It's Tuesday. If ever there was a day that deserved not exist it's Tuesday. So grit your teeth and grind your way through. And when it all gets too much, check out our news wrap, now updated several times a day. What's happening in the big wide world is just a link away.
- ASX-listed ISP, TPG Telecom (ASX:TPM), is looking to raise $70 million in capital to reduce the company’s debt as a prelude to its acquisition of Pipe Networks.
- VoIP player, engine, has flagged plans to clean up its indirect sales channel after amassing an extensive collection of resellers.
- ICT jobs have rebounded and Australia is nearing a skills shortage, according to the latest Candle ICT skills survey.
State of the market
- The market shot up early after a strong lead from Wall St overnight. At 2.50pm, the S&P/ASX200 was up 73.8 points at 4597.9..
- The Aussie dollar is up slightly to $US0.8915 thanks to expectations of a rate rise. Gold is rallying and sells for $US1105.3 an ounce while oil is up $US74.9 a barrel.
- Surprise: Rates on hold
- Technology: Mile-low club - Branson unveils The Necker Nymph
- Technology (2): Jury still out ... What exactly are you going to use iPad for?
- Technology (3): Amazon surrenders to higher e-book prices
- Technology (4): Aussies in house for launch of global online 'Big Brother' If I Can Dream
- Business: Confidence dimmed by RBA
- World: Obama to visit Australia
- Politics: Rudd warns poll defeat a possibility after shock Newspoll result
- Watson's luck: Teen chasing Jjessica forced to stop
- Business: Confidence dimmed by RBA
- World: Haiti 'child traffickers' claim innocence
- Transport: Sydney fare shake-up
- Weed's good: Sydney hemp farm
- Take that: 14-year-old bodyboarder fights off shark
- Hissy fit: Prince Harry takes a tumble (video)
- Baby joy: New heir for Packer dynasty
- Strange but true: Ultimate iron man - tough guys and girls get dirty (video)
- Cricket (1): Afridi's cheating defence - Every one does it
- Cricket (2): Ponting would have lead the team off
- Tennis: Federer rides wave of confidence
- Racing: Shocking, Viewed, return in Saturday's Orr Stakes
- Football: Kewell's agent slams Liverpool, UK doctors
- Football (2): Cabello to decide on Terry's tenure
- Golf: Swing costs Sim maiden win on Tour
- Swimming: Board alienates the team
- Rugby Union: Pivotal position for two
- Rugby league: Court case clouds Cooper's future
- AFL: Report of Pavlich problem dismissed
- Taylor's time: Catching up with Swift
- Julia Roberts: Not pretty enough
- Art: 'Dark conspiracy' over missing Rolf Harris painting
- Getting hitched: Katy Perry's Google proposal
- Grammy Awards 2010: Beyonce, Taylor Swift, score big at the Grammys - full coverage
- Grammy Awards 2010 (2): Fashion wrap
- Michael Buble: 'Craves sex and pot'
- Travel: Qantas to dump most first-class seats
- Oscar 2010: Which 10 pictures will get the nods?
- Film: Dracula movie a chance for Sydney stakeholders
- Food: The deli that never sleeps
- It's tight arse Tuesday so it's time to get to the flicks and get a movie on the cheap ... and a nice dinner before or afterwards depending on the screening times. Perfect.
- Sydney: A few showers. Min: 22, Max: 25
- Melbourne: Partly cloudy. Min: 23, Max: 31
- Brisbane: Shower or two. Min: 23, Max: 29
- Perth: Mostly sunny. Min: 16, Max: 26
- Adelaide: Shower or two. Afternoon change. Min: 22, Max: 31
- Hobart: Fine. Min: 17, Max: 27
- Canberra: Shower or two. Min: 18, Max: 28
- Darwin: Shower, afternoon storm. Min: 26, Max: 33
Product Wars: Best Valentine's Day gadget
- Results so far...
- 1: USB Heart - 79%
- 2: USB Aromatherapy Oil Burner - 71%
- 3: USB Desktop Photo Frame - 59%
- 4: Red Apple iPod Nano - 58%
- 5: MSI U100 Notebook Love Edition - 55%
- Click here to cast your vote!