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How a hacker became a shit-hot entrepreneur

lenovo school laptop photo by jessello Recently you may have seen massive hype and attention around a bank hacker called Alistair Peterson, mostly unknown, even in some parts of the tech world in which he operates. His blog had a few hundred hits less than a month ago, now it has over 22 000, with over 5 000 newsletter subscribers. If you still haven't heard about him, then read on, this is a fuller account of who he is. A Google search brings little except his own ...

Twitter

Twitter wishes Madiba a happy birthday

Nelson Mandela is trending worldwide on Twitter, not surprising at all. After all today is the living legend's 94th birthday and the world wants to celebrate with the global icon of freedom, democracy and peace. Many users of social media have changed their avatars to an image of Mandela in tribute to the celebrated statesman. There has been an overwhelming outpouring of tributes on Twitter and videos on YouTube. Today South Africans around the world also honour the man by ...

Advertising & Marketing

Nando’s sends Madiba birthday message ‘from one firestarter to another’

Nando's is known for stirring trouble when it comes to its adverts. The fast food chicken franchise has taken the mickey out of politicians, singers, and even insurance companies. For Nelson Mandela's birthday, celebrated today, however the company abandoned its usual acerbic wit. Instead it compared itself to the meaning the celebrated statesman's middle name. Rolihlala means "pulling on the branch of a tree", or more literally, troublemaker. Although more restrained than its usual fare, Nando's couldn't resist a little chicken-themed ...

Social media

Nelson Mandela’s life imagined in social media

Madiba Instagram This is one of the coolest campaigns we've seen in a while. It takes the form of a YouTube video that imagines former South African president Nelson Mandela's life through social media. The video plays out Nelson Mandela's life as we use social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. The internationally respected statesman turns 94 tommorrow. People around the world are celebrating the date, and the video from Prezence Digital will join the likes of a five metre ...

Yahoo!

4 hot talking points surrounding Marissa Mayer’s Yahoo! appointment

Marissa Mayer (Credit Adam Tinworth) Yahoo! stock rose two percent in after-hours trading off the back of the announcement that former Google “first 20” employee, Marissa Mayer, has signed on as the new CEO. The person responsible for what was rumoured to be 20-25% of Google’s workforce also designed the look and feel of Google’s iconic homepage and had a hand in cornerstone projects like Gmail. Let’s look at some pivotal discussion points surrounding the move: 1. Mission accomplished In Google’s management shakeup of October 2010 ...

News

Google now lets you explore Antarctica from the comfort of your desk

Antarctica is cold, foreboding and extremely hostile to human life. But there's something about it that's been drawing people there for years. Now you can try to figure out precisely what is that's sent explorers and scientists to the ice continent, all without having to leave your chair. Google today launched a series of extra StreetView images of historic locations in Antarctica. The locations -- which include the South Pole Telescope, Shackleton's hut, Scott’s hut, Cape Royds Adélie Penguin Rookery ...

News

Microsoft’s latest mistake could cost it $7bn

As mistakes go, this is a pretty catastrophic one. Microsoft has revealed that the Browser Choice System it has to offer in the EU, doesn't work on millions of PCs. It's an error that could also end up costing it big time. The measure, which was forced on it in 2010 by the European Commission, in a bid to make sure that people knew that browsers besides Internet Explorer existed. In an official release, the Redmond-based tech giant admitted ...

News

UK police investigate racist tweet against top footballer

Police in the UK are investigating allegedly racist comments made against Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole on Twitter. According Sky Sports, a Twitter user referred to the sports star as "choc ice" on the social network. Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand then responded, saying "I hear you fella! Choc ice is classic hahahahahaha!!". A UK police spokesperson said: "We have received complaints from members of the public regarding alleged racist comments made on a social networking site. "These concerns will be fully ...

Advertising & Marketing, Social media

3 ways to lose social media followers fast

facebook social media dislike If you are busy with a social media campaign, one of the most likely main goals is to raise your brand’s awareness and visibility. We are making connections on the social web to increase our personal visibility and the visibility of our business, products, and services. When starting with a social media campaign, do your best to research and find the best practices for each social media channel you will be diving into. It really isn't that hard. Follow a ...

Yahoo!

What does Marissa Mayer see at Yahoo! that we don’t?

marissamayer By now you know that Google's top female executive, Marissa Mayer, has jumped ship to take the helm at Yahoo!. Admit it, you did not see this coming. This is a big deal for the company that once sat at the top of the Silicon Valley pile. As Cnet columnist and former Mashable editor-at-large says "Yahoo! has pulled off an incredible coup." Since the controversial axing of Carol Bartz, the contentious position as head of the struggling tech giant has ...

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