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Jul 27, 2011

The Ping Newsletter: Study sees no mobile phone-cancer link

Ping Newsletter

Study sees no mobile phone-cancer link
A EUROPEAN study involving nearly 1000 participants has found no link between mobile phone use and brain tumours in children and adolescents.
Electronic health files 'secure'
THE Gillard government has assured Australians that even if the NBN is hacked, sensitive medical records will be safe.
Alleged LulzSec spokesman arrested
SCOTLAND Yard has arrested a teenager it suspects of working as the spokesman for the Lulz Security hacking collective.
Cyber-attack alert for network
THE high speed and wide reach of the National Broadband Network make it an ideal environment for cyber crime.
Tools of trade free on the net
BECOMING a hacker is just a Google search away with about 80 per cent of how-to material freely available on the internet.
Moody's downgrades Nokia
MOODY'S Investor Service has downgraded Nokia's debt rating two notches, heaping more pressure on the troubled mobile phone maker.
More arrests to come over NBN hacking
FEDERAL cyber-crime investigators may make more arrests over the hacking of an NBN-linked internet service provider.
NBN warned to upgrade security
NBN Co has been urged to pay greater attention to the security of the taxpayer-funded network amid concerns criminal groups may use its massive bandwidth for malicious purposes.
Olympians get Twitter, Facebook warning
AUSTRALIA'S London-bound athletes have been warned not to tarnish the Olympic experience by thoughtless social media use.

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Pay for top project managers soars 

Webjet to overhaul its hotel offerings 

McMenemy at helm in TD 

Netflix in talks for local tie-ups 

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HP fixes TouchPad bugs 

Schmapple Apple, all same in China 

Apps to design your home and furniture 

Rev Nile wields veto on video games 

The Australian Business Briefing: Macquarie falls on weak outlook

Macquarie falls on weak outlook
Macquarie Bank Ross Kelly MACQUARIE forecast a weaker first-half profit, citing fragile investor confidence, sending its shares down 4.5 per cent.
Savings hits Coles, Bunnings
Coles David Fickling HOUSEHOLDS are showing an "increased propensity to save", Wesfarmers said amid soft sales at Coles and Bunnings.
Origin signs off LNG project
gas gauge Ross Kelly ORIGN and ConocoPhillips have signed off on construction of their $US20 billion gas export joint venture in Queensland.
BHP calls force majeure in Chile
BHP Billiton Group's copper mine at Escondida, Chile Carolina Pica ESCONDIDA, controlled and operated by global miner BHP Billiton, today invoked force majeure on its copper shipments.
Colonial premium on office tower
Colonial First State Bridget Carter A COLONIAL First State Property fund has agreed to sell a Sydney office tower for $395 million to a private investor.
GUD climbs on sound forecast
GUD Holdings GUD Holdings expects a "sound" financial performance in 2011-12 despite difficult conditions in the retail sector.
US economic recovery slows
Ben Bernanke Tom Barkley THE pace of the US economic recovery slowed in much of the US in June and early July, the Federal Reserve said today.
Euro-zone debt crisis deepens
euro coin greece Geoffrey Smith SOBER warnings that Europe's debt crisis didn't end with last week's summit has reignited concerns of contagion risks.
Financial Markets
Shares slide as MacBank drops
sharemarket THE Australian sharemarket was down 1.1 per cent by early afternoon on US debt risks and a slump in Macquarie.
US debt turmoil hits ASX
$A slips on euro worries
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Mining & Energy
Origin signs off LNG project
gas gauge Ross Kelly ORIGN and ConocoPhillips have signed off on construction of their $US20 billion gas export joint venture in Queensland.
St Barbara gold jumps 19pc
BHP calls force majeure in Chile
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This week on Techcompany: 5 Bytes Expanding offshore / Best of the web / gadget Watch... and more

Thursday, July 28th 2011

This week on TechCompany, a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers report on online retail found digital spending will reach $13.6 billion this year. But while many retailers complain 44% of that is going offshore, many don’t consider the alternative – becoming an offshore retailer of their own. Opening up to international customers can drastically expand your business.

Our bloggers tackle some great topics this week, especially David Markus, who explains why a carbon tax will actually benefit the IT industry.

And don’t forget to read our Best of the Web. There’s a great article this week on an American start-up that is now canvassing users’ social media histories for prospective employees. An invasion of privacy, or just good business?

Patrick Stafford
Editor, TechCompany

FIVE BYTES: Start expanding offshore  
It's patently clear that online retail is now aggressively taking hold within Australia, but you can respond by targeting offshore customers. Read more

BEST OF THE WEB: Keeping on top of social media 
Social media has been on employers’ radar for a while now, and there are good indications that many businesses are now looking up potential candidates’ social networking profiles. Read more

GADGET WATCH: Telstra T-Hub 
This week we take a look at Telstra's home tablet, the T-Hub, and ask whether it’s worth the $299 price tag. Read more

MY BEST TECH: Wai Hong Fong 
OzHut founder Wai Hang Fong reveals his favourite piece of tech – the humble mouse. Read more

IT Systems – David Markus 
Why is having a carbon tax good for the IT industry? 
Businesses have an opportunity under the carbon tax to invest in new technology, and work on reducing power consumption. Read more

Internet Secrets – Craig Reardon 
Web terms SME operators need to understand #4: Scalability 
How to avoid the web industry’s dirty little secret. Read more

Business Tech Talk – Paul Wallbank  
A question of respect 
Do we give our business partners the respect we'd want to receive? Read more

Facebook Know How – Lara Solomon 
10 tips for a good Facebook profile picture 
Your Facebook profile photo provides your first impression to users. Are you making use of this prime real estate on your page? Read more