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Nov 24, 2011

Smartcompany News and Analysis: Employer groups fight super increases, Five sales trends from Black Friday, WA franchise bill resurrected, Retailers brace for sluggish Xmas sales

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Today on SmartCompany we examine five key trends to take away from the Black Friday sales event in the United States, look at a new push to assist the video game industry with tax breaks and ask whether Commonwealth Bank chief Ralph Norris’ prediction of a new credit crisis will come true. Plus in Entrepreneur Watch, James Thomson looks at three new brawls of the rich and powerful.

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How I
How I nearly lost a major client through outsourcing
Icon Global founder Scott Popovic reveals how he brought his company back from the brink of collapse. BY PATRICK STAFFORD.
How I

Marketing Strategies
What is your message?
Having the right message is fundamental to the sales process. BY TOM MCKASKILL.
Marketing Strategies

Aunty B
Is this competition above board?
If I were you I would calm down. You have done nothing wrong and have abided by your rules.
Aunty B

Selling strategies
Trent Leyshan
To break a long held record or tradition set by others, you'll need to be full of courage, have thick skin and an unyielding commitment to the cause.
Trent Leyshan

The Futurist
Colin Benjamin
As always, the key to success relies upon motivated sales staff and exemplary attention to quality service.
Colin Benjamin

Female Entrepreneur
Naomi Simson
Giving doesn't need to be extravagant or formal – but it does need to be regular to have ongoing benefits to your wellbeing.
Naomi Simson

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson
There must be something in the air – spot fires are breaking out amongst the rich and powerful.
James Thomson

The AustralianIT - PiNG: Microsoft slams local data centre edict

Microsoft slams local data centre edict
Karen Dearne MICROSOFT has come out swinging against the Gillard government’s insistence on local data centres for the e-health record system.
Call for cuts in network prices
Annabel Hepworth and Mitchell Bingemann INDEPENDENT MP Rob Oakeshott has warned that starting prices of $35 a month for the National Broadband Network are too high.
Nokia to review local unit
Mitchell Bingemann THE Australian arm of Nokia Siemens Networks will conduct a review of its local operations before committing to job cuts.
Economy uncertain: Dell local chief
Stuart Kennedy THE parlous state of the world economy makes for an unpredictable 12 months in the local IT industry according to Dell Australia chief Joe Kremer.
Sharp to makes parts for iPad
Juro Osawa APPLE is adding Sharp as a maker of screens used in the next-generation iPad, people familiar with the situation said.
Telcos get their lines crossed
John Durie JUST as Telstra prepares to send its final submission to the ACCC, the rest of the industry has declared war on the NBN.
TVs-for-toner rort could cost millions
Amanda O'Brien WA public servants who were given TVs, iPods and other gifts while buying huge volumes of printer ink were "stashing" the excess.
NICTA appoints hearing expert
Paul Broekhuyse NATIONAL ICT Australia has appointed a bionic ear pioneer to lead new hearing research.
Lib MP facing exit for 'dog' slur on PM
Michael Owen A LIBERAL backbencher in South Australia faces losing preselection after calling Julia Gillard "a real dog" on Twitter.
Westpac CIO McKinnon in role change
Fran Foo A MAJOR restructure at Westpac will see technology chief Bob McKinnon step back from a full-time executive role as he changes bosses.
NSW unveils draft ICT framework
Fran Foo NSW has unveiled a highly anticipated draft document that maps the state's strategic framework for IT and communications.
Australia in anti-cybercrime push
Karen Dearne AUSTRALIA hopes to join an international treaty fighting internet crime next year, Attorney-General Robert McClelland said.
No local PlayBook price cuts
Chris Griffith AUSTRALIAN online consumers will have to go overseas to benefit from drastic price cuts to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.
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IT Business
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Phone charging at work banned
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Exec Tech
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Cloud pushes limits for home storage
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Skyrim to be the scourge of summer
Telcos get their lines crossed
John Durie JUST as Telstra prepares to send its final submission to the ACCC, the rest of the industry has declared war on the NBN.