Youku, Tudou put aside rivalry in merger deal

Chinese online video giants Youku and Tudou have announced plans to merge. According to Tudou the deal will take the form of a 100% stock-for-stock transaction, with the new company to be called Youku Tudou Inc. "We intend to lead the next phase of online video development in China. Youku Tudou Inc. will represent a differentiated leader in the online video market in China with the largest user base, most comprehensive content library, most advanced bandwidth infrastructure and strongest monetisation ...


Marvel unveils next line of AR comics

Geeks of the world rejoice. Marvel is going high-tech. The comics giant has announced a partnership with Autonomy’s Aurasma platform. According to TechCrunch, the new partnership will allow people to view video trailers of the books they see in store. The AR app will also reportedly allow people to view, among other things, 3D animations and recaps by holding up their phones to the comics. Speaking at South by South West, Marvel representatives said they hoped “build out DVD and Blu-Ray extras into ...


Instagram for Android will be ‘better than iOS app’, coming really soon

Instagram co-founder, Kevin Systrom, revealed at SXSW yesterday that the Android version of Instagram is coming very soon and "in some ways, it’s better than our iOS app." It's no secret that the world's favourite photo social network is headed for Android, but we seem to be getting very close to an actual release. Systrom showed off Instagram for Android running on a Galaxy Nexus at SXSW yesterday, but didn't give a full demo. During a Q&A session, Systrom promised the Android ...


Blog looks to list all the banned words on Sina Weibo

We all know China is strict when it comes to online censorship. We also know that it’s getting stricter, particularly on the country’s various microblogs, known as weibos. What you might not know is precisely what terms are banned on them. One blog is looking to change that, by listing every single term not allowed on Sina Weibo -- China’s biggest microblog. Blockedonweibo is a tumblr that exhaustively lists the banned terms on Sina Weibo and explains why they are banned. Some of ...

Africa, Startups

30 brilliant African tech startups

joburg The methodology behind this list of startups had two simple directives. First, the startup had to have African roots and secondly it had to be brilliant. More specifically, we were looking for that type of brilliance that exudes intelligence, talent, quality or simply, something fresh. Of course brilliance, like most things in life, is subjective, so we went into this journey with an open mind. Tabula rasa if you will and we hoped to recognise brilliance when we saw it. We ...

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A critical view of social media campaigns

Kony 2012 This morning, we were talking about the KONY 2012 movement, various reactions around it and how easy we share things without even looking at it. How our gut reaction is to act without even knowing what we’re acting on or reflect on what it means. (If you want to delve deeper into the KONY 2012 topic, you can, for instance, read Kony 2012: what’s the real story?). What we want to cover here is the greater scheme of things, social media and ...


8 Ways to beat digital writer’s block

Digital Author Admit it; just thinking about writer’s block is frustrating you. Writer’s block is a unique obstacle in that it gets worse with time. If you write for a living or for recreation, you know what it’s like to struggle with wording or to find a topic in the first place. Professional bloggers cover a range of topics and often write under irregular deadlines. Here are a few simple tips for getting your creative juices flowing. 1. Just start writing Few sights are as ...


Angry Birds in space! What could be cooler? [Video]

The popularity of Angry Birds has proved that there is nothing more fun than hurtling some seriously pissed off birds at some not-so-nice pigs. Rovio Entertainment, the company behind the game, has been working hard to expand the franchise with other versions of the game such as Angry Birds Rio and Seasons. Now they've moved on to space. Let's face it -- everything is cooler in space. The folks at Rovio teamed up with the leading experts  -- NASA -- to ...


eBooks: Did Apple screw us all, or save the industry?

apple_eclipse The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the American Justice Department is about to sue Apple and five of the biggest book publishers in the US for colluding to raise the price of eBooks. This means that the Justice Department, which has been investigating eBook pricing since last year, has decided the parties involved violated the Sherman Act. The Sherman Act is a law that guards against business activities that lead to anti-competitive behaviour in the marketplace. The US government’s intention ...


Kony 2012: Cause célèbre to internet meme

Kony 5 If there’s one thing the internet does really well, it’s compressing a serious issue into a captioned picture. The Stop Kony 2012 campaign is a case in point. The campaign gave new meaning to the word viral, with Jason Russell’s documentary getting over 30-million views across Vimeo and YouTube in just two days. Then came the counter-arguments. People pointed out that the Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) hadn’t been active in Uganda for the past five years. Others criticised Invisible ...






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