5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

Oneshift founder Gen George. Photo: Supplied.

Woohoo, it’s the long weekend! Check out these tech stories before you chuck it in for three days:

1. The ATO’s systems had a whole winter of discontent before the disastrous summer arrived. The tax office’s report on its December and February system outages, handed down yesterday, revealed problems were known for six months before the first meltdown but supplier HPE hadn’t done enough to stamp out the issues and tax office IT staff were “not made fully aware of the significance of the continuing trend of alerts”. Yikes.

2. A Sydney fintech is helping Fairfax charge a few cents for one article at a time, rather than put readers off with monthly subscriptions. Tapview is trialling its micropayment technology with two regional newspapers but hopes the concept will catch fire around the world. Read more here.

3. Sydney taxis will be allowed to switch off their meters to better compete with the likes of Uber. The first-ever point-to-point transport commissioner for NSW has told of her plans to allow booked cabs to negotiate a fare with potential riders rather than stick to the per-km set rate on meters. Taxis hailed off the street will still need to use meters in order to prevent exploitation. Read more here.

4. Commonwealth Bank’s technology chief is predicting Australia will go cashless in a few years, with customers even penalised for using cash. The AFR reports that CIO David Whiteing, in a speech at a tech industry event this week, said cash seemed to be declining like cheques did and that Scandinavian bank execs, upon meeting a CBA counterpart, were shocked at how much cash was still being thrown around in Australia.

5. Like Minded Bitches leader Gen George has sold her startup OneShift to recruitment company Programmed. StartupSmart reports the value of the deal has not been disclosed but Programmed upped its stake to 100% after it put in $5 million back in 2013 for 27% equity. The sale will now allow George and her staff to concentrate on her other ventures Skilld and Tamme.

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