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Nov 3, 2011

Stocks and Markets in the News | Asian Markets: Asian Stocks Rally: Asia | MarketWatch

Asia stocks rally after Greece shelves plans for a referendum and a surprise European interest-rate cut help revive risk appetite.

Hong Kong stocks rally, with financials gaining
Toyota extends output cuts due to part shortage
Australia keeps door open to further rate cuts

The Australian IT | PiNG: Retailer defies Samsung Tab ban

Retailer defies Samsung Tab ban
Andrew Colley ONLINE retailer Dmavo has ignored Apple's demands it stop selling Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.
IT hiring slows in banking sector
Jennifer Foreshew A SLOWDOWN in IT hiring is being felt in the banking sector, which is a barometer for the rest of the market, recruiters say.
Siri goes silent on iPhone 4S
Chris Griffith SIRI, the voice-activated personal assistant in the iPhone 4S, has been unable to respond to user commands, blogs have reported.
With court a'Twitter judge bans tweets
CHIP LE GRAND AND PIA AKERMAN THE judge hearing committal proceedings has declared his courtroom tweet-free after a reporter used Twitter to report on the hearing.
Doctors paid $84.5m for messaging
Karen Dearne THE federal government paid doctors $84.5 million last financial year for using three secure messaging specifications.
40 blocks sold in 29 seconds
Florence Chong AUSTRALIA'S largest residential developer, Stockland, sold 40 housing lots in 29 seconds last week.
Amazon to lend digital books
AMAZON is launching a digital-book lending library that will be available only to owners of its Kindle and Kindle Fire devices.
Passenger data not audited
Karen Dearne PRIVACY audits of Customs’ use of Passenger Name Record data supplied by airlines for advance screening did not take place last year.
BlueArc appoints business director
Paul Broekhuyse BlueArc Group has appointed Paul Curtain to the newly created role of Business Director - Victoria.
AOL in red despite ad gains
Emily Steel AOL has landed in the red for the third quarter as higher advertising sales were offset by a restructuring charge.
US hits China with spy charge
Siobhan Gorman A US intelligence report has accused the Chinese of being the world's "most active and persistent" economic spies.
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IT Business
Westpac spruiks 'best sourcing'
Crash in IT jobs expected
Upgrade downs Health network
Providing communications under fire

Exec Tech

Telstra unwraps 'stocking fillers'
Telstra to unveil unlimited movies
Sony to sell video capable binoculars
Quickflix gets in on the local picture

Smartcompany News and Analysis: SME beer group collapses, How the 12 sectors of retail will fare this Christmas, DesignCrowd gets $3 million injection, WA franchising bill defeated

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Today on SmartCompany we look at the collapse of high-profiled micro brewer Barons Group, explain why the failure of Western Australia’s franchising bill might not be the end of the push for state-based franchising laws and look at DesignCrowd’s $3 million capital raising. Plus with Christmas just around the corner, we take an in-depth look at the festive season. Patrick Stafford looks at how the 12 sectors of retail will perform this Christmas, while in Entrepreneur Watch James Thomson asks a big question: Who should pay for the Christmas party? You can take our poll.

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How I
How I managed the Qantas grounding using remote technology
Corporate Travel Management's chief executive Jamie Pherous says his company was able to survive the Qantas grounding by using remote technology that allowed staff to work from home. BY PATRICK STAFFORD.
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Marketing Strategies
What to do if your customers don’t know what they want
The easiest marketing problem to solve occurs where the customer knows what they want and the vendor has a clear solution. But what if they don't know? BY TOM MCKASKILL.
Marketing Strategies

Aunty B
I can't work with my belching, sneezing, bad breath colleague. Help!
Oh for goodness sakes! Grow up. You don't have to like someone to work with them.
Aunty B

Selling strategies
Trent Leyshan
It doesn’t matter where you are placed on the final turn, it’s how you finish that matters most. And how you finish is how you’ll be remembered.
Trent Leyshan

The Futurist
Colin Benjamin
Market volatility makes it hard to plan, but the best bet is to stay focused on superior service, technological upgrades and productivity promotion through skills training and active staff engagement.
Colin Benjamin

Female Entrepreneur
Naomi Simson
It made me wonder what else do I miss out on because I am often not present as I focus on what's on my iPhone?
Naomi Simson

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson
Times are tight and some big companies are canning the corporate largesse. But should employees be forced to pay for the Christmas party?