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Bite-sized business news. 5 minute breakdown of the top 3 Australian or global business stories of the day. Tailor made for busy humans. Hosted by Brett Joffe and Justin Joffe, co-founders of Flux.


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REA's new record | NAB makes serious bank | SoftBank: we need to slow down
358

REA Group, the folks behind realestate.com.au, have paid out their biggest final dividend ever thanks to a juicy revenue increase.

 

NAB’ is officially making bank in its latest quarterly earnings and it ain’t even worried about interest rate rises because most of its customers are ahead on their home loans.

 

SoftBank, the gigantic Japan-headquartered investment fund, just lost an enormous pile of cash... and the CEO says, alright, I think it’s time to slow down.

 

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Aug 09, 2022
9Now, 7 Plus actually start winning | BHP rejected by little miner | $1.7B: Amazon buys Roomba
349

10 Play, 9Now, 7Plus and the other broadcast video on demand platforms became Australia’’s fastest growing ad channel in 2021.

 

BHP wants to buy a South Australian mining company but the company says the offer just ain’t good enough.

 

Amazon just bought the company behind the robot vaccum Roomba for a lazy $1.7bn USD and privacy advocates are a liiiiittle spooked.

 

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Aug 08, 2022
Beyond Meat trims fat on workforce | PayPal, Pinterest stalked by Elliot | ARPA flexes climate muscle
352

Beyond Meat has cut its revenue outlook and now it plans to trim the fat on its workforce.

 

PayPal and Pinterest both saw their share prices spike last week after an activist hedge fund entered the chat.

 

APRA, the Aussie prudential regulator, reckons a quarter of the companies it regulates do not have any metrics to measure and monitor climate risks.

 

 

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Aug 07, 2022
Godfreys reigns supreme again | Uber = cashflow positive!? | Usain Bolt's startup disappears
345

Godfreys, the kings of the humble vacuum, has managed to achieve a revenue rise, despite shrinking its number of stores.

 

Uber just achieved its first cash-flow-positive quarter ever thanks to some record revenue.

 

Usain Bolt’s micro mobility startup - named Bolt - has abruptly disappeared, leaving a trail of scooters in its wake.

 

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Aug 04, 2022
Tinder trips big time | Appen cops 69% drop | Shopify's $100m for email marketing
358

Tinder’s latest round of disappointing earnings has caused some pretty hefty changes at the company. Hefty indeed.

 

Appen - the Aussie artificial intelligence company - announced a 69% drop in its earnings for the first half of the year.

 

Shopify has made a $100m strategic investment in Klaviyo, an email automation platform that will see the two giants build one tasty partnership.

 

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Aug 03, 2022
RBA strikes again! | Pinterest pops 20% | Pfizer's new record
349

The Reserve Bank of Australia has struck again - they’re officially 4 timers back to back - raising the cash rate by 0.50% this time.

 

Pinterest’s share price has popped 20% because it announced earnings that weren’t as terrible as expected.

 

Pfizer’s making more sales than ever before, 150 years to be precise, and more than half of the sales are because of thanks to its COVID vaccines.

 

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Aug 02, 2022
Atlassian co-founder's bid rejected | TikTok gets musical | Amazon says goodbye
358

Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar has made a major bid to acquire renewables generator Genex Power.. but they want a larger premium

 

TikTok has applied to trademark TikTok Music, which could see TikTok start to dabble in more than just short-form video

 

Amazon is bidding farewell to Amazon Drive - which joins a long list of other failed projects.

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Aug 01, 2022
F45's muscles are shrinking | Amazon is still the GOAT | Spotify doesn't miss a beat
351

F45, the Aussie-born fitness chain just announced a disastrous financial update and now they’re cutting 45% of their workforce

 

Amazon just released its second quarter results and it ain't as bad as the cynics were expecting

 

Spotify doesn't miss a beat with its revenue and users surpassing pretty much everyone’s expectations 

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Jul 31, 2022
Westpac turns from red to green | Meta posts its first revenue decline ever | Shopify goes full savage on its staff
356

Westpac has announced it will cut down lending to companies in the gas and oil industries by almost a quarter by 2030

 

Facebook and Instagram’s parent company Meta posted its first revenue decline in history

 

Shopify is laying off 10% of its staff after it admitted it went too hard too soon on the growth of online shopping

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Jul 28, 2022
Myer is back in black | Female-founded health-tech raises big | Alibaba wants new investors
352

Myer has announced its strongest annual profit since 2017 thanks to its online shopping boom and investors are finally loving them again!

 

Aussie healthcare startup Human has just raised $10m in the biggest seed round ever by an all female founded startup

 

Alibaba, the e-commerce, behemoth, is looking to add a primary listing in Hong Kong to attract Chinese investors

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Jul 27, 2022
Recap: The biggest tech news of 2022 so far
311

April 13 2022: Afterpay recorded its first results since its acquisition by Square and it wasn't pretty.

 

February 4 2022: Meta missed its active user target and things are looking even worse for the upcoming quarter - and the news sent shares down 22%

 

April 28 2022: Alphabet, Google and YouTube's parent company, just released its first quarter earnings - and revenue growth slowed around 34%.

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Jul 26, 2022
Recap: The biggest M&A deals of 2022 so far
359

Crypto exchange Swyftx and share trading platform Superhero have announced a surprise merger, which values the combined group at $1.5 billion

 

Microsoft has agreed to buy Activision Blizzard - the company behind cult games like World of Warcraft and Call of Duty Candy Crush for $96 billion 

 

Amazon has completed its US$8.5 billion acquisition of MGM - the company behind the James Bond franchise and heaps of other blockbusters

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Jul 25, 2022
Zip tightens its belt | SoundCloud powers Warner Music | Amazon: now a doctor
356

Zip Co is going to start tightening it belt to get itself back in the black - and investors were pretty pleased.

 

SoundCloud is expanding its new ‘fan powered royalties’ model and is partnering with Warner Music in the process.

 

Amazon is buying a big medical company, so now it will be able to help you find a new steam mop AND a doctor.

 

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Jul 24, 2022
Netflix buys Aussie studio | Super funds whacked for unlisted valuations | Tesla wins despite Twittergate
343

Netflix has snapped up the Aussie animation studio behind legendary pieces of cinema like The Lego Movie and Happy Feet.

 

APRA has told super funds they need to get better at assessing and managing the company valuations of unlisted companies (like Canva).

 

Despite what Elon Musk calls 'supply chain hell', Telsa has gone and beaten profit expectations. 

 

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Jul 21, 2022
Netflix loses 1m | Bubs is booming | KFC's new nugget
356

Netflix lost more than a million subscribers in the first half of this year, but they’re saying it could have been worse!?

 

Bubs Australia, the baby formula company, has been on fire after lately - they've almost tripled gross revenue compared to the same time last year.

 

KFC is trying out a new kind of chicky nuggie that it thinks will attract the youngins... and keep them hooked for life!

 

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Jul 20, 2022
JB Hi-Fi smashes expectations | Snapchat goes back in time | Now: Shop via IG DMs
353

Giant Aussie retailer JB Hi-Fi has announced record sales for the last financial year, and has pretty much smashed all the experts’ performance expectations.

 

Snapchat has launched a web version of its app in a ploy to compete with Insta and TikTok - and drive more and more (and more) engagement.

 

Meta (FKA Facebook) has announced a brand new feature on Instagram that will let you shop with small businesses. Directly. Through. Your DMs.

 

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Jul 19, 2022
ANZ officially adds Suncorp to cart | Amazon's world record Prime Day | Inflation hits Bolt-like pace
352

ANZ has officially added Suncorp’s banking division to its cart... after saying thank u next to MYOB.

 

Amazon had its biggest Prime Day ever last week and reckons live shopping is part of its secret sauce.

 

Inflation in the US hit 9.1% and NZ over 7% in June, which means inflation is growing at its fastest rate in more than 30 years.

 

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Jul 18, 2022
ANZ Bank = shopaholic | Spotify replicates NYT | Shein's WTF IPO
355

ANZ Bank is entering shopaholic territory as it looks to acquire both MYOB AND Suncorp’s banking arm.

 

Spotify’s done a New York Times and bought Heardle - the musical version of Wordle for a 7-figure-sum.

 

Shein, the fast fashion giant with a reputation for fast-fast-fast fashion is planning an IPO in by 2024… but the jury is still out.

 

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Jul 17, 2022
Netflix to turn on ads | ASIC closes down trading platform | BWM's warm seat subscription
358

Netflix is going live with its ad-supported streaming service sooner than expected - all thanks to a new partnership with Microsoft.

 

Trade360, an investment trading platform promoted by former Australian cricket captain Steve Smith, has been closed down by ASIC.

 

BMW is embracing the subscription game -  now selling heated seat subscriptions for $18 a month.

 

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Jul 14, 2022
Bed time for Snooze sale | 5m: YouTube TV thriving | Uber caught red handed
351

The owners of Snooze, formerly known as Capt’n Snooze, has announced their potential sale will go into nap mode because they haven’t found a buyer.

 

YouTube TV, YouTube’s live cable streaming bundle, just hit a cool 5 million subscribers and YouTube reckons it's just getting started.

 

Uber’s been caught red handed engaging in some questionable practices from its wild years - thanks to a huge document leak.

 

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Jul 13, 2022
Icy crypto winter for Aus | Virgin's Galactic Boeing deal | Activist v Miner down under
343

Aussie crypto app downloads have taken a massive dive as Aussies brace for an icy crypto winter.

 

Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial space line, has inked a deal with Boeing to build more ‘motherships’ to take more of us to space!

 

J Capital Research, the activist short seller, has fired shots at a Lake Resources’ new lithium miner - calling the project is a bit of a joke.

 

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Jul 12, 2022
Hungry Jack's takes on McCafe with $20m | Musk pulls out of Twitter deal | Laser Clinics Aus owner buys out its franchisees
356

Hungry Jack's has announced it is ploughing $20 million in a new cafe arm to take on Maccas in the cafe game.

 

Twitter is going to take Elon Musk to court after he announced plans to walk away from his offer to buy Twitter.

 

The private equity giant behind Laser Clinics Australia, the massive cosmetic clinic chain, has bought out dozens of its franchisees after facing a heap of franchisee unrest.

 

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Jul 11, 2022
Zip Co(de) red | Stranger Things franchise is here | Coke's secret coal royalties
356

Zip Co’s shares have taken another dive after investment experts announced that their customer bad debt levels are expected to rise.

 

Netflix has given the green light to a Stranger Things spin-off series to help it build its first big entertainment franchise.

 

Coca-Cola has been keeping some verrrry lucrative secret coal royalties on the books, but now it looks like it wants to flog ‘em.

 

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Jul 10, 2022
Australia's first Islamic bank | $400M for green commodities | Spooky: Oil price drops
355

Islamic Bank Australia has become Australia’s first Sharia-law-compliant bank after the banking regulators granted the company a restricted banking licence.

 

Xpansiv - a half-Aussie global environmental commodities exchange - just received $400 million USD from one of the largest private equity firms in the world.

 

Oil prices have dropped below US$100 a barrel for the first time in nearly two months - as investors get a ‘lil spooked about the possibility of a recession.

 

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Jul 07, 2022
Sneakerboy's demise | Tesla loses its crown | Minions TikTok mayhem
356

Sneakerboy, the boujee sneaker company, has sunk deep into administration.

 

BYD - a Chinese company backed by Warren Buffett - has officially snatched Tesla’s crown after it sold more EVs than Tesla in the first half of this year.

 

The new Minions movie has broken box office records in Australia and the US, and its largely thanks to a hilarious TikTok trend.

 

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Jul 06, 2022
RBA lifts rates by 0.5% | ACCC fights scammers | Employees cheat ethics exam
358

The RBA has raised the cash rate by another 0.5% to 1.35% - and the RBA has warned that even more rate hikes are on the horizon.

 

The ACCC, Australia’s competition watchdog, is urging the big banks to adopt new measures to protect customers against scammers.

 

EY, the global accounting and consulting firm, has admitted that some of its audit employees cheated on the ethics portion of a key accounting exam.

 

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Jul 05, 2022
Aussie TikTok data under scrutiny | Aussie debt collector goes bust | Meta cuts its own wallet
359

TikTok Australia’s user data is under some serious scrutiny after a Liberal senator asked to see just how secure our data really is.

 

Collection House, one of Australia’s biggest debt collection agencies, has just tumbled into administration.

 

Meta, formerly known as Facebook, is shutting down the pilot for its digital wallet, Novi, and its asking users to withdraw their funds ASAP.

 

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Jul 04, 2022
$450m deal: Seven sues Cricket Aus | Apple & petrol from your car | AusSuper's $1 trillion goal
353

Seven West Media is looking to can its $450 million mega-deal with Cricket Australia over a contract breach.

 

Apple is looking at new ways to reinvent the car experience - starting with potentially buying petrol from your car dashboard.

 

AustralianSuper says the total of its members’ funds could reach $1 trillion in less than 20 years - which would make it one of the world’s biggest pension funds.

 

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Jul 03, 2022
Apple, Google sued by Aus app users | Liontown's monster Ford deal | Nike impresses the pros
345

Apple and Google Android users in Australia are suing the tech companies in a class action, claiming their app store practices led to higher prices for consumers.

 

Liontown Resources, Aussie lithium miner, has announced a whopping deal to supply Ford with a crucial electric vehicle battery material.

 

Nike has announced results that were better than expected by pro investors, which just goes to show its big strategy shift is working.

 

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Jun 30, 2022
RIP: Aussie bank Volt | ASX-listed cancer treatment co up 46% | Pinterest replaces founder/CEO
354

Aussie neobank Volt, which had raised tens of millions of dollars, is shutting up shop and returning deposits to customers after failing to raise funds to continue operating.

 

Shares in ASX-listed biotech company Imugene rocketed 45% earlier this week, after it announced trial results for a new cancer treatment.

 

The CEO and Founder of Pinterest has stepped down, handing over the reins to a Google commerce executive - and the Pinterest share price has boomed.

 

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Jun 29, 2022
Netflix = all in on Asia | Robinhood could be bought by FTX | $23m in equity to pay debt at BWX
358

Crypto exchange FTX is reportedly exploring a deal to acquire share trading behemoth Robinhood.

 

BWX, the Aussie beauty and wellness company, has raised $23 million in equity to pay down its debts - and its share price has been whacked 38% for doing so.

 

Netflix is planning to increase its investment in Asia after a shock first-quarter slowdown in subscriber growth.

 

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Jun 28, 2022
Suncorp might sell bank | Carsales wants $1.2b for US rival | Zendesk takes $10b rather than $17b
358

Suncorp Group is reportedly looking to bid farewell to its banking unit so that it can focus more on its insurance arm.

 

Zendesk has agreed to sell itself for $10.2 billion in cash - only months after it declined a $17 billion offer.

 

Carsales is looking to raise $1.2 billion from shareholders so it can buy 100% of an American commercial truck listing business.

 

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Jun 27, 2022
Woolies' Milkrun-rival | Juul banned | NT's Sun Cable 'investment ready'
356

The Sun Cable solar project in Northern Territory - aka the world’s largest renewable energy system - has officially been deemed “investment ready."

 

Juul, the e-cigarette maker, has been banned from selling its products in the US.

 

Woolies aims to show new grocery delivery startups who is boss after launching a new app that promises groceries delivered within an hour.

 

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Jun 26, 2022
Voly cuts staff, shuts warehouses | Kellogg's splits in 3 | IKEA's new smartphone experience
339

Voly, the Aussie grocery delivery startup, has had to cut staff, shut warehouses and can its 15-minute delivery promise - as the industry takes a bit of a turn.

 

Kellogg’s is going to split itself into three publicly listed companies: snacks, cereal and plant-based meat.

 

IKEA is rolling out a new AI-driven interactive design experience where customers can design and visualise their own living spaces - from their smartphones.

 

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Jun 23, 2022
Humm's board falling apart | Naomi Osaka's new startup | Microsoft facial tech ahead of the law
355

Humm, the consumer loans slash buy now pay later company, has seen 5 of its directors step down from the board after a deal to sell the biz to Latitude Financial fell through.

 

Naomi Osaka, the four-time Grand Slam champion, is launching a new media company with the aim of crossing cultural barriers.

 

Microsoft is going to stop selling technology that guesses someone’s emotions based on their facial image… to get ahead of lawmakers.

 

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Jun 22, 2022
'Get on the beers' breaks record | QLD covid app fails final test | Crypto at war with itself
358

Aussie t-shirt maker Threadheads has broken equity crowdfunding history, so now they can print more “Get on the beers” tshirts.

 

An Australian app that aims to diagnose covid by listening to the sound of a cough has failed its final test before its potential takeover by Pfizer.

 

Crypto lending platform Solend has seen its community vote against enabling the platform to take over a major user's account. 

 

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Jun 21, 2022
Qantas, Airbus' $300m green move | Telegram finally makes money | Amazon slams financial breaks
358

Qantas and Airbus have announced they will invest nearly $300m in Australia’s sustainable aviation fuel industry to speed up their goal of lowering carbon emissions.

 

Telegram, the instant messaging app, has topped 700 million active users, and is rolling out a premium version so it can finally start monetising.

 

Amazon is slamming the brakes on its expansion plans after facing the most difficult financial period it has ever faced.

 

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Jun 20, 2022
Lego invests $1B | Aussie grocery items shrinking | 0.75%: The Fed "out-raises" RBA
353

Lego is investing US$1 billion in a new factory to keep up with growing demand - and these days, it ain’t just from kids.

 

Australian grocery products have decreased in size without changing their price tag, according to a new report.

 

The US Federal Reserve has hiked interest rates over there by 0.75% - the biggest increase since 1994.

 

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Jun 19, 2022
First time ever: AEMO suspends Aussie energy market | Facebook desperately clones TikTok | Apple buys MLS rights
357

We’ve just experienced a historic moment in Australia’s National Electricity Market with the the Aussie energy regulator suspending the National Electricity Market for the first time in history to stabilise the grid.

 

A sneaky leaked memo has revealed Meta wants to change Facebook’s algorithm to look a little more like TikTok’s.

 

Apple has bought the exclusive rights to broadcast Major League Soccer in a monstrous deal rumoured to be worth $250 mill a year for 10 years!

 

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Jun 16, 2022
ANZ Bank could swallow MYOB | VW may sell more EVs than Tesla | Crypto firm pauses withdrawals
352

ANZ Bank is considering acquiring accounting software company MYOB to boost its offering to existing and new small business customers - and this could really spice things up.

 

Volkswagen could sell more electric cars than Tesla in 2024, according to a new report, as the battle to be the EV leader heats up.

 

Celsius Network, one of the biggest crypto lenders, has paused withdrawals, swaps and transfers between accounts - as crypto tanks and the company becomes concerned that they could run out of funds.

 

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Jun 15, 2022
News Corp's $220M+ offer rejected by PointsBet | Bitcoin's 18 month low | ASX loses $116B in a day
356

PointsBet, the Aussie-born online betting company, has rejected a $220 million+ takeover offer from News Corp, which wants to enter the gaming industry in Australia.

 

Bitcoin prices have have hit an 18-month low, dipping under US$25,000 for the first time since December 2020.

 

The ASX200 saw $116 billion of value wiped off the index yesterday - and it has officially entered 'correction territory'.

 

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Jun 14, 2022
Virgin Australia: back in black | Microsoft, Samsung in lover's paradise | Campbell's Soup cooks up a sales storm
351

After a rocky few years, Virgin Australia has announced its return to profitability… and is now considering listing on the ASX as early as next year.

 

Microsoft is partnering with Samsung to launch Xbox on Samsung Smart TVs without an Xbox console.

 

Campbell’s Soup has posted its latest earnings, and it has cooked up a 7% sales growth in the last 3 months.

 

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Jun 13, 2022
Spotify's $100B revenue dream | BuzzFeed sheds 1/3 value | Revlon Australia up for sale?
352

Spotify reckons it’ll crack $100 billion in revenue annually in the next 10 years.

 

BuzzFeed’s stock has lost more than a third of its value - after the company’s pre-IPO lockup agreement expired.

 

Revlon might put its Aussie subsidiary up for sale as it tries to find ways to pay down its debts and stay alive.

 

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Jun 09, 2022
Superhero, Swyftx's surprise merger | Uber's $26m for green drivers | EU's new law to hurt Apple
343

Aussie crypto exchange Swyftx and share trading platform Superhero have announced a surprise merger.

 

The EU just approved a law that requires phone manufacturers to use the same charging port in all devices.

 

Uber is going green by spending $26 million over the next three years cutting fees for drivers that use electric vehicles, in an attempt to increase uptake.

 

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Jun 08, 2022
0.5%: Why RBA, why? | Aussie drone startup rejects $100m offer | Apple's sexy new [car] features
358

The Reserve Bank of Australia has announced its second rate rise in 2 months, raising the interest rate by 0.5% - in an attempt to slow down inflation.

 

Swoop Aero, an Aussie drone-powered logistics startup, has turned down a $100 million takeover offer - and instead, has raised $18 million of private cash.

 

Apple has hit 'show-off' mode at the its Worldwide Developers Conference, unveiling a tonne of new features and products.

 

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Jun 07, 2022
Twitter Aus' $2m loss | Apple, Block turns phones into payment terminals | ACCC stares down airports, airlines
359

Twitter Australia reported losses of $2 million in 2021 thanks to rising sales and marketing expenses (and it led to a pretty low tax bill).

 

Apple has partnered with payments rival Block on its ’s Tap To Pay feature, which turns iPhones into payment terminals, and will let Apple’s payment terminal become available to Square sellers.

 

The ACCC has warned airports and airlines to play nice with commercial negotiations, and is planning to keep a close eye on airport profit margins.

 

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Jun 06, 2022
realestate.com.au owner wants in on property insurance | Deutsche Bank greenwashing allegations | EU bans insurance on Russian oil ships
357

Realestate.com.au’s parent company REA Group has said it wants to own ALL elements of the property experience, and reckons there are more acquisitions on the horizon.

 

Deutsche Bank, Germany’s biggest bank, is under investigation over allegations that one of its divisions engaged in greenwashing.

 

The EU has banned Russian oil and now it’s also planning to ban insuring Russian oil ships.

 

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Jun 05, 2022
Lithium v ASX | NFT employee's insider trading | Canva investor cuts value again
355

Lithium shares have been through a massive sell-off on the ASX, after a report came out saying road transport ain’t on track for carbon neutrality by 2050.

 

An ex-employee of NFT platform OpenSea has been arrested and charged with insider trading of NFTs - and this is the very first charge of insider trading for NFTs.

 

Canva investor Franklin Templeton has once again cut the value of its investment in the Aussie tech unicorn, bringing the value of its shareholding in Canva down 58.5% in the last 6 months.

 

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Jun 02, 2022
Energy prices: Aussie regulator caps gas markets | TikTok goes 'distraction free' | Missguided collapses
355

Australia’s energy regulator has been forced to cap gas markets in some major Aussie cities after the wholesale price of gas soared 80 times the normal level.

 

TikTok is testing a new feature that’ll allow for a “distraction-free” scrolling experience on the app.

 

Missguided, the fast fashion brand, has collapsed into administration after failing to repay suppliers filed to shut it down over unpaid debts to its suppliers.

 

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Jun 01, 2022
EY looks at audit spinoff | Humm says let us sell out | 30m: Samsung cuts production
347

EY is looking at spinning off its audit business into a completely different company.

 

Humm, the buy now pay later company, has told its shareholders that its consumer finance arm ain’t profitable…as it tries to get shareholders to approve its sale to Latitude Financial.

 

Samsung is reportedly cutting its smartphone production by 30 million - and Apple is too by 20 million - as the smartphone industry takes a turn.

 

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May 31, 2022
NAB = very late to BNPL party | Metricon rescued | Roblox tackles ADHD
359

NAB is launching a BNPL product this July, with a view to engage customers rather than bring home the bacon.

 

The NSW Government is reportedly looking at rescue packages for one of Australia’s biggest building companies - Metricon - as well as the construction industry as a whole.

 

Online gaming platform Roblox has partnered with a video game that functions as a treatment for ADHD to dish out in-game rewards.

 

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May 29, 2022
NBN fears extinction | Glossier's hella rocky year | Glencore's 11 years of bribery
358

NBN Co, the company behind the NBN, reckons it is at risk of being an unsustainable business - thanks to competition from new players… including Elon Musk’s Starlink.

 

Glencore, the world’s biggest mining company, has admitted to bribery and market manipulation (over 11 years), and will pay $2.1 billion to settle the case.

 

Skincare brand Glossier is waving goodbye to its founder, who is stepping down after one hell of a rocky year.

 

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May 26, 2022
Australia's first carbon ETF | Zoom's rollercoaster share price | Instant grocery delivery startup cuts jobs
351

Australia’s first carbon credits ETF is set to hit the ASX… and it could have a major effect on carbon credit prices.

 

Zoom, the WFH sensation, has delivered better-than-expected first quarter earnings… and its shares spiked 16% - because growth in a post covid world ain’t easy for old Zoomy.

 

The company that pioneered the instant grocery delivery space, Gorillas, Berlin’s instant grocery delivery startup, Gorillas, is laying off around 300 employees and exiting 4 markets… despite raising US$1 billion just 7 months ago.

 

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May 25, 2022
Qantas buys chunk of TripADeal | Snap's internal leak | Meta Aus' cheap tax bill
357

Qantas’ Loyalty business has made its biggest acquisition EVER by acquiring a majority stake in TripADeal, an online travel booking company.

 

Snap Inc, the owner of Snapchat, has had an internal memo leaked which said it will miss its revenue goals for this quarter… and its share price has been smashed.

 

Meta Australia, the owner of Facebook, paid just $24 million in tax for last financial year, despite earning over $1bn in revenue.

 

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May 24, 2022
Corporate winners/losers from election | WhatsApp's money-making plans | Klarna needs cash
356

Anthony Albo Albanese and his Labour Party won the 2022 Federal election on Saturday night - and there are plenty of companies who look set to become winners under his policies... and there are some losers too.

 

WhatsApp, the messaging platform owned by Meta, has launched a new service that will give businesses a new way to use WhatsApp - with a plan to open up a new revenue stream.

 

Klarna, the pink-coloured buy now pay later behemoth, is back at it again, aiming to raise $1 billion from new and existing investors - but this time it’s a little bit different.

 

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May 23, 2022
Woolies pays $243m for MyDeal stake | Tesla dumped, ESG-style | US Soccer reaches equality
358

Woolworths has offered to buy 80% of e-commerce company MyDeal.com.au for a huge $243 million as they plan to ramp up their marketplace offering.

 

Tesla has been dumped from the US sustainability index, the S&P 500 ESG, because of claims of racial discrimination and crashes with its autopilot vehicles.

 

The US Soccer Federation has become the first governing body in soccer to pay its mens and womens soccer teams equally. 

 

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May 22, 2022
Penfolds maker to sidestep China tariffs | Warren Buffett's spending spree | AFL club's $85M sale
354

Treasury Wine Estates, the Aussie winemaker, is planning to side-step China’s expensive wine tariffs by making its famous Penfolds within China itself.

 

Berkshire Hathaway, the US conglomerate headed up by investing legend Warren Buffett, is on a spending spree while everyone else is panicking.

 

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May 19, 2022
Kmart, Officeworks, Bunnings = all-in-one subscription | CommBank's 10 minute home loan | Afterpay slides into Block's hairdressers
351

Wesfarmers, the owner of Kmart, Bunnings and Officeworks, has relaunched its customer membership program - with a new twist.

 

CommBank is trying to compete with other banks and fintechs by launching a digital-only home loan that aims to approve home loans in 10 minutes.

 

Block, the company formerly known as Square, is rolling out Afterpay to its in-store customers - that’s everyone from fruit shops to nail salons - and even humble cafes.

 

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May 18, 2022
StepOne crashes 60% | Maccas' Russian McExit | Elon's spammy Twitter on hold
358

StepOne, the Aussie underwear brand, has seen its shares crash by almost 60% after the company downgraded its sales targets.

 

McDonald’s has officially pulled every Ronald McDonald, Hamburgler and Grimace from Russia and is selling off its 850 restaurants.

 

Elon Musk has put his plans to buy Twitter on a “temporary hold” while he investigates the platform’s spam accounts.

 

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May 17, 2022
The Inspired Unemployed's record breaking beer | Apple joins downward spiral | The Libs' big promise
336

Better beer, a zero-carb beer brand backed by influencers/comedians The Inspired Unemployed has become one of the fastest growing beer brands Australia’s ever seen!

 

Apple’s stock has taken an 8% hit, wiping out hundreds of billions in value as the tech industry continues its downward spiral.

 

First home buyers have been promised access to a ‘responsible amount’ of their super for housing in a last minute promise - if the Liberal government gets elected.

 

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May 16, 2022
Woolies, Coles top 'most trusted' list | Airbnb's big changes | Xero hits $1B
356

Woolies and Coles are clinking glasses after they topped the list of the most-trustworthy Aussie brands, as retail sales experience a significant boom. And, cop that big 4 banks.

 

Airbnb has introduced a tonne of new changes to its platforms to keep up with changing consumer behaviours.

 

Xero, the cloud accounting firm, has seen its revenue grow 29% to hit NZ$1 billion… which sounds good, but its shares tanked 12% on the news. Um, why?

 

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May 15, 2022
Swisse saved by supermarkets | EA Games switches to smartphones | Disney+ catching Netflix
354

Swisse vitamins has seen its sales surge by 29% in Australia, thanks to a renewed focus on selling through supermarket chains and community pharmacies.

 

Electronic Arts - ie the crew behind EA Games - is planning on launching three blockbuster mobile games later this year… and it’s clearly all about mobile and NOT PS20 or Xbox.

 

Disney+ has kept up its subscriber growth momentum, gaining nearly 8 million paid customers in the first three months of 2022.

 

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May 12, 2022
Woolies fights Visa, Mastercard with QR codes | Insta testing NFTs | Major stablecoin loses stability
357

Woolies is going to let customers pay with QR codes, as it tries to turn up the heat against card giants like Mastercard and Visa.

 

Instagram will begin testing NFTs user profiles this week, so that you can now have your Bored Ape in your profile picture (but not everyone in the decentralised world of Web3 is happy about Zuck coming in).

 

UST, one of the largest crypto stablecoins, has just sank below 70 cents in value - which is very interesting... since it’s meant to remain at its intended $1 peg.

 

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May 11, 2022
28 by Sam Wood sold for US$50M | Woolworths (SA) progresses David Jones sale | Grindr plans to go public
359

28 by Sam Wood, the fitness app, has been acquired by Aussie genomics company myDNA in a $50 million USD deal.

 

Woolworths, the South African one (not to be mistaken for the Woolies we know and love) is reportedly looking to flog David Jones… and is getting serious about it with investors.

 

Grindr, the LGBTQ dating app, is planning to go public, making it the third dating giant to go public in the last three years.

 

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May 10, 2022
TPG Telecom's $1b sale | Gucci accepts crypto in-store | Shell reports record $9b profit
355

TPG Telecom, the third largest telco in Australia, has sold its entire footprint of mobile towers and rooftop infrastructure for nearly $1 billion.

 

Gucci, the luxury brand, will start accepting payments in cryptocurrencies in some of its stores in the US to drive sales.. and be in with the cool crowd?

 

Shell, Europe’s largest energy company, has reported a record US$9.1 billion in profit thanks to rising energy prices and major cost cuts.

 

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May 09, 2022
Aussie grocery startup collapses | Facebook, Cameo freeze hiring | France supermarket giant's "price shield"
341

One of Australia’s hottest on-demand grocery players Send has collapsed after burning serious cash to keep up with competitors.

 

Tech companies like Facebook and Cameo are calling hiring freezes and layoffs as the tech industry starts to experiences a bit of a downturn.

 

France’s largest supermarket chain is putting popular products under a “price shield” as inflation ramps up… and it looks like others across the EU might follow suit.

 

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May 08, 2022
Qantas pays $641m to go regional | NAB returns to GFC glory | US's biggest rate hike since 2000
356

Qantas is opening its coffers to buy a company named Alliance Aviation for around $614m, and it’s all part of Quanny’s plan to bolster its regional link offerings.

 

NAB is popping the champagne after announcing its earnings are up more than 4%, with the fastest growth in business lending since the 2008 GFC!

 

The US Federal Reserve, which is the American version of our RBA, has increased interest rates by half a percent. That’s the biggest interest rate increase since 2000!

 

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May 05, 2022
Mr Yum's big buy | Temple & Webster takes on Bunnings | Wordle! acquired, but not Wordle
355

Mr Yum, the digital menu and payments company, has acquired Aussie marketing software platform MyGuestList for ‘tens of millions’.

 

Online furniture store Temple & Webster is taking on Bunnings with a new DIY-focused online shop where it will be selling home improvement products.

 

Wordle! - but not the one we all know and love - has been bought by a mobile marketing firm after experiencing some second-hand success.

 

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May 04, 2022
How the cash rate increase impacts you | Atlassian founder buys AGL chunk | Woolies sales up 10%, thanks inflation
353

The Reserve Bank of Australia has increased the official cash rate by 0.25% to 0.35%.

 

The co-founder of Atlassian, Mike Cannon-Brookes, ain’t finished with AGL. In fact, he’s just bought an 11.3% stake in the company with the plan to vote against its upcoming demerger.

 

Woolworths has recorded an almost 10% jump in sales, and in a big move, the Woolies boss has called for an increase in retail workers’ wages to keep up with rising inflation rates.

 

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May 03, 2022
Moneybags on the horizon for Qantas | Apple's best quarter in years | Robinhood's shrinkage
349

Qantas reckons it’ll return to profitability next financial year - and it’s also snapped up a few Airbuses for new extra extra-long haul flights.

 

Apple has announced one of its best quarters in its 46-year history, despite supply chain issues and booming inflation.

 

Robinhood, the US online trading platform, has reported worse-than-expected losses and shrinking revenue for the first quarter.

 

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May 02, 2022
Commbank's cheap green loans | Renault flogs car brand to Russia [for 1 rouble] | Twitter's Musky damage control
331

CommBank says it’ll offer cheaper home loans to customers who build green homes in a big push to appeal to younger Australians.

 

Renault, the French car maker, is looking to flog its majority stake in Russia’s biggest car maker to the Russian government for 1 teeny tiny rouble.

 

Twitter is in damage control after advertisers raised concerns that Elon Musk’s focus on free speech could increase toxicity and abuse on the platform.

 

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May 01, 2022
Inflation = good for Coles | 'Church-tech' booming 24% | Heinz's TikTok product inspo
332

Coles says consumers can expect prices to keep rising due to inflation, after it reported a sales jump of around 4% for the first 3 months of the year.

 

Pushpay, a major “Church-technology” company, has reportedly received quite a few acquisition offers - sending its shares soaring 24%.

 

Heinz has created a new product called Dip & Crunch after receiving some major inspiration from a one specific TikTok trend.

 

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Apr 28, 2022
Canva-backer cuts valuation by 30% | Stake's new $50m | Google, YouTube struggling in 2022
325

One of Canva’s most recent investors has slashed the value of its investment in Canva by 30% - after a major drop in the share price of other tech companies.

 

Stake, the Aussie share trading app, brought home $50 million in fresh funding…which it has very promptly added to its war chest.

 

Google’s parent, Alphabet, has reported weak earnings and revenue, as YouTube showed particularly weak results.

 

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Apr 27, 2022
Twitter 4 Musk #official | Aussie delivery startup LVLY sold for $35m | Facebook's retail entry
345

Twitter has officially been sold to Elon Musk for $44 billion USD and the plan is to take the company private.

 

LVLY, the Aussie flower delivery company, has just been acquired for $35 million.

 

Meta, FKA Facebook, is opening its first ever physical retail space to show people first-hand how to enter the big juicy metaverse.

 

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Apr 26, 2022
Netflix embraces ads | Aussie hospital giant's $20B offer | Tesla car prices increase
352

Netflix may offer a lower-priced version with ads in order to boost revenue as its subscriber numbers drop.

 

Global private equity giant KKR has partnered with a few sovereign wealth and superannuation funds in a $20 billion-plus offer for Ramsay Health Care, Australia’s largest private hospital operator.

 

Tesla’s revenue hit $18.7 billion for the first 3 months of the year, up from last year’s $10 billion - but the company’s still looking at increasing its prices.

 

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Apr 25, 2022
Australia's first bitcoin ETF | Zip's credit losses widen beyond expectations | Best sales in 15 years for P&G
366

Regulators are going to green light Australia’s first bitcoin ETF in the coming weeks, with an official launch party expected as early as April 27.

 

Zip Co, the Aussie buy now pay later company, has seen its credit losses increase beyond the company’s target range for the first three months of 2022.

 

Laundry lords Proctor & Gamble has revealed that sales growth is at its strongest in at least 15 years - despite hiking prices.

 

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Apr 21, 2022
NewsCorp entering gambling | Dymocks revived by TikTok | Netflix's horror show of losses
358

NewsCorp is finalising plans to launch a gambling company in partnership with a group of investors in the industry.

 

Dymocks, the old school bookstore chain, reckons book sales are soaring across the country - and it’s partly thanks to TikTok!

 

Shares in Netflix tanked around 25% after the 'Flix reported that it had lost 200,000 subscribers in the first 3 months of the year.

 

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Apr 20, 2022
Twitter's poison Musk pill | AMP's $25B potential flog | Big banks unite with $13m for startup
350

Twitter has taken a poison pill to stop Elon Musk from taking over the company after he offered shareholders more than US$40 billion for the company.

 

AMP could be flogging its real estate operations to property giant Dexus in a massive $25 billion deal.

 

ANZ, CBA and Westpac’s blockchain startup has copped nearly $13 million in new funding to speed up processing times for bank guarantees.

 

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Apr 19, 2022
AGL gets a big, virtual battery | Apple products are in trouble thanks to Shanghai lockdowns | Nintendo combines its most famous franchises
374

AGL Energy has inked a deal to charge and discharge a massive, virtual battery…without building it or even owning it.

 

Three major Apple suppliers have had to pause production of iPhones, iPads and Mac computers after Shanghai set some pretty strict COVID lockdowns.

 

Nintendo has combined its two most famous franchises - Wii Sports and the Switch, to make Nintendo Switch Sports.

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Apr 18, 2022
RM Williams could get a vegan makeover | Warner Bros and Discovery tie the knot | ASOS sees red, red and red
388

The parent company of RM Williams has invested in a plant-based textile company… and this may be a sign that it's planning to make its iconic boots vegan.

 

Warner Media and Discovery have just completed their US$43 billion merger…and they shall forever be known as 'Warner Bros Discovery'.

 

ASOS, the fast fashion retailer saw its first-half profits down a whopping 87%...and it ain’t looking good for the second-half either.

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Apr 13, 2022
Afterpay's $345M belting | Elon rejects Twitter board offer | Aussie 'hype' startup raises $25M from Shopify-backer
384

Afterpay has reported its first results under new owner Block, and it was a whopper loss for the first six months of the financial year - $345.5M.

 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who is also now the largest shareholder in Twitter, has said ‘no’ to a board seat at Twitter.

 

Aussie ‘hype commerce’ startup EQL (pron: Equal) has raised $25 million to help retailers manage the launch of hyped, in-demand products.

 

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Apr 12, 2022
Foxtel IPO postponed yet again | Westpac blocking thousands of scams | Levi's booming 22% post covid
358

Once again, Foxtel’s IPO has been postponed - this time due to concerns around the economic environment, interest rates and international war zones.

 

Westpac claims it is is blocking around 1000 scams per week after releasing its latest anti-scam technology.

 

Levi’s has seen sales climb 22% thanks to its post-covid strategy of going direct-to-consumer via online and new physical stores.

 

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Apr 11, 2022
Amazon Australia launches same-day delivery | Mecca's 'live' Chinese domination | Tata takes on Amazon
359

Amazon Australia is launching same-day delivery in Sydney and Melbourne by expanding its logistics network - and finally we’re catching up the US.

 

Mecca, the giant Aussie beauty retailer, is making a massive play for the Chinese market with a major focus on ‘live-selling’.

 

Tata Group, the 154 year-old Indian behemoth, is planning to launch a super-app in India that will bring together 12 brands to take on Amazon.

 

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Apr 10, 2022
Coles goes global | Telstra's scam filter | Commbank's crypto hurdle
349

Hundreds of Coles-branded products will be sold on the shelves of Singapore’s biggest supermarket chain after a new multimillion-dollar deal.

 

Telstra has turned on a new scam filter, which is aiming to prevent Aussies from being hit with millions of dodgy text messages and scams.

 

The first crypto product to be offered by an Aussie bank to consumers is facing regulatory delays, as the corporate regulator puts the microscope on old CommBank.

 

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Apr 07, 2022
Giant ethical superfund coming our way? | $130M: Fast startup fails after big 2021 investments | Starbucks OG CEO returns for third time
358

Super funds Australian Ethical and Christian Super are in talks to merge and create the second biggest ethical super fund in Australia.

 

Fast, a seriously-hyped one-click checkout startup, which raised $130m just last year, has announced it is shutting down after burning through all its money.

 

Starbucks’ OG CEO Howard Schultz has officially triple-dipped - he’s returning to the CEO position at Starbucks for the third time after internal issues at the company.

 

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Apr 06, 2022
Elon Musk buys chunk of Twitter as share price rockets | Aus Super's $3.6B telco buy | David Jones owner denies Aussie exit
358

The CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, has acquired a 9% stake in Twitter to become its largest shareholder - and as a result the company has seen its share price rocket.

 

AustralianSuper will jointly buy the telco infrastructure firm Axicom for $3.58B - as it seeks to cash-in on the increase in demand for mobile connectivity.

 

The owner of David Jones, and the Country Road Group, has denied the wave of speculation that it is planning to exit Australia.

 

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Apr 05, 2022
Amazon Australia open to bidding for Olympics | Domain buys for $180M | Microsoft and Activision's insider trading blow up
354

Amazon Prime Video’s Aussie division is not ruling out making a play for the next 3 Olympics when the tender rights open up later this year.

 

Domain, the Aussie real estate listings site, is acquiring a real estate campaign management platform named Realbase for at least $180M.

 

Regulators are investigating a possible insider trading incident at gaming behemoth Activision, which happened just before Microsoft’s US$69 billion takeover of the company.

 

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Apr 04, 2022
TabCorp & Tatts divorce after just 5 years | Lizzo's Good As Hell new brand | Self-driving cars getting closer and closer
359

TabCorp and Tatts, the betting and lotto companies, are finalising the paperwork to BREAK UP after merging just 5 years ago.

 

Pop star Lizzo has turned from Good-As-Hell music superstar to shape-shifting business-women with her new shapewear brand.

 

Waymo, the self-driving car company, says fully driverless rides are coming to San Francisco - taking us one step closer to never having to drive again.

 

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Apr 03, 2022
Westpac dumps salary secrecy rules | New Balance is bringing de-globalisation back | Qantas has a plan for net-zero emissions
357

Westpac employees will be free to talk about their pay packets - to friends, family, colleagues - after Westpac dumped its salary secrecy clause.

 

Sneaker brand New Balance wants to remind buyers that the shoes are Made In America - and it's part advertising, part necessity.

 

Qantas shared how it plans to meet its 2050 net-zero emissions target, and it could involve carbon farming in WA.

 

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Mar 31, 2022
Aussie mining giant replaces Russian gas with Aussie green hydrogen | Local VC tries to find the next Canva with $1B | Sony's new PlayStation subscription
353

Aussie mining giant Fortescue has inked a new deal with German energy company E.ON to replace Russian gas with Australian green hydrogen.

 

Australian venture investor Blackbird Ventures is raising $1 billion from investors to find and back the next Canva.

 

Sony is launching a new PlayStation subscription service, as gaming companies strive to replicate the success of TV and movie streaming.

 

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Mar 30, 2022
Winners & losers of the federal budget | AppleTV+ beats Netflix at Oscars | Tesla, Tweets & $112 billion
357

The Treasurer has dropped the mic on the 2022/2023 election budget, and the key theme is the rising cost of living.

 

Apple TV+ is celebrating its win of Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and in bad news for Netflix, it has become the first streaming service to win the top gong.

 

Tesla tweeted it will perform another ‘stock split’ - and shortly after the tweet, it added $112 billion to its valuation.

 

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Mar 29, 2022
Star casino loses CEO | Stripe lands and expands in Aus | HubSpot = a podcaster now
340

The CEO of the Star Entertainment Group has resigned following revelations of widespread misconduct at the casino.

 

Stripe, the world’s most valuable private 'fintech', is seeking new banking partners in Australia so it can extend its payments services into loans and bank accounts.

 

Customer management company HubSpot has created a platform to produce podcasts, and creators who participate will get a monthly payment.

 

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Mar 28, 2022
TikTok to save Aussie federal election | Triple M-owner to sell assets | Uber's big taxi deal
355

TikTok has committed to removing damaging political misinformation in lead up to the Australian federal election.

 

Several parties are said to be interesting in buying the regional TV assets of Southern Cross Austereo, the owner of Hit, Triple M and LiSTNR.

 

Uber has struck a landmark deal with yellow taxis in New York, as the company strives to integrate itself with every taxi in the world.

 

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Mar 27, 2022
ANZ Bank = our first 'stablecoin' | Telstra to plant 158,000 trees for carbon credits | YouTube = pretty much a TV channel now
357

ANZ Bank has created a ‘stablecoin’ that’s pegged to the Australian dollar, in a milestone for Australia's digital economy.

 

Telstra says it’ll plant 158,000 trees via drones to rack up carbon credits and offset its greenhouse gas emissions.

 

YouTube taking another big step into the TV space after announcing it will stream more than 4,000 TV shows for free, beginning in the US.

 

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Mar 24, 2022
Foxtel & F1 in love again | Facebook sued by ACCC for Aussie scam | $450M for a Bored Ape 'seed' round
357

Foxtel has extended its deal to broadcast Formula 1, and the deal is said to be worth between $40 and 45 million a year.

 

The ACCC is suing Meta, the owner of Facebook, and they’re alleging it knowingly ran ads for crypto scams featuring Australian celebrities.

 

Yuga Labs, the company behind the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs, is at it again - they’ve raised $450 million USD for their seed round.

 

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Mar 23, 2022
Bubs' boujee babies hurt A2 Milk | Qantas gets into NFTs | Match Group's new app for single parents
351

Baby formula producer Bubs is launching a ‘supreme’ premium range (for the boujee babies out there), and it sent shares tumbling for rival A2 Milk.

 

Qantas is going to sell NFTs featuring its historic aircrafts later this year, and it’ll offer frequent-flyer points to buyers.

 

Dating company Match Group is launching its latest app, designed exclusively for single parents.

 

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Mar 22, 2022
Burger King won't shut down in Russia | Optus could ditch its Macquarie tower partner | TikTok to sell cooking ingredients from viral vids
316

Burger King says its independent operator in Russia is refusing to close down its restaurants.

 

Optus is threatening to take its big commercial partnership away from telco tower group Axicom - just as Macquarie plans to sell off Axicom.

 

Online grocery platform Instacart has teamed up with TikTok so users can buy recipe ingredients from viral videos

 

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Mar 21, 2022
Telstra wants to buy slice of Fetch TV | Amazon completes $8.5B acquisition of James Bond owner | Russia heading for debt default
322

Telstra is planning to buy a majority stake in subscription video service Fetch TV - despite already owning 35% of Foxtel.

 

Amazon has completed its US$8.5 billion acquisition of MGM - the company behind the James Bond franchise and many other blockbusters.

 

Russia is heading towards a default on its foreign debt payments, which threatens to send its economy deeper into crisis.

 

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Mar 20, 2022
'Link in bio' Linktree = Australia's new unicorn | US Fed Reserve drops interest bomb | Netflix to start charging for password sharing
345

Aussie startup Linktree, famous for creating “Link in bio”, has just raised $152 million - making it the latest Aussie unicorn.

 

The US Federal Reserve has approved its first interest rate hike in more than three years - and they say there could be 6 more on the horizon.

 

Netflix has announced it is going to test out charging customers for password sharing in some countries - and it ain’t cheap.

 

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Mar 17, 2022
F45 appoints itself no.1 | Suncorp expecting pain galore | Health sector bracing for production problems
349

F45, the Aussie-founded gym franchisor, has called itself the fastest growing fitness franchisor in the world after record revenues for the fourth quarter of 2021.

 

Suncorp, the Australian insurer, has received over 34,000 claims as a result of the floods and weather in Queensland and NSW. But they reckon the worst is yet to come.

 

The global healthcare sector, including ASX-listed Resmed, is on high alert because the war in Ukraine has started to derail production of medical devices.

 

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Mar 16, 2022
Lululemon takes on Nike for women | $2.7B: Rio Tinto wants Mongolian mine | NFT merger creates $5.5B behemoth
348

Lululemon is going to take on Nike by  making its own shoes, and will be designing footwear specifically for women.

 

Rio Tinto has offered to buy out Turquoise Hill Resources for US$2.7 billion in order to gain more control of its giant copper mine in Mongolia.

 

Yuga Labs, the NFT company behind the Bored Apes Yacht Club has acquired the rights to the CryptoPunks - meaning Yuga now controls NFTs with around US$5.5 billion in market cap.

 

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Mar 15, 2022
Myer: shoppers out for PJs, in for fashion | Amazon's bonanza stock split | Limewire. Is. Back.
360

Myer believes shoppers are over indoor clothes like leggings and PJs and are now more focused on fashion, as restaurants and office life returns.

 

Amazon has announced its first stock split since the dot-com boom, telling investors they’ll receive 20 shares for each share they currently own.

 

Old-school giant LimeWire is coming back, but this time it won’t be a music piracy service, it’ll be a fully-fledged NFT marketplace.

 

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Mar 14, 2022
Camp Australia sells its debt | TikTok launches music platform | Uber Eats is after your wallet
331

Camp Australia, the after school care business, has sold some of its debt to two investment firms - via a loan-to-own agreement.

 

TikTok has launched its own music distribution platform, which aims to help artists get their music heard.

 

Uber Eats is raising the stakes against banks and fintech apps by launching a feature that’ll let you order food as a group and split the bill with your mates.

 

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Mar 10, 2022
Expensive oil = expensive airfares for you | Apple's budget phone now less budget-y | London Metal - stop right now TYVM
351

Airlines have warned that airfares could  jump, as oil prices continue to rise - and when costs are higher for airlines, it often becomes more expensive for consumers.

 

The London Metal Exchange has been forced to halt nickel trading after prices more than doubled - and now they’re calling it an ‘unprecedented event’.

 

Apple has unveiled a new version of its budget-priced iPhone SE - with a pretty big upgrade - but given the price has gone up, it kinda feels less ‘budget’ than before.

 

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Mar 09, 2022
Aussie NFT startup now worth $3.5B | Atlassian-founder & co not done with AGL bid | Citigroup says close gender gap to increase GDP by US$2T
358

Aussie NFT startup Immutable is now valued at $3.5b after a $280m funding round - just 6 months after they raised $82m.

 

Mike Cannon-Brookes, the co-founder of Atlassian, and investment firm Brookfield, might not actually be finished with their takeover bid for AGL - following two rejections.

 

Global bank Citigroup has released a report saying that closing the gender gap in women-led businesses could increase GDP by US$2 trillion.

 

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Mar 08, 2022
Bonds to remove gendered items from 2025 | Telstra takes on Elon Musk | Petrol prices v Russia v US & Europe
356

Bonds, the iconic undies brand, plans to remove all gendered terms within its product, marketing, packaging and stores by 2025.

 

Telstra is partnering with a satellite internet company named OneWeb so it can get on the same galactic level as Elon Musk’s Starlink.

 

The US and Europe are considering a ban on Russian oil exports, which has seen petrol prices surge 10% - and we could be about to see ‘stagflation’.

 

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Mar 07, 2022
Construction giant accused of underpaying workers | The Batman's price surcharge | Ford's electric split from petrol
356

Australia’s biggest construction company, CIMIC, has been accused of underpaying hundreds of workers, subcontractors and banks in its Middle East operations.

 

The biggest movie cinema chain in the world, AMC, is going to charge more for tickets to the new Batman movie - as part of a new variable pricing experiment.

 

Ford is going to split its car business into two divisions - one for regular petrol cars, and another for electric cars.

 

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Mar 06, 2022
Coles deliveries by drone | Fastest Aussie unicorn ever | Uber's new concert feature
354

Coles is going to start delivering groceries by drone to Aussies in the ACT - thanks to its new partnership with Google’s drone service Wing.

 

Zeller, an Aussie fintech founded 2 years ago, has raised $100 million - and is now the fastest company to hit unicorn status in Australian history.

 

Uber has launched a new feature in the US that lets people book dinner reservations and concert tickets in-app.

 

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Mar 03, 2022
Optus: Telstra is blocking our 5G progress | IAG all in on startup investing | Nike turns off Russian tap
352

Optus is claiming Telstra has blocked its 5G push for 2.5 million regional Australians.

 

Aussie insurance giant IAG is getting even more serious about investing in startups -  and has committed to investing $75 million for its second venture fund.

 

Nike has turned off the tap by making online sales completely unavailable in Russia.

 

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Mar 02, 2022
$1.8B: CommBank's China exit | Milklab = Freedom Foods' new boo | EU ban on Russian media to include online platforms & apps
339

CommBank is ramping up its exit of Asia after announcing the sale of a 10% stake in Bank of Hangzhou (in eastern China) for $1.8B.

 

Noumi (FKA Freedom Foods) is embracing its popular barista milk brand Milklab as plant-based products gain more love from consumers.

 

The EU’s ban on Kremlin-backed media outlets, like Russia Today and Sputnik, is expected to include online platforms and apps.

 

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Mar 01, 2022
Zip Co snapping up rival | BP ditches Russia | Zendesk's $4B Survey Monkey fail
356

Aussie BNPL Zip Co has announced its plans to buy US BNPL Sezzle - as the industry continues to see mass consolidation.

 

BP is preparing for a $35 billion hit as it ditches its 20% stake in oil and gas giant Rosneft over the Ukraine invasion.

 

Customer support company Zendesk has had to can its US$4.1 billion acquisition of Survey Monkey’s parent company Momentive - after shareholders rejected the deal.

 

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Feb 28, 2022
Russia banned from financial system | The Australian launching youth site | Afterpay-owner wants to be the 'super app'
350

The US, UK and EU have announced a plan to isolate Russia from the international financial system.

 

To attract a younger audience, The Australian newspaper is preparing to launch a youth-focused, online-only publication named… The Oz.

 

Super app-wannabe Block, the owner of Afterpay, saw shares skyrocket nearly 40% last week after announcing gross profits were up 62%.

 

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Feb 27, 2022
Qantas blames Omicron for $1.3B loss | 750 jobs on the line - Probuild on its knees | Spotify launches physical product
354

Qantas says Omicron set its recovery back by six months - after reporting a $1.3B underlying loss for the last 6 months.

 

Major Aussie construction company Probuild has collapsed into administration - with 750 jobs in limbo.

 

Spotify has launched its first physical product - Car Thing - and this could be a sign of the future for Spotify and its hardware ambitions.

 

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Feb 24, 2022
Down 25% since IPO: Step One brings on NBA star to lift sales | Domino's new range to offset inflation cheese pain | Volkswagen may sell Porsche
357

Shares in Aussie underwear company Step One are down around 25% since its IPO, so now it’s bringing in the big (NBA) guns to attract US-based customers.

 

Domino’s is releasing new ranges of higher-priced premium pizzas to combat an increase in costs due to inflation (cheese and meat).

 

Volkswagen is considering selling off its profitable Porsche division by spinning it into a separate company with its share market listing.

 

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Feb 23, 2022
Share market volatility! Thanks Russia | $20M: Mad Paws buys pet meds biz | Legend investor fights for pigs against Maccas
340

ASX-listed Mad Paws will pay $20m to buy online pet medication and healthcare products business Pet Chemist.

 

Share market investors have been bracing for a painful couple of days - for Russian, Ukrainian and global markets - as tensions between Russia and Ukraine continue to heat up.

 

Legendary investor Carl Icahn is leveraging his reputation to tackle an issue close to his heart: the welfare of pigs - and he has pointed the finger at McDonald’s.

 

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Feb 22, 2022
AGL rejects Atlassian founder's takeover bid | Westpac releases Square rival | Hermes belted by production caps
357

Energy giant AGL has rejected an unsolicited takeover bid by Atlassian founder Mike Cannon-Brookes and investment company Brookfield.

 

Westpac is bringing out a new, sleek eftpos terminal to compete with Block (fka Square).

 

Limits on production have hit luxury handbag maker Hermés’ bottom-line - and sent shares tumbling 5% last week.

 

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Feb 21, 2022
$181M for Aussie star Employment Hero | NZ Rugby's All Blacks up for sale | Nvidia arrives in boom town
354

Aussie HR platform Employment Hero has raised $181 million at a $1.25 billion valuation - with some of the funds going towards its first-ever acquisition.

 

Demand for computer chips is booming and as a result Nvidia has seen data center sales increase by a whopping 71%.

 

US private equity giant Silver Lake is buying 8.58% of the organisation behind New Zealand’s All Blacks rugby team for NZ$200m.

 

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Feb 20, 2022
Disney expands into residential property | Telstra shares = a yo-yo | Spotify eats 2 more companies
353

To capitalise on its love from fans, Disney is expanding beyond theme parks and entertainment to design residential communities in the US.

 

Spotify has acquired two more companies, Podsights and Chartable, to solve the podcast measurement and attribution problem - which is still one of the biggest challenges for poddy advertisers.

 

Telstra’s shares have been yoyo-ing after profits dropped by a third, but somehow its dividend remained consistent.

 

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Feb 17, 2022
Aussie miner's big Tesla deal | Penfolds owner smashed by China tariffs | Airbnb loving remote work
352

Australian lithium miner, Liontown Resources, has secured a 5 year deal with Tesla to supply 100,000 tonnes of lithium per year.

 

Treasury Wine Estates, the owner of Penfolds, has seen net profits drop by 7.5% thanks to Chinese tariffs - so now they’re heading to other Asian countries.

 

Airbnb’s revenue grew 78% to $2.1 billion in the last 3 months, thanks to the major shift to remote work.

 

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Feb 16, 2022
SEEK $ays thanks to The Great Resignation | Adore Beauty's boom time is here | Super Bowl ads hit new record
358

Jobs site SEEK is going to issue its highest dividend in three years - thanks to the Great Resignation.

 

Adore Beauty says cosmetic sales will continue to increase, thanks to upcoming shopping events - as sales increased 18% for the last 6 months.

 

Super Bowl ads were more expensive this year than ever before - with a single ad costing around US$7 million.

 

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Feb 15, 2022
JB Hi-Fi returns $250M | Crown recommends $8.9B takeover | Binance invests $200M into Forbes after suing it
356

JB Hi-Fi says it will return $250 million back to shareholders via an off-market buyback - after sales climbed 4.3% in Jan.

 

The Crown Resorts board has recommended that shareholders accept the company’s $8.9 billion takeover offer from US private equity firm Blackstone.

 

Giant crypto exchange Binance has invested US$200 million into business publication Forbes - just two years after suing it for defamation.

 

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Feb 14, 2022
Officeworks acquires 21% stake in social enterprise | Baby Bunting profits fly 12% | YouTube's tools to make influencers money
334

Officeworks has acquired a 21% stake in a Brisbane-based social enterprise named World’s Biggest Garage Sale.

 

Baby Bunting, Australia’s largest specialty maternity and baby goods retailer, has seen net profits increase by 12% - and shareholders are excited.

 

To raise the stakes against TikTok and Instagram, YouTube is looking at introducing new set features to help creators make more cash.

 

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Feb 13, 2022
$3.7M: Sportsbet's record fine | NFT traders making millions from 'wash trading' | Microsoft wants 'universal' app store
349

Sportsbet is facing a record $3.7m indemnity fine for sending 150,000 spam messages to people who had unsubscribed from their alerts.

 

New research by the crypto firm that is advising CommBank shows that NFT traders are making millions from ‘wash trading’.

 

Microsoft is warming up regulators to their proposed acquisition of gaming giant Activision Blizzard by pledging a future that includes an open, “universal” app store.

 

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Feb 10, 2022
Temple & Webster hits $235M | Apple to wipe out Block? | Bumbe's new Gen Z baby
352

Despite high shipping costs, Aussie retailer Temple & Webster has seen revenue hit $235m (up 45%) for the last 6 months.

 

Apple says it will transform iPhones into contactless credit card readers and payment processors later this year.

 

Bumble has made its first acquisition - fast-growing French dating app Fruitz - which Bumble hopes will help it gain traction with a younger, Gen Z audience.

 

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Feb 09, 2022
Grill'd to lift prices...thanks inflation | Peloton to be eaten by Amazon? | Sex therapy from Selfridges
358

Grill’d says the price of some items will increase in the coming months due to supply chain issues and inflation.

 

At-home fitness company Peloton has drawn interest from potential buyers including Amazon - as it struggles to maintain pandemic-related growth.

 

UK-based department store Selfridges will offer sex therapy and drug-free “psychedelic trips” in-store, in its latest attempt to tempt shoppers back into stores.

 

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Feb 08, 2022
Aussie NFT co unites with GameStop | Facebook to guard against harassment in metaverse | Magellan sinks low
356

“Memestock” GameStop has partnered with Aussie crypto platform Immutable to build an NFT marketplace for GameStop’s fans to trade digital video game assets.

 

Shares in one of Australia’s largest investors, Magellan, which has over $100B in assets, sunk yesterday after its founder/chair took a leave of absence.

 

Facebook owner Meta is adding tools to guard users against sexual harassment in the metaverse.

 

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Feb 07, 2022
Qantas slashes FF points to help you book more accom | $31m: Aussie 'rent-to-own' startup raises big from CBA | Calm app buys health care company
315

After a rough couple of years, Qantas has slashed the amount of frequent flyer points consumers will need to book accommodation.

 

An Aussie ‘rent-to-own’ startup named OwnHome has raised $31m from big name investors, including CBA, to help Aussies break into the housing market.

 

Meditation app Calm has acquired Ripple Health Group, a health care tech company that connects individuals with health care options.

 

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Feb 06, 2022
Facebook's own crypto collapses | Aussie Aristocrat ditched in the UK | $23B: Exxon is back (and better than ever?)
344

Diem, the ambitious crypto project funded by Facebook has collapsed after a more than two-year effort.

 

Aussie gambling software maker Aristocrat Leisure has to abandon its $4B takeover of Playtech after Playtech’s shareholders rejected the deal.

 

After the oil industry hit record lows in 2020, Exxon Mobil’s annual profits have exploded to US$23 billion - its highest levels since 2014.

 

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Feb 03, 2022
Dolce & Gabbana quits animal fur | US$3.6B: Sony buys Halo-maker | Aus-born packaging giant raises prices due to inflation
348

Dolce & Gabbana has joined a growing list of fashion houses to ban animal fur, saying it will use a sustainable “eco-fur” in future collections.

 

Sony has announced plans to acquire Bungie, the creator of popular video games Halo and Destiny, for US$3.6b.

 

Amcor, the Australia-born company that has become the world’s largest consumer packaging company, has implemented $650m of price rises due to inflation.

 

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Feb 02, 2022
$700M for local startups as Airtree hits record | NYT buys Wordle | China launches digital yuan at olympics
355

Local venture capital fund AirTree Ventures has closed the biggest fund yet in Australia, raising $700 million to back startups in software and Web3.

 

The New York Times has acquired the super popular word puzzle game Wordle for ‘low seven figures’.

 

China is rolling out its digital yuan to athletes and spectators ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics - the first test of whether China’s virtual currency appeals to foreigners.

 

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Feb 01, 2022
Airtasker bounces back | Google's $1B to win another market | Trouble coming for share trading apps?
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Aussie jobs marketplace Airtasker was hit hard by covid in 2021, but since then has seen a 37.5% increase in Q2 revenue - and growth in wages for its airtaskers.

 

Google is investing another $1 billion in India’s smartphone market - a move it hopes will drive down the cost of smartphones in a huge market.

 

Share trading app Robinhood is forecasting its first quarter revenue to be down 35% compared to last year - in a sign of what may be to come for local players.

 

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Jan 31, 2022
Atlassian shares fly on 37% improvement | Mattel wins back control of Disney toys | Apple hits record - thanks again, iPhone
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Atlassian shares jumped 10% last week after announcing second quarter revenue of $688.5 million (37% better than last year).

 

Toy giant Mattel has won back control of the lucrative licenses for Disney Princess and “Frozen” characters - from arch rival Hasbro.

 

Apple has reported record quarterly revenue and it’s largely due to strong sales of the iPhone 13.

 

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Jan 30, 2022
Our no.1 brand: Bunnings beats Woolies, Officeworks | Joe Rogan brawl: Spotify to remove Neil Young music | Chinese retail darling to ditch China for IPO
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Bunnings has claimed the title of Australia’s strongest brand, with Woolworths and Officeworks rounding out the top three.

 

Spotify will remove Neil Young’s music after the singer demanded Spotify take it down - in response to vaccine misinformation being spread by Joe Rogan (a popular podcaster on Spotify).

 

Chinese fashion giant Shein is planning to IPO in the US, and its founder is considering a citizenship change from China to the US to bypass proposed rules for offshore IPOs in China.

 

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Jan 27, 2022
Maccas wants you to run a restaurant | Amazon to take on Myer, David Jones | QuadPay founders sue for their Zip shares advice
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McDonald’s has announced that it has 100 new Australian restaurants in the pipeline, but now it needs to find the right franchise candidates.

 

Amazon plans to open a department store where technology will recommend what shoppers should try on next.

 

The founders of buy now pay later company QuadPay are suing Merrill Lynch over their advice to sell nearly 13m shares in Zip Co - immediately after being acquired by Zip Co.

 

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Jan 26, 2022
Aussie mining giant buys F1 racing partner | Supply chain steal: IGA wins marketshare from big cats | Insta gives creators more money options
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Aussie mining giant Fortescue has paid $311m for Williams Advanced Engineering, a battery and engineering company with links to the Williams Formula One motorsport team.

 

IGA has taken market share from its big name rivals because IGA’s more local supply chains have let them to keep shelves better stocked during the omicron wave.

 

Instagram is giving creators more ways to make money with this week’s launch of Instagram Subscriptions.

 

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Jan 24, 2022
$960M: Aussie startup raises at big valuation thanks to 'bubble' | Peloton cutting jobs as it struggles | EU fighting the good fight against Big Tech
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Dovetail, the Aussie customer research start-up, has raised $89 million at a $960 million valuation, as its founders acknowledge a “bubble-like” time for raising capital.

 

Fitness company Peloton plans to cut jobs and production levels, as sales slow down significantly.

 

The EU has passed legislation that could transform how Big Tech operates, requiring them to police content more aggressively and introduce restrictions on ads.

 

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Jan 23, 2022
Uber buys Aussie startup Car Next Door | Coke unveils new vibe to stand out | Disney's new team to try beat Netflix
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Uber has acquired Australian car-sharing service Car Next Door to expand the range of services it offers to customers.

 

Coke is unveiling a new look for flavoured Coke products, as the company strives to stand out at the supermarket.

 

Disney has created a new international content team to build up its pipeline of content in countries around the world, ultimately to boost global subscriber numbers.

 

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Jan 20, 2022
Aussie companies introducing Omicron surcharges | $96B: Candy Crush maker bought by Microsoft | Goldman Sachs down 8% for paying talent too much
358

Aussie freight and logistics companies are being forced to introduce Omicron surcharges in order to cover the costs of staff shortages.

 

Gaming giant Activision Blizzard, the maker of World of Warcraft and Candy Crush, has agreed to be acquired by Microsoft for $96 billion.

 

Shares in Goldman Sachs dropped 8% after it announced its expenses have been rising - due to ‘rewarding top talent in a competitive labour environment’.

 

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Jan 19, 2022
Beforepay breaks [bad] IPO record | Redbubble's profit pain | Unilever will pay big for health products
359

Shares in Aussie on-demand wage service Beforepay fell 42% on their IPO day - the worst first-day performance in 2 years on the ASX.

 

Redbubble expects revenue to drop, as the pandemic leads to increased customer acquisition costs and decreased shipping margins.

 

Unilever, the owner of Ben & Jerry’s, is willing to pay big money for the company that makes Advil and Aquafresh toothpaste - as it tries to ramp up its focus on health products.

 

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Jan 18, 2022
AFLW's world-first $25m crypto deal | UberEats tries new branding via Aus Open | Beyond Meat the most unloved stock
357

The AFLW has locked in the first major crypto sports sponsorship in Australia - a $25m deal with crypto.com.

 

UberEats is using its sponsorship of the Aus Open to re-position itself as a way to get anything delivered, rather than just food takeaway.

 

Beyond Meat has become the most ‘shorted’ stock on the Russell 1000 Index - with investors betting against the company in a big way.

 

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Jan 17, 2022
Stan v Foxtel: Stan raises the stakes again | $8B: Crown Resorts to recommend a 'yes' | Virgin Galactic down with $580M of debt
360

Stan is raising the stakes against rival Foxtel with the launch of Stan Event, a pay-per-view service aimed to increasing Stan’s subscriber numbers.

 

Aussie gaming giant Crown Resorts will recommend its shareholders accept a new takeover bid of at least $8.87 billion by private equity firm Blackstone.

 

Shares in Virgin Galactic dropped more than 16% last week when it announced it would raise around $580 million in debt.

 

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Jan 16, 2022
Your health insurance up in 2022 | Ex-Disney CEO's grenade at Disney | TikTok rival merges for $5B valuation
354

Private health insurance premiums will increase next year by an average of 2.7% -  the lowest increase in 20 years - thanks to the pandemic and its impact on health insurance profits.

 

The former CEO of Disney says that Disney+ needs ‘more content for more people’ if it wants to hit its lofty 2022 goals.

 

TikTok rival Triller will go public via a ‘reverse merger’ with video-tech company SeaChange - with the combined company valued at around US$5 billion.

 

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Dec 23, 2021
Chemist Warehouse accused of inflated Black Friday prices | Marley Spoon eats Chefgood for $21m | Meta (fka FB) shareholders ask the big hairy questions
337

Chemist Warehouse has been accused of cooking up inflated pricetags for Black Friday sales.

 

Global meal kit company Marley Spoon has eaten up ready-to-heat meal company Chefgood for a delicious $21 million.

 

Shareholders of Meta (fka Facebook) are questioning whether the company is able to oversee public safety on its platforms - and now want an independent evaluation.

 

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Dec 22, 2021
NAB's 1 hour mortgage | Plant-based food may have to remove 'beef' word | Chinese giant excludes US investors for monster IPO
352

NAB plans to approve mortgage applications in one hour, as banks fight it out for the fastest mortgage process.

 

Plant-based food makers in Australia could be forced to remove words like ‘beef’ and ‘sausage’ from their packaging.

 

Chinese AI giant SenseTime has excluded US investors from buying shares in its US$767m IPO.

 

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Dec 21, 2021
Mecca creates an Australia-first experience | $500M: Sony buys Springsteen | Disney, YouTube fight over (finally)
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Beauty retailer Mecca has created Australia’s first ‘pay-to-dispense’ street vending machines in order to drive gift sales in high traffic locations.

 

Bruce Springsteen has sold the rights to all of his music to Sony for over US$500 million - in the largest music rights deal ever.

 

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Dec 20, 2021
Aussie record: $458m in VC for Rokt | Spotify acquires Aussie startup | US Fed going hard on inflation battle
351

Rokt, the e-commerce tech unicorn has smashed the record for the largest single venture capital raising in Aussie history - $458m.

 

Spotify has bought Aussie podcast-tech platform Whooshkaa with big plans to gain a foothold in the broadcast-to-podcast space.

 

The US Federal Reserve has said it will increase interest rates next year as inflation continues to get out of hand.

 

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Dec 19, 2021
Westpac hit by Westpac shareholders over exec pay | Kraft's major cream cheese shortage | Zara, H&M dominate with wardrobe updates post lockdown
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Westpac’s shareholders have hit Westpac with a ‘protest vote’ over the new pay plans for its executives.

 

Kraft, the brand behind Kraft Singles, is getting crafty with its marketing - due to a major cream cheese shortage.

 

Sales at Zara and H&M are back to pre-pandemic levels (or in some cases are better) thanks to post-lockdown wardrobe updates.

 

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Dec 16, 2021
$16B: Aus's CSL buys Swiss co | Harley Davidson sells e-bike biz to attract Gen Z | Rotten Tomatoes & TikTok unite for movies
353

Aussie biotech giant CSL has bought Switzerland’s Vifor Pharma for $16.4b - giving CSL exposure to the fast growing market for kidney disease and iron deficiency treatments.

 

Harley Davidson is planning to take its electric motorbike business public in order to attract millennials and Gen Z.

 

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Dec 15, 2021
Woolies worried about xmas supply chain issues | CBA, IFM: Australia-first green deal | Nike buys virtual sneaker company for metaverse expansion
352

Woolies has encouraged shoppers to hit the shops early this xmas, as COVID-related supply chain issues could mean some products might be in short supply.

 

In a first for Australia, investment firm IFM is sinking $200m into CBA through a term deposit that will only be used to fund sustainability-linked loans.

 

Nike bought virtual sneaker company RTFKT, as Nike aims to expand its footprint in the fast-growing “metaverse”.

 

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Dec 14, 2021
Booktopia taken to court in Aus | Sex and the City hurts Peloton | Reddit rips from Spotify Wrapped
358

Booktopia is being taken to court after an ACCC investigation found it had misled consumers about their rights re  faulty or damaged goods.

 

A plot line from the Sex and the City reboot has sent shares in exercise company Peloton tumbling.

 

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Dec 13, 2021
Australia could run out of beer | Coles Local = the next big thing | The suss $275B Apple deal with China
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Two of Australia’s largest breweries have warned that we could be facing a beer crunch due to the supply chain crisis.

 

Coles wants its smaller Coles Local stores to make up around 10% of its total supermarket stores across the nation.

 

Apple signed a gigantic US$275 billion deal with China back in 2016, and it could be why Apple has managed to remain so successful in China.

 

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Dec 12, 2021
Twitter straight up copies TikTok | Visa launches crypto consultancy | Aussie supermarket supplies (and trucks) in trouble in 2022
357

Twitter is testing a feature that turns its explore page into a TikTok-style video feed (and it’s even got a ‘For You’ tab like TikTok).

 

Payments company Visa is launching a new consulting service to help clients understand the wacky world of crypto.

 

'AdBlue', a crucial diesel fluid, could run out by around February - which would hurt Australia’s trucking industry and supermarket supplies.

 

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Dec 09, 2021
Apple, Aussie banks could be forced to invest by treasurer | DoorDash bursts into 10 min delivery | Rising NFT platform stealing talent from big tech companies
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Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will legislate a new power that could force Apple to join the banks in investing in Australia’s $650 billion-a-day payments system.

 

Delivering purchases within 10-15 minutes is the latest trend in grocery delivery, and as a result, DoorDash has debuted its own ultra-fast delivery service.

 

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Dec 08, 2021
$125M for the pooches at Pet Circle | Buzzfeed sinks 17%, thanks SPAC city | $38M: Aussie startup cashes in on retailers' digital goals
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Pet Circle, the Aussie online pet supplies and services marketplace, has just become Australia’s latest unicorn after a juicy $125m capital raise.

 

BuzzFeed shares plunged 17% at their public debut - and it wasn’t an IPO that did the damage... but a ‘SPAC’.

 

Aussie online marketplace developer Marketplacer has just banked $38m in investment, as retailers continue to adopt marketplaces of their own.

 

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Dec 07, 2021
IGA, Mitre 10 shines thanks to local shopping boom | BHP's dividend and big petrol, coal exits | Chinese Uber de-lists in US to re-list in Hong Kong
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Metcash, the owner of IGA supermarkets, Mitre 10 and Foodland, saw sales and profits grow big time this year, thanks to a shift towards local neighbourhood shopping.

 

BHP has hinted that it might be open to boosting its dividend payout next year after selling off key petrol and coal assets.

 

Didi, a Chinese version of Uber, is going to de-list from the New York Stock Exchange despite only IPO-ing 6 months ago - and it now plans to re-list in Hong Kong.

 

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Dec 06, 2021
Commbank's crypto partner to offer Aussies income product | Westpac cuts jobs in $45B business | Hermes reaches the big leagues after 90% jump
343

Commbank’s New York-based crypto exchange partner, Gemini, is planning to launch an ‘income product’ for everyday Aussie investors.

 

Westpac is slashing jobs in its $45b superannuation arm BT, as it prepares to sell the business over the coming months.

 

Luxury goods maker Hermés will list be added to the Euro Stoxx 50, where Europe’s top stocks are listed, after shares jumped 90% this year.

 

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Dec 05, 2021
Woolies, Wesfarmers fighting it out for Priceline owner | Square copies Facebook with big rebranding | $129M: Aussie medical startup raises huge
354

Woolies has thrown a last-minute bid to acquire the owner of pharmacy chain Priceline - an offer that tops Wesfarmers’ offer from a month ago.

 

Payments platform Square is changing its name to Block from December 10 - possibly after getting FOMO from Meta.

 

Medical tech startup Harrison.ai has raised $129 million in one of the largest funding rounds ever for an Aussie startup.

 

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Dec 02, 2021
Netflix to finally pay tax on Aussie sub revenue | $10M: Seven invests in Raiz | UK orders Facebook to sell Giphy
354

Netflix will finally start paying tax on its $1 billion-plus Australian subscriber revenue, as it converts to a local entity structure.

 

Aussie media giant Seven West Media has invested around $10 million into micro-investing platform Raiz.

 

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has ordered Facebook (aka Meta) to sell Giphy.

 

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Dec 01, 2021
Westpac allegedly charged dead customers | US$65M: Local star Mr Yum goes big | Twitter loses its CEO
351

The corporate regulator has launched 6 lawsuits against Westpac for allegedly charging dead customers financial advice fees.

 

Mr Yum, the Aussie mobile ordering platform, has raised a whopping US$65 million - after the pandemic and social distancing increased its adoption.

 

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has stepped down from his role as CE .and is passing the reins to the company’s chief technology officer.

 

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Nov 30, 2021
Channels 7 & 9 BOTH claim victory for 2021 | Omicron causes havoc in Australia and beyond | Pokemon Go maker now worth $9B
349

Channel 7 and Channel 9 have both claimed victory in the 2021 TV ratings battle... and they’re both right depending on which way you look at it.

 

The new covid variant, Omicron, has caused major sell-offs in share markets - in Australia and around the world - as investors panic.

 

The augmented reality platform that developed Pokemon Go, Niantic, is now valued at US$9 billion (and is obviously now a ‘metaverse’ company).

 

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Nov 29, 2021
QSuper sued by its own members | Nike has created Nikeland | Zoom shares tank 15% despite good numbers
340

QSuper has been sued by its members in a class action because members believe they were overcharged for life insurance fees.

 

Nike has created its own virtual world named Nikeland inside the online video game platform Roblox.

 

Zoom’s share price tanked 15% last week - even though the company reported better-than-expected earnings.

 

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Nov 28, 2021
Aussie superfund enters crypto | $80M: Adairs buys Focus on Furniture | Tinder owner gets into physical matchmaking
338

Homewares retailer Adairs has acquired Focus on Furniture for $80 million in a play to expand into the furniture and bedding industry.

 

Rest Super has become the first super fund to announce it will invest a portion of its funds in crypto assets.

 

Tinder’s owner, Match Group, will expand beyond the digital dating world into the physical world by introducing human matchmakers to its service.

 

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Nov 25, 2021
Vodafone goes head to head with NBN | Tracking app Life360 acquires Tile | Spotify and Netflix is a match made in heaven
354

Vodafone is trying to compete head on with NBN by cutting prices on its 4G and 5G internet plans.

 

Life360, a family tracking app has acquired key and wallet finder app Tile for nearly $300m.

 

Spotify is partnering with Netflix to create a ‘Netflix Hub’ to help listeners browse soundtracks from Netflix shows.

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Nov 24, 2021
Netflix & co are suing Aussie telcos | Twitter dives into livestream e-commerce | Silicon Valley's highest-profile fraud case
359

Aussie telcos, including Telstra, Optus and TPG are in the firing line after streaming giants and film studios are suing them over piracy concerns.

 

Twitter is getting into the e-commerce game by launching a livestream shopping event, with a US department store.

 

The former CEO of market-darling Theranos has hit the courts, in the highest-profile fraud case to come out of Silicon Valley.

 

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Nov 23, 2021
Superfunds could be insolvent from January | Crown wants to up $8B offer from bidder | Nvidia $9.8B quarter and the 'omniverse'
357

Several industry superfunds could become insolvent from January, thanks to a new law that stops them from using members’ cash to pay fines.

 

Crown Resorts could open its books to private equity behemoth Blackstone, in the hope it will convince Blackstone to up its latest $8.46 billion bid for the company.

 

Graphics company Nvidia has announced another quarter of record sales ($9.8B) following unparalleled demand for videogaming, data centers and the ‘omniverse’.

 

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Nov 22, 2021
Optus wins EPL rights in blind auction | Apple going hard against Tesla | Crypto.com pays BIG for Staples Centre name
355

Optus has won the rights to be the exclusive broadcaster of English Premier League football for the next six seasons, winning a ‘blind auction’.

 

Apple is ramping up its electric car plans and is refocusing the project around full self-driving capabilities - aiming to become the no.1 player in the industry.

 

Staples Centre, the Iconic Los Angeles sports arena, will rebrand to Crypto.com Arena after the crypto exchange bought naming rights for a rumoured US$700M.

 

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Nov 21, 2021
CommBank's biggest share price drop in yonks | Nestle gets aggressive online | Crypto fans bid for legit US Constitution
351

CommBank shares had their biggest single-day drop since March 2020 earlier this week, as investors worry about competition in the mortgage space and the record low cash rate.

 

Nestle expects to almost double e-commerce sales to 25% of total company sales by 2025 - by pushing sales to consumers directly via its own online channel.

 

Crypto fans are uniting to spend millions of dollars worth of crypto to bid for an original copy of the US Constitution.

 

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Nov 18, 2021
$500M: Macquarie to shake up Aussie property with 'build to rent' | Dua Lipa's Warner Music revenue up 22% - thanks TikTok | 'Mattress in a box' giant going private just 2 years after splashy IPO
356

Aussie bank Macquarie wants to shake up Australia’s property market by spending $500m on new ‘build-to-rent’ complexes around Australia.

 

Revenue at Warner Music, the record label of Dua Lipa and Ed Sheeran, has increased by 22% thanks to TikTok and fitness platform Peloton.

 

Casper, the OG ‘mattress in a box’ retailer, is going private again - less than 2 years after they went public via a big splashy IPO.

 

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Nov 17, 2021
Telstra fights energy retailers | $80M for Aussie e-bike startup | Disney's ESPN considering sports betting
354

Telstra is fighting back against energy retailers that sell internet and telco services, stating it will begin selling energy and gas to Aussies by June 2022.

 

Zoomo, the Aussie startup that builds e-bikes and offers subscriptions to gig workers and couriers, wants to be the next big electric vehicle company after raising US$60 million.

 

Disney, which owns sports network ESPN, is considering entering sports betting to boost its entertainment business as its Disney+ streaming numbers start to slow down.

 

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Nov 16, 2021
Volkswagen's $125M appeal thrown out by Australia | Taylor Swift is flipping the music industry | Beyond Meat nears saturation point
358

The High Court of Australia has refused to hear Volkswagen’s appeal against the record A$125 million fine imposed on it after deceiving customers about the environmental performance of its cars.

 

Taylor Swift has re-released her 2012 album Red, and as a result the balance of power between record labels and musicians could be starting to shift.

 

Beyond Meat has admitted that demand for its products is slowing at restaurants and supermarkets, indicating the industry could be approaching its saturation point.

 

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Nov 15, 2021
Victoria Secret sued by Kayla's Sweat | De'longhi launches luxury coffee lounge | Amazon's ginormous cashless supermarket
336

Victoria’s Secret has been sued by the company that owns Kayla Itsines’ Sweat, for allegedly copying its trademark.

 

Coffee brand De’longhi Australia has gone direct-to-consumer with its first ever luxury coffee lounge.

 

Amazon has opened a 35,000 square foot supermarket with no cash registers - suggesting the company is serious about dominating the grocery market.

 

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Nov 14, 2021
Aussies remain in dud superfunds | GetSwift misled to ASX | 2021's biggest IPO is here
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Just 7% of Aussies who found out they were in a dud superannuation fund actually did something about it, according to a new report from APRA.

 

Aussie logistics company GetSwift has been found to have made misleading statements on their sharemarket updates.

 

Electric vehicle maker Rivian Automotive has had the world’s biggest IPO for 2021.

 

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Nov 11, 2021
Aussie property prices cooling down | GE breaking up with... itself x3 | Social media comments management worth $1B+
357

Auction clearance rates have declined over the last few weeks across Australia, meaning the property market could be cooling down.

 

Global giant GE will break itself into three companies - focused on aviation, healthcare and energy - following years of company underperformance.

 

OpenWeb, a platform used by publishers to manage social media comments, has become a $1B unicorn - as publishers realise the importance of relationships with their communities.

 

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Nov 10, 2021
Amazon Prime Video Australia's all-in-one video service | Travis Scott concert hurts Live Nation | Supreme, Tiffany collab one for the ages
348

Amazon Prime Video’s Australian arm has announced plans to aggregate rival on-demand video and streaming services in one spot.

 

Entertainment company Live Nation has seen its shares drop by nearly 10% following Travis Scott’s Astroworld concert.

 

The unique collab between Tiffany and Supreme launches this week, and it is expected to boost brand awareness for both companies.

 

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Nov 09, 2021
Aussie plant-based food heads to China | IKEA launching second-hand marketplace in Aus | Nike's metaverse moment is here already?
322

Aussie plant-based food maker v2food is rolling out plant-based food in China with new culturally-relevant meals.

 

IKEA is set to launch a second-hand marketplace for Aussies to buy pre-loved furniture in early 2022.

 

Nike has gone on a trademark spree, a signal that the company could be preparing to sell virtual footwear in the metaverse.

 

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Nov 08, 2021
Crypto ETF's are live and boomin | Eco friendly footwear company Allbirds soars on share market debut | Chanel hikes prices and gives us major FOMO
356

An Aussie crypto ETF launched on the ASX and became the largest traded ETF on opening day.

 

Eco friendly footwear and clothing company Allbirds listed on the share market and saw shares soar by almost 93% on its first day of trading.

 

Luxury goods company Chanel is hiking its prices on some of its most popular stock ahead of the Christmas period.

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Nov 07, 2021
Booktopia wants recurring book readers | Microsoft enters the metaverse arena | BMW has bittersweet news
350

Online bookshop Booktopia has launched an eBook subscription service to capture more recurring book readers and recurring revenue.

 

Microsoft is entering the Metaverse with new 3D Avatars for your next Teams meeting 

 

Bittersweet news from BMW who reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings...but their car deliveries have dropped off.

 

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Nov 04, 2021
CommBank & crypto sitting in a tree | Zoom to make you watch ads | Estee Lauder's make-up boom post lockdown
349

CommBank will let its customers hold and use bitcoin via its app to attract to young customers and keep up with PayPal and Square.

 

Zoom is introducing a pilot advertising program that will show ads to users on its “Basic” free tier.

 

Estée Lauder sales have increased by almost $1B (USD) as consumers return to physical stores in search of that post-pandemic glow.

 

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Nov 03, 2021
Betty's Burgers dominates burger land | Gym classes in the sky with Peloton | Epic's Fortnite shuts down in China
358

Following a pivot during covid, Betty’s Burgers has sees sales rise big time, proving to be a winner for its owner Retail Zoo, which also owns Boost Juice.

 

At-home exercise company Peloton is bringing gym classes to airplane flights through a new partnership.

 

Epic Games is shutting down its efforts to bring highly popular video game Fortnite to the Chinese market following continued regulatory scrutiny.

 

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Nov 02, 2021
David Jones' first profit in years, but why? | $132M: Channel 7 owner buys big | SurveyMonkey bought for over $5B
364

David Jones has achieved its first net profit since 2018 - breaking a three-year streak of losses, partially thanks to JobKeeper.

 

Channel 7 owner Seven West Media has finally acquired regional broadcaster Prime Media for $132 million, 2 years after Seven first tried to buy Prime.

 

The parent company of popular survey tool SurveyMonkey has been acquired for around $4.13 billion (US) by Zendesk.

 

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Nov 01, 2021
Coke ends beer, cider in Aus | Facebook rebrands after backlash | Shell struggles to transition
340

Coke is ending its cider and beer brands in Australia as the company’s new owner sets a fresh strategy.

 

After sustained backlash against its brand, the corporate entity behind Facebook (and Instagram and WhatsApp) has a new name - Meta.

 

Oil giant Shell missed its expected profit numbers for the last 3 months, as the company battles to transition towards renewable energy.

 

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Oct 31, 2021
Coles: You'll spend big this xmas | Click Frenzy, shopping centre group unite | LinkedIn launches rival to UpWork, Fiverr
356

Coles is predicting that Aussies will spend up big this Christmas in a post lockdown spending spree.

 

Aussie shopping centre company Vicinity has taken a near 20% stake in the owner of Click Frenzy, as the two companies unite to make the most of their appeal to consumers.

 

LinkedIn has launched a global freelance platform to compete with UpWork and Fiverr.

 

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Oct 28, 2021
Commbank's Dollarmites = gone | Kim Kardashian + Fendi shape up | Adobe's social media truth tool
346

Commbank’s Dollarmites program, which turned students into bank customers, has been cut by the bank, following pressure from state governments and ASIC.

 

Kim Kardashian-West’s shapewear line Skims is collaborating with luxury fashion brand Fendi to launch a new women’s collection.

 

Adobe has launched a new tool to help social media users identify whether an image has been manipulated or not.

 

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Oct 27, 2021
Under 30s flee from Facebook | New shopping app from Stylerunner founders | Amazon founder to house humans in space
359

Facebook will make big changes and focus more on Reels to make Facebook and Instagram more appealing to users aged 18-29.

 

The co-founder of online retailer Stylerunner is launching a new women’s shopping app to disrupt the digital coupon industry

 

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin wants to launch a space station that will house up to 10 people in the second half of this decade.

 

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Oct 26, 2021
$100m: ANZ bids for Cashrewards | Marley Spoon doing pets now | Donald Trump investor up 400%
359

ANZ Bank is betting against buy now, pay later with its $100m bid to acquire cash back company Cashrewards.

 

Marley Spoon is expanding into pet food delivery to cater for the big number of families that bought pets during the pandemic.

 

Following news it would help launch Donald Trump’s new social media platform, a ‘special purpose acquisition company’ (SPAC) saw its shares rise 400% last week.

 

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Oct 25, 2021
Supermarket giants roll out vax mandates | FIFA, EA Games break up lucrative partnership | Snapchat share price struggles as Apple bites
352

Woolworths, Coles and Aldi are rolling out vaccine mandates to protect shoppers and staff from COVID-19.

 

EA Games and FIFA are ending their 3-decade-long relationship, which has produced some of the most profitable video games ever.

 

Snapchat’s shares fell nearly 25% last week after it acknowledged its ad business “was disrupted” by changes to Apple’s latest privacy terms changes.

 

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Oct 24, 2021
Rivals cut CBA's lunch | Pinterest could be bought by PayPal | Nestle's price hikes make the company happy
356

CommBank is rolling out new payments terminals as it ramps up its fight against newer financial technology companies that have cut its lunch.

 

Paypal is exploring an acquisition of social media company Pinterest for nearly $52 billion.

 

Nestle has exceeded its own expectations for the last 3 months, after increasing prices by 2% for some of its top brands.

 

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Oct 21, 2021
Flight Centre ready to pounce $$ | Netflix adds 4.4m, thanks Squid Game | $3.3B: Johnson & Johnson expect big vax sales
352

Flight Centre thinks it can get back to monthly profits this financial year, as the travel industry gets ready to swing back into action.

 

Netflix has added 4.4 million subscribers, and has praised Squid Game for its much needed growth.

 

Global pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson is expecting $3.3 billion of vaccine sales this year.

 

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Oct 20, 2021
$650M: Mercedes-Benz in court action in Aus | Aussie startup sells for $205m | LinkedIn shut down in China
348

Mercedes-Benz will defend a $650m Federal Court action launched by a majority of its Australian dealerships.

 

A four-year-old supermarket advertising startup, founded by a former AFL player, has been acquired for $205m by a French multinational.

 

Microsoft is shutting down LinkedIn in China as internet censorship increases in the country.

 

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Oct 19, 2021
Aussie pokies machine maker bids $3.9B | Saks Fifth Ave ecomm IPO worth over $8B? | Afterpay-owner Square wants to build bitcoin mining system
344

Aussie pokies machine maker Aristocrat Leisure wants to expand its market dominance and has made a $3.9B bid for a UK online gambling and content supplier.

 

The ecommerce division of Saks Fifth Avenue is preparing for its IPO - and it could value the company at over $8B.

 

Square, the new owner of Afterpay, is looking to build its own bitcoin mining system.

 

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Oct 18, 2021
Qantas receives $802m from sale | DoorDash turns on ads | $60m: Body Fit sells IP
352

Qantas will receive $802m from the sale of land next to Sydney Airport, making it one of the big winners from Australia’s industrial property boom.

 

DoorDash is introducing search-page ads for restaurants, as food-delivery apps move deeper into advertising to boost revenue.

 

Aussie gym company Body Fit Training has sold its IP for $60m to Xponential Fitness as it plans to beef up its US presence.

 

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Oct 17, 2021
Climate-loving investors could dump Australia | Mindbody buys ClassPass | The Masked Singer's NFT from Fox
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The RBA has warned that climate-conscious investors could “divest” from Australia, as financial markets go green.

 

Mindbody has acquired ClassPass and it looks like it could be a partnership made in business-heaven.

 

TV network Fox is stepping outside of its comfort zone and is trying to build a Masked Singer NFT community.

 

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Oct 14, 2021
You could use QR codes to pay at Coles, Woolies | Seven Network wins Commonwealth Games | Canva expands into video
338

QR codes could soon become a common way to pay, with Coles and Woolworths supporting a new QR payments platform developed by eftpos.

 

To attract premium advertisers, TV network Seven has signed a deal to broadcast the Commonwealth Games in the UK next year.

 

Canva wants to make design accessible to everyone and is now expanding into video editing.

 

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Oct 13, 2021
Australia's new way to fly cheap | ASOS having some serious pain | New tech centre: Texas poaching from California
337

A new budget airline named Bonza will launch in Australia in early 2022 to compete with Jetstar and Virgin.

 

ASOS’ CEO has stepped down following an announcement that profit will take a hit due to supply-chain issues and returns.

 

Texas is getting closer to becoming the world’s new home for tech companies, as Tesla announces that it is moving its HQ to Austin.

 

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Oct 12, 2021
Aussie casino in hot hot hot water | Pinterest fighting back against enemies | Nike is Gen Z's boo
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Aussie gambling company Star Entertainment Group is in the spotlight after allegations it facilitated ‘money laundering’.

 

Pinterest wants to reclaim e-commerce marketshare from rival social platforms and has rolled out new major features to entice shoppers and advertisers to its platform.

 

Nike has demonstrated it is capable of appealing to all age groups after being recognised as the number 1 footwear and apparel brand for Gen Z.

 

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Oct 11, 2021
Amazon smart fridge can order you replacements | Foxtel to sell smart TVs | Ireland drops ultra low tax rate
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Amazon is reportedly working on a smart fridge that can monitor items and help you order replacements if you’re running low on something.

 

After 18 years Ireland has dropped its 12.5% tax rate, which attracted companies like Google and Facebook to locate their European HQs there.

 

Foxtel is planning to sell smart TVs over the next few years in a move that could mark the beginning of the end for its traditional set-top box.

 

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Oct 10, 2021
Westfield takes on retailers | Coles ends butcher service | Google, local mall to deliver goods via drone
351

Westfield has launched a click and collect service that removes the need for shoppers to buy items through individual stores.

 

Coles is ending its in-store butcher service this weekend, and from Monday will only offer pre-packaged meat.

 

Google and Aussie shopping centre giant Vicinity Centres have partnered to deliver goods to homes and businesses via drone.

 

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Oct 07, 2021
Our home loan pain could get worse | A2 Milk sued by own investors | Pepsi lifting prices big time
362

To cool the housing market, APRA will force banks to be more conservative when assessing how much new customers can borrow.

 

A2 Milk has been hit with a class action lawsuit by investors who have been disappointed by the poor performance of the company’s share price.

 

Pepsi has been raising its drink prices, and the company says more price hikes could be on the way to offset increases in its own production costs.

 

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Oct 06, 2021
Qantas, Emirates want new pricing deal | Instagram, Facebook's global outage | Tesla hits record while competitors struggle
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Qantas and Emirates are applying for a five-year extension to the agreement that allows them to coordinate pricing and schedules.

 

Facebook and its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms have suffered a worldwide outage that lasted more than six hours.

 

As major car makers struggle to produce cars due to supply shortages, Tesla has delivered a record number of cars.

 

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Oct 05, 2021
Pandora Papers hit Australia | $1m for you if you vax | $103m Nick Scali buys rival
358

World leaders, celebrities and billionaires have been caught up in the largest leak of offshore accounts in history - and around 400 Aussies are involved too.

 

Aussies who are fully vaccinated have the chance to win a $1 million prize - it’s all part of a new lottery created by a group philanthropists.

 

Aussie furniture retailer Nick Scali will almost double its size after it announcing it will buy competitor Plush for $103m.

 

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Oct 04, 2021
Kikki.K could be saved from ruin | TikTok partners with Aussie startup | Sony's PlayStation acquires everyone to stop Netflix
356

Kikki.K could be saved from being wound up (for a second time) after receiving potential acquisition offers.

 

TikTok has partnered with Aussie fintech Immutable to let fans trade online videos as NFTs (non-fungible tokens).

 

As Netflix buys its first video game studio, Sony’s PlayStation is on a spending spree - acquiring almost every studio in can.

 

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Oct 03, 2021
$20M? Junkee Media up for sale | Oct 8: US govt to run out of money! | Coffee price up 21% this year
344

Junkee Media, the Aussie youth publisher, is up for sale and could be acquired by the owner of Rolling Stone and Variety magazines.

 

The US government will run out of money by October 18, according to the US Treasury.

 

The “world price of coffee” has increased 21.6% this year, meaning coffee drinkers could soon be paying even more for a cup.

 

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Sep 30, 2021
The Iconic's world first | Google smashed by ACCC | Lego doubles earnings thanks to flowers & Star Wars
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The Iconic will let customers opt in to reselling their purchases... the second they’ve actually purchased them.

 

Google’s advertising business creates conflicts of interest that harm businesses and consumers - according to a new ACCC report.

 

Lego doubled its earnings in the first six months of the year as customers flocked to its reopened stores to buy Star Wars building sets and plastic flower bouquets.

 

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Sep 29, 2021
Woolies takes on Amazon with Everyday Market | Insta cuts its kids app | China makes crypto illegal
352

Woolworths is launching an online marketplace that will rival Amazon and eBay for sales of everything from lego to cat food.

 

Instagram has paused its plans to develop a version of its platform for children under 13 after receiving backlash from critics.

 

China has now made it illegal to buy, sell and mine crypto as the country strives to maintain control of its currency.

 

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Sep 28, 2021
Hungry Jack's takes on KFC | Nike's future pain | Amazon to launch department store?
350

Hungry Jack’s is going all in on Australia’s fried chicken wars, and is adding new burgers to its menu to fight KFC.

 

Nike profits are up 23% but major supply chain issues are forcing the company to slash forecasted revenue for this year.

 

Amazon is reportedly planning to open department stores with high-tech dressing rooms and its own apparel brands.

 

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Sep 27, 2021
$139M for Sportsbet ads | Rolex playing hard to get | EU causing Apple charger headaches
356

Gambling giant Sportsbet is one of the top 5 advertisers in Australia, spending $139 million on ads and sponsorships last year.

 

Luxury watch maker Rolex says the scarcity of its products isn’t a marketing strategy (even though it’s never been more expensive to buy their products).

 

The EU has revealed plans to standardise phone and laptop charging cords, which could see a major drop in revenue for Apple.

 

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Sep 26, 2021
Your deliveries are on hold: StarTrack | Netflix buys Matilda, Charlie & Choc Factory | Robinhood taking on Coinbase in juicy market
353

Delivery workers from Australia Post subsidiary StarTrack walked off the job yesterday, threatening disruptions to parcel deliveries nationwide.

 

Netflix has bought the Roald Dahl Story Company - giving it exclusive rights to stories like Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

 

Share trading app Robinhood will begin testing a crypto wallet as it ventures into Coinbase’s lucrative territory.

 

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Sep 23, 2021
Kathmandu's money pain hurts | Afterpay turns your payments into credit | Chinese giant's collapse could hurt Aus hard
352

The financial pain is set to continue at Kathmandu as lockdowns hurt sales and supply chain issues cause stock shortages.

 

To attract more users to its Money app, Afterpay is going to let customers retrospectively turn purchases into buy now, pay later transactions.

 

The collapse of major Chinese property developer Evergrande could send shockwaves through the Aussie and global economies.

 

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Sep 22, 2021
Culture Kings, Princess Polly owner set for billion dollar IPO | $4B for Aussie startup Airwallex | Microsoft on $60B shopping spree
347

The company that owns Culture Kings and Princess Polly could be headed for a billion-dollar payday as it plans an IPO.

 

2021 is shaping up to be a cracker year for Aussie tech companies as payments company Airwallex hits a US$4 billion valuation.

 

Microsoft is going on a major shopping spree - on itself - and will spend US$60 billion to buy back its own shares.

 

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Sep 21, 2021
$100 billion for Atlassian | Myer swings from chunky loss to slim win | WhatsApp to launch new Yellow Pages
355

The valuation of Aussie tech unicorn Atlassian has surpassed the US$100 billion mark.

 

Department store Myer has turned around a $172 million loss from last year into a $46 million profit this year.

 

WhatsApp is going back to the future by launching an in-app Yellow Pages-style business directory.

 

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Sep 20, 2021
Commbank pleads guilty to criminal charges | $320M not enough for Bondi Sands | Crocs expects $5B thanks to Bieber and co
362

CommBank is pleading guilty to criminal charges over its junk insurance products.

 

Bondi Sands has decided against selling the company, as the believe reckon it’s better off in their own hands - despite a $320M valuation.

 

Crocs is expecting more than US$5 billion in revenue by 2026, thanks to some major collabs with celebs.

 

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Sep 19, 2021
$40M+ for Who Gives A Crap | TMZ sold to Fox for $50M | Flo takes $50M for fertility
349

Who Gives A Crap, the eco-friendly toilet paper maker, has raised $41.5M from big name investors, including the founder of Atlassian.

 

Online tabloid TMZ has been sold to Fox Entertainment in a deal worth around US$50M.

 

Flo, an app that offers female fertility tracking, has raised US$50 million as women’s health tech booms.

 

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Sep 16, 2021
Aussie startup Canva = 5th most valuable on earth | LinkedIn offering you $25M | Zip wants in on crypto
353

Aussie design startup Canva has doubled its valuation to US$40 billion, making it the fifth most valuable startup in the world.

 

Zip, the Aussie buy now, pay later giant, wants to add another element to its payments toolbox - crypto.

 

To attract content creators, LinkedIn has launched a US$25M fund to pay creators and boost their content.

 

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Sep 15, 2021
Maccas Aus in naughty corner | China forces big tech breakup | Amazon to snatch merchants from PayPal, Square
358

McDonald’s Australia has been found to have broken advertising rules, after a local radio host posted an Insta pic.

 

China is breaking up the nation’s largest finance app, Alipay, and will force the company to turn over user data to a new joint venture partly owned by China.

 

Amazon is working on a new point-of-sale system to snatch merchants from Shopify, Square, and PayPal.

 

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Sep 14, 2021
Disney's backflip on cinemas | CBA sued by Colombian crew | Apple can't stop us now (for payments)
348

In quite a backflip, the rest of Disney’s 2021 film releases will get exclusive runs in cinemas before they appear on streaming.

 

CommBank is being sued by a Colombian-Australian crypto group over a scam warning that the bank sent to its customers.

 

A judge has ruled that Apple can’t stop app makers from adding links for alternative payments.

 

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Sep 13, 2021
$300M+ for Stone & Wood | Media now responsible for your comments | Facebook, Ray Ban release smart sunnies
357

Beer giant Lion has bought Byron Bay craft brewer Stone & Wood in a deal reportedly worth upwards of $300 million.

 

The High Court has ruled that media companies can be held responsible for comments readers leave on their social media pages.

 

Facebook and Ray Ban have released their new ‘smart glasses’ which let you take photos and video hands-free.

 

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Sep 12, 2021
Uber tells Aus to ditch fuel tax | Microsoft one-ups rivals with news | Coinbase wants to be a lender
337

Uber says Australia needs to move away from fuel taxes in order to increase the uptake of electric vehicles.

 

Just like its rivals Apple, Facebook and Google, Microsoft is launching a personalised news service.

 

Crypto platform Coinbase wants to get into lending, but the company says it could be sued by regulators if it does.

 

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Sep 09, 2021
Aussie startup bought by Microsoft | El Salvador first country to accept bitcoin | Facebook ready for most ambitious project in years
350

Global software giant Microsoft is buying Aussie video editing startup Clipchamp for an undisclosed amount.

 

El Salvador has officially become the first country in the world to accept Bitcoin as legal tender.

 

Facebook thinks it’s finally ready to launch its most ambitious product in years - a digital wallet.

 

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Sep 08, 2021
Foxtel's 'ultimate streaming machine' | Mercedes = electric by 2022 | PayPal to launch trading platform?
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Foxtel has launched a new set top box that it is calling the 'ultimate streaming machine'.

 

Mercedes Benz has revealed its new electric vehicles as it plans to electrify its entire car lineup by 2022.

 

Payments giant PayPal has signalled it may launch a share trading platform to rival Robinhood.

 

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Sep 07, 2021
Qantas frequent flyer down 30% | Aussie med-tech accused by NYU of rip off | Allbirds announces 'first sustainable IPO'
359

Qantas Loyalty, which sells frequent flyer points to banks and retailers, has seen earnings drop 30% thanks to covid.

 

New York University (aka NYU) is accusing Aussie med-tech company ResMed of ripping off its sleep apnea product.

 

Allbirds, the Kiwi shoe and clothing company, is describing its upcoming IPO as the ‘first sustainable public equity offering’.

 

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Sep 06, 2021
Even the RBA is now into crypto | Apple turning wallets into history | Mastercard wants your banking data
357

The Reserve Bank of Australia is dipping its toes into the crypto world by testing out digital currencies - specifically for international payments.

 

Apple wants to turn our wallets into a thing of the past - after announcing its new virtual driver’s licence capability.

 

Global payments giant Mastercard has announced it wants a slice of Australia’s brand new ‘open banking’ market.

 

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Sep 05, 2021
The fight is on: BHP v Andrew Forrest | Apple now a fertility planner | Telstra joins the vax party
352

BHP and mining giant Andrew Forrest are locked in a battle royale to acquire a Canadian nickel miner.

 

Apple is ramping up its health-tech game with new Apple Watch features that help with blood pressure and fertility planning.

 

Telstra has joined the vax party and is dishing out rewards to fully vaccinated Telstra customers.

 

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Sep 02, 2021
Pfizer = earth's no.15 brand | Coke Aus enters alcohol game for first time | Simone Biles unleashes her NFTs
356

The ‘brand strength’ of Pfizer has jumped more than 15 places to no. 30 in the latest global brand strength survey.

 

Coca-Cola Australia is joining the hard-seltzer train with its first ever alcoholic drink: Topo Chico.

 

To diversify her income and connect with fans, gymnastics star Simone Biles has released an NFT collection on Tom Brady’s NFT platform.

 

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Sep 01, 2021
Webjet's pivot to profit | Spotify buys podcasts, Apple buys classical music | Aussie BNPL grows as the industry goes bananas for mergers
358

Webjet expects to be ‘cash flow positive’ in 2022 thanks to its post-COVID strategy, WebBeds, an intermediary between hotels and travel agents.

 

While Spotify buys cultural podcast brands like Joe Rogan and The Ringer, Apple has bought a classical music streaming service.

 

Splitit, another local buy now pay later company, has seen its merchant sales increase 94% - as the BNPL industry goes merger crazy.

 

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Aug 31, 2021
Adore Beauty's first profit everrr | Crown loses $261M | TikTok = Facebook, Snap follower now
358

Adore Beauty has achieved its first profit - in its first year as a public company - following a big 12 months of lockdown-inspired sales.

 

Crown Resorts, the $6.3 billion Aussie casino operator, has lost $261 million after COVID forced its venues to shut.

 

TikTok is following Facebook and Snap by building its own ‘augmented reality’ platform, as the AR ad industry gets set to balloon to $11B by 2024.

 

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Aug 30, 2021
$89M for Zoe Foster-Blake's Go-To Skincare | Peloton struggles post covid | Fortnite has 'A Dream' MLK style
355

Aussie-owned beauty company BWX is buying in to Zoë Foster-Blake’s Go-To Skincare for $89 million.

 

At-home fitness company Peloton, which counts many celebs as fans, has reported a surprise drop in customer growth as the world opens up.

 

Global gaming giant Fortnite has introduced a Martin Luther King experience within the game where users can listen to MLK’s I Have A Dream speech.

 

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Aug 29, 2021
Bonus ep: How the recent changes to Super impact you and your $$$
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Aug 27, 2021
China fails A2 Milk | Woolies gives investors $2B for drinks | Headspace merges to form $3B giant
348

A2 Milk is on the lookout for new growth opportunities as its (formerly) lucrative Chinese market shrinks.

 

Woolworths is giving shareholders $2 billion after spinning off its hotel and liquor business Endeavour Group.

 

Meditation app Headspace and mental health service Ginger are merging together to form Headspace Health.

 

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Aug 26, 2021
$1.3B: Coles refinances green style | Medibank's profit bonanza | TikTok sticks it to Insta with ecommerce deal
352

Coles has refinanced $1.3 billion worth of debt with ‘sustainability linked loans’.

 

Medibank Private has achieved a profit bonanza, largely thanks to its cheaper brand for young Aussies, AHM.

 

TikTok has announced it is moving into the e-commerce space with a new Shopify partnership.

 

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Aug 25, 2021
Watch out, BHP's credit score! | $17M: Click Frenzy spends big on NZ | Twitch users blackout against hate
387

BHP could see its credit rating drop to a record low after its oil & gas business merges with Woodside Petroleum.

 

The owner of Click Frenzy is buying a NZ-based online marketplace for almost $17M, primarily for its large database.

 

Users of live-streaming gaming platform Twitch are holding a one-day blackout to raise awareness over hateful practices on the platform.

 

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Aug 24, 2021
$500M: Another record for Adairs | Microsoft now a hotel company | Aussie company gets $5B buyout offer
355

Aussie furniture retailer Adairs has achieved another record year of sales - up almost 30% to $500M - thanks to its ‘omni-channel model’.

 

Microsoft has stepped outside its comfort zone with an investment of around $7 million (AUD) into an Indian hotel chain named Oyo.

 

Aussie company Spark Infrastructure has agreed to a $5B buyout from private equity firms, as low interest rates drive acquisition activity globally.

 

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Aug 23, 2021
TPG saves $38M thanks to Vodafone | UniSuper threatens CSL over emissions | Facebook facing existential heat from regs
348

Aussie telco TPG has saved $38 million as a result of its recent merger with Vodafone.

 

UniSuper is threatening to divest from Aussie biotech giant CSL unless it makes plans to reach a net-zero emissions target.

 

Facebook is facing new anti-trust complaints over its ‘buy or bury’ tactics, which have supposedly given the company an illegal monopoly.

 

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Aug 22, 2021
Aussie wine maker profits despite China tariffs | Tesla under investigation | Origin Energy's $2.3B LOSS
352

Penfolds-maker Treasury Wine Estates has increased its profits despite massive tariffs from the Chinese government.

 

Tesla’s so-called ‘autopilot’ technology is under investigation for potentially being misleading after multiple crashes.

 

Origin Energy has slumped to a $2.3 billion loss thanks to heavy ‘write-downs’ in the value of its assets.

 

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Aug 19, 2021
Optus to manage your Netflix + Stan | CommBank wants swipe fees | OnlyFans now safe for kids
352

Optus is entering the subscription game by launching a one-stop-shop for managing subscriptions and memberships.

 

CommBank is launching a new buy now pay later tool - and it plans to generate significant revenue from related ‘swipe fees’.

 

OnlyFans, the not-safe-for-work platform, is launching a safe-for-work app in order to get into the good books of Apple and Google.

 

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Aug 18, 2021
Domain returns JobKeeper after big profits | Breville cracks $1B sales | Virgin founder sells down Galactic to help struggling businesses
356

Domain, the real estate platform owned by Nine, will pay back its JobKeeper cash after a strong rebound in profits.

 

Breville has cracked the $1 billion sales mark for the first time - thanks to the DIY coffee movement.

 

Virgin founder Richard Branson is selling down his ownership in Virgin Galactic to help fund two covid-hit Virgin businesses (airlines and cruises).

 

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Aug 17, 2021
Up acquired by Bendigo Bank | JB Hi-Fi profits big again - $500m big | Reddit tries to clone TikTok. Weird stuff.
349

Bendigo Bank has acquired 100% of fast-growing Aussie neobank Up.

 

JB Hi-Fi profits have jumped 67% to $506 million off the back of more strong demand for consumer goods.

 

Reddit is the latest platform to roll out short videos in an attempt to steal users from TikTok.

 

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Aug 16, 2021
Baby Bunting's boom time is here | TikTok protects the kids | Weight Watchers is shrinking
324

Baby Bunting, Australia’s largest baby goods retailer, has reported a 76% increase in net profits.

 

TikTok is adding more privacy protections for minors after seeing Chinese regulators crack down on its peers.

 

Sales at Weight Watchers are shrinking as consumers prioritise overall wellness above their waistlines.

 

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Aug 15, 2021
Afterpay, Canva heads form local Tech Council | AGL's $2B loss , thanks renewables | Lionel Messi move highlights soccer's inequality
348

The heads of Afterpay, Canva and Atlassian have formed the Australian Tech Council - to create 1 million tech jobs in Aus.

 

Aussie energy giant AGL has gone from $1B profit to $2B loss - as the shift to renewables hits their bottom line.

 

Soccer superstar Lionel Messi’s $235m move from Barcelona to Paris has highlighted the growing inequality in the sport.

 

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Aug 12, 2021
CBA gives back $10B | Robinhood blows $140M on investor comms | Salesforce gets into streaming
330

CommBank is giving back $10 billion to its shareholders after a bumper earnings result.

 

Robinhood is spending $140M on a platform that lets investors communicate with the companies they’ve invested in.

 

Salesforce is launching its own streaming service - Salesforce+ - as a way to acquire more business customers.

 

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Aug 11, 2021
CommBank's free ride for retailers | Warren Buffett's $6B bet on himself | NAB buying Citi's Aussie consumer biz for $1.2B
355

CommBank will let business customers that switch to Klarna pay no merchant fees for six months.

 

Warren Buffett is betting on himself by buying US$6 billion worth of shares in his own company as profits balloon.

 

NAB is buying Citi’s Australian consumer banking division for $1.2 billion to grow its share of the credit card market.

 

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Aug 10, 2021
Netflix Aus offering free skills training | Snapchat Aus partners with Pedestrian, LADbible | Regis Healthcare underpays staff up to $40m
333

Netflix is partnering with the NSW government and Screenworks to provide free skills training for entry into screen industry careers.

 

Snap has partnered with six Australian content houses, including Pedestrian.TV and LADbible Aus, to bring new shows to its Discover section.

 

Australian aged care facility Regis Healthcare has underpaid staff over the last 6 years by between $30m - $40m.

 

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Aug 09, 2021
Aussie plant-based meat goes global | News Corp's best year since 2013 | Quora all in on content creators
345

Aussie plant-based meat company V2, which is backed by the founder of Hungry Jack’s, has raised $72M to expand into China and Europe.

 

News Corp has recorded its best financial year since 2013 - largely thanks to streaming services Kayo Sports and Binge.

 

Question & answer website Quora has launched a subscription service to make its platform more appealing for creators.

 

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Aug 08, 2021
Rihanna = billionaire | Rinehart's mine dishes out almost $3B | Sony's PS5 raking it in post covid
339

Rihanna, the pop sensation and entrepreneur, is officially a billionaire.

 

Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill iron ore mine has given almost $3 billion in dividends to shareholders so far this year.

 

Profits at Sony have increased 26% to $3.4B over the last 3 months, as demand for PS5s continue to grow post lockdowns.

 

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Aug 05, 2021
Facebook Aus finally launches News | YouTube spends $135M to steal TikTokers | Aus Post ex-CEO gets $1m termination payment
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Facebook is finally launching its News section in Australia after spending months cutting deals with local publishers.

 

YouTube has launched a $135 million fund to entice creators to use its TikTok-replica, Shorts.

 

The former CEO of Australia Post, Christine Holgate, has received a $1 million termination payment from her ex employer.

 

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Aug 04, 2021
Square reveals its plans for Afterpay | $1.2B: Reese Witherspoon sells company | 2500: Qantas stands down employees
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Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter and and Square, has revealed his plans for Afterpay after buying them for a lazy $39B.

 

Reese Witherspoon’s media company, Hello Sunshine, has been sold to a group of ex-Disney executives for $1.2 billion.

 

Qantas has stood down a further 2,500 staff as the Sydney lockdown continues.

 

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Aug 03, 2021
Afterpay acquired for $39B | Network Ten buying more sport despite $3M loss | Oil giants' big profits as travel resumes
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Afterpay will be acquired for $39 billion by payments giant Square - in the biggest acquisition in Aussie history.

 

Network Ten wants to boost its investment in live sport - despite recording a $3 million loss last year.

 

Global petrol giants ExxonMobil and Chevron exceeded profit expectations over the last 3 months - as international travel resumes and oil prices rebound.

 

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Aug 02, 2021
Optus, Uber team up on smartphone delivery | Aussie HR giant now worth $2B | ScarJo sues Disney for Black Widow
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Optus is teaming up with ride-sharing giant Uber to deliver mobile phones to consumers’ homes in under an hour.

 

Australian HR company Culture Amp has raised $100M USD in a new funding round - valuing the company at $1.5B USD.

 

Movie star Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney for releasing Black Widow on Disney+ at the same time as in cinemas.

 

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Aug 01, 2021
CBA v Apple: Who is anti-competitive? | Pfizer to earn $45 billion | SoftBank loses $5.4B on Didi disaster
340

The Commonwealth Bank has called out ApplePay for being anti-competitive on tap-and-go payments.

 

Vaccine maker Pfizer expects $45 billion in vaccine sales this year.

 

SoftBank has lost around $5.4 billion on its investment into Chinese ride-hailing app Didi, as regulators continue their crackdown.

 

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Jul 29, 2021
Aussie startup Spaceship hits $1 billion FUM | Tiffany's aggressive makeover | Duolingo ups its valuation just before IPO
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Spaceship, the micro-investing app, is now managing more than $1 billion in investments from nearly 200,000 Aussies.

 

Tiffany & Co is getting a brand makeover and is aiming to target younger consumers with an aggressive campaign.

 

Duolingo, the language learning app, has increased the price-per-share target just ahead of its IPO.

 

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Jul 28, 2021
Cigarette maker wants cigarettes banned | Robinhood changes its tune days before IPO | Aussie startup raises $10m to deliver your meds
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Global cigarette maker Philip Morris International wants cigarettes banned in the UK by 2030. Um, what?

 

Infamous share trading app Robinhood is considering launching retirement accounts as it prepares for its long awaited IPO this week.

 

Aussie online health clinic Mosh has raised $10m as home delivery becomes routine for over 5 million Aussies.

 

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Jul 27, 2021