The lunch box - 07/12/09

It’s summer time! But, since you’re in the office, pass the time until the weekend and the beach with some refreshing news pieces.

Channel news

  • It’s been a busy year, with ups and downs coming from all directions. In this photo slide show, we look at some of the most prominent – and controversial – people in IT.
  • The NBN continues to steam ahead. This time, integrator, Nextgen, has won a $250 million contract to roll out the cables to parts of rural Australia.
  • Ingram Micro chief, Jay Miley, talks about his first 12 months in the role and looks to 2010.

State of the market

  • After a bright opening, markets slipped on the back of major tumble in the gold price. At close of trading, the S&P/ASX200 was down 25.7 points at 4676.5.
  • The Aussie dollar was up fractionally at $US0.9160. Gold prices fell more than 4 per cent and nearly $US50 to $US1169.0 an ounce while oil prices were slightly down to $US76.1 a barrel.

General news



For the evening:

  • Paranormal activity looks really, really creepy, and Empire says it’s good, so perhaps horror fans have Christmas coming early this year.

Tomorrow's weather:

  • Sydney: Chance shower/afternoon thunderstorm. Min: 21, Max: 35
  • Melbourne: Rain clearing. Min: 14, Max: 18
  • Brisbane: Fine. Min: 22, Max: 33
  • Perth: Mostly sunny. Min: 13, Max: 28
  • Adelaide: Morning shower. Min: 15, Max: 20
  • Hobart: Mainly fine. Min: 08, Max: 16
  • Canberra: Windy. Afternoon shower/thunderstorm. Min: 14, Max: 32
  • Darwin: Afternoon gusty storm. Min: 26, Max: 33

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