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Mar 11, 2012

Smartcompany News and Analysis: Fears of delay to company tax cut, Retailers demand penalty rate cut, NSW Govt slashes SME programs, Questions over collapse of MP’s family firm

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Today on SmartCompany we look at how political wrangling over the mining tax could see company tax cuts for small business delayed, ask whether it should be the marketing team or the communications team in charge of the company Twitter account and look at a family feud that hit a 160-year-old food business.

Plus in Entrepreneur Watch, James Thomson looks at the latest in the battle splitting Gina Rinehart’s family and argues that both sides are trying to embarrass the other into a resolution. But how ugly will it get?

A $1bn loss? All in a day's work for the super rich
It’s now possible to follow the daily financial triumphs and woes of the world’s billionaire set courtesy of Bloomberg’s new index. BY JAMES THOMSON.

Dwelling sales in 2011 hit 15-year low point
RP Data estimate there were just over 373,000 dwelling sales over the 2011 calendar year, the lowest recorded since 1996 and -25% below the decade average. BY TIM LAWLESS.

Aunty B
How do I express my sense of urgency without alarming my staff?
It may be counter-intuitive, but start by going for a brisk 15-minute walk, or 30 minutes on a really bad day.
Aunty B

Sue Barrett
Isn’t it about time we stopped throwing our sales people and sales managers in the deep end without enough training?
Ask the Experts

Enterprise Leadership
Dennis Roberts
In part three of our seven stages of business series, we take a look at how to manage your business through the recede and recover stage.
Smart Blogs

Retail trends
Kevin Moore
There are many lessons to be learned at an industry forum, and the best ones are shared unintentionally.
Smart Blogs

Behavioural Economics
Bri Williams
Walking past a bedding retailer the other day, the sign on the pathway caught my attention as a nice little example of applied behavioural economics.
Smart Blogs

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson
Gina Rinehart’s children appear to be willing to embarrass their mother into a satisfactory settlement of their family feud.
Entrepreneur Watch

Financial and Forex Info News | PiNG News: Apple exhausts iPad pre-order stock

Apple exhausts iPad pre-order stock
APPLE has already sold out initial supplies of its new iPad following a huge surge of pre-orders.
Scramble to seize Pinterest action
Andrea Sophocleous AMERICANS are spending more time on Pinterest than they do on Facebook.
Optus TVNow 'won't hit sports rights'
SIMON CANNING THE value of digital sports rights will not be damaged by the arrival of recording technologies, says a global sports streaming expert.
Cloud tackles battery drain
Chris Griffith A CLOUD-BASED service has been launched that warns Android phone users if an app they are downloading will chew up battery life.
Instagram may be worth $US500mn
INSTAGRAM is poised to raise funds that may value the popular photo-sharing application at as much as $US500 million.
Amesys offloads net spying business
PAUL SONNE and MARGARET COKER THE company whose equipment helped Moammar Gahhafi spy on Libyans is offloading its internet-interception business.
Hacker works around the clock for FBI
THE days of some of the world's most damaging hackers may be nearing an end, with an arrested man naming names to the FBI.
Kaseya appoints ANZ marketing director
Paul Broekhuyse KAREN O’Donnell has been appointed Australia and New Zealand marketing director at Kaseya, a provider of automated IT software.
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IT Business
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From boxes to problem-solving
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iSee the future of laptop meetings
Exec Tech
Apple exhausts iPad pre-order stock
New iPad to go on sale next week
4G to complicate iPad rollout
Slick Nokia Lumia's glaring omissions
New iPad no go on Telstra 4G
Chris Griffith CUSTOMERS in Australia buying the new iPad won't be able to make use of Telstra's fast 4G mobile network for the time being.