5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

Former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett. Picture: Getty Images

Here are the stories to start a brand new week:

1. Optus is refunding mobile customers after it was caught short-changing some of them. The telco has promised remediation after an ACCC investigation found in some cases it promised certain amounts of data, calls and SMS to prepaid customers in ads but then later it provided less when the service was activated. Read more here.

2. The ATO is warning everyone to stay vigilant about ‘spoofing’ scams. As the tax return season approaches, the organisation revealed that one person this year handed over $900,000 to a scammer, thinking that she or he was paying their taxes. Read more here.

3. The HTC U11 smartphone is awesome — but it’s probably doomed. With a beautiful body, terrific camera and a unique squeeze function, our review shows the phone is a winner. But with the market dominated by Samsung and Apple, will it make enough noise to get buyers’ attention? Read more here.

4. This is how the NBN has fallen short. A University of Sydney lecturer has broken down the history of the government project that has seen many ups and downs – and argues that Australia has ended up with a mess with no transparency on performance or otherwise. Read more.

5. Former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett’s cybersecurity business has been sold. Consulting firm EY this morning announced the acquisition of Open Windows, according to the AFR, but did not disclose the value of the deal. The company is reportedly turning over “double digit millions” per year.

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