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Feb 1, 2012

NYT Global Update: Diplomats Jockey Over Assad's Future as Syrian Troops Press Attacks Near Capital

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TOP NEWS

Diplomats Jockey Over Assad's Future as Syrian Troops Press Attacks Near Capital

By NEIL MacFARQUHAR and NADA BAKRI
As the diplomacy gathered pace, Russia again renewed its opposition to an Arab League plan that calls for President Bashar al-Assad of Syria to cede power.

In Talks on Greek Bailout, Eyes Turn to Central Bank

By STEPHEN CASTLE and JACK EWING
Officials say a deal involving the European Central Bank's holdings of Greek bonds could bridge a crucial financing gap and clear the way for the next bailout.

Tunisia Faces a Balancing Act of Democracy and Religion

By ANTHONY SHADID
A blasphemy trial in Tunis symbolizes an emotional struggle, with implications for the Arab world, playing out with the rise of Islamists after the end of a secular dictatorship.
Fashion & Style

BROWSING

Slide Show: Shopping Snapshots: Feb. 2

Studded sneakers From Miu Miu; a floral print scarf From Erdem and chic iPad cases for sitting alongside the runway.
Opinion

Latitude | Viewfinder

In Syria's Corner

By DANIEL POLITI
Why is Moscow blocking efforts at the U.N. to condemn Assad? International commentators find that there's more to Russia's position than meets the eye.
WORLD

More than 70 Killed in Egyptian Soccer Mayhem

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
A brawl between rival soccer fans after a match in Port Said was Egypt's bloodiest episode of lawlessness since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak last year.

Soldier Says Syrian Atrocities Forced Him to Defect

By DAN BILEFSKY
Ammar Cheikh Omar, who returned to his parents' homeland from Germany, said he was forced to shoot at protesters and witness torture.

At U.N., Pressure Is on Russia for Refusal to Condemn Syria

By NEIL MacFARQUHAR
As Arab and Western states confronted Russia over its refusal to sign on to a call for President Bashar al-Assad to leave power, violence continued without pause in Syria.
BUSINESS

Personal Data's Value? Facebook Is Set to Find Out

By SOMINI SENGUPTA and EVELYN M. RUSLI
The social network's stock offering, expected to value the company at $75 billion to $100 billion, is bound to raise even more concerns about privacy and other issues.

Portugal Pulls Off Debt Auction, but Fears Remain

By RAPHAEL MINDER
Investors are predicting that Portugal will be next in line to impose losses on bondholders as it struggles to meet the terms of a bailout agreement struck with international creditors last May.

European Banks Cut Lending Sharply at End of 2011, E.C.B. Data Show

By JACK EWING
The figures raise concern that Europe is on the verge of a credit crunch that would cause a deeper recession than had been expected.
TECHNOLOGY

WikiLeaks Founder Appeals Extradition at Britain's Supreme Court

By ALAN COWELL and RAVI SOMAIYA
Julian Assange was set to appear on Wednesday at Britain's Supreme Court to appeal an order approving his extradition to Sweden.

Amazon's Revenues Disappoint

By DAVID STREITFELD
The Internet retailer took in almost $1 billion less than analysts expected in the fourth quarter, sending its shares down sharply after hours.
Bits Blog

Obama and Romney Campaigns Adopt Square for Funding

By NICK BILTON
Mobile payments could be a transformational technology for the 2012 election, as Square is becoming popular in campaigns by President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
SPORTS

Manchester City Has Few Options, None of Them Good, With Tévez

By ROB HUGHES
Carlos Tévez is still in no man's land. He does not want to play for Manchester City, and City received no acceptable offer for him during the January trading window.

Veteran Swiss Skier Going Out on Top

By BRIAN PINELLI
After announcing his retirement last month, Didier Cuche has won two straight downhill World Cup races.

Only Mourinho Can Stop the Coaching Rumors

By ROB HUGHES
José Mourinho, who is under contract with Real Madrid but has been linked to jobs with nearly every top soccer club in England, is doing nothing to stop those rumors.
U.S. NEWS

After Workers Are Fired, an Immigration Debate Roils California Campus

By JENNIFER MEDINA
At Pomona College, dining hall employees are fired after questions about their residency status, prompting a debate over what it means to be a liberal college.

Indiana Governor Signs 'Right to Work' Law

By MONICA DAVEY
The state becomes the 23rd in the nation to bar union contracts from requiring non-union members to pay representation fees.

Breast Cancer Surgery Rules Are Called Unclear

By DENISE GRADY
Nearly half of lumpectomy patients who had second operations may not have needed them, a new study finds.
OPINION
Op-Ed Contributor

Why the Global Fund Matters

By PAUL FARMER
The question is not whether the Global Fund works, but how to ensure it keeps working for years to come.
Op-Ed Contributors

Euro-Atlantic Goals

By WOLFGANG ISCHINGER, IGOR IVANOV and SAM NUNN
The Euro- Atlantic region needs to shape an inclusive and effective security community.
Op-Ed Contributor

Asperger's History of Over-Diagnosis

By PAUL STEINBERG
People with social disabilities are not necessarily autistic, and giving them diagnoses on the autism spectrum often does a real disservice.

Techcompany News and Analysis: Meet the Amazon employee killing the publishing industry, Don’t waste money on AdWords, Spotlight on Australia’s first 4G smartphone





Thursday, February 2nd 2012




The Facebook IPO has finally arrived, allowing the tech sector to finally see how much wealth Mark Zuckerberg and his team have created. But the float also raises a local question: How will the social network’s listing affect Australian SMEs?

As the company expands, it will focus more on advertising products. It wants to capture those SMEs and take money away from Google’s AdWords program. To do so, it needs to be more localised. It’s hard to imagine Facebook won’t put more resources into its local marketing efforts, including within Australia.

The IPO marks the start of a new chapter for Facebook, which faces the challenge of living up to a $100 billion valuation. But the float is also likely to mark the expansion that could give local businesses better choice and control over their online marketing.

Be sure to read SmartCompany today for full coverage on the Facebook IPO.

Also in TechCompany, be sure to read our Best of the Web, particularly the story on the Amazon executive killing the publishing industry. And our bloggers have some great tips, especially Craig Reardon on why your IT staff shouldn’t be controlling your web strategy.






Patrick Stafford
Editor, TechCompany



Best of the web
BEST OF THE WEB: Meet the Amazon employee killing the publishing industry
 
Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos is competing against the very same publishing groups he initially wooed when the site launched in 1995, by creating his own publishing house. Read more



What we learned this week
WHAT WE LEARNED THIS WEEK: Don’t waste your money on AdWords 
AdWords are a great way to get business. Cheap and effective, they're a simple way to get eyes to your website, and are used by businesses both large and small to dominate an industry online. But you may be using them completely wrong. Read more



Phone
GADGET WATCH: HTC Velocity 4G 
Telstra has switched on its 4G network and is now offering the first smartphone in Australia to run on that same network. But is the device itself worth getting? Read more



Robert Evans
MY BEST TECH: Robert Evans 
Velrada chief executive Robert Evans says his favourite piece of tech is the Apple TV. Read more...



Craig Reardon
Internet Secrets – Craig Reardon 
Why your IT guys shouldn’t drive your web strategy 
Maintaining your internet presence needs to be handled by a marketer who understands the online world, rather than an IT person who knows (or worse, claims to know) about marketing. Read more



Paul Wallbank
Business Tech Talk – Paul Wallbank  
Dick Smith’s evolutionary story 
Under Woolworths, Dick Smith has managed to change its business model as technology has changed. Will that continue under new ownership? Read more



Dave Stevens
Dave Stevens – IT Means Business 
Using IT to increase productivity 
It goes without saying – IT and communications technologies offer significant scope for improving the efficiency of your business. Read more



David Markus
David Markus – IT Systems 
What is “as a service”? 
The big trend for 2012 will be “as a Service” (aaS); part of the jargon for cloud computing which includes PaaS, IaaS and SaaS. Read more...


Financial and Forex Info News | The Australian Business Briesfing Update: Facebook files for IPO






Facebook files for IPO
Shayndi Raice FACEBOOK filed for an IPO valuing the company at between $US75 billion and $US100 billion, putting it on track to be one of the biggest Web stock market debuts.
Coles sales growth beats Woolies
Blair Speedy WESFARMERS-owned supermarket giant Coles has outpaced larger rival Woolworths for a tenth straight quarter in sales.
Stocks rally with miners leading
Virginia Harrison AUSTRALIAN shares jumped today, lead by resource stocks, with signs of strength in the global economy helping to revive risk appetite.
Trade surplus jumps to $1.7bn
AUSTRALIA'S trade surplus widened in December 2011 to $1.7 billion, soundly beating forecasts as exports jumped 2 per cent.
Give us more certainty: investor
Damon Kitney ONE of the biggest investors in Australia's infrastructure and property sectors has called for more certainty for foreign investment.
Lynas soars on plant approval
Sarah-Jane Tasker SHARES in rare earths miner Lynas soared after it won approval to operate its Malaysian processing facility.
Australia tops list for expats
James Glynn AUSTRALIA'S image of healthy outdoor living and a work-life balance has elevated it to the top destination for expatriates globally.
Rinehart's Fairfax play under fire
Damon Kitney MINING billionaire Gina Rinehart's fresh raid on Fairfax Media has secured her about 13 per cent of the media company.
Financial Markets
Stocks rally with miners leading
Virginia Harrison AUSTRALIAN shares jumped today, lead by resource stocks, with signs of strength in the global economy helping to revive risk appetite.
Stocks surge as global mood improves
US stocks pare earlier gains
Financial Markets Coverage
Mining & Energy
Newmont coal finds suitors
David Winning GOLD miner Newmont Mining is putting a final polish to the sale of its Queensland coal assets, with two overseas suitors in the picture.
Lynas soars on plant approval
BHP approves $856mn for WA port
More Mining & Energy