We’re almost there for the week – it’s time to pull out all stops and prepare for a relaxing weekend. Here’s Thursday’s news bites.
- The Federal Government has announced plans to appoint an IT advocate to help SMBs looking at Government tenders.
- Niche distributor group, Digistor, has continued to broaden its horizons, purchasing 3D animation specialist reseller, Digital by Design.
- ASX-listed telecommunications provider, MyNetPhone, has announced a channel program, as it looks to scale up its business presence.
State of the market
- The markets wobbled around for most of the day before finishing slightly up. At close of trading the S&P/ASX200 was up 14.8 points at 4750.5.
- The Aussie dollar is down slightly to $US0.9039. Gold prices are up to $US1144 an ounce and oil prices are slightly down to $US80.8 a barrel.
- Big numbers: Facebook valued at $12.75b
- Major 'botnet' busted: 13m PCs infected
- Hands-on: Microsoft's revolutionary Natal
- Facebook: Israel aborts raid after soldier posts details
- Web scam: Brides left at altar
- Ballmer: Sounds alarm over Google's 'unfair advantage'
- Lift-off: Virgin to test rocket-powered spaceship next year
- Housing: Demand but no supply as prices head north
- Cutback: Boeing cuts 350 Sydney jobs
- Nude Bingle: Poor Lara's new nude photo shock
- Spies like us: AFP agents in 'hit-and-run' accident outside embassy in Tel Aviv
- Band Aid: Geldof slams BBC reports money stolen
- Population: Move over, make room for millions more
- Business: Earnings - investors pounce on signs of weakness
- Tragedy: Cruise passengers killed as monster waves hit ship
- Celebrity atheist: Angry over South Park trannie jibe
- World: Saudi woman sentenced to 300 lashes
- Strange but true: Child directs jets in air traffic control
- Beware of the chair: Sitting down is bad for you
- Cricket: Kiwis triumphs as Johnson loses his head
- Cricket (2): Indian passion a plus - Howard
- Tiger tales: Practise fuels speculation that Woods will return to golf imminently
- Hockey: Kookaburras kick-start World Cup campaign with 5-2 win over India
- A-league: Fury bows out as FFA stares at $20m debt
- Asian Cup: Socceroos slide into finals with 1-0 win
- Rugby league: Police circling more Knights
- Rugby league (2): Anasta takes heart from mum's courage
- Rugby league (3): No blood tests, says players' union
- Rugby league (4): Gold Coast to play fair on player payments
- Rugby union: All Blacks awaiting rookie convert
- Rugby union (2): Barnes closer to decision time
- Golf:Ladies Masters' coming of age
- Tiger tales: Caddie says he was in dark over infidelities
- <i>Underbelly</i>: Sex story delivers blow
- Amanda Seyfried: Love is a battlefield
- Vivid Sydney 2010: Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed take over
- Pick of the flicks: Burton's Alice in Wonderland is fabulous (video)
- Diana Krall: Sings the praises of women of substance
- Oliver Stone: Returns to Wall Street
- 2010 Academy Awards: Bitchy emails get producer banned
- <i>Dancing With The Stars</i>: Pamela Anderson joins the US line-up
Motoring: Budget brand eyes Australia
- Fashion: A-list celebrities are out
Food: The sweetest thing Eternally yours: A gap brings you closer
- Fashion: A-list celebrities are out
- Sydney: Late rain. Min: 22, Max: 27
- Melbourne: Rain. Storms. Min: 21, Max: 25
- Brisbane: Shower or two. Min: 22, Max: 29
- Perth: Sunny. Min: 13, Max: 26
- Adelaide: Becoming windy. Showers developing. Min: 18, Max: 27
- Hobart: Late rain. Min: 16, Max: 25
- Canberra: Some rain, possible thunderstorm. Min: 16, Max: 24
- Darwin: Afternoon shower. Min: 25, Max: 34
Product Wars: Best Tablet PC
- Results so far...
- 1st - Panasonic Toughbook T8 - 89%
- 2nd - Fujitsu LifeBook T5010 - 80%
- 3rd - Lenovo ThinkPad X200 - 64%
- 4th - Toshiba Portege M750 - 62%
- 5th - Asus Eee PC T90 - 54%
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