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  • It’s official: Chrome is the web’s most popular browser

    It's finally happened. Chrome is now the world's most popular web browser. Microsoft haters the world over, rejoice. According to figures from online research company StatsCounter, Google's browser overtook Internet Explorer -- which has long dominated the broswer wars -- some time last week. Of the most popular browsers, Chrome is the only one that has shown real and consistent growth over the past year. Both Internet Explorer and Firefox have been on the decline, although the latter has shown some measure of recovery in the past week. Safari's growth meanwhile has been much slower than Chrome's. That said,...

  • New Daily Maverick site goes live

    Regular Memeburn readers may recall that we got a sneak preview of the new Daily Maverick site a few weeks back. Today the South African-based investigative news outfit's site is live. What we saw in the sneak preview is more or less what the Daily Maverick has given us. The site eschews the option of having as much of its content showing at one time as possible. Instead it's gone for a minimalist, linear, more blog-like approach. For anyone with short memory spans, here's what the old site looked like: The Daily Maverick is edited by SA media veteran Branko...

  • YouTube turns seven: 72 hours of content now uploaded every minute

    Think back to 2005. What were you doing then? Well Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim were getting ready to launch a site that would completely change the way we view video on the web. Yup seven years ago, YouTube first buffered its way into the world's imagination. Okay the company was actually officially founded in February of that year, but it was in May that its founders first decided to share the site with the world. Just over a year later, it would be bought out by internet giant Google. Today YouTube is the world's most popular...

  • Pakistan restores Twitter after weekend blockage

    Pakistan has restored access to Twitter in the country after blocking it over the weekend, saying that it would turn to Interpol for help with screening sensitive content. Somewhat ironically, the country's interior minister took to the social network to explain that the government had chosen to shut it down because of "un Islamic" content, adding that the country's government had tried contacting Twitter, but that it had not been of any assistance. The series of tweets started out with an assurance that social media would not be blocked in Pakistan: Dear all, I assure u that Twitter...

  • WikiLeaks launches encrypted social network

    Everybody's favourite whistle-blowing organisation has branched out into social. WikiLeaks has just launched Friends of WikiLeaks (FoWL), an encrypted network, which it says is aimed at supporting anyone aligned with its goals and philosophies. According to the site's welcome page, FoWL: is a network of people from across the globe who defend WikiLeaks, its people, its alleged sources and its mission. We publicly and privately promote WikiLeaks and individuals and organisations aligned with the mission of WikiLeaks. This site will help you to join with people like you in your area and across the world. You will make new...

  • Mark Zuckerberg weds long-time girlfriend one day after IPO

    Mark Zuckerberg is now a married man. The Facebook founder and CEO wed his long-time girlfriend Priscilla Chan in a backyard ceremony in Palo Alto yesterday. The couple have been together for nearly eight years after meeting at Harvard, where Zuckerberg first put what would become Facebook in motion. The ceremony took place in front of 100 people in the back garden of the house the two share together. Zuckerberg and Chan had reportedly been planning the wedding in secret for five months, with guests under the impression that they were there to celebrate Chan's graduation from medical school....

  • Google Knowledge Graph: What questions should we really be asking?

    I don’t get all the fanfare about Google’s recent “Knowledge Graph” launch -- surely it’s just another step on Google’s path of evolving search? First, we had Google’s attempt to show us more than just links with Universal Search in 2007 – that started incorporating aspects like images and news. Secondarily, and totally coincidentally, we had Google Squared which was viewed as more of a computational engine that extracted data from webpages and presented them in search results in a spreadsheet -- a Wolfram Alpha Lite, if you will. Squared was “retired” as a standalone site last year but...

  • Facebook IPO: What happens when the dust settles?

    So it’s official. The starting figure for Facebook shares today is… US$38. It’s higher than expected (although not by much) and if many have their way it’s just the beginning. Not unsurprisingly there have been naysayers as you’d expect (perhaps more that you’d expect) but when you have a +US$100-billion IPO (the last one was Visa) mixed with additional recent large investment rounds and economic uncertainty seemingly looming around every corner, people invariably become polarised. So what happens when the bell closes today? Well for you and me, likely not a lot. The site won’t change, it’ll...

  • Why Facebook’s IPO only increases its global impact

    Ah man, anyone who thought Facebook was just a fad must be eating their words right now. Facebook’s IPO, however flat its opening may have turned out to be, is something that’s turning the world on its head. One of the biggest impacts of Facebook going public is that it is now in an elite class of its own. Not that it wasn’t already, but now it’s official. It’s not going anywhere, anytime soon, contrary to the disputes from anti-Facebookers cries of “It’s just a fad, like Myspace”. Facebook has now joined a business category that can qualify for...

  • Are memes the future of news?

    Comic-meme creation and consumption has taken internet culture by storm and seems to be only increasing in frequency and engagement. Memes come in all types but in this case ‘LOL cats’ and ‘Rage comics’ are being produced at a rate never seen before. Ben Huh wants to turn this mechanic into news delivery. In a recent interview the man behind I can haz cheezburger spoke of how he sees ‘meme-mechanics’ as the future of news content distribution. His argument centers on how subjectivity is king when it comes to content on the internet and a cultural shift is taking place,...

  • Google Knowledge Graph: Forcing businesses to amplify great content

    Google's Knowledge Graph is generating a lot of hype. For good reason too, it’s a big leap forward in the early stages of the semantic web. A semantic web has context and not just content. This means that when you search for the Taj Mahal, as an example, you get results on the Taj Mahal that you were actually looking for. So if you were looking for the iconic building, that’s what you will find. If you were looking for the band that’s what you will find, and so on. But how does Google do this? Well in short, Google...

  • Watch SA-born entrepreneur’s SpaceX vehicle blast off online

    The trope of geeks dreaming of space is a well-worn one. Thing is it’s not exactly without basis. Today one of those geeks might just see one of those dreams come true. Space X is the brainchild of South African-born PayPal founder, inventor, engineer and billionaire genius Elon Musk (If that description sounds a bit like Tony Stark, it’s probably because Robert Downey Jr based his character on Musk. A little later this morning the programme will launch its Dragon Cots 2+ Demonstration mission, which is set to be the first privately funded spacecraft to dock with the International...

  • Mark Zuckerberg opens Nasdaq trading from Facebook HQ [PICS]

    Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg has rung the bell that signals the opening of the Nasdaq stock exchange. Shunning the suits of Wall Street, Zuckerberg instead chose to ring the bell from the social network's California headquarters. His attire? Sneakers, jeans, a grey shirt and a dark hoodie. What, like you were expecting anything else? Zuckerberg was surrounded by some of his most senior executives and a host of employees -- many of whom have been attending an all-night hackathon aimed at producing the next wave of Facebook products. It should be pointed out that Zuckerberg only opened...

  • Facebook goes live on Nasdaq

    After months of speculation, a two-week long roadshow, and hours of pent-up waiting, it's finally happened. Facebook has officially started trading on the Nasdaq stock exchange. The company's share price opened at US42, higher than the US$38 it was offering, before leveling back down to US$40. Earlier today CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg rang the bell that opened trading, officially signalling Facebook's first day as a publicly trading company. It took a few hours, however for the company to officially begin trading stock. Facebook's IPO is one of the largest in tech history, giving it a valuation of...

  • Twitter reactions to Facebook IPO mixed

    Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, or just woke up from a coma you probably know that Facebook debuts on the stock market today. As with any big event, the people of Twitter (which, by the way, was last seen doing everything its power to avoid going public) had to have their say. There were, of course, jokes: Facebook IPO day joke:Why is Facebook going public?Because they couldn't figure out the privacy settings either. :P— Sritika Dhar (@Sritika) May 18, 2012 IPO Day - will farmville cows increase their value or not? just saying ... :)— J Patricio Gonzalez...