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  • The Stream: Al-Jazeera’s brave new multi-media experiment

    On the 2nd of May, television broadcaster Al-Jazeera will make history with the broadcast of “The Stream”, a 30-minute talk show like no other. With “no script, no tape and no satellite hookups”, the Doha-based news broadcaster is “bringing the social media experience inside your TV”. Most television shows follow the same model: They create their broadcast product and then build a website to complement the show as a secondary resource. But as the number of cord-cutters begins to reach a tipping point, the news network is trying something new: Business blog Fast Company defines The Stream as “a social...

  • Is Facebook still for small businesses?

    Once upon a time Facebook was the most effective, inexpensive marketing platform for small businesses. Due to its viral newsfeeds, share buttons and tagging features Facebook allowed for pretty much “free” marketing to niche consumers with the only foreseeable challenge being, finding the time to do it. As most entrepreneurs will tell you, with small businesses comes a mountain of work that brings to mind the saying “the son of a cobbler has no shoes” — sadly most small businesses hardly have time to market themselves, let alone communicate with their fans every day. So if your small business...

  • 5 ways to tie in Twitter with your e-mail newsletter

    There’s no avoiding social media today, although to be honest (grandma aside) who really wants to? The additional platform that it provides as a means of spreading brand awareness and engaging with customers on both an intimate and mass level is hugely appealing and widely recognized. Nowadays, it’s a given that some form of social media is incorporated into a company’s overall marketing strategy, and the vast majority are reaping the benefits through increased direct sales, online sales, brand exposure and reputation management. Over the past few years, marketers have looked to integrate their email newsletters with social...

  • One year after the ‘Like’ button, Facebook launches ‘Send’ button

    Facebook on Monday began letting members of cozy cliques formed at the social networking service share website links or photo albums without all their friends knowing about it. A “Send” button that lets people share website links with selected cadres instead of all Facebook friends was among enhancements being rolled out to a “Groups” feature launched in October of last year. More than 50-million groups have been created at Facebook since the option became available. “A year ago, we launched the ‘Like’ button, which gives you a quick way to share the things you find on the Web with all your friends,”...

  • Sony’s Playstation Network still offline following security breach

    Almost three weeks after an attack by the hacktivist group, Anonymous, Sony’s PlayStation Network remains offline as the Japanese electronics giant works to rebuild the service that connected PlayStation 3 (PS3) consoles to games, films, and other digital offerings. PlayStation Network and Qriocity streaming music service were turned off April 20 in the wake of an “external intrusion,” according to Sony spokesman Patrick Seybold. “I know you are waiting for additional information on when PlayStation Network and Qriocity services will be online,” Seybold said in a blog post. “Unfortunately, I don’t have an update or timeframe to share at this point in...

  • The browser wars: The decline of Internet Explorer, rise of Chrome

    The browser wars may come to a head at the end of 2012, according to a projection by Memeburn. Using data from reputable analytics company StatCounter, Memeburn analysed the current and future growth rates of the web’s three main web browsers excluding Safari, namely Internet Explorer, Chrome and FireFox. StatCounter is a free service and has been in business for more than 10 years, reporting on over 10 billion page loads per month, collected from three million websites. The global statistics service provides many useful stats on browser version, screen resolution, operating system and mobile browser data. By projecting the...

  • Zuckerberg, Huffington and Bieber — The online influencers

    Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Larry Page and Wikileaks’ infamous editor Julian Assange are among the online personalties to grace this year’s Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The yearly list was released on Thursday Time. This year’s list includes a number of people who are making their mark online as well people who have used technology to rocket into the spotlight. Notable examples include Newark Mayor Cory Booker who made excellent use of Twitter during the New York/New Jersey snow storms of 2010. And there is of course the reigning prince of...

  • Nokia partners with Microsoft to retake mobile market?

    Any list of the handsets that created the mobile phone industry will undoubtedly be filled with mobiles from Finnish mobile phone company, Nokia. However, for a long time now, Nokia’s power and desirability has been on a slow but steady decline. This was all famously noted in the leaked memo by Nokia’s newly appointed CEO, Stephen Elop earlier this year. At that same time, Nokia tentatively announced a much-anticipated deal with Microsoft. On Thursday, a bit earlier than expected, the details of the deal have been released. Nokia since the outset of the smartphone age had been running the then...

  • Vodacom making huge progress towards losing the war with Cell C

    Although Vodacom has won the battle at the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), I think that it will lose the war. It’s fascinating how often the management of organisations get involved in their little skirmishes and lose total sight of the big picture. Although it seems to me that Cell C has in the past pushed its advertising and claims too far and has, by doing so, lost credibility, the reality in this case is that the Cell C offering is the superior experience. I have been using a Cell C stick given to me by Lars Reichelt for some months...

  • Facebook Studio launched: A platform for creatives

    Facebook has recently launched a new community site called Facebook Studio – a platform for creative and innovative social media agencies and marketers to come together and share their ideas. The site not only serves as a showcase of the best marketing campaigns on Facebook, but allows the company to interact with agencies in a collaborative, creative learning space. “On Facebook Studio you can get recognized for your creativity, be inspired by your peers, and browse a collection of work that represents some of the best marketing on Facebook. You’ll also find information and resources to help you strengthen...

  • iPhone 4 & 3G iPad secretly tracking your every movement

    Much is made of privacy and security in the digital age and while a lot of it seems overblown there are things to be concerned about. In a worrying development, UK security analysts announced at Where2.0 conference, the discovery that Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 4, used in iPhone 4s and 3G iPads, has been keeping track of everywhere you go and have gone. According to Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden, the security analysts and founders of DataScience Toolkit, using data triangulated from signal towers the iOS 4 device saves both the latitude and longitude of the users movement with...

  • Why do some celebrities avoid social media?

    While it may seem that its a pre-requisite for every celebrity to be on Twitter in order to further their career, there are actually a surprising number of celebrities who value their privacy and who have no interest in sharing every detail of their lives with their hordes of fans around the world. We looked around for a list of celebs who don’t use Facebook or Twitter and tried to find out some of the reasons why they’re not networking. Keira Knightley: The Pirates of the Caribbean star admitted that she “hates the internet. I find it dehumanizing to...

  • Apple dealing with ‘the mother of all backlogs’

    A healthy dose of good news were mixed in with a few worries this week, as Apple reported that it had nearly doubled its quarterly net profit on record iPhone sales but iPad sales dipped, and the company is dealing with the “mother of all backlogs” in meeting demand for the tablet computer. Apple said Wednesday that net profit rose 95 percent in the second quarter of its fiscal year to US$5.99 billion while revenue rose 83 percent to US$24.67 billion, beating the expectations of Wall Street analysts. Earnings per share were US$6.40, up from US$3.30 a year ago. The Cupertino, California-based...

  • List of Google’s autocomplete guesses with one letter

    Google is cocky enough to initiate the autocomplete search function after you type in just one letter. This is how Google explains the autocomplete function and how it works: As you type, Google’s algorithm predicts and displays search queries based on other users’ search activities. These searches are algorithmically determined based on a number of purely objective factors (including popularity of search terms) without human intervention. All of the predicted queries shown have been typed previously by Google users. The autocomplete dataset is updated frequently to offer fresh and rising search queries. In addition, if you’re signed in to your...

  • Zuckerberg wears a tie as Obama visits Facebook

    US President Barack Obama paid a campaign-style visit to Facebook headquarters on Wednesday where he urged young voters who backed his historic 2008 election to “double down” in 2012. “Don’t get frustrated and cynical about our democracy” even though “Lord knows it’s frustrating,” he pleaded at the tail end of a question-and-answer session at the social networking titan’s home base. Obama listed a series of his achievements, including his landmark health law and getting two women on the US Supreme Court, but warned young voters who helped win him the White House two years ago that he needed them to face...