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The Cloud, Schnitzels Boost Some of Australia’s Fastest Growing Companies

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SYDNEY — An annual list of fast-growing companies in Australia has been released, with a cloud-based company scoring the coveted first place.

The highly respected Business Review Weekly‘s Fast 100 list, is made up of companies with the fastest growth rate for revenue across a four-year period

Kloud Solutions, which specialises in moving businesses to cloud-based storage, topped the list with a 273% average annual growth over the past four years

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Man Convicted for Webcam Sex With Virtual ‘Underage Girl’

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A 10-year-old girl from the Philippines, nicknamed Sweetie, has helped authorities convict one Australian on child pornography charges. But Sweetie isn’t real — she’s a virtual digital avatar created to lure predators as part of a global sting operation.

Scott Robert Hansen, a 37-year-old from Australia, is the first person to be convicted as a result of his interactions with Sweetie, according to Agence France Press

American Veteran Fighting ISIS in Syria: ‘I’m Ready to Stay Until the End’

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ISTANBUL, Turkey—Jordan Matson, a U.S. military veteran who quit his job to fight the Islamic State, was wounded in battle shortly after getting to Syria

But rather than discourage other Americans from coming to the front lines, the 28-year-old from Wisconsin instead turned to Facebook, becoming an intermediary between Kurdish forces and Americans eager to join the battle against jihadi militants.

“I’m ready to stay until the end,” Matson said via…

Prepare For Devastating Bushfires, Australian Climate Council Warns

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SYDNEY — Australians are being warned to prepare for another devastating bushfire season this year, particularly in New South Wales.

A new report by the Climate Council, which was abolished by the Abbott government and is now funded by public donations, warned the length and severity of the bushfire season is increasing year on year.

“Record-breaking heat and hotter weather over the long term in NSW has worsened fire weather and contributed to an increase in the frequency and severity of…

Picturing the Blizzard That Caused Nepal’s Worst-Ever Mountaineering Disaster

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The deadliest mountaineering disaster in Nepal’s history occurred last week, when the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Hudhud pushed moist air up against the tall peaks of the Himalayas. The result, as the air climbed the rocky mountainsides while cooling and condensing as it did so, was a staggering 6.5 feet of snow at a time of year when foul weather is rarely seen

The blizzard and related avalanches struck right when hundreds of relatively inexperienced climbers from around the world come to…

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Singing Nun From ‘The Voice of Italy’ Releases ‘Like a Virgin’ Cover

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Well, this is what we’d call a conflict of interest

Sister Cristina Scuccia, the nun who won Italy’s version of The Voice with a powerful and shocking rendition of Alicia Keys’ “No One” back in March, has released her first single: a slowed-down, impressive cover of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin.”

Scuccia also debuted a music video Monday, featuring black and white sweeping shots of Venice while her habit billows in the wind. The video does not…

Polar Bears Shut Down Halloween in Northern Canada Community

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Frightening others has always been a big part of trick-or-treating tradition. But when it comes to polar bears, the fear is a bit too real for the small Inuit hamlet of Arviat in Canada’s northernmost Nunavut territory.

The hamlet decided it will be holding all Halloween festivities indoors this year due to an increase in polar bear sightings this fall. Residents have seen an upswing in the number of bears wandering into town in recent years as warmer winters have diverted the animal’s…

Jill Abramson’s Post-NYT Plans? A Startup, of Course

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Jill Abramson said in an interview late Monday that she is in the planning stages of a new startup that will focus on one big story annually. It will be her first big move since she was fired as executive editor at The New York Times.

Speaking to NPR radio station WBUR, Abramson said she is working with entrepreneur and journalist Steve Brill and speaking to investors.

The goal, she said, is to dive deep on one story per year.

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The Ad Industry Has Made Peace With Crowdsourcing

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There are hordes of talented people out there just itching to be modern day mad men, willing to work on the cheap and on the fly. So how about it, Fortune 500 companies? Ready to turn your precious brand over to a stranger?

Since the mid-2000s, Doritos has been making a high-profile event out of doing just that during the biggest football game of the year, but industry veterans say the business of fan-generated marketing is thriving even in the off season