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  • Online store starts taxing Internet Explorer 7 users

    It's about time someone took a stand against archaic browsers. Online gadget store Kogan decided enough was enough, and has started taxing customers who use Internet Explorer 7. According to the store's official blog, visitors who use the "antique browser" to navigate the shop will be taxed 6.8% on all their purchases. They'll also be met with a delightful pop up box, approved by the international authority on all things web, the "Department of Internet Justice", warning them to upgrade to Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Opera, or face the penalties. Why the tax? Well, the developers spent so much time...

  • Microsoft to buy Yammer for $1bn: Could this be its big reveal?

    Microsoft is set to buy business-focused social network Yammer for US$1-billion, according to a Wall Street Journal article, citing the ubiquitous people "familiar with the matter". The news comes just hours after the Redmond-based company sent out an event invitation for a “a major Microsoft announcement”, sparking speculation that it would announce the deal at the event. According to the Journal however, "it is unclear when the Yammer acquisition will be completed and announced". Microsoft and Yammer representatives both refused to give any comment to the news outlet. Some have speculated that Microsoft's announcement could include a partnership...

  • Naspers continues OLX rollout, scuppers Dealfish Nigeria and Kenya

    Naspers is shutting down Dealfish, its Nigerian and Kenyan free classified sites, and replacing them with OLX. The move comes as the emerging markets giant attempts to make the most of the service which it owns a 71% stake in. According to Nigerian tech news site Techloy, the two major reasons for this consolidation are: technology and branding. Given that OLX has a presence in more than 90 countries, and is doing well in most of them, it's logical that the tech behind it would be more robust and sophisticated than that of Dealfish. Having a global name like...

  • 8ta slashes BlackBerry BIS offering, concentrates on social

    South Africa's fifth mobile operator 8ta today announced that it would be offering a BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) package for around half its usual price. There is a catch though, but it's not a big one. Under the 'BlackBerry Social & Email' plan you still get full access to online browsing to BlackBerry's native messaging app BBM, BlackBerry mail, internet browser, social networking, and BlackBerry App World. The only real difference between it and the full BIS offering is that you get one web-based e-mail account from 8tamail, Gmail or Yahoo mail instead of 10. That makes...

  • Virgin’s Crimson Bandit revealed

    After apparently losing his diary a couple of days ago, Virgin founder Richard Branson sent the company's global social media following on a hunt for the book. The thief it, it seemed, was a mysterious actor called The Crimson Bandit. After an initial period of uncertainty over whether there was genuine social skulduggery at play, Sir Richard made another appeal, saying the company would offer rewards to anyone who helped find his beloved diary. At this point, it became clear that there was a whole new campaign playing out across Virgin's Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts. The the...

  • SA retailer set to launch social book selling programme

    Exclusive Books is set to launch a new, more social, way of selling books called "Stickers". The new programme will reportedly be integrated into the South African-based book franchise's existing website, and will launch late next week. Users will reportedly be able to earn achievement points by sharing and rating products either as an individual or a group. With enough points people will be able to earn discounts on books. These can be earned faster in groups. “To start with we will support standard social media platforms,” Exclusives' digital boss Ben Williams told MyBroadband. The retail group is owned by...

  • Why WordPress’ Facebook plugin is actually a big deal

    One of the key success factors of blogging is the ability to share. Facebook are the masters of sharing. Small wonder then that on 12 June Facebook launched its latest blogging application. By downloading the Facebook for WordPress plugin bloggers and administrators can now publish content to WordPress directly from Facebook. Nice. “The plugin was built by Facebook engineers in collaboration with open source partners, and makes it simple for anyone to make their WordPress site more social -- no coding required,” Facebook engineer Matt Kelly wrote in a blog post introducing the tool. The best of the...

  • Nando’s takes dig at SABC after studio fire

    Nando's must be thinking that Karma, that female canine herself, is very much on its side. A studio at the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which recently banned the fast food franchise' diversity ad, burned down in the early hours of this morning. Nando's responded to the incident with one of its trademark poster-style ads, playing on its banned ad. It also took the opportunity to deny responsibility for starting the fire. Full Size No one was injured in the blaze. 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");

  • New video shows 4-year-old, older girl having sex, goes viral

    A new video, depicting two children performing sexual acts on each other, is reportedly going viral. According to South African news agency Eyewitness News, the video shows an older girl of around 10 and a boy around four, and is circulating rapidly on cellphones in that country. Women and Men against Child Abuse spokesperson Vincentia Dlamini said, “I saw the older girl going to the younger one and leading him. It seems like he understands what needs to be done. “He is not shocked in performing the sexual acts.” It is unclear whether the video,...

  • Microsoft partners with Yelp in Bing Local search deal

    Looks like Google isn't the only one looking to bring social to its local search results. Microsoft today announced that it is partnering up with Yelp in a bid to push its Bing Local search content. Yelp will reportedly surface content including, review snippets, photos, and business attributes to Bing users. This content will be featured Bing Local pages, presenting information to help consumers do more with businesses near them. "Whether it's discovering the right restaurant, planning the evening's entertainment or finding local services, Yelp has emerged as a proven and trusted resource," said Bing general manager Mike Nichols. "Enabling...

  • Why domain name expansion will cause mayhem on the internet

    A year after ICANN announced its plans to expand the TLD (Top Level Domain) namespace, we are finally able to see the application list for new TLDs. There are nearly 2 000 applications, each costing US$185 000. ICANN believes that each suffix will cost owners about US$25 000 per year to maintain and they will be required to commit to a 10-year maintenance agreement. Among the applications are many variations on a theme and conflicts over potential ownership. As a result, these suffixes are all going through a review process. For the next seven months major players will have...

  • Geek out your home with these 10 awesome accessories

    Have you ever thought your home could do with a smattering of app icons, a science fiction artwork or two and a doormat covered in binary code? Did you just cry "it's like you're reading my mind"? Then this list may be the answer to your never-ending quest to make your home look as awesome as your smartphone. 1. Slide to unlock doormat: You may be used to sliding to unlock your phone -- but can you slide to unlock your front door? No. No, you can’t. But I’m sure it’s fun to try on this springy rubber doormat. If you’re...

  • Branson vs The Crimson Bandit: Social skullduggery or advertising genius?

    On 13 June Richard Branson, world-famous founder and leader of the Virgin Group, wrote on his blog that he had lost his diary. In a couple of simple paragraphs, he explains how much he enjoys using a diary, travelling with it and recording his thoughts and he ends by saying “I’ve been travelling a lot recently so I can’t be sure exactly where I left it, and I know it’s a long shot, but if anyone happens to find it I’d be very grateful if they could let me know!” This all seemed like a fairly innocent and honest moment...

  • iOS6 brings out the claws in Apple

    In case you haven't heard, Apple's recent and much-anticipated iOS6 launch at WWDC sounded the alarm for third-party app developers. It's not the small app developers either: Google, Skype and, my tech bunny, RIM, also take a beating in the update. Google Maps got ditched for Apple's own mapping system which is now using Tom Tom's data as its map provider. Where Apple's maps product could fall short is in accurate traffic prediction via crowd sourcing, something Waze (despite its notifications) has been great at. Even though the company is providing some of the data for the new service,...

  • Privly: Organise your next coup online, in total privacy

    There's a Kickstarter project I want you to know about. It's called Privly and it's a defiant kick to the face of oppressive governments. The Privly proof of concept works as a browser plugin and will allow you to view and post encrypted content on any website -- Twitter, Facebook, Google+, even Gmail. Let your imagination run wild. Taking Twitter as an example, you write a tweet -- 140 characters or more -- right click and select "Post to Privly." The text of your tweet gets sent to (and stored on) the Privly servers which return a link, for...