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  • AP court win shows why content clipping on the web is not fair use

    The Associated Press (AP) and New York Times have won a court case involving a company that scraped content from the internet without paying for it. As paidContent notes, the case has massive implications for fair use and copyright law online. The defendant in the case is Meltwater, a company which monitors the internet for news about its clients. These clients, which include companies and governments, apparently pay thousands of dollars a year for news alerts and the ability to search the site's database. The alerts come in the form of newsletters, which include content from AP and other...

  • Michael Dell could lose CEO post if rival buyout bid succeeds

    Michael Dell has been on a mission to take the company he founded nearly 30 years ago private but, if a rival buyout bid succeeds, he could end up losing control of the company. According to the Wall Street Journal, Blackstone Group LP and activist investor Carl Icahn showed interest in the computer maker before a deadline for offers expired on Friday. Each apparently notified a special committee of Dell's board that they are working on solid bids for the company. According to people familiar with the matter, the step gives Blackstone and Icahn four more days to put...

  • Google Art Project brings ancient China online

    Google Art Project took off in 2011 with the aim to make the world’s great cultural artifacts viewable online. But mainland China has always been a sizable omission from its digital archives. That has finally changed with the first-ever Chinese museum now cataloged by Google. Fifty priceless pieces from the Hunan Provincial Museum in central China can now be viewed online. The museum specializes in items excavated from local Han-era tombs, plus bronzeware from the Shang and Zhou dynasties dating back to 1600BC. One of the oldest -- and most adorable -- of the ancient relics is this boar-shaped bronze...

  • Facebook marketing: 5 effective ways to cater to your mobile audience

    There are 1.08-billion active monthly users on Facebook, which is why your business would be crazy not to have a marketing strategy for this platform. However, many businesses don’t realise that it's also important to cater to a mobile audience. Currently, there are 680-million monthly active users, and this number is growing. So here are five effective ways to improve your mobile Facebook marketing efforts. Optimise all website content for mobile users If you plan on sharing content on Facebook, you should realize a lot of users will click through on a mobile device. So you need to make sure...

  • Want the truth about the cloud? We’re still just getting started

    The Cloud is without a doubt the trending buzzword of this decade. While it will be an ongoing drive to teach and learn more about the potential that cloud technologies have in store for us, they have already started to integrate into almost every facet of our digital lives. To date, business has been the key driving force behind the incredible growth we have seen with cloud services. But as companies explore new avenues to monetise or perhaps revolutionise cloud services, we are seeing some innovative uses for The Cloud emerge in the consumer market. We are also seeing...

  • TV’s smart new age and Facebook’s app problems: top stories you have to read

    Facebook's irreconcilable interests may be putting its developers at risk, but TV is getting smarter and sexier as Myspace eyes a return to stardom and Twitter celebrates its seventh birthday. What am I on about? You'll undestand once you've read these four interesting stories we've found on the web and featured in this week's instalment of our top tech stories series. The new rules of the hyper-social, data-driven, actor-friendly, super-seductive platinum age of television Let's face it: the old Nielsen family rating is dead. But the TV industry is getting smarter -- they realise it's not just about how many...

  • Twitter archive now available in another 12 new languages

    Twitter archive adds Danish, Filipino, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Urdu— Twitter (@twitter) March 21, 2013 Twitter's archive feature is now available in a dozen new languages including Russian, Portuguese, Japanese and Simplified Chinese. The archive feature, announced back in December, allows users to download all their tweets ever, from time in memoriam... or more accurately the date of joining the microblogging service. A Twitter blog post from December had this to say about its archive feature: "Over the coming weeks and months, we'll make it available to all users around the world, for all the languages...

  • 13 lessons every startup can learn from Warren Buffett

    Warren Buffett was once the richest man on the planet. He'd still probably hold, or at least be close to, that spot if he hadn't started giving away large portions of his wealth. The multi-billionaire is deservedly looked to as something of a guru by many when it comes to investment and, perhaps even more deservedly, as voice of reason when it comes to the global finance sector. The way Buffett lives his life and runs his business interests also contain a number of important lessons that can be applied to every startup. Read more on Ventureburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var...

  • Hitachi LCD projector review: a solid and reliable workhouse

    The great thing about most projector manufacturers is that they are consistent in the design of their units. A projector is not complicated. It’s made up of a number of components that fit snugly into a box that then either sits on a boardroom table or hangs off a ceiling bracket. The same applies to the Hitachi CPWX 12 wn, one of the manufacturer’s latest offerings. Unboxing the unit is always fun and there is no mistaking the solid Hitachi feel of the casing. No surprises here and at least, like some projectors, you don’t feel like you are...

  • Social TV will be driven by the second screen says Gartner

    Just in case you're not in the loop, Gartner would like to reiterate: "Second-screen devices combined with customised content, interactive apps and loyalty programmes will fuel the behaviour of social TV consumers over the next 24 months". Social TV is getting more notice as our use of mobile gets more extensive, Twitter has partnered with Nielsen research house to properly track just how big social tv is. According to latest research from Gartner social TV activities can enhance the value of the TV experience for consumers and offer opportunities to add new users, drive engagement and open up new...

  • YouTube joins the billion monthly club

    Congratulations YouTube. The video sharing site says it has hit one billion monthly users on the platform joining the likes of Facebook in that rather exclusive club. In a recent blog post the site confirmed that it has hit a new milestone: "YouTube now has more than a billion unique users every single month". "In the last eight years you’ve come to YouTube to watch, share and fall in love with videos from all over the world. Tens of thousands of partners have created channels that have found and built businesses for passionate, engaged audiences," says the platform on...

  • Google Now is not coming to iOS… yet

    Now for a little snippet I like to call "Eric said what?" Apparently just because Eric Schmidt says it is so doesn't mean it is so. The Google Chairman hinted that its Siri competitor, Google Now, would be hitting Apple's App Store once approved by the iPhone maker... but this is so false according to Apple. The comment came at the Big Tent Activate India conference in New Delhi. When Schmidt was pressed for more details about the submission, he said: "You'll need to discuss that with Apple. Apple has a policy of approving or disapproving apps in its store....

  • Google’s chairman’s phone of choice? Um, that would be a BlackBerry

    We're well acquainted with the level of devotion BlackBerry fans show towards whatever device is ushered forth from Canada, but this is on another level. Eric Schmidt, who served on Apple's board of directors and is currently Google's executive chairman, uses a BlackBerry. Schmidt, who has been spotted using BlackBerry devices in 2009 and 2011, mentioned the fact in an interview with the Guardian at the Big Tent Activate India conference. So, why is the chairman of the company that makes Android using a competitor's device? It seems he just can't give up the non-touch QWERTY keyboard. Of course, there...

  • Say hello to Google’s answer to Evernote: Keep

    Imitation is the best form of flattery. Google has launched its own note-taking and archiving app, Google Keep, in direct competition with consumer favourite Evernote. In a blog post, the tech giant writes that remembering is becoming a big problem that sticky notes just can't solve anymore. So it decided to do something about it. "To solve this problem we’ve created Google Keep. With Keep you can quickly jot ideas down when you think of them and even include checklists and photos to keep track of what’s important to you. Your notes are safely stored in Google Drive and...

  • 5 Gum takes The Kooks to South Africa using social media

    This is pretty cool. Chewing gum brand 5 Gum has a habit of using social and social only to promote big music experiences. The latest edition will see UK rock act The Kooks undertake a two show tour of South Africa. As with any previous #5GumExperience, tickets are not available for purchase, people can only apply for them via the 5 Gum Facebook page, while adding a product barcode will grant them a double entry. The Kooks are an English rock band formed in Brighton, East Sussex, in 2004. Signed to Virgin Records in 2006, the band released their...