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Sep 27, 2011

Smartcompany News and Analysis: How Cow red tape weighs doHwn business, Boost Juice heads to India, Australian firm snags credit card domain name, Share of Repco sold for $150m.

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Today on SmartCompany we talk to Boost Juice about its move into India, examine another big domain name sale and preview Apple’s next big iPhone announcement, which is set for next week. Plus in Entrepreneur Watch, James Thomson has a sneak preview of tonight’s Smart50 awards – don’t forget to check back on SmartCompany from 7:30pm to see who is on the list.

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Lunch with an Entrepreneur
Putting Australia in the shade
Sunshades Eyewear Rodney Grunseit explains why he's diversifying out of Australia, where the market is shrinking. BY MADELEINE HEFFERNAN.
Rodney Grunseit

Industry Trends
Recruiters wait for recovery
As the Australian economy hits full health the recruitment services sector will grow.

Aunty B
I’m worried we’re putting too much time and money into social media. Do we push on?
Don't pull back, but get serious about measuring the effectiveness of your social media efforts.
Aunty B

Profitable growth
Julia Bickerstaff
Most business problems can be addressed in one of three ways. What is your natural style?
Julia Bickerstaff

Property Investor
Michael Yardney
Affordability means more owner-occupiers will be pushed into small apartments as they sacrifice size for location.
Michael Yardney

Digital Bottom Line
Brendan Lewis
I don't have time to deal with fools and charlatans and so I use a few simple tech tools to stay clear of them.
Brendan Lewis

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson
The Smart50 class of 2011 is investing heavily in staff to drive its businesses further.
James Thomson

Merkel risks rebellion on euro rescue fund: Reuters - Daily Investor Update

Merkel risks rebellion on euro rescue fund
BERLIN/ATHENS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel may fall short of a majority in her own coalition for a crucial reform of the euro zone rescue fund meant to stop a sovereign debt crisis spreading, in what would be a severe blow to her authority, a test vote showed. | Full Article

Stocks gains on Europe, Accenture rises late
September 27, 2011 05:23 PM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks rose for a third day on Tuesday on efforts by euro-zone officials to solidify the region's rescue fund and alleviate a sovereign debt crisis, boosting optimism. | Full Article
Christie may pass on best time to seek White House
September 27, 2011 05:00 PM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie could be about to turn down his best chance of becoming U.S. president, saying "no" just when his political fortunes may be at their peak. | Full Article
Health insurance premiums climb faster in 2011
September 27, 2011 02:40 PM ET
The cost of health insurance continues to climb for companies and workers, with annual family premiums this year growing at a pace triple that of 2010 and outpacing wage increases, according to a survey. | Full Article
Judge tosses part of Madoff case vs NY Mets owners
September 27, 2011 05:26 PM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Manhattan federal judge on Tuesday threw out part of a $1 billion lawsuit against owners of the New York Mets baseball team by the trustee seeking money for victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. | Full Article

Geithner: Business should back development banks
September 27, 2011 05:28 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. businesses should support the role of multilateral development banks in trying to bolster global growth because their efforts help boost export markets, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Tuesday. | Full Article
Accenture Q4 beats; forecasts strong 2012
September 27, 2011 05:15 PM ET
(Reuters) - Accenture Plc reported market-beating quarterly results, and the technology outsourcing and consulting company also forecast a strong 2012, allaying fears of an industry-wide slowdown triggered by a slowing U.S. economy and debt crisis in Europe. | Full Article
Consumer morale stagnates; home prices steady
September 27, 2011 05:17 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans worried about their incomes as they struggled to find work in September, holding consumer confidence near 2-1/2-year lows and pointing to weak spending in the months ahead. | Full Article
Hedge funds appeal "gross injustice" of WaMu ruling
September 27, 2011 05:33 PM ET
(Reuters) - Four hedge funds appealed on Tuesday a ruling in the Washington Mutual Inc bankruptcy that found viable claims they had engaged in insider trading, an opinion one fund called a "gross injustice." | Full Article
Apple expected to unveil new iPhone next week
September 27, 2011 01:51 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc looks set next week to unveil its much-awaited new iPhone, which analysts say will have a bigger screen and work better with remote computing services. | Full Article

Robbed of phone, Tennessee woman summons help on Facebook
Bake sale's racial pricing rocks campus
"Toe Suck Fairy" arrested on new charges
Governor vetoes tax break for "Jersey Shore"
Poor Chinese county used relief fund to build temple

GATA: THE GATA DISPATCH: Gold and silver bull will rescue recent buyers, Leeb tells King World News

Gold and silver bull will rescue recent buyers, Leeb tells King World News

9:10p ET Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold (and Silver):

Money manager Stephen Leeb tonight explains to King World News how continuing bull markets in gold and silver will rescue even those who bought the metals and mining shares at their recent highs. You can find an excerpt from the interview at the King World News blog here:

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.

Women on the front line: The Australian Capital Circle

Women on the front line
In a break from tradition, women can now serve in all combat roles in the armed services.

Julia Gillard is in Melbourne. She has a series of meetings through the day. She also has a series of media appearances booked that will begin mid-morning, but the PM's office is keeping mum about the details of her visit.
Tony Abbott is visiting Kempsey, Macksville and Coffs Harbour in New South Wales today. He'll visit the Akubra hat factory just after 9am.
Hard-bargaining: Eighty per cent of public servants across federal agencies are locked in pay negotiations at the moment. And so far, it's not going brilliantly. Customs and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry are currently taking industrial action. And there could be more on the way. About 120,000 of the 160,000 APS employees have voted down first-round offers in the last few months. At the Department of Human Services - where the mandarins who run Centrelink and Medicare reside - 73 per cent of staff voted down the offer made to them. Defence is still negotiating with staff. The Tax Office and the departments of Climate Change, Resources, Energy and Tourism, Environment, Health and the Attorney-Generals' department all voted no to first round offers and are still negotiating. And the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Families, Housing and Community Services, and Education, Employment and Workplace Relations haven't even begun negotiations on agreements that expire in November. On the plus side, Prime Minister and Cabinet, Treasury, Finance, Broadband and Communications, Science and Industry and Foreign Affairs have all reached agreements. We hear the Community and Public Sector Union is getting ready for more strike action.
Speaking out: It's not often scientists speak up. But Capital Circle hears Australian Academy of Science boss Professor Suzanne Cory will have some choice words about the government's education spending priorities at the National Press Club today. They could be of particular interest to Schools Minister Peter Garrett. Be sur

Wall St rally loses steam: The Australian Business Briefing

Wall St rally loses steam
Steven Russolillo US stocks rose this morning, even as a sharp late downdraft prompted US stocks to erase more than half of earlier gains.
Sonray co-founders face jail
Richard Gluyas SONRAY Capital Markets co-founder Russell Johnson faces 24 theft, conspiracy and dishonesty charges.
Operation Twist impact 'modest'
Michael S. Derby THE Fed's so-called Operation Twist will likely have a "modest" impact on boosting the US economy's rate of growth.
G20 issues bank warning
Scott Murdoch AUSTRALIA'S over-reliance on the big four banks poses systemic and "moral hazard" risks, according to the G20.
Oil stages 'crazy' rally
Christian Berthelsen OIL futures staged their biggest one-day gain in more than four months this morning on hopes on Europe's debt woes.
Gold, silver back in favour
Tatyana Shumsky GOLD recaptured the psychologically important $US1600 level, while silver rallied 5 per cent, on hopes about Europe.
Singapore deal won't stop Tiger fight
Steve Creedy, Aviation writer VIRGIN has assured the regulator that its alliance with Singapore Airlines will not reduce competition with Tiger Airways.
US privateer issues tax warning
Damon Kitney THE head of a $3 billion US private equity firm warns that international private equity investors may stop investing in Australia.
Financial Markets
Copper regains some of losses
Matt Day COPPER futures regained some of the ground lost in last week's selloff this morning, rising almost 5 per cent.
Oil stages 'crazy' rally
Gold, silver back in favour
Financial Markets Coverage
Mining & Energy
Copper regains some of losses
Matt Day COPPER futures regained some of the ground lost in last week's selloff this morning, rising almost 5 per cent.
Oil stages 'crazy' rally
Gold, silver back in favour
More Mining & Energy