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  • The Oatmeal hits Tesla museum target in one week

    Geeks of the world rejoice! The Oatmeal has helped a non-profit raise the funds it needs to buy land for a Tesla museum on Long Island, New York less than a week after putting out the call for donations. According to Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman, an anonymous donor put US$33 000 forward to push the campaign past US$875 000: Wow, someone just donated $33,000 at the last minute and put us over our goal!$873,169 REACHED!— Matthew Inman (@Oatmeal) August 21, 2012 The aim of the project is to build a Tesla Museum on the site of Wardencliffe Tower. The site...

  • Indian govt could take on Twitter over failure to filter inflammatory tweets

    Oh look. Twitter's in hot water in India. Again. This time the Indian government is going after the social network because it has failed to comply with the country's efforts to clean up social media. According to the Times of India attention returned to Twitter shortly after the country accused neighboring Pakistan of using social media to spread "disinformation". The government's attention then turned to Twitter when the social network refused to block inflammatory messages in the volatile North Western part of the county Earlier this year the government tried to censor social networks for posting content that...

  • Amazon Web Services rolls out Glacier: for the data you seldom need

    Amazon's Web Services division today announced the launch of Glacier, a new archiving and data storage product. The tech giant says that the service is designed especially for data "that is infrequently accessed and for which retrieval times of several hours are suitable". It also claims that its price offering of as US$0.01 per gigabyte per month makes it much more cost-effective than hosting the data on your own premises. Glacier apparently addresses the fact that "Companies typically over-pay for data archiving": First, they're forced to make an expensive upfront payment for their archiving solution (which does...

  • Mobile payments company offers young African devs place at top conference

    Right, by now we should've cottoned onto the fact that the future of mobile payments is pretty damn big. Africa's always had a weighty punch in this market. After all people on the continent have been using mobile to make money transfers since at least 2002. Investing in the future of Africa's mobile developers seems pretty damn sensible then. Mobile payments enabler TrustPay seems to be taking a step toward doing exactly that by offering five €650 access passes to African app developers for the upcoming Mobile Entertainment Africa 2012 conference. The company clams it has been a passionate...

  • Why research is crucial before starting any social campaign

    There are thousands of social media channels available to us all. From blogging to Facebook, all of these channels are not created equal and for the same purpose. Just because a certain social media channel works well for some businesses, it doesn't necessarily mean that it will work for you. Wherever you look online you will find many videos, images, and the latest infographics about all the various social media statistics regarding the best social media channels. Some facts about social media: Facebook isn't big. It is massive 950-million users would make it the third largest country on Earth by population...

  • 4 reasons why you should start taking a much closer look at Klout

    There has been a lot of speculation and debate concerning the merits of participating on Klout. Klout measures social influence and until now, most have not taken it seriously, citing that the Klout algorithm is not accurate and does not reflect true social influence. Following recent announcements from Klout, I believe that general sentiment around Klout is about to change. Here are the reasons. 1. Social signals increased to 400 Klout has increased the number of signals from 100 to 400 from seven social networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. The signals include Twitter mentions, followers, replies and retweets,...

  • You have only yourself to blame for bad SEO content

    There are two schools of thought surrounding SEO (Search Engine Optimised) copy. The first is that it can simply be generated with fridge poetry and a few keywords. It’s this belief that has given rise to the second notion: that soon these people and their fridge poetry will become redundant due the rise of “robot” generated copy as indicated by narrativescience.com. People who believe either of these notions are naïve. Some people would believe that Shakespeare is currently turning in his grave due to the current state of SEO copy. I class these people with the previous bunch, who...

  • The life wireless — are we ready to cut the cord?

    I hate wires. For every piece of technology I own, there seems to be at least three cables that come along with it. A work colleague often refers to the daily routine of plugging our laptops into the monitor, keyboard, power source, mouse etc. as putting it on life support. It feels as if wireless technology is still trying to catch up with all the cool gadgets that are created every year. Why isn't everything wireless yet? Read more on Gearburn. 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");

  • Facebook director Peter Thiel unloads shares in the social network

    This is big. Facebook director and early investor Peter Thiel has unloaded the majority his stock in the social network. According to CNBC, Thiel sold around 22-million of Facebook shares. Although he did so at the first possible opportunity, it was reportedly in keeping with a plan he had formulated prior to the company going public. That means Thiel's decision to unload so many shares was not in reaction to Facebook's stock market woes over the past few weeks. It's not exactly uncommon for angel investors to unload their shares as soon as possible either. An attorney told...

  • Did Facebook steal Timeline? This Chinese social network thinks so

    The Chinese online space is renowned for its clones of Western social media sites, but at least one company thinks copying goes the other way too. According to Beijing-based consulting company Marbridge, Chinese social network L99.com plans to sue Facebook for stealing the idea of Timeline. L99.com CEO Xiong Wanli claims that his company launched its Timeline feature back in February 2008, connecting all the functions and features on the site in a chronological history of each user's activity. Xiong says the L99 launch was a matter of public record and claims that he has video evidence of Mark Zuckerberg...

  • Is Apple really the most valuable company ever?

    Go to any tech aggregator right now and you'll see headlines loudly proclaiming Apple to be the most valuable publicly traded company ever. The Cupertino-based giant's stock today reached US$660.73, giving it a market capitalisation US$619.37-billion. That means it slunk past the US$618.89-billion capitalisation Microsoft hit in 1999, which many believe to be the previous record. That makes it the most valuable publicly listed company in history. Except it doesn't. Don't get me wrong, it's a compelling story. A once embattled personal computer maker turned global tech superpower, it sounds like something only Hollywood could dream up....

  • Followergate: gaming the system to boost follower count

    Here we go again. Another storm has been brewing on the South African social media scene. This time, big digital agencies are accused of buying Twitter followers. The thing is, the issue of fake followers is actually been around since 2009 when the Telegraph wrote a piece exposing Maz Nadjm, then head of social media at Sky TV for artificially boosting his Twitter following. Nadjm claimed to be "responsible for social media at Sky TV" and was named by PR Week "the most influential communications professional on Twitter in the UK". Nadjm said his follower count grew organically though...

  • SMS to drive mobile messaging ad revenue past $7.14bn by 2017

    Think mobile messaging services like Whatsapp are killing SMS? Think again. In fact, the use of location-based SMSes to deliver relevant ads will see mobile messaging ad revenue hit US$7.14-billion by 2017. According to UK-based tech analysis company Juniper Research, targeted SMSes have significant benefits for anyone looking to push their brand. While they may lack the rich media content of other advertising formats, they are very familiar to consumers and have a much higher chance of being opened, even if unsolicited. SMS ads are also a low-cost option for those seeking large reach; in the UK, for example,...

  • Got a Whatsapp request on Facebook? Don’t open it

    If one of your friends sends you a Facebook request asking you to connect on Facebook don't open it. It's spam of the very worst kind. The request seems fairly legitimate in its design, but if you actually take a look at the URL it leads you to, there's absolutely no evidence that the product has any ties to the mobile messaging service. According to The Next Web, the goal of the scam is to get hold of your Facebook information. From there it will spread to all your friends. And just to make doubly sure you don't click on...

  • If content is king, can $1 buy you royalty?

    Content is King. There's no doubt that great content brings all the users to the proverbial yard, but at what cost? And to whom? 1DollarArticle is now offering 500 word articles for US$1 and, while it's safe to say that the internet has disrupted a few traditional businesses, surely the price of good quality content is much greater than that. If we take a closer look at some of the examples that 1DA has on-site, its clear to see the articles are shoddily written at best, perhaps even copied and pasted from other content snippets on the web. Mini publishing...