Dene Mackenzie

Holes may affect all versions of Internet Explorer

It all turned a bit nasty last week for Microsoft which, after initially putting on a brave face about its security, released a patch for an Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) hole through which China-based cyber spies attacked Google and other firms.

Slimmer, smarter, sustainable

Slimmer, smarter, sustainable

Sustainability has been one of the major considerations as Otago Polytechnic information systems and support staff Michael Collins and Steven Turnbull prepare for the 2010 influx of students. Business Editor Dene Mackenzie investigates.

KiwiSaver advice

KiwiSaver advice

Kiwisaver fund members are being urged to check the state of their savings and make a decision early this year whether their current plan is the best one available for their long-term plan.

Download security patch, computer users urged

Download security patch, computer users urged

Microsoft was at 7am today expected to release an emergency out-of-band patch to fix Internet Explorer (IE) zero day security vulnerability problems, which have been used by attackers in various high-profile cyber crimes.

Ending property depreciation recommended

Ending property depreciation recommended

Eliminating depreciation on residential property investment would go a long way to funding lower and aligned tax rates, Deloitte Dunedin tax partner Steve Thompson says.

Inflation below market predictions

Inflation below market predictions

The Reserve Bank found itself with some breathing space yesterday as inflation came in weaker than market expectations.

Comment: Quick tax changes unlikely

Comment: Quick tax changes unlikely

The Government seems unlikely to rush tax changes into this year's May Budget except for a few easy-to-implement, one-line changes with few political implications.

Cadbury accepts better offer from Kraft

Cadbury accepts better offer from Kraft

British confectionery maker Cadbury was last night expected to have conceded defeat in its battle to remain independent by recommending the 12 billion ($NZ27 billion) takeover offer from United States rival Kraft.

Govt reaction to tax report key

Govt reaction to tax report key

The Government's reaction to the Tax Working Group report, due out today, will be of more interest than the report itself, Polson Higgs tax partner Michael Turner says.

Wage rise concern to employers

A significant upward swing in the minimum wage would bring an additional burden to bear on their post-recession planning.