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Sep 26, 2011

Stocks and Markets in The News: Asia rallies on reports of new European aid

Stocks and Markets in The News: Shares rise 3pc as miners rally | The Australian Business Briefing:

Shares rise 3pc as miners rally

THE sharemarket was higher by 3 per cent this afternoon, building strongly on early gains as the materials sector rallied.
ConnectEast bid set to succeed
John Durie LAZARD has backed CP2's $2.2 billion takeover bid for ConnectEast, which virtually ensures it will be approved by shareholders.
Goodman Fielder to raise $259m
Cynthia Koons GOODMAN Fielder plans to raise $259 million through an equity raising at about a 24 per cent discount to its last price.
Bannerman-Hanlong talks go on
David Winning BANNERMAN aims to continue takeover talks with Sichuan Hanlong, despite insider trading claims surrounding the Chinese company.
Europe awaits German, Greek talks
Charles Bremner and Katherine Griffiths ANGELA Merkel is battling with opposing forces on a euro rescue package, ahead of a meeting with the Greek PM later today.
Rio ups stake in Ivanhoe Mines
Robb M. Stewart RIO Tinto has nudged up its stake in Canada's Ivanhoe Mines to the agreed 49 per cent limit.
Buffett lifts Tesco stake
Susan Thompson and Alexandra Frean WARREN Buffett has increased his stake in grocery retail chain Tesco, tacitly given the thumbs-up to new CEO Philip Clarke.
China signals comfort on yuan
Lingling Wei CHINA set the yuan's guidepost at a new high, suggesting it will let the currency strengthen despite global economic jitters.
Financial Markets
Shares rise 3pc as miners rally
THE sharemarket was higher by 3 per cent this afternoon, building strongly on early gains as the materials sector rallied.
Stocks surge on global rally
Europe awaits German, Greek talks
Financial Markets Coverage
Mining & Energy
Bannerman-Hanlong talks go on
David Winning BANNERMAN aims to continue takeover talks with Sichuan Hanlong, despite insider trading claims surrounding the Chinese company.
Rio ups stake in Ivanhoe Mines
Gold slips below $US1600
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Smartcompany News and Analysis: Government to boost SMEs with tax loss carry back rules, $100m Queensland resort collapses, 10 big Tax Forum ideas, Telstra launches 4G network

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Today on SmartCompany, we examine the Government’s proposed new tax break for small businesses, which would allow SMEs that make a loss to claim back tax paid on profits in the previous year. We also look at the collapse of a $100 million Queensland resort, examine Telstra’s launch of its 4G network and preview the Government’s Tax Forum. Plus in Boss Lady, I explain why there could be a Christmas disaster looming for SMEs unless the Government can stimulate the sector.

For all this and more, head to our home page.

Top Story
The Tax Forum: 10 ways to build a better tax system
From SME tax collection to housing and super, we examine 10 tax reform ideas ahead of the Government's Tax Forum. BY MADELEINE HEFFERNAN.
Tax Update

Which property markets are winning from the mining boom?
Property markets in mining areas appear to be gathering pace, but investors need to be careful. BY TIM LAWLESS.
Mining boom

Aunty B
How do I raise money in this environment?
Your board can and should be a great source of advice in this situation, so make sure you lean on it.
Aunty B

Enterprise Leadership
Dennis Roberts
Self-help models during the 1990s were very masculine, but this is now changing.
Dennis Roberts

Michel Hogan
It’s been a frustrating and groan-inducing week for me and for brands in general, with a couple of high profile examples of how (not) to fix a brand.
Michel Hogan

Boss Lady
Amanda Gome
Small businesses are carrying unsustainable losses and we could see a wave of business collapses before Christmas unless something is done.
Amanda Gome

Facebook faces privacy scandal: PiNG | The Australian IT

Facebook faces privacy scandal
Chris Griffith FACEBOOK is facing its most serious privacy issue to date, with claims that it is collecting user's information after they have logged out.
Watchdog cracks down on scam
Andrew Colley Cyber-thieves persuade people to let them log in to their computers remotely.
Tata to go on a hiring spree
Fran Foo TATA Consultancy Services will hire hundreds of workers as part of a strategy to hit the $1 billion revenue mark in Australia.
Telstra unveils 4G mobile broadband
Mitchell Bingemann Telstra has launched the nation's first commercial 4G mobile broadband services.
NBN Co in legal payout for delay
Annabel Hepworth and Mitchell Bingemann The NBN Co has had to pay legal settlements to a contractor over delays in Labor's superfast network.
Demand for skilled staff grows
Jennifer Foreshew PROFESSIONALS with skills such as Silverlight, MVC or SharePoint are highly sought after.
Progress in online piracy talks
Andrew Colley The internet and entertainment sectors made a strong start on reaching agreement to tackle online piracy last week.
Augmented reality for classrooms
Jennifer Foreshew AUSTRALIAN researchers aim to build toolkits for teachers to help them use augmented reality techniques in the classroom.
Online census saves $80m
Andrew Colley THE end is nigh for the Australia's paper-based population data collection system, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics' census division.
Happy landing for Qantas tech chief
Fran Foo Paul Jones was at a crossroads after 17 years with US confectionery giant Mars.
Apple, Samsung in Sydney court
LAWYERS representing Apple claimed in the Federal Court that Samsung's tablet infringes on its touchscreen technology.
A Bold attempt to win clients
Stuart Kennedy RIM is in trouble amid a world being swamped by the iPhone and Android smartphones and the runaway success of iPad tablets.
Big Drive to unleash Thunderbolt
DOUBLECLICK: David Frith Thunderbolt drive promises to be a revolutionary technology.
Get all the protection you can
Chris Griffith Dire warnings about smartphone viruses have seen anti-virus PC software companies adapt their wares to mobile devices.
AppSense selects MD to drive virtualisation
Paul Broekhuyse MELBOURNE-based virtualisation specialist AppSense has anointed Michael Bosnar as managing director for Australia and New Zealand.
Google won't favour Motorola
John Letzing GOOGLE chairman Eric Schmidt says it won't favour Motorola Mobility due to the potential fallout for its Android system.
ABS poised to set up its own data collection centre
Andrew Colley THE Australian Bureau of Statistics could pull its eCensus system from IBM's data centre and take it in-house as it tries to maximise the nation's digital population data collection.
Challenging innovators
THE deadline for entries in the first Australian Innovation Challenge is fast approaching.
State rejects claim of e-health bias
Karen Dearne QUEENSLAND Health has defended its procurement of a $182 million e-medical records (eMR) system for state hospitals.
Workers' BYO devices pose challenge
Brad Howarth Some Australians want to take their tablets, smartphones and notebooks to work.
Cloud rewrites rules for managers
Mahesh Sharma Cloud computing and web-based applications in the corporate environment has rewritten the rules of enterprise network security.
Risk cannot be outsourced
Ian Grayson Examination of a cloud service provider's security credentials is vital before entrusting it with business applications and data
Homework essential for safety
Ian Grayson The lure of the cloud is proving strong but one of the biggest factors giving pause for thought is security.
Loose password policies sink ships
Mahesh Sharma Corporate responsibility for passwords now extends beyond the office perimeter and into homes of employees and customers.
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