5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: STR/ AFP/ Getty Images.

Here’s the top tech news for Tuesday:

1. Conveyancing is basically the same work regardless of how cheap or expensive the property is. So why is there such a huge range of fees between conveyancers? Melbourne’s Titlexchange is bringing in fixed-cost conveyancing and digitisation of a centuries-old industry that’s being dragged into the digital age. Read more on the current digital revolution taking place in property transfers.

2. An Australian ‘Menulog for beauty’ just raised $2.6 million. Matt Dyer and Nathan Airey, who founded then sold EatNow a few years ago, is back with a similar booking engine for beauticians and wellbeing providers like yoga instructors. Read more on who backed the seed round.

3. A new $500 million Australian IT provider was just born. CRN reports Western Australian company ASG has completed a $124 million acquisition of its fellow technology services firm SMS Management & Technology, which will see a new 2000-staff business with expected annual revenue of half a billion dollars.

4. The ATO had a system outage yesterday. It’s fixed now but users were filled with dread yesterday, according to iTnews, when ATO Online plus the Tax Agent, BAS and Business Portals went down mid-morning. The tax office said the problem was unrelated to the SAN issues that caused mass outages last summer.

5. Twitter won’t block Donald Trump for his “declarations of war” against North Korea. The company announced via its own platform that tweets such as one that threatened North Korea “won’t be around much longer” are newsworthy and of public interest. Read more on the explanation.

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