Alan Kohler is one of Australia’s most experienced commentators and journalists. Alan is the founder of Eureka Report, Australia’s most successful investment newsletter, and Business Spectator, a 24-hour free business news and commentary website. He also hosts Inside Business, a half-hour Sunday programme on the ABC, is the finance presenter on the ABC News - and producer of the nightly graph (or two).
Google's pilot program to offer internet access through a network of balloons isn't as crazy as it sounds. In fact it's another example of how combining out-of-the-box thinking with a big budget can lead to interesting innovation.
Each year the regulator for small-scale renewable energy certificates has used forecasters to estimate the likely solar uptake. After years of undershooting, this year they've been pretty close to the mark.
Fairfax will offer everything from free browsing to an ‘all you can eat’ package. But with just 1.4 per cent of readers paying for the world’s most famous masthead, Fairfax must realise its battle is only beginning.
An online ad exchange headed by News Ltd, Fairfax and other local publishers has the potential to take the fight to Google. But it must first demystify automated bidding and then persuade international publishers to join in.