Thursday. Well, the weekend is nearly here. And it has plenty of potential as well. But that's tomorrow's story. Today will probably throw up some little curves but one thing we can say is that there's plenty happening in the world. So check out our news wrap, updated several times daily. Just click a link to check out the stories that interest you.
- The companies merging under the new Hostech/Anittel SMB powerhouse claim the deal is a fast way to fulfil their growth strategies.
- Curtin University has become the first pilot customer of Optus Business and its subsidiary, Alphawest, to move into a private enterprise cloud.
- Printer vendor, Epson, is on the hunt for new dealers to target the architecture, engineering, construction (AES), geographic information system (GIS) and print shop markets.
State of the market
- The markets trended upwards in morning trading despite a Telstra’s results and a dip on Wall St and then held on to gains. At close of trading, the S&P/ASX200 was up 40.9 points at 4554.3.
- The Aussie dollar is back above 87 cents and sells for $US0.8784. Gold is up by half a per cent to $US0.1072 an ounce while oil is down by the same percentage to $US73.4 a barrel.
- Technology (1): Google to trial '100 times faster' broadband
- Technology (2): Google issues warning to Chinese knock-off
- Technology (3): Mum tweets in labour
- Emissions trading scheme: Turnbull crosses floor to vote with Labor
- Employment: Jobless fall signals higher rates
- Foreign Affairs: Rio four face Chinese trial soon
- Business: Telstra profit falls as rivals bite
- Shark attack: Normally docile wobbegong shark bites Sydney surfer
- Environment: Garrett's $50m roofing debacle
- Politics: Get it right, Abbott tells Joyce
- September 11: New pictures released (slideshow)
- Meet Mullet Man: One hair reveals 4000-year-old secrets
- Deadly meal: Lover kills with poisoned curry
- Disturbing evidence: Fox skull found in Tasmanian Highland
- Strange but who knows if it's true: Aliens 'living in our noses'
- Strange but true: Women, 100, gets engaged
- People: Farewell 'Good Time Charlie'
Winter Olympic Games 2010
- Not budging: Russian bribes can't buy Tatiana
- Cold weather forecast: No worries, snow flurries on the way
- On the slide: Screams as Aussies win bobsleigh spot
- Animal magic: Mountain lynx makes another appearance
- TV coverage: Nine, Foxtel winds up for the big one
- Cricket (1): The team too good for its own self
- Cricket (2): Lee a must for World Cup defence, says Clark
- AFL: Power, Magpies merger rejected
- Football: Saha stars as Everton stuns Chelsea
- Racing: Glamour filly Black Caviar injured
- Rugby union: Mortlocks grand idea to hit 1000
- Rugby union (2): Mckenzie has Reds tuned up
- Rugby league: Gasnier's green light to rejoin NRL
- Rugby league (2): You just don't get it, Willie
- Rugby league (3): Rooster punched woman, court told
- Anne Hathaway: I'm weird looking
- Anne Hathaway (2): Gets saucy for GQ (gallery)
- At the movies: Women filmmakers don their armour
- John Mayer: Explosive revelations
- Biennale of Sydney: Art will reach the clouds
- Reality TV: Simon's not Ellen's idol
- Motoring: Topless French beauty heads downunder
- Travel: Rio - beaches, bodies, banging drums
Reap thrills: World's top 10 heart-pounding experiences
- Is late night shopping and Valentine's Day is on Sunday - get creative and get shopping.
- Sydney: Afternoon showers/thunderstorm. Min: 22, Max: 31
- Melbourne: Showers easing. Min: 19, Max: 22
- Brisbane: Fine. Min: 22, Max: 31
- Perth: Partly cloudy. Min" 19, Max: 32
- Adelaide: Fine. Partly cloudy. Min: 20, Max: 30
- Hobart: A few showers. Min: 14, Max: 20
- Canberra: Afternoon showers/thunderstorm. Min: 20, Max: 30
- Darwin: Afternoon shower/inland storm. Min: 28, Max: 33
Product Wars: Best Valentine's Day gadget
- Results so far...
- 1: USB Heart - 64%
- 2: Red Apple iPod Nano - 60%
- 3: USB Aromatherapy Oil Burner - 58%
- 4=: Addject Kissing Love Tester - 50%
- 4=:MSI U100 Notebook Love Edition - 50%
- Click here to cast your vote!