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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 7°C


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# Unemployment
Unemployment to peak at 14% this year
But will start to fall in 2011, says Ulster Bank.
# Industrial Relations
Bord na Mona talks
# Credit Unions
Change of image for credit unions?
Survey shows most union members want to shake things up.
# Bill Auction
Success! Short-term bond auction sees prices drop
# Bill Auction
NTMA holds short-term bill auction to calm markets
A pre-scheduled treasury bond issue gives Ireland a chance to soothe investors’ fears.
# Google Voice
Google takes on Skype with phone calls built into Gmail
US and Canadian users will be able to call landlines and mobiles for free with Google Voice, built into Gmail from today.
# Stats
Manufacturing prices sliding down again
Factory gate prices are up 0.9% in the last year – but are down on last month.
# Debt
Treasury agency attacks S&P - so what do ratings mean?
The NTMA is upset – so why is it important that S&P downgraded our national debt rating?
# Financial Times
At least the FT is entertained by our downgrade
S&P downgrades Ireland’s rating. FT says: at least it’s kept us amused on a quiet day.
# Facebook
Is Facebook really worth €26.6 billion?
The price of shares sold privately would make the site worth $33.7bn – more than most NASDAQ companies.
# Aer Lingus
Aer Lingus crew call off strike
Today’s planned work-to-rule cancelled as union considers LRC report.
# iTunes Scam
iTunes users have PayPal accounts hacked
Users say they have lost thousands by the phishing scam targeted at iTunes and PayPal users.
# Block Zuck
Zuckerberg is not deliberately "unblockable"
The glitch only happens when too many uses block the same person… Ouch!
# CRH Report
CRH profits silde 77%
The building materials giant has blamed a sluggish construction sector on the pre-tax profit dip.
# Banking System
Budget cuts won't save Ireland: Nobel laureate
Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz explains how only investment in education and infrastructure will bring the country out of economic crisis.
# BaNAMA Republic
NAMA release figures for second round of Anglo loans
And it’s not good news.
DCC buys French company
CSO enquiries cost businesses up to €10.5m
Statistics body releases figures on the burden of its own enquiries.
# Eurozone
Eurozone recovery slows down in August
# Mortgages
Time for transparency on mortgage rates
Financial Regulator calls for clarity on tracker mortgages.
# Facebook
Is Mark Zuckerberg the only person you can't block on Facebook?
An internet campaign says something’s changed on the social networking site.
# Bonds
Irish bonds suffer on Anglo 'haircut' report
Second transfer of loans to NAMA puts pressure on cost of Ireland’s borrowings.
# Construction
Kingspan profits up for first time in three years
Company says business overseas brought in the dough.
# Adobe Flash
Flash video on Android is terrible
Adobe’s Flash player doesn’t perform on Android
# Facebook
Places is Facebook’s biggest bet to date
Facebook’s new application.
# North Korea
Check Out Kim Jong-il's Favorite Luxury Brands
Only the best for Kim.
# Jobs
New wind farm to create 300 jobs in Clare
Ireland’s largest cooperative wind farm project gets go-ahead.
# Greece
Greece to receive a further €9bn from EU
As Greece sinks further into recession, the EU pledges a second tranche of loans.
# Intel
Intel to buy security firm McAfee in €6bn cash deal
Chip manufacturer buys anti-virus giant in a huge cash-only agreement.
# Net Neutrality
More criticisms of Google net neutrality plans
American host Jon Stewart attacks Google’s “flip flop” on internet access, and protesters present the company with 300,000 signed petitions.
# Germany
Google allows Germans to opt out of Street View
The search giant lets Germans pixelate their houses beyond recognition. Are faces next?
# Rich List
50 Cent - worth a lot more than you think
Jay Z tops list of World’s Richest Rappers.
# Liquidity
American Apparel in trouble?
Serious liquidity worries and a US federal subpoena for the clothing chain.
No more cuts for RTÉ top presenters
The station says they’ve suffered enough
# EU Budget
Member states ask EU to change its accounting rules
Countries say changes to accounting protocols could help cut their budget deficits.
# George Hook
Dreamed of holidaying with George Hook?
We didn’t think so, but someone must want to.
# Google
Google solution to online privacy issues
Just change your name.
# Industrial Action
UK airport strike called off
Good news for Irish holidaymakers.
RTE: is it worth the €200m we pay?
On the other hand we have the RTÉ player, pod casts and several orchestras.
# Facebook
Facebook users being scammed by rogue app