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Jul 17, 2011

Smart Company Branson plans gym expansion push, Insulation maker collapses, Why ANZ has banned iPads in the boardroom, How the rich will be hit by the carbon tax

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Today Smart Company analyses Sir Richard Branson’s big push to expand his Virgin Active chain of health clubs, look at more turmoil in the solar sector with the collapse of Intelligent Solar and ask why ANZ has banned iPads in the boardroom. Plus in Entrepreneur Watch, James Thomson explains why Rupert and James Murdoch’s appearance before a British Parliamentary inquiry will shape News Corp’s future.

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Rich Secrets
How the rich list could be hit by the carbon tax
The empires of a number of rich list members are going to be hit by the carbon tax. But for some, the tax could help their bottom line in the long-term. BY JAMES THOMSON.
How the rich list could be hit by the carbon tax

Housing suffering from a crisis of confidence
With the latest data showing a sharp fall in consumer confidence, we examine how this sluggish sentiment will impact the property market. BY TIM LAWLESS.
Housing confidence crisis

Aunty B
How do I help my new recruits become passionate?
Are you nuts? Your job is to have staff so inspired they will happily lay themselves on a railway track for you. And that applies to everyone!
Aunty B

Sue Barrett
According to talk show legend Oprah Winfrey, the tens of thousands of people she interviewed had one thing in common - the need to be validated.
Sue Barrett

Retail trends
Kevin Moore
Adjusting prices for currency fluctuations may be more costly than you think.
Kevin Moore

Behavioural Economics
Bri Williams
What can you do if you want to change a toxic work culture?
Bri Williams

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson
Rupert and James Murdoch’s performance before a British Parliamentary inquiry will shape News Corp’s future.
James Thomson

The Australian Business Briefing: Santos to buy Eastern Star Gas:

Santos to buy Eastern Star Gas
Coal-seam gas Ross Kelly SANTOS has agreed to buy the 80 per cent of Eastern Star Gas it doesn't already own, valuing the target at  $924 million.
NAB keen for Lloyds changes
Lloyds TSB Katherine Griffiths BIDDERS are putting pressure on Lloyds to reshape the package of branches it has put up for sale.
Sundance soars on Hanlong bid
Iron ore David Fickling SUNDANCE shares soared 15 per cent after Sichuan Hanlong offered $1.44 billion for the central Africa-focused iron ore developer.
Why China looks like a buy
China divers Ben Levisohn CHINA has a long list of immediate concerns but now might be a good time to invest in the world's second-largest economy.
Hurdles remain on US debt
Barack Obama Damian Paletta THE White House and Republican leaders appear to have made little progress in fashioning a deal to avoid a sovereign default.
Frank-Dodd Act in black hole
110718 US Congress, Capitol Hill Alexandra Frean A KEY US law intended to rebuild confidence in Wall Street is stuck in Congress a year after enactment, and key rules remain unwritten.
NZ inflation pace picks up
Aus Bus Pix Inflation CPI Lucy Craymer NEW Zealand's inflation has picked up speed, driving up the kiwi dollar on speculation interest rates will rise this year.
Progress made on Greek solution
Angela Merkel Paul Hannon THE Institute for International Finance says progress has been made in talks between banks and EU officials on Greece.
Financial Markets
Gold miners ease market fall
sharemarket AUSTRALIAN stocks were off their lows by early afternoon, helped by gold miners, but News Corporation was down sharply.
News Corp drags stocks lower
Frank-Dodd Act in black hole
Financial Markets Coverage
Mining & Energy
Ex-BP chief Hayward lobs $12bn bid
Hayward BP 2 Helen Power FORMER BP chief Tony Hayward plots a return to Russia with a $12 billion bid for oil producers Bashneft and Russneft.
Santos to buy Eastern Star Gas
Heavy weather for panel maker
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Private data still online after alert: Ping Newsletter

Ping Newsletter

Private data still online after alert
INFORMATION relating to paternity and other testing could still be viewed online over 24 hours after the company responsible was alerted.
Moshtix founder hails cab system
SCULPTURE may seem completely different to developing new businesses, but Hamish Petrie believes there are similarities.
Data to be 'key to marketing'
DIGITAL communications and social networking have become core parts of the direct marketing busines.
DNA test names exposed online
AUSTRALIANS seeking confidential DNA paternity tests to establish the parentage of their children have been outed in a major privacy breach.
ANZ revamps tech for Pacific push
ANZ Bank is out to break the stranglehold of Standard Chartered, HSBC and Citibank in the Asia-Pacific region.
Victoria backflips on IT panel decision
THE Victorian government has backflipped on a decision to reduce the number of IT providers used for government contracts.

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