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  • MySpace owners Specific Media and Justin Timberlake unveil new strategy

    Following Specific Media's surprise acquisition of MySpace earlier this year along with investor Justin Timberlake the company finally announced what its plans for the former social networking giant are. The announcement of the new strategy took place this week in New York at the annual marketing and communications conference, Advertising Week. Company executives, though, are reported to be against characterising it as an “announcement” According to tech analysis website, All Things D, MySpace will be looking to further focus on becoming the “#1 online community music destination.” This, All Things D reported, is to be the company’s new vision. Its mission will...

  • HP buys Autonomy

    Computing giant Hewlett-Packard has secured Autonomy, a Cambridge-based technology company, in a deal estimated to be worth A US$10.24-billion. The deal was integral in the firing of previous HP CEO Leo Apotheker who was replaced by eBay CEO Meg Whitman. Almost 90% of Autonomy stockholders approved of the offering by HP, with an official statement from the company saying, "As such, all conditions relating to the offer have now been satisfied, allowing HP to acquire control of Autonomy. The Autonomy acquisition positions HP as a leader in the large and growing enterprise information management space". The hurried nature of...

  • Arab bloggers discuss role in ‘Arab Spring’ ahead of Nobel Peace Prize

    Arab bloggers gathered in Tunis discussed the role they played in the wave of revolutions and uprisings which swept across the region, known popularly as the “Arab Spring”. The discussions come just days before the announcement of the Nobel Peace prize in which several of the bloggers are seen as frontrunners. During the meeting, held in the country whose “Jasmin Revolution” is credited with kicking of the turmoil in the Arab world, much of the focus was on local blogger Lina Ben Mhenni. Mhenni chronicled the revolution in Tunisia from her blog and, along with Egyptian Google executive Wael...

  • Cell C facing fire for ‘ripping-off’ ZANews Peter de Villiers parody

    In an attempt to capture some of the buzz around the Rugby World Cup, leading South African mobile operator Cell C released a YouTube video which has come under dual-fire for being a “rip-off” of satirical puppet show ZANews, and for being “offensive”. The video, published the morning of South Africa’s pivotal match against the Samoan rugby team, was described as follows: We've been trying to get on the inside for weeks and finally we've broken through. From the very heart of the camp comes coachie, mere hours before the big game in an exclusive video blog that details...

  • Replicant: Making Android truly free

    Nearly everybody knows that Android is built on top of a Linux kernel, so that should mean that it is good old-fashioned open-source software, right? Actually, that's not the case. Since Linux is released under the GNU Public license, Google is forced to release the source code for the Linux kernel that Android runs on. While many other software components on the phone are licenced under the Apache 2.0 license which allows the software to be distributed freely, this license does not necessarily require that the source code be released. To make matters worse, Google has allowed many vendors...

  • Gamification strategies for email marketing

    Email marketing is a high-performing and cost-effective direct communication channel, but it can sometimes lack the interactivity necessary to make it more engaging for subscribers. Enter a new solution: Email Marketing “Gamification” Gamification is the application of gaming concepts and techniques to non-game experiences, in order to drive desired behaviors from an audience. While the concept of adding some fun to communications in order to grow user interaction is not new, the idea of “gamificiation” takes reward-based engagement to a higher level. Playing to win has strong appeals, regardless of the channel. Through gamification, brands are able to build loyalty amongst...

  • When SEO turns against you: Rick Santorum’s Google problem

    Being the top result of a Google search results page is a big deal: It's been estimated that the top result gets over a third of all clicks, plummeting to almost nothing (six percent) by position five. Because this top spot is so valuable, brands spend a lot of time and money trying to make sure that their website can claim it. But sometimes, just sometimes, this race to the top can yield some rather amusing -- or terrifying -- results. Just ask Rick Santorum, a current candidate in the U.S. presidential race and the victim of one of...

  • Alibaba CEO ‘interested’ in buying Yahoo!

    Jack Ma, CEO of Chinese web giant Alibaba is reportedly “interested” in buying Yahoo! and claims to have been approached by private equity groups about doing a deal. According to the Wall Street Journal, Ma made the comments during a recent “China 2.0” event held at Stanford University. It wasn't clear, however, whether any formal steps had been taken toward a Yahoo! purchase. According to the Journal, a spokesperson for Ma refused to elaborate on the comments saying, “they speak for themselves”. Yahoo! also declined to comment. Alibaba is 43% -- owned by Yahoo! and is considered one of...

  • 10 Android apps I can’t live without

    We all know that finding the right application for a specific job can be difficult, and with the massive selection available on the Android Market, it can be even more so. I thought it would be useful if I shared some of the apps I can’t live without with you. You may already use some of them, others may just help make you life a lot easier, either way, here’s a breakdown of ten Android apps that I can’t live without. I’ve broken it down into sections for you, all -- apps for all users, notable mentions -- may...

  • ‘Facebook rapist’ stalks South Africa’s women

    A man, known as the "Facebook rapist" is being sought by South African police for over 30 crimes, including murder. Most recently, the man, believed to be in his mid-twenties, has been going by the aliases Thomas Bester and Marius Botes. According to South African news site Independent Online (IOL), however, the man is known to have up to 13 identities. For the last nine months “Bester” has eluded the South African police's best efforts to capture him on charges which range from fraud and theft to murder and rape. Police report that "Bester's" modus operandi is to pose...

  • Telkom Do Gaming: More than just uncapped ADSL

    This year's rAge (Really Awesome Gaming Expo) saw Telkom getting involved and providing the gaming community with a promising view of the future. Telkom is angling its presence towards acknowledging the gaming market and its thirst for quality bandwidth at an affordable price by offering a range of uncapped products. Steven White, Telkom Executive from Consumer and Retail Business, shed some insight onto Telkom's relationship with rAge and the impact future of high-speed internet in SA for the gaming community.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");

  • Thai PM shuts down Twitter account after hack

    Thai Prime Minister, Yingluck Shintawatra is taking a break from Twitter after her account was hi-jacked by a hacker who mocked and criticised her. Authorities say they are searching for the anonymous hacker who posted eight tweets after apparently using a mobile phone to access the recently elected premier’s @PouYingluck account. Yingluck said the attack was a "violation of people's personal rights" and the account was "temporarily suspended". The hacker lambasted Yingluck on a number of subjects including her response to recent flooding in the country and a number of key governmental policies. One of the false tweets questioned a high...

  • iPhone 5 by design

    Dying to see what the iPhone 5 looks like? According to CAD designs taken from a prominent tech website earlier this month, a German tech site has created a physical hardware mock-up of the supposed iPhone 5. Please note that these are only mock-ups of a possible version of the iPhone 5. Nothing is set in stone and most certainly not this design. But currently this is the most likely design candidate for the iPhone 5. 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");

  • Arab Spring bloggers to discuss web and political change

    Some 200 Arab bloggers are gathering in Tunis to discuss the role of the web and social networking as an instrument of political change following the Arab Spring. The meeting follows on from similar gatherings held in Beirut in 2008 and 2009 and is the first since a wave of revolution swept across the region. According to event organiser and administrator of Tunisian site Nawaat, Malek Khadroui, the bloggers will focus on the role of cyberactivists in a period of political transition. "It is an exceptional meeting. There have been three Arab revolutions and the majority of the invited...

  • 3G services remain crippled in Thailand

    Thailand is yet to roll out full 3G services and is one of the few countries in Southeast Asia without high-speed wireless internet. In contrast to countries like Laos which have full 4G access, Thailand remains locked into sub-3G speeds thanks to competing telecoms and legal issues. Last year, a court in Thailand stopped a 3G-licensing auction after CAT, a Thai-owned telecom was ruled out of bidding due to it having no authority over the actual auction. Its next attempt at the 3G licence will be in 2012. Another stated-owned telecom, TOT has exclusive rights to concession based 2G services and...