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  • WhatsApp Status: Facebook’s latest Snapchat killer?

    According to a report by BGR India, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is revamping its Status page with a splash of inspiration from Snapchat. Dubbed "Status" for now, the new WhatsApp feature will allow users to send and set images as statuses. Users can also doodle over them, and limit the viewable audience. Okay, so it's not entirely like Snapchat's rolling photo-reel then, but it does have shades of the app within it. WhatsApp Status allows users to set images as statuses, similar to Snapchat and Instagram Stories BGR India notes that the new feature is buried in WhatsApp beta version 2.16.336 but can only be...

  • Saxonwold Shebeen: South Africa’s hilarious new meme

    Forget the med- and edtech industries. You know what's a real disruptive force on the internet at the moment? Shebeens. Specifically, shebeens in Saxonwold. After the State Capture report revealed that Eskom CEO Brian Molefe spent quite a few nights in close proximity to the Gupta's residence in Saxonwold, Johannesburg, Molefe suggested he may or may not have been visiting a nearby shebeen. Eskom, in a tweet to Memeburn, explained that it was in fact one of Molefe's colleagues who mentioned this. Regardless though, Twitter quickly latched onto the notion of a shebeen, and did not let go. Saxonwold Shebeen: South Africa's...

  • Mark Zuckerberg loses $3-billion in a single day

    If you're having a bad week, do spare a thought for poor Mark Zuckerberg. The founder and CEO of social media giant Facebook lost US$3-billion in personal net wealth on Thursday, after Facebook's growth forecast was given a dim outlook. Facebook claims that it will hit the limit of how many ads can be shown in its app's primary news feed in 2017 -- a big, big problem for the advertising-reliant firm. As a result, the company's share price also tanked 8% in late Wednesday trading. That, of course, lost Zuckerberg a good 6% of his personal wealth. It's an extremely odd...

  • YouTube gets pinned comments, cute ‘creator hearts’

    If you were to give the internet an enema, you'd probably stick the hose in YouTube's comments section. Between the racism, sexism and trolls, it can be a rather toxic place. But Google is continuing its push to gussy up the service, introducing pinned comments and several other features in the process. YouTube uploaders can now pin comments on videos, allowing you to "highlight great engagement from your fans or share information with your audience", the company wrote on its Creator blog. That's not the only way you can show love to your favourite comments, as the team has implemented the ability...

  • State Capture Report: SA politicians, parties react on Twitter

    The rather lengthy and eagerly anticipated State Capture Report has finally been made available for all to view. So what were some of the biggest findings? Well, the Public Protector found that President Jacob Zuma may have broken the Executive Ethics Code multiple times. The report also features Eskom CEO Brian Molefe numerous times, revealing that he had many phone calls with the Gupta family. Note: here's how to get the State Capture report. There are many more findings to be had, but Thuli Madonsela ultimately called on Zuma to initiate a commission of inquiry, with the head chosen by Chief Justice...

  • You can ‘buy’ stuff on Instagram from next week (but not in SA)

    Facebook and Pinterest have allowed you to buy items/services on the platforms for a while now, but now it's Instagram's turn to join the party. Yep, the photo-based social network has announced that it will (sort of) allow people to buy stuff via the platform from next week. "While browsing and discovery is easy on mobile, finding more information about the specific products you see isn’t always as simple. On a platform known for its power of mobile discovery, today we're excited to announce an easier experience to shop the products you love on Instagram," the company wrote on its business...

  • Shaun Abrahams drops Pravin charges: here’s Twitter’s reaction

    The great South African soap opera continued this week, thanks to the NPA and Pravin Gordhan's ongoing battle. In the latest episode, NPA chief Shaun Abrahams announced Monday that fraud charges against finance minister Pravin Gordhan will be dropped with immediate effect. Abrahams, conducting a media briefing, explained that the decision to prosecute Gordhan was not his decision, however he has overruled them regardless. While feigning responsibility for Gordhan's prosecution, this didn't stop South Africa's Twitter masses from laying into the NPA director. Rand down: 3 apps to keep tabs on SA’s financial news The South African rand isn’t doing well today....

  • Turn your Vines into GIFs with GIPHY’s loop conversion tool

    Twitter might be turning its back on content creators, killing its short-loop video tool Vine, but other companies are seeing this death as an opportunity. One such company is GIPHY. The social GIF respository and search engine has launched a new tool that converts Vine loops into GIFs. Taking to Medium, GIPHY explains that it "wanted to add another fun way for loops to live on". "If you have a GIPHY account, you’ll be able to transfer over all of the Vines you’ve created with this new tool we just finished." Vine is the latest victim of Twitter’s crazy week Twitter, after shedding...

  • Pornhub reportedly buying Vine? Because ‘six seconds is more than enough’

    Adult streaming site  has reportedly offered to buy Vine, after Twitter announced it was scaling down the looping video service. In a letter sent to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and obtained by CNET, Pornhub vice-president Corey Price says that Twitter could benefit from a sale. "We figure since Twitter has dropped (Vine) and is having significant layoffs, that you and your stakeholders could benefit from a cash infusion from the sale of Vine. Not to mention we would be saving Vine gems like 'Damn Daniel,' 'Awkward Puppets' and many more." Price added that Vines "of porn in six seconds is more than enough time...

  • Vine is the latest victim of Twitter’s crazy week

    Twitter, after shedding 9% of its company staff this week, is also shedding Vine. In a blog post published on Medium, "Vine and Twitter" explains that the former will be "discontinuing the mobile app" in a move that almost spells the end for the promising but ailing short video platform. We have some important news to share about Vine. Read more here: https://t.co/jPveGelXgS — Vine (@vine) October 27, 2016 The video creation and sharing service, that was bought by Twitter in 2012, was used by consumers and media alike to cover events like the Ferguson uprising of 2014, to the everyday lives of...

  • Here’s why Snapchat is Snapchat’s own worst enemy

    It's tough to think of another mobile platform that's enjoyed as much success in as short a time as Snapchat. The service has managed to successfully shed its early reputation as sexting platform number one. In the process, it's transformed into a service that prides itself on being a platform for authentic media-sharing. Who needs carefully shot, crystal clear DSLR snaps when spur-of-the-moment, blurry shots can feel more intimate? Who cares about smooth, 4K video clips when shaky footage happening right now feels more authentic? Or at least that's the thinking... As a result of the app's live nature, it's quickly become a social media icon alongside...

  • The art of Facebook: 30 of its biggest brands analysed

    For personal use, Facebook is an excellent way to communicate with friends, keep up to date with event lists, and of course, sneak around others' personal lives. But how do some of the world's biggest brands use the social network? A study, conducted by analytics firm Quintly, aims to do just that, looking at 30 of the world's biggest brands and their unique uses of Facebook in the first half of 2016. These brands include the likes of Monster Energy, Intel, BMW, Zara and Skittles, to name but a few. Have a look at the full list below: BMW, Starbucks, Disney,...

  • Twitter to cut 8% of workforce – report

    Twitter may be considered an icon of today's internet era, but its financial status has never been shining by most accounts. Now, Bloomberg reports that the company plans to lay off 300 staff, representing a not-insignificant 8% of their workforce. The publication, citing "people familiar with the matter", said that the layoffs might be announced this week before Twitter's third-quarter earnings meeting on Thursday. It added that the number of laid off employees could still change. Twitter hasn't been a money maker by any stretch, having sought a sale instead So who would be affected by these job cuts? TechCrunch reports that sales teams are...

  • Kansas City Diaries: can brands beat Snapchat at its own game?

    Kansas City Diaries is an exclusive article series by Natalie Pool as she goes undercover at VML's global agency headquarters in Kansas City, USA, to find out how organic search, Snapchat and other technologies are changing the advertising and marketing industry. Snapchat is not what you’d call a brand-friendly platform. In fact, it actively discourages brands from creating organic content and makes it purposefully difficult for users to find you (unless you’re Kylie Jenner, arguably the biggest brand on Snapchat right now). And without reporting metrics for organic content, it’s tricky (but not impossible) for agencies to prove its value...

  • Facebook Messenger on Windows 10 now boasts voice, video calls

    Facebook Messenger's Windows 10 app has now gained the ability to place voice and video calls. Much like Messenger on Android and iOS, the green chat icon will begin to glow green when the other user is active, letting you know that you're able to call them immediately. Unlike the apps though, you're not able to set reminders or send messages during an incoming call. Windows 10's native desktop notification however will notify you of an incoming call. Facebook Messenger's Windows 10 app is slowly gaining parity with its iOS, Android cousins If your call happens to not be answered, you do have...