Hello, this is what you need to know in Australian tech today.
1. Twitter’s Moments has launched in Australia. Moments main roll is to keep new users on the platform interested and makes it easy to find great tweets and content, by essentially pointing out quality tweeters and bringing it all together in the one space.
Moments are filled with the best tweets around that particular subject and are constantly updated as the event rolls on. The Moments are told in narrative form, with tweets ordered to tell a story, with a mixture of images, videos and gifs thrown in. It can be used as a place to either follow stories as they happen or catch up on what you’ve missed when you weren’t on the platform.
2. Australia Post wants to be an eCommerce company. Australia Post is partnering with the CSIRO’s data innovation group Data61 to help combat the continued decline of traditional snail mail.
As a result, the organisation is saying that the new partnership is the next step in helping its transformation to an ecommerce and eGovernment services company. The two will be working together to make it easier for people to access government services as well as building the future of logistics.
3. Google Australia’s boss has left for ANZ. Google Australia MD Maile Carnegie is leaving the company for ANZ.
She will be Group Executive Digital Banking, reporting to ANZ CEO Shayne Elliott, from July this year, and her role will include liaison with Australia’s growing financial technology (FinTech) sector.
ANZ says Carnegie “will lead the strategic development and delivery of a superior digital experience for the bank’s eight million retail, commercial and institutional customers, as well as for its staff.”
4. Telstra is having another bad day. Just weeks after its entire network went down, putting a dent in the network’s reputation, Telstra’s prepaid services have been down all morning, with the data network down until around 10am. As of midday, the voice network is still down. No post-paid customers have been affected.
5. Menulog is starting to deliver for its owners Just Eat. The parent company, UK’s Just Eat, who bought the Australian food delivery service last year have released their first results since the $855 million acquisition. In the earnings report, Just Eat provided investors with three key numbers for Menulog:
– Orders grew 81% year-on-year.
– For the period of ownership (June 15-December 31) revenues were £12.4 million ($AU25m).
– For the period of ownership underlying EBITDA (which is calculated after deducting £0.8 million ($AU1.6m) of one-off integration related costs) was £1 million ($2m).
The numbers are tiny in comparison to what Just Eat paid for the company, but the bosses still say they are very happy with it.