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Anchorage Capital offloads Dick Smith; Western Union eyes off SME forex market: Midday Roundup

Anchorage Capital offloads Dick Smith; Western Union eyes off SME forex market: Midday Roundup

Private equity outfit Anchorage Capital has moved to sell its 20% stake in Dick Smith Electronics, which it bought from Woolworths two years ago. By Eloise Keating
Pot smoking ferry driver’s reinstatement overturned

Pot smoking ferry driver’s reinstatement overturned

A Sydney ferry driver, who had won his job back after getting the sack for crashing his boat into a wharf and then failing a drug test, has had his reinstatement overturned by the full bench of the Fair Work Commission. By Kirsten Robb
The seven dumbest products Urban Outfitters has tried to sell

The seven dumbest products Urban Outfitters has tried to sell

With so many gaffes under its belt, is Urban Outfitters deliberately courting controversy or is it just really bad at reviewing products for potential offensiveness? By Kirsten Robb
25-year-old funds management company collapses

25-year-old funds management company collapses

An Australian investment research, advice and funds management company founded in 1989 has collapsed. By Eloise Keating
ASIC warns businesses over foreign exchange scam

ASIC warns businesses over foreign exchange scam

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has issued a warning over a foreign exchange scam which has been sucking in Australian businesses. By Cara Waters
How do I tell my boss she needs to fire someone?

How do I tell my boss she needs to fire someone?

It’s not your call as to whether or not this new employee should be fired. By Aunty B
Aussie SMEs spend $52,000 per year on IT: research

Aussie SMEs spend $52,000 per year on IT: research

Research shows Australian SMEs spent, on average, $52,100 on information technology products and services over the last 12 months. By Cara Waters
Social media increasingly important for B2B sales: IDC study

Social media increasingly important for B2B sales: IDC study

Senior corporate executives are increasingly using social media as part of their decision-making process for major business-to-business purchases, according to research by IDC. By Andrew Sadauskas
Apple claims record number of first day pre-orders yet again

Apple claims record number of first day pre-orders yet again

Apple has claimed pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have topped 4 million units in the first 24 hours, with chief executive Time Cook saying in a statement he was “thrilled customers love them as much as we do”. By Andrew Sadauskas
Australian authorities file more requests for user information, Google transparency report shows

Australian authorities file more requests for user information, Google transparency report shows

There has been another year-on-year increase in the number of requests Google has received from Australian government and law enforcement agencies, according to its latest transparency report. By Andrew Sadauskas
Aussie tech business Atmail tries a different route for overseas expansion

Aussie tech business Atmail tries a different route for overseas expansion

Atmail is the latest local business to branch out to the United States, opting for Santa Monica over Silicon Valley. By Eloise Keating
How to build a successful app

How to build a successful app

Just about anyone can build an app these days. The key is making sure it’s successful. By Nina Hendy
Small business impatient for change as government inches closer to employee share scheme reform

Small business impatient for change as government inches closer to employee share scheme reform

Small businesses say reform of the employee share scheme can’t come soon enough, as the federal government makes progress on its plans to overhaul the scheme. By Kirsten Robb
 Why ‘free’ will eventually cost you

Why ‘free’ will eventually cost you

The marketing world of 2014 is destroying old business models without fear or favour. And with that destruction will come changed perceptions of what “free” really is. By Andrew Hughes
Hamster with your Hawaiian? Pizza Hut in damage control after franchise offers “small animals” with pizza deal

Hamster with your Hawaiian? Pizza Hut in damage control after franchise offers “small animals” with pizza deal

Pizza Hut has been forced to publicly apologise after one of its Melbourne franchises offered “one free small animal” to customers who purchase 10 pizzas. By Eloise Keating
Beautiful growth figures lead to $3 million investment for bellabox

Beautiful growth figures lead to $3 million investment for bellabox

A growing and engaged database of subscribers is what led to Allure Media investing $3 million in beauty subscription service startup bellabox, according to co-founder and chief executive officer Sarah Hamilton. By Kye White
REITs have outperformed, but stellar gains unlikely to continue: Research specialist

REITs have outperformed, but stellar gains unlikely to continue: Research specialist

Listed property stocks are well managed and in good shape to deliver strong distributions to investors but stellar capital gains made over the past year are unlikely to continue, a research specialist predicts. By Zoe Fielding
How does your brand grow?

How does your brand grow?

Working in my garden the other weekend I got to thinking about the parallels between how a garden grows and how a brand grows. By Michel Hogan
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