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Monorail swan song

Monorail swan song | Business Updates | Scoop.it

Tomorrow, a boldly futuristic transport system begun by an aspirational Sydney twenty-five years ago is relegated to the pages of history.  In ‘An Ode To A Troubled City Icon’, Luke Hopewell relives the magic and reveals where it all went wrong.

 

“It has been raining in Sydney all week: a city weeps quietly for its fallen icon in a sad ode to progress played out in a pitter-patter orchestra on the carriage roof.”

 

It was the capitalistic model that killed the monorail – not the conceptual one.  After a buyback last year, the NSW State Government could have torn that up and delivered free transport, giving the same good vibes and tourist boost Melbourne gets with the City Circle Tram.  Sydney residents will have plenty of time to be sore that it didn’t... all of the future.


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Jemma Tanner's curator insight, October 28, 2013 9:29 AM

As this is an event that has taken place in history, I feel as though it's appropriate to use as an example in the classroom of how our society is always developing and improving. When I went to Sydney, I never used the monorail simply because it was inconvenient and expensive. Talking about experiences with your students can help to put into perspective reasons why things happen - such as the monorail being taken down.

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Online Accounting Programs

Online Accounting Programs | Business Updates | Scoop.it
Find out about on campus and online accounting programs, what the courses are, what employers expect, certification, and what you can earn.
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12 Digital Technologies Retailers Are Investing In

12 Digital Technologies Retailers Are Investing In | Business Updates | Scoop.it
Speciality retailers are ramping up digital technology investments to combat Amazon's increasing market share.

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Entrepreneurship Degree Programs

Entrepreneurship Degree Programs | Business Updates | Scoop.it

Enrolling in an entrepreneurship degree can provide you with skills and knowledge you need, so that you know what you're doing when it comes to launching your own business.

 Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/entrepreneurship-degree


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'Dumb Ways to Die' Wins 2 Grand Prix Awards at Cannes

'Dumb Ways to Die' Wins 2 Grand Prix Awards at Cannes | Business Updates | Scoop.it

Dumb Ways to Die, a catchy public service announcement from Metro Trains in Melbourne, Australia, won the Grand Prix in the public relations and direct marketing categories at the Cannes Lions festival, representing a world conquest for the little PSA.

The video, which features various animated characters singing a catchy tune warning of the dangers of acting unsafely around trains, was expected to pick up at least one prize at Cannes. The film may end up winning a third Grand Prix since it is favored to win in the Films Lions category later this week. The PSA beat out contenders including Dove's "Beauty Sketches" campaign and Oreo's Blackout Tweet.

 

Read more at: http://mashable.com/2013/06/18/dumb-ways-to-die-cannes/

 
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Design your own future with a Financial Planning Degree

Design your own future with a Financial Planning Degree | Business Updates | Scoop.it

Find out about Financial planning degree programs, what the courses are, what employers expect, what the prospects are, and much more ...

 

Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/financial-planning-degree


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One Woman's Struggle to Drive Sales via Pinterest

One Woman's Struggle to Drive Sales via Pinterest | Business Updates | Scoop.it

Syazrina Ismail's business, JumpSac baby slings, sounds like the perfect type of product for Pinterest. So why is JumpSac's page so far limited to just one entry?

We dispatched a member of our Small Business Panel to help JumpSacBaby improve its social media presence. Here are the results.

 

Read more at: http://mashable.com/2013/06/11/social-makeover-jumpsacbaby-results/


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Be in demand with a Marketing degree

Be in demand with a Marketing degree | Business Updates | Scoop.it

Marketing is an essential tool for any business - regardless of how good the product or service is, it needs marketing in order to build a clent base.  So a marketing degree has become a high demand, profitable qualification.

Find out about marketing online programs, what employers expect of their marketing employees, what you can expect to earn with a marketing degree, and more ...

 

Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/marketing-online-programs


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Gillard offers $15m to help Ford workers when factory closes in Geelong, Australia

Gillard offers $15m to help Ford workers when factory closes in Geelong, Australia | Business Updates | Scoop.it

FORD'S manufacturing workers won't be left behind when they lose their jobs in 2016, Julia Gillard has vowed.

Ms Gillard met workers from the company's Geelong factory today, announcing an extra $15.1 million to help them find new positions when operations close down.

Last month, Ford announced it would stop making cars in Australia, costing 510 jobs at Geelong and 650 at Broadmeadows.  (The picture shows a 

T-model Ford car parked outside Geelong Library at its launch in 1915.)

It has been squeezed by the high Australian dollar, which has made exporting more expensive and cut the cost of imported cars.

The $15m commitment comes on top of an existing $51.9 million jobs assistance package.

Ms Gillard said $5 million would be set aside immediately to provide career advice services and training. A further $5 million will go towards future skills training if required.

 

Read more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/gillard-offers-15m-to-help-ford-workers-when-geelong-factory-closes/story-fn59niix-1226655045054

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Qualify for this exciting field with a Project Management Masters degree

Qualify for this exciting field with a Project Management Masters degree | Business Updates | Scoop.it

As the name suggests, project management is the effective, planning, costing, execution, supervision and scheduling of projects. 

A project management masters degree provides excellent training for this rapidly expanding field.  You will be qualified to work in a corporation, non-profit, education, health care and construction among other fields. Find out about the programs, schools, prospects and more ...

 

Read more at: http://online-masters-and-phds.com/project-management-masters

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Pinterest wants to make money -- but not by commodifying your passions

Pinterest wants to make money -- but not by commodifying your passions | Business Updates | Scoop.it
Although it doesn't now make any money, Pinterest is experimenting with plans to monetize its service -- though it is wary of commodifying people's passions, founder Ben Silbermann says.

It’s going to have to do something: The company was valued at $2.5 billion during its last investment round, Silbermann said. “It’s a lot of pressure,” he acknowledged. But he said that he and the founding team made a deliberate decision to focus on the long term.

 

Read more at: http://venturebeat.com/2013/05/29/pinterest-monetization/

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Qualify yourself for the future with an MA in Marketing

Qualify yourself for the future with an MA in Marketing | Business Updates | Scoop.it

The competitive nature of the worlds financial economies and the advent of international marketing have led to a need for superior strategies to ensure business success, both locally and internationally. An MA in marketing program provides the basic knowledge and skills for success in this environment.

This page gives more details of the programs and provides links to suitable schools where they can be taken.

 

Read more at: http://online-masters-and-phds.com/ma-in-marketing

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Why B2B Marketers Still Don't Get Social Media--And 7 Steps For Fixing That

Why B2B Marketers Still Don't Get Social Media--And 7 Steps For Fixing That | Business Updates | Scoop.it
Who cares if you have 25000 followers on Twitter if youre not doing anything with or for them (In B2B context social media requires both a technology and a business approach.

 

Read more at:  http://www.fastcompany.com/3009993/the-takeaway/why-b2b-marketers-still-dont-get-social-media-and-7-steps-for-fixing-that

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Is Your Business Poised for the New Digital Customer's Journey?

Is Your Business Poised for the New Digital Customer's Journey? | Business Updates | Scoop.it
The sheer proliferation of new online devices and digital consumer channels is pushing leading-edge companies to rethink how they connect with and engage their customers.

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Josette Williams's curator insight, July 5, 2013 4:33 PM

This content powerfully points out the massive shift that has happened in marketing today.  Is your company adapting?

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Richard Stadler's curator insight, July 8, 2013 4:33 AM

The purchase process is no longer linear, it is not even predictable. Chaos Theory, here we come...

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Source: Xobni Was Acquired For More Than $60 Million

Source: Xobni Was Acquired For More Than $60 Million | Business Updates | Scoop.it

So email management startup Xobni wasacquired by Yahoo today, the company officially announced on its blog. Initial reports said the company was acquired for “upwards of $30 million” but TechCrunch has learned that total consideration for the deal will be about twice that amount, somewhere in the $60 million-plus range.

  http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/03/source-xobni-was-acquired-for-more-than-60-million/Read more at: 


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Official AndreasCY's curator insight, July 3, 2013 5:34 PM

Email management startup Xobni was acquired by Yahoo today. The deal is said to be somewhere in the $60 million-plus range.

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10 of the best Online Project Management Apps

10 of the best Online Project Management Apps | Business Updates | Scoop.it
10 Best Online Project Management Apps

Managing a successful Business Project can be a rewarding experience, Having the right tools for the job can make this easier and improve your chances of succ

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5 Words to Use in Every Business Meeting

5 Words to Use in Every Business Meeting | Business Updates | Scoop.it

Forget presentations, handshakes and power suits: You should focus on what you're saying if you want to make a big impact in a business meeting.

New research has found that employees who used the words "yeah," "give," "start," "meeting" and "discuss" ended up with more accepted proposals in meetings.

The specific words were found to be persuasive for a number of reasons. For example, "the word 'meeting' is used in suggestions about what not to discuss," Rudin explains. "For instance, someone might say, 'Maybe this is something for the next meeting,' as a way of gently moving the topic onward without causing offense. That suggestion was almost always accepted."

 

Read more at: http://mashable.com/2013/06/21/business-meeting-words/

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Aggregate, Curate and Publish Across Web, Social and Email with OpenTopic

Aggregate, Curate and Publish Across Web, Social and Email with OpenTopic | Business Updates | Scoop.it

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Jose Jordan's curator insight, June 28, 2013 1:48 PM

OpenTopic es un servicio de curación de noticias que te permite agregar, monitorizar y filtrar cualquier número de fuentes para publicar y compartir tu selección en los sitios que prefieras desde WordPress,  canales de Social Media o boletín electrónico.

 

Dentro de OpenTopic puedes crear uno o más cuadros de mando "Topic". esencialmente muestra las páginas que donde se agregan nuevos contenidos y el contenido entrante de las fuentes que se especifiquen. Puedes saltar de un panel a otro topic con el clic de su ratón.

 

Para curar historias simplemente tienes que seleccionar los que son relevantes para tu público y se les proporciona un módulo de edición para modificar y personalizar el contenido de la historia. En este punto también se puede seleccionar en los (canales) que la historia será publicada y se puede personalizar la historia de manera diferente para cada uno de ellos.

 

Incluso hay una opción que te permite configurar algún tipo de curación automática, dándole la opción de establecer un conjunto de reglas sencillas, que cuando coincide, dará lugar a la publicación de una noticia.

 

OpenTopic te permite conectar a un mayor número de canales posibles, por lo que es fácil enviar de un lugar a tu sitio web, RSS, redes sociales y newsletter.

 

Por último, pero no menos importante, OpenTopic integra un servicio de análisis completo, capaz de informar y dar a conocer los resultados de su trabajo de curación a través de historias y canales de distribución.

 

 

Mi comentario: Excelente herramienta para redes sociales y community managers, así como especialistas de marketing web que necesitan el soporte eficaz para descubrir noticias relevantes sobre un tema y la publicación fácil de diferentes canales de una plataforma centralizada. Fácil de usar.

 

Solicitar una invitación aquí:http://www.opentopic.com/

 
Ness Crouch's curator insight, July 4, 2013 5:36 PM

I'm going to try this out! I could have everything in one place! I'm not sure if it will be as effective as my other tools but I'm willing to experiment.

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Create Your Own Smartphone App With Infinite Monkeys – No Coding Knowledge Required

Create Your Own Smartphone App With Infinite Monkeys – No Coding Knowledge Required | Business Updates | Scoop.it

It would be great if we all had the time, skills, and patience to learn computer coding, especially since technology pervades so many areas of our life. But thankfully, there are applications and web developers out there who provide ways for the rest of us to produce apps with little or no coding skills.

A program has just been released called Infinite Monkeys, a web-based tool geared toward niche communities who want to share content on the iPhone and Android platforms.

 Read more at: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/create-smartphone-app-infinite-monkeys-coding-knowledge-required/


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Apple Strengthens Lead as Top U.S. Smartphone Maker, Report Says

Apple Strengthens Lead as Top U.S. Smartphone Maker, Report Says | Business Updates | Scoop.it

Apple has bolstered its lead as the top U.S. smartphone-maker, gaining 1.4 percentage points in terms of total subscribers between January and April, according to new data.

In a report released Tuesday, analytics firm ComScore revealed that the Cupertino, Calif. company captured a sizable 39.2% of OEM (original equipment manufacturer) market share during the three-month average period ending April 2013. (Comscore compared stats from this period to the three-month average period ending January 2013).

  Read more at:  http://mashable.com/2013/06/05/apple-top-us-smartphone-maker/


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Study: U.S. Smartphone Penetration Now at 61%

Study: U.S. Smartphone Penetration Now at 61% | Business Updates | Scoop.it

Smartphone owners are now a solid majority of U.S. mobile subscribers at 61% according to Nielsen. Smartphones became the dominant mobile device in the U.S.

Penetration among ages 25 to 34 is 78% while 75% of 18 to 24-year-olds have smartphones. Adults over 55 have the lowest penetration (42%), but that doubled over the last year.

 

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SEO Ranking Factors Visualized: The Top 200 Criteria Used by Google To Rank Web Sites

SEO Ranking Factors Visualized: The Top 200 Criteria Used by Google To Rank Web Sites | Business Updates | Scoop.it
SEO itself has always been somewhat of a barrier to entry for online success. In other words, for a new person it's so complex that it takes a long time to

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Ahmed Lizzaik's curator insight, July 12, 2013 6:23 AM

Excellent

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From May 2013, so some things may have changed...


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Starbucks Bans Smoking Within 25 Feet Of Stores

Starbucks Bans Smoking Within 25 Feet Of Stores | Business Updates | Scoop.it

The classic combination of coffee and cigarettes has been ingrained in pop culture, but Starbucks isn't interested in perpetuating the zeitgeist. As of June 1, the company is banning smoking within 25 feet of its stores, according to news reports.

The ban affects the majority of company-owned Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada, according to NBC Los Angeles. A company representative confirmed to The Huffington Post that about 7,000 stores will be affected -- both those that have outdoor seating and those that do not.

While indoor smoking bans are pretty much the rule now in the U.S., outdoor smoking bans are newer territory. Many universities and parks have gone smoke-free, but enforcing the ban is another matter.

 

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/31/starbucks-bans-smoking-june-1_n_3365544.html

 
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How one Irish woman made $22bn for Apple in a year

How one Irish woman made $22bn for Apple in a year | Business Updates | Scoop.it
A private individual who shuns publicity, Cathy Kearney is thought to be the brains behind the Cork office that has helped save Apple billions

Kearney is the Silicon Valley computer giant's top lieutenant in Ireland, and has overseen the explosive success of the company's operations in Cork, responsible for selling iPads, iPhones and MacBooks to scores of markets across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. No less than $22bn of Apple's profits – two-thirds of the total for the group – came from Kearney's Cork companies in 2011 alone. Back in the United States, Tim Cook, Apple's chief executive, has described this international success as unprecedented.

Apple has been able to tell the Irish tax authorities that Kearney, the sole Irish-resident director, cannot be judged to manage or control these companies, and that important decision-making rests in California.

As a result, AOI and others are not deemed tax resident in Ireland.

Meanwhile, because these same companies are incorporated at addresses in Ireland, under US law they appeared not to be tax resident in the US either. "Magically," observed Senate committee chair Carl Levin, "it's neither here nor there."

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7 Reasons Why Facebook Doesn't Give a Sh*t About Your Business Page

7 Reasons Why Facebook Doesn't Give a Sh*t About Your Business Page | Business Updates | Scoop.it
Recently I've started to wonder why some businesses (including ours) even post to Facebook anymore. No matter how many fans or likes you have, it seems as if Facebook is continually making it harder for pages to get into their fans' News Feeds.

 

Read more at: http://dashburst.com/facebook-business-page-fail/

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