The lunch box - 29/10

The lunch box - 29/10

Spring Lunchin’

It's that time of the year when the Spring Carnival in Melbourne captures the imagination of the country and the colour comes back into nature. It should be warming up - unless you're in Sydney where it's just raining. So we’re here to lighten your lunch with the tastiest bits of news for the day.

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State of the market

  • Bank losses are continuing to plague the market, with the S&P/ASX200 dropping 89.6 points by 11:45am
  • The Aussie dollar is also weaker thanks to a shaky market and lower than expected CPI growth. At 11:48am it was buying $US0.8963. Gold has lowered to $US1030.5 an ounce while oil is down to $US77.5 a barrel

Product Wars:

  • Results so far...
  • 1st - ABC iPhone App - 86%
  • =2nd - iiQuota - 71%
  • =2nd - Oz broadband speed test - 71%
  • 4th - Pocket Weather AU - 70%
  • 5th - Quickoffice Mobile Office Suite 1.2 - 60%

  • Don't like what you see? Vote to change the results and support your favourite!

General news

  • Technology: Internet discovery wins researcher $300,000
  • Sweet music: Google launches 'whole song' music search
  • Economy (1): ANZ says RBA lifted rates too early
  • Economy (2): Henry and RBA at odds over the scale of inflation threat
  • Banking: Bad debt blights ANZ
  • Real estate: House prices go through the ceiling
  • Tech talk: YouTube introduces search keyword advertising in Australia
  • Tech talk (2): Yahoo!, Microsoft extend talks on Web search agreement
  • Politics: Andrews calls for debate on Muslim enclaves
  • Politics (2): SA euthanasia bill passes second reading stage
  • Opinion: At last we have a real leader - pity that it's not Rudd
  • Nabbed: Lawmaker caught in cemetery with stripper


  • Cricket: Paine in pain as Aussie thumped by India
  • Tennis: Mr Ice Guy - How the game accepted Agassi's lies over drugs
  • Tennis (2) Injured, tearful Safina loses world top spot
  • Rugby union:Raw Wallabies asked for personal details
  • Football: Arsenal beat Liverpool, Chelsea and City romp through
  • Racing: Warrior ready to take the long road to Derby success
  • Racing (2):Team Moroney eyes another Second Coming in Derby
  • Racing (3): Cummings clan plays Cat-and-mouse game
  • Racing (4): Zipping in the frame for fourth Cup bid
  • Racing (5): Great Melbourne Cups - Light Fingers, heavy hands as Higgins lifted mare to glory
  • Racing (6): Chechen inquiry hangs over Cup
  • Rugby League: Hindmarsh recalled in Kangaroos overhaul
  • Rugby League (2): We'll take Kangaroos head-on, warns Morley


  • Jackson's <i>This Is It</i> reviewed: Is this it ... too flawed to be a real thriller
  • Lily Allen: Dissing the wowsers
  • Love lost: Stewart dumps fellow Twilight star Pattinson
  • AFI Awards: Balibo, Samson & Delilah top nominations
  • Travel: Penniless in 'the sleaziest place on earth'
  • TV: Stars abandon Hollywood
  • Books: Noddy and Big-Ears return to Toyland
  • Motoring: BMW's new weird GT (video)
  • Food: Bad food guide to name and shame
  • Top 20: Most annoying things about flying

    For the evening:

    • There’s an interesting series of books available from Open Court Publishing – in which various academics take various popular culture icons and create a range of philosophical discussions around them. There’s a full list available at the website, so if you ever wanted to understand just that little bit more about your favourite TV show, movie or game, this is a great place to start.

    Tomorrow's weather:

    • Sydney: Mostly fine. Min: 16, Max: 24
    • Melbourne: Shower or two. Min: 18, Max: 28
    • Brisbane: Possible shower. Min: 16, Max: 26
    • Perth: Fine, partly cloudy. Min: 12, Max: 23
    • Adelaide: Fine. Mostly sunny. Min: 18, Max: 28
    • Hobart: Showers developing, possibly thundery. Min: 11, Max: 24
    • Canberra: Afternoon shower/thunderstorm. Min: 13, Max: 25
    • Darwin: Afternoon shower/storm. Min: 26, Max: 34

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