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Talking Business

Welcome to Talking Business, a podcast produced in Melbourne Australia. The podcast is available on the Acast app, the Apple Podcast store or wherever you go to get your podcasts. Or you can get it at the Business Acumen website at www.businessacumen.biz. I am Leon Gettler. My job is to review and monitor the week’s…

Internet Changes

The development of the internet has changed society in ways that no-one predicted. When it was created, the web was totally decentralised. On one of the World Wide Web’s first pages, Tim Berners-Lee declared there would be “no top to the web.” In its first major decision on regulation of internet content in 1997, the US Supreme…

Social Media Newspapers

So now it’s official. According to new data from Pew Research, adults in the US got their news from social media more often than print newspapers in 2018. The Pew data shows that 20 per cent of Americans got their news from social media, versus 16 per cent who got it off newspapers. Still, social…

Fair Fax 1

G’day. I am Leon Gettler, bringing you the latest news on what’s happening in the media. And the job cuts have started at Fairfax. Just a week after the Federal Court approved Nine’s takeover of Fairfax, the chief executive of Nine has announced that a total of 144 jobs will disappear as a result of the…

The Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

Much has been said about the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. Mr. Khashoggi was a forceful critic of the Saudi government. He went missing after he entered the consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials say they believe he was murdered there. Khashoggi was a Saudi Arabian journalist and he was actually a legal US resident, and he…

Turnbull fans race debate

Why is Malcolm Turnbull attacking a group that represents 0.08 per cent of the Australian population? On Monday, Turnbull blamed the Andrews Labor government for the alleged gang violence and lawlessness of members of the Sudanese community Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp is also leading the charge. For one reason and one reason only: there’s an…

Far right and criminals drive Bitcoin’s value

Bitcoin has had a bad start to the year by tumbling, extending its slide from a record $19,511 reached on Dec. 18 to $13,440 as of 3:55 p.m. in New York, down 6.1 percent from Friday, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Bitcoin has drawn investors keen to make a buck, not realising that its…

Turnbull and the needy

So Malcolm Turnbull today put in a publically ostentatious display today of looking after the needy by joining 1000 of Sydney’s lonely and homeless at the Wayside chapel on Christmas Day. This is so heart warming. Coming after his government’s robo-debt scandal with Centrelink slugging Australians with demands to pay back tens of thousands of…

Bitcoin drives climate change

Bitcoin is having a massive impact on the future of this planet. It’s shaping up as an environmental disaster with a carbon footprint as big as New Zealand’s, and it’s growing. A year ago, Bitcoin was worth less than a thousand dollars per coin. It climbed to over $5000 per coin by mid-October. Today the…