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This is your update from australianIT.com.au

Wireless mobility overtakes copper
Andrew Colley AUSTRALIANS anxious to stay connected on the road have pushed wireless ahead of copper as the most common form of broadband.
Card data compliance crucial: survey
Karen Dearne COMPANIES that don't comply with the payment card industry's data security standard are more likely to suffer security breaches.
Tablet the retailer's new friend
Dana Mattioli CONSUMERS who browse retail websites using tablet devices are more likely to press the buy button than other online shoppers.
Amazon unveils $200 Kindle tablet
AMAZON CEO Jeff Bezos has shown off the Kindle Fire, a $US199 ($201) tablet computer, challenging Apple's iPad.
Apple-Samsung verdict looms
Ross Kelly THE Federal Court in Sydney will wade into the global tablet war between Samsung Electronics and Apple tomorrow.
Samsung-Microsoft deal hurts Android
Evan Ramstad MICROSOFT and Samsung Electronics reached a patent-sharing deal, striking a blow at Google's smartphone growth efforts.
Billabong rides ERP wave
Fran Foo BILLABONG has inked a deal to with Lawson Software to replace its legacy enterprise resource planning applications.
Live blog with Nik Cubrilovic at 3pm AEST
CONSULTANT Nik Cubrilovic will answer your questions about privacy on Facebook live at 3pm AEST, 10pm PDT, 5am GMT.
'Mind-reading' cars in the works
IN the future, thinking about turning left may no longer be just a thought.
App taps 'best of British'
Michael Bodey THE commercial arm of the BBC launches its BBCiPlayer app in Australia today.
New chief at Artis
Fran Foo ARTIS Group has named former Kaz executive Chris Greatrex as its new managing director.
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Smartcompany News & Analysis: Smart50 award winners revealed, The 10 key trends from the class of 2011, Amazon unveils cheap iPad rival, NSW IT firm in administration

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The fifth annual Smart50 awards were held in Melbourne last night, where a great crowd braved some extraordinary weather to celebrate Australia’s fastest growing SMEs. Today we’ve got full coverage of the awards: you can read profiles over every member of the list, find out about the 10 key trends from the class of 2011 and in Entrepreneur Watch, James Thomson reveals the key change in the way these businesses are being built. This is the new breed of emerging business leaders, so make sure you spend plenty of time studying their success stories and extracting lots of tips.

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

Top Story
10 key trends from the Smart50 class of 2011
This new breed of fast-growing companies is nimbly navigating Australia’s patchwork economy. BY JAMES THOMSON.
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Superannuation
Superannuation changes keep coming
SME employers will need to keep up to date with a raft of new superannuation changes from the Government. BY TERRY HAYES.
Superannuation

Aunty B
My business partners are in a relationship and I am feeling left out. Help!
Being the third wheel is never fun, but in this partnership some communication is clearly needed.
Aunty B

Facebook Know-how
Lara Solomon
Facebook has made a raft of changes to business and personal pages. A few of them could be real game changers.
Lara Solomon

IT Systems
David Markus
Australia has some of the most beautiful, liveable cities in the world - but what do they have to do with IT?
David Markus

Business Tech Talk
Paul Wallbank
There are thousands of cloud computing products that cover almost every conceivable business need, but there are a few must-haves for every organisation.
Paul Wallbank

Internet secrets
Craig Reardon
Viral web marketing is basically word of mouth on steroids.
Craig Reardon

IT Means Business
Dave Stevens
Is your business ready to handle a security breach? A crisis management plan is crucial.
Dave Stevens

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson
The economy – and the weather – might be difficult, but the Smart50 are succeeding by being flexible.
James Thomson

Techcompany News & Analysis: Why The Kindle Fire proves content is king, Meet the 15 start-ups worth $100 million, Paul Greenberg’s favourite gadget



Thursday, September 15th 2011




Content is king.

That’s the message we can take from Amazon’s press conference last night where chief executive Jeff Bezos, (in a very Steve Jobs-like presentation), debuted the company’s first tablet, the Kindle Fire.

Plenty have tried to create an iPad killer, but the Galaxy Tab and Motorola Xoom have fallen short. Here, Amazon proves that its seven-inch, $US200 device can pose a threat by incorporating its entire ecosystem of videos, books and television shows.

If the tablet market was judged on whichever device had the best specifications, the iPad would lose. Apple realises that building marketplaces is what keeps customers coming back – and this is why Amazon may very well present a substantial threat this Christmas.

Check out our write-up of the Amazon Kindle below, and don’t miss our Best of the Web where we take a look at 15 start-ups that are worth $100 million. Our bloggers have some great advice too, especially Dave Stevens on why you need to have a crisis plan to handle a security breach.





Patrick Stafford
Editor, TechCompany



Best of the web
BEST OF THE WEB: The 15 tech start-ups worth $100 million each 
Meet 15 tech companies that are valued at $100 million each, despite the fact many are barely a year old. Read more



What we learned this week
WHAT WE LEARNED THIS WEEK: Build the hype 
In the past week Amazon and Apple have shown how they are experts in building anticipation for their new products. Read more



Windows Phone Mango
GADGET WATCH: Windows Phone Mango 
Microsoft's Windows Phone software has been available for quite a while, but will the Mango update allow it to compete with iOS and Android? Read more



Paul Greenberg
MY BEST TECH: Paul Greenberg 
Paul Greenberg of Deals Direct explains that his favourite piece of tech isn't actually a smartphone, tablet or piece of software. Read more



Dave Stevens
IT Means Business – Dave Stevens 
How to handle a security breach 
Is your business ready to handle a security breach? A crisis management plan is crucial. Read more



Craig Reardon
Internet Secrets – Craig Reardon 
Web terms SME operators need to understand #8 – ‘Viral’ Marketing 
Viral web marketing is basically word of mouth on steroids. Read more



Paul Wallbank
Business Tech Talk – Paul Wallbank  
Five essential cloud computing tools for business 
There are thousands of cloud computing products that cover almost every conceivable business need, but there are a few must-haves for every organisation. Read more



David Markus
IT Systems – David Markus 
What does IT have in common with urban design? 
Australia has some of the most beautiful, liveable cities in the world - but what do they have to do with IT? Read more



Lara Solomon
Facebook Know How – Lara Solomon 
How the Facebook changes will play out 
Facebook has made a raft of changes to business and personal pages. A few of them could be real game changers. Read more



Kindle
 
Amazon releases Android-powered Kindle Fire tablet, in first real threat to Apple iPad 
Amazon unveiled its long-awaited tablet device overnight along with a complete refresh of its Kindle line-up and the introduction of new content services in a push that could make the company’s products a genuine competitor to the Apple iPad. Read more