Welcome to the end of the week! Here are the top tech stories:
1. The federal government has dumped Cate Blanchett. The NDIS was set to have Nadia, a digital assistant voiced by the high profile actress, running by the middle of this year – but those plans have now been shelved after the government’s risk appetite for high tech projects plunged after the Census, ATO and Centrelink debacles. Read more here.
2. Scammers are sending fake Xero, MYOB and Sage emails to lure people into downloading malware. Tech security firm Mailguard has detected a batch of messages made to look like invoices or purchase orders to deceive small business staff into clicking on malicious links. Read more on how to spot the messages.
3. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner is investigating a potential privacy breach of 4,000 customers of an appliance rental business. Amazing Rentals, which operated in Queensland and the Northern Territory before closing down, left the details of its customers exposed online, according to iTnews. OAIC has already moved to shut down the webpage, and inquiring into any misuse of the information.
4. Scott Morrison sees no reason why Australia could not become a global fintech leader. The treasurer has written a column for the AFR citing Sydney’s 8th place in the recent Global Financial Centres Index as one of the reasons why the country is so well set up to take an international leadership role in the fintech industry.
5. Hewlett Packard Enterprise is set to cut 5,000 jobs. That represents about 10% of HPE’s global workforce and adds to the last restructure, which only took place June last year. The server hardware, software and consulting giant is facing competitive pressures from younger and smaller rivals as business computing increasingly moves into the cloud. Read more.