Australia

Sime Darby picks up 70pct stake in Australian firm TFP Engineering in A$3.2M cash deal

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based conglomerate Sime Darby Bhd, through its subsidiary Haynes Mechanical, picked up a 70% stake in Singleton, Australia-based mining machinery provider TFP Engineering for A$3.2 million (MYR9.5 million).

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Nedbank Capital seeks new mining investment destinations in Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa-based banking network Nedbank Capital is looking for new mining investment destinations in Africa, aside from gold explorations in Tanzania, Ghana, and Burkina Faso.

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US-based solar microinverter provider SolarBridge closes $42M in funding

Austin, Texas-based solar microinverter provider SolarBridge Technologies closed $42 million in a funding round led by Constellation Technology Ventures to drive its expansion efforts across North America and Australia.

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Spotify snaps up American music discovery engine Echo Nest

Sydney, Australia-based music streaming firm Spotify snapped up Somerville, US-based music discovery engine The Echo Nest for an undisclosed amount to create an improved music discovery service for its clients.

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Australian startup Friends for Hire lets lonely people hire others to be their friend

Townsville, Australia-based startup Friends For Hire is launching on March 22 to allow lonely people to hire other people to be their platonic friend for an hourly fee of $60.

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Australian startup Influx.com pockets $250K in seed funding to provide CRM solutions for online businesses

Melbourne, Australia-based startup Influx.com pocketed $250,000 in seed funding from Mark Harbottle and Leni Mayo to provide CRM (customer relationship management) solutions for online and tech startups.

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Irish drug firm Perrigo picks up Aspen Global products in $51M cash deal

Dublin, Ireland-based over-the-counter (OTC) drug manufacturer Perrigo Company PLC picked up a set of products being marketed in Australia and New Zealand from South African firm Aspen Global Inc in a $51-million cash deal.

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Melbourne IT adds web hosting firm NetRegistry in $50M deal

Melbourne, Australia-based web hosting provider Melbourne IT added Sydney-based web domain registry and web hosting firm NetRegistry in a deal valued at $50.4 million to combine two of the biggest web service businesses in the country.

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OpenText shells out $1M to open data center in Australia

Waterloo, Canada-based software giant OpenText invested $1 million to open a data center in Sydney, Australia, to help companies deal with problems centered on enterprise data.

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Beat the Q bags $1M in funding to partially fund acquisition of Australian app eCoffeeCard

Waterloo, Australia-based mobile payment startup Beat the Q bagged $1 million in funding from high-net worth individuals to partially fund its planned acquisition of Sydney-based loyalty app eCoffeeCard.

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Japan's Outsourcing Inc invests $5M in India's Alp Consulting

Tokyo, Japan-based staffing firm Outsourcing Inc invested $5 million (INR30 crore) for a majority stake in Bangalore, India-based search and staffing company Alp Consulting Ltd to gain access to the Indian market.

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Golden Rim raises $491K to continue Burkina Faso project

West Perth, Australia-based public exploration and mining firm Golden Rim Resources raised $491,000 in placement to continue developing its Balogo project in Burkina Faso, Africa while the firm is still trying to determine other funding options.

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Facebook's annual hackathon kicks off in California today

Menlo Park, US-based social media giant Facebook will be kicking off its yearly Hacker Cup competition at the company's head office today with 25 participants from North America, Asia, and Europe.

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Australian accounting firm Practice Ignition pockets $650K in seed funding

Sydney, Australia-based accounting software maker Practice Ignition pocketed $650,000 in a seed round from investors such as MYOB co-founder Graig Winkler, for the expansion and development of the firm.

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Iluka to pick up ₤12.2M stake in UK metal powder producer Metalysis

Perth, Australia-based mineral sands explorer Iluka Resources Ltd announced that it will pick up an 18.3% stake in Rotherham, UK-based metal powder producer Metalysis for ₤12.2 million ($A22.5 million).

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