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Cheeseburger Gothic Monday, October 20, 2014 - 15:27 Source

Really lovely article in the Herald (originally NYT) about a mother's discovery of her autistic son's burgeoning friendship with Siri. She makes the point that her boy might have grown close to any AI, and investigates some of the potential for software 'sidekicks' to help integrate those growing up on 'the spectrum'.

But whether Siri or Cortana or el Goog, it's a lovely piece.

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 20, 2014 - 15:21 Source

By Leith van Onselen ANZ Chief, Mike Smith, has warned that Australia’s Big Four banks risk becoming “globally uncompetitive” if they are required to raise capital levels to withstand external shocks. From The Canberra Times: Mr Smith said despite concerns around the housing market, there was no need to raise the amount of capital banks […]

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The Sauce Monday, October 20, 2014 - 15:07 Source

The first result for 'old student' on Google

The first result for 'old student' on Google

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 20, 2014 - 15:03 Source

By Leith van Onselen Coalition finance minister, Mathias Cormann, has today announced details of the float of Medibank Private, claiming that the sale would raise between $4.3 billion and $5.5 billion for the federal government. From The Guardian: Cormann said this would place the business among the top 100 companies on the ASX. About 2.7bn […]

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Renew Economy Monday, October 20, 2014 - 14:58 Source

A test drive in a Tesla - and a collective "Tesla smile" in the conservative ranks - might give the Abbott government an insight into the future. And how the confluence of renewables, storage and software will shape the future. It is not so scary, and not some part of a green plot or climate hoax designed to bring down their society.

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Renew Economy Monday, October 20, 2014 - 14:58 Source

A test drive in a Tesla - and a collective "Tesla smile" in the conservative ranks - might give the Abbott government an insight into the future. And how the confluence of renewables, storage and software will shape the future. It is not so scary, and not some part of a green plot or climate hoax designed to bring down their society.

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 20, 2014 - 14:53 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 20, 2014 - 14:32 Source

From Michael Sainsbury via Crikey on the suddenly pressing Chinese anti-corruption campaign: The economic effects of the campaign are very real. Tough new laws on entertaining have hurt the hotel and restaurants industries, as well as the karaoke and hostess bars that have relied on officials spending up. One former Australian diplomat who was recently entertained […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 20, 2014 - 14:22 Source

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Drag0nista's Blog Monday, October 20, 2014 - 14:12 Source

Labor misreads the politics of ebola. Weekly column for The Drum.Filed under: Politics Tagged: ABC The Drum, ebola, Labor

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New Matilda Monday, October 20, 2014 - 14:10 Source

Two French journalists jailed for months in Indonesia are due to appear in court today, on the same day as the inauguration of Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

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Renew Economy Monday, October 20, 2014 - 14:03 Source

Report says governments should clear way for Australian gas export boom, despite fact it could drive up household gas bills by $300 a year in some cities.

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Renew Economy Monday, October 20, 2014 - 13:55 Source

Four previous winners of Australian Technologies Competition (ATC) named in Global Cleantech Cluster Association 2014 Later Stage Awards Global Top 30.

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Renew Economy Monday, October 20, 2014 - 13:52 Source

Graph underlines renewables penetration in Australia, as AEMO observes no issue with SA having 100% renewables, as long as interconnector stays connected.

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Renew Economy Monday, October 20, 2014 - 13:52 Source

Graph underlines renewables penetration in Australia, as AEMO observes no issue with SA having 100% renewables, as long as interconnector stays connected.

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 20, 2014 - 13:36 Source

Nothing really new here expect the threatened downgrades from Moody’s: The growing oversupply in the iron ore market is damaging for the sector and poses risks to the downside. We estimate over 300 million metric tons (MT) of new and expanded production will come on-stream over the next several years. In light of expectations for muted growth in […]

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Renew Economy Monday, October 20, 2014 - 13:03 Source

Brisbane-based Tritium signs deal to supply its world-leading Veefil fast charge technology to EV networks across Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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Club Troppo Monday, October 20, 2014 - 13:02 Source

hkHere is quite a good article seeking to “reframe” the asylum seeker debate. It takes a reasonably moderate, non-hysterical approach.

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The Tally Room Monday, October 20, 2014 - 13:00 Source

Williamstown1-2PPWilliamstown is a safe Labor seat covering the inner west of Melbourne, including Brooklyn, Kingsville, Newport, Seddon, South Kingsville, Spotswood, Williamstown, Williamstown North and Yarraville.

Labor MP Wade Noonan has held the seat since a 2007 by-election, triggered by the retirement of former Premier Steve Bracks. Noonan holds the seat by a 13.2% margin.

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 20, 2014 - 12:53 Source

From Fairfax: The Australian Federal Police are poised to seize assets of corrupt Chinese officials within weeks, in an unprecedented joint operation with its Chinese counterparts. In an exclusive interview with Fairfax Media, Commander Bruce Hill, the manager of the AFP’s operations in Asia, has confirmed Australia has agreed to assist China in the extradition and […]

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Renew Economy Monday, October 20, 2014 - 12:50 Source

One of the key members of the Warburton Review that recommended the end of subsidies under the renewable energy target has just installed a large solar system on a rural property – using the very same subsidy that he wants abolished.

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Renew Economy Monday, October 20, 2014 - 12:50 Source

One of the key members of the Warburton Review that recommended the end of subsidies under the renewable energy target has just installed a large solar system on a rural property – using the very same subsidy that he wants abolished.

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 20, 2014 - 12:44 Source

From the SMH blog: …27 economists surveyed by Bloomberg, 26 expect rate hikes next year. But bond markets are pricing in the chance of the opposite. And in the wake of this week’s turmoil economist, Guy Bruten at Alliance Bernstein lists four circumstances (aside from GFC II) that may prompt the RBA to cut, rather than, hike rates […]

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Renew Economy Monday, October 20, 2014 - 12:43 Source

International report ranks Australia last on leadership & climate change, as carbon price repeal thrust the country into reverse in low-carbon race.

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 20, 2014 - 12:38 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 20, 2014 - 12:19 Source

Citi today offers some useful analysis of the trillion-dollar question. At what price can Saudi and/or OPEX dislodge US shale oil production? And, by extension, what price are we going to see for LNG contracts for the next few years? In a stand-off between OPEC and US shale, how low can shale go? In a bear scenario, […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 20, 2014 - 11:47 Source

From Morgan Stanley: We are more concerned about the outlook for the major Australian banks because we think the EPS upgrade cycle is coming to an end and investors are under-estimating the downside risk to ROEs from the Murray Inquiry. Against this backdrop, elevated trading multiples are hard to justify. The EPS upgrade cycle is […]

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Renew Economy Monday, October 20, 2014 - 11:37 Source

Lockheed Martin says it's working on a compact nuclear fusion reactor that could be deployed in 10 years. Physicists aren’t getting their hopes up just yet.

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Renew Economy Monday, October 20, 2014 - 11:36 Source

A new book by solar pioneer Peter Varadi charts the history of solar PV and looks ahead to what our solar-powered energy future might look like.

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 20, 2014 - 11:35 Source

From Mac Bank: Three weeks before the APEC conference in Beijing, the city has suffered another bout of “airpocalypse” with air quality measures reaching the “hazardous” level three days in a row. While at least part of the cause has been linked to agricultural fires following the autumn harvest, the response has reportedly been to order shutdowns and output […]

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