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  • Good riddance Carol Bartz

    Personally, I've never liked Carol Bartz. For some reason, it is impossible for her name to be mentioned without a mental image of Sarah Palin forming in my head instead. And you don't need to know a great deal of my political views to understand that this isn't a good association. While Bartz does (presumably) know that Africa is a continent, and is highly unlikely to produce a reality TV show featuring her tackling grizzly bears in Alaska (actually, Hell, I'd watch that!), she is known for her not infrequent gaffes in interviews, and is the subject of an...

  • US spends more time on Facebook than any other site: Nielsen

    Americans spend a lot of time on Facebook. We all knew that right? Well now it's official: US internet users spend more time on Facebook than any other website. That's according to the latest findings by media research house Nielsen. The research comes from Nielsen's "State of the Media" report for the third quarter of 2011. According to the research company, the report "presents a snapshot of the current social media landscape and audiences in the US and other major markets". Among the other key findings of the report is the fact that social networks and blogs account for...

  • Despite her wishes, Carol Bartz leaves ‘doofus’ filled Yahoo! board

    After having called the rest of the board "doofuses", colourful ex-Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz has tendered her resignation from the Yahoo! board. This is according to papers filed to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Though Bartz had been fired as CEO, she still held a seat on the Yahoo! board and in her explosive interview with Fortune Bartz had stated her wishes to remain on the Yahoo! board, saying, "I want to make sure that the employees don't believe that I've abandoned them. I would never abandon them". Despite these wishes, however, in a filing to the SEC,...

  • AOL names new TechCrunch editor

    AOL has named Erick Schonfield as the new editor of popular US technology blog TechCrunch. The announcement puts an end to days of controversy and uncertainty around the fate of site founder Michael Arrington. Much of the controversy arose after Arrington announced that he would be launching a US$20-million Venture Capital fund called CrunchFund. The fund would back some of the startups TechCrunch had previously written about. A number of commentators, however, felt that this represented a breach of journalistic ethics and a violation of AOL's own policy. Despite overwhelming support from his staff, Arrington has agreed to "move...

  • Experience WordCamp Cape Town 2011

    Some 20 renowned speakers will take to the stage when WordCamp Cape Town 2011 kicks off on the 15th of September. WordCamps are community-organised conferences, where discussions take place surrounding the blogging platform, WordPress. This will be Cape Town's second WordCamp to date. The conference is popular for allowing users to share ideas, learn about the challenges associated with Wordpress and participate in its development. WordPress founder, Matt Mullenweg organised the first WordCamp in San Francisco in 2006. He was also in attendance at the Cape Town event last year. WordPress evolves to meet the demands of the user, with...

  • Samsung attempts to ban sales of Apple products in France

    Samsung has filed a complaint in France which says that Apple's iPhone and the iPad tablets infringe on its patents. According to a spokesperson for Samsung, "The complaint focuses on three technology patents, and not on the design of the tablet." Sources say that the complaint revolves around three Samsung UMTS patents as well as the iPhone 4, 3GS and 3 models. Also included in the lawsuit are both iPads. Universal Mobile Telecommunications services or UMTS is a 3G standard which is capable of a theoretical 2MB data connection and has been available since 2001. Prior to this, a...

  • Popular Mechanics to reward inventive entrepreneurs

    Inventive entrepreneurs all over the world know what it's like to have that "one great idea". They know that it could change the world if they could just get a helping hand. If only someone would give them a little money to make a start in producing their product. Popular Mechanics aims to do just that with its annual "Inventor of the Year" award. The renowned science and technology magazine has challenged inventors from all walks of life to submit concepts "with the potential to change the world (or at least a small part of it)". Concepts will...

  • From Advogato to Zoopa: The ultimate list of social networks

    Facebook. Twitter. LinkedIn. These social networks we all know. However, they are not the only social networks striving for your attention. Memeburn's already looked at the 29 professional niche social networks you should know about, and we also have a list of our favourite offbeat social networks. This list, however, is the ultimate list of all: As many social networks as we can find. We've ranked them alphabetically picking the most popular to lead each letter. How many are you on? A Advogato.org Advogato, in existence since 2000, bills itself as "community site and social networking site for free software developers". See...

  • Is it time to rethink SSL?

    The recent attack on the lesser-known certificate authority known as DigiNotar, and previously on Comodo, has security experts pondering the future of certificate-based encryption and authentication. For many people, SSL or what is now generally known as TLS is some arcane security measure that involves certificates and usually results in an 's' being appended to the protocol they are using. Occasionally, it raises its head when you visit a website and your browser notifies you that a certificate is not trusted for some reason or another. Actually, certificate based authentication and encryption is not that difficult to get your...

  • Malema ‘shoot the boer’ ruling divides South African tweeters

    The judgement delivered Monday in Julius Malema's hate-speech trial has sharply divided South African tweeters. The Equality court has found that the controversial ANC Youth League (ANCYL) President’s singing of an ANC revolutionary song containing the lyrics "dhubula ibhunu" (loosely translated to mean "shoot the boer") constitutes hate speech. Penned by Judge Collin Lamont, the ruling which has received attention from international news outlets, was unequivocal. He found that "The singing of the song by Malema constituted hate speech", and that "No justification exist allowing the words to be sung... the words were in any event not sung on a justifiable...

  • Review: Tunebug Vibe stalks flat surfaces for sweet music

    Imagine you’re somewhere fairly quiet. Your den on a Sunday afternoon. A cubicle in an empty office*. A hotel room in a strange city. You only have your phone to play music on, and it’s got a sucky built-in speaker. You don't want to wear headphones. Plug the Tunebug Vibe into its headphone socket and make the music player or phone's sound output a bazillion times better. Remembering that this massive, massive number of 'a bazillion' is calculated off a low base (phone speakers' outputs are generally rated at about SFA**) so while the Tunebug is way better, don’t get...

  • A decade on: The world remembers 9/11

    The events of September 11 2001 reverberated around the world. They affected everyone, American and non-American alike. It was to be expected, therefore, that various forms of social media would be flooded with memorials and remembrances as people marked the tenth anniversary of the fateful attacks. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, recognising the power of technology, created an official application "as a guide to understanding 9/11 through the eyes of who witnessed the events". Similarly, the New York Times created an interactive tool where people across the world could record where they were that day and their thoughts...

  • Email marketing and the challenges of the Freemium model

    Freemium is a business model that works by offering a product, such as software, at no cost while charging a rate for advanced features and services. Though ideas about the value of free offerings have been the source of much debate, it's important to brush past the trivia and look deeper and more critically at why some internet companies are successful at employing the Freemium model while others are not. There are different types of free strategies, but a key factor in making Freemium work is the structure of the offering. Since Freemium is an entry-level module that could...

  • Vodacom SA to throttle Blackberry speeds

    South African cellular network Vodacom will now throttle the speeds of Blackberry users in a bid to curb the behaviour of those it claims "are abusing the service". According to Vodacom, such users will now face their connections being downgraded from 3G to 2G (GPRS or EDGE) once they hit 100MB or more. There is currently no known date of when the speed cap will come under effect. Users of Blackberry Enterprise Services will remain unaffected. A statement from Vodacom's official Facebook page explains the reasoning behind the decision: "Vodacom also studied usage patterns to better understand the causes of...

  • AOL and Yahoo! in possible merger talks following Bartz’s axing

    A recent report from Bloomberg claims that AOL and Yahoo! are in early merger talks just a week after the firing of former Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz. The report claims that AOL CEO Tim Armstrong approached former Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz about a merger of the two companies last but year but was rejected. Carol Bartz's firing seems, however, to have opened the door for AOL to make a second attempt. According to Bloomberg, "Yahoo! is unlikely to be interested in a deal for AOL at this time given the company's losses and declining revenue, according to one person familiar...