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Australian troops anticipated the conflict to tug on, so peace used to be greeted within the trenches with shocked silence, says senior conflict memorial historian Aaron Pegram. Again house there have been scenes of party in Sydney and Melbourne. However the euphoria subsided as wounded squaddies returned and the warfare solid an extended shadow over …
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Football Federation Australia said Sunday it is investigating an incident during a match in which a fan racially abused Brisbane Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young
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· *Irish entrepreneur Mark Cummins is the founder of Pointy, **a startup that helps bricks-and-mortar retailers show what they have in stock online.*
· *Cummins is a serial entrepreneur and sold his first startup, visual search app Plink, to Google in 2010.*
· *Ironically, he was rejected for a job at Google years earlier as a graduate from Oxford University.*
· *Pointy has announced a major partnership with Google and has won investment from the founder of Google Maps.*
· *The startup says it has signed up thousands of US retailers.*
LISBON — As an engineering and computer science graduate from the University of Oxford, Mark Cummins fancied his chances of landing a job at Google.
Oxford is one of the most prestigious universities in the world and ranks highly on global league tables for computer science. Cummins had graduated top of his year from Balliol College and, as he put it, "thought I had a pretty good CV."
Cummins filed his application and, like any Oxbridge graduate with a top-tier degree, expected the offers to roll in.
"I didn't even get a phone call," he told Business Insider during an interview at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon. "I had a back and forth with a recruiter, but I never really understood it."
Cummins had the last laugh. Five years later, Google would go on to buy his first startup. And a few years after that, Google would also be integral to the success of his second.
*Mark Cummins' first startup was Plink, an app that recognised artwork*
After several more job rejections, Cummins opted to stay at university and do a PhD in the then-unfashionable area of robotics and machine learning. This was before breakthroughs like DeepMind's AlphaGo made AI sexy again, and the entire field of learning was still emerging from a second "AI winter."
The interest in robotics provided the germ of a startup idea. Cummins was working on place recognition for robots for his thesis, specifically around how they process images to determine their location.
"My PhD work was on a robot [that] would collect images as it drove along to determine: 'Have I come back to a place I've been before?'" Cummins explained. "The first iPhone had just come out, the first Androids were just coming out, and mobile was just starting to take off. I thought, this seems interesting, maybe we can do something with photo matching, so we launched a company around that."
The company, Plink, was a kind of Shazam for art. Users would photograph a piece of artwork, and the app would identify it. The app garnered 50,000 users in its first six weeks and Cummins and his cofounder, James Philbin, won $100,000 during an Android Developer Challenge. That brought the app to the attention of Google, Cummins' one-time dream employer.
Google began courting the startup and the young Oxford founders ended up meeting senior execs at the time, such as Android product spokesman Hugo Barra and Google+ architect Vic Gundotra. They impressed the top brass enough to field an offer.
The pair accepted what Cummins described as a life-changing amount of money, and took jobs within Google. While Plink's consumer app shut down, its technology ended up being used in several Google image recognition services, such as Google Lens and Google Photos.
*Cummins hit on his second startup idea while working at Google*
Three years later, Cummins had moved to Australia and was still working for Google. He had an inkling for his second startup when he realised there were still elementary questions the search engine couldn't answer for users.
Specifically, he was drinking craft beer at a party one night, and then wasn't able to find a nearby shop that sold the same brand. "Where's the nearest store that has this product available? It seemed like a basic question," Cummins told Business Insider.
The problem is that most small local retailers don't bother to log all the inventory they have. Their cash registry, as Cummins put it, can "look like it's from a Western." There's no way for consumers to know for sure whether a local shop is selling an item they need — and so they turn to Amazon and deprive the smaller retailer of valuable footfall.
Cummins began nosing around small retailers in Australia, asking what it would take for them to upload their inventory and make it searchable online. He concluded that some hardware would be required and set about looking for another technical cofounder.
Philbin, his Plink cofounder, had a young family and was not available. Cummins rang up another old friend from his Oxford days, Charles Bibby, a sailing expert who was in the middle of a yearlong sailing trip around the Mediterranean.
Bibby found the vision so compelling that he cut the trip short after three months and sailed home to start Pointy.
*Pointy helps people find what their local shops have in stock*
The end result is the Pointy box, a small device that looks a little like a 9-volt battery.
It plugs into a retailer's barcode scanner and logs items as they're being scanned for purchase. Eventually, Pointy's software logs what a retailer is selling and can take a good guess as to when it's out of stock.
That information is then listed online on a dedicated page hosted by Pointy, so anyone trying to find a local shop that sells, for example scotch tape, can click on a Pointy link and see whether it's available nearby.
While it's easy to see on Google when your local hardware store is open, it's currently quite difficult to check what it might have in stock. "It's not ecommerce, it's more about driving footfall," said Cummins.
The box costs $499 for US retailers. Pointy also offers to place local ads for retailers on Google, and takes a slice of the ad revenue.
It feels like a strange decision to focus on bricks-and-mortar stores in the age of Amazon, but Cummins argues that online shopping only accounts for 10% of US commerce. The majority of the population still prefers to a trip to a local store when they need something.
Cummins says that Pointy "ranks very well" on Google. And over the summer, the startup announced a partnership with search firm that means product information appears on the "knowledge panel" in search and Google Maps.
To date, the firm has raised $19 million from Vulcan Capital, Polaris, Boston Ventures, LocalGlobe, Seedcamp and well-known angels such as Google Maps founder Lars Rasmussen, TransferWise cofounder Taavet Hinrikus, and WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg. It is headquartered in Dublin — Cummins is Irish — and manufactures the Pointy box in Ireland.
For now, Pointy is focused on persuading retailers to adopt its technology. Cummins says that 1% of all US retailers are on board, citing US Census Bureau statistics. That amounts to around 10,000 US retailers. It also has some pickup in its home market and across the UK.
On the consumer side, it looks like the startup is pretty reliant on Google — which is fine, as long as the firm plays ball and integrates Pointy's data into its search results. The current partnership is a blessing, but the startup might need to branch out to defend its turf. Cummins says Pointy plans to build out its offering so that retailers can do more than just have a store page online, but he wouldn't give any further detail at this point.
And could another Google acquisition be in the offing? Cummins said his former employer came sniffing around to be involved with Pointy early in its development, but gives a firm denial that there might be a buyout. "There's nothing on the cards," he says.
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Perth strikers Andy Keogh and Chris Ikonomidis scored in a 2-0 away win against Adelaide United to move the Glory into first place in the A-League
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MELBOURNE, Australia (PRWEB) November 12, 2018
PeopleStreme and GO1.com are pleased to announce their new partnership aimed at combining the companies’ respective expertise in Human Capital Management and Online Training Content.
The partnership will see PeopleStreme and Ascender capitalize on GO1.com’s educational expertise and one-stop shop for all things training, while GO1.com will look to support its clients HCM and Payroll requirements through PeopleStreme’s HCM suite and Ascender’s Payroll. This will allow GO1.com users to achieve an “all-in-one” HCM, Payroll and training solution.
“We are pleased to expand our relationship with GO1. Our customers are looking for diverse content to drive fast, impactful and efficient learning. This requires a deep learning catalog and a system to accommodate all the multiple ways of learning. GO1 is the world’s largest aggregator of online training content bringing all of the world’s top training providers under the same roof making them the right partner for us” — Lyle Potgieter, CEO of PeopleStreme.
“We look forward to working closely with PeopleStreme to help Australian businesses overcome the oft-complex challenges relating to the management, upskilling, engagement, health and safety of employees - all in one tightly integrated solution.” — Andrew Barnes, CEO of GO1.com.
At a time where there is significant disruption taking place throughout workforces across the globe, businesses are having to deal with complexities in upskilling their workforce. This partnership is an acknowledgment of organizations increasingly looking for a holistic solution to their Learning Platform (LDS) and training content requirements to help boost employees’ productivity and business profitability.
About PeopleStreme and Ascender
PeopleStreme was recently acquired by Ascender, one of Asia Pacific’s leaders in human resources and payroll outsourcing. Together, the two companies specialize in the development of technology to support payroll and human resources initiatives and have over 1.5 million employees being paid using Ascender’s Payroll or using PeopleStreme’s HCM platforms. Their fully integrated technology include multiple payroll technologies, performance management, learning and development, eRecruitment, and onboarding. With over 1,500 global brands and listed companies across a range of different industries, Ascender and PeopleStreme have the ability to advise, consult, train and implement all components of an organization’s human resources project requirements. Their mission is to unlock the full potential of an organization’s workforce by providing intuitive cloud-based HCM and payroll software and deployment services. For more information, visit http://www.peoplestreme.com or http://www.ascenderhcm.com
GO1.com makes it easy for businesses to train their staff, with the world’s largest compliance, professional development and general training marketplace. By providing a single platform that extends from first aid training through to degree-bearing courses, GO1 makes it easy to find and compare the best training options available. The marketplace features more than 500,000 courses and other learning items created by local and international experts. Customers include SEEK.com.au, Oxford University, state and local governments and St John Ambulance.
Since launching in 2015, GO1.com has grown to be a world leader in online learning and education. The company’s investors include Y Combinator, Shark Tank’s Steve Baxter, SEEK and Oxford University, enabling the startup to continue expanding its offices across the world.
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PARIS (AP) — Family members of soldiers who were wounded or died during World War I are among the large crowds lining a rain-soaked Champs-Elysees Avenue in Paris for the commemoration of the war’s end a century ago. Peter Kearsey, a 72-year-old from Australia, recalled the 28 facial reconstruction surgeries his father underwent after having […]
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Australian member of parliament Julie Bishop has spoken out against “hard-edged unilateralism” from the United States as she called on world leaders to think about the long-term consequences of rising populism and protectionism. Speaking at a World Economic Forum meeting in Dubai on Sunday, the former Australian foreign minister […]
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Zac Taylor, 28, was found unconscious at a friend’s house in Warriewood, Sydney, on October 22, 2017 by his girlfriend Danielle Treharne, an inquest into his death has heard
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· *AUD/USD is currently trading at 0.7218 and has started out the week on the back foot following a risk-off day on Friday following the FOMC statement on Thursday. *
· ***The week ahead for Aussie traders is jam-packed, including Q3 wages and Oct employment, but the key releases are all Tuesday-Thursday.*
AUD/USD fell from the 0.73 handle following the FOMC statement which puts the pair back on the longer term track to the downside as investors get behind the dollar once again. The divergence between the FOMC and RBA is in play following a disappointing RBA Statement on Monetary Policy on Friday. The pair then tried to steady just below the mid-point of the 0.72 handle but slipped further as US stocks continued to bleed following a risk-off session in Asia and Europe.
*What's in store this week for Aussie traders? *
Analysts at ING Bank noted that AUD/USD has managed to hold onto its gains quite well this week, despite a resurgent US dollar:
"Challenges this week will come from China, where Tuesday’s October Industrial Production data and the ever-present risk of USD/CNY breaking above 7.00 pose downside risks to the AUD. Our bearish call on the month is largely on the back of a strong USD and a view that the prospects of a US: China trade deal will have evaporated by early December. Also look out for Australia October jobs data on Wednesday. AUD/USD has recently broken out of a well-defined bear channel. This warns that any near-term losses may stall in the 0.7130/0.7160 area. If this is the case, then a subsequent break above the 0.7300 could deliver substantial follow-through. Just a word of caution here!
· *Support levels: 0.7200 0.7170 0.7135. *
· *Resistance levels: 0.7250 0.7280 0.7315.*
*Valeria Bednarik*, Chief Analyst at FXStreet explained that technical readings in the daily chart are far from losing the positive tone:
"The 20 DMA maintains a firm bullish slope well below the current level, while technical indicators have barely retreated from overbought readings, holding well into positive ground with limited downward strength. Furthermore, the pair remains above the 61.8% retracement of its September/October decline at around 0.7200 now the immediate support. Below the level, bears will have more chances while above 0.7250 the scale will lean in favor of bulls. Shorter term, and according to the 4 hours chart, the bearish case is firmer, as the pair broke below its 20 SMA, now losing directional strength above the current level, while technical indicators maintain their bearish slopes well into negative ground."
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SYDNEY (AP) — Police have made their first arrest in the cases of strawberry sabotage in Australia, in which sewing needles were found in fruit sold in six states. Police in Queensland state say they’ve arrested 50-year-old My Ut Trinh and charged her with seven counts of goods contamination. Detective John Walker of the State […]
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Australia will raise concerns about the treatment of Muslim minorities with China in private rather than in public.
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“Prithvi and Rahul will have to open. For the reason that pattern Down Below is that whoever is an attacking batsman makes numerous runs and wins suits for the crew,” Virender Sehwag advised India TV. Sehwag additionally opined that premier Indian batsman Rohit Sharma will have to be integrated within the Check crew. “Certainly Rohit …
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It's hoped the world's best rugby league players will turn out in the inaugural Nines World Cup to be staged in Australia at the end of next year.
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Ian Prentice, executive director of Technology Metals Australia Ltd (ASX:TMT), speaks to Proactive Investors about 3,700 metres of RC drilling results from the Gabanintha Vanadium Project in Western Australia. 3,000 metres of diamond drilling results will be reported as assays come back from the lab over the coming weeks. "What it's delivered for us is what we'd hoped and what we'd expected: we're getting good extension of mineralisation at depth, really consistent grade and width; and also along strike to the South. So, when we look at the current indicated resource in that part of the deposit we've now got some significant extensions from this drilling, and that will all flow through to the new resource estimate in January," Prentice says.
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Companies that treat their smaller suppliers as a 'cheap bank' are will be outed following review.
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England will open the 2021 Rugby League World Cup as host and will be seeded alongside titleholder Australia, New Zealand and Tonga
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