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  • Googarola and the mobile marketing supernova

    Google's US$12.5-billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility has set the digital community ablaze with a fresh crop of gripping hypotheses about its mobile end-game. This is a characteristically mercenary effort to cement Android's position in the handset ecosystem. While much can be said about how this affects the balance of patent power with competitors such as LG, Samsung and HTC, Google is taking the perception of its deep commitment to "defend" Android to the bank while quietly pushing for a higher and more definite standing in mobile marketing. Having largely missed the new generation mobile zeitgeist and become locked...

  • Drug companies shut down Facebook pages

    Following a move forcing drug companies on Facebook to open their pages to public comment, many such businesses have begun shutting down their presence on the social network. Facebook is allowing a level of seclusion for drug and product-specific pages, as these will remain closed off from public comments. Facebook recently relaxed its policies regarding comments for patient-specific groups, stating that the move would "help encourage an authentic dialogue on pages". Facebook added that it would allow some pages to keep their walls blocked off from public debate, but the bulk of the drug companies will lose this privilege....

  • China’s Todou sees shares tumble on Wall Street debut

    One of China's largest online video companies has seen its shares fall sharply in the wake of its Wall Street debut. Shares in the Shanghai-based Todou, which raised US$174-million with its US initial public offering, were priced at US$29.00 on the Nasdaq Stock Market and closed at US$25.56, a loss of 11.86 percent on the day. Trading under the ticker symbol "TUDO", the company has a market capitalisation of US$867 million at the IPO price. The company, which went live in 2005 and was serving some 65-million videos a day by late 2007, is one of the largest video...

  • Budweiser, Facebook, and football create history

    Creating a small slice of history, non-league sides Ascot United and Wembley FC will be the first teams ever to have their football match streamed live on Facebook. The match, an extra-preliminary FA Cup qualifying-round fixture to be played at United's 1 150 capacity home stadium, will streamed live via the social network on Friday evening UK time. The stream is being organised by brewing giant Budweiser, which recently was announced as the new title sponsors of "The FA Cup with Budweiser", as the tournament is now officially known. In a press release, Budweiser marketing director Ian Newell said, "As a...

  • Following Motorola deal S&P downgrades Google in opinion reversal

    Analysts from ratings agency, Standards and Poor (S&P) have downgraded Google's stock.The ratings agency has given a simple explanation for the downgrade: It believes that Google's purchase of Motorola Mobility was a bad one. S&P analyst Scott Kessler, in a widely reported statement from the ratings agency, has been quoted as saying, "...we see greater risk to the company and stock. We expect the transaction to be consummated next year, but later than early '12, which GOOG indicated". Kessler adds that the reasoning for the downgrade of Google's stock from "Sell" to one to "Buy" is that, "…despite MMI's extensive...

  • Time releases 50 best websites of 2011

    What does a site encouraging people to upload personalised eight track playlists, mixtape style, have in common with one that donates ten grains of rice to the UN for every question you get correct on a multiple choice quiz? They're all on Time Magazine's 50 Best Websites of 2011. The renowned magazine says the aim of the annual list is to honour "the scrappy newcomers and established players that make the Web so useful, entertaining and just plain indispensable". Artistic, conceptual sites like Dear Photograph, therefore, can rub shoulders with an established gaming and tech site like The Escapist....

  • Rumours of the PC’s demise have been greatly exaggerated

    The personal computer is not dead nor is it dying. Hype and slick marketing may be painting such a scenario, but that is not even part of the picture when you look at the facts. The first consumer computers were introduced by IBM in 1974/75. In 1981, Microsoft introduced the computer operating system called DOS, and followed up with Windows in November 1985. Although it took around 20 years before almost every home and every office had at least one, the PC revolution as we know it had begun. Headlines of late though have been screaming things like the "Let...

  • Mobile and the future of African entertainment: Q&A

    From rural communities to small business owners, the impact of mobile technology in Africa is widespread. In addition to the impact on commercial business, education and services, the popularity of mobile entertainment has also grown exponentially. But is mobile changing the way consumers engage with this entertainment media, and is the media itself changing in response to the platform? In the run up to the 2011 Mobile Entertainment Africa conference in Cape Town on 23rd and 24th August, we pose these and other questions to international filmmaker Aryan Kaganof and Obi Asika, chairman and CEO of Nigerian entertainment company Storm...

  • Googarola and our four top predictions

    As many words have already been written about Google snapping up Motorola as dollars changing hands in the deal. Here’s a Twitter-length analysis: "$12.5-b from GOOG for fading maker of mobiles and set top boxes to stymie Apple lawyers with 17,000+ patents; other Android OEMs poker-faced". Now, Gearburn predicts what it will do for you – and to you – over the next few years. 1. Stop squabbling over patents, start building better phones The last year has been an ugly mess of patent fights and sabre rattling – more recently breaking out into a full-scale shooting war of lawyers and...

  • Facebook ‘smoking gun’ evidence blows 84% ownership claim out of the water

    Facebook has produced what it claims is "smoking gun" evidence that a New York man's contentious claim to majority ownership of the hugely successful social network is fraudulent. In the midst of Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zukerberg shaking off the Winklevoss twins' legal hounding, Paul Ceglia filed a suit claiming 84 percent ownership of Facebook. His case rested on what was always regarded as a highly suspicious contract which he claimed showed that in April of 2003, he had contracted Zuckerberg to design a website called "The Face Book" or "The Page Book". Lawyers for Facebook and Zuckerberg have argued,...

  • Cracking the crowded telecoms market: SME clients ‘key to success’ claims ARC

    Telecommunication in emerging markets is massive and remains a key growth area the in light of recent shrinking values in other industries. Matthew Guest of accounting firm Deloitte says there is "plenty of opportunity," while warning that are "too many competitors" in some African markets. So how does one stand out in such an environment? Startup ARC Telecoms is an IP telecommunications service provider company specifically dedicated to the small and medium sized business sector in South Africa. The company reckons its focus on small business puts it in the best position to differentiate from the competition and take...

  • Win a Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

    Want to stand the chance of winning the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8? All you have to do is tweet why you would like to win this incredible smartphone. How to enter: Tweet @memeburn why you would like to win the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 and make sure you use the hashtag #X8. Alternatively you can simply click the twitter button below and let it do all the hard work for you! (you just need to come up with the clever answer) Tweet The Sony Ericsson X8 is a fantastic entertainment smartphone which delivers the magic of the Xperia collection to...

  • Top 12 iPhone games of 2011

    Own an iPhone? Then these are (in no particular order) the twelve best games of 2011 that you simply must download and install on your iDevice. iRight now. And the best news is there are still three months left in this year -- some may even surpass the genius already out. 1. Cut The Rope: Experiments It takes a goliath of a game to knock any mention of Angry Birds from the top list of iPhone games. Cut the Rope: Experiments is the right man for the job and has the gameplay as well as the cute factor needed to ensure...

  • Fotonica – I’m in love with this game

    Review: Do you remember that scene in Hackers where Dade and Kate play a Wipeout-esque game at Cyberdelia? I'm willing to bet that if game studio Santa Ragione existed before 1995, Dade would be kicking Kate's ass playing Fotonica instead. Fotonica has been available from Kongregate (via plug-in) for a while, but recently became available as a pay-what-you-want download for Mac and PC. The game is like a one button, wire-frame version of Mirror's Edge that sees you running, jumping and falling in an abstract outlined world, with a duotoned look reminiscent of the geometrical abstractions from the 50s and...

  • Two British men jailed for inciting violence on Facebook

    Two British men in their early twenties have each been sentenced to four years imprisonment for inciting violence on Facebook. The sentences are among the first following a series of arrests in the wake of riots which recently spread across the UK. Jordan Blackshaw, 20, from Cheshire and Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan, 22, from Warrington, both in northwest England, were imprisoned after setting up Facebook pages calling for unrest in their home towns. Blackshaw's page, "Smash Down Northwich Town", encouraged people to gather "behind maccies" -- believed to be the McDonald's restaurant in Northwich town centre. Sutcliffe-Keenan's creation, "Let's Have a Riot in Latchford",...