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Oct 10, 2011

Stocks and Markets in The News: Asia markets rally as banks, exporters rise .

The Australian Business Briefing: Signs economy stabilising: NAB

Signs economy stabilising: NAB
James Glynn AUSTRALIAN business conditions perked up in September, suggesting the economy's slide may have bottomed out.
NBN 'several months' behind
John Durie NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley has conceded construction of the $36 billion NBN is "several months" behind.
Dollar storms past parity
THE Australian dollar is higher after reaching parity with the greenback for the first time since September 22.
Extract back in play
Ross Kelly EXTRACT Resources has talked to ASIC about a potential bid for the miner by China's CGNPC.
China moves to buoy banks
Leo Lewis CHINA'S sovereign wealth fund plunged into the market yesterday as a high-profile buyer of the country's banking stocks.
Shares trim early gains
AUSTRALIAN shares were higher by early afternoon but had pulled back from early gains as investors' optimism waned.
Hope as Europe summit delayed
Charles Bremner and Sam Coates EUROPE has postponed a planned summit in Brussels to allow time to up its bailout, as officials complete their mission to Athens.
iPhone 4S pre-orders a record
Ian Sherr and John Kell PRE-ORDERS for Apple's iPhone 4S topped 1 million in a single day, setting the stage for another strong launch.
Financial Markets
Shares trim early gains
AUSTRALIAN shares were higher by early afternoon but had pulled back from early gains as investors' optimism waned.
Dollar storms past parity
Europe hopes flow to ASX
Financial Markets Coverage
Mining & Energy
Extract back in play
Ross Kelly EXTRACT Resources has talked to ASIC about a potential bid for the miner by China's CGNPC.
Oil jumps on light volumes
Gold gains as Chinese return
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Smartcompany News & Analysis: Google ads versus Facebook ads: Which is best for you? Natural medicines group collapses, Business confidence on the up, Property and DIY super

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Today on SmartCompany we take a special look at the big question confronting many SMEs – do Google AdWords or Facebook ads work better for small businesses? We also examine Small Business Minster Nick Sherry's warning on new state-based franchising laws, examine the collapse of a natural medicines business and look at why the Supreme Court of Queensland has ordered Google to name the people behind a defamatory website.

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Facebook ads vs Google ads: Which one is right for your business?
It's the online advertising heavyweight title fight that many small business entrepreneurs are struggling to judge. BY NINA HENDY.
Facebook vs Google

Why borrowing through your SMSF to buy property makes more sense
Suddenly, borrowing to invest in direct property through self-managed super funds is much more appealing. BY MICHAEL LAURENCE.

Aunty B
Do I tell my investor about a personal matter?
Are you nuts? Of course you tell. This isn't a retail shift. You are going into business, taking in investment funds and that means you are entering a business marriage.
Aunty B

People problems
Eve Ash
Here are five culprits which cause you to waste your time.
Eve Ash

Franchise tips and trends
Jason Gehrke
While the Federal Government remains firmly opposed to the idea of states creating their own franchise laws, it is unable to prevent their introduction.
Jason Gehrke

Michel Hogan
There is no need to tack the word “brand” onto everything that moves.
Michel Hogan

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson
The new ACCC boss has signalled a more aggressive approach to regulation in the franchise sector.
James Thomson

Bidding war for CSG: PiNG - The Australian IT

Bidding war for CSG
Andrew Colley SOME of the biggest brands in the printing sector are being tipped as suitors in a bidding war for IT services specialist CSG.
Panic to meet e-health deadline
Karen Dearne A PLAN to ram through technical specifications to meet the deadline for a national e-health records system is flawed.
Comms Alliance in iiNet court battle
Andrew Colley THE Communications Alliance is expected to lodge an application to intervene in Hollywood's landmark court case against iiNet.
We're a nation of gamers
Fran Foo AUSTRALIANS' love affair with computer games shows no signs of abating with 92 per cent of households owning at least one gaming device.
RTA to road test app for speed
Andrew Colley A TRIAL showed that up to 35 lives could be saved on NSW roads each year.
Dell saves millions on calls
Fran Foo DELL has saved millions of dollars a month by conducting conference calls on its corporate network.
Telstra adds cog in cloud arena
Fran Foo TELSTRA has added a crucial cog in its cloud computing wheel.
iPhone dominance to roll on
Chris Griffith ALMOST half of Australian smartphone buyers will own iPhones by the end of the year.
Telcos gear up to sell iPhone 4S
Chris Griffith OPTUS and Vodafone have announced details of their pricing for the iPhone 4S and the new cut down version of the iPhone 4.
Respiratory arrest caused Jobs's death
STEVE Jobs's death certificate indicates the Apple co-founder died of respiratory arrest that resulted from his pancreatic cancer.
Facebook unveils mobile, iPad platforms
Liz Gannes AFTER months of anticipation and leaks, Facebook launched a mobile app platform and an iPad app.
Steve Jobs died from respiratory arrest
APPLE co-founder Steve Jobs died as a result of respiratory arrest caused by his pancreatic cancer, his death certificate said.
Record pre-orders for iPhone 4S
Fran Foo PRE-ORDERS for Apple's iPhone 4S surpassed the 1 million mark in 24 hours, a new record for the company.
Nokia roars back with N9 smartphone
Chris Griffith NOKIA'S N9 is an upmarket designer phone with a bright screen. But can it compete with the iPhone 4S?
Patients forgotten in setting standards
Roger Clarke CONSULTING consumers and clinicians is essential to establish trust among users.
Technology drives professional changes
AUSTRALIAN COMPUTER SOCIETY: Anthony Wong RADICAL shifts in technology are driving enormous changes in the way users share and manage their information.
Credit union in the black with VoIP
Jennifer Foreshew THE Teachers Credit Union decided to rebuild and expand its internal technology capability.
All-purpose tablet means business
Stuart Kennedy MOTOROLA Solutions is betting the new year will see a burgeoning demand for business tablets.
E-payment device has its doubters
DOUBLECLICK: David Frith THE BlackBerry Bold 9900s is equipped with something called Near Field Communications, or NFC.
Consumer body hits NBN gag on Optus
Annabel Hepworth A CONSUMER group has attacked plans by the company rolling out the National Broadband Network to gag Optus.
WiFi smartphone app to slash charges
UPDATED Fran Foo A NEW smartphone application could help rein in exorbitant international mobile roaming charges.
NBN cost 'makes Greece look thrifty'
Annabel Hepworth and Ben Packham THE opposition has seized on a report that labels the National Broadband Network an example of "extreme government intervention"
VMware's sales role for Goodlace
AMBITION: Paul Broekhuyse VMWARE has named Andrew Goodlace as director of commercial sales for Australia and New Zealand, a newly created post.
FIFA adds bash and crash
Mitchell Bingemann IF you're after the real deal in football simulators, FIFA 12 is it.
Xbox 360's latest Forza really moves
Stuart Kennedy THE Forza 4 driving simulator for the Xbox 360 had me interested.
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