10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

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Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesThe SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center on February 6, 2018 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Good morning.

1. The Australian dollar whipped around on Thursday, rising in Asian and European trade before giving back ground in the latter parts of the session. Everyone is waiting for the outcome from the Xi-Trump meeting on Saturday at the G20 summit. At 8.20am AEDT, the Aussie was up 0.15% to 0.7315.

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2. Meanwhile, hopes for a resolution in the US-China trade war appear dim ahead of the summit, as accusations between the duelling superpowers drag on. To make matters worse, the US Navy has sent a cruiser to challenge China in the South China Sea, and Beijing is not happy about it.

3. Head to head. Former ABC chair Justin Milne and Michelle Guthrie, the former managing director of the public broadcaster, are due to appear before a federal parliamentary committee today. Both Guthrie and Milne have made written submissions. Guthrie alleges interference by Milne in editorial matters, and Milne alleges poor performance by Guthrie. Chris Pash has more here.

4. “We have screwed up.” They are the words of Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi who says that the company deserves some fault after its self-driving car killed a pedestrian. Read Khosrowshahi’s full transcript here.

5. Oh dear. Apple told investors not to worry about iPhone sales — but now it seems worried about them. OK, Apple, I’m confused.

6. The digital economy is overtaking the analog world, but it seems that Australians are more wary of technology’s ability to help society than our global peers. Read more about what the 2018 Digital Society Index conducted by Dentsu Aegis has to say about our digital future here.

7. Boom. The biggest Series B raise in Australian history just tipped $111 million into workforce software startup Deputy. The company currently operates in 80 countries, and counts Qantas and McDonalds among its clients. Here’s what co-founder Ashik Ahmed has to say about the future of the company.

8. ICYMI: Adani’s controversial Queensland coal mine is going ahead. The announcement follows years of controversy, legal delays and opposition from environmental groups. Adani CEO Lucas Dow said the project will be entirely self-funded. Construction is expected to begin before the end of the year.

9. Umm… A low rumble off the coast of Africa was felt right around the Earth, and no one knows what it means. The long, monotone “ring” was measured across the Earth on November 11 after the tiny island of Mayotte was struck by six months of earthquakes from May to November. Scientists say they’ve “never seen anything like it”.

10. Next year will be an extraordinary year in space. From major events in spaceflight to planetary science, and astronomy — here’s what NASA, SpaceX, and the night sky have in store for Earth.

BONUS ITEM: Lionel Messi just proved that he’s finally dominating Ronaldo as the main man in Europe. Check out this incredible goal against PSV Eindhoven:

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