5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

ZipMoney co-founders Peter Gray and Larry Diamond. (Source: supplied)

Here’s the top tech news for Thursday:

1. Amazon Australia is now showing up all sorts of HP gadgets. The front page still shows just books, as it has done for many years, but a search yesterday brought back 80 computer products like notebooks, keyboards, dongles and printers. They can’t be bought yet, but it looks like the system is being loaded up in preparation for a launch that could come any day now.

2. Australian fintechs are going gangbusters on the world stage. Ten startups made the annual Fintech100 list, with online lender Prospa and “buy now, pay later” providers ZipMoney and Afterpay leading the local contingent. Australia outnumbered China’s group of nine, but three Chinese companies took the top three spots on the international league ladder. Read more here.

3. All those mum-and-dad investors that lost money on failed startup Guvera are being urged to register for a possible class action. A law firm has put a callout for those that contributed to the more than $180 million that the music streaming venture took over nine years before shutting up shop in May. Read more here.

4. MYOB paid $180 million to acquire Reckon. The accounting software firm took over its rival to strengthen its relationship with accounting practices, as it fights off New Zealand challenger Xero. Reckon’s share price went nuts in response.

5. Maybe the copper could be replaced with air? The Australian reports startup Horizon Wireless is working out a way, in conjunction with a US partner, to beam the signal from the NBN’s fibre optic node into the user’s house – therefore bypassing the copper line, which is blamed for slowing down people’s connections.

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