Here are the top tech stories you need to know today.
1. Sydney software startup Autopilot has raised $US12 million. Blackbird Ventures led the round, which was also backed by existing investors and took the total investment into the marketing tech company to $US32 million. Read more on the blockbuster deal.
2. Apple was busted in a sting operation by the consumer watchdog. Court papers have revealed how ACCC staff contacted 12 Apple stores around Australia pretending to have an iPhone with a dysfunctional speaker. When told that the phone’s screen was previously replaced by a third party repairer, Apple staff on every occasion allegedly rejected the request for repair or replacement – which is not in the spirit of Australian Consumer Law. Read more here.
3. A private equity group has made a $2.2 billion bid for telco Vocus. The offer works out to be $3.50 cash per share, while Vocus’ shares traded at $2.86 this morning. The telco’s board has formed a committee to analyse the offer. Read more here.
4. The Tesla Powerwall 2 home battery has hit Melbourne. And the first homeowner to get it says he’s calculated that he’ll have a $0 electricity bill from now on. Read more on the numbers here and how much it actually costs to get a Tesla battery here.
5. Can Inamo overcome its biggest hurdle for millennials? Business Insider’s Sarah Kimmorley tried the wearable contactless payment device, which attracted a $1.5 million investment round last month, but found young peoples’ tendency not to wear watches could count against the clip-on accessory. Read the review here.
- It’s not just Apple making product announcements this week. Foxtel has revamped its streaming service to something more competitive against the likes of Netflix and Stan
- Kogan has announced it would resell Vodafone’s NBN next year
- Uber Australia is now letting drivers and riders text each other