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  • America’s appetite for online video jumps again

    Seventy-one percent of online Americans were using video-sharing sites such as YouTube and Vimeo as of May, up from 66 percent a year ago and 33 percent five years ago, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project. Read more on Gearburn.com

  • Link between Norwegian killer and right-wing South African blog unearthed

    It has been revealed that the perpetrator of the recent horror massacre in Oslo may have been influenced by a right-wing South African blog, reports online publisher News24. It has come to light that Anders Behring Breivik, the man behind the Oslo bombings and mass shootings, borrowed heavily from several sources, including the controversial blog iluvsa. The blog is hosted by Google’s blog service, Blogger. In Breivik’s rambling 1 500-page Manifesto on Western Civilisation, there is a link to what he calls the “democratic struggle against the Islamisation of Europe” with arguments made by iluvsa against multi-culturalism in the South African,...

  • Pentagon surrenders to YouTube

    The US military is surrendering to YouTube. Less than three years after its launch, the Pentagon is shutting down TroopTube, a video-sharing site set up for US soldiers and their families. A statement posted on the home page of TroopTube said it would close on 31 July. TroopTube was launched in November 2008 at a time when many members of the US armed forces were restricted from using YouTube. Its stated mission was to be “an online video site designed to help military families connect and keep in touch while miles apart”. The site never really caught on, however, and restrictions on the...

  • Mano a Mano in El Baño: Fabio takes on Old Spice guy

    Just when you thought it was safe to concenrate on your work and not be distracted by anything on the interwebs, Old Spice proves you wrong. Fabio, the “new” Old Spice guy has challenged the “old” Old Spice guy, Isaiah Mustafa, to a duel. So if you have plans for Tuesday, July 26th 12pm EST (5pm GMT), cancel them because this promises to be interesting. Italian male model/actor, Fabio, who appeared on the cover of hundreds of romance novels throughout the 1980s and 1990s is currently “filling in” for Mustafa as the Old Spice guy. In a bid to...

  • The hope and horror of Oslo as told on YouTube and Twitter

    There was little the rest of the world could do but sit back and watch in shock as the events in Oslo unfolded on the afternoon of 22 July. While we tried to digest the news of the bomb blast in central Oslo, news began filtering in of an even worse occurrence — a mass shooting at youth summer camp. In the hours and days after the tragedy, we started to learn more about the twisted world of Anders Behring Breivik, the man who planned and carried out the attacks. His online activity, from old postings on far-right...

  • Using Scrivener for UX design

    If you’re a writer of any stripe you will have come across numerous recommendations for Scrivener as the ultimate tool for collating research, scribbling down ideas and finding the structure of the story you’re trying to tell. In fact, though it’s marketed as software for novelists, Scrivener’s powerful feature set is a boon to anyone who needs to wrangle large amounts of information. I’ve used Scrivener almost exclusively since 2007, so when I made the switch from journalism to user experience(UX) design, I didn’t think twice about keeping it at the centre of my working environment. After all, so...

  • 5 social media mistakes businesses need to avoid making

    Social Media has been vaunted as the ultimate go-to marketing tool of our age. It has been said that if you are not involved in some level of social media marketing with your organisation, then you are missing the boat and your business prospects are going to sail away without you. What is not being spoken about so freely, however, are the extremely large social media marketing FAILS. How can it all go wrong? One of the best examples of how social media can go wrong for a company is the infamous Dell Computers incident, which started in 2005 when blogger...

  • The Tamagotchi nature of social networks

    A significant part of my day is spent maintaining my profiles on my social networks: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and now Google+. Some of my time spent in these networks is genuinely useful but a lot of it is spent in housekeeping chores, I’m constantly peppered with tasks: approve these friends, like these pages, it’s Joe Smith’s birthday wish him happy birthday, someone commented on a post you commented on, you were tagged in this post/photo… Sometimes it feels like I should spend my entire life here, tapping and typing all day long, running that hamster wheel. Google+ currently requires a lot of...

  • Microsoft blasted for ‘vile’ attempt to cash in on Amy Winehouse’s death

    Microsoft has been forced to apologise for a “tweet” which has been blasted as a blatant attempt to cash in on the death of 27-year-old British singer Amy Winehouse. Microsoft became the target of online ire over the weekend after the same Twitter account posted an update inviting people to remember Winehouse by buying digital versions of her “Back to Black” album at Zune. The Zune website is Microsoft’s online store for downloading music, films and other entertainment content to computers, smartphones, and Xbox 360 videogame consoles. Replies on Twitter in part criticised the Microsoft message as “crass” and “vile.” Winehouse’s latest album...

  • Hackers fight back against global legal crackdown

    Italian hackers claiming affiliation with Anonymous and Lulzsec have announced they had accessed the website of Italy’s cyber-police and published classified information. This is in revenge for the arrests of hackers in Europe and the United States, which saw LulzSec release a defiant statement to the FBI and international law authorities. After the announcement, made in a blog post, the Italian communications police unit admitted it had been hacked but did not confirm or deny that any information had been stolen. Lawmakers condemned an “unprecedented” attack that had breached Italy’s security. The blog went on to say the leaked reports “will show...

  • ‘Apply with LinkedIn’ — The future of job applications

    Professional social networking site, LinkedIn, has launched a new plugin which allows users to apply for jobs directly via the service. The plugin, Apply with LinkedIn, is designed to make applying for a job easy, with the service calling it “the future of job applications”. On the company’s blog, Technical Product Manager, Jonathan Seitel said that LinkedIn’s goal “is to help every professional put their best foot forward, anywhere across the web, when they take that leap to apply for a new position, a dream job”. The plugin appears as a button much like, Twitter, Facebook or Google +1, which companies...

  • Finnish police to boost web surveillance following Norway attacks

    Finnish police have announced that they will monitor the internet more rigorously for evidence of extremist plots following last week’s twin massacres in neighbouring Norway. Deputy police commissioner Robin Lardot said his forces will play closer attention to fragmented pieces of information — known as “weak signals” — in case they connect to a credible terrorist threat. The concept of weak signals is lifted from the world of corporate Strategic Early Warning Systems. The weak signals are anything discontinuous, or new, within the structure of a system. Lardot told public YLE radio that Finnish police previously enhanced their online surveillance...

  • Lulzsec and Anonymous: Showing us that internet security is a joke

    If you’re a bit slow off the mark, you may be wondering who ‘Louise Boat’ is. LulzSec and Anonymous have been topping all of the major news sites for months now. That’s because they’re making a mockery of internet security on sites that you would expect to know better. That includes leaking the transaction logs of over 3 000 ATMs in the UK, hacking Sony and compromising the accounts of at least 37 500 people, taking out the CIA website, and now obtaining over a gigabyte of confidential data from NATO. In the UK, LulzSec reportedly emailed the National...

  • 5 chess principles for internet business practitioners

    Gamification and how we can apply mechanics and principles from the world of games to our products is an idea on the rise, but it does have its limits. Have you considered gamifying yourself as a business practitioner? Chess is a good place to start. Serious chess nerds have linked improvement in their game to enhanced business acumen. This is not completely unrealistic, given the well-documented positive influence of chess on child development in areas like self-esteem, organisational skills, better thinking and problem-solving abilities. Chess-playing managers recognise many parallels between chess and business. In both cases you are required...

  • Research In Motion to cut 2 000 jobs

    BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) has announced that it is cutting 2000 jobs and that its ailing chief operating officer plans to retire. RIM, which is facing increased competition from Apple’s iPhone and mobile phones running Google’s Android software, revealed plans last month to slash jobs this quarter in a bid to “streamline operations.” The job cuts announced Monday amount to just over 10 percent of the global workforce of the Waterloo, Ontario-based company. RIM said in a statement that it would have around 17 000 employees when the layoffs are complete. “The workforce reduction is believed to be a prudent and...