Yahoo! makes it to Oz
An Australian/New Zealand version of the infamous online Internet guide Yahoo! was launched earlier this month in Sydney by the company's local general manager, Tony Faure.
Yahoo! Australia and New Zealand is to provide a local perspective on the Web - users can choose to search in Australian or New Zealand categories only, and search results will display local matches first with international sites following. In addition, the "What's New" and "What's Cool" launchpads are compiled by the local Yahoo! editorial team. According to Yahoo!, the Australian/New Zealand database already contains 14,000 local sites and 20,000 local links, with more to be added weekly.
AUSTAR trials wireless technology
AUSTAR, pay TV provider to around 170,000 homes in regional Australia, is currently trialling Internet data transmission via wireless technology.
According to AUSTAR's Victorian state man-ager, Andrew Cairns, the trial is the first step in evaluating the feasibility of AUSTAR rolling out Internet services market-wide.
"Our ability to provide an 'over the air' facility to transmit data at increased speeds enables AUSTAR to compete effectively with broadband high-speed data providers in markets such as private users, businesses and schools," said Cairns in a statement.
The Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a primary school and private residences are participating in the trial. Trial participants connect through their modem to AUSTAR's wireless transmitter at Mt Buninyong near Ballarat, which is linked to the Big Pond ISP by a data link.
Queensland Gov marketplace
The Queensland Government has recently launched a site with the aim of providing the private sector with easily accessible information on government business opportunities.
The Queensland Government Marketplace site is for both government purchasers and suppliers. Government buyers can search for suppliers while suppliers can check on the latest tenders up for grabs.
The site also holds information on how to deal with the government and purchasing policy and guidelines.
Another site of similar nature is the Government Electronic Marketplace Service (GEMS) at www.gems.gov.au.