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  • IPv6: Is your business ready for a new web?

    The address space used by the current version of the Internet protocol, IPv4, is rapidly running out. The familiar four number code is fast being usurped by a new protocol -- IPv6 -- which provides over four-billion times more space, and infinitely more options for companies worldwide. Although IPv6 technology has already been deployed extensively in many large networks, it has yet to be implemented on a global scale. World IPv6 Day, which took place on 8 June, marked the ‘official’ transition from IPv4 to IPv6, with major players across the globe uniting to enable the new protocol with minimal...

  • Microsoft mystery event gets a location

    This had better be worth all the fuss. Microsoft's mystery event, scheduled for a couple of hours' time, finally has a location. The announcement that's thrown the tech world into a froth of speculative frenzy will take place at Hollywood's Milk Studios. According to its website, the studio "stands at the crossroads of the fashion, music, photography and film worlds. ... Milk spans contemporary culture and is a hub for supporting partnerships with some of the industry's most visionary talent and innovative brands." Milk started out in New York and opened up its Hollywood branch a couple of years ago....

  • Life without Facebook: Scarier than you can imagine

    Last night I indulged in a little fantasy, imagining what my life would be like without Facebook. I had a bad day and was cross with the world and I thought: I’m going to delete my entire Facebook account. I suppose the fact that deleting Facebook in my head means getting rid of the world is quite telling. I realised that I don’t know where on Facebook I would delete my account, so this morning I started to investigate. Under FB Security settings one can deactivate ones account, and this is what most people mean when they say they’ve...

  • Google: Government take down requests on the up, even in Western democracies

    Government requests to take down online content are on the rise, even in Western democracies not usually associated with censorship. That's according Google's latest Transparency Report, which disclosing data about such requests as well as traffic patterns and disruptions to Google services from different countries. The internet giant says it has seen a definite rise in the number of requests to have political speech removed from its properties: When we started releasing this data in 2010, we also added annotations with some of the more interesting stories behind the numbers. We noticed that government agencies from different countries would...

  • Why we should still be sceptical about the success of Facebook ads

    Facebook seems to have succeeded in holding back widespread concerns about the effectiveness of its advertising platform with a recent paid-for study by comScore, in the wake of GM's announcement that its Facebook ad campaigns don't pay. That's a damning announcement by GM and it's not something that any company does in such a public manner. Many seemed to dismiss this event as GM being clueless about how to run social ad campaigns. But that's a poor argument because GM, like all large corporations, knows very well what works and what doesn't, it has sophisticated processes in place to track...

  • No Barnes & Noble at today’s Microsoft event [Report]

    If you were looking forward to Microsoft announcing that it would be going after Amazon tonight, sorry. You're going to have to readjust your expectations. According to Dow Jones, via Business Insider, the idea that the event would have something to do with the book seller is "not true at all". A Barnes & Noble spokesperson has also confirmed that the company will have nothing to do with the event. If Microsoft is indeed releasing a tablet, it now seems more likely that it'll be going after the iPad than the Kindle Fire. You've got to wonder how that'll go down...

  • Twitter goes googoo for #LadyGagaSA tour announcement

    Brace yourself, South Africa. Gaga is coming. Speculation in the country been rife since events company Big Concerts updated its Facebook cover photo last week to an image which looked suspiciously similar to her Born this Way Ball tour poster, but it's official: Big Concerts broke the news via social media this morning after an announcement on national radio station 5fm. The tickets for the Grammy-Award winning artist's shows in Johannesburg (30 November) and Cape Town (3 December) go on sale tomorrow on Computicket. The first stage of ticket sales are online-only: on Tuesday 19 June at 09:00am, fans...

  • Mozilla to build ‘simple’ iPad browser

    This is interesting. Mozilla is set to build a browser for the iPad. And here's the thing: it has no tabs or search bars. According to Mozilla, the browser called Junior (cute right) "makes browsing more fun, more ergonomic and re-thinks browser user experience from the ground up". TechCrunch reports that browsing the web is reduced to pressing one of three buttons -- "forward, back, and a plus that displays a list of recent sites, bookmarks, and a search bar. The rest of the page is pure web". Mozilla is also working on Search Tabs, which it claims takes "search to...

  • Facebook to pay $10-million in sponsored stories settlement

    Ever thought that the ads proclaiming how your Facebook friends "like" some or other fan page are an invasion of their privacy? No? Well, some Facebook users did — and they took Facebook to court over it. Five Facebook members recently filed a class-action suit against the social networking giant, alleging the “sponsored stories” feature in Facebook violated Californian law by publishing users’ “likes” without compensation and with no opt-out function. They agreed on a settlement, which means Facebook will have to pay US $10-million to charity as compensation. California law prohibits the unauthorised appropriation of anyone's name or...

  • Is Amazon trying to steal Microsoft’s thunder with rumoured price cut?

    A secretive "major announcement" from a major tech player tends to put the rumour mill into overdrive. Adding fuel to speculation that Microsoft could be announcing its own tablet on Monday is news that Amazon might well be cutting the price of the Kindle Fire by US$50. The price cut is reportedly to make way for a new seven-inch and a ten-inch tablet. According to tech news site Digitmes (citing supplier sources): To expand its market share, the sources believe that Amazon has a high chance of adopting a similar product strategy to Apple, in addition to a new...

  • 40 ridiculous new generic top level domains — .unicorn, .ninja and more

    I haven’t been this riled up in quite some time, so pardon the candour. To quote the words of the dotfather Tim Berners-Lee: "when it comes to arbitrary new TLDs I am not a big fan". Eloquently put, but not quite acrimonious enough for my taste. The reveal of nearly 2 000 planned new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) makes me want to spit venom. Until now we've had 22 generic top level domains like .com, .org, .gov, .edu and so on. We had order. Now, prepare for bedlam: domain squatting, phishing and superfluity the likes of which the...

  • The 5 stages of your Facebook Timeline

    Before Facebook, people had to rely on outdated things such as photo albums or genuine human interaction to keep track of their progression. Now, the kind of interactions you have on Facebook can help tell you exactly where you are in your life. Which is on Facebook, mainly. But here's what else Facebook can tell you about what stage of development you're going through... 1. The tentative teens Facebook is not yet an extremely important part of your life. You use it mainly for communicating with your bestie after school, because when you get home it's like, totes boring and...

  • Oops — ICANN published the home addresses of new domain applicants

    Whoops. It seems that the people over at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) accidentally included the home addresses of the people who applied for new top-level domains when they published the list of the applicants earlier this week. The organisation received almost 2 000 applications for new generic top-level domains (GTLDs), which, once the process is completed early next year, will allow websites include more than the standard .com, .biz, .org, etc, in their web address. ICANN disabled the viewing of the page yesterday after reports of an "issue" with the application details. Shortly after...

  • How to hack your way to your first tech job

    Entering the job market is impossible; at least, it is if you round down to the nearest level of possibility. Getting a first time job for a skilled role or changing jobs without having several winters' worth of experience means that you're in for a tough battle. The problem is exacerbated when the same regurgitated career initiating advice is plastered all over job guides in popular magazines and on Alexa top 100 websites, in articles that are SEO'd to match every job search phrase you can possibly think of. Finding little gems of information that can help you cut...

  • UK council unbans 9-year-old from blogging about school lunches

    One of the great things about blogging is that you're free to write about whatever you want. Unless you're in the UK, and you want to blog about school lunches. A town council in Western Scotland banned nine-year-old Martha Payne from posting entries rating her school lunches. Payne's blog Never Seconds recently passed 2-million page views and gradually became about much more than photos of what came out of her school kitchen. When people from around the globe began submitting their own photos and stories, the young girl tried to capitalise on her popularity and got them to contribute...