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YouTube offers big cash prize to budding filmmakers

Everyone’s got a story to tell, so the old saying goes. It seems YouTube believes it too. The world’s most popular video-sharing site is offering US$500 000 for you to tell your story. The competition, called Your Film Festival, is open to anyone with an internet connection and encourages users to submit "a short-story driven video". According to YouTube, the entries can be in "any format -- short film, web-series episode, TV pilot -- and any genre". After a period of ...

Venture capital

VC funding is not a blank cheque with no strings attached

Blank Cheque Receiving venture capital (VC) funding is a significant accomplishment for any entrepreneur as it takes months of hard work and negotiation. Some entrepreneurs believe that once they have secured a funding commitment from an investor, they will have carte blanche with the cash and can report back to their investors as and when it suits them. Nothing could be further from reality. A VC will not write you a cheque for the full amount allowing you to spend it as you ...

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Facebook, Twitter & Myspace remind Google, ‘Don’t Be Evil’

Engineers from Facebook, Twitter and Myspace took matters into their own hands after being excluded from Google's new social search. Search Plus Your World, unveiled earlier this month, allows social content such as photos and posts from the people you follow on Google+ to be included in regular Google search results. The functionality also aids the discovery of people related to a particular search. The addition to Google search sparked an antitrust debate from Facebook and Twitter who argued that ...

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Indian PM joins Twitter

Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has joined Twitter, reportedly as part of an attempted bid to boost his communication with the country’s young people. The move comes as Singh’s government forges ahead in its attempts to censor "objectionable material" on social media. According to The Next Web, the account will function as on official communication channel between Singh and the Indian people in much the same way as the @whitehouse and @Number10gov accounts do in the US and UK ...

Gearburn

Somewhere between a Range Rover and a Mercedes 300SL

I was told I was getting a Maserati GranTurismo or an Aston Martin DBS. I was lied to. The package was awfully small to be an Aston. I looked around the 'Burn offices and everyone shrugged. I opened it and guess what? It was a mouse. Not just any mouse, a car-shaped mouse. But it still wasn't a Maserati, it was a Range Rover Evoque. Ok fine, I am into off-road excitement. Why not take the Evoque for a spin around ...

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Obama to follow State of the Union with Google+ Hangout

US President Barack Obama’s administration is renowned for its use of social media. His election campaign relied heavily on Facebook and Twitter, and the president also has accounts on the likes of Foursquare and Instagram. It should hardly be surprising, therefore that he would also embrace the Hangouts feature in Google+. After Obama delivers his State of Union address, says Google, he "will answer a selection of top-voted questions...in a live-streamed interview”. According to Google, people will be able to ...

Advertising & Marketing, Infographic

How Google made its ad money in 2011 [Infographic]

When Google released its 2011 financial results, general consensus was that the internet giant had performed worse than expected. Thing is, disappointing for Google and disappointing for any other company are two very different things. Google still managed, after all, to bring in a whopping US$37.9-billion in ad revenue. US-based Pay Per Click (PPC) company Wordstream decided to take a deeper look into what industries made up the bulk of that revenue. Google doesn’t generally release the kind of information ...

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Piratebay offers 3D downloads, names them ‘Physibles’

The Piratebay, one of the world largest torrent sites, will now offer physical downloads, or Physibles as it has lovingly named them. According to the site, which is often on the wrong side of the law, Physibles are the "next evolution in copying". These downloadable objects are nothing more than 3D render files which can be physically printed on the currently small selection of available 3D printers. But what the Piratebay proposes are "perfect 1 to 1 digital copies of things". Outlining ...

Infographic

Facebook and Twitter: Key moments in social media law [Infographic]

Every day one tech company or another seems to be embroiled in some kind of legal battle. The rocketing growth of prominent social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook seems to have, in some way, influenced the legal system. The more we immerse ourselves in social media and the more these platforms define our we lives, the more issues around how we use them change. Platforms like Facebook and Twitter have given rise to new regulations in privacy, user ...

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Nando’s wants you to respect your mother tongue

Nando's #VernacChicken A number of South African state schools using English as their medium of instruction, are reportedly considering scrapping their syllabi in African languages such as Xhosa and Zulu. All pupils in South African state schools are required to learn two language. The proposed move would force pupils in such schools, no matter what their background, to study Afrikaans as their second language. This is a particularly controversial idea given the country’s past experiences with language in schools. The forced use of ...

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