The lunch box - 27/01 (Updated 4.50pm)

Welcome to 2010, everyone! We look forward to providing you with news throughout the year, and we all hope 2010 is the start of a very happy decade.

State of the market

  • The markets dived on opening, following negative leads on Wall St. and in China. And they stayed down. At close of trading, the S&P/ASX200 was down 73.3 at 4644.6.
  • The Aussie dollar is up almost half a per cent and trades for $US0.9026. Gold is trading for $US1100 while oil is selling for $US74.6 a barrel.

General news

  • Technology (1): Vinyl to MP3s - here comes Music DNA
  • Technology (2): Saturday Nerd Fever - Gates the groover turns party animal (with video)
  • Technology (3): Google raises stakes with Apple as it launches new unofficial iPhone app
  • Technology (4): Principals rally troops to combat new website
  • Technology (5): Apple bites Australia for profit
  • Technology (6): Yahoo! in $170m profit turnaround
  • Out of the woods: Elin to give Tiger another chance, according to reports
  • Housing: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, just too expensive, international survey finds
  • Urban planning: Transport group reveals plans for 'Bay Light Express'
  • Business: International Monetary Fund revises world growth forecast upwards
  • Grounded: Jetstar passengers stranded in Thailand
  • Environment: Beijing sees cyclists as saviours of polluted city
  • Politics: Abbott clarifies comments on virginity after widespread criticism
  • World: Former Australian soldier sentenced to death in Kabul
  • Deadly landslides 1900 tourists stranded, five people killed, in Machu Picchu disaster zone
  • Starry,starry night Blue moon and Mars cast a spell



For the Evening:

  • It’s a good time for movie-goers. John Hillcoat has a small portfolio, with just Ghosts of the Civil Dead and The Proposition predating his current one The Road. The Aussie filmmaker goes from strength to strength.

Tomorrow's weather:

  • Sydney: A few showers/thunderstorms. Min: 21, Max:25
  • Melbourne: Morning cloud. Min: 14, Max: 27
  • Brisbane: Afternoon shower or thunderstorm. Min: 23
  • Perth: Hot, sunny. Min: 21, Max: 35
  • Adelaide: Fine. Sunny. Min: 16, Max: 30
  • Hobart: Fine. Min: 11, Max:24
  • Canberra: Afternoon thunderstorm. Min: 16, Max: 27
  • Darwin: Late showers/storm. Min: 29, Max: 33