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Aug 31, 2011

TechcompanyTips and Advice For Business Owners: How business is really using the iPad, The smartest people in tech, Keeping safe in the cloud, Dave Stevens joins as a blogger.



Thursday, September 1st 2011




Who are the smartest people in technology? While most people would typically answer with names such as Eric Schmidt or Bill Gates, a Fortune article in our Best of the Web takes a different view with some people you’ve probably never heard of.

Our bloggers have some great advice this week, especially our new writer Dave Stevens, chief executive of Brennan IT, who has some fascinating thoughts on Steve Jobs. And be sure to read David Markus' blog on whether businesses can actually keep their data safe in the cloud.

Don’t forget to read our feature on businesses that are developing their own custom iPad apps to manage workflow. Even companies such as Jim’s Antennas are developing custom apps to help manage their administration and reduce paperwork, and more SMEs are getting on board.





Patrick Stafford
Editor, TechCompany



BEST OF THE WEB: The smartest people in tech you’ve never heard of 
There's no doubt Silicon Valley has some of the smartest people around. But you've probably never heard of most of them. Read more



WHAT WE LEARNED THIS WEEK: Have the wisdom to step aside 
Just days after Apple chief Steve Jobs stepped down from his position, Australia saw another long-term tech chief executive step aside – Vaughan Bowen of M2. Read more



MY BEST TECH: Simon Carson 
The general manager of online business directory TrueLocal loves the Apple product Steve Jobs used to call his hobby. Read more



GADGET WATCH: Samsung Galaxy S II 
Samsung's new iPhone alternative is set to launch in the US. The reviews are positive, but is it a serious challenger? Read more



FEATURE STORY: 10 ways Australian businesses are using the iPad 
The iPad has completely changed the personal computing world. We present 10 businesses that are using the iPad in interesting and innovative ways. Read more



Facebook Know How – Lara Solomon 
How to customise your Facebook page posts 
Customising your page posts will allow you to more effectively target the right Facebook users. Read more



Internet Secrets – Craig Reardon 
Web terms SME operators need to understand #5: Open source 
Open source is the IT industry’s gift to your business. Or is it? Read more



IT Systems - David Markus 
Do the clouds have holes? 
The question I’m hearing most from tech gurus at the moment is, “Will our data be safe in the cloud?” Read more



Online Sales – Chris Thomas  
Top tips for leveraging Google’s new mega-sitelinks 
You may (or may not) have noticed that Google’s recently started showing what I’d describe as “mega-sitelinks”. Read more



Dave Stevens – IT Means Business  
Think like Steve: Making your business like Apple 
What has really driven Apple’s success is its ethos. In Apple’s case, that’s a brand of thinking that emphasises perfection, innovation and detail. Read more



Paul Wallbank – Business Tech Talk  
Microsoft's lost decade 
Ten years ago Windows XP was released by an untouchable Micorosoft. What happened next is a lesson for all businesses. Read more

The Australian Business Briefing: Giants unite in LCD screen war



Giants unite in LCD screen war
110901 LCD Kenneth Maxwell JAPAN’S electronics giants have joined forces to grab a slice of the rapidly growing market for small LCD screens.
 
Allco's Coe, Fell face new questions
David Coe Susannah Moran FORMER Allco directors David Coe and Gordon Fell will face more questions about the company's $1bn collapse.
 
Stokes plans to divide and conquer
kerry stokes James Chessell KERRY Stokes is looking to simplify parts of his business empire by removing duplication of executive roles
 
US opposes $US39bn telecoms bid
ATT T-Mobile USA Thomas Catan THE US is attempting to block the world's biggest takeover this year, the $US39 billion move by AT&T to gobble up T-Mobile.
 
Investors slam Centro cop-out
Paul Cooper and Jim Hall Richard Gluyas SHAREHOLDER groups are outraged by the Federal Court's failure to impose penalties on most of Centro's directors.
 
Earnings defy global jitters
Krygsman art Tracy Lee MORE than two years on from the global financial crisis, management teams are still treading carefully.
 
Sugar milll in China's sights
proserpine sugar Andrew Fraser CHINA is set to buy its second sugar mill after the target knocked back a Singapore bid.
 
Financial Markets
Wall St climbs for a fourth day
FILES-US-ECONOMY-STOCKS Brendan Conway US stocks advanced, pushing the Dow back into positive territory for 2011 and capping a four-day winning streak.
 
Gold gains on easy-money bets
Oil dips on inventory build
 
Financial Markets Coverage
 
Mining & Energy
Gold gains on easy-money bets
Gold Matt Day GOLD edged higher today on the view that further monetary easing in the US would boost precious metals.
 
Oil dips on inventory build
Copper rises 1.5pc on China
 
More Mining & Energy

CFTC Enforcement Actions: CFTC Obtains Final Judgment against Italian National Carmine Garofalo Charged with Illegal Trading

 

The CFTC announced that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois entered a final default judgment against defendant Carmine Garofalo, an Italian national who purports to reside in Tunisia, requiring him pay $614,925 in restitution and a $1,844,775 civil monetary penalty.

CFTC Obtains Final Judgment against Italian National Carmine Garofalo Charged with Illegal Trading

The Australian Capital Circle: Junked asylum deal leaves Labor reeling:

Capital Circle Newsletter

Junked asylum deal leaves Labor reeling
 
The verdict on the verdict is unanimous: the High Court has smashed Labor's asylum deal and created a nightmare for the government.

Julia Gillard will hit visit a series of marginal electorates around Brisbane today. On the one year anniversary of her deal with the Greens, the PM will attend community cabinet tonight in the marginal Labor-held seat of Moreton. That meeting will be followed by a full cabinet meeting later in the evening to discuss the broken asylum deal.
Tony Abbott is in Sydney. He'll visit a manufacturing business mid-morning to campaign against the carbon tax, and to talk about the failed Malaysian solution. In the afternoon he'll fly to Queensland for a few days of campaigning.
Labor's failed asylum deal is a disaster for the Gillard government, already sinking in the polls and struggling to get its message out. Cabinet met last night and will meet again tonight.
The headlines are devastating: "Left high and dry"; High Alert"; "Asylum Deal sunk"; "Here they come"; "Labor's asylum solution all at sea''.
Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said last night the High Court judgment was a significant blow to the government (report). And asylum seeker boats are expected to hit Australian waters within days (report). Malaysia's government has vowed to continue to work closely with Australia (report). The judgment.
In the hunt: he Gold Coast Bulletin is reporting Peter Beattie will run for the seat of Brisbane at the next election. Mr Beattie is due to address the Queensland Media Club tomorrow.
Protest: A mass meeting of AWU and AMWU steelworkers, led by Paul Howes and Dave Oliver, will be held in Wollongong
Read more...

MarketWatch | Personal Finance Daily: U.S. Rights as aTaxPäyer


MarketWatch

Personal Finance Daily
AUGUST 31, 2011

Your rights as a taxpayer

By MarketWatch



Don't miss these top stories:

Pay attention, please. There'll be a quiz at the end. Do you know your rights as a taxpayer? Do you know your obligations? Eva Rosenberg, also known as the "TaxMama," writes today in our TaxWatch column about IRS Publication 1, an essential document that comes with every notice from the IRS and details your rights. She notes that most of us throw it away, and that's a pity because it contains powerful information. But wait. You're thinking, "It's September. I don't want to think about taxes until December." Too late. Start now. Read about Publication 1 and other ways to help us all better understand the shark-infested waters of the IRS. Then, take the quiz. Full disclosure: Read carefully; I think there's a trick question.

Anne Stanley , Managing Editor, Personal Finance

MarketWatch special events: You're invited

MarketWatch extends a special invitation to our readers who are in Chicago and New York next month to attend one of our live talks on ETFs and retirement.

"Finding the Right Exchange-Traded Funds" is the topic of a MarketWatch panel discussion set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Chicago, hosted by columnist Chuck Jaffe. Join us for this breakfast event featuring the expertise and analysis of Michael Falk of Michael S. Falk Asset Consulting in Chicago; David Trainer, president of New Constructs Inc. in Nashville; and Scott Burns, director of ETF, Closed-End and Alternative Fund Research for Morningstar. They'll discuss how to evaluate your investment strategies and navigate the increasingly complex world of ETF products.

If you'd like to join us for this free event, email your RSVP to wsjdnevent@dowjones.com by Monday, Sept. 19.

"How to Deal with Retirement's Biggest Risks" is the topic of a MarketWatch panel discussion set for 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, in New York, hosted by Robert Powell. Join us for this breakfast event featuring Dr. Kathryn McCabe Votava, president, Goodcare.com; Joseph Coughlin, director, AgeLab; and Rick Miller, CFP, founder of Sensible Financial Planning. They'll discuss how to protect and grow your retirement savings, how to cope with long-term health-care costs, how to live the retirement lifestyle you seek and provide a road map that can help you manage those risks.

If you'd like to join us for this free event, email your RSVP to MarketWatchevent@wsj.com by Friday, Sept. 9.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Do you know your taxpayer rights? Take this quiz

Every time you get a notice from the IRS, you also get a one-page document on newsprint-type paper, called Publication 1. The title is "Your Rights as a Taxpayer." Have you ever read it? You should.
Take the Quiz: Do you know your taxpayer rights?


The 10 best minor-league sports markets

Rabid fans and long tenures gives semipro teams an edge in these 10 cities.
Slideshow: The 10 best minor-league sports markets.


ECONOMY & POLITICS

Why would anyone want to weaken the economy?

Republican presidential front-runner Rick Perry accuses the Fed of playing politics with the economy, but it's actually Republicans who will benefit from our slow-growth policies.
Read more: Why would anyone want to weaken the economy?


August private-sector jobs up 91,000: ADP

Private-sector payrolls rise a modest 91,000 in August, led by the service-producing sector and small businesses, according to the ADP employment report, which serves as a precursor to the government's estimate of nonfarm payrolls.
Read more: August private-sector jobs up 91,000.


The regulator who could block mortgage refi plan

A possible White House effort to kick-start the moribund housing market, and create a major back-door stimulus to boost consumer spending, may be undercut by the regulator for government-seized housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Read more: The regulator who could block mortgage refi plan.


INVESTING

What can Alan Krueger do for investors?

What difference might one man make? What will Alan Krueger being tapped as chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers mean for the stock and bond market?
Read more: What can Alan Krueger do for investors?


Cheer for Man U. but skip the IPO

Jack Hough says investors will soon have a chance to bet on a repeat of Manchester United's astonishing stock market run that ended six years ago.
Read more: Cheer for Man U. but skip the IPO.


U.S. sues to block AT&T buying T-Mobile

The Justice Department on Wednesday reportedly files a suit seeking to stop AT&T from buying T-Mobile USA, which would concentrate 80% of the mobile phone market between two competitors.
Read more: U.S. sues to block AT&T buying T-Mobile.


September is the cruelest month

The stock market definitely has its work cut out for it in September.
Read more: September is the cruelest month.