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Jun 13, 2011

ping Newsletter: Why we pay more for gadgets

Ping Newsletter
Why we pay more for gadgets
HUGE price differences in consumer electronics sold here and in the US persist despite the surging local dollar.
Symantec shuts enterprise unit
SYMANTEC'S decision to close one of its major software engineering units in Australia may have muddied its appeal as a high-level coding hub.
Schools program axed on the quiet
THE Gillard government has quietly scrapped the $100 million Fibre Connection to Schools initiative.
Veteran's sudden departure shocks CA
IT industry veteran and the head of CA Technologies in Australia, Brenton Smith, has resigned after less than three years in the job.
CityRail free WiFi trial rolls on
RAIL Corp's strategy for free wireless on public trains remained in limbo last week.
The era of BYO devices is here
THE rise of bring-your-own personal devices to the workplace is creating security headaches for technology chiefs.
Facebook suffers from seven-year itch
FACEBOOK was the phenomenon that dragged our social lives into the computer age, but seven years on, it is losing millions of friends.
Split Blackberry maker's key roles
THE maker of the BlackBerry smartphone is facing a call to split the roles of chairman and chief executive.
PlayBook is still a work in progress
RIM'S new PlayBook tablet is designed to live inside a business tech environment, snuggled up to a BlackBerry phone.
Gerry Harvey finally gets online
HARVEY Norman boss Gerry Harvey insists he knows more about online selling than some people believe.
Paperless world for Macquarie hospital
WITH the ethos of being a digital site, Sydney's Macquarie University Hospital knew its manual time sheets were fish out of water.
Hunted 'must become hunter'
THE creation of a "hunter" with deep forensic, coding and reverse engineering skills was necessary to combat the increasing threat from cyber crime.
TechOne aims for higher learning
ENTERPRISE software provider TechnologyOne has named Wayne Oswin as solutions manager for the higher education sector.
Audio industry in stoush over mics
THE wireless audio industry has warned that it is getting perilously close to its deadline to make plans for the digital dividend carve-up.
Small firms lead in pay increases
EMPLOYEES in small Australian IT companies recorded the highest average pay increase of workers in any industry sector in 2010-11.
'Promising' results for new addresses
EARLY tests of the internet's new IPv6 addressing system have produced "promising" results but need improvement, the regional numbering authority says.
US building 'stealth' internet
US engineers are building a stealth internet network that could be smuggled into countries such as Syria and Iran for dissident use.
Apple MobileMe users' heads not in clouds
DOUBLECLICK was bucked to learn Apple is to replace its MobileMe cloud storage, file-synching and back-up service for Mac and iOS users.
Duke is back with all guns blazing
AFTER 14 years of development, the Duke is finally back.
Single system sorts muddle for council
A LOCAL government amalgamation in Queensland bequeathed Scenic Rim Regional Council a hotchpotch of printers and photocopiers.

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Financial & Forex Info | The Australian Capital Circle: Carbon tax challenge for consumers, business

Capital Circle Newsletter
Carbon tax challenge for consumers, business
The impact of the carbon tax on households and firms is growing in importance as the government finalises its plan.

The PM's Diary: Julia Gillard is in Canberra for the parliamentary sitting day. She will attend caucus at 9.30 am.
Tony Abbott is in Canberra. He has appeared on Sunrise and spoken to MTR radio and 2GB this morning. Through the morning he will attend Liberal and Coalition party room meetings and meet the Dalai Lama (Julia Gillard won't).
Kevin remembers: With the one year anniversary of Kevin Rudd's axing fast approaching, the Foreign Minister could be forgiven for feeling a bit sorry for himself. But Mr Rudd is having none of it. Capital Circle has learned that Mr Rudd and wife Therese Rein will host a one year anniversary party for former staff on June 22 at their home in Yarralumla. The email, sent to personal rather than work email addresses, reminds invitees that "a year ago, we gathered to celebrate our achievements'' - a pointed reference to the post-coup party held at the Lodge for staff. Capital Circle understands the invitation also features a photo from the night of Mr Rudd and staff taking a very late evening dip in the Lodge's pool. Capital Circle would love to see said photo. Email me:
Moving on: After eight years in the press gallery and three as spinner for Regional Australia Minister Simon Crean, Clinton Porteous is leaving the hill to work for the Department of Regional Australia. He finishes on Friday and will be replaced by another ex-Brumby government Victorian, Glenn Atwell, who worked for Bronwyn Pike. He joins Julia Gillard's chief of staff Ben Hubbard, PMO strategy boss Nick Reece and Chris Bowen's adviser Bill Kyriakopolous among the growing ex-Brumby ranks in Canberra.
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Financial & Forex Info | The Australuian Business Briefing: Hedge funds eye Centro sale

Hedge funds eye Centro sale
Centro Properties Group EXCLUSIVE Turi Condon, Property editor LENDERS to Centro Properties holding debt of more than $2 billion last week offered to sell the debt to Lend Lease.
Greek debt rated worst in the world
Greece Tess Stynes STANDARD & Poor's slashed its ratings on Greece three notches today, making it the lowest-rated government debt in the world.
M&A helps Wall St edge up, techs drop
Wall Street UPDATED Brendan Conway BUYOUT activity helped US blue-chips eke out a slim gains, though economic worries kept traders cautious and weighed on the tech sector.
Rosewall nets former Tricom brokers
BBY's Glenn Rosewall and father Ken Andrew Main STOCKBROKING firm BBY group has bought all the significant assets and hired the staff of StoneBridge Group, the former Tricom Securities.
Archer buys $450m in quick chicken
Red Rooster sign Teresa Ooi PRIVATE equity group Archer Capital has purchased the company behind local fast-food chains Red Rooster, Oporto and Chicken Treat.
NBN deal hold-ups disrupt Telstra plans
Stephen Conroy Tracy Lee TELSTRA may be forced to hold a second shareholder meeting to approve its $11 billion agreement with NBN Co, as negotiations drag on.
Carbon tax 'will cost 4000 coal jobs'
coal mine EXCLUSIVE: Sid Maher EXPLOSIVE economic modelling warns that the carbon tax could force eight black coalmines to close, costing over 4000 jobs in NSW and Queensland.
Big banks furious at launder levy costs
Banks Annabel Hepworth BANKS and stockbrokers have slammed government proposals to impose a new levy for anti-money laundering.
Financial Markets
Euro gains defy Greek downgrade
euro coin greece Bradley Davis THE euro rose today as investors shrugged off Standard & Poor's decision to cut Greece's sovereign rating to the lowest in the world.
Greek debt rated worst in the world
M&A helps Wall St edge up, techs drop
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Mining & Energy
Silver slides 4.4pc on China concerns
silver Tatyana Shumsky SILVER futures ended lower today, pressuring the broader precious metals complex, on worries about an economic slowdown in China.
Copper falls to 3-week low on China
US oil lower as Brent gap at record
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The Washington Post | Post Politics Afternoon Edition: Chris Cillizza: 6 for '12: The New Hampshire Republican debate

The Washington Post
Politics Afternoon Edition


  1. Chris Cillizza: 6 for '12: The New Hampshire Republican debate

    The Fix is headed to New Hampshire for Monday's Republican presidential debate. But, while you're waiting for the festivities to begin at 8 p.m. — and, yes, we will be live-blogging it! — check out six things to watch for tonight.
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  2. The Fix: The GOP's new purity test

    A new CNN/Opinion Research poll this weekend showed that three in four Republicans said they would prefer a GOP nominee who can beat President Obama to someone who agrees with them on all the issues.
    » Read full article
  3. Supreme Court upholds recusal law

    The Supreme Court on Monday rejected arguments that a public official's vote is free speech protected by the First Amendment and upheld Nevada's conflict-of-interest law requiring recusals.
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  4. White House: Weiner scandal a 'distraction,' but no call for resignation

    White House press secretary Jay Carney won't say whether the president wants Rep. Anthony Weiner to step aside.
    » Read full article
  5. Kansas congressman tells farmers to 'expect less' in subsidies

    Dramatically cutting or eliminating direct crop subsidies has emerged as one of the few areas of agreement in the budget talks underway between the White House and congressional leaders of both parties. Rep. Tim Huelskamp is telling Kansas farmers to “expect less.”
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Financial & Forex Info | Kitco New York Market Close Report

New York Market Close Jun 13/11 05:22 PM EDT