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5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull – one of Australia’s 9 million Instagram users. Photo: Yoshikazu Tsuno/ AFP/ Getty Images.

Hello! Welcome to the start of the week. Here’s what’s happening in Australian tech on Monday.

1. Telstra wants to get into cloud computing. CEO Andy Penn is looking to Microsoft, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google for a strategic partnership to help the telco gain leverage and introduce specialised products, such as security managed services. “We can provide the capacity to manage all of those cloud services through a single orchestration system,” he said. You’ll find more details here.

2. The ACCC has launched legal action against Swiss-based Viagogo alleging it engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct. The online ticket reseller has been the subject of hundreds of complaints and has been accused of scamming consumers with fake tickets that are not yet officially on sale, not sending tickets, being impossible to contact when things go wrong and charging massively inflated prices. The consumer watchdog alleges Viagogo breached the Australian Consumer Law by not properly disclosing its fees, which can by 30% of the ticket price, and misled consumers by promoting itself as an authorised ticket seller through the use of the word “official” in search engine advertisements. More on the court case here.

3. The next time you see a politician in your Facebook feed, enjoy, because you’ve probably paid for it. Taxpayers are picking up the tab for pollies using social media, with Labor senator Sam Dastyari, best known for his “halal” videos, billing taxpayers $20,000 for four Facebook videos, ahead of the 2016 federal election, while a Liberal MP spent $25,000 on his website. Read more here.

4. Australia now has 9 million Instgram users. That’s around 40% of the population and to put that in perspective, the photo sharing app had around 30 million users when Facebook paid $US1 billion for the business in 2012. Now it has more than 700 million users globally.

5. Sydney startup Dishme, which describes itself as “an Uber for personal cooks”, just scored $25,000 from one of its customers. That doesn’t sound like much, but it values the business, supplying meals to time-poor Sydney workers within 5km of the CBD, at $1 million. Dishme’s a product of this years H2 Ventures accelerator program, and now has 300 cooks registered on the platform. Read more about it here.

BONUS ITEM: Two young Australians started a e-commerce surfboard business, Boardcave, realised the biggest challenge retailers faced was tracking delivery across suppliers, manufacturers, and inventory systems, so they launched the custom e-commerce platform Cavewire. It’s been a hit.

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