Ecommerce

The dramatic fall of BitCoin: No end in sight

BitCoin Death We've discussed BitCoin at some length on Memeburn, including how it works, its potential downfalls, and its genuine merits. BitCoin has experienced its ups and downs in the few years that it has emerged as an online currency. Last year, a major 'pick-pocketing' scandal when an anonymous BitCoin user claimed that thieves had managed to steal nearly US$ 500 000 worth of BitCoin. Although the case was unverified, a series of similar incidents caused the BitCoin exchange rate to crash ...

Social media

ORM: It’s non-negotiable

Online Reputation Management As any successful company will tell you, building a good reputation is not an easy process and it usually takes years of hard work to get it done. With the explosion of Web 2.0 in the last couple of years, many companies are focusing on social media experts (brand ambassadors) and trusted PR agencies to build them a positive online reputation around their products, services, and their brand. Everyone that has access to the online universe can be a "citizen journalist" ...

Social media

Television in the social era: It’s not about your audience

Yes yes we get it, television is getting more social and we can now follow are favourite TV shows on Twitter and Like them on Facebook. Smart TVs allow us to watch and share and that's pretty awesome, but what does all that actually mean for the future of the telly? According to John Cabral of Viacom Media Networks, a new medium is on its way. Speaking at the Korea Communications Conference, Cabral argues that the "current distinctions between the internet ...

News

Standard bank claims ‘world first’ with NFC-enabled debit card

Standard Bank Standard Bank has rolled out what it claims is the world's first bank card to include both NFC and debit card functionality. The so-called Muvo card was developed in partnership with the South African bank's business development centre and innovation incubator Beyond Payments. The debit card functionality will come from Mastercard, which has given the card the go-ahead. Beyond Payments claims the dual-function card “is believed to be a world first in the realm of cashless payment technology.” The product was ...

News

Twitter meetup results in child rape

A 13-year-old girl has been raped by a 45-year-old man she allegedly met on Twitter. The young girl had reportedly skipped school to meet up with the accused at her parents home in an affluent suburb of Pretoria, South Africa. "When the girl opened the door, she realised that the man was a lot older than he had pretended to be online", police spokesperson Captain Marissa van der Merwe told the Beeld newspaper. The girl then tried to close the ...

News

Pinterest gets $100m cash injection

Pinterest is about to get a massive cash boost as it looks to expand its international presence. Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten announced that it would be investing US$100-million into the current belle of the social media ball. In a press release, Rakuten said it would partner with Pinterest in growing the social network in 17 of the markets it is most active in. Pinterest co-founder and CEO Ben Siberman said that teaming up with the ecommerce giant would help it ...

News

Frustrated by your man playing Diablo III? This French store has a solution

This is hilarious, if a little unfairly stereotypical. A French sex store is offering a free um...toy to any women who feel their boyfriends have abandoned them since the release of Diablo III. The marketing bumpf is especially great once you run it through Google translate: Your man has not left his computer since the release yesterday of Diablo III? Still a long time before you find yourself in his arms during a romantic evening ... You yearn ... You feel abandoned ...

Google, News

Google just dropped some knowledge on search

Google logo Sorry what's that Bing? Oh you integrated social with search? Very cute. Now let the big boys show you how it's really done. Google today announced a new search model that it claims "understands real-world entities and their relationships to one another" The internet giant calls the new model "The Knowledge Graph" and says that it is built on the premise that when we're searching we're looking for "things not strings". In order to understand what it means by this, let's ...

Mobile

Samsung, Android still winning in shrinking mobile market

Samsung is winning the mobile wars and at the same time helping Android kill in the mobile OS stakes. Thing is all of the players in the game of phones are competing for a smaller market. According to research company Gartner, some 419.1-million mobile phones sold in the first few months of 2012, two percent less than the same period in 2011. That’s more significant than it might seem. It’s the first time the market has gone into decline since ...

News

Price war erupts among South Africa’s mobile players

A price war has erupted among South Africa’s mobile operators, as each seeks to increase its slice of the pie in a country where there are nearly as many active SIM cards as there are people. The country’s third mobile operator Cell C recently slashed its data prices, halving them in some cases. It’s followed up this move with a new voice deal for its prepaid customers. South Africa’s first-and-largest operator Vodacom today responded with what it calls the “Freedom ...

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