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Samsung needs to reinvent itself (again)

Another quarter, another set of disappointing results for Samsung. This time, net profit fell 27% from the previous year as intense competition continued to eat away at the company's smartphone business.<p>The fourth quarter results are troubling, but not unexpected. Samsung's profits have now …

China to expand some Shanghai free trade zone practices nationwide | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will replicate some practices in Shanghai’s free trade zone to other parts of the country, the cabinet said, in its latest push to let markets play a bigger role in the economy.<p>The expansion of practices include yuan, or renminbi, settlements under the current account for …

Burger King's Helping Hands In India

Despite being a late entrant to India’s crowded fast-food sector, where rival McDonald’s has been entrenched for nearly two decades, Burger King Worldwide managed to whip up a frenzy before opening its first shop. Preselling its burgers on eBay, it drew online orders for 1,200 Whoppers (mutton, …

The 10 Things In Advertising You Need To Know Today

<b>1. McDonald's has appointed British marketer Steve Easterbrook as its new CEO.</b> Here is everything you need to know about him.<p><b>2. NBC announced Tuesday it has sold out of all its $4.5 million Super Bowl ad slots.</b> The broadcaster said it amounted to a "record day" for media.<p><b>3. Facebook crushed its Q4</b> …

Coach Sales Are Still Tanking, But Stock Rises On Earnings Beat

Coach reported another sharp sales and profit decline in its fiscal second quarter, but said it is encouraged by slight improvement in its challenging North America business.<p>Comparable sales for North America fell 22%, an improvement over last quarter’s 24% drop.<p>“We were pleased with the sequential …

7 smart questions to ask at the end of every job interview

Most people know they should ask questions at the end of a job interview, but what do you ask? We found some answers.<p><i>Produced by Matt Johnston</i><p><b>Follow BI Video:</b>On Facebook

Employment

Kate Spade To Shutter Low-Priced Offshoot And Men’s Stores

Kate Spade Co. announced today that it will shutter its 19 Kate Spade Saturday stores, which offer a lower-priced, more casual selection of clothing compared with the main Kate Spade line. The company’s 22-year-old menswear brand, Jack Spade, will also close all 12 of its stores.<p>It’s a surprising …

The cost of doing business in China: Spying

If you're a tech company and want to do business in China, you'll have to hand over the keys to your kingdom first.<p>Strict, new Chinese government rules will subject foreign companies to tailor their products for use within China -- making them less secure.<p>Companies that provide back-end IT …

Food Industry Drags Its Heels On Recyclable And Compostable Packaging

Let's face it: We are people who consume many of our meals on the go. That means we're not eating on real plates or bowls but out of plastic containers and paper boxes. And perhaps daily, we drink our coffees and sodas out of plastic or plastic-lined paper cups.<p>Overall, Americans recycle at the …

Can Taylor Swift Really Trademark "This Sick Beat"? Yes, and Here's Why

Taylor Swift just tried to trademark "This Sick Beat." Here's why she can, and why it makes a whole lot of financial sense.<p>The internet almost …

SingTel, Sony, Warner setup video service in Asia | Reuters

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore Telecommunications Ltd, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. Entertainment on Friday said they had established HOOQ, a joint venture start-up to offer a regional video service in Asia.<p>A Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel) signage is pictured at the …

Falling oil prices: How long will it last?

Filling up at the gas station has been a much more pleasant experience for Americans since last fall. Regular gas is now less than $2 a gallon in many states, down from around $3.30 just a year ago.<p>But how long will that last? It's just one of many questions stemming from the extraordinary drop in …

Oil

Airfare Trends on the Rise in 2015

<i>Håkan Dahlström / Flickr</i><p>If you resolved to travel more in 2015, good news: According to a new report from Expedia, it's a great year to be a traveler. The report, released in December 2014 and co-produced with data from the Airlines Reporting Corporation, offers mostly encouraging news for …

How to develop your marketing as your start-up grows: SpotJobs co-founder Lewis Romano

by Lewis Romano<p>After coming up with the idea for SpotJobs in 2010, my co-founder, Jake Williams and I developed the proposition and then spent 12 …

Inflation to be pulled lower by plunging petrol prices

Falling petrol prices are expecting to have driven inflation lower in official figures due out today, leaving the Reserve Bank plenty of scope to cut …

Why Sydney's global infrastructure hub should be wary of PPPs

While in Davos representing Australia at the World Economic Forum, Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has enthusiastically extolled the virtues of …

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NAB to lend to more small and mid-market businesses

National Australia Banklooks set to further bulk up its investment in business banking, as it fends off an attack from rivals betting on a rebound in …

Profit

3 workouts to torch fat without traditional cardio

The only feeling worse than realizing you’ve just inhaled two days’ worth of calories in one holiday meal is the panic that sinks in once you …

The Tiny Gym Workout

Anthony Yeung, C.S.C.S

Long-term unemployment in Australia doubles since the global financial crisis

"Employers increasingly put a premium on qualifications and education and work experience and that's happening as the economy becomes more based on …

16 Motivational Post-It Notes On Trains

Author of Texts from Dog “October Jones”, decided to leave <i>a collection of awesome motivational post-it notes</i> for those commuting on the train to and …

Three Body Weaknesses and How to Fix Them

Sean Hyson, C.S.C.S.

The robotics future of the home

The amount of money being put into robotics is staggering. Beyond multi-billion dollar investments in automated factories and sensors technology, …

Robotics

Judging personality tests: should you use them for recruitment?

<b>Many job seekers are wary of personality testing. They will accept prying interviews and secretive reference checks, but baulk at having their</b> …

Why job interviews are unreliable

by James Adonis<p>In last week’s post about the insanity of how we work, a reader made a very interesting comment, which I’ve paraphrased below:<p>“Studies …

30 Time Management Tips For Work-Life Balance

Here are some time management tips you can use to help you get productive and stay balanced at work as well as outside the office.<p>Use whichever tips resonate with you. There should be something here you can put into action straight away. You might also find it useful to come back to these tips at a …

What Leadership Will Look Like In 20 Years

Let’s face it, most of us are addicted technology futurists. Who doesn’t enjoy speculating about what technology marvels will be commonplace in the coming decades? Will it be 3D printing? Artificial intelligence? “Singularity”? All are buzzwords of the emerging technology future.<p><i>But what about</i> …