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  • Tencent looks to grow in other emerging markets as China gets saturated

    It's not exactly a state secret that Tencent has dominated the Chinese social media scene over the past few years. Now though, that market is becoming saturated and the company is looking beyond the Great Firewall for the next phase of growth. Speaking to Paidcontent, the company's GM for national ad planning Sophia Ong admitted that it was starting see slower growth in the Chinese online market. “Since this year, we’re starting to sense the signs of a slowing down,” she said. In a bid to ride through this slowing growth, Tencent has been exploring other revenue opportunities, including...

  • HuffPost Live: HuffPo launches streaming video network

    The Huffington Post is bent on world domination I am sure. Earlier this year, founder and Editor-in-Chief, Arianna Huffington began to conquer the world by rolling out versions of the Huffington Post around Europe. Now it's video time, the news site has launched its own video streaming network. The new network hopes to use HuffPo's community and social platform to encourage conversation from community members around the world, who can to join in live via webcam. "We have reached a moment where - thanks to technology - millions of people have a seat at the table and can join what...

  • Google+ to let you get your vanity URL on in the near future

    Oh look, a new feature on Google+ that its users will actually appreciate. Google today announced that it will start rolling out vanity URLs for its social effort. That makes a big change from the random assemblage of numbers and letters that everyone's become accustomed to. According to Google, it made the change to make it easier to find people and brands and celebrities to make big announcements: Today we’re introducing custom URLs to make it even easier for people to find your profile on Google+. A custom URL is a short, easy to remember web address that links directly...

  • Down with piracy: Google search to demote sites with copyrighted content

    Some say that the best place to hide a dead body is on the second page of Google search results. Thanks to the new updates to its search algorithm, it looks like some of the main sites which host copyrighted content are set to end up in that unknown territory -- or at least as far down in the results pages as possible. According to Google's Senior Vice President of Engineering, Amit Singhal, from this week onwards, the top secret search algorithm will start to include a new set of rules to rank search results: copyright removal notices. In an...

  • Google ready to lose $275m in Motorola deal

    Ouch. If you're a Google investor, avert your eyes. Turns out that Motorola buyout is going to cost the company US$275-million. In a regulatory filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Google said that the majority of the money would be spent on ensuring that the Motorola employees whose jobs Google is culling will be well compensated. According to the internet giant, which is set to kill about 4 000 jobs at Motorola, it will provide “generous severance packages, as well as outplacement services to help the employees find new jobs.” Thing is, those are just the...

  • Call Me Maybe Chatroulette version raking up the views on YouTube

    Ok, if you who braved it and watched the chatroulette version of Carly Rae Jepsen's catchy single "Call me Maybe" then you already know how insanely disturbing the whole thing is. If you didn't you should. Despite being mentally scarring, it's quite funny. The video stars Steve Kardynal in varying skimpy outfits (mostly bikinis) serenading a collection of guys and some girls on the video chat service Chatroulette while doing some rather provocative dance moves. The video which was uploaded three days ago now has more than 8-million videos on the video sharing site. Kardynal's YouTube page is full...

  • Google to remake Motorola in its image, cut back on staff

    Google's acquisition of Motorola was one of the biggest tech stories of 2011. Now that the paperwork's cleared though, we can begin to get a clearer picture of what the internet giant plans to do with the company. The first order of business, apparently, is to fire nearly 4 000 Motorola employees. According to The New York Times, Google will cut the tech company's staff numbers by 20% and close a third of its 94 offices worldwide. Holding true to Larry Page's "more wood behind fewer arrows" approach, Google will exit all of Motorola's unprofitable markets, stop making low-end...

  • What should you do when personal and corporate brands collide?

    Should employees have unlimited access to social media during office hours? If staff have access to social media how can time spent online be used constructively for business? What happens when an employee’s personal brand becomes bigger than their employer’s brand? Millions of previously “ordinary” citizens the world over have discovered how to leverage social media tools to publish and share content online, rapidly establishing themselves as thought-leaders in their chosen field of interest. Many of these individuals are now recognised as key influencers and are enjoying perks previously reserved for the media elite. This personal branding trend has received...

  • 8 mobile technologies revolutionising how companies talk to people

    Gauging audience attitude toward your business is can sometimes be challenging. If you’re a small neighbourhood business it’s easy because you can just ask them. The bigger you become however, the more difficult that becomes. That’s where the field of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) comes into play. Using technology to ask the right the right questions you can find, attract, and win new clients as well as nurture and retain those you already have. There are a few ways you can do this, one of which is social media, but that limits the number of people you can...

  • The 5 biggest Twitter moments of London 2012

    It's over. London 2012 drew to a close last night, having lived up to its bill as the first social games. Sure there were a few hiccoughs along the way but things generally went to plan. People were especially active on Twitter, which saw more activity during the opening ceremony than the whole of Beijing 2008. People also took to the social network to cheer, dissect and discuss the performance of athletes. Here are the five moments that, according to Twitter, generated the most buzz. 1. Usain Bolt of Jamaica wins gold in the 200m sprint: 80 000+ Tweets...

  • Two days Mac-less: Windows woes

    Tragedy. My Macbook Pro went into the shop the other day. All because I wanted to test a port station for review. All because someone couldn't make software that works. All because people are idiots. Apple products have the reputation of being strong and reliable. That is what they are, that is what I have become so accustomed to. This being my first Macbook, I was ecstatic after my first year of ownership to know that no major (and very few minor) issues came up. Until now. Read more on Gearburn. 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");

  • Google+ is ‘fucking with The Oatmeal’

    Think Google doesn't have a sense humour? Well, you're wrong. Remember a while back when that Oatmeal guy, Matthew Inman, dissed Google+ because no one used it and he couldn't get a vanity URL? Inman didn't completely say Google+ was down for the count: he wrote a post pointing everyone to his comic (see below) on how comments on Google+ sounds like crickets. Then he went on to say that: Google+ is still a very young social network. Give it another 6 months to a year and maybe it'll begin to really chip away at Facebook. Also, the new design...

  • Food ordering service Delivery Hero expands to China

    Food ordering startup Delivery Hero is moving into China. China becomes the 12th market for the Berlin-based startup and will operate its service from Shanghai under the name Waimai Chaoren. Delivery Hero launched in 2010 with Lieferheld.de which became the second largest online food ordering and delivery service in Germany. Visitors to Delivery Hero sites can find their favorite dish through thousands of online menu cards from various restaurants. Orders as well as payments are placed online and restaurants are peer-reviewed. 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");

  • While everyone was talking Twitter, Sina Weibo took gold in the social Olympics

    Well now, this is interesting. It turns out the real social media platform of choice when it came to the Olympic Games was China's Sina Weibo. According to data from tech stats company Hitwise, Sina's PC users alone sent nearly twice as many Olympic related messages as went out on Twitter. That's a massive 390-million messages, compared to the 150-million sent from Twitter. Thing is, that's not even close to the full picture. According to The Next Web, PCs only account for 32% of Sina Weibo's total user base. Add in the number of messages sent from mobile devices and...

  • Gotye releases ‘Somebodies’: a tribute to everyone who covered him [Video]

    I'd like to apologise in advance for posting this video, because now you're going to have Gotye's "Somebody I Used to Know" stuck in your head. Again. The Belgian-born artist has released a video made up of all the tributes, covers and reinterpretations of his insanely catchy single. That's not the kind of act you'd usually associate with someone in the music industry. Then again, YouTube was a key factor in Gotye becoming a global phenomenon. The artist says he "couldn't resist" meshing all the covers into a single video and was inspired by Kutiman's Thru-You project:...