Emerging Markets, Social media

Meet 50 of the most influential political tweeters in emerging markets

Twitter Social media in emerging markets is poised in a delicate position. A number of governments are trying to clampdown on various platforms, all while they’re experiencing phenomenal growth. Given this situation, it’s worthwhile seeing who the most influential political tweeters in some of the biggest emerging market countries are. It is they, after all, who drive debate and help form the national political opinion. Using research from PR and communications firm Burson-Masteller and social influence measuring tool Klout, we can get some ...

News

Rape video causes social media outrage

Video footage of a girl being violently gang raped is causing a social media storm. The video, which Memeburn will not link to for legal and ethical reasons, reportedly shows seven males aged between 14 and 20 raping a 17 year old girl. According to Eyewitness News, the video was captured on a cellphone camera and clearly features faces, genitalia, and several instances of penetration. The young males can also be heard offering the girl R2 for her silence. The girl meanwhile can ...

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Sergey Brin clarifies his thoughts on web freedom

Google co-founder Sergey Brin has come out on the defensive, saying that his thoughts on internet freedom “got particularly distorted” following an interview with UK newspaper The Guardian. In the interview Brin said that Facebook and Apple could potentially threaten web freedom with the “walled gardens” they build up around their products. In a Google+ post, the renowned internet billionaire said that this did not mean he wasn’t a fan of the actual products: I have much admiration for two of the companies ...

News

Play nice you two: Apple CEO and Samsung chief to meet

You know a dispute is real when a judge orders CEOs of two of world's the largest tech companies to meet face to face. Yup, Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics agreed that their respective chief executives would meet in San Francisco to talk and hopefully bring an end to their ongoing patent war, reports Reuters. Apple sued Samsung in the United States last year, saying the South Korean company's Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets "slavishly" copy the iPhone and ...

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Father of the internet calls for an end to proposed UK surveillance bill

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is pleading with the UK government to put a stop to a bill that would allow intelligence agencies to monitor citizens emails and social media accounts. The bill in question, intended as a counter-terrorism measure, has been in discussion for some time. Berners-Lee serves as an the adviser to the UK government on ways make public data more accessible has called the bill "a destruction of human rights". He also believes it will make peoples' most ...

Startup news

Looqiloo turns everyone into an infomercial host

Looqiloo Ever wanted to be an infomercial host, but never figured out how? Then Looqiloo might be the right site for you. The site's developers claim that it lets people buy directly from a video pitching products at them. The site, which goes live today, also wants to make selling social. Looqiloo claims that "anyone can easily upload personal videos about their favorite products and share them with their friends, family and social networks". The site isn't exactly starting from scratch either. Looqiiloo says ...

Future Trends

10 Big tech trends for the next decade

Big tech trends The world is changing and tech is changing with it. Over the next 10 years the global tech market will be completely redefined as people's values and expectations evolve. These new expectations and values will shaped by global economics, technology itself, and social change. How this change takes place will be defined by what people value enough to pay for, how their values are changing, and how technology and service providers can respond to this profitably. Research company Gartner ...

Video

Prometheus’ latest viral ad introduces David8, the next generation robot

prometheus-david-wsj-ad-600 It looks like 20th Century Fox is pulling out all the stops when it comes to its next blockbuster sci-fi flick, Prometheus. The Ridley Scott production has been capitilising on the viral nature of the web to promote the movie. Fox is now taking it to the next level, with an unnervingly awesome video of "David" the eighth generation humanoid robot from the fictitious Weyland Corporation. The video, which plays out as an ad introduces the world to "David", played by ...

Entrepreneurship

South African entrepreneurs are punk rock

Punk businessman starting a fight Like most people who grew up in America, I really had no idea what to expect when I first travelled to South Africa (besides gazelles and lions). My first trip was to Johannesburg two years ago to open a new office, and I have been back several times since, most recently Cape Town. Of all the places I travel for our company, South Africa is one of my favorites. After I overcame the shock of there not being any gazelles ...

News

Google confirms global Gmail outage, says everything now okay

Google has confirmed that its email client Gmail suffered downtime earlier today but says that the service is fully functional once again. The disruption, which Google claims affected less than two percent of users worldwide, saw many unable to access their mail. Naturally, this led some to vent their frustrations on Twitter although most saw the funny side: Twitter is doing a better job of confirming that Gmail is down-ish than the Google App Status Dashbaord google.com/appsstatus— chris busse (@busse) April ...

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