Would-be Labour leader Grant Robinson says he would support a new submarine cable linking New Zealand to the rest of the world. The comment came on TVNZ’s Q and A programme on Sunday morning where he mentioned the idea as an example of government working with industry.

Although Robinson’s comment appears to have been off the cuff, it could mark an important turning point. One problem facing the failed Pacific Fibre project was a lack of government enthusiasm – backed with money.

I asked Xero CEO Rod Drury and Lance Wiggs, Punakaiki Fund, both were part of the consortium behind Pacific Fibre, for comment. Drury welcomes fibre policy from the “green and red” parties and says hopefully there will also be something from the blue political team. Wiggs also welcomes the news saying “the devil is in the details”.

  • LG has gone public with details of the G Pad 8.3, an eight-inch Android tablet with what the company claims is the world’s first full HD display on a slate. That’s debatable, Asus claims much the same for its Nexus 7 tablet. One unique twist is the devices ability to pair with a suitably equipped Android phone.
  • America’s BullsEye Telecom is launching Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)-enablement in partnership with Auckland-based network management company Mako Networks. The move will help BullsEye’s customers comply with the standard, the company said it means better security and higher reliability. Mako specialises in helping companies comply with the standards for dealing with payment data.
  • Surging demand for marketing software saw Salesforce shares jump 13 percent to a record high on Friday. The CRM-as-a-service giant reported sales climbing 31 percent in the second quarter compared to the same period a year earlier.
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