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  • Fired Yahoo! CEO forfeits $10million to say: Yahoo! ‘f—ed me over’

    Anybody with even the slightest knowledge about the recently axed CEO of Yahoo!, Carol Bartz, knew that sooner or later her tough-as-nails attitude would come to the fore, and in an explosive interview with Fortune it did. A source speaking with Fortune also informed the magazine that Bartz had a non-disparagement clause, a promise to not speak ill of the company, and that by giving this interview she forfeited US$10-million of her severance package The interview, Bartz's first since her dismissal, explained what led up to her getting fired over the telephone by board Chairman Roy Bostock. According to Bartz, in...

  • Google’s green energy usage exposed

    Search giant Google has revealed how much power its products such as Gmail, Youtube, Google+ and its cloud services consume. Urs Hoelzle, senior vice president of technical infrastructure said, "Google products for a month...our servers use less energy per user than a light left on for three hours. And, because we've been a carbon-neutral company since 2007, even that small amount of energy is offset completely so the carbon footprint of your life on Google is zero." On the Google Green website, a new section called “The Big Picture” has been added to offer further insight into how Google saves...

  • App of the week: Official Rugby World Cup 2011 App

    This week I take a look at the Official Rugby World Cup 2011 App, a resource rich and very informative app that I would happily pay a couple of dollars for. This one is free. Win! A mecca for adrenalin junkies, panicky expats from all over the world and home of the All Blacks rugby team, New Zealand is a beautiful little country in the Pacific Ocean that has a helluvalot going for it. Lovely beaches, hobbits, active volcanoes, Rhys Darby and deep-fried Mars Bars are just some of the wonderful experiences you can have in the land of the...

  • Don’t mind the gap: Silicon Cape to learn from London

    London, one of the world’s financial hubs, is undergoing a process of bolstering its image as a city working towards the best interests of tech companies and startups. This is according to the Lord Mayor of London Michael Bear, who was in Cape Town on a short trip to help foster relations between the UK and South Africa. As part of his itinerary, he took part in a round table discussion with members of the Silicon Cape initiative and some of the city's up and coming entrepreneurs. The Lord Mayor noted that there is no reason...

  • Twitter receives $800-million in fresh funding as user numbers soar

    Social networking giant Twitter has received fresh funding to the tune of US$800-million. According to Fortune magazine, roughly half of the investment will be put directly into Twitter with the other half being set aside to cash out extant shareholders. The funding is said to have come from high-profile investors including Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures. Although this latest round of funding has seen Twitter valued at more than US$8-billion. The financing comes in the midst of news that the social network's user base is booming. The company recently announced that it now has more than 100-million monthly active...

  • Video Review: Samsung NX11

    Here is our video review of the NX11. It's a surpisingly competent piece of camera kit; well thought out and fast handling. Changeable lens from wide to long tele, fairly compact, and we like the depth of field preview button. Not only do you get a healthy 14.4MP, but the larger sensor improves lower light shooting and a lets you choose a shallow depth of field if you want to blur the background. Shows class Watch the review on Gearburn.com var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Google gives HTC patent ammo in Apple fight

    Long accused of milquetoast support for its Android licencees when they're attacked, Google has suddenly escalated the Apple-vs-Android patent war by providing HTC with an armoury of patents in its current legal battle with Cupertino. Last week Google transferred a set of patents to HTC that the Taiwan-based company used to amend intellectual property infringement complaints against iPhone maker Apple in the United States. The global Internet giant confirmed selling the patents to HTC but referred additional questions to the smartphone maker. Read more on Gearburn.comvar vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • E-cigs get social

    In a move which some would call "bound to happen", e-cigarettes have now begun to integrate social features into its design. E-cig maker blu has launched what it is calling the "Premium Smart Pack", their socially-aware cigarette pack. The cigarette pack has mobile phone-like features, such as an animated logo, a charge indicator for the pack and spare battery, as well as its ace-in-the-hole, the social button. Pushing the button sends out a signal which identifies other blu smokers and blu resellers. According to the company's website, the future of the device is set to land in 2012. Software will...

  • Windows-based Galaxy tab out next week?

    A report from the Korea Economic Daily says Samsung has teamed up with Microsoft to make a new tablet computer powered by Windows 8. Citing an industry source, it said the new tab would be unveiled at Microsoft's BUILD developers' conference in California next week from September 13-16. "This new product manufactured by Samsung will be the company's first collaboration with Microsoft in its hardware devices," it quoted the source as saying. Read more on Gearburn.com var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • .XXX domain registrations begin

    The adult entertainment industry has been pushed into its own domain, ".XXX". ICM Registry, the administrators of the launch are opening up the doors to any site which wishes to adopt the .XXX moniker. Websites can now pre-register or even protect their brands from being registered onto the domain. Those interested in acquiring this top level domain should click through to ICM Registry to sign up. This is the beginning of the process, known as "Sunrise". Sunrise A is for securing trademarks and any matching top level domains. Sunrise B, which runs concurrently with Sunrise A is for non-members...

  • Facebook is fast becoming irrelevant and has lost the real-time battle

    I remember the glory days of Facebook. We used to share voraciously on our news feeds. Our movements. Interesting links. Videos. It was where the conversation happened. Daily. And then came Twitter. The real conversation (and the real-time one) shifted to Twitter. The shift was slow to begin with, which made Twitter a hollow place. After all, if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Today, revolutions are sparked on Twitter. We converse there. We interact there. (and we don't need to go off on a tangent into sociological...

  • The truth about BlackBerry’s encryption

    I've been thinking of not writing this piece in order to let the criminal underworld continue to operate, wrapped tightly in the warm blanket of incompetence. However, if you're an aspiring hoodlum or simply a curious, law abiding BBM addict, this article might be of interest to you. I draw from Ronen Halevy's analysis at the excellent Berry Review, so click through if you're interested in some further reading. There's this notion that communication from BlackBerry to BlackBerry is always secure. Before BBM was ever the network of choice for "angry youfs", way before Curves were available in hot pink...

  • SA government ‘clarifies’ position on monitoring BlackBerry Messenger

    Recent reports that South Africa's government was looking to regulate the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service were greeted with dismay and anger. In a recent speech, South African Deputy-Communications minister, Obed Bapela, called for called for new regulations that would allow police and intelligence authorities to access messages sent via BBM. Following heated reactions and international news reports on the matter, Bapela's boss, Communications minister Radhakrishna Roy Padayachie, has issued a "clarifying statement" saying that, "government has no intention to regulate or legislate against Blackberry Encryption messenger service". The statement also noted, however, that government was still drafting a policy statement that...

  • 26 emerging market political figures on Facebook and Twitter

    Speaking to your constituents once meant getting up on a podium and shouting into a microphone. Twitter and Facebook are now the global platforms for instant communication and politicians have taken to it like a duck to water. Listed below are a group of politicians who use Twitter and Facebook to talk to their faithful followers. South America Chile President, Michelle Bachelet -- Facebook fans: 295 097 Her Facebook site is growing in popularity, and she recently began (and abandoned) a Twitter account after a mere six tweets. Facebook remains as her platform for social communication. President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández...

  • Rebecca Black braai parody gaining traction

    Remember Rebecca Black? The girl that turned Friday into something more than just another day of the week? That one. The meme that never seemed to go away. Some of the best things that came out of the Black world were the parodies. You may have thought we had gotten over this and that we had all moved on, but we haven't. So here's a little gem that has somehow worked Braai culture into the parody, and it's gaining traction. The video, which will have you falling off your chair in laughter, is a product of South African comedy...