links for 2011-01-06

  • In recent weeks, some of Australia’s larger retailers have vigorously argued that the ability of Australians to buy online will destroy retailing in Australia, with thousands of jobs going off-shore, and that we need to tax the internet to “create a level playing field”.  This is despite the fact that less than 3 per cent of all retail sales in Australia are transacted online!
  • I’m referring, of course, to the new campaign by some Australian retailers (including Myer, David Jones, Target and a host of others) calling for GST to be applied to online purchases under $1000 from overseas sellers. They feel that they simply can’t “compete” fairly with internet retailers who don’t have to collect the 10 per cent tax.
  • Palo Alto, CA — Uh-oh. Another piece of top-secret Apple material has been left behind in a public place. Only this time the culprit is Steve Jobs himself.
  • Doctor Who the 10th, David Tennant, is planning to get hitched to his fictional daughter Georgia Moffett, who also happens to be the real daughter of his fictional fifth incarnation.
  • A powerful virus targeting smartphones in China running Google's Android operating system may represent the most sophisticated bug to target mobile devices to date, security researchers said.
  • Andrew Cooper, CEO of dstore.com, writes from an Australian online retailers perspective about the current GST for overseas online purchases debate.
  • THE business tycoons demanding the imposition of GST on Australians' overseas online purchases have vowed to extend their advertising campaign despite a public backlash against them and calls for retailers to concentrate on lifting their own performances.
  • THE business leaders demanding the imposition of GST on Australians' internet purchases from overseas have vowed to extend their advertising campaign despite a public backlash and calls for retailers to concentrate on lifting their own performances.
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