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Asha Barbaschow


Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Past articles by Asha:

ACCC gives green light to Eftpos' merger with BPay and NPPA

Watchdog chair does not consider the merger of Eftpos, BPay, and NPPA to be something that will substantially lessen competition in any payments market and has accepted a court-enforceable undertaking put forward by the parties. → Read More

Tabcorp argues banks should be responsible for handling credit card gambling blocks

Banks and the like are the ones with data on the financial status of a customer and have the infrastructure to block a credit card from being used in an online wagering situation. → Read More

Equinix expands into India with $161m acquisition of two data centres

After scooping up two facilities from GPX Global Systems, Equinix now has a presence in India, along with a new MD, Manoj Paul. → Read More

Australians could soon attach a PDF or hyperlink to a payment

The Reserve Bank of Australia believes the information contained in the document or URL could help financial institutions with their adherence to the country's anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing regime. → Read More encourages customers to stop using their Visa card

The Australian marketplace will from the start of November add a 0.5% surcharge to purchases made with a Visa card. → Read More

LinkedIn to shutter 'stories' this month as it works on replacement video feature

The feature wasn't being used the way LinkedIn expected, with users wanting videos to remain on their platform instead of disappearing. → Read More

Chrome will now let you keep searching without hitting the back button

The change is one of three new features Google has introduced to make searching, and sharing quotes, easier. → Read More

Services Australia defends use of Excel in rectifying robo-debt errors

A Senate committee probing Centrelink's robo-debt scheme heard spreadsheets were used to perform tasks Services Australia's computer systems could not. → Read More

Apple to launch new classical music streaming service with Primephonic acquisition

Apple has announced the acquisition of classical music streaming service Primephonic. → Read More

Review calls for single Aussie payments licencing system and more power for Treasury

Among 15 recommendations to bring Australia's payments system into 2021 is the proposal for one licence that is scalable based on the payment function sought to be provided and a stronger role for government in setting the strategic direction of the overall system. → Read More

ACCC starts mergers law debate by declaring war on big tech market power

The ACCC is starting the debate on how Australia handles mergers, proposing a separate digital platforms approach to avoid market dominance. → Read More

NSW contemplates its own proof-of-vaccination app

As the premier starts talking about letting those in New South Wales out of lockdown, she is also contemplating a state app that shows if a person has had their jabs. → Read More

Razer reverses loss to post $31 million six-month net profit

Razer has returned from its $17.7 million half-year loss last year, driven by its hardware division, which brought in $677 million in revenue. → Read More

Australia's 'hacking' Bill passes the Senate after House made 60 amendments

Shadow Home Affairs Minister declared the Bill before the Senate was a better Bill because of amendments, and as such, Labor threw its support behind it. Greens, however, took issue with cops being able to take over a person's social media. → Read More

Afterpay reports 90% jump in sales as loss widens to AU$159 million

The soon-to-be Jack Dorsey-owned buy-now, pay-later firm might boast 16.2 million customers, but its loss has widened to just over AU$159 million for the 2021 financial year. → Read More

446 Australian breach notifications with 30% of system faults found after a year

976 data breach notifications were made to the OAIC in the 2020-21 financial year, with health keeping its crown as the most breached sector. In the second half of the year, 30% of entities reported an incident due to a system fault they found 12 months later. → Read More

NextDC joins Fujitsu and Equinix as latest certified to store Canberra's sensitive data

The Digital Transformation Agency has now certified Australian Data Centres, Canberra Data Centres, Equinix Australia, Fujitsu Australia, Macquarie Telecom, and NextDC to store sensitive data locally. → Read More

IBM finds ASX outage the result of trade platform not being ready for go-live

Big Blue has served the ASX with 17 recommendations and found a number of shortcomings in the ASX Trade Refresh project, which resulted in a pause of trading on the day of go-live. → Read More

Gordon Legal on robo-debt class action: It was never meant to be a Royal Commission

In addition to highlighting its work was not in lieu of a Royal Commission, the law firm that brought on a class action against the Commonwealth believes the minister's claims of public interest immunity are no longer relevant as the legal proceedings are all but officially over. Meanwhile, Labor has asked again for a Royal Commission. → Read More

Expert suggests current antitrust approach to reining in big tech is simply not working

Fines are being treated like a business expense, antitrust and intellectual property law expert Thomas Vinje has said. He'd also argue the culture within big tech needs to be addressed. → Read More