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    Alfred Chan is an Analyst at Emerald Financial, specialising in ASX-listed small cap companies.

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  • Pharmaxis streamlines operations with $2m sale of Russian distribution rights

    Streamlining operations to focus on the most profitable side of their pharmaceuticals manufacturing business, Pharmaxis (ASX: PXS) has shored up its cash position via the sale of distribution rights in Russia for their cystic fibrosis treatment which is gathering international momentum. The deal will send exclusive distribution rights in Russia to specialty company GEN İlaç

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  • Universal Biosensors enters collaboration to diagnose cancer from a finger prick

    Life expectancy rates following the diagnosis of cancer could soon be significantly improved through early detection if biotech company Universal Biosensors (ASX: UBI) is successful in their newest research collaboration aiming to instantly identify cancer cells from a simple finger prick.  The research project will be part of an exclusive collaboration between Deakin University’s Institute

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  • How Bitcoin is assisting this ASX listed eCommerce player

    IT and consumer electronics retailer Harris Technology (ASX: HT8) has delivered a whopping 206% increase in quarterly year-on-year revenue partially assisted by the demand of high-end gaming graphic cards used for Bitcoin mining. For the quarter ended 31 March 2021, Harris Technology has reported $10.4 million (unaudited) in sales revenue which would represent a 206%

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  • Novatti adds RippleNet processing to digital payment revenue streams

    Within months of announcing their partnership with global payments disruptor Ripple, digital payments company Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) is actively utilising blockchain fintech to remit money between Australia and Asia as their newest revenue stream.  Long-time specialists in cross-border payments with an international network of partners, Novatti first engaged Ripple in December 2020 to connect

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  • Cybersafe learning surges in education market as Family Zone sales double

    Remote learning within the education system has shown no signs of slowing down despite opportunities for many students to return back to the classrooms with edutech company Family Zone Cyber Safety (ASX: FZO) having doubled its sales for the March quarter.  As of 31 March 2021, Family Zone had contracted 3,135 schools to their software

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  • No international students, no problem – iCollege records record revenue

    Despite the travel restrictions that have limited international student enrollments in Australia, domestic students have used the opportunity to hone their skill sets with education provider iCollege (ASX: ICT) recording record revenue for the March quarter.  Revenue for the quarter was up 52% to $4.55 million compared to the previous corresponding quarter ($2.99m) when the

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  • Crowd Media showcases newest AI as example of disruption to eCommerce

    Online shopping experiences will soon be very different to the current one-dimensional standard following the launch of artificial intelligence company Crowd Media’s (ASX: CM8) latest talking head which was produced entirely by digital media and powered by AI.  The talking head named ‘Digital Dom’ is a digital avatar of Crowd’s co-founder and Director Domenic Carosa

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  • Bass and Swinburne to collaborate on graphene alternative to flammable cladding

    Following an array of fire-related incidents which have unnerved the construction industry and destroyed real estate valuations where flammable cladding has been installed, Bass Metals (ASX: BSM) and Swinburne University will partner for advanced material research using Expandable Graphite and Graphene for an eco-friendly solution.  The Master Research and Development Agreement will see Bass provide

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  • Digital cards to alter gift giving for good as iGoDirect integrate Apple and Google Pay

    A revolution in the concept of gift giving is happening before our eyes where the rise of online retail has changed the dynamic of buying presents towards a wholly digital process being facilitated by iGoDirect’s virtual gift cards platform.  The change is being driven by the rise of gift cards being exchanged online through iGoDirect’s

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  • Titomic enters JV to manufacture and sell aerospace and defence Faceplates

    One of the world’s most popular metal products used in aerospace and defence industries will soon be produced in the United Kingdom with metal additives specialist Titomic (ASX: TTT) partnering with UK-based Neos to manufacture and sell the products. The joint venture is an extension of existing business between Titomic and Neos which will draw

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  • Buddy and Harris Tech link up to drive smart lighting in Aussie households

    As Australians have become adept at spending more time at home alongside a rise in working-from-home and remote learning, Buddy Technologies (ASX: BUD) and Harris Technology (ASX: HT8) have joined forces to promote smart lighting for more efficient energy consumption.  The push comes with smart home products manufacturer Buddy Technologies appointing Harris as an authorised

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  • Elite athletes in Asia are now using cannabis gels to aid recovery

    Although it may not be available in Australia for some time due to regulatory restrictions, the newest range of Cronos Australia’s (ASX: CAU) cannabidiol gels to aid high performance are set to hit retail shelves in Hong Kong and Japan. The FCTR range (pronounced Factor) of gels contain pure cannabidiol (CBD) which is mixed with

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  • Pharmaxis targeting scar-free recovery from burns with world-first trials

    One of the world’s most respected surgeons in the field of burns and trauma recovery will lead world-first clinical trials aiming to stop scars forming, particularly after burn injuries, utilising the latest discovery by biopharmaceuticals company Pharmaxis (ASX: PXS).  The discovery, known as PXS-6302 has shown promising pre‐clinical results in inhibiting the enzymes that play

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  • Infrastructure development surge drives record month for Acrow scaffolding services

    Pushes in infrastructure development across Australia’s major cities is driving demand for scaffolding and support with product hiring specialists Acrow (ASX: ACF) reporting a record month of hire contract wins in March, totaling $5.9 million for the month. The record month tops the previous held in November 2020 by 18% and continues a purple patch

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  • Harris Technology to bring top gaming brands to Australia amid industry growth

    While locked down through the pandemic, gaming emerged as one of the most popular means of entertainment. As first-time gamers are now evolving and driving industry growth, Harris Technology (ASX: HT8) has signed reseller deals to bring two of the world’s most popular gaming product brands into its portfolio. Although pandemic lockdowns have now eased,

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  • Workplace digitisation a boon for Cirrus with $6m in new IT contract wins

    In a week where Australia has been rocked by cybersecurity attacks, effective management of IT services has become more critical to business management where IT and networking company Cirrus Networks (ASX: CNW) has landed three big contracts. The largest of the contracts is a 3-year extension with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre which will increase

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  • Billing automation software launches in US as Novatti international expansion continues

    Within one year of acquiring billing automation business Emersion, digital payments and fintech specialists Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) have launched the software in the United States as part of their international expansion plans to capitalise on burgeoning demand for payments automation. The launch replicates Emersion’s existing Software-as-a-Service business model which has proven hugely successful in

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  • Is Wisr looking at micro-investing functionality through Arbor partnership?

    Personal finance and debt consolidation company Wisr (ASX: WZR) has substantially opened its growth opportunities through a strategic investment in European fintech platform Arbor which will include IP sharing between the two companies. The investment of $400k cash via a convertible loan structure will give Wisr an opportunity to secure up to 45% of Arbor

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  • Takeover offers knocked back but Tabcorp confirms wagering demerger is on the cards

    One of the worst kept secrets in the wagering industry is now in the open with Australia’s largest operator Tabcorp (ASX: TAH) confirming they have knocked back unsolicited offers for their wagering business but will review options to maximise its potential sale price.  Confirmation that offers from unnamed parties have been knocked back comes with

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  • eBay in discussions with Digital Wines for marketplace wine sales, shares surge 50%

    Despite shopping centres being in recovery mode following last year’s pandemic lockdowns, online marketplaces continue to thrive with consumers content browsing products at eBay which may soon be adding an array of wines through a partnership with Digital Wine Ventures (ASX: DW8). The discussions which at this stage have reached a signed Memorandum of Understanding,

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  • MMA capitalises on East Asia clean energy push with $7m wind farms contract

    Marine construction specialists MMA Offshore (ASX: MMA) has secured three contracts for a range of offshore wind farm services where they will mobilise three vessels off the coast of Taiwan. East Asia has emerged as a core focus for MMA’s offshore services where the region is making a concerted effort to improve its clean energy

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  • Inject-Now-Pay-Later – yep, you can with humm

    Aussies hoping for that botox top-up but are strapped for cash will be able to purchase their desired injectables through buy-now-pay-later with humm (ASX: HUM) adding popular skin care clinics to their bulging list of merchant partners, alongside a range of health and wellness providers.  Offering BNPL services to its customers for purchases up to

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  • CSIRO engages Singular Health for AI-imaging of spines to reduce data processing time

    Doctors, surgeons and medical professionals working with the spinal vertebrae could soon have access to medical imaging technology that would eliminate the need for excessive data processing manpower thanks to a vertebrae 3D imaging project being spearheaded by Singular Health (ASX: SHG). The project is being developed in collaboration with the CSIRO under the research

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  • Harris Technology secures top eCommerce executive Guy Polak

    With their online retail channels thriving in the wake of a pandemic, Harris Technology (ASX: HT8) has secured Guy Polak for their Board of Directors with Polak having been instrumental in the rise of Catch that led to its acquisition by Wesfarmers in 2019.  Boasting a retail industry career of more than 25 years across

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  • Angel Seafood to build automated FlipFarm following strong oyster demand and sales

    Hitting restaurants and beaches in droves following months of pandemic lockdowns, the Australian love for seafood saw increased demand for organic oysters farmed by Angel Seafood (ASX: AS1) which is set to double its annual supply in coming years through new breeding facilities. Angel Seafood will shortly commence construction of their FlipFarming project at Coffin

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  • Payright launches Bill Smoothing to aggregate utilities and annual expenses with BNPL

    Where annual expenses such as vehicle registration and insurance can be hefty charges when due for renewal, fintech company Payright (ASX: PYR) has launched its new Bill Smoothing product enabling users to pay off these expenses over 3 months. The Buy-Now-Pay-Later functionality enables users to capitalise on discounts offered by service providers when paying the

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  • K-TIG links up with top Korean military manufacturer for artillery project

    Following a demonstration of disruptive welding technology, one of South Korea’s largest defence manufacturers has quickly appointed K-TIG (ASX: KTG) as their preferred supplier for a major project covering artillery and fighting vehicles. The Memorandum of Understanding links Hanwha Defence Australia Pty Ltd and Hanwha Defence Corporation with K-TIG which will enable the Aussie welding

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  • Rent.com.au flags BNPL capabilities for RentPay through SkyCredit partnership

    Tenants seeking flexible payment options could soon have the option to live-now-pay-later their rental payments and bonds with Rent.com.au (ASX: RNT) partnering with SkyCredit for integration into RentPay, the real estate app set to provide a much needed bridge between tenants and landlords. The 5-year-partnership is an extension of RentPay’s existing partnership with SkyCredit which

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  • Rising demand for home offices sees Harris Technology partner with MYSALE

    Despite pandemic restrictions being lifted, the working-from-home trend is set to continue well into 2021 and beyond, leading Harris Technology (ASX: HT8) to link up with MYSALE Group for technology product distribution through their network of eCommerce lifestyle channels. The deal will see Harris Technology list more than 1,000 of their popular technology, IT and

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  • InteliCare launches aged care remote dashboard to track health of dependants

    Continuing to leverage their healthcare technology, InteliCare (ASX: ICR) is furthering its push to give aged care residents privacy and autonomy while ensuring health standards can be maintained where loved ones will be able to track their condition remotely. The launch of InteliLiving health metrics will enable those living independently to have health data uploaded

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  • Research Note: BUY on Novatti Group (ASX: NOV)

    Emerald Financial Outlook on Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) – BUY Despite being a fintech company that was adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic where international travel restrictions stalled a sizable portion of international payment processing revenue, Novatti has weathered the pandemic by expanding other areas of the business which have enabled the Company to emerge

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  • Graphene coating kills E-Coli, Sparc Technologies testing identifies

    One of the world’s most annoying forms of bacterial infection could soon see a decrease in prevalence with materials tech company Sparc Technologies (ASX: SPN) identifying antibacterial properties in graphene that kills E-Coli. The testing was undertaken in collaboration with Flinders University in Adelaide where results indicated that an epoxy coating of graphene-based additives mostly

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  • SECOS secures new plant to meet rising demand from plastic bags ban

    As Governments around the world continue pledging commitments to outlaw single-use plastic bags, envirotech company SECOS Group (ASX: SES) has seen rising demand for its compostable eco-friendly bags and have secured a new manufacturing facility to accommodate this growth. The facility has been secured in Malaysia (where the other SECOS products are produced), under a

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  • SEN to launch in New Zealand with Brendon McCullum headlining talent

    Kiwi sports fans will soon be getting world class news and talkback radio with Sports Entertainment Group (ASX: SEG) launching the hugely popular SEN channel in New Zealand where its on-air talent will be headlined by NZ cricket legend Brendon McCullum. The launch of SENZ will draw upon media infrastructure and programming that has proven

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  • Local communities getting LITT up by latest Novatti-powered app

    With local business being the heart of any neighbourhood, LITT is fostering micro-economies within local communities through their latest payments app that rewards residents for supporting local business – fintech powered by Novatti Group (ASX: NOV). The LITT app is designed to connect individuals with local businesses whereby members can earn LITT cash by viewing

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  • PropTech confirms discussions with Harcourts for franchise CRM overhaul

    Aussie real estate tech company PropTech Group (ASX: PTG) could have a second contract with international realtors within a month, having confirmed discussions with Harcourts International for a deal that would see PropTech’s software rolled out across Australasia. The Letter of Intent signed, proposes that PropTech’s VaultRE platform would become the only endorsed CRM across

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  • PointsBet makes strong push for market share of in-play sports betting

    Drawing upon a deep understanding of cognitive culture in the United States, bookmaker PointsBet (ASX: PBH) is set to make a big push into in-play betting for US sports through the $43 million acquisition of Irish risk management company Banach Technology, a market leader in in-play trading. Specialising in risk management platforms and quantitative driven

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  • Eco-Friendly tyre disposer Pearl Global expands waste-to-energy opportunities

    Responsible disposal of automotive tyres has long been a concern for environmentalists, but a clean energy solution could soon be more widely adopted with ecotech company Pearl Global (ASX: PG1) opening new business opportunities through the extension of a major contract. Specialising in recycling of tyres, Pearl’s tyre processing applies unique thermal desorption technology to

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  • Crowd Media expands revenue streams with first Conversational AI licensing deal

    Deep in development of their Talking Heads platform that will revolutionise the way consumers interact with brands, artificial intelligence company Crowd Media (ASX: CM8) has secured a new revenue stream with licencing of their proprietary Conversational AI technology.  The non-exclusive licence has been granted to digital media company Forever Holdings under SaaS terms valued at

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  • Decmil wins $140m contract to upgrade Victoria’s regional train network

    Victorians travelling to and from Gippsland will soon have greater rail access through the Eastern region and to Melbourne with Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) approving $300 million in upgrade works to the VicConnect consortium. The competitive tender was awarded to VicConnect which comprises of Decmil (ASX: DCG), CIMIC (ASX: CIM), UGL and Arup as part

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  • 3 small cap Artificial Intelligence companies with room to boom

    While we may not realise it just yet, many of the services we utilise every day are being powered by artificial intelligence where big data centres have collected so much data about us, the user experience has become seamless, all the whilst saving billions of dollars.  Although it is a harsh reality, automation by artificial

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  • Southern Cross axed by Nine as TV partner, Ten the likely rebound hook-up

    The rapidly changing Australian media landscape has struck another victim with Nine Entertainment (ASX: NEC) electing not to renew its partnership with Southern Cross Media (ASX: SXL) for regional television broadcasts in Queensland, Southern New South Wales and Victoria. In 2016 an affiliate partnership commenced where Southern Cross would broadcast Nine content to those regions

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  • Epsilon Healthcare expands medicinal cannabis telehealth to in-clinic locations

    Having developed a thriving telehealth business that has seen significant uptake from patients seeking medicinal cannabis solutions, Epsilon Healthcare (ASX: EPN) is set to expand into retail locations for in-clinic consultations.  While the progressive healthcare provider moves in the opposite direction to other medical clinics which were forced to adopt telehealth during the pandemic, telehealth

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  • Lifepay app enters commercial launch with strong demand for digital wallets

    Initially planning their soft launch last month for 200 consumers, Lifepay’s digital banking app received additional demand which extended to 300 participants and with all going well, has today commenced their commercial launch as Australia’s newest payments app. Bringing together digital banking and wallets for everyday transactions via tap or scan, the app is powered

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  • Funtastic relaunching Babies”R”Us to service under-served market

    As young couples looked for ways to waste time through last year’s pandemic lockdowns, Funtastic (ASX: FUN) has identified an opportune time to relaunch the Babies”R”Us brand which has not been seen in Australia for three years.  The relaunch comes after Funtastic secured Australian licences to operate the Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us brands in October 2020

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  • SciDev hoping one week trial will lead to larger Fortescue engagement

    Having secured a one week trial with one of the world’s largest resource companies, water tech company SciDev (ASX: SDV) now has a foot in the door at Fortescue Metals Group (ASX: FMG) with hopes of scaling the engagement to something more long-term. SciDev’s trial comes following a competitive tender process where Fortescue sought water

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  • Food Revolution launches Juice Super Shots seeking to follow popular US trend

    With natural shots and tonics hugely popular in the United States, Food Revolution Group (ASX: FOD) is tipping the social trend will expand to Australia with the launch of their Juice Lab Super Shots which are expected to be available in more than 1,800 retail locations shortly.  Packed into a 60ml plastic vial, the Juice

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  • K2fly secures another major mining software client amid commodities boom

    As precious metal prices continues to boom, mining tech company K2fly (ASX: K2F) has secured another major client for their resource management software with Coeur Mining the latest to sign on for a 5-year contract.  The contract win will see K2fly’s software rolled out across Coeur Mining’s (NASDAQ: CDE) five sites across North America in

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  • Crowd Media strengthens balance sheet as next AI milestone looms

    As long time leaders in the influencer and social media spaces, eCommence company Crowd Media (ASX: CM8) have had much of their digital market invaded through the pandemic, but emerged in a better than ever position thanks to prude capital management and their newly formed artificial intelligence alliance.  Key to Crowd’s financial improvement has been

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  • Peppermint expands reach in the Philippines with launch of micro-insurance app

    In a nation where household income is primarily earned by one family member, fintech company Peppermint Innovation (ASX: PIL) will be able to support families should the breadwinner encounter an unfortunate event, through the launch of their micro-insurance service in the Philippines. The bizmoProtect service enables Filipino residents to purchase insurance products which will insure

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  • Aerometrex opens online store to serve vacant SME segment seeking 3D datasets

    As the cost of big data decreases alongside advancements in technology and satellite imaging, aerial mapping company Aerometrex (ASX: AMX) will become the primary supplier of customised 3D datasets to small businesses through the launch of their new online store. 3D datasets and aerial mapping of topography have long been reserved for multinational corporations due

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  • Xero splashes €183.5 million on labour management acquisition with expansion plans

    Accounting software company Xero (ASX: XRO) is continuing its rise up the ladder as one the world’s most used business management platforms with the acquisition of European workforce management platform Planday and its 350,000 employee users. Planday, which has been a Xero ecosystem partner since 2019, enables businesses to analyse staffing needs and payroll expenses

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  • Defence funding increases K-TIG’s exposure to armoured vehicle manufacturing

    Industrial automation company K-TIG (ASX: KTG) has received a handy confidence boost in their welding technology with its core partner in the defence industry securing $1 million in Government funding for plate armour made possible by K-TIG’s keyhole welding tech. The funding comes from Australia’s Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) and has been granted

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  • ResApp granted European approval for wearable cough assessment device

    Amid the growing concerns around coughing in public for the obvious reason, medtech company ResApp Health (ASX: RAP) has secured regulatory approval in Europe for their wearable device that analyses a person’s cough and the medical implications. The device, which is yet to be named, can be easily clipped on to a person’s shirt where

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  • 10yo Minneapolis boy lands $500k ‘influencer’ gig to promote Nutritional Growth Solutions to China

    Well known for their receptiveness to celebrity influencers, the next face gracing billboards in China won’t be another tall, skinny Chinese stunner – it’s going to be 10 year old Gavin Thomas from Minneapolis who will promote Nutritional Growth Solutions (ASX: NGS) products that assist physical development in children.  Veering away from the proliferation of

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  • Mighty Craft secures $500k grant to develop Distillery on Kangaroo Island

    Wildlife enthusiasts will soon be bringing home extra luggage from their Kangaroo Island visits with craft brewery and distillery business Mighty Craft (ASX: MCL) securing a $500k grant to develop a distillery on the picturesque island famous for its array of birds, beaches, seals and wildlife. The $500k comes from the South Australian Tourism Commission

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  • US Navy turns to Aussie manufacturing as Austal moors $295m ship order

    When it comes to defence force technology, Australia continues to be underrated as a leader on the global stage despite the United States Navy ordering their 15th vessel from Australian manufacturer Austal (ASX: ASB). The contract awarded is valued around USD$235m (AUD $295m) and will be the 15th Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessel to be

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  • Healthia earnings up 91% as pandemic boosts Aussie health consciousness

    As the world emerges from a pandemic, Australians are proving to be more conscious of their general health than ever as evidenced by allied health company Healthia (ASX: HLA) which has delivered shareholders a 91% increase in underlying EBITDA.  The bumper result was driven by 14.5% organic growth across the Group whose clinics continue to

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  • Overcoming off-field budget cuts, Catapult analytics prove essential across pro sports

    With crowd restrictions across professional sports brought upon by the pandemic, mass cuts across off-field departments resulted due to ticket sale losses. However, one glaring essential through the tough conditions was sports data analytics provided by Catapult (ASX: CAT). This was evidenced by the USD $33.2m revenue reported by Catapult for the Half-Year ending 31

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  • New rides and Theme Park upgrades – Ardent Leisure poised for pandemic recovery

    Despite being one of the most adversely affected businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic which shut down their theme parks and entertainment venues, Ardent Leisure (ASX: ALG) is recovering quicker than expected, having focused efforts on theme park upgrades and digital gaming channels that will create significant revenue opportunities. The theme parks operator continues to be

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  • Lifepay app to launch with $20.5m valuation as Novatti incubator project matures

    Transferring money between friends and splitting bills in social situations is set to become easier than ever with the Lifepay app set to launch having been incubated by fintech company Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) whose project has now drawn international attention in the form of new investors.  Established in 2020 as collaboration between major shareholders

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  • PropTech kicking goals and investing in future as real estate market heats up

    With COVID-19 having driven the real estate market towards digitisation through online inspection and digital auctions, property tech specialists PropTech Group (ASX: PTG) foresee this trend continuing and will invest in the future via acquisitions of Website Blue and Designly. Currently serving more than 2,400 real estate agencies across Australia and New Zealand, Website Blue

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  • Credit Intelligence launches BNPL service for business with first loans issued

    Debt management company Credit Intelligence (ASX: CI1) has become the latest financial service provider to enter the BNPL sector with the launch of YOZO Pay which has commenced lending to business owners, offering flexibility and transparency. The launch of YOZO Pay is an extension of Credit Intelligence’s primary services where the profitable company’s operations have

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  • Healthia eyes off more acquisitions with NAB partnership, increases facility to $70m

    Capitalising on favourable economic conditions, allied healthcare company Healthia (ASX: HLA) has partnered with National Australia Bank (ASX: NAB) to increase their finance facility by $20 million which will be deployed towards allied health acquisitions for the rapidly growing service provider.  The partnership increases Healthia’s existing finance facility from $50m to $70m and will see

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  • SportsHero to disrupt professional scouting via Ellevate Football tech partnership

    Where scouting of athletes has long been a cumbersome and labour intensive process that has been unchanged for decades, SportsHero (ASX: SHO) is set to utilise technology to transform scouting networks that require travelling the world to unearth the next generational talents. Linking up with Footie Group Limited, the owners of Ellevate Football which is

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  • Kelly Partners emerging as national player with further NSW expansions

    Accounting and financial services company Kelly and Partners (ASX: KPG) is accelerating its national expansion plans with the acquisition of a new firm located in Gosford, NSW as part of a strategy to roll up accounting businesses that can become Top 100 firms by size. The strategic acquisition will provide a Kelly Partners subsidiary with

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  • MyFiziq inks Tinjoy deal to access 28 million new customers in China

    Health tech company MyFiziq (ASX: MYQ) is making rapid inroads into the lucrative health-conscious Chinese market having signed terms with Tinjoy Biotech to secure direct access to their 28 million consumers. The deal will see MyFiziq’s CompleteScan app integrated with Tinjoy’s WinScan Digital Health Platform where MyFiziq will utilise Tinjoy’s call centre of almost 1,000

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  • Wagering kingmaker Matt Tripp backs BetMakers with $25 million investment

    When it comes to bookmaking and sportsbetting, no man in Australia has been more successful in the online-era than businessman Matt Tripp who has confirmed his next wagering venture with a $25 million investment into small cap bookmaking tech company BetMakers (ASX: BET). Tripp is best known as the founder of SportsBet which he built

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  • Playside Studios turns to gaming streamers LazerBeam and Fresh to create next title

    Ever heard of LazerBeam or Fresh? Don’t stress if you haven’t because they’re the screen names of two gamers that people watch play video games and they’re so popular that video game developer Playside Studios (ASX: PLY) has engaged them to create their next major gaming title. The world of video gaming is one where

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  • US markets running out of puff?

    US markets reopened overnight after a long weekend, starting the session off in the green, but pulled back to closed slightly lower. Energy and Financials closed strongly higher as their market prices in the rise in oil over the weekend. Financials continue to catch a bid as they benefit from a steepening yield curve. Many

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  • Catapult enhances off-field sports analytics partnering with PUSH and Pro Quick Draw

    Already the market leader when it comes to on-field data analytics in professional sports, Catapult Sports (ASX: CAT) is making a strong push into off-field and pre-game technology, signing partnerships with tech companies PUSH and Pro Quick Draw. The partnerships will enable Catapult to increase their software-as-a-service offering to existing customers, particularly in the United

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  • ECS Botanics lines up UK and German customers for cannabis exports

    Medicinal cannabis company ECS Botanics (ASX: ECS) is quickly growing its international sales pipeline following their acquisition of Murray Meds last month, securing UK pharmaceuticals company The Armour Group on a 3-year export deal. The agreement will be for the sale, export and distribution of medicinal cannabis products in the UK for clinical trials initially,

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  • Seven West Media partners with Google, leads charge in future of news in Australia

    Seven West Media (ASX: SWM) has become the first major media network to formalise their digital transformation amid Australia’s media war, recognising the importance of Google in maintaining media integrity in this country and improving the future of our news landscape. The agreement is yet to be fully formalised in its long-form but Seven and

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  • Digital Wines to integrate service into world’s most downloaded wine app

    Independent winemakers in Australia could soon have a gateway to international sales with distributor Digital Wine Ventures (ASX: DW8) set to integrate their distribution services into Vivino – the world’s most downloaded mobile wine app and largest online wine marketplace. The integration will come through a partnership between Vivino and WineDepot which has completed the

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  • Spectur to expand shark surveillance tech across NSW beaches

    Beachgoers in New South Wales will soon enjoy their time in the sun more comfortably with smart security company Spectur (ASX: SP3) having been awarded a contract from Surf Lifesaving NSW for solar-powered emergency response beacons. The response beacons are the next generation of Spectur’s existing Shark Warning system. Over the next five months, the

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  • How Talking Heads are the next generation of current text-only chatbots – Crowd Media Investor Briefing

    On 10 February, 2021, Crowd Media (ASX: CM8) hosted an investor briefing with Chairman Steven Schapera and CEO Domenic Carosa to discuss the Crowd’s latest developments. Topics discussed in the briefing and question time included: Planned timeline for showcasing the next version of beta ‘Emma’ How Talking Heads are the next generation of current text-only

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  • Product testing from Korean Institute confirms ASM Rare Earths plant on track for 2022

    As rare earth prices continue to rise, bringing more explorers into the space, Australian Strategic Materials (ASX: ASM) looks to have a clear lead on the chasing pack with the Korean Institute of Rare Metals (KIRAM) successfully testing their rare earth powders for suitability in electric vehicles. Testing was conducted on ASM’s high-purity neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB)

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  • Sezzle planning to double BNPL customers with new $250m debt facility

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  • Vonex wins wholesale contract from telco conglomerate Orange

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  • Hand sanitiser: WA Government engages Matrix for solar-powered smart dispensers

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  • Pandemic focus on living better sends Healthia’s earnings skyward

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  • Anson accelerates Utah lithium mine as Biden calls for EV makers to “Buy American”

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  • De.mem lands contract to supply water treatment to energy giant AGL

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  • With AI alliance formed, Crowd Media is ready to take on $5 billion LivePerson

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  • Oneview partners with Samsung for bedside telehealth in North America

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  • 7th consecutive Quarter of record revenues for Novatti as US launch beckons

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  • Genetic Signatures’ testing kits approved in EU to address worrying STI numbers

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  • Crowd Media adds voice cloning for immersive celebrity experiences in AI deal

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  • Universal Biosensors brings winetech device to US to boost quality of wine

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  • Is there more than meets the eye to Healthia’s expansion into optometry?

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  • VIP Gloves secure CE Mark approval for increased European distribution

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  • Leading US drone company places second order for Mobilicom tech

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  • Ecofibre secures CBD distribution to 5,000 US pharmacies

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  • Electronic warfare back from COVID break as DroneShield receive EU orders

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  • Money3 adds $23m Holden loan book amid shutdown, pays just $17m

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  • FBR to strengthen robot-built houses with German bricks trial

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  • Six small cap ASX tech stocks to watch in 2021

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  • AV uptake leads Audinate to push European expansion through recruiting drive

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  • JAT Corp to open first China retail gateway following 12 month COVID delay

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  • Quickfire FDA approval for Acrux’s testosterone sends share price soaring

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  • Shunning of public transport sends Wisr’s car loans vrooming

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  • Crowd Media advances AI platform to rapidly roll out celebrity doppelgangers

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  • Return of dining sends Clean Seas fish sales up 39%, back to pre-pandemic levels

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  • Emyria to register cannabinoid-based medicine targeting anxiety and depression

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  • Clean Teq secures water purification deals in Middle East and Queensland

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  • Research Note: Speculative Buy on Crowd Media (ASX: CM8)

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  • NGS making US push, secures 1,000 sales reps to promote their pediatric growth products

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  • Ingenia expands tourism portfolio with $53m splash acquiring holiday parks

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  • Remote working trend prompts Knosys expansion with intranet service acquisition

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  • Austco racking up hospital-tech contract wins with Singapore hooking up 1,100 beds

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  • Ai-Media accelerates growth in the US with key media acquisitions

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  • Marley Spoon to triple production in 2021 as big winner from pandemic-ing

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  • Renergen develops COVID vaccine transport solution powered by liquid helium

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  • Retirement communities emerge as growth market for Swift Media

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  • Archer links up with leading AI firm to test real-world quantum computing applications

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  • Mogul enters rapidly growing mobile eSports market with matchmaker platform

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  • Novatti partners with Ripple for global blockchain payments network

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  • Selfwealth allowing Aussies to trade US shares for $9.50 brokerage

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  • Cannabis sector flying high following United Nations declassification

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  • Douugh gets rolled by ASX over information leaks

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  • This app just beat 98% of dermatologists and MyFiziq are buying in

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  • Kogan surges on to New Zealand shores with $122m eCommerce acquisition

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  • Summer oysters trial tipped to increase Angel Seafood sales by 15%

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  • Rhythm Biosciences appoint mass manufacturer for bowel cancer test kits

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  • Feasibility Study confirms Syrah’s lucrative graphite facility in Louisiana

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  • Genetic Technologies to address mental health with pharmacogenomics AI

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  • Carnegie partners with global tech giant HP for wave energy conversion tech

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  • COVID shutdowns in Malaysia fills VIP Gloves order book into 2022

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  • Wine with a view, ClearVue engaged for Sustainable Greenhouse at Mt Fuji

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  • AnteoTech locks in rapid COVID-19 mucus test and planned commercialisation

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  • Jumbo Interactive granted regulatory approval for SaaS lottery services in Great Britain

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  • BNPL meets Gig Economy in Fatfish’s new venture

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  • Struggle Street neighbours unite as Helloworld prepares for cruises to return in 2022

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  • Novatti partners with UnionPay linking digital payments network to 179 countries

    As the world becomes rapidly more adept to digital payments through the declining use of cash, fintech company Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) has expanded its payments network further across 179 countries by partnering with UnionPay and linking them into Novatti’s infrastructure.  By offering UnionPay as a method of payment to its merchants and customers, Novatti’s

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  • Norwood introduces digital assistants to screen your calls

    Communications tech company Norwood Systems (ASX: NOR) is set to utilise artificial intelligence to transform legacy voicemail technology into personal assistants that can screen your calls, route them to relevant contacts, take messages or simply tell callers to bugger off.  The tech will be driven by a new partnership entered into with artificial intelligence company

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  • Shareholders support Healthia with $13.2m for expansion into optometry

    Healthia (ASX: HLA) shareholders have voted with their wallets firmly in favour of the allied healthcare provider’s expansion into optometry with the Company successfully raising $13.2m from an Entitlement Offer to fund their acquisition of The Optical Company (TOC). The $13.2m from shareholders forms part of the $43m acquisition to proceed, adding 41 optometry clinics

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  • US trials confirm Analytica’s effectiveness for treating urinary incontinence remotely

    Australian medtech and eHealth company Analytica (ASX: ALT), developers of PeriCoach, have had their medical device data validated by leading researchers in the United States as parity to in-clinic consultations, a boon for female sufferers of urinary incontinence located in remote regions. Analytics’s data was backed up by independent trials conducted at the University of

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  • Cashed Up Crowd Media clears debt, poised for AI breakout

    Artificial intelligence and eCommerce company Crowd Media (ASX: CM8) has kicked another major goal in their corporate turnaround strategy, today clearing their $1.67m debt facility just one week after launching a beta version of their AI, 12 months ahead of schedule.  The facility relates to some legacy debt prior to the arrival of Chairman Steven

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  • Opportune Redcape picks up struggling Sydney hotel, set to relaunch with refurb

    Pubs and hotels operator Redcape Hotel Group (ASX: RDC) has jumped on an opportunistic acquisition to add the Gladstone Hotel in Dulwich Hill, NSW to their portfolio with plans to refurbish the establishment in readiness for a re-launch. The acquisition comes amid Gladstone Hotel being classified as a ‘Going Concern’ which has only been further

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  • Decmil lands $51m windfarm project in Victoria

    Engineering and construction company Decmil (ASX: DCG) is set to enhance Victoria’s clean energy capabilities having been awarded a $51m construction contract at the Ryan Corner Wind Farm. Already with extensive experience in wind farms to date, the contract was awarded as a joint venture between Decmil and RJE Global where Decmil will fulfil $51m

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  • Apiam increases equine footprint in regional NSW with new veterinary acquisitions

    Expanding their network into a major agricultural centre, Apiam Animal Health (ASX: AHX) has acquired a major veterinary business in Dubbo – a central farming and equine region in New South Wales.  The region in particular is one of the fastest growing in New South Wales with a current population of 40,000. The local economy

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  • Government extends contract with 8common for expenses tracking

    Fintech company 8common (ASX: 8CO) continues to be well supported by Government clients with the Federal Prime Minister & Cabinet extending their expenses tracking contract another year in a deal worth $236k.  The extension will ensure the relationship enters its 5th consecutive year which originally commenced with a 3-year term and has now entered into

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  • Althea becomes first Aussie cannabis company to be licensed in Germany

    Medicinal cannabis and research company Althea Group (ASX: AGH) has become the first Australian producer of commercial cannabis products to be granted the required licenses in Germany for sales and distribution. With the licences, Althea expects their first shipment of their Australian-made medicinal cannabis extract products to take place in December 2020. The licenses were

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  • Pointsbet accepts first bets in sports-loving State of Colorado

    Recently recognised as the the US Sports Betting Operator of the Year, PointsBet (ASX: PBH) has taken their first bets in Colorado with the mountain state becoming their fifth online sportsbook operation in the US since regulatory changes have opened up legalised sports betting. The Colorado milestone marks a significant moment in PointsBet’s short history

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  • AF Legal adds Gold Coast to national expansion as family law revenues surge

    Family law specialists AF Legal (ASX: AFL) has continued a major national expansion in recent months, today adding the Gold Coast to their national footprint with a new office to service Queensland’s second most populous region of 600,000 residents.  “Our move to the Gold Coast is our fourth expansion across South East Queensland. With our

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  • Think Childcare acquire more centres, receives takeover offer

    Early childhood education company Think Childcare (ASX: TNK) has added four news childcare centres to their network on the same day the operator has received a takeover offer at a notable premium on their share price. The takeover bid comes from private equity company Alceon Group at an indicative price price of 1.35 per share

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  • COVID fire sale – Lovisa scoops up 80 jewelry stores in Europe for €60

    As a new wave of the coronavirus ravages Europe forcing another round of mass shutdowns, jewelry retailer Lovisa (ASX: LOV) has capitalised on an opportunistic fire sale, acquiring German retailer beeline GmbH and 80 retail stores for just €60 (sixty Euros) and no debt.  Across Europe, beeline is expected to see big disruptions to its

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  • iCandy launches new Joint Venture to develop 3D mobile games

    Gaming company iCandy Interactive (ASX: ICI) is set to expand their portfolio of game titles through a new joint venture with animation company Lemon Sky Studios which will provide visual tech for the two to develop a range of new 3D mobile games. The 50/50 joint venture will be domiciled in Malaysia and leverage iCandy’s

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  • Straker shares surge 93% on selection by IBM for global translation services

    With the major expansion of their cloud computing capabilities, tech conglomerate IBM has selected Straker Translations (ASX: STG) to provide adaptive translation services across several IBM technology platforms. The partnership expands on an existing one between the two companies where Straker had previously translated Spanish for IBM, but will now apply the artificial intelligence-powered tech

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  • Crowd Media delivers beta of AI salesbot 12 months ahead of schedule

    Tech and artificial intelligence company Crowd Media (ASX: CM8) has surprised the market with a beta launch of their ‘talking head’ technology which has been developed to drive their vision of conversational commerce – the next frontier of influencer marketing.  The beta launch has been nicknamed Emma and is a visual projection of a sales

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  • Health Insurer adds cannabis to coverage with Little Green Pharma partnership

    Members of private health insurer Health Insurance Fund (HIF) will be given priority access to Little Green Pharma (ASX: LGP) and their research into medicinal cannabis with the two commencing a strategic partnership focused on improving patient quality of life.  Under the partnership, HIF members will be given priority participation in Little Green Pharma product

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  • Australian regulators approve Atomo’s rapid HIV diagnostic kit

    Medtech company Atomo Diagnostics (ASX: AT1) has been granted regulatory approval in Australia for their patented AtomoRapid HIV (1&2) rapid diagnostic kit which will enable testing for HIV with just one drop of blood. The approval granted by the Therapeutic Goods Association (TAG) enables Atomo to commence distribution of the diagnostic test to medical professionals

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  • Catapult cashed up with return of US sports, clears debt as sales boom

    Sports data and technology company Catapult Group (ASX: CAT) has thrived since the resumption of American sports that went on hiatus due to COVID-19, seeing a big rise in sales from teams and leagues utilising Catapult solutions in their return-to-play programs. Having held a cash balance of USD $13.9 million as at 30 June 2020,

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  • DomaCom to offer investors $250m in affordable housing for essential workers

    Essential workers will soon have more affordable housing in the coming years with DomaCom (ASX: DCL) partnering with BlueCHP to deliver $250 million in affordable housing properties which will be offered to investors fractional property investment opportunities. The $250m commitment is part of the DomaCom Affordable Property Accelerator which will be used to allow investors

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  • IBM flags Dubber tech to be “Best of Breed” in new partnership

    Aussie communications tech company Dubber (ASX: DUB) has been given a global tick of approval with their call recording technology selected for IBM’s Cloud for Telecommunications network.  The selection will see Dubber’s Unified Voice Recording solution be integrated into the IBM Cloud for Telecommunications platform which will enable calls to be recorded, transcribed and collect

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  • ReadyTech enters justice sector with $54m acquisition of Open Office

    Human resources and profiling tech company ReadyTech (ASX: RDY) is poised to instantly enter the justice sector through the acquisition of Open Office and their clients in Australia and the United Kingdom. A software provider for Government agencies and public offices, Open Office offers case management software for the justice sector with the tech being

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  • Baby Bunting shipping container hijacked by dangerous Khapra beetle

    Newborn and infant products retailer Baby Bunting (ASX: BBN) has potentially avoided a national catastrophe after a cluster of Khapra beetles were intercepted by the Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) in a shipping container holding Baby Bunting products. Within the shipping container were 320 Peg Perego Prima Pappa Follow Me highchairs

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  • Hospitals back to normal as Nanosonics infection prevention sales return

    Quirky pandemic sales endured by infection prevention company Nanosonics (ASX: NAN) look to have returned to normal with the resumption of standard hospital activities and sales of their medical products back to pre-pandemic levels. Initial thoughts of increased hygiene standards would have flagged Nanosonics to be one of the companies to see higher activity for

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  • Infomedia redies rollout of automotive parts platform, signs Ford Europe

    Aussie tech company Infomedia (ASX: IFM) is lining up international clients in readiness for the rollout of their Next Gen electronic parts catalogue for the automotive industry, securing Ford Europe as a cornerstone client. The 5-year enterprise agreement will give Ford access across all of Europe to the Next Gen ‘Microcat’ platform which is an

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  • Novatti partners with Google Pay and Samsung Pay for Tap and Go

    Digital payments and fintech company Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) has added a few more Tier 1 partners to their payments network with Google Pay and Samsung Pay now supporting Novatti-issued Visa credit cards.  The ability for users to be able to make these digital payments through their smartphones and smartwatches is particularly attractive to potential

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  • Healthia rising as leading healthcare operater with optometry expansion

    Leading allied healthcare company Healthia (ASX: HLA) is set to significantly increase their services and national footprint with the $43 million acquisition of optometry group The Optical Company and their 41 clinics.  The acquisition is a horizontal expansion for Healthia which has primarily operated in the podiatry and physiotherapy sectors while also owning iOrthotics, Australia’s

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  • FDA approves Imugene to commence human trial for lung cancer immunotherapy

    Biopharma company Imugene (ASX: IMU) is now on their way towards commercialisation of their lung cancer treatment with approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to commence human trials. With the project name PD1-Vaxx in the US, the approval enables Imugene to commence recruiting patients for a clinical trial of the treatment on

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  • New leadership and new focus, MVP reclaims distribution rights and margins

    Australian pharmaceuticals company Medical Developments (ASX: MVP) is set to renew their international expansion targets with greater control having taken back the distribution rights from Mundipharma in both Europe and Australia for their flagship ‘green whistle’ pain reliever – Penthrox.  The decision to take back the European distribution rights to 27 countries was made in

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  • 2020 Melbourne Cup: Runner-by-Runner Preview, Analysis and Tips

    Who will win the 2020 Melbourne Cup? In a year that has been ravaged by the pandemic, racing has been the shining light of Australian sport which will culminate in the running of the Melbourne Cup.  For months, questions had been raised as to whether the race could be run, whether the international runners would

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  • Healthia expands services with footwear retailer and eCommerce acquisition

    As the largest podiatry clinic operator in Australia, allied healthcare company Healthia (ASX: HLA) is set to increase its range of products and services offered to patients and new customers with the acquisition of retailer Natural Fit Footwear and its online store.  Key to the acquisition is Healthia’s network of 94 podiatry clinics across Australia

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  • archTIS makes big splash in America with $9.75m cybersecurity acquisition

    Amid the global boom in demand for cybersecurity solutions brought upon by increased connectivity, Canberra-based tech company archTIS (ASX: AR9) is set to instantly expand to North America through the acquisition of Nucleus Cyber.  The acquisition will be funded solely by issuing AR9 shares with initial consideration of $6.25 million in stock and then a

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  • CLINUVEL to trial new drug addressing irreversible brain damage from by stroke

    Leading pharmaceuticals company CLINUVEL (ASX: CUV) is set to commence human trials using the drug afamelanotide to dissolve or remove underlying blood clots in the brain that cause arterial ischaemic stroke (AIS) which accounts for 85% of the 15 million strokes suffered worldwide each year.  Current stroke therapies are reliant on early intervention to restore

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  • Interview online, OpenLearning and UNSW partner for international pathway program

    Generational changes to how the world functions has filtered into the higher education sector with the University of NSW partnering with OpenLearning (ASX: OLL) to create a new online pathway program that can transition successful students into UNSW degrees.  The progressive online program will be operated by OpenLearning and will primarily be student-driven rather than

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  • Range International pushes eco-friendly logistics with Nestle contract

    Sustainable manufacturer Range International (ASX: RAN) is improving their global footprint having secured Nestle Philippines as a new customer which has ordered 6,000 of Range’s sustainable pallets which are made from 100% recyclable plastic.  The pallets which are marketed as Range’s Re>Pal brand, have been gaining steady traction through 2020 where Range has received orders

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  • Are we getting sick of BNPL stocks yet? Zebit struggles on listing

    After the halting of ASX listings due to uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the IPO markets has boomed in recent months where it’s now become more surprising for one to fall on listing, as was the case with BNPL provider Zebit (ASX: ZBT) in its first day on the boards. Between their classification as

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  • Crowd Media acquires eCommerce watches and jewelry brand for €1

    Having undergone their own business transformation over the past 12 months, eCommerce and artificial intelligence company Crowd Media (ASX: CM8) has capitalised on a corporate restructure from one of their partners to acquire trendy German accessories brand I AM KAMU for 1 Euro.  The nominal cash acquisition will primarily be supported by 5% profit royalties

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  • Volpara simplifying breast cancer communication for women with AI-driven imagery

    At a time when women are more aware of potential health issues than ever, Volpara Health (ASX: VHT) is set to drastically improve how breast cancer is talked about with imaging technology driven by artificial intelligence that will help prevent advanced stage breast cancer. The imagery will be provided to women in collaboration with Sheila

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  • Societal shift away from cash sends Novatti transaction volumes soaring

    Thriving in a world where cash is becoming less relevant by the day, Australian fintech company Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) has continued leveraging their digital payment capabilities to report their highest ever quarterly revenue with further international expansion firmly in their sights.  With an increase in digital payments being made around the world, Novatti has

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  • Funtastic to make eCommerce push with Toys “R” Us acquisition

    It’s a strange world for children who can no longer spend hours browsing toys at Toys “R” Us following their store closures in 2018 but the way toys are marketed is set to get an overhaul with the $32.6 million acquisition of Hobby Warehouse, its brands, and 1 million subscribers by Funtastic (ASX: FUN).  The

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  • PainChek lands first disability services partnership for residential homes

    Medtech company PainChek (ASX: PCK) has secured its first disability services operator partnership with Nulsen Group commencing the use of PainChek’s world-first pain assessment smartphone app across five facilities.  The 6-month trial is the first of its kind for PainChek with commercial terms falling within Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and will enable both parties

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  • Trading frenzy on MyDeal sends share price soaring on opening day

    Having raised $40 million from their IPO which would give Mydeal.com.au (ASX: MYD) an implied market capitalisation of $258.8m, investors that missed out on the IPO offer have hit the ASX boards in droves to open MYD shares at $1.80, a rise of 80% on their $1 IPO Offer Price. The demand for MYD shares

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  • United Networks expands to WA, kicks off with $600k contract

    Telecommunications company United Networks (ASX: UNL) is set to increase its national footprint significantly with the expansion of their services into Western Australia as part of their renewed strategy to build recurring revenue streams.  The new contracts in Western Australia are expected to deliver a fresh $600k in recurring revenue while enhancing their services to

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  • Veris wins contract to supply telcomms and 5G to Iron Bridge

    Australia’s most significant resources project is set to be hooked up to 5G with Veris (ASX: VRS) winning the $2 million contract to design a tech solution that will connect Fortescue’s enormous magnetite project to the rest of the world.  The contract was awarded to wholly owned Veris subsidiary, Aqura Technologies which is carving out

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  • Identitii lands anti-money laundering Mastercard deal

    With Australian financial regulators firmly eyeing money laundering and facilitators, regtech provider Identitii (ASX: ID8) has secured Mastercard as a client for their Overlay+ platform which is designed to assist with financial crime compliance. The contract valued at $783k will see Mastercard use Identitii’s Overlay+ platform for their account-to-account network which will securely share crime

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  • Aussies taking charge of credit debt as Wisr tipping 300,000 customers

    Following months of lockdowns which have limited spending opportunities, Australians have used the time to get on top of their finances with neolender Wisr (ASX: WZR) reporting record quarterly revenues, loan originations and customer profiles. This time at home for many has led to Wisr reporting a 37% increase in operating revenue for the quarter

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  • AI now monitoring prison breaks as icetana lands more motion sensor sales

    Prison breakouts in America could soon become even harder with icetana (ASX: ICE) having received more orders for its artificial intelligence motion sensor technology which will be integrated into US prisons.  The 5-year licence purchase comes from hardware vendor Rasilient Systems Inc who will supply icetana’s video tech which is driven by AI to detect

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  • Strategic Elements enters agriculture tech with 3D weed mapping device

    Australian innovation company Strategic Elements (ASX: SOR) is extending their existing robotics and automation tech into the agriculture industry with the development of a device that will enable farmers to precisely map agricultural weeds via 3D mapping. The device will integrate multiple data sources including GPS, light detection and high definition cameras attached to an

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  • Kleos arrives in India for nanosatellites launch

    Space tech and data company Kleos Space (ASX: KSS) is set to achieve something many competitors have failed to execute with the launch of nanosatellites into space which will open avenues to new revenues, driven by data collected and monitored from space.  The launch is targeted for the first half of November, pending weather conditions,

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  • CV Check enters international markets with white label HR tech

    Recruitment screening and verification company CV Check (ASX: CV1) has secured its first international client for a white label service which replicates their flagship automated screening platform used by hiring teams. The first international contract of its kind is with US-based screening company NetForce Global which will use the CV Check platform under its own

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  • Little Green Pharma approved to commence manufacturing cannabis products

    Australian cannabis company Little Green Pharma (ASX: LGP) has reached a major commercial achievement in their long-term strategy having been granted a manufacturing licence for cannabis products at their newly commissioned facility in Western Australia. “The grant represents the culmination of LGP’s long-term regulatory strategy and is a clear watershed moment for the Company. The

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  • IKE opens door to major US project with $750k power pole contract

    Tech company ikeGPS (ASX: IKE) has secured an opportunity to change how power and telecommunication poles across the United States are managed, having won a contract with a large US electricity company to assess and design its power pole infrastructure through their IKE Analyze platform. Where the humble power pole was once the shining light

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  • Nvoi lands global recruiter Adecco for its HR tech platform

    Tech company Nvoi (ASX: NVO) has secured a big win with global recruitment company Adecco reaching terms for the use of Nvoi’s recruitment management platform and support services.  The 12 month agreement will see Nvoi’s JXT platform engaged by Adecco offices around the world including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, China and

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  • Buddy Technologies to ride Amazon Prime Day with Alexa bundle sales boost

    Smarthome tech company Buddy Technologies (ASX: BUD) is set to see a big increase in the adoption of their smart lighting solutions through Amazon Prime Day, where the behemoth retailer will be offering a bundle promo for USD $18.99 which normally retails for $59.98. The bundle which will be available only on Amazon Prime Day,

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  • Takeover bid for Link Group sends share price soaring

    Shares in financial services company Link Administration Holdings (ASX: LNK) have surged upon reporting to the market this morning that they have received a takeover bid, valuing Link shares at $5.20 each, a 30.3% premium on their $3.99 Friday close price. The conditional offer has been put together by a consortium comprising of Pacific Equity

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  • Valmec expands construction portfolio with $15m water contract win

    Infrastructure construction and maintenance company Valmec (ASX: VMX) are continuing to scoop up contracts in Western Australia amid the abundance of resource projects coming online with a $15 million water deal from Water Corporation the latest to be secured.  The new contract leverages an existing relationship between Valmec and Water Corp with Valmec having provided

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  • Pensana Rare Earths study to create the world’s first sustainable magnet metal supply chain

    Amid global interest in Rare Earths following President Trump’s desire to decentralise supply from China which dominates the market, Pensana Rare Earths (ASX: PM8) is preparing to establish a processing facility that would be the world’s first sustainable magnet metal supply chain. Specifically, a new UK facility would integrate Pensana’s Longonjo project in Angola which

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  • Aerometrex inks new corporate deals as aerial photography subscriptions rise

    In a world where planners face the dilemma of building ‘up’ verses building ‘out’, the value of aerial mapping is seeing greater adoption by decision makers across a variety of sectors as evidenced by new corporate deals secured by aerial photography company Aerometrex (ASX: AMX). Offering Data-as-a-Service through MetroMap, an online imagery application that provides

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  • iSelect coding error debacle ends in $8.5 million settlement with ACCC

    For anyone that has ever used an online comparison service run by iSelect (ASX: ISU), the abundance of disclaimers you have to click through and agree to when their call centre contacts you will make a lot more sense after they reached an $8.5m settlement for disclosure breaches dating back to 2016.  The breaches related

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  • Novatti to expand billing automation platform with US launch

    Australian fintech and digital payments company Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) is set to enter one of the world’s most lucrative consumer markets with the expansion of Emersion, an end-to-end business automation and billing platform, to the United States. The expansion will enable service providers such as utilities, telecommunications and insurance companies to gain access to

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  • MGM pivots child safety tech to new mobile smartwatch for seniors

    Cybersecurity and tech company MGM Wireless (ASX: MWR) is tapping into the rapidly rising aged care tech market by re-purposing their existing SPACETALK mobile smartwatch, which gives children a safe device for online communications.  Originally designed to give parents the ability to track their children and enable calls between them but without access to social

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  • Harvest Technology forms global alliance to promote resource sector wearable tech

    Communications tech specialist Harvest Technology (ASX: HTG) has entered into a global marketing alliance with Inmarsat and Applied Satellite Technology Group to promote a wearable device that can be used for live transmission of data that will transform how remote sites in the resources industry are monitored.  The development comes at a time when management

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  • Resonance Health preparing FDA submission for pulmonary embolism AI alerts

    Medical imaging and research company Resonance Health (ASX: RHT) continues to advance a new artificial intelligence solution for automated alerts for patients with a suspected pulmonary embolism (PE), blood clots that block arteries in the lungs.  The research and development has now led to the Pre-Submission filing of ALERT-PE to the United States Food and

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  • SRJ Technologies to enter Saudi Arabia, targeting lucrative oil and gas projects

    Engineering solutions company SRJ Technologies (ASX: SRJ) is set to enter one of the world’s most lucrative oil and gas markets with the appointment of an agent in Saudi Arabia to represent SRJ, targeting the Kingdom’s premium projects. The 3-year agreement will see ZOMCO, a domestic maintenance service company founded in 1977, promote SRJ’s technology

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  • Emerald Financial Research Note – Novatti Group

    The onset of the Coronavirus pandemic has altered various aspects of daily human interaction where enforced lockdowns have created generational changes driven by technology. This has only increased the transition towards a cashless economy where, even prior to the pandemic, Novatti has developed an international network of partners that enable seamless movement of money across

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  • US students flock to online learning as Family Zone reports record revenue

    Despite a ‘no big deal’ attitude in the United State towards the coronavirus pandemic, educated Americans have been minimising the spread of COVID-19 with droves of students adapting to online learning where edutech provider Family Zone (ASX: FZO) has seen a 250% increase in revenue with 2,834 schools now on their distance learning platform.  From

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  • China to eat for a lifetime as Fonterra sell China farms for $555m

    Give a man to fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime. This could be a telling analogy of Fonterra’s (ASX: FSF) relationship with China in the competitive dairy products market after the New Zealand based company sold farms owned in China for NZD $555 million to

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  • Novatti granted regulatory approval to issue Visa cards in New Zealand

    Fresh off the launch of their Digital Payments Accelerator, Australian fintech company Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) has been granted approval in New Zealand to expand its credit card issuing services.  The approval for ‘issuing and managing means of payments’ in New Zealand will provide commercial opportunities for Novatti to extend services to existing clients in

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  • End of an era as Sizzler closes doors in Australia

    Our next generation of budding leaders will miss out of one of Australia long-standing traditions linked to fast food buffets as Collins Foods (ASX: CFK) has made the difficult decision to close all off its Sizzler restaurants as a result of COVID-19.  While the brand has been under internal review since 2015 and no longer

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  • Buderim sells ginger division, transitions focus to booming US plant protein market

    Health foods company Buderim Group (ASX: BUG) is cashed up for its transition towards a company rebrand that will focus on plant protein foods following the sale of their ginger production business for $13 million. The sale has long been a formality for Buderim which will be followed by a name change to Health and

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  • Dragontail to deliver pizza AI in up to 2,500 Latin America stores

    Food tech and artificial intelligence company Dragontail Systems (ASX: DTS) is set to make continental waves in Latin America having secured a Master Services Agreement with Food Delivery Brands Group which operates more than 2,500 stores globally, across 30 countries.  The agreement will see Dragontail collaborate with FDGB to improve process efficiency and customer satisfaction

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  • ApplyDirect adds mentoring services to their HR and recruitment service suite

    AD1 Holdings (ASX: AD1), the company which owns recruitment site ApplyDirect, is set to expand its recruitment and HR services with the acquisition of mentoring business Art of Mentoring which, if utilised, can further the career pathways of jobseekers and professionals. The $1.5 million acquisition comprising $1m cash and $500,000 of AD1 shares is expected

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  • FirstWave secures leading Indian telco for cybersecurity supply deal

    Cybersecurity company FirstWave Cloud Technology (ASX: FCT) is set to have their technology used across the world’s second largest telecommunications market having entered a landmark agreement with Indian telco Vodafone Idea which was recently re-branded as Vi. The 3-year agreement will see Vi roll out FirstWave’s cybersecurity solutions to its business customers in a country

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  • Novatti launches new payments platform for purpose-issued Visa cards

    With the coronavirus pandemic highlighting society’s declining use of cash, fintech and digital payments company Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) has launched a new configurable platform for businesses to access world-leading Visa issuing solutions without the intensive investment required to build and launch from scratch. The Digital Payments Accelerator offers startups, businesses of all sizes and

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  • Piedmont future secured through lithium supply agreement with Tesla

    Shares in Piedmont Lithium (ASX, NASDAQ: PLL) have rocketed following confirmation the smallcap lithium explorer has secured Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) as a flagship customer under a binding 5-year supply agreement.  The agreement will see Piedmont supply spodumene concentrate (SP6) to Tesla from their North Carolina project and represents one-third of their planned 160,000 tonnes

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  • National Institutes of Health engage Imricor for inner heart research

    Medtech company Imricor (ASX: IMR) has been awarded a contract from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to advance their leading MRI technology into a prototype device that can biopsy the inner walls of the heart.  The awarded contract will see Imricor receive USD $399,539 over the next 12 months for the project where

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  • Scout Security shares surge on revenue-sharing scheme with Amazon

    Security tech company Scout Security (ASX: SCT) could play a role in improvement of gun control in the United States, with their intruder alert technology set integrated into Amazon’s new smart home service Alexa Guard Plus under a revenue-sharing agreement. The Scout Alarm technology is specifically integrated into Amazon Echo devices with Amazon’s new Guard

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  • Gage Roads opens first taproom, microbrewery and hospitality venue

    It is finally back to business as planned for Gage Roads Brewing (ASX: GRB) which today can open the doors of its first venue, Atomic Beer Project, after its original opening date was pushed back six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Located in Redfern, New South Wales, Atomic Beer Project is the first hospitality

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  • CardieX partners with tech giant Mobvoi for new health smartwatch

    Biotech company CardieX (ASX: CDX) has expanded on an existing partnership with Chinese tech giant Mobvoi, which is backed by Google, for the launch of a new health-focused smartwatch which will incorporate CardieX’s software and artificial intelligence.  The smartwatch will be developed in collaboration with Mobvoi to supply hardware and firmware with CardieX to then

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  • Telix submits FDA application for new prostate cancer imaging product

    It may soon be easier for prostate cancer to be diagnosed at an early stage with Telix Pharmaceuticals (ASX: TLX) having submitted their radiopharmaceutical imaging technology to the Food and Drug Administration for approval. The New Drug Application (NDA) comes after completing clinical trials across more than 600 patients which builds on peer-reviewed clinical research

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  • Sezzle to facilitate bulk lending in US through partnership with Ally Financial

    Seeking to increase their buy-now-pay-later services, Sezzle (ASX: SZL) is entering the neo-lending space in the United States through a partnership with Ally Lending, a lending division of Ally Financial (NYSE: ALLY), which offers payment plan loans up to USD $40,000. The partnership will enable Sezzle to significantly increase the purchasing power of its BNPL

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  • Rex eyes March resumption of major city flights with $150m foreign investment

    With the support of a $150 million investment from private equity firm PAG Asia Capital, Regional Express Holdings (ASX: REX) is hoping to resume domestic flights between its major cities network by March 2021 after operations were decimated by pandemic travel restrictions.  Exclusive negotiations are underway, but the proposed funding would be an investment in

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  • Respiri engages Chinese production to up asthma device manufacturing

    Medtech company Respiri (ASX: RSH) has continued its long path towards commercialisation of its asthma diagnostics device ‘wheezo’, having entered into a global manufacturing agreement with Entech Electronics for 12,000 devices.  The agreement will see Entech manufacture the devices from their facilities in Shenzen, China. The order placed is for significantly more devices than the

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  • Italian Hospital to commence 3-month trial of Vection’s augmented reality

    Technology we’ve really only seen in the Ironman movies could soon become a reality with Vection Technologies (ASX: VR1) set to have it’s augmented reality technology trialed by a hospital in Italy.  The trial will focus on two augmented reality healthcare solutions developed by Vection. The first will enable surgeons to view data fields from

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  • Emerge Gaming increases global reach with Microsoft partnership

    Gaming tech and eSports company Emerge Gaming (ASX: EM1) is set to gain access to mass distribution having been appointed by Microsoft as an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) which will secure access to industry-leading technology and new customers in 61 countries.  The partnership will enable Emerge Gaming to access Microsoft’s hardware services which drive modern

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  • Emerald Equities Research Note – Healthia Ltd

    Earlier this week, the Advisors at Emerald Financial recently released a Buy report on Healthia Ltd (ASX: HLA) with updated stock scores and financial projections. Key Highlights include: (1) Minimal COVID-19 disruption with clinics classified as vital community services; (2) 12 clinics acquired for $5m without drawing down on the $50m loan facility; (3) CommittedRead More
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  • Macmahon thriving with $250m in WA mining contract wins

    Strong gold prices and a bevy of projects coming online has mining services company Macmahon Holdings (ASX: MAH) in hot demand, today confirming they have been appointed as the preferred mining contractor for the Warrawoona Gold Project, a contract worth $220 million. Located in the WA’s lucrative Pilbara region, Warrawoona will be a new open

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  • Asian interest in health tech accelerates MyFiziq and Biomorphik app rollout

    Rising demand from Asia for health and fitness tech has accelerated MyFiziq’s (ASX: MYQ) plans to integrate their body scanning technology into partner applications with Biomorphik bringing forward their collaborative app release date three months, to November 2020. The accelerated roll-out will see Biomorphik launch its health and wellness platform which aims to reduce health

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  • Decmil joins Iron Bridge Project with $41m contract win

    As Australia’s most significant mining project advances towards production, the Iron Bridge Project in Western Australia is continuing to support domestic business with engineering and construction company Decmil Group (ASX: DCG) the latest to secure a $41m contract at the site. Winning a competitive tender, Decmil will commence design and construction of a bulk fuel

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  • Catapult appointed as tech supplier across French rugby

    Sports tech, data and analytics company Catapult Group (ASX: CAT) has emerged from a competitive tender process to be appointed as the preferred supplier of technology to all teams that compete in France’s Top 14 and Pro D2 professional rugby competitions where the nation is set to host the next Rugby World Cup in 2023. 

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  • Middle Eastern Government agency to install $2m of Senetas encryptors

    Cybersecurity firm Senetas (ASX: SEN) is making waves in the Middle East, having secured a $2 million order through global distributor Thales, for their Ultra-High speed 100Gbps Ethernet encryptors. The CN9000 series encryptors will be deployed to secure the data in transit of a Middle Eastern government agency, enabling protection of their data network without

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  • Hemp-based face masks coming to a retailer near you soon

    To counter rising concerns around the environmental impact of disposable face masks being used to restrict the spread of COVID-19, Australian Primary Hemp (ASX: APH) has launched a new hemp-based face mask which provides 99.9% microbial reduction. The face masks are reusable, biodegradable and sustainably-sourced with the Company to commence supplying the masks to Australian

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  • Flexigroup launches humm in NZ for BNPL purchases up to $10,000

    New Zealanders keen to utilise buy-now-pay-later services for bulky purchases will soon be able to access interest-free payment terms through humm, with FlexiGroup (ASX: FXL) set to launch their BNPL service across the Tasman.  With other BNPL services offering payment plans for purchases up to $1,000, Flexigroup has carved out it’s unique role in the

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  • AusCann success with medicinal cannabis for nerve pain trials

    Pharmaceuticals company AusCann (ASX: AC8) is set to progress to the next stage of clinical trials having successfully completed their first round on Neuvis, their cannabinoid-based capsule developed to treat nerve pain – an area of medicine that is inadequately met. Estimated to affect 7-10% of Australians, nerve pain is caused by damage to the

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  • Emerald Financial Sector Report – ASX Retail and Consumer Trends

    Since the commencement of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, one of the industries most heavily affected has been the retail sector, where lockdowns have resulted in generational changes as to how populations buy goods. Changes to consumer trends brought upon by COVID-19 will have long-lasting effects on ASX retail stocks where corporate responses to the

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  • Strategic investment accelerates Crowd Media towards conversational AI 

    Tech and eCommerce company Crowd Media (ASX: CM8) is forging ahead with their vision of conversational commerce by securing equity in a vital tech partner that develops visual projections which, when coupled with Crowd’s artificial intelligence, can deliver the ‘Holy Grail’ of influencer marketing. The $365k investment in Forever Holdings will give Crowd Media 8%

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  • New NAB credit card just the start of many BNPL hijacking attempts to come

    Millennials have suddenly become the centrepoint of the financial services universe where it now seems that unless you use sexy buzz terms like ‘interest-free’ and ‘easy repayments’, you have no chance of wooing them. So now starts the game of ‘how we can make money from them in any method other than interest charges?’ Which

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  • Cannabis stocks rise as TGA to approve over-the-counter CBD without prescription

    Despite a gloomy day on the ASX yesterday, Australian cannabis companies ended it very well upon news of the Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) announcing they will amend legislation that will open a clear path for Australians to purchase cannabidiol (CBD) products without a prescription.  The notice of interim decision was released confirming that the TGA

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  • Crowd Media brings award winning anti-aging skincare to Europe

    Tech and eCommerce company Crowd Media (ASX: CM8) is continuing to grow its burgeoning stable of brand partnerships that bring popular consumer goods to Europe with US-based skincare company MD Complete the latest to utilise Crowd’s influencer network in a lucrative market.  The 3-year exclusive distribution agreement will see Crowd Media market MD Complete’s Dermatologist-formulated

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  • Pure Foods Tasmania eyes Aussie meals to Asia with potato farm acquisition

    With changing trends in the way we prepare meals where convenience is in demand, Pure Foods Tasmania (ASX: PFT) is set to significantly expand its meal solutions range with the acquisition of Daly Potato Company and its potato-based meals, farm and food products. The acquisition will increase the production and export capabilities of Pure Foods

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  • Aussies flock to newly ASX-listed BNPL provider Laybuy on opening day

    The buy-now-pay-later train is showing no signs of slowing down with Australian investors keen to jump aboard new BNPL investment opportunities as evidenced by the opening day of trade for Laybuy Group (ASX: LBY) as an ASX-listed company. Founded in 2017 by Gary Rohloff and his family in New Zealand, Laybuy Group has emerged as

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  • Cannabis toothpaste is a thing, and Zelira Therapeutics are commercialising it

    Furthering their expertise in the field of cannabinoid-based therapeutics, Zelira Therapeutics (ASX: ZLD) is set to tap into the oral care market with the launch of hemp derived toothpaste in the United States.  The toothpaste formulation was created by Sprinjene CEO and Founder, Dr Sayed Abrahim who developed the oral care product which is gluten-free,

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  • Digital Wines to offer BNPL for wine purchases up to $250,000

    Joining in on the market frenzy for all things related to buy-now-pay-later, Digital Wine Ventures (ASX: DW8) has launched its own offering of the phenomenon in the form of Credit-as-a-Service (CaaS) where customers will be able to buy up to $250,000 of wine from their platform, and pay later.  Intended to operate like BNPL market

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  • SenSen to bring AI to Australia for driverless car testing

    Tech and artificial intelligence company SenSen Networks (ASX: SNS) is poised to accelerate Australia’s transition towards driverless vehicles having commenced a collaboration with ACE Electric Vehicles Group to push Australia’s manufacturing capabilities.  Specialising in smart city technology using multi-camera and multi-sensor data, SenSen already has significant AI on traffic data through their current capabilities which

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  • Former ASX darling GetSwift to delist, heads to North America

    Troubled tech company GetSwift (ASX: GSW) is set to bring an end to their time on the ASX after several controversial years, with plans to re-domicile to Canada at a time when an impending class action against the Company is set for trial. The former market darling which listed on the ASX in December 2016

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  • New Novatti app brings top end billing automation to small business

    Small business operators will soon have access to an end-to-end billing, payments and sales management system with Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) having gained approval from Salesforce for the inclusion of the Emersion payments app on the Salesforce AppExchange marketplace.  The Emersion app, launched by wholly-owned subsidiary Emersion Systems, integrates many of the features offered to

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  • Do HotCopper’s marketing emails influence a stock price?

    Keen investors will at some point in their life visit the ASX stock forum HotCopper which has long been the largest forum for discussion of ASX-listed companies, and subsequently received marketing emails for penny stocks they sell advertising for.  Having established the forum in 1994, the site has built up the largest database of Australian

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  • BrianChip collaborates to optimise AI chip for aerospace applications

    As the United States accelerates its aerospace program, artificial intelligence is likely to play a major role in future discoveries where deep tech company BrainChip (ASX: BRN) has entered into a collaboration with VORAGO Technologies to optimise processor chips for extreme conditions. The collaboration is intended to support a Phase I NASA Program from BrainChip’s

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  • Founders First to launch seltzer range as drinkers seek healthy alcopops

    As Australians seek healthier alternatives to traditional pleasure foods, the alcohol sector is following the same trend, prompting beer and liquor company Founders First (ASX: FFL) to secure equity in Torquay Beverage Company in preparation for the launch of a new seltzer range. Produced by TBC, NoSH Boozy Seltzer will be sold in more than

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  • New PharmAust venture to convert waste to fuels in world-first

    Biotech and pharmaceuticals company PharmAust (ASX: PAA) is set to launch a new venture which will advance disruptive technology that can convert waste such as plastics and rubber tyres into valuable fuels and agricultural growth stimulants. The novel technology has been developed by US-based Australian, Ken Anderson who is the Founder and Chief Technology Officer

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  • Archer advances graphene-based biosensor tech with 3D printed prototype

    Graphene-focused tech company Archer Materials (ASX: AXE) has successfully developed a prototype of its biosensor device using additive manufacturing and a 3D printer to produce hardware that will be vital to their biotech roadmap. The 3D printed device forms the outer cartridge which houses the graphene sensor, with the hardware design having been specifically engineered

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  • Growing mobile disrupter amaysim cashed up with sale of energy business to AGL

    Mobile services provider amaysim (ASX: AYS) is set to focus on its growing telecommunications business with the sale of energy asset Click Energy for $115m. The divestment comes on the same day the Company has reported substantial growth in mobile subscribers and earnings. The sale of Click Energy to energy giant AGL (ASX: AGL) will

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  • Crowd Media leverages AI in major cost savings and financial turnaround

    Through a year of business transformation, eCommerce and tech company Crowd Media (ASX: CM8) has delivered a $2.8 million financial turnaround which has seen major developments in their retail network and AI tech which is handling 60% of customers.  Cost cutting and streamlining of operations have been a focus for Crowd through FY20 with the

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  • Nuheara engaged by tech giant HP for audio experience collaboration

    Audio tech company Nuheara (ASX: NUH) has gained notable support having been engaged by global tech company HP Inc (NYSE: HPQ) to collaborate on new audio technology for HP and its millions of customers around the world.  The collaboration will focus on new audio experiences with Phase 1 of the multi-phased arrangement to commence immediately. 

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  • Healthia revenues surge 40% as clinic acquisition spree continues

    Allied healthcare provider Healthia (ASX: HLA) has reported a 40.3% increase in revenues where business has returned to pre-COVID levels, with clinics having remained open through the pandemic in order to take pressure off the public health system as per Government directives.  Alongside the jump in revenue for FY20 to $92.4m, Healthia has also reported

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  • QuickFee powers ahead in the US with BNPL adoption for professional services

    Despite being an Australian company that listed on the ASX last year, the United States has emerged as the core growth market for buy-now-pay-later provider QuickFee (ASX: QFE) which is gaining traction from their BNPL repayment options for accountants, lawyers and other professional service providers. Reporting their FY20 performance which included a $13.5m IPO in

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  • Commonwealth Intelligence Agency engages archTIS for 8 week cybersecurity trial

    With data and cyberspace being the contemporary medium for international espionage, Australia is increasing its vigilance with a Commonwealth Intelligence Agency engaging cybersecurity firm archTIS (ASX: AR9) for an 8 week contract. Over those 8 weeks, archTIS will run a Proof of Concept to implement policy-based access to movement of big data between agencies in

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  • Savaged by COVID, Mosaic to permanently close 500 fashion stores

    Retail in Australia has changed forever as a result of COVID-19 with Mosaic Brands (ASX: MOZ) the first large ASX-listed fashion retailer to announce mass closures of their retail network where up to 500 clothing stores will close permanently over the next two years.  The announcement to reduce their network of more than 1,333 stores,

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  • Seven winning the ratings war but financial struggles mount

    One year into his appointment as the hopeful savior of Seven West Media (ASX: SWM), CEO James Warburton is delivering on his incredibly difficult task of turning the media giant’s fortunes around, with a return to the top of the Ratings charts. Although it may seem a rather simple strategy of rehashing old reality shows,

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  • Northern Minerals settles ATO dispute with $21 million write-off

    The first producer of heavy rare earths in Australia, Northern Minerals (ASX: NTU), is set to finally resume business as normal having reached a settlement with the Australian Taxation Office over a claim that dates back to 2016, albeit conceding $21.3 million in the process. The dispute relates to Research and Development expenses incurred by

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  • Bubs clears regulatory pathway with breakthrough China collaboration

    With trade tensions between Australia and China bubbling, dairy products company Bubs Australia (ASX: BUB) has mitigated their potential risk exposure through an agreement with China-based Beingmate which will package and mass distribute their 100% Australian goats milk formula. In particular, the collaboration will seek a State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) brand slot which

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  • Rent negotiations reach boiling point as Westfield padlocks 129 Mosaic stores

    After months of negotiations brought upon by the coronavirus pandemic, Mosaic Brands (ASX: MOZ) has had 129 of their retail stores temporarily closed by Scentre Group (ASX: SCG), the operator of Westfield shopping centres.  The tough decision comes after months of underpayment in rent from Mosaic whose retail stores have been severely depleted of foot

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  • Simble bringing end to pesky energy telemarketers with non-invasive comparison app

    We’re sick of them. Australian’s are sick and tired of being harassed by telemarketers offering to compare our energy bills with the promise of savings. If you don’t hang up on them within the first 30 seconds, they’ll waste an hour of your time before mentioning costly disconnection fees, before calling you up again in

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  • COVID pump fizzles as ASX scrutinise Holista Colltech, costly for new investors

    Amid the boom of retail investors entering opportunistic penny stocks capitalising on COVID, many are now under the watchful eye of ASX regulators after share price pumps led by business pivots into hygiene product supply such as hand sanitiser.  Just one of many to do so at the start of the pandemic, food production company

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  • Rent.com.au emerging as top destination for rental markets as tenants seek flexibility

    The Australian rental market is set for a period of change with both interstate and domestic movement around the country impacting property markets. But through the economic uncertainty, tech company Rent.com.au (ASX: RNT) has emerged as the primary destination for tenants and landlords with a 13% increase in revenue for FY20. The largest dedicated rental

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  • Tabcorp profits plummet as rebuild embarks with $600m cap raise

    An eerie sort of irony surrounds wagering and sports giant Tabcorp Holdings (ASX: TAH) which is set to embark on a corporate rebuild in the same way an underperforming AFL team does. The CEO and Chairman are on the way out, fresh blood is being sought with a $600 million capital raise and a strategic

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  • Digital explosion leads Michael Hill to launch purely digital Medley Jewellery

    The rapidly changing retail landscape continues to evolve through COVID-19, with consumers now having little qualms buying goods online that traditionally had to be bought in-store. Jewellery in particular has met this trend as evidenced by retail jeweler Michael Hill (ASX: MHJ) which has reported a 54.5% increase in digital sales and the launch of

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  • Thedocyard to seek $45m for Ansarada merger to create global SaaS leader

    Although having only listed publicly on the ASX six months ago following a $26.5 million IPO, tech company thedocyard (ASX: TDY) is on the move again with a proposed merger with unlisted Ansarada to form a global leader in business services tech.  A proposed merger with Ansarada would require thedocyard to raise an additional $45

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  • Veris wins surveying contract for Stockland’s newest residential community

    Surveying company Veris (ASX: VRS) has strengthened its relationship with property developer Stockland (ASX: SGP) having been awarded a survey and design contract for their newest planned residential community – Katalia Estate. Katalia Estate is expected to take 10 years to complete all 1500 lots, with Veris to provide surveying and planning services for the

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  • Hydrix successfully implants heart attack warning device in four patients

    Since securing the exclusive distribution rights to the AngelMed Guardian device, the only FDA approved implantable heart attack warning system, Hydrix (ASX: HYD) has now successfully implanted the device in four patients in Singapore.  Implanted over a 3-day period, patients were selected based on their previous medical history to ensure they would benefit from the

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  • Emerge Gaming secures 10,000 subscribers, eyeing international expansion

    When discussing the global gaming and eSports market, Africa may be one of the less likely regions first considered, however, Emerge Gaming (ASX: EM1) may have identified a market gem having secured more than 10,000 subscribers within the first month of launching MTN Arena – a mobile gaming and tournaments platform. Co-branded alongside MTN, Africa’s

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  • Keytone Dairy partners with Coles to distribute plant-based protein shakes

    Within two weeks of launching their plant-based protein shakes, Keytone Dairy (ASX: KTD) has secured national distribution through Coles which will become the first major supermarket to stock Tonik Plant – the first plant-based shake of its kind. The distribution agreement comes amid a growing trend within Australian consumers seeking plant-based products, popular in the

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  • Bumper result for Baby Bunting as bubs get plenty of pandemic lovin’

    Through COVID-19, one of the better problems for retail businesses has been to not qualify for JobKeeper support, and is the case for Baby Bunting (ASX: BBN) which reported bumper FY20 sales of $405m, an 11.8% increase on the previous year. Strong results for the baby products retailer come despite disruption caused through the pandemic,

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  • Fiji Kava engaged by top healthcare company for anxiety treatment

    Anxiety sufferers may soon have a new alternative natural treatment available to them with health and wellness company Fiji Kava (ASX: FIJ) to supply noble kava extract to BioCeuticals, a healthcare products company owned by Blackmores (ASX: BKL). The supply agreement will provide BioCeuticals with noble kava extract to be used in their AnxioCalm products

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  • BlackEarth secures Tier 1 global offtake partner for their high-quality graphite

    Following significant testing on their graphite to confirm its high-quality specifications, BlackEarth Minerals (ASX: BEM) has secured a Tier 1 offtake partner with top European refractory company RHI Magnesita (LSE: RHIM) entering a binding agreement to purchase BlackEarth’s graphite.  The Memorandum of Understanding will see BlackEarth work closely with RHIM to produce “tailor-made” graphite concentrate

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  • A beer fortune turnaround Broo-ing with large CUB order

    Despite some struggles faced through COVID-19 shutdowns, beer producer Broo (ASX: BEE) could be on the move again having entered into a production agreement with Australia’s leading brewer Carlton and United Breweries (CUB).  The order with CUB comes despite Broo owning and operating their own brewery facility in Mildura where they produce Broo Premium Lager

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  • Gage Roads to launch flagship entertainment venue in WA tourism hub

    Fremantle Harbour’s Victoria Quay will soon become the spiritual home of Gage Roads Brewing (ASX: GRB) which has secured the iconic A Shed for a multi-discipline entertainment venue within the emerging tourism precinct. The A Shed, which played a key role in the establishment of Fremantle as a harbour town, will be re-designed by Gage

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  • IVE shares tumble as Coles ends printed catalogue delivery to 7 million households

    Kids looking for delivery routes as their first job have perhaps had the opportunity taken away from them thanks to technology, with Coles (ASX: COL) ending delivery of their weekly catalogues to more than 7 million Australian households.  Printed copies of catalogues will still be available in-store but the 14,000 walkers managed by marketing company

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  • Atomo’s rapid COVID-19 test approved by TGA for distribution

    Australians will soon have access to a rapid COVID-19 test where results can be obtained in just 15 minutes from a drop of blood following approval from the Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) for Atomo Diagnostics’ (ASX: AT1) rapid antibody test. The test device has been independently tested at laboratories in France where the AtomoRapid test

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  • Healthia secures Queensland Rugby naming rights till end of 2021

    Allied healthcare provider Healthia (ASX: HLA) has strengthened its position as the leading physiotherapy and podiatry provider in Queensland having secured the naming rights for State’s top club rugby competition until the end of 2021. The Allsports Physiotherapy Hospital Challenge Cup resumed at the start of August following a COVID-19 hiatus and continues Healthia’s long

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  • Adairs rides online retail boom with record homemaker sales and profit

    Australians and Kiwis are likely to be very comfortable at home through pandemic isolation if the record sales of homemaker retailer Adairs (ASX: ADH) are an indicator, with the Company’s online sales up 110.5% for FY20. Although the pandemic caused closures of their retail stores across Australia and New Zealand for a few months, Adairs

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  • 4D Medical commences trading on the ASX, opens at 2x IPO Price

    Investors that missed out on the IPO for medtech company 4D Medical (ASX: 4DX) have had no qualms buying the stock on market with shares in 4DX opening at $1.47 when trading commenced this morning, more than double the IPO Offer Price of $0.73.  The significant jump follows a similar trend among Australian investors that

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  • QLD Government wants you visiting theme parks, issues Ardent $69.9m support

    With Queensland’s swift management of COVID-19, the Sunshine State is set to recover quicker than its southern neighbours and the State Government is aiming to restart its tourism industry via a $69.9m support package for Ardent Leisure (ASX: ALG) which will re-open Dreamworld and WhiteWater World in September. The financial assistance packages totaling $69.9 million

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  • Envirosuite acquires wastewater algorithm, set to launch industrial Smart Water service

    Environmental intelligence company Envirosuite (ASX: EVS) is looking to extend the world’s sustainable consumption capabilities having acquired technology that can optimise wastewater treatment plants using artificial intelligence and machine learning. The water modelling technology has been purchased for $1.35m from Aqueous Material Balance (AqMB) and enables users to run hypothetical changes to chemical and biological

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  • Crowd Media expands Amazon EU store with natural Brazilian beauty products

    With online retail thriving through the pandemic, eCommerce company Crowd Media (ASX: CM8) is set to build on their strong FY20 performance having entered into a partnership with US-based Teadora Inc to market natural Brazilian beauty products through Europe, including the Amazon EU marketplace. Leveraging their extensive network of more than 1,000 social influencers, Crowd

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  • Pointsbet partners with the Indiana Pacers in an NBA-first

    Australian bookmaker Pointsbet (ASX: PBH) has secured valuable on-court and stadium advertising in the United States having been appointed the official sports gaming partner of the Indiana Pacers NBA team.  The multi-year agreement with Pacers Sports & Entertainment will enable Pointsbet to have it’s branding printed along the baseline of the Pacers’ home court in

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  • Uscom releases ventilator calibrator as demand surges through COVID-19

    To assist with maintenance of ventilator devices being used to combat the coronavirus pandemic, Uscom (ASX: UCM) has released the SpiroSonic VENTITEST ventilator testing device which will allow medical professionals to calibrate ventilators, making it the first digital ultrasonic calibrator of its kind.  With the need for ventilators having risen dramatically as the world grapples

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  • Inventis launches revolutionary Smart Chair, biggest chair development in 30 years

    As the pandemic has brought major changes to working environments, droves of employees are spending more time at their desks, leading Inventis (ASX: IVT) to launch their G-Smart ‘Smart Chair’ – an ergonomic solution which integrates health tech into the humble office chair. With sensors built into the chair that integrate with a smartphone app,

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  • Aged Care tech demand rising as HSC partners with Harvey Norman

    As Victoria grapples with their COVID-19 aged care crisis, interest in contact-free assistance is growing with HSC Technology (ASX: HSC) entering a reseller agreement with Harvey Norman for their smart care platform. An integrated telehealth solution, HSC Care offers a suite of products which can monitor aged care residents through sensors and monitoring devices. The

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  • Neometals launches lithium-ion battery recycling venture in Europe

    As the world continues advancing clean energy solutions which is likely to see an abundance of lithium-ion batteries produced over the coming years, energy storage company Neometals (ASX: NMT) has launched a joint venture with German metallurgy company SMS Group to commercialise a battery recycling business in Europe. The 50:50 joint venture, called Primobius GmbH,

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  • Catapult Sports wins FBS College Football contract

    Sports data, technology and analytics company Catapult Sports (ASX: CAT) has secured direct access to one of the world’s biggest sports leagues having won a contract to manage video exchange services to all 130 Division 1 College Football teams. Following the competitive tender process, all movement of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) video will be managed

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  • Home buyers in control as US Real Estate Agents flock to RateMyAgent

    Having successfully developed an online business model in Australia, RMA Global (ASX: RMY) has ramped up penetration of the lucrative US market with RateMyAgent, their reviews platform for real estate agents, since launching a strong marketing push in March 2020. The platform has now advanced in the US to have more than 60,000 real estate

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  • Swick drilling into more success with Northern Star contract win

    With the price of gold reaching all-time highs, mining services provider Swick (ASX: SWK) is thriving having secured new contracts and extensions from some of Australia’s largest mining companies to take their order book to $244 million.  Among their bigger contracts is an extension from Northern Star Resources (ASX: NST) at their West Australian Jundee

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  • Osprey secures GE Healthcare for global distribution of kidney imaging tech

    Medtech company Osprey Medical (ASX: OSP) has significantly increased its global distribution network having secured distribution of their kidney imaging portfolio by partnering with global giant GE Healthcare.  Under the 4-year agreement, GE will commercialise Osprey’s DyeVert portfolio which reduces the amount of contrast that reaches the kidney for imaging, and will assist medical professionals

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  • SUDA gains regulatory approval for sale of insomnia treatment spray

    Australians suffering from insomnia could soon have relief from the disorder with SUDA Pharmaceuticals (ASX: SUD) gaining approval from the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA) for the sale of their ZolpiMist spray as a treatment for short-term insomnia.  The regulatory approval enables ZolpiMist to be sold in Australia and will assist their strategic partners in other

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  • Cellmid secures US distribution to 40,000 salons for anti-aging hair care

    Australian health and biotech company Cellmid (ASX: CDY) is set to capitalise on rising health product retail sales in the United States having secured an exclusive distribution partnership with Tru Beauty Concepts and their network of 40,000 hair salons.  The 5-year distribution deal will provide Cellmid with access to Tru Beauty salons across 11 US

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  • WhiteHawk wins 5-year US Government cybersecurity contract

    Having successfully fulfilled various Government deals as a subcontractor, cybersecurity company WhiteHawk (ASX: WHK) is stepping up their game having won a 5-year US Federal contract as a prime supplier.  The deal is valued at USD $580,000 per annum with an additional $600,000 per annum Option available if the Government elects to increase their cybersecurity

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  • InteliCare secures first NSW orders for contact-free aged care systems

    Amid the raging situation in Victoria with rising COVID-19 cases in aged care facilities, tech company InteliCare (ASX: ICR) has secured a cornerstone order for their aged and disability care system which enables families to monitor loved ones contact-free, without invading their privacy.  The order for 120 InteliLiving Systems was placed by independent care provider

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  • Novatti payments revenue up again for sixth consecutive quarter

    Despite the economic impact of COVID-19 seeing adverse effects in most industries, the digital payments sector is thriving with populations in isolation as evidenced by fintech company Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) again reporting record revenues from their payments processing business.  For the quarter ending 30 June 2020, the company delivered $2.07m (unaudited) solely from their

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  • Testing data shows Magnis can charge an Electric Vehicle battery in just 6 minutes

    Adoption of electric vehicles could surge if Magnis Energy Technologies (ASX: MNS) is able to deliver on their testing data which can charge an EV battery in just six minutes for what would be a game changer in the global market.  Within their Extra Fast Charge (EFC) batteries which were developed by partner – Charge

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  • Alcidion secures major UK hospital network for Patientrack health monitoring

    Smart healthcare continues to make strides in the United Kingdom with healthtech company Alcidion (ASX: ALC) to deploy their Patientrack monitoring system across the NHS Lanarkshire, the third largest health board in Scotland.  With approximately 12,000 staff working across communities, health centres, clinics and three district hospitals, the 5-year agreement will see Alcidion roll out

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  • DroneShield secures counter-drone contract from U.S Air Force

    Drone defence and security company DroneShield (ASX: DRO) has secured a significant contract from the United States Air Force for counter-drone systems to be installed at their North Dakota air base.  The contracts valued at USD $200,000 are not majorly material for the Company, however there is the potential opportunity to secure further business from

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  • Viva Leisure becomes third largest gym operator with $18m Plus Fitness acquisition

    Australia’s gym sector is set for a shakeup with Viva Leisure (ASX: VVA) to acquire Australian Fitness Management (AFM) and its 197 franchised Plus Fitness locations which will leapfrog Viva to become the third largest operator in the country.  Across their 197 clubs, Plus Fitness has a combined membership of approximately 175,000 members with the

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  • 9Spokes shares surge with 5-year Visa partnership inked

    New Zealand-based fintech company 9Spokes (ASX: 9SP) has secured its most significant corporate deal to date having entered into a partnership with Visa, who will offer the 9Spokes platform to small business merchants worldwide.  Under terms of the 5-year agreement, Visa USA Inc will promote the 9Spokes business management platform to Visa clients and small

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  • CannPal trials confirm cannabis good for dog health and immunity

    Animal health company CannPal Animal Therapeutics (ASX: CP1) is proving that the health benefits of medicinal cannabis extend beyond the human realm with their latest trials confirming the safety of DermaCann® as a natural treatment for dermatitis and immune function in canines. Applying two different formulations of DermaCann® between 13 dogs, CannPal reported a substantial

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  • Flexigroup humm-ing along with 315% rise in BNPL transaction volumes

    The pioneer of Australia’s buy-now-pay-later sector has reported a big uptake in adoption since Flexigroup (ASX: FXL) consolidated its BNPL businesses with retail-focused brand humm delivering a 315% rise in transaction volumes through the June quarter.  As the key differentiator against its competitors, humm allows customers to make interest-free purchases of up to $30,000. This

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  • Crowd Media achieves $2.7m turnaround, eyes billion-dollar tech breakthrough

    Digital marketing and eCommerce company Crowd Media (ASX: CM8) has reported a significant financial turnaround with the company expected to report positive underlying EBITDA for FY20 which represented a $2.7m turnaround for the microcap.   The turnaround from a $2.6m loss in underlying EBITDA in FY19 comes in line with the appointment of industry leader Steven

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  • NTD becomes largest tyre wholesaler in Aus & NZ with T4U acquisition

    Tough trading conditions brought upon by drought, bushfires and a pandemic has prompted a major industry merger with Tyres 4U (T4U) and National Tyre & Wheel (ASX: NTD) set to become the largest independent multi branded tyre wholesaler across the Tasman. The merger will see NTD acquire all business assets of T4U in Australia and

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  • Bod commences cannabis trial with 500 Australians targeting anxiety and insomnia

    In a key advancement within Australia’s emerging medicinal cannabis market, Bod Australia (ASX: BDA) has commenced a national study which will be conducted over 12 months to trial the effectiveness of MediCabilis™ as a treatment for anxiety, insomnia and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The study will be conducted Australia-wide with Bod having partnered with

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  • Harris Technology sales rising, receives top seller ranking on Amazon Australia

    Tech retailer Harris Technology (ASX: HT8) has continued a strong financial turnaround which has been driven by its online sales and led the retailer to reach number one in the Amazon Australia seller rankings according to research firm Marketplace Pulse.  The ranking is based on customer feedback following purchases on the Amazon Australia platform where

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  • SRG Global wins $25m design contract for new Victorian Heart Hospital

    Engineering and construction specialists SRG Global (ASX: SRG) will have a major role in the appearance of the new Victorian Heart Hospital having secured a $25 million contract to design and build the curtain wall facade.  The new Government-backed hospital is a $564 million development which will be Australia’s first dedicated cardiac facility, aiming to

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  • PayGroup to expand HR tech through Asia with TalentOz acquisition

    Human resources tech company PayGroup (ASX: PYG) is set to significantly expand its human capital management (HCM) software suite following the acquisition of TalentOz and their complementary talent management software.  Already with a powerful offering of 16 HCM modules which are used by more than 875 PayGroup clients, the addition of TalentOz will bring 11

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  • PPK Group to Launch 3D Printed Dental Products Venture

    As the dental implants and prosthetics market continues to grow with advancements in dental technology, industrials company PPK Group (ASX: PPK) is taking their expertise in boron nitride nanotubes (BNNT) and applying it to the lucrative dental products market. The new venture will be 3D Dental Technology Limited with the company ownership comprising of PPK

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  • Beam receives orders for 5,000 more satellite messaging devices

    Since the commercial launch of their satellite messaging device ZOLEO, sales in North America have been strong for Beam Communications (ASX: BCC) where they have received an order for 5,000 more devices.  The order comes from joint-venture partner Roadpost Inc which is responsible for marketing and distribution of ZOLEO in North America via their network

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  • OpenLearning to launch online short-course platform in collaboration with Open Universities

    Education tech company OpenLearning (ASX: OLL) is set to shake up the Australian education sector through the creation of OpenCreds, an online platform where Australians can complete registered shortcourses for formal qualifications. OpenCreds, in reference to the courses offered being micro-credentials, will offer courses ranging from 2.5 hours to 150 hours which will be stackable

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  • FBR bricklaying robot builds house walls in just four days

    Robotics and automation tech company FBR (ASX: FBR) has successfully had its Hadrian X bricklaying robot build the structural walls for a new house in just four days. The house, a display home in Dayton, Western Australia, will now have the remainder of its construction completed with traditional labour, but to have completed the structural

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  • Repeat business for Creso Pharma with further $930k cannabis order

    Medicinal cannabis company Creso Pharma (ASX: CPH) is continuing to see strong international interest in their premium cannabis flowers with an order worth $930k placed from repeat Israeli client Univo Pharmaceuticals Ltd (TLV: UNVO).  The larger order for premium, cured and hand-trimmed dried medicinal cannabis flower follows on from an order for $820k of the

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  • XTEK extends Defence Force relationship with another $2.8m in dronetech orders

    Security tech company XTEK (ASX: XTE) has continued its strong association with the Australian Defence Force with the ADF placing an order for additional unmanned aerial systems worth approximately $2.8 million.  The order will increase the ADF’s existing fleet of AeroVironment WASP AE Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) with XTEK having already delivered 50 to

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  • SECOS selected by Woolworths as compostable bag supplier

    Households outside of specific eco-friendly councils will soon be able to purchase certified compostable bin liners from Woolworths which has selected SECOS Group (ASX: SES) as their compostable bin liner supplier. The supply agreement will significantly expand SECOS’s distribution capabilities where they will supply the national supermarket chain with 8L and 36L bin liners. Beyond

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  • K2fly to expand resources reporting tech with new tailings management tools

    Advancing the environmental and social governance capabilities of their resources reporting software, K2fly (ASX: K2F) has partnered with Decipher to develop new management systems for storage of tailings – the mining waste leftover once mineral concentrates have been extracted from ore.  Identified by KPMG as one of the top 10 risks in 2020 to the

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  • IMDEX rapidly accelerates mineralogy processing with AI acquisition

    Mining tech company IMDEX (ASX: IMD) is set to turn a decision making process that would normally take weeks, into one that can be done in just hours via acquisition of AusSpec and their AI technology developed for spectral mineralogy in the mining and resources sector.  The core functionality around AusSpec’s unique aiSIRIS platform is

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  • SportsHero launches Olahbola app to capitalise on Indonesia’s football fandom

    With the resumption of major sporting codes finally being restarted following COVID-19 shutdowns, sports tech and media company SportsHero (ASX: SHO) is set to launch their fully localised international football app in Indonesia. The launch of their Olahbola app will provide the world’s 4th most populous nation to video content from top football leagues, English

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  • Mayne Pharma strengthens oral contraceptives portfolio in lucrative U.S market

    With the increasing competition amongst pharmaceutical companies being driven by a proliferation of generic brands, Mayne Pharma Group (ASX: MYX) has secured its position in the U.S as a leading oral contraceptives supplier by partnering with Novast Laboratories for 13 generic products.  Of the 13 products, four have been approved by the U.S Food and

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  • Lack of air traffic no concern for simulation developer Adacel, upgrades profit

    Air traffic may be significantly reduced at the moment due to COVID-19 travel restrictions but Adacel Technologies (ASX: ADA) has used the opportunity to upgrade its air traffic simulators and increase training capabilities to be a rare flight-related company that has provided an increase in profit guidance. Through a combination of critical infrastructure installations, updates

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  • thedocyard expands document encryption service via LockBox acquisition

    Since listing on the ASX in February 2020, tech company thedocyard (ASX: TDY) is set to expand its cloud-based transaction management platform with the acquisition of Lockbox Technologies and its cybersecurity solutions. The key Lockbox products which will transition into thedocyard comprise of LockBox Storage – a a B2B secured document and storage platform, and

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  • Civmec strengthens Fortescue relationship with new Iron Bridge contract

    Engineering and construction company Civmec (ASX: CVL) has been awarded a key contract at the Iron Bridge Project, Australia’s largest magnetite resource, owned by joint venture partners Fortescue Metals (ASX: FMG) and Formosa Steel.  The contract will see Civmec’s Metals & Minerals division construct structural concrete components for the Project’s dry plant which will include

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  • Research Note: Speculative Buy on Crowd Media (ASX: CM8)

    The Advisors at Emerald Financial recently released a Speculative Buy report on Crowd Media (ASX: CM8). The Company has benefited from the growth in online-specific retail, something that has thrived through the COVID-19 pandemic due to isolation restrictions. Just look at a few of the more well-known ASX-listed retail companies that sell solely online have

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  • Kathmandu online sales up 78% as Aussies flock to get their puffer jackets

    We might not be allowed out due to COVID-19 restrictions but that won’t stop Australians from getting their beloved puffer jackets for Winter with Kathmandu Holdings (ASX: KMD) reporting online sales to be up 78% over the past six weeks.  The business update comes as Katmandhu continues its gradual store re-openings where the global retailer

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  • Home-delivered VR Gaming Proves a Hit Through Pandemic for ISA Group

    Although COVID-19 led to shutdown of their leisure venues, ISA Group (ASX: IDZ) has capitalised on new interest in home entertainment options where their home delivered virtual reality (VR) games were so popular that they will extend the business beyond the pandemic. Whilst their VR business Freak Entertainment was forced to shut its Penrith, NSW

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  • Alterity confirms FDA development pathway for Multiple System Atrophy treatment

    After meeting with the FDA, biopharmaceuticals company Alterity Therapeutics (ASX: ATH) has confirmed Phase II clinical trial plans for their ATH434 compound in the treatment of Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), an incurable Parkinsonian disorder with no regulatory precedent. Due to the unique scenario where there are no accepted efficacy endpoints, guidance has been provided by

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  • Gage Roads Brewing secures distribution deal with San Miguel

    Revellers looking for a buzz will soon have additional access to super high strength beer in Australia with Gage Roads Brewing (ASX: GRB)  having secured an exclusive distribution deal with San Miguel to import Red Horse beer (8%) and other brands.  San Miguel is one of the world’s largest and oldest beer companies with distribution

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  • ResApp’s sleep apnoea app now available on Apple App Store

    Australians that are struggling to get a good night sleep can now screen their likelihood of suffering from sleep apnoea with medtech company ResApp Health (ASX: RAP) having launched their clinically tested SleepCheck app on the iPhone App Store.  By downloading the smartphone app, SleepCheck can record and analyse breaking and snorting sounds during sleep

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  • Fund managers back Novatti with $10.2m to grow thriving digital payments business

    Digital payments and fintech company Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) is poised to make splashes globally having secured $10.2 million from institutional investors to accelerate their growth strategy as the world shifts towards a cashless economy, expedited by COVID-19. The funds come after a very strong few months of corporate activity at Novatti which include integrating

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  • Founders First secures national distribution for craft beer portfolio

    As one of the unluckier IPO’s to have listed on the ASX right before the coronavirus pandemic hit, craft beer company Founders First (ASX: FFL) is set for a much more active FY21 having secured 2000 new distribution points for their beer portfolio.  From August 2020, packaged craft beers within the Founders First portfolio will

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  • Galaxy Racers engaged to expand Megastar platform into eSports

    With COVID-19 resulting in a notable rise in eSports gaming around the world as populations find ways to entertain themselves in isolation, entertainment company MSM Corporation (ASX: MSM) has secured the Galaxy Racer Esports team to manage content for MSM’s Megastar talent competition platform. Launched in 2017, Megastar is an online competition platform which was

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  • Novatti selected by global payments giant as partner for Australian launch

    Amid the rapid shift towards a cashless economy, fintech company Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) has been selected by global payments company Marqeta to be their domestic partner for the launch of a new prepaid cards business in Australia.   The deal partners Novatti to Marqeta’s growing list of consumer brands including Square, Uber, Affirm, Instacart, DoorDash,

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  • Althea’s cannabis clinics join national referrals network, telehealth booming

    Global pharmaceutics and cannabis healthcare company Althea Group (ASX: AGH) has harnessed the power of telehealth through COVID-19, almost doubling web-based enquiries for their MyAccess Clinics in the UK where patients can seek medicinal cannabis treatment pathways.  With the England being one of the harder nations hit by COVID-19, Althea accelerated telehealth offerings for its

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  • Emerge Gaming to launch mobile gaming competition platform in Africa

    eSports and gaming tech company Emerge Gaming (ASX: EM1) has secured a Tier 1 ally by partnering with top African telecommunications company Mobile Telephone Networks (JSE: MTN) for the launch of a mobile gaming competition platform in South Africa. The platform, to be branded MTN Arena, brings together MTN’s 29 million mobile subscribers in South

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  • Oversubscribed, Crowd Media raises $1.5m to accelerate growth

    One of the turnaround small caps of 2020 is set to grow further with millennial marketing company Crowd Media (ASX: CM8) raising $1.5m to accelerate business growth in Europe via an oversubscribed Placement.   Originally seeking to raise just $1.2m as per their Term Sheet, the Company elected to accept the additional subscriptions with funds raised

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  • Vortiv shares up 30% after curious update on Indian ATM ownership

    Following last week’s cybersecurity attack on major Australian institutions, investors have been bullish on cybersecurity leading to a 30% rise on the share price of Vortiv (ASX: VOR) on Monday but it was a quirky business update that may have investors a bit more curious about the company’s investment in Indian ATMs.  In their update

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  • Mobilicom wins Space Florida tender for drone adoption research

    As it has become inevitable that drone technology will play a key role in our everyday lives, research is catching up to regulatory roadblocks with communications tech company Mobilicom (ASX: MOB) the latest to secure a drone research contract from Space Florida.  The project will see Mobilcom partner with U.S-based drone company Censys to develop

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  • Avocado farmer completes optimisation studies for 300 hectare orchard

    Avocado lovers looking to hedge their high breakfast expenses could soon have a unique opportunity via agriculture company Alterra (ASX: 1AG) which has completed cost optimisation studies for its 300-hectare avocado orchard in Pemberton, Western Australia. Within the studies for their Carpenters Project, optimisation of water usage will be a key element within Carpenters’ efficiency

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  • KFC to install Smart Parking technology in UK and Ireland

    Europeans unable to buy fried chicken due to a lack of parking will soon have better access to their battered delights after KFC sought a solution to inconsiderate drivers by partnering with Smart Parking (ASX: SPZ) for automated number plate scanning.  The parking management contract will see Smart Parking’s Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system

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  • Splitit shares surge on BNPL collaboration with Mastercard

    Payments company Splitit (ASX: SPT) is set to expedite its global growth strategy having partnered with Mastercard Inc (NYSE: MA) to develop Buy-Now-Pay-Later (BNPL) options into Mastercard’s technology suite.  Through the partnership, Splitit aims to capitalise on the global BNPL phenomenon while offering payment choices, control and simplicity to consumers and businesses.  “We are very

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  • archTIS enters Defence sector with new client for cybersecurity platform

    Cybersecurity company archTIS (ASX: AR9) has confirmed its first entry into the lucrative Defence industry with the securing of Northrop Gruman as a major customer of their platform designed for the secure sharing of classified information. The commercial contract will see Northrop Gruman purchase 50 licenses for archTis’ Kojensi platform which will be used to

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  • Spain set to defeat Philippines in bidding war for Infigen Energy

    After recommending shareholders take no action to the $1.2 billion takeover bid from UAC Energy at 80c per share, Infigen Energy (ASX: IFN) has today recommended shareholders instead accept an offer of 86c per share from Spanish energy giant Iberdrola.  The new takeover offer comes two weeks after the UAC Energy offer was made, with

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  • Wisr’s rapid loan book growth returns to pre-COVID levels

    Australian credit consumers appear to be returning to financial normality based on fintech company Wisr (ASX: WZR) confirming their loan and repayment figures have returned to pre-coronavirus levels, and are rising rapidly.  The Company has reported 48% growth in their loan originations for the month of May, as Australians seek more competitive interest rates and

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  • Crowd Media secures VITAL partner for health and hygiene products across EU

    Digital marketing company Crowd Media (ASX: CM8) has strengthened its online sales pipeline, partnering with VITAL Innovations for the exclusive marketing of their award-winning consumer products. This comes at a time when online business is thriving through COVID-19.   The marketing services agreement will see Crowd Media roll out safety and hygiene products from VITAL’s SuperSafe

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  • Lithium Australia’s battery storage systems approved, national rollout to come

    The shift towards sustainable energy solutions continues to gain momentum following regulatory approval from the Clean Energy Council for domestic power bank systems produced by Soluna, a joint venture between Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) and DLG Energy (Shanghai) Co, to be sold in Australia.  In order to gain approval from the Clean Energy Council (CEC),

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  • Top cannabis grower enters production deal with THC Global

    In preparation for legislative changes which may soon see cannabis products purchasable over the counter without a prescription, leading medicinal cannabis product manufacturer THC Global (ASX: THC) has partnered with Cannatrek to produce white-labeled CBD products at their high-volume Southport facility in Queensland.  As a sizable grower of medicinal cannabis with a diverse range of

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  • MyFiziq to partner with NuraLogix on smartphone app to screen COVID-19 symptoms

    Health tech company MyFiziq (ASX: MYQ) has partnered with Canadian firm NuraLogix which will leverage the two company’s patented imaging technology. Using a smartphone camera, transdermal imaging and artificial intelligence (AI), the newly combined tech aims to determine a user’s probability of having COVID-19, as well as their risk of developing diseases that result in

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  • Online purchases thriving through COVID-19 as Zip revenues up 78%

    Despite COVID-19 having challenged the retail industry, consumers have substituted trips to the mall with online purchases in droves as evidenced by Zip Co’s (ASX: Z1P) results though May with the BNPL provider reporting a 78% increase in YoY monthly revenues to $15.6m. Beyond the significant increase in their online payment volumes, transaction volumes were

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  • Record milk powder orders for Keytone Dairy with new NZ facility

    After expanding their New Zealand manufacturing facility in March, Keytone Dairy (ASX: KTD) has reported record orders for their milk powder products from major Chinese client Nouriz.  The orders for $1.39 million is the single largest order placed by Nouriz with Keytone Dairy where Chinese consumers are still strongly demand for New Zealand dairy products

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  • AdAlta approved to commence clinical trials with sniper protein

    Innovative biotech company AdAlta (ASX: 1AD) has been approved to commence human clinical trials for its next generation of protein therapeutics aimed at solving drug targeting problems commonly encountered in the sector.  Approval has been granted by the Human Research Ethics Committee which enables AdAlta to commence recruiting healthy participants for trials of AD-214, their

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  • Novatti integrates ChinaPayments into Alipay app, strengthens partnership

    Australian fintech and digital payments company Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) has further strengthened their payments business by expanding their partnership with the world’s leading lifestyle platform, Alipay, to integrate ChinaPayments.com into the Alipay app.  Launched in 2018 by Novatti, ChinaPayments was a first-to-market platform for Chinese residents to pay their Australian bills via BPAY, but

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  • Ambitious Nanoveu preparing to sell $50m of phone accessories

    Phone accessories company Nanoveu (ASX: NVU) is seeking to ride the wave of public interest in hygiene products, appointing U.S-based sales and marketing firm D360 to sell its antiviral smartphone screen and case protection products through North America.  Whilst such an appointment would normally be standard practice for FMCG manufacturers, Nanoveu’s appointment centres around performance

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  • Vection secures first client for live events via virtual reality

    Augmented and virtual reality company Vection Technologies (ASX: VR1) has successfully launched their VR Events software module with the securing of NSA Group as their first partner client who will use the tech to broadcast live events via VR.  FrameS Events is an extension of Vection’s current FrameS VR platform and enables partner clients to

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  • Soccer is back! Largest Italian subscription broadcaster to trial Linius TV

    A door into soccer-loving Italian homes has been opened for Linius Technologies (ASX: LNU) with the tech company confirming they have secured a purchase order from Sky Italia for a trial of its personalised TV platform.  The agreement will see Linius develop a Proof-of-Concept to integrate their world-first Video Virtualisation Engine (VVE) into Sky Italia’s

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  • MOTIO hits ground running, secures nation-wide Caltex stores for media sales

    Just one month since launching their specialist media business MOTIO, microcap advertising firm XTD (ASX: XTD) has secured a national advertising platform by securing the exclusive rights to Caltex’s in-store screens.  With the Caltex network of petrol station convenience stores comprising more than 500 locations across Australia, the 5-year-deal with Engagis, operator of the screens,

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  • Eco-toxicity findings confirm Bio-Gene pesticide safe for aquatic life

    Following preliminary eco-toxicity studies on limited aquatic species, agtech developer Bio-Gene Technology (ASX: BGT) has reported favourable results for its flagship next-gen insecticide, Flavocide.  The studies were completed on guppy fish, water fleas and freshwater algae which represented key species of marine life most likely to be impacted by the introduction of pesticide. Following application

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  • Research Note – Rise of the Cashless Economy

    Are we already becoming a cashless economy? This is just one of the key questions arising amidst the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. Things have been forced to change, with Finance and Technology (Fintech) being the key driver. New sectors such as digital payments, neobanks, and cash alternatives have not only thrived during the fallout,

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  • Philippine takeover bid for Infigen Energy sends share price rocketing 34%

    Australian clean energy company Infigen Energy (ASX: IFN) shares have soared this morning on news of a takeover bid by investment firm UAC Energy, a subsidiary of AC Energy which is wholly owned by Philippines energy conglomerate Ayala Corporation. The intended takeover bid sees UAC seek to acquire all outstanding shares in Infigen for $0.80

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  • Emersion exceeds expectations, signs six new clients through COVID-19

    Since being purchased by and integrated into Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) in April, Emersion Software Systems has thrived in the digital payments market through COVID-19 with uptake of their cloud hosted billing and payments platform exceeding expectations.  The smooth transition into Novatti Group has been aided by Novatti’s decision to continue operating Emersion as an

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  • Indiana Resources secures $4.65m pro-bono funding to sue Tanzania Government

    A website editing mishap has led to a landmark lawsuit with nickel and gold explorer Indiana Resources (ASX: IDA) having now secured USD $4.65m litigation funding to advance its claims against the Tanzania Government for international law and obligation breaches.  Upon news of Indiana’s intention to file a suit, various legal financiers expressed interest in

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  • Centrepoint acquires leading Xplan customisation business

    As part of their corporate refresh strategy, financial services support company Centrepoint Alliance (ASX: CAF) has significantly increased its service offering to clients via the acquisition of Enzumo, its clients and recurring revenue.  The acquisition of Enzumo for $1.5m from Chant West Holdings (ASX: CWL) will accelerate Centrepoint’s new financial model whilst enhancing their technology

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  • High Australian debt sees Credit Intelligence expand with strategic acquisition

    With financial hardships brought upon as a result of COVID-19, debt management company Credit Intelligence (ASX: CI1) is set to expand their exposure to Australia’s high levels of personal debt via the 60% acquisition of debt negotiation business Chapter Two Holdings (CTH).  Listing on the ASX in 2018 but primarily operating in Hong Kong’s credit

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  • Acrux shares surge 37% on appointment of U.S pharmaceuticals distributor

    Pharmaceuticals developer Acrux (ASX: ACR) is set to expedite commercialisation of its generic topical products in the United States via the appointment of TruPharma as their exclusive sales, marketing and distribution partner in America.  The agreement will see TruPharma take over responsibility for getting Acrux products approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

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  • Veris continues winning streak, lands blue chip and defence contracts

    Surveying and communications company Veris (ASX: VRS) continues to defy its small market capitalisation by adding to its recent slew of contract wins, today announcing extensions awarded from BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP) and OZ Minerals (ASX: OZL) as well as a new defence company – Cubic Defence.  The total value of the contracts is $4.3

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  • Jaxsta accelerating growth, sacrifices revenue for mass user acquisition

    Since making their music networking and data platform free in response to the music industry’s challenges brought upon by COVID-19, Jaxsta (ASX: JXT) has had more than 10,000 users sign up for Jaxsta Pro in the past month.  As an initiative supported by leading industry labels, Jaxsta has been able to significantly increase its reach

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  • Testing confirms infection resistance, First Graphene signs face mask supply deal

    As world populations seek increased protection from airborne infections, advanced materials company First Graphene (ASX: FGR) has completed initial testing of their graphene as coating into protective equipment with excellent results.  The testing was done in collaboration with planarTECH and their personal protective equipment (PPE) which confirmed anti-static and bacteria-resistant properties. With these results, planarTECH

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  • City of Melville awards SECOS with $600k supply contract for compost bags

    Envirotech developer and retailer SECOS Group (ASX: SES) continues to see support from City Councils for their compostable bags designed to divert organic waste from landfills with the City of Melville the latest to engage SECOS products.  The contract valued at more than $600,000 annually, and with options to renew over the next 3 years,

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  • Raiz launches Bitcoin portfolio for loose change to be invested

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  • Majority of Target stores to be converted to Kmart or closed

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  • BGH Capital back with another takeover bid for Village Roadshow

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