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  • New look, more growth for mobile social network MXit

    MXit, Africa’s largest instant messenger and mobile social network, has received a makeover. The service is also claiming that a further 1.1-million users have downloaded its new-look version in the first week, increasing daily registrations by 25% to "60 000 new registrations per day". MXit, part-owned by emerging markets internet Goliath Naspers, wants to reinvent itself as "a global leader in the mobile space". The service is used in 120 countries world-wide. It dominates the South African landscape, eclipsing Facebook and Twitter useage in that country. It has also achieved footholds in Africa and emerging market territories...

  • Zynga acquires mobile software studio

    Online social games sensation Zynga on Friday announced it has bought a Canadian company specialising in software applications for mobile devices. Mobile Five has become "Zynga Toronto" and is part of the San Francisco startup's mobile team headed by David Ko. "As a key component of our mobile efforts moving forward, Zynga Toronto will help position us in a hotbed of mobile development talent," Zynga said in an online message. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Zynga has bought 15 companies in slightly more than a year. Zynga, maker of FarmVille and other popular online games, recently filed paperwork for an...

  • LinkedIn passes Myspace in US traffic

    LinkedIn leapfrogged Myspace in June to become the second-largest social network in the United States in terms of traffic behind Facebook, says tracking firm comScore. LinkedIn had 33.9 million unique US visitors in June compared with 33.5 million for Myspace, which was sold last week by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Twitter was next with 30.6 million unique US visitors in June, comScore said. Facebook was the runaway leader with 160.9 million unique US visitors during the month, according to comScore. Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg announced this week that the social networking site now has 750 million users worldwide. Myspace was bought by News...

  • Rupert Murdoch, News of The World, and the SoDOMM effect of social media

    The sudden demise of The News of the World newspaper was both shocking and exhilarating: That a 168-year old Sunday paper with more than 200 staff, selling almost three million copies a week, can be closed so suddenly is without precedence. The News of the World was the first newspaper I bought. I was about seven or eight years old and decided I needed to get serious about life and that I needed to know what was going on the world. I looked around the newsagents for something that could tell me the news of the world, and here was...

  • The future of WordPress: Q&A with founder Matt Mullenweg

    Named as one of the 25 most influential people on the web, Matt Mullenweg founded and runs an open source web platform that has revolutionised website publishing. WordPress began its life as free, open-source blogging software which quickly evolved into a general-purpose CMS used by millions of sites on the web. The success of WordPress speaks for itself -- and it is one of the most popular content management system engines around today, also used by many Fortune 500 companies. Mullenweg at only 27 also runs the commercial arm of Wordpress, Automattic, which is the company behind WordPress and a...

  • Tech news round-up: From Facebook Chatroulette to the death of iPhone

    We here at Memeburn know you our esteemed reader. Being the busy people you are we know that - try as you may, and as interested as you are — it’s not always possible to keep up with everything. In light of that, here's your weekly roundup of all the important — and at times not so important — tech and online news items from the week. With that special Memeburn spin you’ve come to enjoy… ChatRoullete for Facebook After promising an "awesome announcement", as Memeburn reported, Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the addition of Skype video calling to Facebook. Of course throughout...

  • Video Review: Blackberry Playbook

    The Playbook is many things to many people: an iPad competitor; a desperate attempt at relevancy; a RIM fanboy’s wet dream; just another tablet. Blackberry’s first foray into the tablet market comes some time after their competitors had flooded it. Can the QNX operating system make the Playbook a viable competitor to the iPads and Samsung Galaxy Tabs of this world? Can its other features make up for the paucity of apps on RIM’s app world? Roger Hislop tests this fruity little tablet to find out:var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Is it tickets for the web?

    For an industry focused on the future of information, the internet is surprisingly prone to old fashioned maladies such as superstition, rumour and wild speculation. We've heard the latest doomsday prediction before -- the World Wide Web is dying -- but there's never been much convincing evidence, until now. Ben Elowitz, a web entrepreneur, took usage statistics for the web and compared them to Facebook's usage numbers. The results are startling. While Facebook continues to grab an ever larger share of time spent online, the rest of the web is actually losing so called "attention share". In March 2011, for...

  • The media centre Dilbert’s company built: Stor.E TV+

    Review: The Toshiba Stor.E TV+ is a one or two terabyte external drive cum media centre. It’s got a clumsy name, it’s clumsily built, and clumsily supported. So at least Toshiba is consistent there. It would make a great story device for a Dilbert special – the grubby fingerprints of corporate politics are all over it. The base engineering work is absolutely fine. It’s solidly built, well specced, with some nice features. What is not fine is the user interface, the attention to detail, and the user interface. Did we mention the user interface and lack of attention to detail?...

  • The importance of the ‘long tail’ in SEM campaigns

    At a recent digital marketing conference I attended, I heard one speaker talk about the irrelevancy of the 'long tail' and how concentrating on 'head' terms was the key to building an effective campaign using search. This couldn’t be further from the truth, but does qualify for some explanation. First, some facts from a Google presentation I got sent the other day: Some analysts have even gone as far as to say more than 1/3 of all the queries Google processes haven’t been processed before, or in, the past 6 months, with Google’s VP of Engineering, Udi Manber pegging...

  • Following ultimatum, WikiLeaks credit card donations reinstated

    Mere days after issuing an ultimatum to Visa and Mastercard to lift their seven-month ban on donating to Wikileaks, the whistle-blowing website has claimed victory. Datacell, the whistle-blower’s data hosting service provider in a statement announced that, "…we have observed that an alternative payment processor that we have contracted with, has in fact opened the gateway for payments with Visa and MasterCard". The statement also read, "We choose to interpret this as that Visa and Mastercard in fact given in to our demand that the payment services reinstated". It added that payments by American Express, which...

  • Apple App Store downloads hit 15-billion mark

    Apple announced on Thursday that more than 15-billion applications for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch have been downloaded from its App Store since inception. The California based tech giant also said the App Store now carries more than 425,000 free and paid applications for the 200 million iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches in use worldwide. Over 100,000 applications have been developed for the iPad alone, Apple said. "In just three years, the revolutionary App Store has grown to become the most exciting and successful software marketplace the world has ever seen," Apple senior vice president Philip Schiller said in a...

  • How will Google+ make money?

    Google+ is clearly Google’s most successful foray into the social web thus far, and it looks set to get a lot of usage. One thing puzzling many commentators, however, is the business model. Google have stated that they will not be putting advertising on Google+, so its primary business model is seemingly being foregone. Other very successful Google services and products, like Google Docs also don’t have advertising on them, but Google Docs is by no means as obvious a choice for advertising space as Google+ is. So…what’s the deal? There is no doubt that the choice not to put...

  • Is it time to bury Flash for good?

    Flash is something which has wowed clients for some years now. It looks impressive on your developer’s desktop, and fantastic in client pitches. New clients are impressed with some agencies’ design capabilities because Flash sites look attractive. That is pretty much where pure 100% Flash websites belong, on power points, in pitches but not in real web designs. Look, of course Flash does have its uses. Some online gaming is driven with Flash, along campaign driven micro sites which have above the line viral concepts. Flash does work, but only in targeted strategies. Apple does not support Flash, most...

  • Startups to ‘Ignite’ Tech4Africa 2011

    Tech4Africa, one of the continent’s most prominent web and emerging technology conferences, has launched an initiative called Ignite, which will provide leading African startups with the opportunity to pitch their products to a carefully curated panel of Angel investors, mentors and business leaders. Startups selected to partake in the Tech4africa Ignite pitches will be given five minutes to showcase their products, with the opportunity to gain not only potential investors but also invaluable exposure to the wider Tech4Africa audience of thought leaders, decision makers, journalists, influential people and potential recruits. From the initial applications, a select group of the most...