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  • Mexican ‘Twitter terrorists’ face 30 years in prison

    Two Mexican nationals are facing a thirty-year prison sentence for causing wide-spread chaos through a series of tweets related to child kidnapping. Maria de Jesus Bravo Pagola and Gilberto Martinez Vera have both been accused of spreading malicious rumours through Twitter that armed gangsters were attacking schools and kidnapping children in the city of Veracruz. As a result of the tweets, emergency phone lines completely jammed and traffic came to a standstill as concerned parents came out in droves to "save" their children. The interior secretary of Veracruz, Gerardo Buganza has made comparisons to Orson Welles' "War of the...

  • The six types of startup…And what protects Silicon Valley

    Silicon Valley veteran Steve Blank, writing in Xconomy, does a great job in describing six types of startups and how a clear understanding of the needs of each is necessary by national and local governments seeking to foster more innovation: 1. The lifestyle startup On the California coast where I live, we see lifestyle entrepreneurs like surfers and divers who own small surf or dive shop or teach surfing and diving lessons to pay the bills so they can surf and dive some more. 2. Small businesses, usually family owned and run They work as hard as any Silicon Valley entrepreneur. They hire...

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab banned in Germany

    In what must seem like a case of sour grapes, Apple has won a landmark lawsuit to ban sales of the Samsung Galaxy tab in Germany. Following a series of lawsuits which stated that the Galaxy had copied the iPad and iPhone, Apple is now forcing Samsung to remove its product from retail stores and tradeshows. James Chung, spokesperson for Samsung said, "Samsung respects the court’s decision but Apple now severely limits consumer choice in Germany." Samsung had egg on its face when it had to withdraw the recently revealed Galaxy Tab 7.7 from the IFA electronics show in Berlin subsequent...

  • Sunday Times defends racist Facebook photo story

    Following criticism from last week's story about a "racist Facebook photo" the Sunday Times has published a series of articles vigorously defending its earlier story. The abhorrent photo, which was revealed to be three-years old and staged, was the topic of heated discussion across various social networks last week. The photo was dramatically splashed across the country's largest weekly newspaper under the headline "Wanted: Facebook racist". This week the Sunday Times published an editorial defending the story saying "The twits have tweeted, the dogs have barked and the caravan has moved on... Such images, contrary to the view expressed by...

  • Google and Fox to team up for Republican debate

    Internet search-giant Google is teaming up with US broadcaster Fox News to host a debate among the Republican presidential candidates. The debate will be simultaneously broadcast on live on Fox News and Google owned YouTube. The two companies are also coming together to assist the public in asking the two candidates questions. Questions for the Republicans vying for the party's 2012 presidential nomination can be submitted by video or text at youtube.com/foxnewsYouTube. Users can vote on the submitted questions and those receiving the most votes will be asked at the debate. "The Fox News/Google Debate will combine the questions you submit...

  • Ignore the URL at your peril

    In the online world, the URL is ever-present. It is the digital home of businesses large and small, the currency of social exchange, the thread on which the hyperlinked web exists. There can be few more important building blocks to the internet as we know it, but all too often the humble URL has been abused or even downright ignored as technologies have pushed their way to the limelight. The URL has a long history. As with most the building blocks of the internet, the specification for a URL can be found online in form of RFC 1738, a technical...

  • Casting an analytical eye on social media

    It seems that within the sometimes ethereal world of social media, conglomeration of analytical data was missing. Disparately, one could see how many "likes" your brand got, or how many retweets you got and how often folks +1'd but it wasn't all on the same dashboard. In light of this hole in the industry and the recent launch of Google+ it came as no surprise when Google Analytics launched Social Engagement Reporting (SER). What SER allows us to do is measure the impact of social media mentions in and outside of the website -- the thinking being that web...

  • Digital Edge Live announces its marketing contenders

    Digital Edge Live has announced the guest-speaker line-up for its upcoming event in Cape Town, South Africa. The event, which bills itself as "the ultimate showdown in digital marketing", will see a number of South Africa's best digital marketing minds face off against each other in what Digital Edge is calling the "ultimate cerebral rumble". According to Digital Edge, the line up to date includes: Gavin Rooke, Managing Director of Trigger/Isobar, one of South Africa's full service digital agencies and digital agency of the year 2010. Graham Warsop, Group Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of the iconic and highly...

  • ‘No one is safe, but everyone is welcome': ZANews now on TV

    Online satirical puppet show, ZANEWS, has found a new home on satellite television provider TopTV's flagship channel, Top One. ZANEWS keeps its audience abreast with a mix of the latest and most controversial current events in a "witty and unorthodox way". The site parodies the formulaic style of media broadcasting in order to remind people that it is possible to engage humorously with societal issues that can often be a source of tension and frustration. The show gained popularity online mainly on YouTube and its website, satirically chronicling the day to day of South...

  • 4 Ways to make your email campaigns more engaging

    The term "engaging" -- when used to talk about email marketing (or any other form of online marketing for that matter) has been thrown around quite a lot lately. Email marketers are constantly being told that they need to "engage more" with their subscribers, content and in their online interaction. What does it really mean to be "engaged" and what can you do to make sure this concept follows through to your email campaigns? Engaging is essentially about connecting and interacting with your subscribers and customers in their space, and on their terms. This means actively participating in discussions and...

  • TechCrunch’s Arrington resigns to start VC fund

    TechCrunch's Michael Arrington has left the popular blog to start a venture capital fund aimed at investing in tech startups. Arrington has partnered with TechCrunch's parent company AOL to raise US$20-million for the new company, CrunchFund, with AOL investing a reported US$10-million in the venture. According to The Wall Street Journal, the project is also backed by "several" other "venture-capital firms". Arrington gave forewarning of such a move back in April of this year, stating that "in a few months, there's a very good chance that I'll be a direct or indirect investor in a lot of the new startups...

  • WikiLeaks threatens release of newly uncensored US cables

    WikiLeaks is once more threatening to release a series of uncensored cables following an online poll it is conducting with its Twitter followers. A week prior to the announcement, WikiLeaks published 134 000 US diplomatic cables which contained the names and details of protected individuals. A tweet from the whistleblowing site said: This is in relation to Cablegate, a collection of cables which is seven times the size of the infamous Iraq War Logs. The move to release the cables is now being considered following an argument with the UK's Guardian newspaper. The Guardian was previously a WikiLeaks media...

  • Hands on with the Motorola Xoom

    The XOOM was, of course, the first tablet to run Google's official tablet OS. If you buy it later this month, you'll get it with Honeycomb 3.0, but an immediate upgrade to 3.1 is available, which includes the software necessary to enable the XOOM’s SD card reader. The XOOM has an NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM and a 10.1-inch 1280x800 widescreen HD display. HDMI out allows you to hook the XOOM up to your HDTV and a 5MP rear-facing shooter captures 720p video, while the 2MP front-facing shooter enables video chats using Google Talk. Read more...

  • Microsoft hit with lawsuit for illegal phone-tracking

    Microsoft has found itself facing a potentially disastrous lawsuit in which it is charged that smartphones running Windows 7 have been illegally tracking user locations. The suit alleges that in a bid to collect information for its location based advertising services, Microsoft chose to use Windows Phones to collect the data. It further alleges that Microsoft did so in disregard of people refusing consent for the process. "Microsoft consciously designed its OS to siphon geographic location information from users and transmit their specific whereabouts to Microsoft's servers," the complainant's lawyers said in court papers filed...

  • LG, Philips and Sharp to build interoperable TV apps

    LG Electronics has tied up with Dutch giant Philips and Japan's Sharp to co-operate on the production of interoperable applications for internet-powered televisions. The glaring omission in this consortium are the two TV leaders, Sony and Samsung. The three TV vendors will jointly create software development kits, which will be distributed to third-party developers to write TV applications, said LG. It is the first such collaboration in the smart TV sector, LG said, adding the three would complete software development kits by the end of this year. Read more on Gearburn.com 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");