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  • Busted: Apple caught tracking iPhone users… again

    Another day another issue with an Apple product. Sigh. Except maybe you should hold off on that sigh, because this one's serious. Apple has, once again, been caught tracking iPhone users. In April 2011, analysts at a UK security conference discovered that iPhones and iPads running iOS4 had been secretly tracking their users' every movement. Apple then denied that it was tracking users, although it did so without directly addressing the evidence brought forward by the security company. Now it has emerged that Apple has started tracking iOS6 users so it can target them through a new tracking technology...

  • Microsoft to pump $1.5bn into Windows 8 marketing

    Whether you think that Windows 8 represents a return to "cool" for Microsoft or a last throw of the dice, there's no denying the fact that it's important. Microsoft gets that too. If you want proof, you need look no further than the fact that the Redmond-based giant is set to pump upwards of US$1.5-billion worth of marketing into the new OS. According to Forbes, that makes it the largest campaign for a single product in the history of the industry. It's definitely a hell of a lot more than the US$200-million, the company spent marketing Windows 95. According...

  • Reddit & Gawker: sex, anonymity and free speech

    Well this is interesting. There has been a slow scandal brewing over content posted on Reddit for some time now but it seems it's time to air the dirty laundry. In a recent post, Matthew Ingram of GigaOM talks about the dark side of communities such as the social bookmarking site, Reddit. His piece follows a statement from a Reddit sub-forum, "r/politics" stating that it will be banning links from all Gawker Media properties because one of its writers was planning on exposing a Reddit moderator responsible for "r/creepshots" and "r/jailbaits" pages dedicated to sexualised pictures of...

  • Free Weibo: Get Sina Weibo uncensored

    Just yesterday I wrote a piece about what the internet in China might look like if it wasn't censored, and today I got a note saying things have gotten just a bit more free. Free Weibo is a new site (launched yesterday) that uses Sina Weibo’s own data and data from Weiboscope (which collects blocked and deleted weibo posts) to allow users to search for search terms that are blocked on the Sina Weibo site. Want to search for “Hu Jintao” or look up your favorite evil cult? Now you can actually do it. The site comes from the same...

  • CEO confirms: Amazon doesn’t profit from Kindle ereader or tablet sales

    Yes, the ereaders and tablets that are so popular they have allowed Amazon to sell more ebooks than printed ones in countries like the UK and US are actually not where the company makes its money. In fact, according to CEO Jack Bezos, Kindle and Kindle Fire sales just about cover the cost of their manufacture. Speaking to the BBC at the launch of the new Kindle Paperwhite in the UK, Bezos explained Amazon's business model. "We sell the hardware at our cost," he said. "It's break-even on the hardware. We're not trying to make any money off the hardware....

  • Who ‘owns’ your social graph?

    With all the time we spend on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest (the list goes on) our lives have become intertwined in more ways than we think. If we take recent court cases seriously, then soon our own social media connections could be "owned" in the future. It's also becoming increasingly obvious how important information will be in the future. Companies that have seen the benefits of using social media could increasingly go after their employees' connections, especially after a court ruling rejected the claim by Linda Eagle that her former employer Edcomm prevented her from accessing her personal and critical...

  • Apple and Samsung at it again… ding dong let’s get it on.

    The Apple vs Samsung patent war is heating up again with the two tech giants once more trading punches. The US injunction that the Cupertino company won earlier this year on the sales of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, has been reversed by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. It said that the district court in California "abused its discretion in entering an injunction". This is a reversal of the ruling that U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh, who conducted the Apple v. Samsung patent trial, made in July on the 8086604 patent, a "universal interface for retrieval of...

  • ‘No small challenge’: How an intern built Facebook’s mobile ad platform

    In some companies, being an intern means you don't get paid for making the coffee for a few months. Apparently that's very much not the case at Facebook. In a post on the social network's engineering blog, Peter Cottle -- a graduate student in the mechanical engineering program at UC Berkeley -- reveals how he was given the task of building its mobile advertising interface after less than a week's training. According to Cottle, the project was "the natural combination of three recent events at Facebook": the launch of promoted posts, the social network's mobile push and the roll...

  • India mobile sales to hit 250m in 2013, will be 326m by 2016

    India is a mobile country. Earleir this year, it became the first country on the planet to have more people access the web via mobile than desktop. That's because mobile phones entail a much lower barrier to entry than desktop computers do, which helps explain why they've become so prolific in the BRIC giant. Factor in an ever-growing network infrastructure and you can see why tech research company Gartner thinks some 250-million handsets will be sold in the country in 2013. Things are expected to keep growing at a steady rate through 2016 when sales will surpass 326-million units. “The...

  • The biggest Street View update ever includes palaces and Table Mountain

    So, have you spent enough of your time swimming with turtles in Australia? Good... because Google has just released a batch of new special Street View collections which let you explore everything from Russian palaces and Canadian parks to Danish castles and South African nature reserves. Street View programme manager Ulf Spitzer announced today that the team has released its "biggest ever update" and doubled the number of its Maps collections. Now you can see 360-degree interactive panoramic images of points of interest and historical sites in countries like South Africa, Japan, Spain, France, Brazil and Mexico. Some of the places...

  • Bad Piggies go all Gordon Ramsey, launch a cookbook

    Looks like Rovio's grinning green pigs are capable of more than just antagonizing birds. Today saw the Finnish mobile gaming giant launch a recipe book app for the iPad featuring the antagonists of the Angry Birds franchise of games. Given the habits of the pigs in those games, it should hardly be surprising that the recipes are all about eggs. Social is baked deep into the app, which means you can share and comment on the recipes with your friends. “We wanted to create a cookbook that brings a family together to actively do things together with the...

  • eBay set to take on Groupon with daily deals site

    If the continual woes of industry leader Groupon are anything to by, daily deals probably isn't the best space to be in at the moment. That's not going to stop eBay giving it a bash though. According to Reuters, the ecommerce giant has been quietly testing its own daily deals platform, called eBay Lifestyle Deals. Over the past few weeks the service has been running on a trial basis in selected US cities, with deals covering everything from dog walking services to massages and private gym sessions. "This is more competition for Groupon, but also more validation for...

  • Jimmy Wales talks online protest, censorship and the flow of information

    In a recent interview with prominent financial magazine Finweek, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales spoke about how the internet has impacted on the world's protest movements and how governments have sought to quell those movements. He also spoke about the measures some governments are taking to try to curb the free flow of information online, legitimate or illegitimate, is essentially "impotent". With Finweek's permission, Memeburn has selected extracts from the interview, which strike right at the heart of these topics. There are fascinating scientific discussions to be had about information and its probable fundamental place in our universe, but...

  • Why is Big Data still a marketing headache?

    People the world over are having sleepless nights as they continue to get to grips with Big Data. It's a two-word phrase with far-reaching ramifications. Some reckon it has the potential to answer all the unanswered marketing questions in the universe. They see it as the Holy Grail as it were... So what’s the big issue? Well, let’s take a look at some of the data (yes that was intentional) that we have to go on. A recent study of nearly 800 of the top Fortune 1 000 companies showed the following: In a list of what they rely on to...

  • Eric Schmidt: Android-Apple fight will define industry, MS Surface could be big

    Eric Schmidt thinks the battle between Google's mobile platform Android and Apple could be the "defining fight in the industry today.” He also believes that Microsoft's Surface could be a "big deal", if it works and that riding in a self-driving car is life-changing. “We've not seen platform fights at this scale,” he said in an interview with AllThingsD. “The beneficiary is you guys (i.e., consumers). Prices are dropping rapidly. That’s a wonderful value proposition.” While the Google chairman was willing to speak about the importance of the fight, he was more reluctant to talk about how patents might affect...