Welcome to a brand-new week:
1. Snapchat just signed a Sydney software firm to help it figure out what referees really think about their job candidates. ASX-listed Xref told Business Insider that it created its Sentiment Engine machine learning capability over two years, and it’s now accurate enough that it’s more consistent than a human going through all the references. Read more here.
2. Amazon Australia is so close to launching, you can even see some items added on the website already. Even though you can’t navigate to it from the front page, some keen Redditors over the weekend found non-book items on sale on the .com.au site. Meanwhile, today’s Amazon Marketplace Summit in Sydney revealed that the US giant will launch in Australia with both in-house offerings and the third-party marketplace, but still haven’t confirmed a starting date. Australian merchants will pay $50 a month to list on Amazon and pay it 6% to 15% commission for every item sold, depending on the product type.
3. Here are the new jobs coming in the next few years as artificial intelligence and data analytics take over. CBA’s Jobs and Skills of the Future Report identified five new jobs that will be commonplace in 2030 – including “health and fitness optimiser”. Check them out here.
4. Car Next Door is looking to its own customers for its new capital raising round. The AFR reports crowdsource equity funding platform Equitise is helping the peer-to-peer car sharing network raise up to $1.5 million from members out of a total series B of $4 to $5 million. Existing investors Caltex and Investible have doubled down to have $2.3 million already secured.
5. Victoria is trialling driverless buses. iTnews reports the Autonobus will operate at La Trobe University’s Bundoora campus to shuttle passengers between the tram and bus interchanges, but initially will have a driver sitting inside in case of emergencies.