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Dec 6, 2011

Smartcompany News and Analysis: Commercialisation grants no longer to be repaid, ATM operator collapses, Wait tipped for business loan rate cut, Lessons from Google’s top searches

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Today on SmartCompany we talk to Doron Ben-Meir, chief executive of Commercialisation Australia, about the Government’s decision to drop the requirement to pay back grants made by the body, which has already handed out $72 million to help early-stage ideas.

We also look at the collapse of a listed ATM group, examine the fringe benefits tax traps to watch out for this Christmas and extract some lessons from Google’s top searches of 2012. Plus in Entrepreneur Watch, James Thomson looks at our rates riddle – we’re all pleased rates have fallen, but do we really want more cuts?

Lunch with an Entrepreneur
Shane Pettiona
Cracka Wines executive chairman Shane Pettiona says the internet presents a a great export opportunity for wineries. BY MADELEINE HEFFERNAN
2012 Lunch with an Entrepreneur

Industry Trends
Job market heats up
Job vacancies are on the rise as economic conditions continue to improve. BY KAREN DOBIE
Job Market

Aunty B
I'm selling my business. How do I tell my staff?
The announcement to staff is not about you. It is not about your feelings of letting them down or your years in service. It is about their future.
Aunty B

Profitable growth
Julia Bickerstaff
If you've ever shared your strategic or annual plan with a large group of employees you may well have wondered whether you were wasting your time.
Julia Bickerstaff

Digital Bottom Line
Brendan Lewis
Have you been charged with the task of being an event moderator? Read this first.
Brendan Lewis

Property Investor
Michael Yardney
An oversupply of housing will mean Australia's markets are likely to remain flat in the short-term, but now is a good time to buy.
Michael Yardney

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson
The cut to official interest rates is good news, but the RBA has also delivered a worrying assessment of the global outlook.
James Thomson

The AustralianIT | PiNG: EU to probe Apple's e-book deals

EU to probe Apple's e-book deals
EUROPEAN antitrust officials will investigate whether Apple and international publishers made illegal deals to fix e-book prices.
Data breaches common in US health care
Karen Dearne NINETY-six per cent of US healthcare organisations have reported at least one data breach in the past two years.
NBN clause clears way for tinkering
MITCHELL BINGEMANN THE NBN Co has included a clause in its regulatory filing that will allow future governments to change the network's scope and design.
Android dominates smartphone sales
MORE than 10 billion applications have been downloaded from Google's Android Market.
Olympus hid $US1.5bn losses
OLYMPUS hid more than $US1.5 billion of investment losses during the tenures of two company presidents, a report found.
Russians protest elections on Facebook
RUSSIAN bloggers are using Facebook to organise virtual rallies protesting against elections won by Vladimir Putin's ruling party.
Love tops Australian Google searches
AUSTRALIANS are looking for love and fascinated by celebrity death - if our internet searches are anything to go by.
Former HP chair succumbs to cancer
JOANN S. LUBLIN PATRICIA Dunn, a former chairman of Hewlett-Packard, has died at age 58 after a long battle with cancer.
Korda gets call as money runs dry
Phil Ayling AUTOMATED teller machine company, My ATM Holdings, has called in administrators after failing to secure funding to support its future.
Coles to roll-out contactless payments
Andrew Colley COLES has given efforts to get contactless mobile payments off the ground in Australia a much needed shot in the arm.
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IT Business
Digital radio push for state force
ISPs at Hollywood's mercy
Health bodies fear medical data distortion
Kmart weighs SAP break away
Exec Tech
IT gadgets light up holiday offerings
All of a sudden everyone's a critic
Music app goes out on a limb
Sony delivers small-screen Android
One-word Dropbox does the business
DOUBLECLICK: David Frith MOST households contain not one but two or three computers.