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.
- Some very sad news today – Leading Solutions has gone into voluntary administration.
- Meanwhile, an independent poll has endorsed the NBN, and the most recent Hudson report has suggested that if you’re looking for work at the moment, you’re in luck – there’s a surge of companies looking to hire.
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
- 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!
- 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.
- 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