The Friday SMB wrap-up

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Welcome to Friday! As always, we’ve wrapped up the week’s most important small business headlines for all you time-strapped SMB owners. This week, the Personal Property Securities Register came into being, Woolworths announced it will sell its Dick Smith Electronics chain and business confidence and conditions results for December were released.

Twitter to filter content by country

Twitter has given itself the ability to reactively withhold content from users in specific countries, based on whether it contravenes an individual nation’s freedom of expression limitations.

Previously, Twitter said it has had to remove certain types of content from its global audience, based on the fact it might not fit with freedom of expression ideas in every region. Now, it can do this on a country by country basis, “while keeping it available in the rest of the world.”

Are you prepared for the new Personal Property Securities Register?

The Personal Property Securities Regsiter (PPSR) came into being earlier this week, promising to bring major change to existing business practices. Here’s what you need to do to be ready to take advantage of the new PPR Register.

According to Veda head of commercial risk Moses Samaha, the PPSR delivers great opportunity to businesses, but they must understand what the changes mean for their business practices.

Regulatory burdens top small business woes

Regulatory burdens and government tendering are the biggest issues facing small businesses in New South Wales, according to small business commissioner Yasmin King.

The tour, Giving Small Business a Big Say, was rolled out to hundreds of small businesses across NSW to allow them to report on their challenges and future priorities.

According to King, the results showed that many small businesses are experiencing the same problems.

Android security holes plugged by new McAfee app

SMBs with a fleet of Android smartphones can now better protect themselves against mobile data theft from cyber crime and the loss or theft of devices, thanks to a new app from McAfee Mobile.

McAfee has teamed with Vodafone to launch the McAfee Mobile Security app, a monthly subscription-based security service for selected Android smartphones.

Woolworths cuts Dick Smith loose

Woolworths plans to put its iconic electronics brand up for sale, with the chain’s namesake and founder Dick Smith saying he’ll be angered if the chain’s sold into foreign hands, but can’t see a likely alternative.

In a move praised by analysts, Woolworths said ending its 30-year ownership of the struggling subsidiary would help the company focus on a larger format position. The review also showed Woolworths plans to close up to 100 underperforming stores in the next two years, while underlining the fact that workers wouldn’t be culled, just redistributed.