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  • Meet the South African finalists for TNW’s Startup World

    Here we go Africa. The African leg of the The Next Web's Startup World competition kicks off in Cape Town today. The startup scene has been abuzz with the announcement that four African cities have been included in Startup World's inaugural tour. The competition will be held in 36 countries across the globe with the specific aim of shining "a light on entrepreneurs in emerging markets." Regional winners will fly to Silicon Valley to "battle it out in front of a panel of expert judges, to be crowned the world's best startup." Read more on Ventureburn. 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");

  • FBI says it never had stolen Apple UDIDs

    Well now. This is interesting. The FBI says it never had any of the Apple UDIDs claimed to have been stolen by hacker group AntiSec. The hacker collective said it had well over 12-million IDs that include personal information such as user names, addresses, device names and mobile numbers. In a statement released to AllThingsD, the FBI said it had no knowledge of the hack. In fact, it went so far as to say that it didn't even keep any of the information AntiSec claimed to have: The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop...

  • WordPress unveils new live-blogging plugin

    This is very cool, especially if CovertLive's move from free to paid had you distraught. Automattic, the company behind WordPress, has unveiled a new live-blogging platform, aptly called Liveblog. Once you've installed the plugin, all you have to do check a box and boom, you're live-blogging. WordPress says you'll even be able to turn existing posts into live-blogs. According to the company: Your readers want your updates as quickly as possible, and we think we provide the easiest and the most flexible publishing environment to make that happen. Sometimes though, that’s just not enough. When you’re covering a fast-paced event --...

  • 6 core principles to get people collaborating on social media

    If you're reading Memeburn, chances are you get that social media is important. It's incredibly unlikely that you start talking about young people "always being on the Facebook" whenever it gets mentioned. You're probably also aware that the more successful a company is, the more likely it is to be using social media. But you could still be getting one vital aspect of it wrong. That one aspect is probably the most important too: it's the "social" part of social media. Most companies still don't get that social media is about collaboration rather than the technological functionality. According to...

  • Joost van der Westhuizen: How an SA rugby legend is using Twitter for good

    After what can only be described as a tumultuous few years, Springbok rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen has turned to Twitter to garner support for his new charitable foundation. In February 2009 his private life was bared open in a scandal involving affairs and drugs which translated into a very public break-up with singer-star Amor Vittone. In 2011 Joost was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease (MND) which is incurable. In his fight against MND he has created a charitable foundation, the J9 Foundation. According to the foundation website, it was created “to allow people , companies and friends to support...

  • Android phablets are winning everywhere… except in the US

    Remember how, back in the day (i.e. a few years ago), all you wanted was a smaller cellphone? 'Bricks' were not cool: the more anorexic and petite the phone, the better. Skip forward to 2012 and you have people drooling over giant phablets like the Samsung Galaxy Note and a fresh batch of statistics that show that more than a quarter of new smartphones sold in eight countries around the world have screens larger than 4.5 inches. Oh, and that most of them are running Android. According to a new report by telecoms researcher Kantar, the little green robot...

  • 6 tips for making meaningful business connections on LinkedIn

    You most likely already have a LinkedIn profile, connected with a couple of people that you know, and joined a few groups - now what? Did you know that you can use LinkedIn as a source of leads for your business? LinkedIn is not the same as Facebook, Twitter or any of the other popular social media channels. Even though there are more than 175-million members on LinkedIn and two new members joining every second, many people are still unsure how to really use this professional network for lead generation. Like all the other social media channels, LinkedIn does require...

  • Revolution, innovation, cyborgs: 10 top TED Talks from 2012

    A taste of the world as we will know it, or a taste of the world we currently live in. TED talks are always innovative and refreshing. Here are 10 TED Talks that will make you think of the world a little differently. Ramesh Raskar: Imaging at a trillion frames per second A camera that can record at the speed of light? Who would have thought it possible? But here it is, a trillion frame a second femto camera. Watch as Ramesh Raskar displays the way this new technology shows how light actually behaves at its own speed and how it...

  • Why Renren’s mobile and ecommerce pivot might just make sense

    It looks like Chinese social networking giant Renren is about to shift its business model in a big way. The Facebook clone is now looking to take on the mobile and ecommerce spaces. It might seem like an odd move, but it could well make a lot of sense. According to The Wall Street Journal, Renren has been battling to compete with China's microblogs (known as weibos) from Tencent and Sina. It hasn't been doing particularly well when it comes to advertising either, largely because of a reluctance on the part of advertisers to spend on social networks. That's...

  • 5 of the latest, hottest iPad games

    Presenting five of the best, and most recent, games for iPad. All titles are valid for a purchase on the US App store. Bastion -- US$4.99 Stop what you're doing and buy Bastion. We gave it a great review when it released on Xbox Live earlier this year and the far cheaper iOS version is just as good, if not better suited to the touch controls. It controls well, looks and plays like a dream and is almost a third of the price it was on Xbox Live Arcade. Think of Bastion as the love child between Zelda and a bucket...

  • AntiSec hacks the FBI: releases a million Apple UDIDs

    It's a been a while since we had a major hacking story. Just to make sure you don't forget about it, AntiSec has hacked the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and released more than one million Apple Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) according to a post on Pastebin. The group claims it has well over 12-million IDs that include personal information such as user names, addresses, device names and mobile numbers. Here is how it did it: During the second week of March 2012, a Dell Vostro notebook, used by Supervisor Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl from FBI Regional Cyber...

  • Twitter mourns ‘Green Mile’ star Michael Clarke Duncan

    Michael Clarke Duncan, best known for his starring role in 1996's The Green Mile, has passed away aged 54. According to a statement from a family representative, the actor "suffered a myocardial infarction on July 13 and never fully recovered." Duncan had been in an LA hospital after suffering a heat attack seven weeks ago, his life prolonged by the actions of girlfriend Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, a reality TV star. The actor's death has sent Twitter into mourning with "RIP Micheal Clark Duncan" and "Green Mile" both trending globally on Twitter: The tributes included tweets from some of his fellow...

  • Preparing for the next disaster: Japan sets up emergency information site

    According to The Wall Street Journal’s Japan Real Time blog, the Japanese government is aiming to create an improved system for spreading emergency information in the event of an earthquake or tsunami. It has established a sort of ‘IT disaster lifeline’ portal over on itbousai.go.jp which is in a month-long testing phase. The website will also be easily accessible from feature phones and smart phones, which is certainly a big plus since in the event of a tsunami or prolonged blackout, many citizens are suddenly without the use of a personal computer. It will bring together a number of online...

  • Health and welfare mobile service Impilo is powerful, free

    Impilo is a new mobile service that helps people easily locate health and wellbeing service providers in South Africa. It can also be used to give confidential feedback on the services received at public health and South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) service points. The service is free -- no airtime is required -- and as it is USSD based, it will work on any mobile phone. To use it, simply dial *130*448# and follow the menu prompts. Read more on Ventureburn. 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");

  • Does Bruce Willis read Memeburn? His ‘fight’ with Apple says he might

    Last week we wrote an article about what happens to your digital legacy when you die. The basic premise being that whatever digital music or books you buy through Amazon and Apple doesn’t really belong to you and that you’re simply “renting” ownership until the day you die. The Digital Media has non-transferable rights and you are therefore not able to leave them to your descendants. News on the wire today announced that Bruce Willis is considering taking Apple to court over the fact that music and books bought via the online iTunes store doesn’t actually belong to him. It...