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Indonesian authorities to crack down on ‘abusive’ tweeters

Twitter’s decision to censor tweets on a country by country basis caused widespread outcry. For the government of Indonesia, however, such measures may not be enough. Authorities in the South East Asian country claim they are "studying" Twitter with a view to cracking down on users who "behave badly" on the social network. The crackdown is the brainchild of communications minister Tifatul Sembiring. According to Indonesian newspaper the Jakarta Globe, Sembiring said that if offenders “really violate [laws] and insult ...

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Virgin Active reopens investigation into racist incident after social media buzz

Virgin Active The Virgin Active franchise of gyms has reopened an investigation into a racist incident which allegedly occurred during a class at one of its clubs, following pressure on social media. The incident in question reportedly occurred late last year. During a spinning class one member allegedly took offence to another's enthusiasm calling her a "bloody k*****, a cockroach and a selfish bitch". The woman had reportedly been shouting "Yebo" (meaning "yes" in a number of South Africa’s indigenous languages) ...

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Google, Facebook tell Indian court they have already removed offensive content

Internet giants Google and Facebook claim they have already taken down the content that saw a civil suit brought against them and 19 other companies in India. According to TheNextWeb, the case is one of two brought against the internet companies. It was filed by Mufti Aizaz Arshad Kazmi in December, while the second was filed by journalist Vinay Rai. Both cases come in the wake of complaints from telecommunications Minister Kapil Sibal that online companies were not doing enough ...

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SA president asks citizens to share concerns on social media

South African president Jacob Zuma wants his country’s citizens to lay out their troubles on social media ahead of his State of the Nation address, scheduled for 9 February. This is the second year-running that Zuma has turned to social media as a means of addressing the concerns of the nation. In an official post, the office of the presidency claims that in 2011 Facebook messages from people in the small towns of uMzimkhulu and Bekkersdal, saw sewerage being repaired ...

Google

Is there a viable search alternative to Google?

Google In light of the "Your World" ruckus that is taking the tech world by storm, including more employees who want to leave, perhaps it’s time to look at a few alternatives to el Goog. What can be assured from the get-go is that none of these pretenders-to-the-throne have anywhere close to the ubiquity that Google has in terms of product diversity and user figures: Yahoo! (The obvious one) With 14% of the world’s search engine traffic, the ailing search engine company ...

Advertising & Marketing

4 Hot tips for sending out a kick-ass Valentine’s email campaign

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and whether you personally view the season of hearts as the most romantic time of the year, filled with love and affection, or an annual catastrophe of tacky décor and extravagant gifts; there’s no question that it can have a positive effect on business. In America, Valentine's Day is the second largest retailing event of the year and has, quite reasonably, been criticised as just an excuse for frantic commercialism. While this sentiment may be true, few ...

Gearburn

App of the Week: Puzzlejuice

This week I take a look at Puzzlejuice, a brand new puzzle game for iOS that will, as the developers say, punch your brain in the face. Let me start off by saying, and I'm sure I've said it before, that I am not much of a gamer, at all. Yes, there have been a couple games on the iOS platform like Swords & Scorcery, Tiny Wings and Angry Birds that have grabbed and held my attention for a while and ...

Social networking

Adventurers, athletes ‘check into’ the wild with social networking

north-pole-4 Gone are the days when all you needed to climb a mountain or run a marathon were some good shoes and ropes. These days sports enthusiasts and adventure travelers rely on apps and social networking to track their progress and share experiences with friends and the online community. Parker Liautaud, now 17, became the first person to “check into” the North Pole via the location-based social networking site Foursquare in 2010. Since then he’s been tweeting and posting on Facebook ...

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780+ viruses target online banking daily – top antivirus company

Banking security has been a hot topic recently. The launch of financial management app 22Seven, for instance, sparked debate about the safety of inputting your banking details to a third-party. It seems, however, that there are much bigger threats out there. According to leading online security provider Kaspersky, around 780 new malicious programmes designed to steal users' online banking data are detected every day. This number, it claims, accounts for 1.1% of the total number of daily malware ...

Advertising & Marketing, Video

Beckham, dead vampires: The Super Bowl in ads

Super Bowl Sunday. It's practically a national holiday, all around the world people gather to watch four hours of passion, dedication and pure ingenuity. Some even watch the football. Having an ad air during the Super Bowl is a big a deal and chances are, if the ad is really good or bad, it will go viral. So like kids counting the days until Christmas, every year we await the football extravaganza just so we can see what the advertising ...

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