5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

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Welcome to the start of another week.

1. Tesla is down to just one Supercharger station in Australia’s biggest city. Business Insider can reveal its second station in Sydney, at The Star casino in the inner city, was closed a fortnight ago. The casino’s one-hour time limit for Tesla owners to charge had been a point of contention for a while, and it seems the situation came to a head in June. The Tesla dealership in St Leonards, for now, remains the only place in Sydney that offers supercharging. Read more here.

2. The sexual harassment revelations in the US against 500 Startup’s Dave McClure has triggered a vow from Australian tech figures to do better in calling out inappropriate behaviour. The hashtag #brolash was started by Signal Ventures Australia general partner Atlanta Daniel to start a conversation among the local industry, with some shocking incidents coming to light on social media. Read more here.

3. Meanwhile, the Victorian state government, which reportedly gave $2.3 million to 500 Startups to put a branch in Melbourne, is decidedly less excited about the accelerator now. The Australian reports the government’s LaunchVic organisation has distanced itself from McClure and said it did not know of the allegations against him when he was invited Australia to cut the ribbon for the local office last month.

4. Facebook has secured an Australian patent for payments through Messenger. The AFR reports the technology itself will not drive much revenue but is more about increasing the time people stay on the Facebook platform.

5. The explosion in nanosatellites could end in tears. Business Insider’s Peter Farquhar has reported in length the issues surrounding the new space race happening all over the globe right now. And it’s not looking good. Read more here.

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