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  • Facebook to buy Israeli startup Face.com [Rumour]

    Another day another post-IPO Facebook rumour. This time sources have the social networking giant looking to buy facial recognition software Face.com. According to Israeli news site Newsgeek, Facebook is willing to shell out between US$80-million and US$100-million for the startup. The rumour comes fresh off the back speculation that the social network was also looking to buy Opera Software. The acquisition certainly makes sense, and could have immediate benefits for Facebook. As the Next Web notes, Face.com builds facial recognition software that could help users identify and tag photos of people faster on both desktop and mobile. In fact Face.com...

  • Twitter reaction to City Press’ removal of ‘The Spear’ mixed

    The decision by South African national newspaper City Press to remove images of 'The Spear' painting from its website has been met with mixed reaction on Twitter. Editor-in-chief Ferial Haffajee said she made the decision to remove the image after some of her journalists received death threats. The announcement came barely a day after Haffajee said that she would not remove The Spear from her paper’s website. Some Twitter users felt that she had done the right thing: Huge respect for my colleague Ferrial Haffajee -The Spear is down – out of care and fear: bit.ly/KW0BgC via @City_Press— Karen...

  • From UseNet to Google+: A brief history of social networking

    While Facebook shares seem as volatile as anything, one is left questioning how valuable social networking really is. As the poet and philosopher George Santayana once said, "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." I think its time that we take a good look back at how social networking has developed on the internet since the days of yore. Email, IM and the UseNet Many people think that social networking is what defines web 2.0, but in reality the entire internet has been designed as a social network, facilitating connections and communications between people and allowing them...

  • City Press to remove ‘The Spear’

    South African national newspaper City Press will reportedly take down photos of Brett Murray's "The Spear" from its website. Editor-in-chief Ferial Haffajee confirmed to the South African Press Association that City Press would remove images of the painting, saying "I just need a bit of time to do it." She said that the decision was made because of concerns for the safety of the newspaper's journalists -- some of whom she said have received death threats. City Press Editor @ferialhaffajee says the #Spear image will be removed from the City Press website.— 567 CapeTalk (@CapeTalk567) May 28, 2012 This announcement comes barely a...

  • Reviewed: OLX Classifieds for iOS is a newsy app with bite

    This week I take a look at OLX Classifieds, an app that brings the much publicised web classifieds' service to the iPad. Even though OLX only launched a few months back, it feels as if it has been around forever. Everyone has seen the ad (especially if you're a YouTube junkie); a slightly out of shape dad gets ridiculed by his honest, entrepreneurial daughter for holding onto an exercise machine that he's used once, until she tells him how much she can get for it on OLX, and he sells it. It's a situation that we've all experienced and can...

  • What viral videos can teach us about building a brand

    Many forward-looking companies are having huge success integrating YouTube into their social media strategy. Besides just engaging on the YouTube platform itself, brands can integrate other networks by creating conversations on Twitter or forming communities on Facebook, all tailored around the YouTube video. One example of this is Orabrush. The campaign's a couple of years old, but the lessons are still there. To start off with you have to watch the video: What started off as a bit of a dud product on a lesser known low key shopping channel became the brainchild of (student at the time) Jeffrey Harmon....

  • Is secondary market trading to blame for Facebook’s IPO jitters?

    There are thousands of articles dissecting the reasons why things went bad for Facebook yet none have mentioned the role of secondary markets. In these private stock exchanges, Facebook was trading at around US$42 a share in the weeks before the IPO. Interestingly, Facebook set the opening price at US$38 hoping for about a 10% pop on the first day, which would bring it up to US$42 at close. Since secondary markets are the playground of accredited investors, it's "smart money," and much of it institutional, it would be a fair assumption by Facebook that a $38 price was in the...

  • Mark Zuckerberg adds cameo in Chinese police video to list of achievements

    Facebook may be banned in China, but that's never stopped its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg taking time out to visit the Asian superpower. On his last visit, he and Priscilla Chan even managed to make a cameo appearance in a documentary about the Chinese Police Force aired on national TV station CCTV. The newly wed couple appears at (0:29) walking behind two members of the police force. According to The Next Web, the appearance came when the two were visiting China in March and is totally random. According to Chinasmack, many users on China's immensely...

  • Sina Weibo’s new user rules come into effect

    China's massively popular social network Sina Weibo's new user regulations come into effect today. The rules, which effectively censor free speech were announced a couple of weeks ago. They are largely thought to have been drawn up on the back of pressure from the Chinese government. Authorities have been cracking down on social media in recent months for spreading what they call "false rumours". The regulations mean that: Users have the right to publish information, but may not publish any information that: 1. Opposes the basic principles established by the constitution 2. Harms the unity, sovereignty, or territorial...

  • Sweden claims victory over SA in startup pitch battle

    A group of Swedish startups won the first ever international 'city versus city' pitch battle on web TV series This Week in Startups, beating out a group of South African startups in doing so. The show, which is hosted by US angel investor Jason Calacanis and Skweal (a real-time customer review service) CEO Tyler Crowley lays claim to 100 000 viewers every episode. The show saw three top Swedish startups competing against three Cape Town-based South African startups. The three Cape Town-based startups were chosen from a group of 10 or so who pitched to a small local audience...

  • ANC calls for boycott of City Press, Twitter users protest

    South African citizens have taken to Twitter to support City Press after the ruling party called for a boycott of the newspaper. The name of the national paper, which published photographs of the controversial 'Spear' painting featuring president Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed, trended on Twitter today as users voiced their opinions on the saga. City Press's front page

  • 72+ of the best social media campaigns worldwide

    Social media campaigns are big business. In fact, social research company Hubspot estimates that some US$3.08-billion was spent just on advertising on social networking sites in 2011. And although quite a bit has been made about General Motors (GM) pulling a chunk of their marketing budget from Facebook, the fact is the company is still committed to spending US$30-million a year just on Facebook campaigns. They work too. A recent study by research company Millward-Brown showed that there was a direct correlation between how successful a company is and how well it uses social media. Research from eMarketer meanwhile suggests that...

  • Life after Mashable, one sci-fi novel & a mysterious startup: Q&A with Ben Parr

    Famed for his prolific commentary on social media and tech, Ben Parr was a key member of the Mashable team, an award-winning social media and technology news site, for three years before his axing in 2011. The former editor-at-large, who refuses to go into details about why he was asked to leave the company, now pens a weekly column for CNET, another technology news site. He was recently named the coolest social media geek in Silicon Valley by SF Weekly, a San Francisco-based weekly newspaper. The 27-year-old American technology journalist and entrepreneur has been busy since leaving Mashable. He completed his first...

  • 24 must-have widgets for your blog

    One of the best features of blog platforms is that they’re so customisable. Through plugins and widgets, you can easily add handy sharing capabilities, lists of recent posts, a live Twitter feed, whatever you like -- adapting your design to your needs, setting it apart from the competition and making it distinct. Here’s a look at some of the coolest WordPress and Blogger widgets out there, to help you spice up your blog with the features that are right for you. For WordPress Better Recent Posts Pro Enhanced way to list recent posts in a widget, complete with control over which posts...

  • Facebook rolls out promoted posts: Goodbye Edgerank limits

    Facebook is rolling out its new innovative advertising medium, called Facebook Promoted Posts for Facebook pages. If you own a Facebook page you can now promote your status updates to your fans, forcing them to see it in their newsfeeds. Facebook works with an algorithm called Edgerank, which determines who sees status updates from Facebook pages. Normally only a limit number of your fans are reached with a new status update. With promoting posts you now can guarantee a number of fans to see your updates. What does this mean for businesses that have Facebook Pages? This means you no longer have...