Google

Google Knowledge Graph: What questions should we really be asking?

google piracy I don’t get all the fanfare about Google’s recent “Knowledge Graph” launch -- surely it’s just another step on Google’s path of evolving search? First, we had Google’s attempt to show us more than just links with Universal Search in 2007 – that started incorporating aspects like images and news. Secondarily, and totally coincidentally, we had Google Squared which was viewed as more of a computational engine that extracted data from webpages and presented them in search results in a ...

Facebook

Facebook IPO: What happens when the dust settles?

Facebook Like So it’s official. The starting figure for Facebook shares today is… US$38. It’s higher than expected (although not by much) and if many have their way it’s just the beginning. Not unsurprisingly there have been naysayers as you’d expect (perhaps more that you’d expect) but when you have a +US$100-billion IPO (the last one was Visa) mixed with additional recent large investment rounds and economic uncertainty seemingly looming around every corner, people invariably become polarised. So what happens ...

Facebook

Why Facebook’s IPO only increases its global impact

Facebook Ah man, anyone who thought Facebook was just a fad must be eating their words right now. Facebook’s IPO, however flat its opening may have turned out to be, is something that’s turning the world on its head. One of the biggest impacts of Facebook going public is that it is now in an elite class of its own. Not that it wasn’t already, but now it’s official. It’s not going anywhere, anytime soon, contrary to the disputes from ...

Memes, News

Are memes the future of news?

Cat News Comic-meme creation and consumption has taken internet culture by storm and seems to be only increasing in frequency and engagement. Memes come in all types but in this case ‘LOL cats’ and ‘Rage comics’ are being produced at a rate never seen before. Ben Huh wants to turn this mechanic into news delivery. In a recent interview the man behind I can haz cheezburger spoke of how he sees ‘meme-mechanics’ as the future of news content distribution. His argument centers on ...

Google

Google Knowledge Graph: Forcing businesses to amplify great content

Amplifier Google's Knowledge Graph is generating a lot of hype. For good reason too, it’s a big leap forward in the early stages of the semantic web. A semantic web has context and not just content. This means that when you search for the Taj Mahal, as an example, you get results on the Taj Mahal that you were actually looking for. So if you were looking for the iconic building, that’s what you will find. If you were looking for ...

Innovation

Watch SA-born entrepreneur’s SpaceX vehicle blast off online

The trope of geeks dreaming of space is a well-worn one. Thing is it’s not exactly without basis. Today one of those geeks might just see one of those dreams come true. Space X is the brainchild of South African-born PayPal founder, inventor, engineer and billionaire genius Elon Musk (If that description sounds a bit like Tony Stark, it’s probably because Robert Downey Jr based his character on Musk. A little later this morning the programme will launch its Dragon ...

Facebook, News

Mark Zuckerberg opens Nasdaq trading from Facebook HQ [PICS]

Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg has rung the bell that signals the opening of the Nasdaq stock exchange. Shunning the suits of Wall Street, Zuckerberg instead chose to ring the bell from the social network's California headquarters. His attire? Sneakers, jeans, a grey shirt and a dark hoodie. What, like you were expecting anything else? Zuckerberg was surrounded by some of his most senior executives and a host of employees -- many of whom have been attending an all-night ...

News

Facebook goes live on Nasdaq

After months of speculation, a two-week long roadshow, and hours of pent-up waiting, it's finally happened. Facebook has officially started trading on the Nasdaq stock exchange. The company's share price opened at US42, higher than the US$38 it was offering, before leveling back down to US$40. Earlier today CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg rang the bell that opened trading, officially signalling Facebook's first day as a publicly trading company. It took a few hours, however for the company to ...

News

Twitter reactions to Facebook IPO mixed

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, or just woke up from a coma you probably know that Facebook debuts on the stock market today. As with any big event, the people of Twitter (which, by the way, was last seen doing everything its power to avoid going public) had to have their say. There were, of course, jokes: Facebook IPO day joke:Why is Facebook going public?Because they couldn't figure out the privacy settings either. :P— Sritika Dhar (@Sritika) May ...

Mobile

Why ninety-nine cents is still too much for a cellphone call

Picture 126 South Africa is country with an incredibly high mobile penetration, but which has always suffered from excessively high voice call rates. This week it seemed like all that was changing. The country’s third operator CellC threw the first volley, announcing that call rates on prepaid packages would drop to 99c per minute. Vodacom, the country’s first and biggest operator, responded in kind, saying that it too would reduce its rates to 99c per minute. And the masses rejoiced. My question is simple: ...

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