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5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

Ubtech’s Alpha 2 humanoid robot. (Source: Ubtech)

Let’s check out the top tech stories for Thursday.

1. Sydney software company Elmo has launched Australia’s biggest tech IPO this year. The company is floating 23% equity to raise $25 million, giving it a market valuation of $108 million. Elmo was founded in 2002 and these days earns its revenue from selling subscriptions for its cloud-based human capital management software. Read more here.

2. A dodgy email is doing the rounds to scam Westpac customers. The email alarmingly claims the user’s account is locked, in order to entice Westpac customers to click through to a fake online banking login page. Once the customer ID and password is entered, the criminals transfer money to themselves. Read more on how to identify the scam.

3. University of Sydney has joined forces with a Chinese humanoid startup in a $7.5 million deal. The two organisations are collaboratively launching an artificial intelligence research centre in Sydney with an aim to have “humanoid robots walk out of our research centre and into ordinary people’s households”. Read more here.

4. Uluru is on Google Street View from today. In addition to the normal photos, Google has created immersive video and audio experiences to commemorate the cultural importance of the site to the indigenous owners. Check out the pictures here.

5. Fancy your own underwater drone? ASX-listed company UUV Aquabotix is working on an unmanned underwater vehicle for consumer recreational use. The company’s industrial units cost between $5,000 and $100,000 but the price for the new recreational product is not yet known. Read more.

BONUS ITEM: Wikipedia board members have received six-figure golden handshakes in recent years, reports The Register, with the Wikimedia Foundation declining to comment on those matters despite publicly campaigning for transparency in other organisations.

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