10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

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Good morning!

1. Prime Minister Scott Morrison will make a major economic speech today, pledging to eliminate government net debt by the end of the decade and create another 1.25 million jobs over the next five years. The speech attempts to set up this year’s election as a choice on the economy, and the PM will point out that half of the voting population has never seen a recession in their working lives. More details here.

2. Europe is teetering on the brink of recession. The latest data out of France is showing an absolute cliff dive in confidence, so bad that an analyst merely wrote “?!”. Here’s a list of key indicators that are looking dire for Europe.

3. Up periscope — the new smartphone player Oppo has popped up and is going to be a big deal. Already considered a leader in design because of the “periscope” style pop out camera and 10x zoom, the Chinese manufacturer is gearing up for another big launch in the ultra-competitive UK market. They’ve already performed incredibly well in Australia, India and China.

4. A 96-year-old physicist is going for his second Nobel Prize by making cheap electricity. The Nobel Laureate has invented a way to harness energy by funnelling light through tubes that cost “just pennies” to create. He won a joint Nobel Prize in Physics in 2018.

5. End of shutdown. The US government has temporarily resumed operations with President Donald Trump releasing funds until February 15. He has not ruled out another shutdown without his billion-dollar funding for the border wall. The US Congressional Budget Office has indicated that over $3 billion has been lost due to the shutdown.

6. A political crisis in Venezuela has dragged leaders from around the world into the fray. Australia has followed the US in recognising Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president, while Europe is demanding that they re-hold their election. Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets after electoral fraud and shady behaviour was revealed.

7. Is it time to ditch the coffee catch-up? It all depends on what networking means to you, and one of our reporters says it’s time to call it quits. Take a look at our dive into networking culture and the best time to do it.

8. Brexit breakdown. It’s a saga with more endings than a choose your own adventure Netflix special. We’ve broken down all the different bill amendments and what they could mean for Brexit as British Prime Minister Theresa May heads into a vote on Tuesday night, local time (around 6am AEST).

9. Oh dear. The Dubai government has announced the winners of their annual Gender Balance award and, yep, the winners are all men. One woman was recognised for her efforts, but did not win an award.

10. Open seas, fresh air. You might want to rethink your vision of cruise ships after a study has revealed that ship decks can have worse air pollution than cities like Beijing. Time to get a new dream holiday.

BONUS ITEM:This video will give you more anxiety than your morning coffee.

To the top of Matterhorn Mountain in Switzerland… ????

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