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Google unleashes search power on shopping sites

Google Commerce Search lets online shoppers browse, navigate and search in the way they're used to with Google web search, with familiar features like spelling correction and search suggestions. The opportunity to tap into the Google magic comes with a price, of course; the cost of Commerce Search starts at $25,000 a year.

Kids get kick from iPhone app’s virtual soccer ball [Australian Innovation]

Some creative Australians have tossed a virtual soccer ball into the ever-expanding universe of iPhone apps. And that ball is enjoying a rather big bounce. The ball is the star of Upsies, an "augmented reality" game developed by Blind Mice Studios and Protein One.

Splish splash, I was takin’ a jog… on my underwater treadmill [Australian Innovation]

Take your standard fitness centre treadmill. Add water. Lots and lots of water. In unimaginative hands, the result would be a sloshy, slippery mess that only a bucket and mop could cure. But in the hands of the folk at HydroCo, based at Seaford in Victoria, wetness plus walking-in-place equals the Physio 1611, a compact aquatic centre that can go where an Olympic-size pool couldn't hope to fit.

Most Australian small businesses say ‘no’ to internet

A solid majority of Australian SMEs don't use email, a web site or any other aspect of the Internet, a recent research report has found. Talk about missed opportunities -- that same report notes that the average Australian now spends nearly 18 hours a week online.

Government project urges Internet virgins to climb aboard

Small businesses that haven't dived into the vast sea of the World Wide Web have been tossed a life preserver, courtesy of the Australian government. A project called Winning Business Online provides an extensive -- and free -- online classroom that lays out the framework and possibilities of e-business.

A chance to invest in the next Kylie Minogue

Now here's an idea that raises the phrase 'investment opportunity' by a couple octaves -- purchase a stake in the career of an indie music artist. In exchange for your largess, you'll gain a say in marketing and producing the singer. You can even pitch them a song.

The Power of Design: Part 1 — Keep your customers smartly packaged

Strong design is an essential part of new product development. In the first of this four-part series, Sergei Plishka explains how good design aligns with the needs and expectations of your customer -- at every stage of the customer experience.
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Five essential things to get right if you want to raise...

So you’ve got a brilliant idea, or maybe you’ve even started building your nascent business, but you think it might help to bring on some extra money. You try to raise the money, but wherever you go it seems there are roadblocks and challenges, and it’s difficult to know where to start. To help tackle this tricky tropic, we interviewed Bryan Vadas. He’s the founder of iPledg (Australia’s leading crowdfunding platform for creative, commercial, charitable and community projects) and Capital Exchange Australia (an education and funding platform for startups).


Three easy wins when using LinkedIn with David Hobson [FREE REPORT]

"If you’re pressed for time, I'm here to help." In this report, David Hobson will show you three quick wins - things you can do to pimp out your LinkedIn profile in 15 minutes or less.


New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...