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HP buys Autonomy

Computing giant Hewlett-Packard has secured Autonomy, a Cambridge-based technology company, in a deal estimated to be worth A US$10.24-billion.The deal was integral in the firing of previous HP CEO Leo Apotheker who was replaced by eBay CEO Meg Whitman.Almost 90% of Autonomy stockholders approved of the offering by HP, with an official statement from the company saying, "As such, all conditions relating to the offer have now been satisfied, allowing HP to acquire control of Autonomy. The Autonomy ...

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Arab bloggers discuss role in ‘Arab Spring’ ahead of Nobel Peace Prize

Arab bloggers gathered in Tunis discussed the role they played in the wave of revolutions and uprisings which swept across the region, known popularly as the “Arab Spring”.The discussions come just days before the announcement of the Nobel Peace prize in which several of the bloggers are seen as frontrunners.During the meeting, held in the country whose “Jasmin Revolution” is credited with kicking of the turmoil in the Arab world, much of the focus was on local blogger ...

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Cell C facing fire for ‘ripping-off’ ZANews Peter de Villiers parody

CellC Video Screengrab In an attempt to capture some of the buzz around the Rugby World Cup, leading South African mobile operator Cell C released a YouTube video which has come under dual-fire for being a “rip-off” of satirical puppet show ZANews, and for being “offensive”.The video, published the morning of South Africa’s pivotal match against the Samoan rugby team, was described as follows:We've been trying to get on the inside for weeks and finally we've broken through. From the very ...

Open Source

Replicant: Making Android truly free

AndroidNearly everybody knows that Android is built on top of a Linux kernel, so that should mean that it is good old-fashioned open-source software, right?Actually, that's not the case. Since Linux is released under the GNU Public license, Google is forced to release the source code for the Linux kernel that Android runs on.While many other software components on the phone are licenced under the Apache 2.0 license which allows the software to be distributed freely, this license ...

Advertising & Marketing

Gamification strategies for email marketing

foursquarebadgesEmail marketing is a high-performing and cost-effective direct communication channel, but it can sometimes lack the interactivity necessary to make it more engaging for subscribers.Enter a new solution: Email Marketing “Gamification”Gamification is the application of gaming concepts and techniques to non-game experiences, in order to drive desired behaviors from an audience. While the concept of adding some fun to communications in order to grow user interaction is not new, the idea of “gamificiation” takes reward-based engagement to a higher ...

SEO

When SEO turns against you: Rick Santorum’s Google problem

RickSantorum1Being the top result of a Google search results page is a big deal: It's been estimated that the top result gets over a third of all clicks, plummeting to almost nothing (six percent) by position five. Because this top spot is so valuable, brands spend a lot of time and money trying to make sure that their website can claim it. But sometimes, just sometimes, this race to the top can yield some rather amusing -- or terrifying -- ...

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Alibaba CEO ‘interested’ in buying Yahoo!

Jack Ma, CEO of Chinese web giant Alibaba is reportedly “interested” in buying Yahoo! and claims to have been approached by private equity groups about doing a deal.According to the Wall Street Journal, Ma made the comments during a recent “China 2.0” event held at Stanford University.It wasn't clear, however, whether any formal steps had been taken toward a Yahoo! purchase.According to the Journal, a spokesperson for Ma refused to elaborate on the comments saying, “they speak for ...

Gearburn

10 Android apps I can’t live without

android featured imageWe all know that finding the right application for a specific job can be difficult, and with the massive selection available on the Android Market, it can be even more so. I thought it would be useful if I shared some of the apps I can’t live without with you. You may already use some of them, others may just help make you life a lot easier, either way, here’s a breakdown of ten Android apps that I can’t live ...

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‘Facebook rapist’ stalks South Africa’s women

Bester (650 x 413) A man, known as the "Facebook rapist" is being sought by South African police for over 30 crimes, including murder.Most recently, the man, believed to be in his mid-twenties, has been going by the aliases Thomas Bester and Marius Botes. According to South African news site Independent Online (IOL), however, the man is known to have up to 13 identities.For the last nine months “Bester” has eluded the South African police's best efforts to capture him on charges ...

Gearburn

Telkom Do Gaming: More than just uncapped ADSL

Telkom DO This year's rAge (Really Awesome Gaming Expo) saw Telkom getting involved and providing the gaming community with a promising view of the future. Telkom is angling its presence towards acknowledging the gaming market and its thirst for quality bandwidth at an affordable price by offering a range of uncapped products. Steven White, Telkom Executive from Consumer and Retail Business, shed some insight onto Telkom's relationship with rAge and the impact future of high-speed internet in SA for the gaming community.

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