List grows of companies hardest hit by falling Australian dollar | Stephen Cauchi

As one might expect, there aren’t too many mining stocks in the list of 39, as exporters will profit from a weaker currency. Companies that sell a lot of imported stock, such as JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman and the Reject Shop, feature prominently. But other companies you might expect on the list, such as Flight Centre and Qantas, aren’t on there. Childcare centre operator G8 Education is the stock most likely to be adversely affected by a drop in the exchange rate, with a Beta figure of 2.68. Kathmandu (2.49), Graincorp (2.30) and...

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How Sydney can become a global fintech hub | James Eyers

A report by KPMG and think tank the Committee for Sydney, which will be launched by NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner on Tuesday, calls for governments to create a comprehensive vision for fintech while promoting Sydney’s capability in the sector throughout Asia-Pacific. A not-for-profit physical hub should be established in the CBD to allow start-ups, venture capitalists, researchers and established financial services firms to collaborate, the report says. It also calls for an independent fintech industry association to be set up, and for...

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Experts savage eBay’s hack response

Experts savage eBay’s hack response; Ellison replaced as Oracle CEO; Aussie cops want more Google user data :: Articles :: Technology Decisions. Experts have criticised eBay for its response to a cross-site scripting hack designed to steal users’ credentials that has been around since at least February. The BBC reported last week that attackers created product listing pages on eBay that included malicious JavaScript code that automatically redirected users to a web page set up to harvest users’ credentials. The page was designed to look...

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Microsoft launches toolset for capturing ‘ambient intelligence’ – Computerworld

 Microsoft is targeting the growing volume of data being generated by both machines and humans: CEO Satya Nadella on Tuesday showed off tools that could help organizations better understand — and profit from — this trove of information. One new hosted service, called the Azure Intelligent Systems Service (ISS), promises to ease the process of managing machine data from sensors and devices connected in the so-called Internet of Things. ISS is now available as a limited public preview. Microsoft has also released Analytics Platform...

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Innovation accelerators embracing IT transformation

One in three companies are pursuing IT-enabled business transformation as a top priority, and these companies are more than twice as likely to invest in the development of new applications as their peers. So say the results of a new survey from Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, commissioned by Red Hat. The survey of 420 global business leaders also shows that these “innovation accelerators” are also more likely to focus on revenue-generating opportunities with new customer experience strategies (71%), business model innovation (69%)...

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Amazon Is Crushing IBM, Microsoft, And Google In Cloud Computing

Well maybe the quality of their logistics systems is slipping and maybe their retail abilities are waning but Amazon is raking in the dough from cloud computing: When it comes to raking in the money on cloud computing Amazon still “dwarfs all competition,” writes John Dinsdale, an analyst at market researcher Synergy in a new report. The total cloud computing market hit $US2.5 billion in revenue in Q3, up 46% the same quarter of 2012, Synergy found. Not only did Amazon grab most of that, it grew its own cloud revenues by 55% and increased its...

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