Business Spectator

Australian companies being out-innovated by China, India

Australian organisations are failing to keep up with the likes of China and India when it comes to innovation, new research says.

CSIRO chief to join Rio Tinto board

by AAP
Outgoing CSIRO chief executive Megan Clark joins miner's board as non-executive director.

Bigcommerce taps investors for $58m

Telstra seen among the latest investors in fast-growing Australian start-up.

Nexus investors lash ASIC inaction

Nexus shareholders accuse Seven of using debt acquisitions to 'push company's value down'.

Emerchants betting on card-based payments

Punters using Sportsbet will soon be able to collect their winnings on personalised EFTPOS cards.

Google's Project Loon gains altitude

Internet giant happy to partner with major wireless players rather than compete with them on connecting remote locations.

Xero targets start-up appeal

Cloud accounting software provider partners with technology incubator Fishburners to get its 'Xero for Startups' program off the ground.

Robots get a taste of recycling

University of NSW researchers say it is possible to automate the entire e-waste recycling process with cognitive robotics.

Sims calls for NBN split

ACCC boss insists competition will be aided by split of National Broadband Network.

Microsoft becomes world's second most valuable company

by AP
Tech company surpasses Exxon for second-highest market cap behind Apple.

Aust dignitaries snub Putin on G20 arrival

by AAP
Brandis, Newman meet Merkel and Xi's planes; Jersey, Roberts greet Putin.

US retail sales lift 0.3% in October

Rebound slightly higher than expected as low petrol prices boost household spending.

US import prices fall in October

Prices see largest monthly decline in over two years as low oil costs, weak global growth weigh.

Brent crude holds at four-year lows

Oil price weighed by supply outlook, worries on Chinese and European demand.

US to pay $3bn into UN climate fund

by AFP
Obama set to outline pledge on G20 sidelines.

Eurozone economy expands at meagre pace in Q3

Growth prints slightly better than expected, reaches 0.2 per cent for the quarter.

Obama nears decision on illegal immigrants

by AP
US President tipped to announce scheme that would block deportation of five million people.

Interest building in global health corp

by AAP
World bank outlines progress on plans for 'virtual economic buffer', reiterates risk of future pandemics.

G20 to make world 'better off': Abbott

by AAP
Negotiators say resolutions within reach on tax reform, anti-corruption measures.

Asian markets end mixed, Tokyo hits fresh 7-yr high

by AFP
Investors eye G20 summit, Japanese GDP print.