Story image

Labour slams Govt's millon-dollar tech start-up u-turn...

16 Jul 14

Just four days after calling Labour’s ICT Garage Grants ‘off the planet’, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has supported the policy and trumpeted funding for ICT entrepreneurs.

That's the controversial view of Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran, who branded the government's move "shamelessness"

Last Friday Labour announced its Digital Economic Upgrade which included Garage Grants to provide funding for entrepreneurs to turn their innovative ideas into the Xeros and Trade Mes of the future.

“That same day Steven Joyce condemned the policies as ‘off the planet’," Curran claims.

“In an astonishing feat of shamelessness, just four days later Mr Joyce has heralded $1 million in funding for ICT start-ups."

According to Curran, Labour’s policy provides three times that amount to ICT entrepreneurs.

“It’s clear that Steven Joyce has heard the industry welcoming our policies loud and clear," she adds.

“While he’s copying one of our policies he should adopt the rest as well. The industry has welcomed the whole package."

DigiCert conquers Google's distrust of Symantec certs
“This could have been an extremely disruptive event to online commerce," comments DigiCert CEO John Merrill. 
Protecting organisations against internal fraud
Most companies tend to take a basic approach that focuses on numbers and compliance, without much room for grey areas or negotiation.
Telesmart to deliver Cloud Calling for Microsoft Teams
The integration will allow Telesmart’s Cloud Calling for Microsoft Teams to natively enable external voice connectivity from within Teams collaborative workflow environment.
Jade Software & Ambit take chatbots to next level of AI
“Conversation Agents present a huge opportunity to increase customer and employee engagement in a cost-effective manner."
52mil users affected by Google+’s second data breach
Google+ APIs will be shut down within the next 90 days, and the consumer platform will be disabled in April 2019 instead of August 2019 as originally planned.
GirlBoss wins 2018 YES Emerging Alumni of the Year Award
The people have spoken – GirlBoss CEO and founder Alexia Hilbertidou has been crowned this year’s Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Emerging Alumni of the Year.
SingleSource scores R&D grant to explore digital identity over blockchain
Callaghan Innovation has awarded a $318,000 R&D grant to Auckland-based firm SingleSource, a company that applies risk scoring to digital identity.
IDC: Standalone VR headset shipments grow 428.6% in 3Q18
The VR headset market returned to growth in 3Q18 after four consecutive quarters of decline and now makes up 97% of the combined market.