Stories by David Smedley

ASIO given power to hack systems

Australian intelligence organisation, ASIO, can legally hack into personal computers and bug online communications under new federal legislation.

Tech One offer closes oversubscribed

The IPO for software company Technology One has closed early and will launch on the Australian Stock Exchange next week, following considerable investor interest.

Latest IT IPO for ASX

Another local technology IPO has opened, this time for consultancy firm ICSGlobal, which hopes to raise $6 million through the ASX listing.

Quiet day for Amazon on ASX

After a slow first day of trading yesterday, convertible notes closed 10 cents up on their original sale price on the ASX.

New venture to track cyber footprints

ACNielson, known for tracking TV-watching diets, is now hoping to track more than 90 per cent of the "Internet universe" with a new online ratings service.

Fed Govt flags online taxation

The Australian Taxation Office's new strategy to get businesses to file their tax returns online may be the precursor to establishing a method for taxing the Internet economy.

E-commerce to lift Oz economy

A government study has found e-commerce will boost Australia's gross domestic product by almost three per cent by 2007, adding an extra year's income onto the nation's balance sheet.

Tandy set to go online

Electronics chain Tandy is set to go online in 2000, aiming to make its entire inventory available via an e-commerce site.

ChaosMusic to float

Online music store ChaosMusic will list on the ASX, using cash raised to boost resources in the face of an expected marketing assault from US competitors.

Online referendum a hit

Saturday's virtual tally room for the republic referendum set a new record for the largest live Internet event in Australia

New scheme insures online shoppers

Harvey Norman and Dymocks are among the retailers participating in a new scheme that insures their online customers against the illegal use of their credit cards and the non-delivery of goods.


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