Tax Evasion & Financial Advice: “Embarrassingly slow” NBN, Optus fined for spam, EU’s charger standard and The Crown to wrap up [Episode 321]

Phil Edwards, Andy Blume and Mark Macdowell are back in the studio with this week’s look at all things geek.

This week’s stories:

Our NBN sucks

‘Embarrassingly slow’: Australia’s broadband internet ranked fourth slowest in OECD [The New Daily]

Buy now, late fees later

Buy now, pay later services bring in new code of conduct [ABC News]
Afterpay’s late fees make up 24pc of its income; ASIC recommends buy now, pay later law reform [ABC News]

Optoutus [ZDNet]
Regulator hits Optus with $504,000 fine for spamming customers [The Age]
Optus to pay AU$6.4 million for misleading NBN disconnection claims [ZDNet]

Money, money, money

Royal Australian Mint expects lowly silver coins to be phased out amid rise of contactless payments [ABC News]

We need a new plague

Plague Inc. maker: Don’t use our game for coronavirus modeling [Ars Technica]
Statement on the current Coronavirus outbreak [Ndemic Creations]

EU Charxit

EU lawmakers snub Apple’s pleas, overwhelmingly vote to push for charging cable standard [Apple Insider]
EU lawmakers vote in favor of common charger despite Apple’s plea [Android Authority]
The EU is moving ahead with push for a common charging standard after decisive vote [TechSpot]

Apple’s website invasion

Apple Arcade promotion takes over Apple website [Apple Insider]

We are not amused

The Crown will end after season five, with Imelda Staunton as Queen [The Guardian]
Imelda Staunton set to replace Olivia Colman in Netflix’s The Crown [The Guardian]
How Prince Andrew forced me to recognise the hollowness of The Crown [The Guardian]
‘The Crown’ Fails To Make Netflix’s Lists Of Its Most Popular Shows In The UK [Deadline]


MoviePass and its parent company file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy [TechSpot]
MoviePass may owe money to 12,000 subscribers as it files for bankruptcy liquidation [USA Today]
AMC Theatres’ $20 monthly subscription plan rivals MoviePass [CNN Business]
Exposed MoviePass database put thousands of customers’ information at risk [TechSpot]
MoviePass Scandal Changed Users’ Passwords So They Couldn’t See Movies, Report Says [IGN]
MoviePass Reportedly Charging Bank Accounts Despite Closing Shop [GameSpot]
MoviePass Continues to Get Worse, Only Makes Two Movies Available at a Time [Slashfilm]

Other stuff we mentioned:

Buy Now, Pay Later codes of practice


World of Warcraft Corrupted Blood incident


Better Call Saul season five trailer