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Apr 19, 2012

Smartcompany News and Analysis: iiNet wins copyright war, Coaching franchise in administration amid restructure, S-x injury compo warning for bosses, Retailer’s big expansion plan

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It’s finally over – after three long years, internet service provider iiNet has won its case against some of Hollywood’s biggest studios, with the High Court ruling the company did not infringe the studios copyright when iiNet customers illegally downloaded movies and other content. Our tech guru Patrick Stafford has all the breaking news and early reaction.

Elsewhere, we talk to the new CEO of business coaching franchise 10X, which is in administration pending a restructure, look at Priceline’s big expansion plans and check out a s-x injury compensation case that contains an unusual warning for employers – be careful what accommodation you book for staff.

Plus in Entrepreneur Watch, James Thomson reflects on the York Butter Factory controversy and argues it provides a great opportunity to foster female entrepreneurs.

How I
How I rebranded my company after being sued
After a legal stoush with Gap clothing, G Adventures founder Bruce Poon Tip was forced to rebrand his company. But thanks to a strong company culture built over the previous decade, it went off without a hitch. BY PATRICK STAFFORD.
Features

Advertising and Marketing
MARKETING STRATEGIES: How do you handle a problem or mistake?
A company's reputation is not based on how well it executes it's offering, but often on how it handles mistakes. BY TOM McKASKILL.
Features

Aunty B
I feel bad asking my employee to clean up the mess
Look, you are obviously a very nice person and I don't mean to be rude. But one of the pleasures of being up the ladder is running around to meetings like a headless chook and not having to think about the mess you leave behind.
Aunty B

Change Maker
Colin Benjamin
What does it take to become an efficient, effective and effulgent change master to take your smart company on the path to progress?
Ask the Experts

Property Investor
Michael Yardney
Good negotiators know how to get others to do things they want to get done.
Smart Blogs

Female Entrepreneur
Naomi Simson
It is not difficult for every employer to add value to the community – and both will benefit as a result.
Smart Blogs

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson
The tech start-up sector has a great opportunity to embrace the next generation of female entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneur Watch

NYT Global Update: With Election Days Away, Sarkozy's Outlook Grows Dim

Global Update


TOP NEWS

With Election Days Away, Sarkozy's Outlook Grows Dim

By STEVEN ERLANGER
Nicolas Sarkozy could be the first one-term French president since 1981, with the first round of voting scheduled for Sunday.

U.N. and U.S. Take a Harsher Tone on Syrian Government

By NEIL MacFARQUHAR and RICK GLADSTONE
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday accused Syria of failing to carry out a peace plan, while Hillary Rodham Clinton hinted at a possible NATO role in the conflict.

India, Eye on China, Tests Missile With Longer Range

By HEATHER TIMMONS and HARI KUMAR
India said Thursday it had successfully launched a missile with nuclear capability and a 3,100-mile range, giving it the ability to strike Beijing and Shanghai.
Multimedia

Video: TimesCast

India launches a missile with nuclear capability; small investors back the revival of "Godspell" on Broadway, and more...
Opinion

Latitude

Easter in Ramallah

By RAJA SHEHADEH
Yearning for the time when the Christians, Muslims and Jews of Palestine celebrated each other's holy days.
WORLD

Images of G.I.'s and Remains Fuel Fears of Ebbing Discipline

By THOM SHANKER and GRAHAM BOWLEY
Photographs published by The Los Angeles Times of soldiers with the hands and legs of Taliban fighters add to a list of cases that have cast American soldiers in the harshest possible light.

Pentagon Sought to Stop Paper From Using Photos

By BRIAN STELTER
Whether to publish images of soldiers in Afghanistan posing with body parts was the subject of intense debate, one that the Pentagon weighed in on.

U.S. and NATO Finalize Pacts on Ending Afghan War

By ELISABETH BUMILLER
An agreement would pave the way for President Obama to announce, at a NATO summit meeting next month, that the unpopular, nearly 11-year-old conflict is near its end.
BUSINESS
Special Report: Global Trends

For Europe, Scrutiny and Diminishing Influence

By ANNIE LOWREY and JACK EWING
European problems will be at the forefront of discussions this weekend at the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Nokia Posts $1.2 Billion Loss as Phone Sales Tumble

By KEVIN J. O'BRIEN
While the company's new Lumia line of smartphones is gaining traction, those using the older Symbian operating system have lost their appeal.

India Struggles to Deliver Enough Electricity for Growth

By VIKAS BAJAJ
India cannot get enough fuel to run power plants, and the problem has contributed significantly to a second year of slowing economic growth in the country.
TECHNOLOGY
DealBook

Talks With Instagram Suggest a $104 Billion Valuation for Facebook

By EVELYN M. RUSLI
The negotiations to buy the photo sharing service could offer insight into Facebook's highly anticipated initial public offering.
Bits Blog

Verizon to Sell Spectrum if It Can Buy More From Cable Companies

By BRIAN X. CHEN
Verizon Wireless, the nation's No. 1 carrier, is prepared to sell parts of its radio spectrum if it can proceed with its purchase of wireless-spectrum licenses from cable companies.
DealBook

Square Said to Seek $250 Million Investment

By EVELYN M. RUSLI
The investment would increase the company's value to as much as $4 billion.
SPORTS

Unease Surrounds Bahrain Grand Prix

By BRAD SPURGEON
In spite of countless reassurances from the race organizers and the series' stakeholders, there have already been indications that the racing weekend may not pass as peacefully as had been promised.

Barcelona Faces a Challenge, but It's Not Impossible

By ROB HUGHES
Barcelona will be tested on Saturday against Real Madrid and on Tuesday against Chelsea, but it is playing at home, where its offense usually thrives.

For Madrid and Barcelona, It Only Gets Tougher

By ROB HUGHES
Real Madrid and Barcelona will play their Clásico on Saturday between the legs of both teams' Champions League semifinals.
U.S. NEWS

Venerable Yacht Club Shaken by Deaths in Race

By NORIMITSU ONISHI
In the worst yacht racing accident in Northern California in three decades, five sailing crew members were killed when their boat crashed onto the rocks during a race around the Farallon Islands.

State Tax Collections Pass Peak From Recession's Start

By MICHAEL COOPER
Despite the important milestone, huge challenges remain, as states' populations and the cost of providing services have continued to rise.

Task Force Appointed to Look at Florida Gun Laws

By JENNIFER PRESTON
The 17-member panel will focus on the Stand Your Ground measure, which has been cited as a defense in the shooting of the unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
OPINION
Patrick Chappatte

Corruption Scandal in China

With a murder and corruption scandal surrounding a former member of China's elite leadership, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao called for the government to end a culture of graft lest it threaten Communist rule.
Op-Ed Contributor

Victor Hugo on the Ballot

By ROBERT ZARETSKY
On its 150th anniversary, Hugo's "Les Misérables" is the must-cite book of the French campaign.
Op-Ed Contributor

How Malawi Fed Its Own People

By JEFFREY D. SACHS
President Mutharika successfully faced down the donor world by insisting that Africa can and must feed itself.

NBN rival has merits: Telstra: Dinancial and Forex Info News | PiNG News,


NBN rival has merits: Telstra
Annabel Hepworth and Mitchell Bingemann THE NBN model proposed by the Coalition if it wins power would be faster and cheaper to roll out, Telstra has declared.

'Mini iPad' rumours swirl
APPLE generates more gossip than the Kardashians and talk has revived of a smaller iPad model.

Don't job hop, IT managers told
Jennifer Foreshew IT managers should maintain a fluid tenure period of two-to-three years and avoid job hopping, an employment expert says.

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