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Past articles by Leon:

​The rapid rise of smartphone health care

Smartphone health care is becoming a big business, with the global venture capital community pumping almost $300 million into the sector in Q1 2015, and the likes of Apple, Google, Microsoft, and the FDA all helping to facilitate its rapid rise. → Read More

​Cloud moves see SAS ramp up dev and deployment

A rapidly increasing reliance on cloud-based infrastructure has seen business analytics stalwart SAS ramp up its services, deployment, capacity, and product portfolio development, according to company executive vice president and chief marketing officer Jim Davis. → Read More

Uber bids $3 billion on Nokia Here mapping business: Report

Uber has reportedly put in a $3 billion bid for Nokia Here, just days after it emerged that a consortium of German car manufacturers had made a bid for the mapping business with the help of China's Baidu. → Read More

​Mitnick's tips to combat social engineering

Social engineering helped renowned former hacker Kevin Mitnick break into so many computer systems that he ended up on the FBI's most wanted list. Now, the information security expert shares his tips on how to protect against some of the most effective techniques. → Read More

​State and local governments to get myGov for free

Australian Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said that the federal government will offer state and local governments the use of its myGov portal for free, as it works to ramp up public and private collaboration with its Digital Transformation Office. → Read More

Victoria pledges AU$60 million to state startup initiative

Victoria's state Budget for 2015-16 has confirmed the new Labor government's move to pump AU$60 million into establishing a startup initiative, as it moves to prepare the state's workforce for an increasingly knowledge-based economy. → Read More

Perrottet calls on governments to stop banning startups

Governments in Australia need to get over their knee-jerk reactions to emerging tech startups such as Uber and Airbnb if they want the country's economy to thrive, according to NSW Minister for Finance, Services, and Property Development Dominic Perrottet. → Read More

​Airtasker sets international sights in AU$6.5 million capital injection

Australian internet startup Airtasker is setting its sights on an international expansion after raising AU$6.5 million in capital led by China's Morning Crest Capital. → Read More

​Australian startup Canva raises $6 million

Australian online design startup Canva plans to pump its latest $6 million funding effort into bulking up its engineering team in an aim to release its new 'Canva for Work' product by June. → Read More

Framework aims to embed privacy culture in Australian organisations

Australian Information Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim is encouraging organisations to embed sound privacy practice into their operations with the release of a new privacy management framework. → Read More

Intel's recipe to make it in mobility

Intel is brewing up a potent recipe of wireless technology, imaging devices, authentication systems, and complete ODM turnkey solutions for its Atom X-series of chips, in its efforts to establish a hold on the highly competitive global mobility market. → Read More

MYOB gears up for Monday's AU$833m IPO

​Australian accounting software provider MYOB is preparing for its AU$833 million public listing on the ASX on Monday. → Read More

​Google Australia upped its taxes in 2014

Amid ongoing scrutiny from the ATO, Google Australia has revealed that it upped its tax expense substantially in 2014, paying AU$9.4 million, or 16 percent, of its pre-tax profit for the year. → Read More

Secret chooses refund over pivot in shutdown

Investors in social networking app startup Secret will be returned a 'significant amount' of their $35 million of combined funds as the company's founder David Byttow shuts the service down. → Read More

​IBM Australia reports 2014 profit drop

IBM Australia saw a drop in both profit and revenue for the year ending 2014, with the company reporting a 37.5 percent fall in after-tax profit compared to the previous year. → Read More

​NBN database quirk hitting broadband resellers

The ability for NBN retailers in Australia to compete with Telstra in selling new services to the network is being hampered by an NBN Co database quirk, according to MyNetFone chief Rene Sugo. → Read More

Montreal off the menu as Uber launches food delivery service

​Montreal is unlikely to be on the menu for Uber's new food delivery service any time soon, with the Canadian city seizing 40 cars in a crackdown against the company's UberX budget ride-share service. → Read More

Facebook set to upgrade all apps to Graph API by April 30

​Facebook is giving developers until April 30 to update their apps to use the new login and Graph API the company introduced in April last year, before apps are updated automatically. → Read More

NT devotes AU$9m for telco coverage in remote communities

​Remote communities in Australia's Northern Territory are set to get better telecommunications coverage, with the territory's 2015-16 Budget devoting AU$9 million over three years to improve mobile and broadband services in partnership with Telstra. → Read More

New program teaches big business to think like a startup

​A new school for startup-style thinking and innovation is being launched by Melbourne co-working space Queens Collective in a bid to help large companies retain their competitive edge by behaving like a startup. → Read More