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Jan 4, 2012

Smartcompany News and Analysis: Employers unhappy with bullying code, Online retailers say postal services not up to Xmas rush, Five crucial indicators SME should watch

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Today on SmartCompany we look at why both employers and unions are unhappy with a new bullying code, look at why Australia’s delivery infrastructure struggled to cope with a big Christmas of online shopping and examine how the La Nina effect could hurt retailers, insurers, miners and builders.

Plus in Entrepreneur Watch, James Thomson looks at the five things banks will be watching in 2012 and explains why SMEs need to watch them too.

Australia’s 25 best business blogs
This year’s list of the 25 Australian business blogs to watch featured a glut of blogs that have been in existence for some years and have managed to build solid followings. BY BRAD HOWARTH.
Best Blogs

Lunch with an Entrepreneur
Guy Russo
You think times are tough? Kmart's managing director Guy Russo has seen tougher, particularly when the GST was introduced. BY MADELEINE HEFFERNAN.
Lunch with Guy Russo

Aunty B
My business partner (also my dad) is a micro-managing control freak. Help!
What is driving him is fear. If he lets his foot off the pedal for one minute, the business will collapse. How well I know that feeling.
Aunty B

IT Systems
David Markus
By the time you're yelling you know it's a lost cause... don't you?
David Markus

Internet secrets
Craig Reardon
Business pages in Facebook continue to be a paradox for many SMEs.
Craig Reardon

IT Means Business
Dave Stevens
Can you spend a dollar to save a dollar? If your business is using the wrong IT systems, the answer is almost certainly yes.
Dave Stevens

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson
The labour market, retail sales and credit growth are crucial to monitor.
James Thomson

Financial and Forex Info News | PiNG News: HP Australia to axe 180 jobs

HP Australia to axe 180 jobs
Fran Foo HEWLETT-PACKARD is set to cull more than 180 jobs in Australia as its ambitious $US1 billion global transformation program hits the skids.
OneSteel CIO exits as jobs go
Fran Foo ONESTEEL technology chief Michael Dines is set to leave the company following a restructuring exercise.
Net shoppers leave high street glum
Blair Speedy RETAILERS are downbeat on the prospects for the first quarter of this year, with 55 per cent expecting a slowdown.
NBN a catalyst for telco acquisitions
Mitchell Bingemann THREE letters dominated the telecommunications sector last year, and NBN will get even more attention this year.
Citibank unveils 'social currency'
CITIBANK US customers can now use Facebook to pool their rewards points online.
Murdoch's wife's Twitter account hoax
A TWITTER account purported to be linked to the wife of media mogul Rupert Murdoch has turned out to be bogus.
Rocky road for BlackBerry
FEW companies better understand the difficulties of doing business in Indonesia than BlackBerry maker Research In Motion.
World's cheapest tablet a hit
THE world's cheapest tablet computer has clocked 1.4 million bookings since it was put up for sale online two weeks ago in India.
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IT Business
Women struggle to land top jobs
How to nab a job at Google
Device 'elevates' iPad keyboard
Privacy czar investigates Telstra
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.