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Taxi app goCatch raises $3 million more, eyes global expansion

Is it that time of the year when Aussie startups begin to feel restless and eye international markets? Last month, it was the taxi booking...

True to name, goCatch lands a deal to gain legitimacy and growth

goCatch hasn’t had a smooth ride since its launch a year ago. The app threatened taxi alliances, because its freed cabbies and allowed passengers the online equivalent of flagging a cab anytime. With cabbie councils hitting back, citing a lack of passenger safety, goCatch was pushed on the defensive, and never quite hit the high gears.

goCatch brings the ratings game to cabbies (and smiles to passengers?)

It’s not for nothing that goCatch last month won the $50,000 top prize at Tech23, a program sponsored in part by the New South Wales government and run by Slattery IT Consulting. Its iPhone app – which allows passengers to directly find and hire cabs in their vicinity – has been disruptive of the market. The app, launched in June, enables a cabbie to become a free agent, posing an evident threat to cabbie networks. The Taxi Council of Queensland has hit back, saying goCatch passengers could be compromising on their safety, and perhaps service as well, by hiring cabbies directly.

Aha, There-it-is! Visual search engine picks up $250,000 grant

The Holy Grail of internet search could soon be in the sites of an Adelaide upstart. For years, technologists seeking to go one up...

Early Warning Network bags Ninefold Cloud Computing Prize at Tech23 awards

The Early Warning Network, an emergency service first started in 1995, has won the Ninefold Cloud Computing Prize at the Tech23 awards. The network uses...

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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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