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Mar 28, 2012

Smartcompany News and Analysis: Topshop’s Oz boss: Retailers must stand out, Tax changes coming soon, Our mortgage obsession, Apple’s iPad slip – three other Aussie blunders

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Apple’s been dragged to the Federal Court over claims about its new iPad, but this is not the tech giant’s first mis-step in Australia. Today on SmartCompany we look at three other major Down Under blunders from Apple.

We also talk to the Topshop Australia chair about why retailers need to stand out, look at the latest tech SMEs to raise money and sift through the RBA’s latest report on the economy to get a sense of the economic state of the nation.

Plus in Entrepreneur Watch, James Thomson looks at how Wayne Swan is sharpening his axe, ready for some big Budget cuts.

Lunch with an Entrepreneur
Made in Australia
Amidst a sea of hard luck stories about Australian manufacturing, Barry Kearney of Footcare International has never been busier. BY MADELEINE HEFFERNAN.

The coming tax changes SMEs must be across
Business owners should examine recent changes to laws relating to the private health rebate and TCF contract workers. BY TERRY HAYES.

Aunty B
My new boss is picking on her PA
Is there any way you can have a confidential talk to the CEO? I would only suggest it because you sound like a sensible, professional worker.
Aunty B

IT Systems
David Markus
There's a science in choosing the right printer - making the wrong move could cost your business in the long run.
Ask the Experts

Business Tech Talk
Paul Wallbank
Hopefully you treat your key customers better than our politicians treat our major markets.
Smart Blogs

Internet secrets
Craig Reardon
LinkedIn Groups are like a million trusted business advisers, and customers, at your fingertips.
Smart Blogs

IT Means Business
Dave Stevens
From managed services to cloud applications, when it comes to IT systems, today’s businesses are often spoiled for choice. So is a single provider really the answer?
Smart Blogs

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson
Wayne Swan is warning there’s Budget pain ahead. Let’s hope new Small Business Minister Brendan O’Connor can spare the sector from major cuts.
Entrepreneur Watch

Financial and Forec Info News | PiNG News: Probe in UK led to Huawei NBN ban

Probe in UK led to Huawei NBN ban
Paul Maley, National security correspondent BRITAIN'S intelligence services were forced to erect an auditing structure to ensure Huawei did not steal secrets.

Facebook plans May float
Shayndi Raice and Randall Smith Facebook is preparing its IPO for May, in what is shaping up to be the largest-ever US internet offering.

Network identified as dearest in world
Mitchell Bingemann LABOR'S $36 billion National Broadband Network has been branded the most expensive rollout of its kind in the world.

Online media revenue to boom: Google
Michael Bodey AUSTRALIA has a trade surplus in online video, according to a new report on digital media commissioned by Google Australia.

Music start-up Guvera to list in US
ANDREW COLLEY AUSTRALIAN ad-sponsored online music start-up Guvera is looking to tap investors in a $50 million private placement.

Apple offers refund for those not appy
Pia Akerman THE consumer watchdog will take Apple to trial for allegedly misleading the public by using the term "4G" in the name of its latest iPad.

AFP helps Brits with probe into News
Darren Davidson THE Australian Federal Police has confirmed it had been assisting British police with its investigation into News Corporation.

Sale rush for eBay as stores struggle
Blair Speedy ONLINE auction site eBay has reported a 45 per cent sales surge among its 2000 largest Australian sellers.
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IT Business

SAP wants mobility in its DNA
Bricks-and-mortar stores still popular
Satyam ready to make bigger inroads
Offshore security under cloud

Exec Tech

Cloud Nine with fast-moving Gladinet
Facebook for photographers
Resolution only revolution in new iPad
Apps abound for synching Apple, PCs

Law tough on fine print
Chris Griffith AUSTRALIAN consumer law is tough on companies that leave qualifying statements about products to the fine print.