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  • Journalist fired for expletive-filled radio tirade but gains Twitter followers

    Mark Esterhuysen, a South African journalist, has been fired for an expletive-filled rant broadcast live on radio in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Following the rant, Esterhuysen directed listeners to his various social media platforms. Esterhuysen was a journalist for radio news service Eyewitness News and his rant played out on Talk 702. His twitter account, MarkEsterhuysen has now rocketed from roughly 400 followers to 979 and counting. His Facebook account remains silent on the matter, while he is yet to update on his firing from Eyewitness news on his blog. Twitter was quick to respond to the news,...

  • How to get the most out of YouTube advertising

    Advertisers and marketers are always looking for new and innovative ways to market their brands. While traditional advertising is beginning to take a back seat to the social media craze, there is another medium that hovers between being seen as an advertising platform and a social platform. But are marketers really getting the most out of a platform like YouTube? Humble Beginnings In December of 2005 YouTube officially came out of beta testing and was introduced to the world, with a then paltry 8-million videos being watched every day. Today that number has been destroyed and the online broadcast channel now...

  • Silicon Valley startups can’t rebuild US workforce

    There has been a lot of discussion lately about US jobs and Silicon Valley's role in helping to rebuild the US workforce. US government officials and many others believe that Silicon Valley is key to reviving US jobs growth. But is this really true? It's worth revisiting an article in Bloomberg Businessweek from last year, written by Andy Grove, a veteran Silicon Valley executive who helped build one of its most successful companies: Intel. Andy Grove worked with the early founders of Intel and became its CEO and chairman for many years. In this article in Bloomberg BusinessWeek he takes...

  • Google+ rocketing since opening up to the public

    In the week since Google took its brand new social network, Google+, public the network has seen a record number of signups. A recent post by Paul Allen, Ancestry.com co-founder and unofficial Google+ statistician, revealed that Google+ has reached an estimated 43.4-million users and counting. According to Allen, roughly a third of the users were added in the few days after Google+ opened itself to the public. Allen's Google+ numbers first gained credibility in early July, when he estimated the service had 10-million users which was confirmed by Google CEO, Larry Page, two days later in a call to investors. Others have...

  • 5 great pieces of geeky design

    Upcycling, resource re-allocation and a bit of animated fun is where it’s at in design at the moment. We look at the possibility of a biofuel that uses recycled newspapers, a raincoat that gathers and stores the water, and typewriters that get a second chance. Biofuel from newspapers Scientists at Tulane University in New Orleans have found a novel bacterial strain, dubbed “TU-103”, that can use (news)paper to produce butanol, a biofuel that works as a gasoline substitute. TU-103 is the first bacterial strain from nature that produces butanol directly from the organic compound cellulose. Sticky story A scene from the film...

  • Tumblr raises $85-million in funding from the likes of Richard Branson

    Blogging platform, Tumblr, has raised US$85-million worth of funding reports the New York Times. The fresh round of funding is led by venture capitalist firms Greylock Partners and Insight Venture Partners and includes cash injections from Peter Chernin's investment business and English billionaire Sir Richard Branson. Tumblr was founded in 2007 by David Karp and now has more than 29.9-million registered blogs. Karp said in a news release that the new funding would allow the blogging company "to continue to scale our business and give real focus to the further development of Tumblr." The company has raised roughly US$40-million in funding...

  • Facebook forms body to lobby and friend US Congress

    No industry of any value in the United States is without a lobbying arm, and with an estimated worth of US$100-billion for Facebook, social networking is definitely a valuable industry. It is unsurprising, therefore, that Facebook filed paperwork to form a political action committee(PAC) this week. This news was first confirmed by The Hill, a Washington DC newspaper focusing on US congressional politics. According to the Hill, reports that Facebook was considering in forming the PAC first surfaced after domain names such as FBPAC.org and FBPAC.us were registered. Facebook by no means is forging new ground with this PAC, it follows...

  • Journalist sues music director over Facebook rant

    A South African music journalist is suing a freelance music director linked to popular South African rock act, the Parlotones. The suit comes after the director threatened to physically harm the journalist on Facebook following a negative review. According to the Cape Argus, the threat came after the journalist, Diane Coetzer wrote a review of the Parlotones big-budget stage show, "Dragonflies and Astronauts" for the Daily Maverick. The article, subtitled “Lousy theatre, great music”, criticised a number of aspects of the show's production. The director, Eban Olivier, was involved in the show and reacted to the review with posts...

  • Chinese police get microblogging

    The Chinese government has issued an order to its police force: “Start using social media.” “Ensuring social openness and dispelling misunderstandings” is the goal of the Chinese state government according to the Xinhua news agency. At a conference earlier this week, Huang Ming, vice-minister of public security said that the aim was to assist law enforcement officials in using microblogs or weibos. Weibos can be compared to Twitter and include websites such as Sina which has some 200-million users. Haung said, "Internet users are one of the major groups of our society and they are not satisfied. Public security microblogging...

  • Facebook changes: What ‘the public’ thinks [infographic]

    Very little can get netizens around the world up and ready to riot like the discovery that Facebook has (yet again) changed its interface, and with the latest updates on the world's largest social network, the reaction has been no different. As Memeburn reported, The hashtag "#newfacebook" was where much invective and anger on Twitter was hurled at Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg as the revamped news-feed was rolled out. With even further changes in the pipeline the world's largest social network can expect even more anger. With this in mind, SodaHead, a website which polls its community on anything...

  • Amazon’s Kindle Fire launching soon

    Amazon is expected to unveil an Android powered tablet which may or may not go by the name of the “Kindle Fire” this week. According to reports, the Kindle Fire will be a 7” tablet which will look very similar to the Blackberry Playbook. The report continues by saying that the Kindle Fire will ship in the second week of November. Analysts predict that the Kindle Fire could become a rival to the iPad 2 and ensure that another competitor is able to enter the rapidly expanding tablet market. Independent analyst Carmi Levy said, "More than any other recent tablet...

  • Michael Arrington, ‘unpaid blogger’ launches Uncrunched

    TechCrunch founder and former editor-in-chief Michael Arrington has launched a new blog. The site, called Uncrunched, recently went live with a solely user-generated post entitled “Here I am”. The post generated some 503 comments. Following this, however, a second post was put up explaining exactly what Arrington aims to do with Uncrunched now that he is, to quote the T-Shirt he wore at the recent Disrupt conference, an "unpaid blogger". The answer, it would seem, is pretty much the exact same thing he was doing with TechCrunch but without the corporate bulk of AOL breathing down his neck: I'm going...

  • Four big obstacles for cloud computing

    Everybody seems hyped up about "the cloud," so there's a good chance you might be wondering whether your business should be getting ready to migrate many of its day-to-day functionality to a bunch of online services. Certainly, there is a fair chance that you already make use of a bunch of cloud-based services. If you're using Gmail or Google Calendar, then you're already making use of software in the cloud. Externally hosted Microsoft Exchange services have been around for a while and, once again, using these may be considered to be taking advantage of the cloud. The thing is...

  • Moneysmart – a better way to manage your money

    Zulfiq Isaacs and Tobie van Zyl want to help you to understand your money better. Moneysmart, their startup, is a user-friendly financial management platform. Users aggregate their banking information into a single place, outlining budgets and setting goals. For those who were once scared of their finances, the enthusiastic founders reckon Moneysmart will put the control back into your hands and help you to "reach your financial dreams". I visited the Moneysmart offices in Gardens, Cape Town. Their workplace is akin to a renovated iStore, starkly white and divided into rows of gleaming laptops. From here, we travelled to...

  • We’re in a Jacuzzi: digital and the Loeries

    Steve Jobs once said: "We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life." Excellence -- recognising it, rewarding it, inspiring it -- is the aim of the Loerie Awards. This year, the most excellent creative digital agency of all -- based on the amount of silverware they get to take home -- is HelloComputer. Following them are Gloo Digital Design, NATIVE, Pixel Project, Prezence, Digital Fabric, Leftfield and Strike Media. Gloo won the most individual awards, including golds for Design Indaba XIV microsite and Brandhouse Drive...