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OPPO Releases Aussie Emoji Keyboard App For Androids

Three out of five Aussies considers emoji as the universal language for messaging. OPPO Mobile Australia has released Aussie Emoji Keyboard reflecting the spirit of Aussie culture. Primarily the keyboard features more than 40 Australian themed emojis and available only for the Android users for free in the Google Play Store.

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General Views of Macau Casinos As City's Economy Shrinks Due To Slump In Revenues

Wynn Macau Cautions Casino Contractor For Compensation Up to $200 Million Over Construction Delay

Wynn Palace, an under construction casino, is widely expected to attract Chinese consumers and thus transform Macau to a popular tourist region. The casino project has been expected to be completed by June 25 followed by a revision on deadline. But work progress seems to be slow and the contractor for the $4.1 billion project is probably going the miss the extended time frame further. Steve Wynn, founder of Wynn Macau Ltd. has sent a letter to the construction company cautioning to count compensation up to $200 million if it fails to meet the revised deadline.

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Views Of BHP Billiton New Headquarters As Bond Sale Makes Light of Mining Peak Gloom

BHP Billinton Writes Down US Shale Assets Worth $7.2 billion, No Surprise For The Investors

Oil and gas market have been tattering due to existing sharp downtrend in price. Many oil companies have been writing down the value of shale assets over the past 20 months since prices started crashing. BHP Billinton Ltd. has also become dependent on bank debts to maintain soaring expenses and plans to cut dividends for the first time in 25 years. Finally, following the industry trend, BHP has announced for writing down US energy assets worth $7.2 billion.

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Zaky 'Zak' Mallah

Australian man drags eBay to the court for unlisting his weed hat that stoked a political fire

An Australian man is suing eBay for thousands of dollars after it delisted the 'weed hat' he wore in a TV program. According to Daily Rover, Zaky Mallah, an Australian man has taken action against eBay and dragged it to the courtroom.

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Wind turbine

Australia To Fund Wind Power Again; Turnbull Lifts Abbot's Ban

First introduced by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the ban on government investment on wind power was lifted as part of Malcolm Turnbull's innovation agenda. The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is now able, due to Environmental Minister Greg Hunt's new orders, to spend the $10 billion on new wind power projects.

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Australia's Huge $1.1 billion Innovation Fund to Help Startups and STEM

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, has announced a huge investment of $1.1 billion innovation fund to help startups and STEM. The National Innovation and Science Agenda, announced at Australia's science body in Canberra CSIRO on Monday, has been labeled as an "ideas boom" to move Australia forward after the "mining boom."

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Australia

Ferrovial offers Broadspectrum A$715M in Cash

A Madrid base service and infrastructure company, Ferrovial SA offered a total of A$715 million in cash to acquire more than half of stakes in Broadspectrum Ltd. The new offer makes by the company comes after the Australian company rejected its previous offer a year ago that value the company at A$1 billion.

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Coal

Australian Prime Minister Urges Chinese Premier for speedy Environmental Test on coal imports

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urged Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to hasten environmental tests of sulfur content on coal imports as Australian exporters claim that the new standards disrupts the trade and drives down the already low prices.

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Beach

Deploying A$16 million of shark-detecting technology in South Wales, Australia will keep predators at bay

It seems like technology came too late for Martin Brody from the movie Jaws. The government of New South Wales, Australia spent big on advanced technology that can detect sharks to keep beachgoers safe this summer.

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Google Nexus

Australia Welcomes New Nexus Devices from Google

Google's two new Nexus devices are now available for pre-order in Australia Monday from the Google store, and will be widely available on November.

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Train

Brookfield's $6.5-bn Asciano bid in regulatory fiasco

The $6.5-bn acquisition offer to Asciano Ltd by Brookfield Infrastructure Partners is landed in trouble as the Australian regulator seeks an extensive review following the concern raised by the country's competition watchdog citing the reason that the Canadian firm's deal could lessen competition in rail haulage. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has postponed its decision on the acquisition offer made by Brookfield till 17 December.

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Facebook

Aussie friends can now locate their mates using Facebook's Nearby Friends

Good news to Aussie Facebook lovers. Nearby Friends, a feature from Facebook can now be used by our mates in Down Under to locate their friends along the neighborhood or vice versa.

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Data Center

Australia's Vocus to acquire its rival M2 Group for A$1.93B

Australia - Vocus Communications will purchase M2 Group for A$1.93B. The merging will be completed in 2016. Vocus Communications Ltd. had come up with an agreement to purchase M2 Group for A$1.93B, that's US$1.35B worth. The deal will be the country's biggest acquisition in the telecom industry in four months, Bloomberg reported.

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Australian dollars

Macquarie Group’s expected profits to surge 40% in H1

Buoyed with drop in Australian currency and rise in revenues from its asset management unit and risk management fees, Macquarie Group Ltd is confident of achieving 40 percent growth in profits for the first half of 2015 year.

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Oil drilling

Oil Search Ltd rejects $8B takover offer by Woodside

Oil Search Ltd has refused the $8-billion takeover bid made by Woodside Petroleum Ltd, the biggest energy company in Australia. The rejection has turned out to be a major hurdle for Woodside Petroleum as the energy major is exploring low-cost LNG assets in Papua New Guinea (PNG), a nearby neighbor of Australia.

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