UK government reverses course on Huawei’s involvement in 5G networks – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Conservative members of the United Kingdom’s government have pushed Prime Minister Boris Johnson to draw up plans to remove telecom equipment made by the Chinese manufacturer Huawei from the nation’s 5G networks by 2023, according to multiple reports. The decision by Johnson, who wanted Huawei’s market share in the nation’s telecommunications infrastructure capped at…

Investors cozy up to LA-based ettitude’s bamboo bedding and sleep wear with $1.6 million – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Ettitude, the Los Angeles-based, direct-to-consumer startup making sustainable bedding and sleepwear from bamboo fibers, has raised a sustainably sized round that should keep the company going even in the face of an economic recession. Co-founded by the Melbourne, Australia native Phoebe Yu and serial entrepreneur Kat Dey, ettitude sells high-end bamboo bedding made using…

Australia’s new coronavirus tracking app was downloaded a million times in just 5 hours

[ad_1] The Australian government’s new coronavirus contact tracing app was downloaded one million times within five hours of launch, meaning approximately one out of every 25 Australians is using it. It’s a notable uptake considering some Australians had expressed concerns about privacy issues. Released on Sunday, COVIDSafe uses Bluetooth to connect with other phones within…

Replacing plastic with plant pulp for sustainable packaging attracts a billionaire backer – TechCrunch

[ad_1] In a small suburb of Melbourne, two entrepreneurs are developing a technology that could mean big changes for the packaging industry. Stuart Gordon and Mark Appleford are the co-founders of Varden, a company that has developed a process to take the waste material from sugarcane and convert it into a paper-like packaging product with…

Igloo raises $8.2M to bring insurance to more people in Southeast Asia – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Singapore-based Igloo, formerly known as Axinan, has raised $8.2 million as the insurance-tech startup looks to broaden its foothold in half a dozen Southeast Asian markets and Australia. InVent, a corporate venture capital arm of telecommunications firm Intouch Holdings, led Igloo’s extended Series A round, the startup told . Existing investors Openspace Ventures, a…

Australia will make Facebook and Google pay media organisations for content

[ad_1] Though Facebook and Google generate important earnings by way of internet marketing, most of their content is definitely created by different, smaller web sites. Now the Australian authorities is taking steps to drive tech giants to pay for that work. The Australian authorities has ordered the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to develop…