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  • Twitter valued at $7billion, but based on what exactly?

    Twitter is looking to raise another round of private financing, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, quoting "people familiar with the matter". This time the value is US$7billion, almost double of what it was valued at the end of 2010. Clearly there’s still a hunger for tech stocks in the market. We've seen this in the spectacular Wall Street debuts -- though not in the press -- of tech companies like Groupon and Zynga which also filed for their IPOs recently. It’s well and truly open season in the investment world for tech companies. After the staggering valuation of US$3.7billion for...

  • Is tweeting cheating? 18 ways social media has impacted on our relationships

    A “desperate, adolescent narcissism”. That’s the internet’s "defining vice", according to New York Times op ed columnist Ross Douthat. He is not the first to make this observation, and when American politicians accidentally tweet embarrassing photos of themselves (thus demonstrating that, just because you’re paranoid, it doesn’t mean you’re not about to make a gruesomely public mistake), the tut-tutting only grows louder. Anthony Weiner’s marriage is presumably taking some strain as a result of his digital dalliances, and the entire debacle raises questions – again - of how much impact social media has on those who are closest to...

  • FabFi does fabulous things in Afghanistan and Kenya

    Something interesting is happening in Afghanistan. It’s also happening in Kenya. I think that it is proof that it is possible to open the Internet to every developing country in the world. Back in December 2008, a group of individuals in Jalalabad, Afghanistan started working on a project to bring high-speed internet to a village, hospital, university, and an NGO in the city. The group was known as FabLab Jalalabad and they modelled their project on a system which was designed to track sheep in Norway. The remarkable thing about this project was that they were designing an incredibly...

  • Narcissism in phone form

    Desiring something that you want for no reason needs some explaining. Perhaps it is beautiful and honest, doing only what it says. Perhaps it makes your desk look hotter. And it definitely looks hotter to cradle a retro modern soft-touch plastic handset than hold a tiny cellphone to your ear to talk into like a chimp. The Moshi Moshi telephone handsets are a whole new class of cellphone accessory: designed to be bigger, heavier and less function-rich than they thing they connect to. 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");

  • Apple slaps Open Source Amahi with ‘app store’ cease and desist

    Many of today’s Technorati veer towards multiple computers and devices at home. Any home network worth shaking a stick at will have some sort of server, whether it is a standalone NAS device, a little firewall powered by Smoothwall, or the somewhat disappointing Windows Home Server. The past few years have seen the rise of a fantastic open source alternative to Windows Home Server, the Amahi Linux Home Server. It provides a set of common features for the home network: VPN access, media streaming, backups, shared calendars, centralised file storage and so on. It is also highly extensible through...

  • Coming soon: Memeburn’s 1-on-1 with WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg

    On Friday, Memeburn will publish an exclusive one-on-one interview with Matt Mullenweg, named as one of the 25 most influential people on the web as a result of his revolutionary open source web software, WordPress. If you've published a blog or a website, you probably know about WordPress. In fact it powers millions of blogs and commercial websites on the web today. It's estimated that WordPress is used by more than 14% of the one million biggest websites including The New York Times. It started off as blog software, but has evolved into a much more powerful, multi-purpose Content Management...

  • What should Google be doing in Africa?

    Google has done what few other tech companies have done on this continent. Having 54 countries to scale across isn’t easy. However, in a speech I gave to a delegation of around 30 Associate Product Managers who are exploring leadership positions within Google -- along with Marissa Mayer, Google's Vice-President of Location and Local Services -- I looked at what is Google doing well in Africa (that they should continue) and what the company should be doing better, differently or new in Africa. So far what they have done well and should continue with is as follows: They’ve invested in...

  • Counter-revolutionaries and bourgeois capital strikes back at hackers

    Italian police have detained 15 suspects they believe to be members of an international hackers cabal called "Anonymous" blamed for several major online attacks, says La Republica newspaper. At the same time, beleaguered Sony has got its PlayStation Network and Qriocity distribution network to its home turf in Japan back online after more than two months of hacks, patches, obloquy and taunting from hacker groups styling themselves as challengers to big corporate and big government power, or merely anarchist. The suspected Italian hackers, including five minors, were picked up by police, questioned and later released, while authorities also seized...

  • Netflix to expand to Latin America and Caribbean

    US video giant Netflix, which has more than 23 million subscribers in the United States and Canada, has announced plans to expand to Latin America and the Caribbean. The Los Gatos, California-based company said it would begin streaming television shows and movies over the Internet to 43 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean later this year. The announcement sent Netflix shares to a record high on Wall Street. Netflix shares gained 8.07 percent to close at US$289.63 after hitting an all-time high of US$291.23 during the day's trading. The gains made by Netflix reflect the growth which they’ve already experienced this...

  • Finding that mobile marketing ‘sweet spot’

    Mobile marketing is hot! After years of false dawns, brands and agencies are recognising the mobile channel as an essential element of the marketing mix. So what’s changed and why now? Often with mixed results, there have been a number of forays into the "mobisphere" by leading brands in recent years. Mobile marketing initiatives were (and often still are) driven by the capabilities (and limitations) of mobile technology. There is a growing realisation, however, that the ways in which people interact with technology are more significant than the technological capabilities. Essentially, the magic of mobile marketing lies in the momentum...

  • Google realtime given the boot following expiry of Twitter deal

    If you’ve gotten used to receiving real-time updates from the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Quora in your Google search results, you’re going to have to get used to things being the way they were before Google Realtime, at least for now. The service, which began running in December 2009 has been shut down, following the expiry of Google’s deal with Twitter. Search blog, Search Engine Land, was among the first to discover that the service had been shut down. None of this, however, explains why Google did not simply renew their arrangement with Twitter. It is interesting to...

  • Myspace is in a pretty bad space at the moment

    We know now that the Myspace empire has gone bad. It hasn’t busted, but it’s come damn close. And if history teaches us any lessons about empires, it is that they are neither immutable nor invulnerable. In figures alone, Myspace acutely instantiates this truth: in 2007, it was valued as high as US$12-billion; today, it’s just been sold to Specific Media for US$35-million. Ouch. Back in 2005, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp acquired Myspace for US$580-million. At the time, Myspace’s ascent on the social media-sharing platform seemed unmatchable. Facebook was still in its infancy, and Twitter was just a bricolage...

  • Hands on with Google+

    My experience with Google+ began last Thursday evening when I took to Facebook and Twitter and posted the following: Google+ looks pretty cool. Keen to give it a try... #hinthint #searchingforinvites #rememberyourgoodfriendadam I was pretty shocked to find that, within a few minutes, I had gotten a reply from somebody who knew somebody…and by the time I woke up on Friday morning, I had a Google+ invite waiting for me in my inbox. For those of you who don’t know, Google+ is Google’s latest attempt at cracking social -- or rather, an attempt to get people to spend more time on Google...

  • 3 digital marketing strategies startups need to get right from the start

    Starting a new business is a bit like caring for your first born. Now while you don’t need to write a marketing strategy for your first born; you do need to ensure that you are giving your business the best chance of success. That is done by ensuring that you are placing it in front of people looking for your product. When you are devising your business strategy; planning the supply chain; product specifications; looking at costing models and ultimately picturing your retirement on a Caribbean beach; don’t forget your marketing strategy – specifically your internet marketing strategy. The reason...

  • Wikileaks issues ultimatum to financial giants Visa and Mastercard

    Fed up with being unable to receive funds via Visa and Mastercard, on Monday Wikileaks issued an ultimatum. According to the self described, "not-for-profit media organisation," should the two financial giants not lift their ban on donations to Wikileaks, they will be laying a complaint with The European Commission. The European Commission is the executive body of the European Union entrusted with proposing and enforcing European Union legislation. Svein Andri Sveinsson, the controversial site’s Iceland based lawyer is reported to have said that should the ban not be lifted by Thursday, Wikileaks would lay it’s complaint against the two companies....