5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

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Check out the tech news for Wednesday:

1. Within the next 12 months, more of us will be streaming than paying for Foxtel. Tech analyst firm Telsyte has made the prediction based on the current rate of conversion, which has seen streaming subscriptions increase 30% in the year to June. With 46% of the streaming audience claiming to “rarely” watch free-to-air television as well, the television industry in Australia is in some trouble. Read more here.

2. A man that received a $191,000 mobile phone bill has won a three-year legal battle to get it cancelled. Victorian software executive Kim Beveridge set up a capped roaming plan before a business trip to Barcelona in 2014, but his phone was stolen in Spain – and used to make a staggering 4,484 calls and “thousands” of text messages before the account was frozen. His telco TeleChoice fought all the way through the courts to make him pay, but the Victorian Supreme Court finally ruled last month in the consumer’s favour. Read more here.

3. Labour exchange platform Freelancer just topped 25 million users. While that’s more than the population of the company’s home nation Australia, one Asian country tops the user popularity list with an astounding 4.8 million users, ahead of even the USA. Read which country the platform has caught fire in.

4. LinkedIn is quietly testing a mentoring app in Australia. The function, called Career Advice, connects those available to mentor with those seeking guidance in their field. The free service has administrative, business and strategy, community and social services, consulting, design, education, engineering and technology, finance, marketing, media and communications, military and protective services, operations and product management listed as areas of expertise. Read more.

5. Two federal politicians have launched a bipartisan lobby group to encourage adoption of blockchain technology. iTnews reports Labor Senator Sam Dastyari and Liberal Senator Jane Hume are the co-convenors of a new “Parliamentary Friends of Blockchain” group, launched in Canberra this week.

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