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‘It’s a good proposal, it makes sense’: Microsoft backs proposed media bargaining laws

03 February 2021 |

US software giant Microsoft has thrown its support behind proposals to force tech giants to pay media companies for news and issued a veiled swipe against rivals Google and Facebook for threatening to reduce services in Australia.

'Hanging on by a thread': Faces of the cancelled economy

06 April 2020 |

Lea-Ann Suthern's normally buzzing hair dressing salon in Sydney's Newtown is half empty and the phone keeps on ringing with more customers cancelling because they are worried about coronavirus.

Technology startups are headed for a fall

05 April 2020 | The Economist

FOR A SENSE of how covid-19 is affecting the world’s technology “unicorns”, as privately held firms worth $1bn or more have come to be known, consider two of them. Lime, a scooter-rental firm valued at $2.4bn, has halted its services in Europe and America, where most citizens have been told to stay off the streets. 

Lockdowns in Asia have sparked a stampede home

05 April 2020 | The Economist

WHERE DO YOU belong? This is not a metaphysical question. For English-speaking Indians, “belonging” to a place means simply that you come from there, as in, “I live in Delhi but belong to Bengal.” Yet for millions of migrant labourers, not only in India but across Asia, covid-19 has given the question new meaning.

With millions stuck at home, the online wellness industry is booming

05 April 2020 | The Economist

UP OFF YOUR chairs and just start lifting those feet,” chirps a woman sporting green leggings as she marches energetically. Diana Moran, a fitness expert known as the Green Goddess, was a staple of 1980s British breakfast television. Now in her 80s, she is making a comeback.

Relations between China and America are infected with coronavirus

05 April 2020 | The Economist

FACED WITH the first great crisis of his presidency, Donald Trump fell back on his go-to tactic: blame China.

NATO’s Watford summit features a troublesome trio

27 February 2020 | The Economist

THE CELEBRATION of NATO’s 70th birthday should have been a triumphal march. The average lifespan of collective-defence alliances over the past five centuries is just 15 years. 

House prices are rising again, but will brakes be applied?

27 February 2020 | Firstlinks

The Australian housing market has steadily reaccelerated since the middle of this year. House prices across most capital cities had been falling for 21 consecutive months, but finally bottomed out in around May 2019 and are now rising again.

How ‘residential for rent’ may change Australian housing

27 February 2020 | Firstlinks

In many global cities, housing demand has typically outstripped supply over the past decade with strong housing price inflation affecting affordability. There are marked changes occurring within the global housing markets with a defined long-term trend from home ownership to rental accommodation.


It’s the end of the World Trade Organisation as we know it

27 February 2020 | The Economist

“Winter is coming,” warned a Norwegian representative on November 22nd, at a meeting of the World Trade Organisation (wto). The multilateral trading system that the wto has overseen since 1995 is about to freeze up. On December 10th two of the judges on its appellate body, which hears appeals in trade disputes and authorises sanctions against rule-breakers, will retire—and an American block on new appointments means they will not be replaced. With just one judge remaining, it will no longer be able to hear new cases.

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