Finally, it’s the end of the week. But what have we been reading and sharing around the office?

Here’s a quick round up of the content that grabbed our attention. Pop back later to see what our UK and US offices have being checking out as well. 

 Is your business ready for the NBN?

The National Broadband Network (NBN) has suffered some setbacks throughout the course of its development and roll out plans, however it will be arriving before too long and this could have big repercussions for any online business.

Originally published 17-Aug-2012 

Creating a lasting impression

Categorically describing what makes a design memorable is almost impossible. As with many other aspects of graphics and typography, general principles rather than absolute rules apply. However, aspects of dynamism and the unusual and unexpected more often than not play a significant role in memorable designs. 

Originally published 14-Aug-2012 

Latest smartphone from China’s Xiaomi sells its 200,000-unit launch batch in 30 minutes

There’s more proof of the unrelenting demand for Xiaomi’s mobile phones in China after the popular smartphone maker saw its latest $236 device sell out of an initial batch of 200,000 units in just 30 minutes, with over 1m additional reservations left to fulfil.

Originally published 23-Aug-2012 

The next step for retail in Australia

The growing inclination of Australians to purchase online could spell trouble for retailers. Online stores do not have the operational costs of running a brick-and-mortar store and therefore able to price products more competitively and provide larger discounts on branded items… 

Originally published 22-Aug-2012 

Regional media buyers dispute Warc’s report on APAC’s ‘plunging’ marketing budgets

Although Warc’s latest global marketing index (GMI) shows that marketing budgets in the region have dropped ‘significantly’ in August, media specialists in the region have noticed no change in client ad spend.

Originally published 23-Aug-2012 

Australian government passes controversial cybercrime data retention bill

The Australian Senate passed the Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Bill 2011, which allows Australia to accede to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime and brings into place some controversial cybercrime law enforcement measures.

Originally published 22-Aug-2012 

5 lessons how a business can get a stronger web presence in China

While businesses and brands are making significant investments in China, many are cutting corners on their websites – which isn’t the smartest move.

Originally published 20-Aug-2012 

Copyright stuck in horse and buggy era

“This hostile regulatory regime is one of the reasons why so many Australian start-ups head straight for Silicon Valley…”

Originally published 21-Aug-2012 

How big data became so big

This has been the crossover year for Big Data — as a concept, as a term and, yes, as a marketing tool. Big Data has sprung from the confines of technology circles into the mainstream.

Originally published 11-Aug-2012 

Ducks with flaming gas go viral

A newscast on ducks in China mysteriously emitting flaming gas from their behinds turned out to be a campaign for a duck-flavoured snack.

Originally published 24-Aug-2012