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Aussie bargain hunters too can cash in on Black Friday sales thanks to this...

The Black Friday sale is undisputedly the biggest in the world. We see US retailers offer big discounts not just on individual products, but...

Entrepreneurial Americans with razor blades prepare to invade Australia. For real. [VIDEO]

If you were to ask me, “do you own the man in the bathroom?” I’d probably say, “no, but I’ve asked him to leave...

Newsmodo ups its game, helps freelance newshounds find more work

We first reported on local startup Newsmodo, the media marketplace, when it launched earlier in the year. Now, more news from Newsmodo: they’ve upgraded....

Shaking up subscriptions: Q & A with Blake Hutchison from AgendaSelects

Awesome goods can be hard to find. I mean, I love a good macaroon as much as the next guy, but sourcing good ones is something I don’t always have time for. It’s just the type of goodie that works great as part of a monthly subscription service, which is a business model that you’ve no doubt noticed to be cropping up in a big way.

Think you’ve got what it takes to impress Lockheed Martin? Here’s your chance!

Perhaps you’ve been sitting on a design for the successor for to the C-130 Hercules cargo plane? Maybe you’ve got a plan for cyber-security that will make the world’s financial institutions impenetrable. Well, now is your chance to gain the attention of one of the biggest names in the global military-industrial complex. Lockheed Martin is holding a worldwide contest with prizes to the tune of $50,000.

The Global Acceleration Program invites innovative companies to an Acceleration Workshop in China

Pyksis and ANZA Technology Network recently partnered to create a program inviting companies considering Chinese export markets to bring their genius ideas to the table. The Global Acceleration Program (GAP) is a new program that aims to accelerate North American and Chinese market access for Victorian companies. Interested? Up to five positions can be filled per cohort, with one going to the USA and one to China.

Does Australia’s attitude to customer service stink?

While Australians have come to expect a casual approach to service, visitors aren’t so forgiving. “Having recently been in the USA, the standard of customer service there is great, staff actually want to help you,” says Australian marketing manager Jessica Hannant. “Here the sales assistant doesn't get off the phone to her friend to even serve you at the checkout.” Are things here getting worse?

Electric cars ready to go mainstream

Better Place, an ambitious, venture capital backed company, is building electric car infrastructures targeting major cities around the world. The idea is simple yet constitutes a radical departure from conventional wisdom – instead of stretching the technological limits of a battery’s life, Better Place is constructing a network of battery swap stations that will allow electric cars to replace its depleted battery for a new one in less than 60 seconds.

Australia’s innovation ranking takes another hit while entrepreneurs rally

There are numerous programs and indexes launched each year to assess a country's innovation capabilities. Among the most comprehensive and credible is the Global Innovation Index prepared by INSEAD, which last week released its 2009-2010 report, revealing some unexpected outcomes. According to the report, Australia is losing its way as a country supportive of innovation. However, its innovation outputs are on the rise.

Australia's innovation ranking takes another hit while entrepreneurs rally

There are numerous programs and indexes launched each year to assess a country's innovation capabilities. Among the most comprehensive and credible is the Global Innovation Index prepared by INSEAD, which last week released its 2009-2010 report, revealing some unexpected outcomes. According to the report, Australia is losing its way as a country supportive of innovation. However, its innovation outputs are on the rise.

Take your desperate loneliness to the next level with the Hug-E-Gram

If you thought the recent Snuggie Blanket commercial marked the nadir of craven commercial pointlessness, watch this promo for the revolutionary Hug-E-Gram. You'll need a hug when you're done.

TechCrunch gets hacked. How the hunter became the hunted.

It’s not often that today’s technology media inspires thoughts of William Shakespeare. However, it’s likely that The Bard, had he lived in the 21st Century, would draw great inspiration from the brief and turbulent history of one of the world’s premier tech blogs, TechCrunch, and its founder Michael Arrington.

An Aussie tech star talks about taking on the world (and winning)

This instalment focuses on Dr John Papandriopoulos, who in 2007 as a 30-year-old University of Melbourne research fellow revolutionised broadband by developing an algorithm that speeds up ADSL connections by up to 100 times.

How to WOW a US business conference crowd (advice needed)

Essentially, it all comes down to this: We are going to a trade show to demonstrate our product. What do we need to do to ensure it is a success?

Just how distressed is the US economy? Let’s go to the graph…

There are a lot of figures being bandied about to describe current global economic woes. But sometimes, a simple graph is all that is required to get the message across. Consider Exhibit A (below): A chart comparing job losses in the current US recession to job losses in recent recessions. Not pretty.

Just how distressed is the US economy? Let's go to the graph…

There are a lot of figures being bandied about to describe current global economic woes. But sometimes, a simple graph is all that is required to get the message across. Consider Exhibit A (below): A chart comparing job losses in the current US recession to job losses in recent recessions. Not pretty.

Barack Obama sworn in

"Obama's address was almost entirely free of campaign style rhetoric or obvious applause lines. Its seriousness of tone contrasted sharply with the mood of the masses gathered to hear it; in the run up to the inauguration chants of "Obama" rang through the crowd and even afterward the crowd was in a feisty mood -- offering mocks cheers and waving goodbye as former President George W. Bush flew overhead in a helicopter."

Barack and the new US

Earlier this year, one of my favourite US business magazines, Fast Company, made the following observation: Win or lose, Barack's rise reveals a new reality...

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