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Jan 2, 2012

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NBN Co warns of price hike
Annabel Hepworth and Mitchell Bingemann THE NBN Co would have to charge more without its $800 million deal to pay Optus to shut its cable network and transfer customers
Mobile operators face spectrum fee
Mitchell Bingemann MOBILE phone operators could be required to cough up as much as $1 billion each to renew their mobile spectrum licences.
Letter airs Hurd harassment claims
EX-HP CEO Mark Hurd's efforts to impress an HP event hostess included showing her his checking-account balance holding over $US1 million.
Twitterverse agog over Murdoch
Nick Leys RUPERT Murdoch has once again expanded his media interests, this time by opening a Twitter account.
The future of books
DIGITAL text is ushering in an era of perpetual revision and updating, for better and for worse, writes Nicholas Carr.
Over 4000 plugged into NBN
MORE than 4000 Australians were connected to the national broadband network in 2011 and more are expected this year.
Apple designer knighted
THE British monarch has awarded a knighthood to Jonathan Paul Ive, a British citizen and head of Apple's design team since the mid-'90s.
10 tech wishes for 2012
Kevin Sintumuang 2011 was top-notch gadget-wise, but there's always room for improvement. Here, some hopes and wants for the new year
Japan developing cyber weapon
JAPAN has been developing a virus that could track down the source of a cyber attack and neutralise its program.
Telstra in new privacy bungle
Mitchell Bingemann IN a new privacy breach, the email addresses and phone numbers of more than 1000  Telstra's BigPond customers were made accessible online.
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IT Business
How to nab a job at Google
Device 'elevates' iPad keyboard
Privacy czar investigates Telstra
Cloud a hazard for Australian business
Exec Tech
Device 'elevates' iPad keyboard
Galaxy Tab an iPad killer?
Samsung Nexus offers pure Google
Galaxy Nexus unveiled in Australia
The future of books
DIGITAL text is ushering in an era of perpetual revision and updating, for better and for worse, writes Nicholas Carr.

The Economist Selectef New Articles: Ron Paul's big moment

Lexington: Ron Paul's big moment
The obstetrician, numismatist and hater of the Fed and the UN who just might win in Iowa
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Exams in South Korea: The one-shot society
The system that has helped South Korea prosper is beginning to break down
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Sex and advertising: Retail therapy
How Ernest Dichter, an acolyte of Sigmund Freud, revolutionised marketing
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Smartcompany news and Analysis: SMEs urged to watch new warranty and OHS laws, Business confidence up, Low growth for house prices: Experts, Lessons from Murdoch’s Twitter arrival

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Happy New Year to all our readers! We hope you had a terrific break and are back for a big 2012. For the next week or so we’ll be running our usual news service and revisiting some of our best blogs and features. Today we take a look at how retail sales have held up during the post-Christmas sales, examine the 2012 law changes you need to be on top of and ask where house prices are heading this year.

Plus in Entrepreneur Watch, James Thomson extracts a lesson from Rupert Murdoch’s arrival on Twitter.

Advertising and Marketing
10 marketing secrets of the Smart50
Selling Mark Zuckerberg’s first website and creating a new brand to recruit undergraduates are some of the methods the Smart50 are using to market their businesses. BY PATRICK STAFFORD & MARCO HOLDEN JEFFREY.

Managing People
The serious business of etiquette
Is it time for you to go back to business etiquette school? BY EMILY ROSS.
10 great solutions

Aunty B
Should I purchase my dream business?
Running your own boutique is akin to running a small business. You need a whole lot of skills. Have you got those skills?
Aunty B

People problems
Eve Ash
When there are only 24 hours in the day, time seems to be an enemy more than a friend, so wherever possible we need to increase our effectiveness.
Eve Ash

Franchise tips and trends
Jason Gehrke
The words buy and sell are often used in relation to the acquisition and transfer of franchise businesses, but what do franchisees actually buy?
Jason Gehrke

Michel Hogan
Perhaps it's time we start to use the word brand with more care.
Michel Hogan

Customer Experience
Greg Muller
There are few things more important in your cross-channel marketing efforts than to get your online customer experience right.
Greg Muller

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson
The head of a global media company joining Twitter shouldn’t be big news given how business has embraced Twitter, right? Well, maybe not.