Watch, letting customers purchase their device in advance via the Apple Store website and the Store app for iPhone and iPad. Previously, custo
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