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  • The iPhone launch [LIVE BLOG]

    The launch is now! The iPhone 5 launch event will be the defining moment for new CEO Tim Cook as he takes the stage to display the iPhone 4S and possibly the iPhone 5. All will be revealed during the show. Speculation has been rife concerning the new iDevices, what Tim Cook will say and how his leadership will affect Apple. This show is the highlight of the year for Apple fans and we are live-blogging the event throughout its duration. Below is the full transcript of the event. Please note that because of the nature of the live-blog the...

  • What happens after Venture Capital funding is secured?

    Many Venture Capital (VC) articles, blogs and the like focus on how to secure VC. But not many disclose that the real work starts post-investment. While the investment decision is critical to portfolio performance, VCs spend more than 60% of their time on post-investment activities in order to grow investments for lucrative exits. These activities can be separated into monitoring (protecting the interests of the investor) and value-adding activities (strategic influence, mentorship and access to networks). It should be noted that because of the many different VC management styles, VC involvement post-investment vary greatly -- ranging from informal interaction to...

  • Make Group-Buying work for your business

    Unless you've been holed-up in a snow-cave the last few months (Saskatoon is so lovely this time of year), you’ve probably heard about this “incredible phenomenon” called Group-Buying. It’s touted as the ultimate way for you to generate business awareness and get more clients through the door. South Africa hasn’t been left behind either -- someone mentioned to me last week that there are now 39 such sites around in South Africa, with an airline just starting one. Even local Shock-Jock, Gareth Cliff, has one. With everyone jumping on the bandwagon of Group-Buying, should you be putting your business on...

  • South Africa is world’s most phished country: Symantec

    South Africa is the most phished country on earth. That’s according to the September intelligence report from online security giant Symantec. According to the report, one in 133.1 emails sent in the country contained a phishing attack. This is significantly more than the global average of one in 447.9 emails. Perhaps intriguingly, the country doesn’t even feature in the top 10 as a source of phishing. The US, Austria and the UK take up the top three positions in this regard and together account for nearly 73% of the world’s phishing attacks. That South Africa’s phishing rate is so...

  • 8 tips for campaign blogging success (and sanity)

    Blogging is hard work. We all know that -- if it weren’t, we’d blog more often. But the sustained, focused production of content around an event over more than a week takes considerable commitment. I’ve just come back from two weeks on the road with Land Rover and the Loeries, blogging and tweeting the event as a social media brand ambassador. Focused on generating content and building up a following for a brand around a specific, relatively niche event, it was a fascinating experiment. (You can read about the thinking behind it here.) These are some of the most...

  • 5 predictions for tonight’s iPhone launch

    The town hall at the Apple Campus in Cupertino at 6pm GMT will be home to the tastiest gadget news this side of the border. Those who have been camping out online for iPhone news have patiently waited for this day, this esteemed hour. What will come of the launch? We predict the results: No iPhone 5, A definite iPhone 4S File this one under “rumour”. No one knows what Apple is planning, with many of the sources only positive regarding the release of the iPhone 4S. Already, pricing for the iPhone 4S has been tentatively released -- US$299 for a...

  • Naspers snaps up eastern European classified site Slando from eBay

    Emerging markets internet giant, Naspers has bought eastern European classified website Slando. Slando is the creation of Michael Pennington and Simon Crookall, who also founded the massively successful online classifieds site Gumtree, which was bought by eBay in 2005. Pennington and Crookall sold Slando to Naspers’ investment arm, commonly known as MIH (but also known as Myriad Internet Holdings). Together with the founder's share, Naspers will also take over eBay’s 20% stake in the company. This means Naspers has 100% control of the company. According to Naspers-owned financial site Fin24, Slando has 11-million users in eastern Europe and Russia,...

  • MySpace owners Specific Media and Justin Timberlake unveil new strategy

    Following Specific Media's surprise acquisition of MySpace earlier this year along with investor Justin Timberlake the company finally announced what its plans for the former social networking giant are. The announcement of the new strategy took place this week in New York at the annual marketing and communications conference, Advertising Week. Company executives, though, are reported to be against characterising it as an “announcement” According to tech analysis website, All Things D, MySpace will be looking to further focus on becoming the “#1 online community music destination.” This, All Things D reported, is to be the company’s new vision. Its mission will...

  • HP buys Autonomy

    Computing giant Hewlett-Packard has secured Autonomy, a Cambridge-based technology company, in a deal estimated to be worth A US$10.24-billion. The deal was integral in the firing of previous HP CEO Leo Apotheker who was replaced by eBay CEO Meg Whitman. Almost 90% of Autonomy stockholders approved of the offering by HP, with an official statement from the company saying, "As such, all conditions relating to the offer have now been satisfied, allowing HP to acquire control of Autonomy. The Autonomy acquisition positions HP as a leader in the large and growing enterprise information management space". The hurried nature of...

  • Arab bloggers discuss role in ‘Arab Spring’ ahead of Nobel Peace Prize

    Arab bloggers gathered in Tunis discussed the role they played in the wave of revolutions and uprisings which swept across the region, known popularly as the “Arab Spring”. The discussions come just days before the announcement of the Nobel Peace prize in which several of the bloggers are seen as frontrunners. During the meeting, held in the country whose “Jasmin Revolution” is credited with kicking of the turmoil in the Arab world, much of the focus was on local blogger Lina Ben Mhenni. Mhenni chronicled the revolution in Tunisia from her blog and, along with Egyptian Google executive Wael...

  • Cell C facing fire for ‘ripping-off’ ZANews Peter de Villiers parody

    In an attempt to capture some of the buzz around the Rugby World Cup, leading South African mobile operator Cell C released a YouTube video which has come under dual-fire for being a “rip-off” of satirical puppet show ZANews, and for being “offensive”. The video, published the morning of South Africa’s pivotal match against the Samoan rugby team, was described as follows: We've been trying to get on the inside for weeks and finally we've broken through. From the very heart of the camp comes coachie, mere hours before the big game in an exclusive video blog that details...

  • Replicant: Making Android truly free

    Nearly everybody knows that Android is built on top of a Linux kernel, so that should mean that it is good old-fashioned open-source software, right? Actually, that's not the case. Since Linux is released under the GNU Public license, Google is forced to release the source code for the Linux kernel that Android runs on. While many other software components on the phone are licenced under the Apache 2.0 license which allows the software to be distributed freely, this license does not necessarily require that the source code be released. To make matters worse, Google has allowed many vendors...

  • Gamification strategies for email marketing

    Email marketing is a high-performing and cost-effective direct communication channel, but it can sometimes lack the interactivity necessary to make it more engaging for subscribers. Enter a new solution: Email Marketing “Gamification” Gamification is the application of gaming concepts and techniques to non-game experiences, in order to drive desired behaviors from an audience. While the concept of adding some fun to communications in order to grow user interaction is not new, the idea of “gamificiation” takes reward-based engagement to a higher level. Playing to win has strong appeals, regardless of the channel. Through gamification, brands are able to build loyalty amongst...

  • When SEO turns against you: Rick Santorum’s Google problem

    Being the top result of a Google search results page is a big deal: It's been estimated that the top result gets over a third of all clicks, plummeting to almost nothing (six percent) by position five. Because this top spot is so valuable, brands spend a lot of time and money trying to make sure that their website can claim it. But sometimes, just sometimes, this race to the top can yield some rather amusing -- or terrifying -- results. Just ask Rick Santorum, a current candidate in the U.S. presidential race and the victim of one of...

  • Alibaba CEO ‘interested’ in buying Yahoo!

    Jack Ma, CEO of Chinese web giant Alibaba is reportedly “interested” in buying Yahoo! and claims to have been approached by private equity groups about doing a deal. According to the Wall Street Journal, Ma made the comments during a recent “China 2.0” event held at Stanford University. It wasn't clear, however, whether any formal steps had been taken toward a Yahoo! purchase. According to the Journal, a spokesperson for Ma refused to elaborate on the comments saying, “they speak for themselves”. Yahoo! also declined to comment. Alibaba is 43% -- owned by Yahoo! and is considered one of...