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  • Telecommunication | Business Spectator
    to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Telecommunication Telstra to sit on cash report Telecommunications giant likely to hoard cash until new deal reached on NBN 6 59am January 08 1 comment HTC swings to rare profit Phone maker remains in the red at operational level 11 30pm January 05 Telstra makes a call on its Hong Kong hang up Telstra s sale of Hong Kong based CSL is a prudent move to exit a heavily saturated market ripe for consolidation It also provides the telco with more financial firepower to build on its growth strategy in Asia by Stephen Bartholomeusz 12 40pm December 20 How the telcos will tackle 2014 It s been a busy year for Australian telcos and the NBN contortions in Canberra have managed to provide operators big and small with plenty of food for thought by Supratim Adhikari and Harrison Polites 8 43am December 20 1 comment Optus flicks the switch on 4G plus network upgrade Telco utilises Huawei s carrier aggregation technology to push its network to the limits by Harrison Polites 11 18am December 19 1 comment Chinese technology smuggler sentenced to 3 years prison Arrested for smuggling US microchips into China by Reuters 8 56am December 19 Seeing the sense in Turnbull s NBN Given taxpayers commitment to the national broadband network calls for the Coalition to abandon it are misguided Sticking to Turnbull s plan remains the most sensible and least costly option for all by Stephen Bartholomeusz 1 30pm December 18 53 comments Nortel Networks resolves more than US3bn in bankruptcy claims Defunct telecoms company reaches significant milestone to ending its five year bankruptcy by Reuters 11 17am December 18 Visionstream to speed up NBN rollout in Tasmania Leighton Holdings subsidiary says discussions with NBN Co have clarified the approach for fibre delivery across the state by Supratim Adhikari 9 49am December 18 2 comments Will Morrow s departure unwind Vodafone s turnaround Bill Morrow may have made a difference but the telco s problems are far from resolved by Paul Budde 9 46am December 18 3 comments Mobile Embrace scores SingTel partnership Australian mobile payments and marketing group eyes Asian market with latest

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  • Google v Facebook: Who knows wins | Business Spectator
    allowing third party and ad network tags on their site and who these were Ghostery not only displays the ad networks that are tracking usage but it also displays analytics programs such as Google Analytics and Omniture as well as other information gathering services that monitor activity like mouse over and real time usage Visiting an article page on The Age com au I see that there are 27 different companies tracking my activity on a news com au article 22 different trackers and on news ninemsn com au 16 The striking thing for me isn t the amount of companies building their business by tracking internet users activity this doesn t bother me it s been this way for a long time and to me feels simply an extension of old fashioned direct mail it s the fact that almost every single website I visit is using Google Analytics as a central tool to better understand their users Don t get me wrong I think Google Analytics is a very solid piece of software but it does seem odd that media companies many of them currently fighting a losing battle against the advertising might of Google rely on it so heavily to generate key insights required to help them improve their business The Sydney Morning Herald The Age News com au Herald Sun The Australian Ninemsn Business Spectator Carsales Seek Network Ten ESPN and Fox Sports and hundreds of other prominent local sites all use Google Analytics So does Twitter Only a handful of large sites don t use the service including RealEstate com au LinkedIn and Yahoo 7 and more interestingly the biggest site aside from Google Facebook Before Google Analytics came along measurement of what happened on websites was pretty lousy Aside from top line numbers around page impressions system browser unique browsers time of day and location information was pretty limited Google mashed together acquisitions such as Trendanalyzer Urchin and Measure Map to create a much simpler yet far more detailed and intuitive tool And they gave it away for free There s no denying that Google is supplying the majority of the backbone of the ad supported internet its Chrome browser is now the leading browser in most countries the majority of digital advertisements are served via the company s DoubleClick ad serving technology and the majority of publishers rely on its analytics service to understand their audience Most are using YouTube as their default video solution and rely heavily on embedding content posted to YouTube within stories to increase page dwell and engagement As a result Google knows far more about a website s users and their wider online habits than the actual owners of the website are likely to And so they should Google is doing most of the heavy lifting and most publishers are failing to innovate as it s simply easier for them to let Google do it and then use their kit The other digital business with a similar scale

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  • Will Twitter's founder strike social gold twice? | Business Spectator
    The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Daniel Palmer 8 Jan 3 31 PM Technology Social Media Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password What if we had to build a search engine not a decade ago but in today s technology landscape how would we do something like that Biz Stone co founder of Twitter and Jelly Biz Stone who shot into the public consciousness as a co founder of social media phenom Twitter is at it again this time hoping to tap into the selflessness of others The above quote is how he begins explaining his new venture Jelly Enterprises an eagerly anticipated app that launched on Android and iOS devices today As we speculated on Business Spectator last week Stone s new initiative is essentially a next level Q A service arguably something of a hybrid between Ask com and Instagram Users of the app will tap into their Twitter and Facebook contacts to pose questions of friends and friends of friends using pictures Jelly is hoping its program represents the commercially lucrative answer to the next step for social media It s not hard to imagine that the true promise of a connected society is people helping each other the company boldly proclaims in a blog post announcing its launch Jelly relies on altruism and will in part succeed or fail based on whether Stone and fellow co founder Ben Finkel are right in judging the world as largely an empathetic place People will be eager to help each other on Jelly because we are driven to help Stone asserts in the video accompanying the launch If you have a question there s somebody out there who knows the answer There is no question about that but first they need to draw people to use the app and then hope people care enough to help out their friends and acquaintances with what will at times be rather brainless questions Expect queries like what is Jelly all about and how cute does my dog look in this hat to reign in the early days but it will need to quickly shift into something of real value to convince the early adopters to bring a

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  • Climate | Business Spectator
    was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Latest News EPA seeks feedback on Granville Harbour wind farm 10 Jan 11 02 AM Public comment sought on 33 turbine west coast Tasmania wind farm development PM takes aim at RET again 10 Jan 11 37 AM Abbott questions green power reliability ahead of renewables reviews Alcoa gives up on aid report 10 Jan 12 41 AM Firm won t seek govt funds for Point Henry smelter risk of closure rises Solar and wind competitive with fossil fuels Gov t economist 10 Jan 11 46 AM Bureau of Resource and Energy Economics updates power costings suggesting wind and solar competitive without carbon price by 2030 Castlemaine community wind farm site to change 10 Jan 10 45 AM Community group examining other sites for six turbine farm after concerns expressed by neighbours Why not do it again Abbott 10 Jan 11 27 AM PM lends support to talk of another turbine health review as South Australian baulks at plan Obama orders review of energy infrastructure 10 Jan 11 48 AM Report on ageing system to be delivered early next year Gas supply debate reignites 10 Jan 2 25 AM AGL dismisses assertion that NSW gas supply fears are overplayed report Abbott govt plans turbine health probe 8 Jan 9 30 AM Dutton and Victorian minister set path for another infrasound study RWE to shut 7 power plants 10 Jan 11 42 AM Energy supplier to ditch UK plants in wake of EU climate policies requiring retrofits Aust hits 2 million solar 9 Jan 10 26 AM Nation hits new mark as falling costs and RET incentive make solar and heat pumps more and more affordable Carbon markets to rise out of ashes 9 Jan 11 01 AM EU to lead global carbon market recovery in 2014 BNEF Gas industry seeks Direct Action exemptions 9 Jan 9 49 AM New LNG projects should be unaffected for first five years NSW gas supply fears overhyped Little 9 Jan 5 03 AM Envestra boss Ian Little suggests crisis talk is over the top report US boom threatens Aust LNG 9 Jan 8 37 AM Energy exec sees great risk in Australian gas projects as US exports rise report EU seeks March start for backloading 9 Jan

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/climate (2014-01-12)
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  • Carbon markets | Business Spectator
    of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Carbon markets Solar and wind competitive with fossil fuels Gov t economist Bureau of Resource and Energy Economics updates power costings suggesting wind and solar competitive without carbon price by 2030 11 46am January 10 2 comments A soil carbon troppo dream An Australian think tank headed by retired military types including a former Howard government governor general has offered an alluring vision for the Coalition irrigate the north and solve carbon emissions Pity it won t work by Ben Rose 10 03am January 10 20 comments Alcoa gives up on aid report Firm won t seek govt funds for Point Henry smelter risk of closure rises 12 41am January 10 1 comment EU seeks March start for backloading Commission plans to fast track permit withdrawal analysts predict price doubling 11 39am January 09 Carbon markets to rise out of ashes EU to lead global carbon market recovery in 2014 BNEF 11 01am January 09 Five good things about Direct Action Direct Action is doomed to fail because of the limited contract spans it offers But ignoring that there are some positive attributes to the Coalition s plan by Tristan Edis 10 52am January 09 13 comments Court to reconsider Christie s carbon market backflip Appellants to argue that governor didn t follow proper administrative procedures in sudden exit 10 53am January 08 Guangdong sells 3 89 mln carbon permits Chinese province offloads carbon permits in second auction of new market 10 49am January 08 Crunch time for California s pioneering carbon market California s carbon market has sidestepped the problems of Europe s version and enjoyed a bumper year But its expansion into transport fuels will test the model in 2014 by Rory Carroll 8 39am January 08 Abnormal QLD power prices force smelter production cut Aluminium smelter to cut production blaming abnormally high Queensland prices relative to NSW and Vic 12 25pm January

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/climate/carbon-markets (2014-01-12)
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  • Energy markets | Business Spectator
    Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Energy markets RWE to shut 7 power plants Energy supplier to ditch UK plants in wake of EU climate policies requiring retrofits 11 42am January 10 A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market by Ric Brazzale 10 11am January 10 3 comments Negative spin Europe s amazing electricity prices Europe s fierce storms have sent wind turbines wild pumping power into the continent s grid and driving electricity prices into negative territory by Karolin Schaps Vera Eckert 9 12am January 10 5 comments Alcoa gives up on aid report Firm won t seek govt funds for Point Henry smelter risk of closure rises 12 41am January 10 1 comment Coal stuck in price squeeze Chinese restocking and shrinking steel margins to squeeze coking coal price analysts 10 16am January 09 Gas industry seeks Direct Action exemptions New LNG projects should be unaffected for first five years 9 49am January 09 US frackers getting free ride EPA unlikely to step up environmental enforcement efforts for now analysts 10 56am January 08 EU industry coping with energy price gap Brussels says industrial energy consumers using efficiency measures to lessen energy price disadvantage 10 30am January 08 MacGen bidders down to three Shenhua bails as parties prepare final offers for NSW generator 9 02am January 08 Shale gas drives coal to Japan Japanese utility looking to boost North American coal imports as shale gas pushes out coal in US power supply 11 59am January 07 An energy debate in smelt down Recent developments in energy intensive manufacturing illustrate that there s an awful lot more to worry about when it comes to manufacturing competitiveness than obliterating the carbon tax by Tristan Edis 10 50am January 07 39 comments Abnormal QLD power prices force smelter production cut Aluminium smelter to cut production blaming abnormally high Queensland prices relative

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  • Renewable energy | Business Spectator
    of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Renewable energy Solar and wind competitive with fossil fuels Gov t economist Bureau of Resource and Energy Economics updates power costings suggesting wind and solar competitive without carbon price by 2030 11 46am January 10 2 comments PM takes aim at RET again Abbott questions green power reliability ahead of renewables reviews 11 37am January 10 4 comments Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential by Tristan Edis 10 52am January 10 12 comments Aust hits 2 million solar Nation hits new mark as falling costs and RET incentive make solar and heat pumps more and more affordable 10 26am January 09 8 comments German minister delivers renewables check Economy minister says big industry at risk from renewables burden 11 08am January 08 EU pushes for 2030 RET Renewable energy target of 30 per cent would boost jobs and economic growth majority argue 9 43am January 07 Australian CleanTech Index performance Q2 A 3 6 per cent gain over December and a healthy 12 7 per cent surge for the quarter saw cleantech companies again outperform the broader market index by John O Brien 9 12am January 07 Europe s great fossil fuel exit UBS analysts project that because of a surge in renewables 30 of Europe s fossil fuel capacity needs to be shut by 2017 to restore utilities profitability by Zachary Shahan 1 14pm January 06 3 comments Smog of uncertainty ruins a clean energy Christmas Now that the Emissions Reduction Fund is on the budget backburner from solar roofs to renewable reviews it s hard to find a climate policy not shrouded in grey by Fiona O Hehir 10 22am December 19 RET puts pressure on energy prices PM Renewables target adding significant price pressures Macfarlane laments supply equation 7 51am December 19 3 comments Abbott RET adding significant price pressures Prime Minister indicates concern that renewables scheme adding to manufacturing costs 1 44pm December 18

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  • Resources | Business Spectator
    to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Resources BHP defends green credentials BHP board ill equipped to deal with climate change former ACA chair 4 03am October 25 1 comment BHP CEO defends green credentials Mackenzie insists BHP understands climate change after criticism 12 11am October 25 US targets power plant emissions EPA proposes limiting carbon emissions from new power plants 4 47am September 21 China vows to ban coal fired plants Govt says it will ban new plants in three key industrial regions 11 03pm September 12 Coalition verdict on LNG plant looms New govt s environmental credentials to go under spotlight in Arrow LNG plant decision at Gladstone 9 11am September 12 1 comment Manufacturing a gas crisis Is NSW under threat from a lack of gas supply Not really according to Grant King The problem for manufacturing is not really with development of coal seam gas so much as with price by Tristan Edis 12 53pm September 11 14 comments Even under Abbott coal fired electricity has no future Renewable energy is set to displace coal as the more economically competitive energy option even with carbon capture and storage development and no price on emissions by Mark Diesendorf 12 12pm September 11 14 comments All eyes on Australia s carbon storage surge Australia is set to become the home of the world s largest carbon capture facility potentially creating the template for the rest of the world by John Kemp 12 00pm September 11 5 comments Poland to pursue tech solution to climate Coal reliant nation s PM says emissions reduction lies in renewables innovation not coal cuts 11 02am September 11 New York to launch clean energy lender As Abbott govt plans to axe Australian green bank NYC launches 1 billion bank of its own 10 19am September 11 Russia s secret solar appetite An appetite for solar emerges in Russia the UK

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