Facebook, News

Facebook doles out $1bn for Instagram

Facebook Just days after Instagram launched an Android version of its immensely popular app, Facebook has bought the photo-sharing social network. Facebook is estimated to have paid around US$1-billion in cash and stock options for the company. This is a massive acquisition for the social networking super power, which itself is on the verge of what is expected to be a record-setting IPO. In fact, the acquisition is so big that Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted about it on ...

News

Twitter expresses betrayal at Facebook Instagram deal

To say that Twitter’s reaction to Facebook buying out Instagram has been mixed would be an understatement. A massive understatement. Many users reacted to the announcement with what can only be described as outright betrayal: Deletes instagram of iphone, post-haste...— Angelo Coppola(@angelo2711) April 9, 2012 Instagram, you sell outs. Typical hipsters.— . . . . . . . . . .(@violentflux) April 9, 2012 R.I.P. Instagram— cut:eater (@cuteater) April 9, 2012 Prepare for instagram to be downgraded because of Facebook.— Jay Christopher. (@MadebyJay) ...

Google

A glance into the future: Google Glass

Glasses Google’s mission to collect all of the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful has been placed under the veritable microscope with the introduction of Glass In December last year news broke via Mashable and 9to5Google that Google was working on a “top secret” eyewear project in Google X: its clandestine lab of experimentation famously spearheaded by uber-geek and co-founder Sergey Brin. Sceptics might have thought this was the early emergence of one of Google’s fabled April Fools' ...

Social media, Video

Kony 2012 Part II: Beyond Famous [Video]

Kony beyond famous On the back of Kony 2012, the group behind the mind blowing social media campaign has decided to release another documentary. The new documentary highlights the issues raised by the first one, following worldwide interest. Kony 2012 Part 2 launched online just as the first one hopes to employ the same social media tools in its quest for justice. Using the hashatag, #beyondfamous the second video takes the complex conflict from #KONY2012 and provides more context about the Lord's Resistance ...

Google

Privacy and competition: Interrogating Google

Google Google’s been on the chopping block a lot lately with suggestions that it promotes anti-competitive behavior by serving its own self-interest and robbing consumers of alternative search and related services. It seems to be part of a broader move by many governments to ensure that massive digital conglomerates like Google, Apple and Facebook are held accountable for the data they collect each time we switch on a mobile phone or perform an internet search. Do we need specific legislation to ...

News

Memeburn gets exclusive sneak preview of new Daily Maverick site

New Daily Maveric vs Old Daily Maverick Memeburn has caught an exclusive sneak preview of the Daily Maverick’s new website. From what we can see, the new site is part of a re-imagining of the Daily Maverick brand. Gone is the royal blue and purple masthead. In its place is a white “Daily” on a turquoise background and a black “Maverick” on a white background. The font is exactly the same, if a little thinner. While the new site seems to have the same two column layout as ...

Google, News

Hello Google Glasses, bye bye Siri?

Google Glasses It's official, Google's Project Glass is here. This follows months of speculation about the project and what it would entail. In an official statement, the internet giant said: We think technology should work for you—to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t. A group of us from Google[x] started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment. We’re ...

Startup news

Snapdisk: South African startup enters cloud storage race

snapdisk We are spoilt for choice when it comes to cloud storage solutions, but we’ve yet to see an emerging market company truly stick it to big name services such as Carbonite, Mozy, DropBox , SugarSync, Box and Wuala. South African company, Motillion, wants to change that with Snapdisk, a secure cloud storage and file sharing service for PC, Mac, and mobile devices. Depending on the package you choose, Snapdisk allows you to schedule backups -- think Carbonite -- and sync your ...

Advertising & Marketing, Mobile

Mobile and video are where it’s at with online advertising

mobile YouTube As media consumption habits change, so must the habits of anyone wanting to be found online change with them. As of 2012, the vast majority of online advertisers in the US are shifting their budgets to mobile and video because this is where most people consume their online media. This is what the US market looks like across the digital landscape for 2012 : According to a study by eMarketer; almost half of all US advertisers (49%) planned on boosting ...

News

YouTube gets serious about 3D

YouTube is going 3D in a big way. The world’s most popular video-sharing site has added automatic 3D conversion for short-form videos uploaded in 1080p. The new service follows on from a beta feature it launched last year that let creators convert YouTube videos into 3D with a click. Anyone wanting to watch videos in 3D simply has to select 3D viewing in the Quality settings (click on the gear icon) on the YouTube player, and pop on their 3D ...

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