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  • SA fashion retailer launches online store

    Ecommerce in South Africa is gaining traction with new ecommerce plays entering and exiting the market more and more frequently. Last year retail outlet Woolworths launched an online store for its fashion line, becoming one of the first major South African retailer to enter the ecommerce space. Now another chain retailer has joined the party. Affordable fashion retail outlet Mr Price's online store went live today under the moniker MRP. We are live!! #mrponline Woohoooo— Mr Price Fashion (@MrPriceFashion) July 30, 2012 The publicly traded retail company announced its plans for an online store earlier this year as an attempt to...

  • Sina Weibo went crazy for Olympic opening ceremony: 119m messages sent

    Turns out users of Chinese microblogging service Sina Weibo took to the first ever "social Olympics" with a gusto. During the opening ceremony alone, members of the social network sent 119-million messages. In an official infographic, Sina Weibo details the total number of messages sent on the opening day of the games, as well as the most active locations and most spoken about topics. It is unclear what criteria were used, although it's likely that reposts and comments were included. As was to be expected, the vast majority -- some 114-million -- messages came from China, while the UK...

  • Facebook and Google: what earnings calls can teach us about tech giants

    Earnings calls underscore some of the strategies being deployed in the tech industry. Take Zynga's Q2 earnings for example: announcing that it lost US$22.8-million, or three cents per share. In the same Quarter last year, it earned US$1.4-million a year ago. At one stage, shares were down a whopping 38%. These numbers are hardly surprising, seeing as Zynga is notorious for copying competitor games and generally being unethical in the industry. It also went rather gung-ho into acquiring OMGPOP, the maker of Draw Something. When last did you play that? One of the worst things to happen to Facebook...

  • 8 great ads that’ll get you psyched for the Olympics

    We’ve already brought you our pick of historic Olympic moments that will make you cringe and cry, now here are some great Olympic advertising moments that will inspire and excite you instead. Olympic rules regarding sponsorships and brand associations with the event are very strict, so the official sponsors have, by and large, produced the best campaigns we've seen and you’ll probably see a lot more of them in the coming weeks all over the world. A few cheeky competitors have also cashed in on the spirit. Bring on London 2012! Philip is here (again). 1. P&G -- Best Job Proctor & Gamble...

  • 11 (possibly) gaffe-worthy athletes to follow during the Olympic Games

    As is the case with every major international event in the last two to three years, in which Twitter has achieved its full enmeshment into popular culture, we yet again are being promised that this Olympics will be the most tweeted event of all time. Really? Yeah, well, colour me bored. Sure the London Games set to kick off today will, in partnership with US broadcaster NBC, be officially “curated” by Twitter. This means that millions of tweets from, in addition to less interesting people, the stars of the show, the athletes themselves, will be available on a single page....

  • 4 types of people who are least likely to engage with your brand online

    Many Memeburn readers are considered "social media gurus", most often by themselves. A "social media guru" is kind of like being a spiritual guru, except instead of devoting your life to the quest for enlightenment, you devote it to trying to make big brands look good online. I am not making fun of these people, in fact I am one myself. I was recently ordained to official guru status by his holiness, Śri Sathya Dave Duarte after staring at the screen of my Macbook for seven days, until I had a godlike marketing awakening. My awakening was this: to...

  • The Sable Accelerator: A gateway into Silicon Valley for SA startups

    With the imminent launch of The Sable Accelerator, South African businesses look set to benefit from a new network of advisers and investors based in Silicon Valley and London that can help with international expansion. Founded by South Africans now living abroad, The Sable Accelerator is backed by angel investors, CEOs, directors and consultants from companies such as McCann Erickson, Grant Thornton, McKinsey and Hasso Plattner Ventures Africa. According to Tech Central, Vinny Lingham, founder of Yola and more recently Gyft -- check out Ventureburn’s exclusive peek at Gyft -- is also onboard as an investor. Read more at Ventureburn.comvar vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var...

  • What 6 members of the Digerati make of Google Fiber

    With the launch of Google Fiber, we think it's safe to say that never before has Kansas City Missouri seemed more of an attractive destination. With a gigabit network -- think 100 times faster than today's average broadband -- we're about to have a vicarious look into what the future holds for the rest of us, as about 500 000 people log onto Google's new network. While we wait to see if Google Fiber manages to upend the telecommunications and broadcasting industry with its cost saving DIY approach, we collected some opinions from the digerati. For more on Google Fibre check...

  • Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s epic Olympics ceremony tweet

    Proving that the internet is truly a part of great world events, father of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee made an appearance at the opening ceremony of this year's Olympic Games in London. The man, known as the inventor of the web, also tweeted during his appearance. His tweet was displayed around the stadium, with the letters made up of 'pixel' squares set up alongside seats. With close to one-billion people watching, that's what we call a tweet with reach! This is for everyone #london2012 #oneweb #openingceremony @webfoundation @w3c— Tim Berners-Lee (@timberners_lee) July 27, 2012 Berners-Lee is currently working...

  • Nando’s reminds everyone they’re foreigners, then makes soup [Video]

    You may recall that fast food brand Nando's managed to get its anti-xenophobia advert banned on South African television recently because everyone from the national broadcaster to satellite service DStv deemed the advert to be offensive. Which, of course, is probably the best way to make sure that almost everyone with an internet connection went in search of the YouTube link. The advert, which has racked up more than half a million views, was part of its diversity initiative, which ran alongside an online-only campaign which encouraged citizens to volunteer to work at soup kitchens that Nando's would be...

  • Apple nabs Samsung, LG security provider for $356m

    This is interesting. Apple has just forked out US$365-million for security company AuthenTec Inc. In an 8-k filing the company says that it entered into an agreement with the Cupertino-based tech giant that gives Apple non-exclusive domain over its hardware, software, and patent portfolios. The company, which specialises in fingerprinting technology, also does work in secure networking, content and data protection. According to its Fact Sheet: AuthenTec’s award-winning smart fingerprint sensors provide multiple touch-powered features that extend beyond user authentication to include convenience, personalization and touch control. The Company’s TouchChip area fingerprint sensors and modules comply with government...

  • Instagram hits 80 million users, but loses access to part of Twitter API

    Instagram has been on a roll recently: it followed up its popular iPhone app with an Android version, agreed to sell itself to Facebook for US$1-billion and expanded its community to 80-million users. Wait, what? Yes, the team behind the photo sharing app recently announced that their community has grown to 80-million users who have shared almost four billion photos since the company started in late 2010. But if you hop along to the Apple App Store or Google Play today, don't be surprised if there is one less feature in your update than there was in the previous...

  • Google’s Olympic doodle is kind of disappointing

    Google's done some pretty epic doodles in the past. The one it's done for the 2012 Olympic Games is not one of them. We were really hopeful when we saw the picture on the Google home page. A load of cutesy looking Olympians with the Google letters arranged them, what would happen when the mouse hovered over them. Would they start enacting their perspective sports? Nope. All you get is a line of alt-text saying "London 2012 Opening Ceremony". Bear in mind that this is the company that gave us the Freddie Mercury doodle and the Moog Synthesiser one....

  • Facebook’s first earnings report exactly as expected, stock price falls anyway

    Well there's one for the books. The analysts were pretty much dead on the money when it came to Facebook's first earnings call as a publicly listed company. The social network pulled in US$1.18-billion with a profit of US$0.12 per share. Analysts were predicting US$1.15- billion, also at US$0.12 profit per share. If you were looking for any spectacular revelations from CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg, sorry no luck. The message from the hoodied one was more or less the same as it's always been: Our goal is to help every person stay connected and every product they use...

  • Which global leaders are winning when it comes to Twitter?

    Twitter's important. Most of us get it, and it seems the vast majority of politicians do to. At least, they get that being on Twitter's important -- some of them just aren't sure what do once they're there. In fact, according to a study released today by PR company Burson-Marsteller, nearly two-thirds of the world's leaders are now on the 140 character-or-less social network. Bizarrely though, less than half follow their peers from around the globe. The company claims that the study, called Twiplomacy is the "first research of its kind, aimed at identifying to what extent world leaders...