Stories by Byron Kaye

Will cyber-Santa turn up for work this year?

Australia's e-tailers have already been advised to start testing fulfilment systems for the next Christmas rush, but analyst Tom Velevski wonders just how keen the shopping masses will be to jump online in 2000.

Woolies, eTax hacked full of holes

Hacker group 2600 Australia has sent warnings to two major Australian business-to-consumer e-commerce players of gaping loopholes in their online security.

ASIC issues warning to online brokers

Inadequate complaints-handling systems are the key problem preventing many local online stockbrokers from "clean bills of health", the Australian Securities and Investments Commission has warned.

Microsoft to push support online

Local users of Microsoft products may find telephone support charges dramatically increased early next year, as the software giant takes steps to get more customers online.

Solution 6 still running at a loss

Troubled local accounting software company Solution 6 has surprised few by reporting an operating loss of $79.5 million for the 1999/2000 financial year.

K*Grind to take ‘profit-centric direction'

Cash-strapped online entertainment network K*Grind has given its entire content provision workforce its marching orders, and has closed down its flagship youth Web portal.
The mass sacking arrived just one week after K*Grind's founding CEO, Jon Peters, resigned from his position and left the company. Former chief operating officer David Keane will assume the role of CEO, the company said in a statement.

ACCC cracks down on pyramid seller

A Perth man has been charged by consumer watchdog the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for participating in a pyramid selling scheme via the internet.

Orange turns to ICE

An estimated 150 houses in NSW's Orange district will get access to $700 worth of interactive television services and equipment for three months, courtesy of an ICE Interactive iTV pilot program.

K*Grind throws TV out of hotel window

Cash strapped online entertainment network K*Grind has given its entire content provision workforce its walking papers, and has closed down its flagship youth Web portal.

PwC B2B e-comm product a real value-add: PwC

Web-enabled businesses can make annual cuts in expenditure of up to 20 per cent. That's the marketing catchcry of PricewaterhouseCoopers' business-to-business portal, e.conomy.

Skills shortage crippling IT uptake

Almost 90 per cent of Australia's banking and finance industry is suffering directly from the worldwide IT skills shortage, according to an IDC report.

Travelshop ads breaking news

Travelshop will undergo a radical review of its online advertising and acquisition strategy, after reporting weaker than expected annual revenues, says new CEO Glenn Robertson.

Well at least we've got more computer crime

Australia's internet economy suffers from more hacker attacks per website than its US counterpart, according to Simon Perry, vice president of business software company Computer Associates.

Fitaly important for Palm users

Palm's text application, Graffiti, may have finally had its comeuppance as the de facto Palm Pilot writing tool, according to US technology designer Jean Ichbiah.