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Yesterday, Prime Minister Tony Abbott made a very odd comment in Parliament, effectively suggesting that teaching coding to all kids was tantamount to child labour. Today, he avoided that analogy, but he still wasn’t ready to commit to basic coding skills being taught to every student.
Woolworths’ initial attempts at selling its own branded mobile plans using the Optus network ended with a quiet withdrawal from the market back in September 2013. Now it’s planning to try again — this time with Telstra.
Few things rile the Aussie consumer regulator as much as unsubstantiated claims that a product is “Australian made” when it isn’t. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has just fined a manufacturer $20,400 for making fake origin and nutrition claims about a house brand juice it produced for a supermarket chain.
Microsoft ranks a distant third in smartphone market share, so it needs to do everything it can to encourage developers to build for Windows Phone. However, it also needs to ensure that its app selection isn’t filled with low-value crud — and starting from today, it’s apparently going to be a lot pickier about which apps are allowed in the Windows Store.