Business Spectator

Telstra allots $1bn for Asia growth

Telco to set aside cash to spend on overseas ­acquisitions and infrastructure investments.

Thodey hails Telstra's Q1 momentum

Telstra CEO reaffirms telco's guidance for flat earnings, income in fiscal 2015.

Customers come first in NSW ICT strategy revamp

NSW state government launches its updated ICT strategy 'Digital Plus', along with a fresh mobile app and new record collecting policies.

Melbourne start-up takes aim at SME funding gap

Moula ready to carve out a new channel to capital for small to medium businesses through an online platform that can provide a loan in minutes.

Fixed-line customers won't pay more: Telstra

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Thodey says customers won't be worse off under higher wholesale charges.

Paypal lends Australian SMEs a helping hand

PayPal chooses Australia as one of the first markets after the US to launch its Working Capital loan product for small businesses.

Telstra targets healthcare with new deals

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Telco turns its health-services division into a stand-alone ‘Telstra Health’ unit; launches telemedicine joint venture with Swiss company Medgate.

Optus warns on Telstra power

Paul O’Sul­livan tips investment drought without new rules to crimp Telstra’s dominance.

Investor demand boosts Aconex IPO target

Construction IT firm now plans to raise up to $164m from listing.

Karoon to appoint independent chairman

Energy group seeks to head off AGM challenge by activist fund Pegasus.

Microsoft to open Azure data centres in Sydney, Melbourne

New data centres to become available from next week.

New Bitcoin exchange launches in Sydney

Bitcoin market Independent Reserve aims to provide a more secure channel for businesses that want to deal with the virtual currency.

Australian social network prepares for ASX listing

Sydney-based 'question and answer' social network in talks with institutional investors to raise $3 to $5 million.

Rate cut could return to RBA agenda

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Economist says volatile conditions could see interest rates fall instead of rise.

Telstra will stay 'relevant forever': Thodey

Telstra boss says there's a lot to learn from the changing fortunes of erstwhile global giants and the new breed of innovative technology-driven companies.

Big names back taxi app raising

Kahlbetzers, Paradice, Packer-backed fund among supporters of goCatch: report.

Market plunge an 'over-reaction': Lagarde

IMF doesn't usually comment on market fluctuations, notes managing director.

Curb SMSF borrowing: Keating

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ANZ's Mike Smith plays down property concern, but worries for household debt.

Vale to lower stake in Indonesian business

Brazilian giant secures deal to continue operations until as late as 2045.

US consumer confidence grows further

Confidence about future weighs heavily on Thomson-Reuters/University of Michigan survey.