BRIEFS

COUNCILS

COUNCILS

On the move

Nasdaq-listed communications provider ShoreTel has announced it is making inroads into the local government sector in Australia, now servicing more than 3000 users in 50 councils, including the City of Subiaco in Perth, and Frankston City in Melbourne. Jamie Romanin, managing director, Australia and New Zealand, said the company was actively targeting local councils.

TELEWORKING

In the office

Has working from home

lost its lustre? Yahoo! has

joined Google in criticising teleworking as slow and detrimental to work quality and creativity. Head of human resources Jackie Reses issued a memo telling remote staff to be back in the office by June or quit, despite new research showing teleworkers work longer and get more done.

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COMPETITION

Fighting Apple

Samsung is taking the fight right to Apple's doorstep, announcing three new facilities in Silicon Valley. It will open an R&D lab and a new semiconductor plant in San Jose, and a start-up incubator in Palo Alto, in addition to an innovation centre in Menlo Park. http://bit.ly/X5nF1L

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