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How to write a press release and exploit child labour

WHILE the "asian century" concept continues to baffle anyone who cares and wars are fought with press releases, jobs are still being shed, or not, we're not sure.

WBW staff assured positions were safe, then made redundant

ANGER is growing among Wide Bay Water employees who say they are still facing uncertainty about their future.

A source from within WBW confirmed to the Chronicle that employees who had been assured their positions were safe, have since been informed that is not the case.

We are yet to confirm if the promise to employees was considered "core" or "non-core".

Mineral council report tries to undermine FIFO findings

IN WHAT is being seen as a pre-emptive strike, a national mining body has released a report cheering the industry just weeks before an investigation into fly-in, fly-out workers is delivered to Parliament.

Independent MP Tony Windsor - chair of a parliamentary committee inquiry into fly-in, fly-out and drive-in, drive-out workers - said it was designed to undermine the committee's findings.

In completely unrelated news, stocks in report writing agencies have jumped over 100% and nobody got smarter this week.

RAI's review of White Paper finds lack of detail

THE Federal Government's much vaunted Asian Century White Paper has been attacked for lacking detail about the opportunities and challenges facing regional Australia.

A review of the White Paper by the Regional Australia Institute found it was bereft of analysis and policy recommendations.

"'Mine them into oblivion' doesn't count as a success strategy for regions," said a regional industry spokesperson.

Housing recovery lost momentum in December

WHAT had been a modest recovery in ABS building approvals lost momentum in late 2012, said the Housing Industry Association.

"Today's update provides little additional insight into prospective new home building activity in 2013," said HIA Chief Economist, Harley Dale.

"We can only send out so many press releases telling people it's a good time to buy," said a local real estate agent.

YouTube clean-up

SOME of the world's most popular recording artists have lost YouTube views after the video sharing website cracked down on hackers.

After discovering a fraudulent view count-building technique called "black hat", YouTube has wiped millions of likes and views from the likes of Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber, who collectively lost more than 1 billion views.

Youtube users had planned to denounce the deceptive tactic but were quickly distracted by a video of cats chasing a laser pointer.

Google Maps fills in the blanks of its North Korea coverage

VERY few North Koreans enjoy an internet connection and those who do are forbidden access to Google, but the web search giant is giving the rest of the world its first glimpse of the framework of the secretive Communist state.

On Monday, Google Maps added a host of new details to its picture of Pyongyang, which was previously little more than a blank space.

"What's a google?" asked a Pyongyang local before they were stuffed into a van by secret police.

Apple's reputation hit by poor iPhone sales, child labour

Apple last week stunned markets when it announced lower than expected sales, the bad news sending share prices crashing.

Its problems were compounded this weekend when it confirmed reports that its suppliers had used illegal child labour to make its products.

Apple's sales had already been in trouble after the tech giant spent billions on lawsuits to convince people that Samsung's products were exactly the same only cheaper, and that somehow this was a bad thing for consumers.

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