Another budget blowout for Turnbull’s NBN

Optus’s cable TV and broadband network, bought by the National Broadband Network for $800 million this year, is in such poor condition the NBN is considering replacing it entirely.

Wow, what a surprise. Optus sold off an ageing HFC network and it wasn’t in perfect condition. In fact it’s potentially so far beyond disrepair that NBN will have to spend $375m more to build over the top of it. Singtel’s laughing all the way to the bank on this one.


Source: More expensive and slower: leaked NBN documents threaten to embarrass Malcolm Turnbull

Don’t have the app? Google will just stream it

Google announced today that it’s beginning to test a feature that will stream apps to Android phones when someone finds a result from them through Search. If you’re searching for hotel bookings, for instance, a search result from HotelTonight might appear. Because HotelTonight doesn’t let you book through its website, Google will stream the HotelTonight app, allowing you to tap through it to explore listings and make a booking.

The slow beginnings of our phone’s requiring almost zero CPU power. Dumb terminals, they’ll ultimately just display a stream in the non-too-distant future. Maybe.

Now bankrupt OnLive tried this streaming games to your home. It sadly didn’t take off for a whole bunch of reasons but networking speed and latency were definitely a couple of them.

But we don’t need anything faster than 25Mbps right Mr Turnbull?

Source: Google can now stream apps to your phone | The Verge

Apple Pay launches in Australia tomorrow

Can you hear that? It’s the sound of a million retail clerks saying “We don’t accept AMEX” tomorrow.

Also, just as a reminder, this is AMEX issued cards only! They can not have come via your bank. If you have a Qantas or Virgin AMEX card you’re golden.

Source: Apple Pay | American Express Australia

Pandora buying up Rdio’s bankrupt scraps

Pandora will acquire “key assets” from streaming music technology company Rdio for $75 million in cash. The move comes as Rdio revealed it sought bankruptcy protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California. Pandora will be gaining technology, product, intellectual property, and people from Rdio.

Poor Rdio. It was a great service, but never quite hooked me. That doesn’t mean a lot of people wont miss it though.

Interestingly, did you know that Pandora is currently only available in the US, Australia & New Zealand? Rdio on the other hand is available in 100 markets and with the purchase provides Pandora the opportunity for growth beyond it’s small borders. The hopeful result: to increase their plateaued growth.

Source: Rdio is filing for bankruptcy, Pandora will buy ‘key assets’ for $75M | VentureBeat | Business | by Ken Yeung

Australia’s racing ministers want their metadata too

Australia’s state racing ministers have reportedly agreed to form a unified front to demand that Attorney-General George Brandis give state racing regulatory agencies access to metadata under Australia’s new data retention laws, following existing demands from the agency oversee the Melbourne Cup in Victoria.


Racing. As in horse racing. Of course, because they need warrant-free access to our internet and phone records. To do what you ask? “To protect the integrity of racing” apparently.

No. No you do not.

Source: Now all of Australia’s racing ministers are demanding metadata access | Delimiter