In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler unplugs the iPad, Gottliebsen examines China's underlying fragility, Bartholomeusz weighs up ASIC's new powers and Maley looks at Obama's export rescue plan.

The iPad unplugged
Alan Kohler
Beyond the hype, the features of Apple's iPad make it a big disappointment. The even more galling fact for newspaper proprietors is the iPad will do nothing to save their dwindling revenue streams.

WAKE UP AUSTRALIA: No time for complacency
Alan Kohler
In Business Spectator's special three-day series, some of the nation's best informed commentators will highlight the raft of issues facing Australia in 2010. If you thought everything was okay, think again.

WAKE UP AUSTRALIA: The fear over China's growth
Robert Gottliebsen
Analysts who correctly picked the sub-prime crisis and the slide in eastern Europe think China's growth rate will take a tumble. That would put Australia in a very difficult position.

Dubai's lesson for China
Robert Gottliebsen
Some of the problems that led to the Dubai property bubble are clearly evident in China. Though the government will do all it can to prevent the bubble bursting, it's fighting a losing battle.

ASIC's silver bullet
Stephen Bartholomeusz
By increasing the penalties for insider trading and market manipulation the government has given the corporate watchdog the firepower it sorely needs.

Stephen Bartholomeusz
The worst of the GFC might be behind us, but striking a balance between regulatory reform and economic growth could make 2010 the trickiest year yet for our leaders.

Obama's greenback grief
Karen Maley
It's clear from the US President's State of the Union speech that America is intent on exporting itself out of recession. To do that, the greenback must fall – and that's no easy task.

Volcker's game-changer
Karen Maley
Some are arguing that the ‘Volcker rules’ won't go far enough to fix the US banking system. Either way, they have changed the debate about the shape of the new financial order.

WAKE UP AUSTRALIA: Sating China's hunger
Isabelle Oderberg
China's appetite for takeovers in Australia will extend beyond mineral resources as the nation looks to secure its food supply.



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