EDITORS' PICKS

In this week's essential reading guide Kohler explains why the Australian dollar will just keep soaring, while Gottliebsen outlines a plan to apply the brakes. Bartholomeusz inspects Jobs' stellar Apple legacy and Maley sees challenges ahead for Angela Merkel.

Carried away in an Aussie dollar dance
Alan Kohler
As speculative euro carry trade surges, the Australian dollar looks set to soar beyond any highs seen so far and Australia could face a new capital inflow problem.

Download junkies just need a bit
Alan Kohler
As internet piracy and file sharing return to the headlines, companies are discovering they can still succeed thanks to the voluntary compliance of users – and not just online.

The Aussie dollar goes for gold
Robert Gottliebsen
The idea that the local currency could become an effective gold standard is not good news for employment, and it will take lateral thinking to make the most of global currency shifts.

Facing off against a jobs raid
Robert Gottliebsen
In order to stop the fickle global capital markets game which is forcing Australian job losses, the Commonwealth should issue billions in new paper.

Apple's seeds of sweet success
Stephen Bartholomeusz
While questions remain over Apple's future without Steve Jobs, its December quarter results smashed records, and the tech giant doesn't look like giving up its advantage any time soon.

An IMF tick for Australian banks
Stephen Bartholomeusz
While most media reports say an IMF paper has warned Australian banks must raise more capital, it actually gives a ringing endorsement of the local sector's strength.

Hard to swallow Merkel's sweetener
Karen Maley
Under the threat of some countries refusing to accept bitter new austerity measures, Angela Merkel may agree to boost Europe's rescue fund. But will this be enough?

No heroes in a Greek war
Karen Maley
Greece is struggling to mollify both its debtors and lenders and at some point, the country may be tempted to wonder if the battle is worth it.

Gillard's pokies betrayal cuts both ways
Rob Burgess
Labor's betrayal of Andrew Wilkie is deeply shameful, but it's not quite as cut and dried as many have argued.

Hallmarks of an EU power play
Oliver Marc Hartwich
Europe's crisis is not an economic experiment gone horribly wrong, but the predictable result of a long power play where economics have always taken the back seat.

TECHNOLOGY SPECTATOR: The Megaupload mastermind
Lincoln Feast and Sarah Marshall
Kim Dotcom is no stranger to controversy or the limelight, and his arrest last week is the latest chapter in a journey from cyber-raider to internet mogul.

House prices set to soar?
Christopher Joye
New data confirms an increase in dwelling prices following recent RBA rate cuts. Could a housing recovery be happening faster than anyone forecast?

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