EMEA region experiences massive Facebook outage

What do you do when the world’s largest social network goes down? Facebook users from all over the Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region found themselves confronting that question today. Anyone trying to access the Facebook from their desktop was met with error messages saying their browser was unable to locate the site. People took to Twitter to confirm that it was down: Yes folks, it seems Facebook in the UK is down. Not sure why, will let you know if we ...


Buy your theatre ‘tweet seats’ today. Really?

theatre seats I saw this tweet asking whether or not people would welcome the concept of tweet seats and subsequently read the article it pointed to. Naturally, I had to investigate further. Would you welcome 'tweet seats' in theatres? | Poll | Guardian — Technology (@keruff_tech) March 6, 2012   Have we really reached this place in our social media evolution? Is this direction we want it to go? I am rather hesitant, but it appears to be a growing trend within the United States. Live ...


Twitter now available in four right-to-left languages

Twitter is now available in four new languages: Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and Urdu. These are the first right-to-left languages to be made available on the social network. The languages were added to the Twitter translation centre just over a month ago. The social network claims that some 13 000 volunteers then came together “translating and localising into these languages in record time”. At least three of these languages are spoken across the Middle East, where Twitter was frequently used as a ...

Emerging Markets, Entrepreneurship, News

Emerging market fund launched for digital media innovation

digitalnewsventures A well-known New York-based fund that focuses on emerging market media has launched an early-stage fund for entrepreneurs developing digital news and information businesses. The fund, called Digital News Ventures, has been launched by the Media Development Loan Fund (MDLF). The MDLF, which operates out of Prague, has invested more than $113-million in 79 independent news companies in 27 countries, mainly emerging markets, since 1995. It backs up all of its debt and equity investments with strategic advice and business ...


LulzSec leader turns out to be FBI mole

LulzSec A leading player in hacktivist group LulzSec has been feeding the FBI information for months. That's according to a report from Fox News. The report claims that Hector Xavier Monsegur, whose online moniker is 'Sabu', helped officials locate five top-ranking members of the group across two continents. Two of the suspects are from the UK, another two are from Ireland, and the fifth is a US citizen. Speaking to Fox News, an FBI official claimed the arrests would be “devastating ...


‘Personal cloud’ access to be included in 90% of devices by 2013

Futuristic Cloud Computer Dropbox, Apple iCloud, Mezeo...There are a fair number of personal cloud products out there and they’ve changed the way we view storage. Taking your documents with you once meant carrying physical storage devices everywhere you went. Now all you need is an internet connection. Thing is, we all know this. What we might not know is that the cloud could also completely change the way we access content across our devices. Think about it. If your smartphone is grabbing ...


Google rebrands Android Market, other entertainment services as Google Play

Playground What’s in a name? Quite a lot if the latest announcement from Google is any indication. The internet giant is changing the name of the Android Market to the Google Play Store. Well, it’s actually a little more complicated than that. Google Play is a cloud-based service that will consolidate Android Market, Google Music and the Google eBookstore into one destination. Google calls Play “a digital entertainment destination where you can find, enjoy and share your favourite music, movies, books ...

Entrepreneurship, Venture capital

The hows and the whats — 5 tough questions VCs ask

questions Over the past six months I have spoken with a wide variety of people who have shown, in varying degrees, interest in investing in my company. Many of these VCs have specific ways that they conduct a call, interview or meeting. Many of them have lead me down long and wasteful due diligence processes, many have been kind, some have been blunt and harsh but all have been pedantic and specific about the types of questions they ask. I have found ...

Africa, Mobile

How M-Pesa disrupts entire economies

m-pesa-1-0910 Back in 2011, I was asked to give my thoughts on what I thought would trend in mobile within between then and 2020. One of my predictions was that: “Mobile money will shift economies on a large-scale and across borders.” It came as an interesting discovery to learn therefore that according to recent Africa Development Bank (AfDB) research, increased uptake of M-Pesa, which is the literal mother of mobile money, is said to be contributing to inflation in Kenya. Inflation was ...

Social media

How do 11 of the most popular athletes on Twitter rank on Klout?

athlete It makes sense for athletes to be social media-savvy. After all, they’re constantly in the public eye and can go from being treated like deities to dirt in an instant. Platforms such as Twitter and Facebook allow them to interact with the public on a more human level. It’s hardly surprising, therefore, that sports people are among the most followed on Twitter and most well-liked on Facebook. It’s well and good having loads of fans, but how well does that translate ...






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