Author: Ashley Jessen
Indices in the US mounted a serious fight back, after spending the majority of the session nearly 1 per cent lower, managing to climb back into the black with the NASDAQ index up 0.44 per cent. It appears a combination of yesterday’s above expectation Chinese GDP data and a handful of commodities rising meant our index got off to a very robust start to the day, closing the session up 85.7 points. Volatility abounds over the next few trading sessions with the ECB announcement due out Thursday evening London time and the Greek Election on Sunday. Gold is currently sitting on the $1,300 per ounce mark.

 Author: Gabriela Motroc
The Australian Tax Office has warned “performing artists” making money from YouTube can be liable to pay income tax.

 Author: Gabriela Motroc
The Australian Open is arguably the largest annual sporting event in the southern hemisphere. Translated into financial infusions, the event brings a gross economic benefit in excess of over $200 million AUD and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to Melbourne.

 Author: Staff Reporter
Chinese company WinSun has 3D printed a five-storey apartment block and a three-storey mansion from a special print material.

 Author: Staff Reporter
Music-discovery company Shazam is now valued at roughly US$1 billion.

 Author: Gabriela Motroc
An 86-year-old Florida widow has been living on a luxury cruise ship for almost seven years.

 Author: Ashley Jessen
Despite the US Markets being closed for Martin Luther King day, the Asian session was quite active with the Nikkei Index breaking out of a recent range and the Aussie 200 Index managing to hold on to current support levels and remain flat for the session after being down around 25 points from Monday’s close. Chinese GDP figures came in at 7.3 per cent versus the expected 7.2 per cent but the Aussie Dollar was unable to benefit from that news, falling to 0.8182.

 Author: Staff Reporter
Islamic State militants have released a video threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless they receive a US$200 million ransom within 72 hours.

 Author: Staff Reporter
The Australian Federal Police has elevated the terrorism threat level to high.

 Author: Gabriela Motroc
Fifteen-year-old Ben Pasternak, who became a tech sensation last year after making a chart-topping iPhone game in a few hours, is now courted by tech giants such as Facebook and Google.

 Author: Gabriela Motroc
Little did the general public know that the United States’ National Security Agency was already tracking North Korea's hackers long before Sony Pictures was attacked; according to a top secret document provided to Der Spiegel by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the story line behind the attack dates back to 2010.

 Author: Gabriela Motroc
Parents tell their children not to stay too long in the sun and always bathe them in sunscreen before going out because they know that sunlight is responsible for skin cancer that might appear later in their kids’ lives.

 Author: Ashley Jessen
Friday’s market action saw a bevy of bullish market action with Germany’s Dax index hitting all-time record highs as speculation around the ECB’s stimulus plans continue to get thrown around. US Markets fought back from their previous day’s lows as well, posting excellent gains, but the Aussie 200 Index was unable to hold on to early intraday momentum, after jumping over 70 points, to end the day up 9.9 points. Gold has been the recent outperformer, rising from lows at 1167 per ounce at the start of the year to gain $109 per ounce, sitting at $1276 per ounce, fuelled by all the uncertainty around the Euro and Swiss Franc.

 Author: Staff Reporter
Sydney siege survivors have reportedly signed deals with Channel 7 and Channel 9 to share their traumatic experiences with the public.