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New campaign celebrates SA constitution a la Nando’s

We The People Chicken A group of South Africans looking to celebrate the country’s constitution has come out with an innovative advert, borrowing from the style of fast food chicken franchise Nando’s. The advert plays on the immensely popular #mealforsix campaign and its accompanying “Last Dictator Standing” video ad. The Nando’s ad went viral and featured on a number of international sites. The franchise was, however, forced to pull it from Zimbabwean airwaves after militant groups threatened its staff. We the People, the group ...

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TED Talks open up for public auditions

TED 2011 Here at Memeburn we love TED. The conference embodies the kind of innovation we so fervently believe in. Imagine our delight then when we found out that TED would be holding public auditions. Conference organisers say there will be series of 14 auditions in cities across the globe aimed at finding speakers for TED2013. This isn’t some half-baked attempt at keeping the fans happy either. The organisers claim that "more than half of the speakers at TED2013" will be found ...

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Indian social network Ibibo claims six-million downloads of mobile “iBrowser”

Indian social networking site Ibibo claims that its “iBrowser” mobile web browser has been downloaded over six-million times since launching last year. The social network, which is owned by emerging markets internet giants Naspers and Tencent, claims that at least half of those downloads resulted in active users. According to Indian tech site Medianama, Ibibo iBrowser is essentially a repurposed version of Tencent's QQ Mobile browser. Running across the Symbian, Android and Java platforms, the browser can be used on ...

Venture capital

Why you should network when raising funds for your tech venture

Startup deal The value of attending networking events is often hard to quantify, as it takes valuable time, but it is worth the effort especially if you are considering starting your own business; building an innovative product or trying to raise funding. Funders invest in companies and founders they know Although we receive many proposals through our website at the VC firm I'm part of, all of the deals that we have concluded (i.e. invested in) to date, have been sourced through our networks. ...

Startups

From R50m to nothing: Lessons from the Global Vision story

Losing it all You hear this quite a bit in the start-up world: The thing about technology companies, or any company for that matter, is you have to “fail to succeed”. Many venture capitalists won’t invest in an entrepreneur who hasn’t failed at least once. Some start-ups rise from the ashes to develop into successful businesses. This is not always the case. Some fail, others thrive, some just evolve. Jon Jacobson, founder of high-profile Cape Town start-up Global Vision, rose to the ...

Twitter

10 Ways to annoy your Twitter followers

Black Twitter When I finally joined Twitter in 2007, it came as a welcome relief. I had become so sick and tired of Facebook and all the Facebook Application invites. Every Mafia Wars and Farmville invite I received seemed to push my blood pressure further and further into the red and Facebook had lost all meaning. On the other hand, Twitter was quiet. The people I got to interact with were a breath of fresh air because, it seemed, that everyone was fed ...

Gearburn

Ice Cream Sandwich, one OS to rule them all?

As you may well be aware, Android has upgraded to its latest incarnation, version 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. What you may not realise is that it probably isn't the OS to unite all Android devices, I don’t even think it’s the OS to deter iPhone users from iOS. Let me explain. I am a huge Android fan, and as such admitting what I just did irks me, it really does. I had high expectations for Ice Cream Sandwich and most of ...

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Google hits back at Microsoft privacy claims

Google has taken the latest swipe at Microsoft in their war of words over user privacy, calling the Redmond-based software giant’s web browser Internet Explorer 9, “widely non-operational”. The statement came in response to a blog post from Microsoft saying that IE9 provided “some of the strongest privacy protection in the industry”. The post itself was a response to a report in the Wall Street Journal claiming that Google had been tracking the browsing habits of Safari users. That tracking ...

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Indonesia hits 1M LinkedIn users, grows faster than Facebook

Indonesia has the third largest Facebook population of any country on earth, but growth on the social network in the country is being eclipsed by that of LinkedIn. The professional network announced that it has reached the one-million user mark in the South-East Asian country, just a couple of months after adding support for the country’s official language Bahasa Indonesia. According to TheNextWeb, LinkedIn has added some 200 00 users in that period, representing a 25% growth. Stats from Social ...

Gearburn

8GB Nook Colour launches this week to dampen Kindle’s Fire

The current king of budget tablets, leading with a fiery software kick courtesy of Amazon, is the Kindle Fire. This 7-inch beauty has seen very little competition in the same price and hardware division, until now that is. Nook, the eternal runners up in the tablet wars will launch an 8GB tablet this week. The new 8GB Nook tablet will be released first in the US at an unspecified price. Here’s hoping that it’s at least US$50 cheaper than the US$200 ...

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