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ACS Week In Review: 20 September 2013

Friday, 20 Sep 2013

Senator Stephen Conroy to deliver 2013 ACS Telecommunications Address

Senator The Honourable Stephen Conroy will be delivering the 2013 ACS Telecommunications Address on October 11, 2013 at Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf in Sydney. Senator Conroy has a long and distinguished history in Government, having served as the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy for almost 6 years.

Hosted by the Australian Computer Society, the address will bring together some of the leading minds in telecommunications in Australia for an informative and entertaining session covering the development of telecommunications and the issues that will affect the ongoing growth of the sector in Australia.

You can register for this event by visiting

ACS Welcomes new Communications Minister and Parliamentary Secretary

Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) Alan Patterson this afternoon welcomed the appointment of The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP to the role of Minister for Communications and Paul Fletcher MP to the role of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications.

“The ACS is looking forward to working with Minister Turnbull and Parliamentary Secretary Fletcher on addressing the critical ICT skills gap and promoting the vital role ICT professionals will play in growing the economy and driving productivity. We are confident that the new Ministerial team will share our desire to build digital literacy, improve digital education and increase the focus on skills as we secure Australia’s digital future.”

“We have a long history of working collaboratively with Government and providing considered practical advice. Both Minister Turnbull and Parliamentary Secretary Fletcher have impeccable credentials in the worlds of business and technology. They will be a great asset in Government for ICT professionals and the Australian people alike.”

Microsoft: Phablets are Windows RT’s future

The question arises again and again: Why is Microsoft continuing to back Windows on ARM, especially with the latest advances by Intel with Bay Trail and Haswell?

It seems like the answer revolves around phablets -- at least based on a clue from Microsoft Executive Vice President Terry Myerson, the head of Microsoft's newly converged operating system division.

At Microsoft's Financial Analyst Meeting (FAM) on September 19, Myerson answered a question about the future of Windows RT, Microsoft's version of Windows for ARM. After noting that ARM devices, especially phonese, have incredible battery life, Myerson noted that lines are blurring.

His exact quote: "Windows RT was our first ARM tablet. And as phones extend into tablets, expect us to see many more ARM tablets, Windows ARM tablets in the future."

This is the blurring of the lines that some Microsoft watchers have been anticipating.

Twitter IPO sparks debate on future of social media

Is Twitter's stock offering the end of the social media era, or just the beginning?

While Twitter appears to have carved out its niche in the social internet, a big question now is how much growth and innovation remains in the space.

Charlene Li at Altimeter Group sees a "last call" mentality around Twitter's initial public offering (IPO).

"Twitter is the last of the Big Four to go public," she wrote on her blog.

"In the social networking ecosystem, Twitter is seen as a must have in terms of a social strategy, and is the only major player left that is still up for grabs – YouTube (owned by Google)LinkedIn (IPO), and Facebook (IPO) are all spoken for. Other upstarts like Pinterest are just getting started so Twitter is going to be the talk of the town into 2014."

Trip Chowdhry at Global Equities Research said Twitter may be the final social media IPO.

ISPone’s trail of spurned suitors

The administrators of embattled telco wholesaler ispONE were approached with three buyout bids at a higher price than the offer they ultimately accepted from Conec2 Group, but all three were knocked back.

Instead, ispONE was sold to a buyer that had been gunning for control of the business well before the company went into administration.

The wholesale ISP entered administration on August 19 after protracted legal battles with former partner Telstra and former client Kogan Mobile over unpaid bills and contract disputes. These events saw ispONE enter administration owing 80 creditors tens of millions of dollars.

Telstra has submitted a claim as a creditor for $31 million, while Kogan Mobile is claiming $44 million. The two companies - which played substantial roles in ispONE’s downfall - were named its largest creditors.