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Best of the web reads: Opening up The Guardian

10:44AM | Friday, 11 October

How to present like Steve Jobs: Presenting a new product or business in front of potential investors or clients can be a daunting experience.   US author and chief executive of Breather, an on-demand space company, Julien Smith has been doing a bit of presenting lately and has realised the way he does it has changed significantly as he seeks to emulate Apple’s Steve Jobs.   Why? “Well, as it turns out, if you want to present something you consider revolutionary, then that is exactly how you should be doing it,” he writes on his blog. In this post he sets out what he’s learnt from Jobs on presenting.   Opening up The Guardian: From its scoops of phone hacking at the News of the World to the Edward Snowdon revelations that the US National Security Agency tapped millions of phone calls and emails in the name of combatting terrorism, Britain’s The Guardian newspaper has been first with some of the biggest news stories in the world in recent times.   This feature in The New Yorker reveals how the paper delivered its biggest stories, while also profiling editor Alan Rusbridger. It also discusses how The Guardian might survive when traditional media is fighting to retain readers in a world dominated by the internet.   Julian Assange: He may be confined to a small room in the Embassy of Ecuador in London, but Julian Assange’s reach and profile appear undiminished. He’s addressed the United Nations, written a book, given interviews, run for election to the Australian Senate and played a role in the Edward Snowdon affair. Vanity Fair looks at life for Assange and how he’s maintained his profile and work despite being physically removed from the wider world.   Lessons from a dysfunctional US Congress: The US government has been partially shutdown as politicians refuse to compromise on new laws. It’s a situation that has many in the US and around the world shaking their heads.   Samuel Bacharach, a professor at Cornell University, isn’t pulling any punches when he describes Congress as “politically incompetent”. But within that incompetence are some leadership lessons he’s explained in this article for Inc.com.

Forbes names most powerful people – who can you learn from?

3:49AM | Monday, 11 March

US President Barack Obama might be the world’s most powerful person, according to Forbes, but there’s a handful of entrepreneurs on this year’s list for start-ups to draw inspiration from.

THE NEWS WRAP: Banks called on to pass on rate cut

5:19PM | Tuesday, 1 May

Business industry groups are calling on the big banks to pass on yesterday’s Reserve Bank 50 basis point interest rate cut.

Three lessons to take from the 2012 Corporate Reputation Index

5:57AM | Tuesday, 1 May

Start-ups have been urged to learn from the companies in this year’s Corporate Reputation Index, which saw Apple Australia take the top spot in its inaugural year of inclusion in the survey.

Top 10 PR disasters

5:44AM | Wednesday, 2 May

Just two weeks ago, Airbnb appeared to be on an unstoppable rise to the top. The business had expanded internationally, including Australia, and had raised $112 million in funding.

Rupert Murdoch’s top 10 entrepreneurial moves

5:38AM | Wednesday, 2 May

Rupert Murdoch could’ve eased into a well-heeled retirement in the past decade, quietly slipping away to one of his many properties and handing over the reins to son James, who, until the past two weeks, appeared to be his heir apparent.

THE NEWS WRAP: Former Opes Prime boss Laurie Emini pleads guilty

7:09PM | Monday, 18 July

Laurie Emini, former boss of collapsed stock broking firm Opes Prime, has pleaded guilty to three counts relating to his role in the downfall.

THE NEWS WRAP: Murdoch abandons BSkyB bid

7:34PM | Wednesday, 13 July

Rupert Murdoch has pulled the plug on the attempted takeover of UK broadcaster BSkyB in the wake of the phone hacking scandal that has engulfed his media empire.

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