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  • Foursquare finally serious about making money

    In what seems a natural succession its recent series of updates, location-based social network Foursquare has launched a revenue-generating product. Following the same route as Twitter and Facebook, the service launched "Promoted Updates" to help selected merchants promote their products and business. "This is the first time ever that we’re allowing businesses to pay to promote their business in Foursquare," product manager Noah Weiss told Venturebeat in an interview. "It’s obviously a very exciting milestone for us." Promoted updates which work just as local updates do, except paid for updates will appear in a prominent position in the "Explore" tab...

  • Apple rides high on back of iPad, iPhone sales

    Apple has just released its latest financial results and it looks like the Cupertino giant is healthier than ever. Well it was hardly going to be disaster at every turn now was it? This is the world's most valuable company we're talking about after all. Things look especially good for sales of Apple's signature iDevices. This quarter saw it ship 26-million iPhones, representing 28% year on year growth and 17-million iPads, representing 84% growth from the same period last year. The iPhone growth is impressive, given that a large number of people might be holding back until the much-anticipated...

  • 60% of people are stressed out by technology [Infographic]

    Does technology stress you out? Apparently you're not alone. Technology is supposed to make your life easier, but because of all the real-time information and multiple screens you're suddenly expected to deal with every day, your brain is becoming overloaded and you're losing the ability to concentrate or even be polite. Your cellphone has become a chunk of plastic and glass you check obsessively, as technology becomes a slightly creepy stalker. Add this to the stress of dealing with never-ending 'improvements' and updates to things you were familiar with five minutes ago, and you can see why technology may not...

  • Is there a solution to Groupon’s SA woes?

    There’s been a recent surge in complaints about the South African iteration of Groupon, with many customers getting vocal about undelivered products, not receiving refunds as promised and even about difficulties in opting out of their mailing list. Complaints are flooding in on consumer websites such as HelloPeter, most of which typically relate to users not receiving goods paid for, refunds that never get processed, poor after-sales service and spamming by the group-buying giant. Read more on Ventureburn.com var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • YouTube set to tackle trolls head on

    This is interesting. YouTube is trying to take on the trolls by taking on their biggest weapon: anonymity. The world's most popular video-sharing site has very quietly introduced a dialogue box that opens up when you're about to post a comment. Here's the kicker though, if you don't want to post as yourself, YouTube will go ahead and ask you why. The possible options include “My channel is for a show or character” and “My channel name is well-known for other reasons”, but according to Betabeat, nothing even resembling "I just want to remain anonymous". The video-sharing service does however...

  • The Zuck’s first patent finally comes through

    Poor Mark Zuckerberg. Seems the Facebook founder's had to wait six years for his first patent to be filed. According to ReadWriteWeb, the filing is fairly inconsequential, but no one ever forgets their first right? The patent is called Dynamically Generating a Privacy Summary, and in its abstract is described as: … a system and method for dynamically generating a privacy summary is provided. The present invention provides a system and method for dynamically generating a privacy summary. A profile for a user is generated. One or more privacy setting selections are received from the user associated with the...

  • 4 hot tips for getting your social media campaign off the ground

    Do you have a social media strategy that isn't producing any positive results and ROI? Do you understand what you want to achieve with your campaign? Do you know how social media can support any other initiatives you have to get your name out there? With any form of digital campaign, it is important that you define your objectives, goals, targets, and strategy before you start with your campaign. The reason you have to define your goals with social media is that if you don't have any goals, you might be wasting a lot of time and effort on something...

  • 8 Olympic moments caught on YouTube that’ll make you wince

    The Olympic Games are supposed to represent humanity at its best. The athletes competing are meant to be the pinnacle of physical and mental achievement. Even at our best though we're still only human. That means that things can still go wrong. Even Olympic athletes are capable of bending, breaking, and crashing spectacularly. In anticipation of the latest edition of the Olympiad, which kicks off on Friday in London, we've assembled a collection of videos that remind us just how fallible the athletes competing over the two weeks of the games really are. Also, if the events going down...

  • 5 cooking apps that’ll turn you into a Masterchef

    I’ll start this article off with some complete honesty: besides toasted sandwiches and the occasional omelette here and there, I’m not much of cook. Sure, I can braai (South African term for BBQ) with the best of them, but when it comes to the kitchen, I am absolutely hopeless. I’ve always had some sort of interest in getting into cooking, but because my lovely wife is such a good cook (and is scared of contracting something fatal from my undercooked attempts), I’ve never really tried my hand at it. Read more on Gearburn.comvar vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Facebook rolls out new features, beefing up Pages offering

    Facebook seems seriously determined to boost its Pages offering. The social network today announced a raft of new features for the tool. Having already begun offering admin roles and scheduled posts, the social network is now rolling unpublished page posts and Page admin permissions. According to Facebook, unpublished Page posts were developed because admins frequently want to create Page posts that they can sponsor: However, these Page posts usually contain information that are relevant to only a segment of the Pages's audience, e.g., 50% off all women shoes in all the bay area stores. Moreover, these stories don't contain information...

  • Indian mobile operator reckons Google, Facebook should share profits

    The issue of Net neutrality has reared its ugly head, this time in India. Mobile operator Bharti Airtel reckons that web-based companies should pay for using its infrastructure. In an interview with the Hindu Business Line, company executive Jagbir Singh said that the situation was unfair, saying that nearly all the data costs fell to the mobile companies: Today, Google, Yahoo! and others are enjoying at the cost of network operator. We are the ones investing in setting up data pipes and they make the money. There is interconnection for voice then why not for data. Network is capital-intensive, we have...

  • Amazon offers to pay for employees’ studies — even if they leave after

    Wow. This is Big. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos today took over the company's front page to announce that it would be paying for some its employees to study in high-demand fields. According to Bezos, the online giant will pay up to 95% of the cost of courses such as aircraft mechanics, computer-aided design, machine tool technologies, medical lab technologies, and nursing for its fulfilment centre employees. These are the people working in the massive warehouses where the company's products are shipped and stored, some of whom are only brought on as relief workers during the busy holiday...

  • Chappies uses crowdsourcing to gather the latest ‘Did you knows’

    Everyone is reinventing themselves in the social era. Even popular budget bubblegum maker Chappies has decided to join the revolution. The gum-maker's wrappers are popular for their quirky "Did you know" fun facts meant to entertain chewers as they enjoy their gum. The company has decided to launch a new crowdsourcing campaign that allows lovers of Chappies to contribute the latest set of "Did you knows" through its website and Facebook page. Throughout July, users have been posting facts on the Chappies Facebook page. "If yours is one of the best, it’ll be printed on millions of wrappers and become...

  • Twitter to curate Olympic Games

    Worried you'll miss out on all those magical Olympic moments while you're at work? Relax, Twitter claims it's got your back. The social network will be acting as a sort of commentator for the forthcoming London games, set to officially kick off this Friday. Under a deal, formed in partnership with US broadcaster NBC, the social network will curate “millions of Twitter messages from Olympic athletes, their families, fans and NBC television personalities”. According to the Wall Street Journal, the messages will appear on a single page. NBC will reportedly attract viewers to the page “with on-air promotions and...

  • Sina Weibo copies Twitter, takes ‘sponsored tweets’ route

    This is interesting. Chinese social network Sina Weibo, which has over 350-million registered users, is taking a leaf out of Twitter's book when it comes to making money. The micro-blogging platform has introduced in-line advertising. On Twitter it's called sponsored tweets, and on Sina Weibo it goes by the name 'Weibo Tui Guang’. According to Tech in Asia, the social network's parent company Sina confirmed that it is using the ad placement product but hasn't put a timeline on an official launch. There are however a couple of brands involved the beta-testing of the product including BMW China and...