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Dec 13, 2011

Financial and forex info News | The Australian IT - Ping: Last snag to Telstra's NBN deal




Last snag to Telstra's NBN deal
MITCHELL BINGEMANN THE competition regulator is expected to announce today a public inquiry into Telstra's dominance of the wholesale internet market.
Centrelink cracks down on misconduct
Karen Dearne A CENTRELINK employee was sacked after accessing records belonging to customers and co-workers on 124 separate occasions.
Developers look to an HTML5 future
Jennifer Foreshew EXPECTATIONS of a shift to HTML5 could be two to three years off, local experts say.
Conroy mocks 'out of touch' PC
LAUREN WILSON AND MILANDA ROUT STEPHEN Conroy has mocked the economic adviser after it raised concerns the NBN could breach Labor's competitive neutrality policy.
Apple overhauls iAd after cool uptake
EMILY STEEL, JESSICA E. VASCELLARO APPLE is softening its approach after losing ground to Google in the fast-growing mobile-ad market.
Microsoft co-founder to build space jet
Andy Pasztor and Dionne Searcey MICROSOFT co-founder Paul Allen wants to build the world's largest airplane as a platform for launching satellites.
Apple eyes flash memory maker Anobit
APPLE is in advanced talks to buy Israeli flash memory technology-maker Anobit Technologies for up to $US500 million.
Google Street View explores Japan disaster
GOOGLE has published a bank of interactive before and after images of the area of Japan hit by a huge quake and tsunami in March.
Privacy fear over RailCorp auction
Chris Griffith MORE than 2,000 phones and other electronic storage devices were on sale at a rail lost items auction, some still with owner data.
App Store downloads top 100m
APPLE said that more than 100 million mini-programs tailored for Macintosh computers have been downloaded since January.
Intel issues profit warning
Shara Tibken INTEL warned its fourth-quarter revenue will fall about $US1 billion short of its previous guidance.
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IT Business
Cloud a hazard for Australian business
Coles to roll-out contactless payments
Digital radio push for state force
ISPs at Hollywood's mercy
Exec Tech
Best of the Christmas blockbusters
Samsung NFC mobiles hit Australia
Technology gear that ruled the year
IT gadgets light up holiday offerings
Opinion
All eyes on new health minister
Karen Dearne WILL new health minister Tanya Plibersek hit the pause button on the personally controlled e-health records project?

Smartcompany News and Analysis: Shock slump in consumer confidence, DVD kiosk group RedRoom sold, Coopers’ chairman on why the brewer won’t sell out, Battling

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Today on SmartCompany we look at the surprise fall in consumer confidence, which suggests the rate cuts we’ve had haven’t boosted the economy as hoped. We also look at worrying signs from the property sector, where housing starts remain weak and rating giant Moody’s has warned house prices could be unsustainable. We look at JB Hi-Fi’s new music streaming service, chat with the chairman of Australia’s last big brewer, Coopers, and in Entrepreneur Watch, James Thomson is attacking buzzwords.

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Lunch with an Entrepreneur
Glenn Cooper
Glenn Cooper, Coopers' chairman and fifth-generation Cooper explains why he's so committed to local ownership. BY MADELEINE HEFFERNAN.
Glenn Cooper

Professional Services
Dry-cleaning industry: Washed out?
Price-based competition is expected to put the squeeze on profit margins in the dry-cleaning industry.
Nina Hendy

Aunty B
I have handed over my sales network. Now help me let go.
Look, I don't want to be alarmist but you are right to be fearful. Really fearful.
Aunty B

Profitable growth
Julia Bickerstaff
Has your usual star employee made a grievous mistake? Think before you act.
Julia Bickerstaff

Property Investor
Michael Yardney
At this time of year it’s customary to look back at the last 12 months and make some forecasts for the year ahead.
Michael Yardney

Enterprise Leadership
Dennis Roberts
Business owners find it so much easier to do a strategic review rather than a plan because it is an analysis of the past.
Dennis Roberts

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson
A new survey from LinkedIn suggests we all think we’re “creative” and “effective." Where we really need to get “creative” in is dumping buzzwords.
James Thomson