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  • Russian giant Mail.Ru launches social browser

    Looks like a Russian front just opened in the browser wars. Internet giant Mail.RU has launched a socially integrated web browser called Amigo. The launch comes six weeks after the company revamped its 'Internet' (yes that's really its name) browser. According to The Next Web, the update was aimed at making browsing safer. Like Opera, Amigo comes standard with a bar that allows people to connect directly with Russian and International social networks. As well as the likes of Facebook and Twitter, you can plug the browser directly into Russian sites like Odnoklassniki, VKontakte and Moi Mir. People using...

  • Brazil Google head arrested over refusal to remove YouTube video

    Brazilian officials have arrested Google’s President of Brazil Operations Fabio Coelho after YouTube refused to take down videos criticizing a mayoral candidate in the city of Campo Grande. According to Brazilian news site G1 the videos in question accuse the candidate of having a criminal history. They come as people in the South American country get ready to head to the polls to elect to new mayors, deputy mayors, and city councilors. The judge who signed the arrest warrant also ordered a 24 hour YouTube suspension in his state. Google maintains that the videos do not count as negative electioneering....

  • Melting bridges and lost cities: 10 of the most bizarre iOS 6 Maps fails

    Apple's decision to build its own maps app was an interesting one: yes, now the company doesn't need to rely as much on Google, but it has also had to offer its users an app that was created without the detailed data Google has been collecting for years. So far, it's been a bit of a problem. Within a day of the official release, the complaints started: some cities, bridges and landmarks carried outdated names, stations and city centres were turned into parks, and some areas lost rivers and lakes. While Google Street View users were given turtles, Apple users...

  • Twitter is big in emerging markets: just ask China, India and Mexico

    Well this is interesting. Twitter's most active country is China, where the Great Firewall is meant to keep it out. According to a new report from eMarketer it seems the firewall isn't doing its job. The Chinese government has done its best to keep out most Western social networks, but tech-savvy citizens have been accessing these networks by using tools such as VPNs to bypass the Great Firewall. According to a September 2012 GlobalWebIndex report cited by eMarketer, there were 35.5-million active Twitter users in China during Q2 of this year making it the most active Twitter nation. The list...

  • Daterly: a new social dating network emerges from the African startup scene

    Online dating sites like Match and eHarmony use matching algorithms to identify romantic partners, but this approach is believed to be flawed. The New York Times cites a study that divulges 80 years of scientific research on what makes couples romantically compatible. It turns out, the core of traditional matching algorithms, similar interests and personality traits, are not key to predicting happy relationships. So what works? Well, good old fashion dating is still the best way to tell if you’re a match, but a new “social dating network" called Daterly, believes that by building “an online social resume," couples could...

  • Hootsuite’s new feature: All about conversation and collaboration

    Popular social media management tool Hootsuite has announced a new feature dubbed HootSuite Conversations. This new addition to the services offerings allows users to chat with anyone inside and outside their organisation, as well as collaborate with different people in real-time. Sounds pretty cool doesn't it? The internal communication tool, says Hootsuite, is helpful in three key areas: simplifying communication, internal conversation and collaboration. Before all you social media managers lose your minds with giddy excitement, here is how it works: Simplify communication: Users are able to talk to anyone you work with, collaborate with, and share messaging with, easily...

  • Google Play Store: 675k apps, 25bn downloads

    Boom. There are now 675 000 apps on the Google Play Store and they've been downloaded 25-billion times. Impressive. To celebrate the milestone, the internet giant announced that it would be offering discounts on a number of paid-for apps from the likes of Gameloft, Electronic Arts, Rovio, runtastic, and Full Fat. It will also be releasing a number of special offer collections "like 25 movies you must own, 25 banned books, 25 albums that changed the world and our 25 top-selling magazines". The figures announced today show that Google is rapidly closing the gap on Apple. The Cupertino-based giant recently...

  • Reassessing ROI in social media

    The burning question on everyone's social media-laden lips is, "what's the return on investment (ROI) of social media?" As the social web has matured over the last 8 to 10 years, so has the need, nay, the desire for people to prove its worth as a reputable marketing channel. To be honest, it's been plaguing. And in many respects, has been the cause of much debate and anger between a new breed and those traditionalists already firmed rooted to the marketing plateau of their advertising value equivalency, circulation and reach values. Circulation and reach? Really? Those are the metrics for...

  • Is RIM finding its rhythm again with BlackBerry 10?

    Martin is reporting from the Blackberry Jam Americas event at San Jose, California. Contact him. RIM's stock was up 4.68% after yesterday’s General Session held in San Jose, California. It’s a spark in the dark for the convalescent titan from Waterloo, but the jury is still out whether or not the excitement felt today is a harbinger for a full-scale comeback. Having said that, BlackBerry 10 is shaping up to be an uncharacteristically polished effort for the enterprise-first company that entered the consumer market out of necessity in the wake of the iPhone’s success in 2007. We’ve had glimpses of the BlackBerry...

  • Social Good Summit: Climate and energy — the next digital frontier

    He's the King of Inconvenient Truths and former US vice president Al Gore wants to get social media involved in his latest project to help address the issue of climate change. At the 2012 Social Good Summit, Al Gore presented, via video, his new initiative, called “The Dirty Weather Report”, where he hopes to show the links between climate change and the effects of extreme weather worldwide. Gore’s advocacy group, the Climate Reality Project, announced its second multi-media “24 Hours of Reality” event, which will occur on November 14 and 15. Gore says “dirty weather” is weather that’s enabled...

  • Go under the sea with the first ever underwater shots on Google Street View

    O.M.G. There is a turtle in Street View! In its continuing quest for awesomeness, Google has gone under the sea. You may have already taken a virtual trip down the Amazon river, a walk in a famous park or a stroll through the Cape Winelands with the Google Maps team, but now you can actually go underwater at some of the world's most beautiful aquatic destinations. Plus one, Google. The team announced today that its first ever underwater panoramic images are now available on Google Maps. The 360 degree photos were captured as part of the Catlin Seaview Survey, a...

  • 3 SA ecommerce sites really stepping up to the plate

    Over the last couple of years, South Africa has seen a massive growth in online businesses and ecommerce websites. While the eCommerce Awards are great at recognising the top performers, it is almost impossible for a new website to immediately win an award, due to the first part of the awards requiring a high numbers of votes. Longer established websites such as bidorbuy and Kalahari already have massive databases of customers. With that in mind, I have identified three ecommerce players who are different and have the potential to make a big splash in the space. Read more on Ventureburn....

  • Industry leaders to determine the forces shaping SA’s digital landscape

    Digital is in a constant flux. The breakneck pace of innovation alone is causing such dynamic change in this industry that sifting the core trends from the noise in order to ascertain which forces will shape the digital landscape, is no easy feat. That's why Digital Edge Live 2012's sitting of the National Assembly has called together a working committee to aid in this sifting process. Top digital innovators from a range of South Africa's digital marketing elite will deliberate and state their case with the following discussions: The first panel's question: "Are digital agencies 'blinding clients with science'?" will...

  • Your newest weekly Twitter mail: People you may know

    Twitter seems pretty damned determined to occupy space in your inbox. The latest weekly email from the social network will see it suggesting people you might know. That's it. The email is just a list of people you might like to follow. As The Next Web notes, the new feature appears to use technology from social summary tool Summify, which Twitter bought at the beginning of the year. According to the social network: Suggestions are based on signals like who your friends follow and the contact information imported by people you know. For example, if several people you...

  • Windows 8: Making Microsoft cool or a desperate throw of the dice?

    When Windows 8 goes live in October it'll represent the culmination of Microsoft's bid to completely change the way people perceive it. For years now, Microsoft has been the buggy, beige-ridden OS of the masses. But over the past few months, it's given itself something of a corporate makeover. It announced partnerships with the likes of Nokia and HTC, and launched its own Surface tablet. It also changed its logo for the first time in over two decades and effectively killed hotmail. Without Windows 8 though, none of that matters. If it doesn't work, it'll mean that the Redmond-based giant's...