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Jul 10, 2011

Ping Newsletter: Facebook gets run for its money

Ping Newsletter
Facebook gets run for its money
GOOGLE'S new social networking platform Google+ has the potential to eclipse Facebook.
 
Rivals fume over Telstra prices
THE imminent migration of broadband customers to a new Telstra fibre network in South Brisbane has the telco's rivals fuming.
 
Visa blocks funds for WikiLeaks
VISA has closed a donation channel to WikiLeaks after a payment processor briefly accepted money transfers to the anti-secrecy site.
 
Dick Smith IT glitch offers 'free' goods
DICK Smith has taken its New Zealand homepage offline after apparently being hit by a glitch that allowed customers to shop for free.
 
Ex-Telstra man heads Quickflix
FORMER Telstra media director Chris Taylor has taken the top job at Quickflix.
 
High-tech boost for diabetic children
DOCTORS in Perth are hoping a special sensor and BlackBerry device can help children with type 1 diabetes receive regular insulin doses.

Thr Australian Capital Circle: Leaders in carbon brawl roadshow

Capital Circle Newsletter
Leaders in carbon brawl roadshow
 
Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott will take their carbon tax brawl to the people, with the PM seeking acceptance for her plan as her opponent tries to destroy it.

PM's diary: Julia Gillard has already been on the Today Show and Sunrise, spruiking her carbon tax plan. She'll do a blitz of AM and FM radio stations this morning before an event in Sydney later today. She'll appear on Q&A tonight.
She told Sunrise she wasn't jumping the gun on taking climate action. “We are not leading the world. There are emissions trading schemes in other parts of the world already. Europe’s got an emissions trading scheme. New Zealand’s got an emissions trading scheme.”
Tony Abbott has done the ABC's AM program, 2GB with Alan Jones and Sunrise, as well as other radio spots. He has an event in Sydney later today.
He told AM : "This is a bad tax and we are against it. We say you can't fix it, you've just got to fight it." He says there will be tax cuts under the Coalition without a carbon price, but refused to say if he would roll back the carbon tax compensation in its entirety.
Making a splash: The carbon tax dominates the nation's front pages today, here's a taste of the headlines...
The Australian: Gillard's clean energy crusade
Daily Tele: PM's green money machine
The SMH: A clean start
The Age: Gillard's biggest gamble
The Herald Sun: Smoke and mirrors
The Fin Review: Gillard's carbon blueprint
Does not compute: Forget rising temperatures, the carbon tax is making families disappear. According to the government's Clean Energy Future website, single income families with one child aged 5-7 and two children aged under four don't exist. "The household situation described by the information you have entered is not covered by the scenarios used by this estimator," the site says.
Read my lips: In case you missed it, "clean energy future" is the government's new catchcry (as revealed by us last week). Julia Gillard - whose "moving forward" mantra set new standards for monotonous repetition at the last election - repeated the

U.S. debt talks break up early, may resume Monday. MarketWatch | Report: Congress versus Obama Over the U:S Debt Impasse



By Michael Kitchen, MarketWatch 

LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch)A closely watched meeting between congressional leaders and President Barack Obama to resolve the impasse over the U.S. debt ceiling ended Sunday far more quickly than expected, with no immediate word of progress, according to reports. 

The meeting had been projected to last four or five hours, Reuters reported, but subsequent news accounts said the parties met for between 75 and 90 minutes.

 
Obama still aiming for big debt deal U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said the Obama Administration is still looking for a major deal on debt and the debt ceiling. Video courtesy Reuters. 

The negotiations were expected to resume Monday, according to reports citing government aides. Reuters added that Obama was slated to hold a press conference Monday at 11 a.m. U.S. Eastern time ahead of the next round of talks.
Sunday’s gathering came a day after House Speaker John Boehner said Republicans would avoid a deal on a proposed $4 trillion package of cuts in favor of a small package of $2 trillion in reductions.
Ahead of the meeting Sunday, Obama responded to a reporter’s question on whether a deal could be reached within the next 10 days by saying: “We need to,” according to Reuters.
Michael Kitchen is Asia editor for MarketWatch and is based in Los Angeles.
 

The Washington PostToday's Headlines: Today's Highlights / Politics / Style / Sports / World / Live Discussion / Technology / Business


The Washington Post

TODAY'S HEADLINES
TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS
Boehner: No large-scale debt-reduction plan
House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) abandoned efforts Saturday night to reach a comprehensive debt-reduction deal.
(By Paul Kane and Lori Montgomery)

Food, ad industries fight nutrition guidelines
Companies are teaming up to lobby against voluntary standards for food marketed to children.
(By Lyndsey Layton and Dan Eggen)

7.0 tremor hits off Japan’s coast
Initial reports indicated no damage as a result of this aftershock, but residents were urged to evacuate.
(By Chico Harlan)

Dozens of questions for Clemens jury pool
Outside experts said the questions posed by the judge and attorneys reveal their belief that jurors’ feelings about sports and Congress could prove critical in shaping a verdict.
(By Del Quentin Wilber)

Planes violate restricted space near Camp David
Fighter jets intercepted small private aircraft near Camp David on two separate occasions Saturday while President Obama was scheduled to be there.
(By Martin Weil)

POLITICS
Obama, Hill leaders at pivotal point in debt talks as Boehner drops goal for bigger package
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and congressional leaders were regrouping after House Republicans abandoned efforts for a massive deficit reduction package of $4 trillion over 10 years — a potential deal that had unnerved partisans from both political parties.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Boehner abandons budget talks
House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to abandon talks over a comprehensive budget deal may be smart politics but it’s a lost opportunity.
(, The Washington Post)

Conservative ‘marriage pledge’ group apologizes for slavery reference
One section of the pledge claimed that a black person born into slavery “was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American president.”
( by Sandhya Somashekhar , The Washington Post)

Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings asks court to throw out claims he sexually harassed aide
WASHINGTON — Congressman Alcee Hastings asked a court Saturday to throw out claims that he subjected a former employee to sexual harassment and retaliation when he was co-chairman of an independent U.S. agency.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Report: US could suspend hundreds of millions in aid unless Pakistan fights militants tougher
WASHINGTON — A report says the U.S. could suspend hundreds of millions in military aid to Pakistan unless the two countries’ fractured relations improve and Pakistan pursues militant groups more aggressively.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)



STYLE
Miss Manners: Courtesy shouldn’t disappear in airport security lines
An airport veteran wants to know if it’s really wrong to cut in front of someone fumbling through their belongings in a security line. You know, to speed things along ...
(, Universal Press)

Ask Amy: His unfaithful wife wants time to heal
He found out his wife had an affair, but he wants to work things out. Thing is, she needs time “to heal.” Shouldn’t he be the one doing the healing?
(, Tribune Media Service)

Drudgery and grudgery: The age-old housework impasse
She works, he’s the househusband. Each feels the other should do more housework.
(, The Washington Post)

American Ice Co. near 9:30 Club

(, The Washington Post)



(, The Washington Post)


SPORTS
Mystics fall apart late against Fever
Playing again without injured Crystal Langhorne, Washington scores just seven points in the fourth as it falls to Indiana for its third straight loss.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Donovan, Beckham score to lead Galaxy to 2-1 win over Fire
CARSON, Calif. — David Beckham assisted on Landon Donovan’s goal and then scored the tiebreaker on a corner kick to help the Los Angeles Galaxy beat the Chicago Fire 2-1 on Saturday night.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Williams, Espindola score in second half to lift Real Salt Lake to 2-0 win over FC Dallas
SANDY, Utah — Andy Williams scored on a free kick early in the 47th minute and Fabian Espindola added a goal in the final minute of stoppage time to lift Real Salt Lake to a 2-0 victory over FC Dallas on Saturday night.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Pineda unravels after blown call, gives up 2 HRs by Hunter in Mariners' loss to Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Michael Pineda took full advantage of some perfectly placed shadows between the mound and home plate.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Cash scores 26 to lead Storm rally past Sparks 99-80
SEATTLE — Swin Cash turned the game around for the Seattle Storm when she decided to attack the basket with drives and short jumpers in the third quarter.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)


WORLD
Fire at home for elderly in Ukrainian village kills at least 13, injures 11
KIEV, Ukraine — A fire tore through a home for the elderly in western Ukraine Sunday, killing at least 13 people, officials said.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Express train derails in northern India; dozens injured
LUCKNOW, India — An express train derailed in northern India on Sunday, injuring at least 34 people, railway officials said.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Australia to hit nation's 500 worst polluters with tax; companies to pay $25 per ton of carbon
SYDNEY — Australia will force its 500 worst polluters to pay 23 Australian dollars ($25) for every ton of carbon dioxide they emit, with the government promising to compensate households hit with higher power bills under a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions unveiled Sunday.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Top Syrian opposition figures, activists stay away from government-organized talks on reform
BEIRUT — Leading Syrian opposition figures and prominent activists have shunned government-sponsored reform talks, saying they will not participate as long as the regime ruthlessly cracks down on protesters.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Vietnam detains anti-China protesters and journalists from US, Japan news agencies
HANOI, Vietnam — Security forces in Vietnam quashed an anti-China rally in the capital by detaining protesters along with journalists covering the event for foreign news agencies, including The Associated Press.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)


LIVE DISCUSSIONS
Carolyn Hax Live: Advice columnist tackles your problems (Friday, July 8)
Advice Columnist Carolyn Hax takes your questions and comments about the strange train we call life.
(, vForum)

Real Wheels Live
Live online discussion with Real Wheels columnist Warren Brown about car-buying and the auto industry.
(, vForum)

Carolyn Hax Live: Advice columnist tackles your problems (Friday, July 15)
Advice Columnist Carolyn Hax takes your questions and comments about the strange train we call life.
(, vForum)

The Weather Gang Lab with Jason Samenow (Video)
Capital Weather Gang's Jason Samenow digs into this week's big weather story. Join the chat to find out what will happen -- and why.
(, vForum)

D.C.'s biggest stories: Lunchline's Clinton Yates breaks them down (video)
Clinton Yates a news junkie and pop culture fanatic who scours The Washington Post and its partner sites every weekday to find the gems that you want to read but don't have time to search for.
(, vForum)


TECHNOLOGY
How Apple Led The High-Stakes Patent Poker Win Against Google, Sealing Ballmer’s Promise

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)

Jets' Tannenbaum, SAP's McDermott exchange game plans for winning at business, football
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — A picture hangs in Bill McDermott’s basement that his son treasures more than any other.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Eric Schmidt: You Don’t Know It’s A Bubble Until The Bubble Ends

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)

Despite Google+ Competition, Disco, Google’s Hushed Messaging App, Continues To Improve

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)

The Twitter Endgame: IPO, Chess, or Roulette?

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)


BUSINESS
In Boston, chagrined over the one that got away
The city’s venture capitalists declined to fund the founder of Facebook, the world’s most popular social-networking service, when he wanted to expand his start-up in 2004. They don’t want to make that kind of mistake again.
( by Laura Keeley Bloomberg News , The Washington Post)

Obama, Hill leaders at pivotal point in debt talks as Boehner drops goal for bigger package
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and congressional leaders are regrouping after House Republicans gave up efforts for a massive deficit reduction package of $4 trillion over 10 years.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

When less is more for your 401(k)
Regardless of how much they know about investing, employees make better choices when they have fewer options.
( by Bob Frick , The Washington Post)

China's trade growth slows further in June; global surplus widens to $22.2 billion
BEIJING — China’s import growth decelerated further in June as the world’s second-largest economy cooled, widening its trade surplus to $22.2 billion, data released Sunday showed.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Obama's challenge: Showing how a big deficit reduction deal creates desperately needed jobs
WASHINGTON — Immersed in an intense struggle to cut the national debt, President Barack Obama faces a dilemma that will stay with him even if he succeeds in striking a grand deal with Congress: convincing Americans that the entire effort will do anything to create desperately needed jobs.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

NYT Tdday's Headlines: Top News / Quotation OF THR DAY / U.S. / OPINION / WORLD / U.S. / Politics / Business / Technology / Sports / Arts / New York-Region / Magazine / Editorials / Sunday Review / omn This Day /



TOP NEWS

U.S. Is Deferring Millions in Pakistani Military Aid

By ERIC SCHMITT and JANE PERLEZ
The cancellation of hundreds of millions in aid is meant to chasten Pakistan for expelling American trainers and press its army to fight militants more effectively.

For Years, the Tabloids' Sting Kept British Politicians in Line

By SARAH LYALL
Fear of media harassment and political necessity have long underpinned the uneasy collusion between British politicians and the nation's tabloids.
Learn to Earn

Tough Budget Calculus as Technical Schools Face Deep Cuts

By MOTOKO RICH
Federal funding for vocational and technical education is at risk, but such courses may keep disengaged high school students on an academic path and raise their future earnings.
QUOTATION OF THE DAY
"It's partly an in-your-face reaction. You're looking for me. I'm here."
DR. MILA MEANS, an abortion provider in Wichita, Kan., who bought a bright yellow Mini Cooper emblazoned with lightning bolts after getting a warning to check her car daily for explosives.

U.S.

Slide Show: Worshiping at the International House of Prayer

The International House of Prayer, a Christian ministry founded by Mike Bickle, has rapidly blossomed into a movement.
Opinion
Let Be: An Answer To Hamlet's Question
Opinionator | The Stone

Let Be: An Answer To Hamlet's Question

The crisis of thought and action may never be resolved, but fear not.
WORLD

At a Paper Set to Close, Defiance and Foreboding

By JOHN F. BURNS
The News of the World's staff assembled on Saturday for the paper's last working shift before it is shut down by the Murdoch empire.

Scandals Redefine Rules for the Press in Europe

By ALAN COWELL
While Britain reassesses the balance between press freedom and privacy, France is grappling with the consequences of its tradition of protecting the powerful.

After Years of Struggle, South Sudan Becomes a New Nation

By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
After more than five decades of a guerilla struggle and two million lives lost, the Republic of South Sudan, Africa's 54th state, declared its independence.
U.S.

Where Worship Never Pauses

By ERIK ECKHOLM
A Christian ministry has drawn thousands with its emphasis on perpetual prayer, but some say it has a cultlike atmosphere.

Wichita Doctor Takes Up Fight for Abortions

By A. G. SULZBERGER
In a city where the last abortion provider was fatally shot two years ago, a potential replacement has emerged but faces her own challenges.

Answer for Invasive Species: Put It on a Plate and Eat It

By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
While most invasive species are not popularly regarded as edible food, that is mostly a matter of marketing, experts say.
POLITICS

Deficit Talks Scaled Back Over Tax Increases

By CARL HULSE
House Speaker John A. Boehner said he would drop his push with President Obama for a far-reaching deficit-reduction plan, citing differences over tax revenues.

Presidential Candidates Warn About Debt Deal

By JEFF ZELENY and CARL HULSE
As Republican leaders negotiate over the federal debt limit, the candidates are campaigning against an outcome that involves compromise.

Panetta Says Defeat of Al Qaeda Is 'Within Reach'

By ELISABETH BUMILLER
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, who arrived in Kabul on Saturday, also said the focus was now on capturing or killing 10 to 20 crucial Qaeda leaders.
BUSINESS

When S'Mores Aren't Enough: The New Economics of Summer Camp

By NATASHA SINGER
The economy has made the business of summer camp tougher - so having fun is only part of the equation. Many camps now offer special services to please demanding families.

Somehow, the Unemployed Became Invisible

By CATHERINE RAMPELL
In past downturns, Americans demanded politicians' attention. But this time, the nation's jobless are mostly just enduring.

China's Struggle With Inflation Continues as Price Index Rises

By DAVID BARBOZA
China said Saturday that the consumer price index rose by 6.4 percent in June, the highest rate in three years, suggesting that Beijing may have a difficult time reining in rising prices.
TECHNOLOGY

Virtual Bridge Allows Strangers in Mideast to Seem Less Strange

By ETHAN BRONNER
A Facebook page created by a former Israeli diplomat allows Israelis to chat with Palestinians and other Arabs about peace prospects and the topics of daily life.
Digital Domain

The Therapist Will See You Now, via the Web

By RANDALL STROSS
Psychiatry through a video connection was pioneered several decades ago. Today, start-up companies are trying to popularize therapy over the Internet.
The Haggler

Picking the Lock of Google's Search

By DAVID SEGAL
Lead generation companies are crushing some local merchants in search results, presenting a real challenge for Google.
SPORTS
On Baseball

Jeter Reaches Fabled 3,000, and It's a Blast

By TYLER KEPNER
At Yankee Stadium, Derek Jeter became the 28th player in history, but only the first Yankee and only the second regular shortstop, to reach 3,000 hits.
Yankees 5, Rays 4

After Making History, Jeter Makes the Yankees Winners

By SAM BORDEN
Derek Jeter went 5 for 5, including his 3,000th hit, and drove in the winning run before family, friends and adoring fans.
Giants 3, Mets 1

No Replay for Hairston as the Mets Fall to the Giants

By DAVID WALDSTEIN
A day after punishing Brian Wilson and the Giants' bullpen, the Mets were held to just one run by Giants starter Tim Lincecum and three relievers.
ARTS
Arts & Leisure

Country Boy for the Whole Country

By JON CARAMANICA
Blake Shelton, a celebrity coach on "The Voice," is the highest-profile country star appearing regularly in prime time and among the most visible ambassadors from Nashville to the American mainstream.

Opera? Musical? Please Respect the Difference

By ANTHONY TOMMASINI
Words or music? The one that drives the work helps define whether it's an opera or a musical.
Arts & Leisure

A Documentary Team Aims for the Bleachers

By MIKE HALE
The filmmakers behind Showtime's series "The Franchise: A Season With the San Francisco Giants" exist in a kind of perpetual seventh-inning stretch, waiting for access.
NEW YORK / REGION

The Best School $75 Million Can Buy

By JENNY ANDERSON
Chris Whittle once tried to remake public education. Now, with a new for-profit school, he says he'll do the same for private education. Should parents believe him?

Hasidic Sleuth's Beat: Mean Streets of Brooklyn

By JED LIPINSKI
Joe Levin, a practicing Orthodox Jew, does everything from background checks for marital arrangements to investigations into international banks.

For Hire: a Visitor to the Grave of Your Dearly Departed

By VINCENT M. MALLOZZI
A paralegal and married mother of three trying to earn extra money in a tough economy embarked last month on a new career: cemetery visitor for hire.
MAGAZINE

Sheila Bair's Bank Shot

By JOE NOCERA
The exclusive exit interview.

The Dark Art of 'Breaking Bad'

By DAVID SEGAL
Vince Gilligan doesn't have a twisted, violent mind. But you'd never know that from his twisted, brilliant show.

The Sorcerers of Stagecraft

By CRAIG TAYLOR
A decade's worth of Harry Potter movies required lots of off-screen wizards. Now the gig of a lifetime has reached its happy ending.
EDITORIALS
Editorial

The Worst Time to Slow the Economy

June's bleak job numbers should change the conversation in the debt-limit talks.
Editorial

Way Above the Shuttle Flight

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope hits a budgetary wall, but it would be premature to terminate the program.
Editorial

Texas's Progress on Juvenile Justice

The state has reformed its juvenile system in impressive ways, including moving away from the prison model.
Editorial

Sail On, Sailor

As spring gives way to summer, the sailboats return, one by one, taking up their moorings in the Hudson River, anchored against the tide.
Editorial | Week Ahead

Dim and Dimmer

By ROBERT B. SEMPLE Jr.
Republicans are on an ideological crusade to repeal energy standards for light bulbs.
SUNDAY REVIEW
Opinion

In Defense of Antidepressants

By PETER D. KRAMER
It's all the rage to question their effectiveness. But critics don't understand the research.
Op-Ed Columnist

Erotic Vagrancy, Anyone?

By MAUREEN DOWD
Don't be afraid of Virginia Woolf; be afraid of today's stars mimicking yesterday's.
Op-Ed Columnist

A Sordid Cast Around Casey Anthony

By FRANK BRUNI
A creepy lawyer, a greedy juror, a crazed observer. What a show.
Op-Ed Columnist

Action! Romance! Social Justice!

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
Who said important books couldn't be fun? Here's the best beach reading ever.
Op-Ed Columnist

Instant Music Gratification

By TA-NEHISI COATES
That song fragment is no longer mysterious, fleeting and agonizingly out of reach.
Opinion

The Art of the Interview

By JAMES ATLAS
Janet Malcolm works her magic on a traditional literary form.
Opinion

Redemption in Birmingham

By DIANE McWHORTER
Does Birmingham owe a debt to Chris McNair, whose 11-year-old daughter, Denise, died in a 1963 Ku Klux Klan bombing?
Opinion

The Good Short Life

By DUDLEY CLENDINEN
Living with Lou Gehrig's disease is about life, when you know there's not much left.
Opinion

Is Sex Passé?

By ERICA JONG
Modern lust focuses less on carnal pleasure than on control.
Gray Matter

A Taste Test for Hunger

By ROBERT JENSEN and NOLAN MILLER
Hunger appears to be growing, but that's because we are measuring it incorrectly.
ON THIS DAY
On July 10, 1940, during World War II, the 114-day Battle of Britain began as Nazi forces began attacking southern England by air. By late October, Britain managed to repel the Luftwaffe, which suffered heavy losses.

NYT: ALERT FGC BOLSA - FGC FINANCIAL MARKETS: Business Day / Mutual Funds



Alert Name: FGC BOLSA - FGC FINA
July 10, 2011

BUSINESS DAY / MUTUAL FUNDS

Two new personal finance books are intended to keep investors from tripping over their own feet.

BUSINESS DAY / MUTUAL FUNDS

In part, the popularity of E.T.F.’s reflects investor dissatisfaction with traditional mutual funds and a desire for constant tradeability.