5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

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Here’s the tech news to get you started this week:

1. Optus will follow Telstra’s lead in refunding some NBN customers. The telco confirmed that it is currently working out how many people were sold speed promises that really aren’t practically achievable, so they can get some money back. Telstra did the same in May for about 8000 customers, although Optus is not saying how many of their clients might be affected. Read more here.

2. The world’s top AI and robotics companies have urged the United Nations to ban killer robots. The International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence was held over the weekend, where an open letter from 116 founders of high tech companies was released to start the event. Read more here.

3. Both parties bidding to buy Vocus have dropped out. iTnews reports the troubled Australian telco, which was hammered after delivering two profit downgrades, have stopped negotiations with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Affinity Equity Partners, who were both offering $2.2 billion. Vocus’ financial year results are due out Wednesday.

4. You might get a lawsuit from Village Roadshow this year. The AFR reports the entertainment company will pursue copyright infringement cases against “hundreds” of Australians that have downloaded movies and television shows illegally. The company will reportedly seek damages “commensurate” with the offence – giving an example of $40 for Mad Max, plus $200 in costs.

5. Vanilla Android is the best Android. Business Insider USA’s Antonio Villas-Boas has used the new Essential Phone and it has confirmed what I completely agree with – leaving Android the way it is without the manufacturer adding in customised skins and features is the best. Just let it be, phone makers!

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