5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

Welcome to Wednesday’s top stories in tech:

1. Here we go again. One of the biggest waves of dodgy emails was sent out yesterday with fake invoices made to look like they were generated out of MYOB. If curious businesses open the supposed bill, malware is downloaded that steals their personal information. It’s a similar attack to one in April, but it’s no wonder the bad guys keep trying – security firm Mailguard says more than 25% of us open phishing emails, with sophisticated campaigns like this having an even higher “success” rate.

2. A fintech will be offering Australians the chance to trade US shares with $0 brokerage fees. Stake is removing its brokerage fee in August, in return for raising the foreign exchange fee to put money in and out of the US dollar trading account. The service allows ordinary folk in this part of the world to buy and sell shares in big brands like Apple, Amazon and Facebook. Read more here.

3. US native and former Evenbrite Australia head Rachael Neumann will be leading 500 Startup’s Australian arm. The US accelerator made the announcement while cutting the ribbon on its new Melbourne operations, which will take in 20 to 25 Asia-Pacific startups as its first class later this year. Read more here.

4. Ever wondered what it’s like behind the scenes at online fashion startup Showpo? Business Insider’s Sarah Kimmorley was lucky enough to witness one of their famous Instagram photo shoots, the likes of which has shot the retailer to success in just a couple of years. Check out the photos here.

5. Google is late to the party, but it has arrived in Australia nevertheless. Several years after Amazon and Microsoft opened up local data centres for their cloud computing services, Google Cloud has today opened up its new Sydney zone to its users. Read more at CRN.

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