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Oct 12, 2011

Stocks and Markets in The News: Asia | Asia markets rise as exporters gain

Asia markets rise as exporters gain
Asia markets climb on Thursday, with exporter among the biggest gainers, as the latest plan to resolve Europe’s sovereign-debt woes revives risk appetite.
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Wednesday’s biggest gaining and declining stocks MarketWatch’s daily rundown of shares making sizable moves in the U.S. stock market.
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Akamai shares surge in after-hours trading Shares of Akamai rally Wednesday evening following a report that Google may be pursuing an acquisition of the company.
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Chairman of Solidarity and Freedom party (SaS) Richard Sulik (C) opens the Slovak Parliament session before the vote on the euro zone rescue fund tied with Slovak government confidence vote in Bratislava, October 11, 2011. REUTERS/Petr Josek (SLOVAKIA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) - Reuters U.S. stocks rise along with hopes for Europe
U.S. stocks climb on expectations Europe would manage its debt trouble, though a late-session fade prevents the Dow Jones Industrial Average from ending higher for the year.
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Congress Passes 3 Free Trade Accords: NYT Breaking News

Breaking News
The New York Times
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Congress Passes 3 Free Trade Accords

Congress passed three long-awaited free trade agreements on Wednesday, ending a partisan standoff that has stretched across two presidencies.

Final approval of the deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama is a bipartisan victory for President Obama and proponents of the view that foreign trade can drive America’s economic growth, in the face of rising protectionist sentiment in both political parties. They are the first trade agreements to pass Congress since Democrats broke a decade of Republican control in 2007.

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Techcompany News & Analysis: How to get your hands on the iPhone 4S, Finding value in the Twitter stream, What to look for in an IT contract.

Thursday, October 13th 2011

This time of year is always big for the tech industry, with new smartphones coming on the market in time for Christmas. In the past few weeks we’ve seen the Kindle Fire, the iPhone 4S is out tomorrow, and in only a matter of days we’re expecting a significant Android update.

If it’s like any other Apple debut, it’ll be huge. With some customers already planning to line up tonight, there will be plenty of cheers tomorrow when the phone finally goes on sale.

But while you’re waiting, there’s some great content this week in TechCompany. In our best of the web, there’s a great piece on how scientists, engineers and technicians are now paying Twitter for the valuable information on its servers, while we have a great line-up of tech bloggers, including David Markus on how you know it’s time to upgrade your IT.

Last week, the news of Steve Jobs passing away came to light shortly after TechCompany published. You can catch up with all of our Steve Jobs coverage – including his top lessons for innovators and entrepreneurs – in this special eBook.

Patrick Stafford
Editor, TechCompany

Best of the web
BEST OF THE WEB: Finding value in the Twitter stream 
A group of scientists are using Twitter data to make sense of all the information that is being thrown through the system by its users when major events occur. Read more

What we learned this week
WHAT WE LEARNED THIS WEEK: Don't miss a booming online market 
Small businesses have a lot of work to do to improve their online strategy and must particularly work harder to win over baby boomer customers. Read more

iphone 4S
It’s been just one week since Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S, and tomorrow the gadget will be launched in the United States, Europe and for the first time ever in the first round of releases, Australia. But is it for you? Read more

Keith Ahern
MY BEST TECH: Keith Ahern 
Keith Ahern from digital publishing platform Oomph reveals how the new iOS 5 software will change the way iPhone users work their devices. Read more

iPhone 4S
How to get your hands on an iPhone 4S 
With just one day until Apple launches the iPhone 4S, no doubt there are thousands of eager customers across the country thinking about how they can get their hands on the tech giant's latest device. Read more

Dave Stevens
IT Means Business –Dave Stevens 
What to look for in an IT contract 
With the rise of cloud and services-based computing, the contracts between businesses and their IT partners are becoming increasingly important. Read more

Lara Solomon
Facebook Know How – Lara Solomon 
Who is talking about you? 
At the end of last week Facebook added a new feature to pages that tells visitors the number of people who are talking about the page. Businesses need to know how to use this essential tool. Read more

Craig Reardon
Internet Secrets – Craig Reardon 
How to transform your printed newsletters into their online equivalents: Part 1 
One of the biggest transformations smaller organisations struggle with is that of managing their newsletter content for the online world. Read more

David Markus
IT Systems – David Markus 
How do we know if it’s time to get help with our IT system? 
It really is worth investing in a robust, stable IT system to minimise downtime and malfunctions. Read more

Paul Wallbank
Business Tech Talk – Paul Wallbank 
Do you know what your business stands for? 
There's a similarity between Steve Jobs and Gasp store's stroppy sales hipsters that we all could use. Read more

House approves South Korea, Panama, Colombia trade deals: The Washington Post News Alert

The Washington PostWednesday, October 12, 2011 6:32:16 PM

House approves South Korea, Panama, Colombia trade deals

In a long-awaited move, the House on Wednesday approved trade deals with South Korea, Panama and Colombia as well as a renewal of an aid program for workers who have lost their jobs due to outsourcing, sending the pacts on to the Senate for final approval Wednesday evening.

The three deals, which would boost U.S. exports by $13 billion, were originally negotiated by the Bush administration but have been stalled for years. The House’s action comes a day before South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is expected to address a joint meeting of Congress.

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Weapons smuggled from Libya flood into Egypt: The Washington Post News Alert

The Washington PostWednesday, October 12, 2011 6:40:32 PM

Weapons smuggled from Libya flood into Egypt

EXCLUSIVE | Large caches of weapons from Libya are making their way across the Egyptian border and flooding black markets in Egypt's already unstable Sinai peninsula, according to current and former Egyptian military officials and arms traders in the Sinai.

The seizures raise fresh concerns about security along the sensitive area that borders the Gaza Strip and Israel, at a time when unrest is roiling the region.

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The Ausrtralian Business Briefing: EU plan to shore up banks

EU plan to shore up banks
Matthew Dalton and Laurence Norman THE European Commission has unveiled plans to shore up banks, which could result in a broad recapitalisation program.
Wall St rises on EU bank plan
Jonathan Cheng US stocks finished with strong gains as investors gained optimism about plans to recapitalise eurozone banks.
Dollar soars on Europe progress
THE Australian dollar rose past parity to its highest level in three weeks on hopes Europe is solving its debt crisis.
BlackBerry hit by more disruptions
Ben Dummett, Monica Gutschi, Christopher Lawton BLACKBERRY email and instant-messaging disruptions have spread across Asia and North America.
New twist in M&A tax row
Jennifer Hewett ASSISTANT Treasurer Bill Shorten is trying to finalise the details of the government's bid to fix a giant hole in the budget.
Advisers hit back at boards
Richard Gluyas PROXY advisers have hit back at directors' claims that they lack expertise and wield too much power.
Some sought QE3: Fed minutes
Luca Di Leo and Jeff Bater THE Federal Reserve minutes showed two officials advocated taking bolder action to lift a limping US economy.
Copper jumps 3pc on EU plan
Matt Day COPPER futures climbed on hopes the latest plan to stem the eurozone's debt crisis would stave off a credit crunch.
Financial Markets
Dollar soars on Europe progress
THE Australian dollar rose past parity to its highest level in three weeks on hopes Europe is solving its debt crisis.
Wall St rises on EU bank plan
Oil slips as traders await news
Financial Markets Coverage
Mining & Energy
Oil slips as traders await news
Christian Berthelsen CRUDE oil futures broke their five-session streak of gains, settling slightly lower on mild trading.
Gold shines on Europe hopes
Copper jumps 3pc on EU plan
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