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Spam is down, Malware is up: McAfee

Thanks to better spam filtering techniques, most of us probably don’t see too many ads for “herbal Viagra” and similar concoctions in our inboxes these days, but that doesn’t mean spam isn’t still big business. According to the latest Threats Report by Intel’s online security firm McAfee (PDF), the overall amount of spam went down in the last quarter of 2011. One of the reasons for this, though, is that spammers have gotten a bit smarter and now use a ...

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Vodacom rewards ‘App Stars’

Apps are important. Hell we think they're the future of the internet. It seems Vodacom is increasingly recognising their importance too. The mobile operator has announced the winners of its App Star Challenge -- a competition aimed at providing developers with the opportunity to develop apps designed specifically for the South African market. The competition is an initiative of it own app store, which has been operational since September 2011, and its Developer Programme. Vodacom claims that the store, which ...

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Flickr set for major design upgrade next week

Photo sharing website Flickr is scheduled to receive a much-needed makeover according to senior project manager Markus Spiering. In an interview with BetaBeat, Spiering revealed the new user interface would minimize the excessive white space and information currently found on the site – gravitating towards the grid-like photo layouts found on sites like Pinterest and 500px. The update, which is scheduled for 28 February, will hopefully give Flickr the boost it needs to compete with newer photography websites like Instagram. ...

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Twitter rolls out updates for iPhone, Android apps

Twitter has announced a series of updates for its iPhone and Android apps. The social network claims the updates “introduce new design and functionality improvements” but also “bring back high-demand features”. One of the features making a Lazarus-esque return from the grave is the swipe shortcut. This feature allows users to swipe a tweet in their timeline to “to reply to, retweet, favorite or share it, or view the Twitter user’s profile”, without leaving their own timeline. iPhone users meanwhile ...

Gearburn

iPhone 5 to launch late 2012 [Rumour]

The iPhone 5 is launching in the Northern hemisphere's autumn according to an “Asian reliable source”. The website can be added to the long list of rumour sites which fuel fans' fires, but the leak does at least follow the pattern of Apple's new launch cycle it began with the iPhone 4S. iPhones are known for launching in the early Summer, State-side. The iPhone 4S however, launched October 2011, so the Cupertino giant has proved it can buck its own trend. ...

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Online reputation management, now with crowdsource sauce

Crowdsourcing This is interesting. Take the field of online reputation management, the practice of managing a person's or company's brand across the web and social networks, then add a bit of crowd source sauce using ranking techniques better known in chess grandmaster circles... and what do you get? Well, you should get improved accuracy in measuring what people are saying (and thinking) about you or your company online -- and you get to pay a whole lot of people to help you ...

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Reddit users draft legislation to protect internet freedom

A group of Reddit users has banded together to write its own legislation aimed at protecting freedom on the web. The group, which has gathered around the sub reddit r/fia, is drafting a piece of legislation it calls the Free Internet Act (FIA). The people behind FIA claim they want to “promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation by preventing the restriction of liberty and preventing the means of censorship”. According to the group, “FIA will allow internet users to browse ...

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New campaign celebrates SA constitution a la Nando’s

We The People Chicken A group of South Africans looking to celebrate the country’s constitution has come out with an innovative advert, borrowing from the style of fast food chicken franchise Nando’s. The advert plays on the immensely popular #mealforsix campaign and its accompanying “Last Dictator Standing” video ad. The Nando’s ad went viral and featured on a number of international sites. The franchise was, however, forced to pull it from Zimbabwean airwaves after militant groups threatened its staff. We the People, the group ...

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TED Talks open up for public auditions

TED 2011 Here at Memeburn we love TED. The conference embodies the kind of innovation we so fervently believe in. Imagine our delight then when we found out that TED would be holding public auditions. Conference organisers say there will be series of 14 auditions in cities across the globe aimed at finding speakers for TED2013. This isn’t some half-baked attempt at keeping the fans happy either. The organisers claim that "more than half of the speakers at TED2013" will be found ...

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Indian social network Ibibo claims six-million downloads of mobile “iBrowser”

Indian social networking site Ibibo claims that its “iBrowser” mobile web browser has been downloaded over six-million times since launching last year. The social network, which is owned by emerging markets internet giants Naspers and Tencent, claims that at least half of those downloads resulted in active users. According to Indian tech site Medianama, Ibibo iBrowser is essentially a repurposed version of Tencent's QQ Mobile browser. Running across the Symbian, Android and Java platforms, the browser can be used on ...

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