RBA keeps rates on hold at 2 per cent

"In Australia, the available information suggests that moderate expansion in the economy continues in the face of a large decline in capital spending in the mining sector," RBA  governor Glenn Stevens says.

Australia's Reserve Bank leaves interest rates unchanged for the seventh month in a row, but leaves door ajar for a cut in 2016.

Drone to your door video

Amazon's drone en route to deliver a pair of shoes in the company's new ad.

Online retail giant Amazon has revealed a new prototype of one of its delivery drones.

The (very) open plan future of work

Employees can be seen inside Facebook's main building, the largest open-office workspace in the world. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg's desk is exactly like all the others.

Inside company's massive new headquarters, the largest open-office workspace in the world.

'Australia headed for recession'

"There will be a recession in Australia, because of the collapse of investment and because of the collapse of animal spirits – and this is because of what's happening in China," Varoufakis says.

Weak domestic investment and the slowdown in China will ultimately put the brakes on growth, argues former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis.

Dick Smith ditches forecast

Dick Smith managing director Nick Abboud has abandoned his profit guidance as sales deteriorate. Photo: Sasha Woolley

Shares in Aussie retailer plunge more than 50 per cent after back-off from profit guidance and warning of more write downs.

Business responds to shark attacks

This year 33 shark attacks have been recorded in Australia by Taronga Zoo, including two fatalities and 22 injuries.

A sharp rise in shark attacks has resulted in more Aussie entrepreneurs sinking their teeth into deterrence technologies.

What's next for Yahoo?

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.

Yahoo has starred in a decade-long soap opera as it struggles to return to its glory days.

Shane Warne defends his personal charity

Shane Warne visited a tsunami refugee camp in southern Sri Lanka in 2005. Through his charity foundation, Warne donated money to the aid effort.

Shane Warne defends his personal foundation after a report it sought to block release of records by charity regulator.

Nutella rejects personalised jar for girl named Isis

Ferrero Australia confirmed the label in question was not approved for printing due to its sensitive nature.

All Isis' Aunty wanted to do was get her niece's name on a jar of Nutella as a gift.

Seven condoms, 21 orgasms?

A court ruled it was deemed misleading in implying that you could potentially use the condom more than once.

That's 3 orgasms per condom - a German court thought this product information might be misleading.

Thanksgiving ads make turkeys video

More advertisers recognise how Thanksgiving can serve as a launchpad into the Christmas shopping season.

Big brands can hit the wrong note on Thanksgiving - a subtler holiday in the US than Christmas.

Women's fight to reduce pay gap video

The middle years when there are opportunities to progress, is exactly when women leave work to have children.

There may still be a gender pay gap in Australia but what can women do to amend this?

Director hid after car crash

Kerry Spencer had drunk two bottles of wine before driving.

A UK company director crashed a car with her children on board, then fled the scene and hid in a wardrobe.

Bomb threat to avoid work

It seemed like a good idea in the pub.

Aaron O'Neill didn't want to go to work, so he hatched an elaborate drunken plan to pull a sickie.

Periscope - the future of advertising?

Some brands are not sure about using Periscope to market to consumers.

Big brands are continually looking to find the best ways to reach their audience, and it seems Periscope is the latest tool.

Job cuts to bite bankers

Antony Jenkins, who was cutting 19,000 staff when he was fired, says technology is "an unstoppable force".

NZ is no exception to the sweeping job cuts and branch closures predicted by the former boss of Barclays.

Attacks boost weaponmakers

Britain will take all 138 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighters initially ordered and triple the pace of deliveries to 2023.

The effort to defeat Islamic State will mean a US$50 million windfall for Europe's defence industry.

CBA to pay A$80m in refunds

CBA discovered the problems, which date as far back as 2008, after a customer complaint in 2014.

ASB parent to pay refunds to 216,000 customers for failing to honour discounts on mortgage interest rates and fees.

Hilton hotels hit by malware

Hilton said customers who used their cards during a 17-week period in either 2014 or 2015 were advised to check their bank statements.

Hotel chain operator says it has identified malware in some payment systems that targeted payment card information.

Space travel breakthrough

Amazon President, Chairman and CEO Jeff Bezos speaks at the Business Insider's "Ignition Future of Digital" conference in New York City December 2, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar   (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS PROFILE SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

Space-mad Amazon boss is another step towards opening up the cosmos to the masses.

Coke funded anti-obesity group

Coca Cola

A non-profit group founded to combat obesity denies money received from Coke affected its work.

Aussie dollar climbs on rate cut doubt

Reserve Bank of Australia's Glenn Stevens told a gathering of business economists that he "happened to agree with" the argument for holding the cash rate target steady at 2 per cent when the board next meets on December 1.

"Chill out" call by Reserve Bank governor sees Aussie dollar soar.

French hostages 'safe' video

Roubaix in Northern France

Hostages were taken by armed men, but the incident was not linked to the Paris attacks.

Renault under scrutiny

Nitrogen oxide emissions of Renault's 1.6 dCi Espace were found in tests to be up to 25 times higher than the current Euro-6 limit, German environmental lobby group DUH said.

Study showed Renault's flagship Espace minivan released toxic diesel emissions 25 times over legal limits, group says.

'Beer wench' help wanted ad

16122014 News Photo: Marion van Dijk/Fairfax NZ.

A low alcohol 4 percent Three Piece Wheat beer at The Free House.

Fancy fetching beer for "20 handsome guys" at the first New Zealand-Australia cricket test?

Yahoo blocks some users

The escalation in the battle against ad-blockers looks set to continue with Yahoo's latest move.

Some Yahoo Mail users can't see their emails until they turn off ad-blocking software.

Record-breaking drug deal

The deal is structured as Allergan buying Pfizer, but Pfizer would keep control.

What do you get if you mix the makers of Viagra and Botox? Something very, very big.

The tenant, landlord and smoker

Lynette Laming had raised the issue of "very strong smell of toxic cigarette smoke permeating the apartment".

Sydney landlord must pay more than $12,000 to a tenant whose flat was made unliveable by a chain-smoking neighbour.

'Female preferred' ad angers

At the bottom of the ad, it says: "Please note that the position requires filling in the responsibilities of a receptionist, so female candidates are preferred", reported the Independent.

A Canadian company has raised ire with a job ad targeting women as the role has receptionist duties.

Don't complain to this builder video

Builder attacks in lift

Sydney builder Bill Issa promised to fix up rundown family homes - but responded with violent attacks when clients complained.

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