Top stories of the week

The newsmakers and newsbreakers that made the list of ARN's five biggest stories for this week

  • Nortel files for bankruptcy: The financially troubled network vendor files for Chapter 11 in the US bankruptcy court. The Toronto-based company seeks creditor protection in the US, Canada and EMEA, but says Asia-Pacific operations, including Australia, are not affected.
  • Google launches reseller program for App Premier: The search giant takes the wrappers off a reseller program for the paid version of its Apps hosted collaboration and communication suite. The program will allow third parties to resell Apps Premier for the first time.
  • ARN report - Channel looks to expand in tight economic climate ARN's first Business Index finds IT industry representatives upbeat about prospects in the short- and long-term and plans to expand their businesses. But many admit the global economic climate has taken its toll on customer spending and profits.
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    Optus slapped with $110,000 fine for Spam Act breach: The telco pays the second highest penalty to date for alleged breaches of Australia’s spam legislation. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) issues the telco with two infringement notices worth $110,000 for allegedly sending unsolicited electronic messages without accurate sender identification. This contravenes the Spam Act 2003.
  • No more NEC in Australian retail: NEC announces it will exit the Australian retail market to solely focus on IT/network communication solutions. As a result, 200 staff will be made redundant. From March 1, laptops, desktops, whitegoods, consumer appliances, home entertainment products such as DVD players, consumer LCD and plasma TVs will no longer be available on Australian store shelves.
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