1. The Prince concert sale coincides with a Telstra outage, devastating many
Yesterday's 12pm sale of Prince concert tickets coincided a Telstra network outage that affected millions of its customers across several major cities. Many Prince fans were left seething about the long wait, with many missing out and taking to social media to vent. Telstra is offering all its mobile customers free data on Sunday to make up for the blunder.
2. Two German trains collided head on, killing 10 people
On Tuesday morning (German time), two trains collided near Bad Aibling, killing 10 people and seriously injuring 18. The rail tracks were fitted with an automatic braking system designed to prevent head on collisions, so investigators are now examining the black boxes to determine what happened.
3. The crackdown on below-standard ATAR admissions continues
The Higher Education Standards Panel are due to look at the student admissions policies, after it was revealed by Fairfax Media that a number of NSW studenst were being accepted into tertiary study with well-below the minimum ATAR scores.
4. The government is considering a plan to privatise a number of Medicare benefits
It's just another change the Turnbull government are considering, in a bid to modernise the current Medicare payment system. The suggested digitisation of the Medicare system was confirmed by Health Minister Sussan Ley, but no decision has been made yet.
5. The Oscars producers plan to cut down on long acceptance speeches
By introducing a scrolling tickertape of thank you names. Designed to cut down on drawn out winners speeches (the allotted time is only 45 seconds), all nominees are being asked to submit their list of thank you people before the February 28 ceremony.