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  • What does the Linux 3.4 kernel have to offer?

    Linus Torvalds has just announced the release of the 3.4 version of the Linux kernel. While Linus notes that there have been no majorly exciting changes since the last release candidate, it's worth taking a look at some of the things that have made their way into this release of the Linux kernel and what it means to the Linux community as a whole. Perhaps some of the most prominent features and changes that appear in the kernel, are centered on updates to btrfs, a new filesystem that offers much better fault tolerance and easy repair. Btrfs is largely developed...

  • Facebook stock plummets on day two of trading

    Facebook stock has fallen more than 10% on its second day of trading, after already having had problems on its opening day of stock trading. In fact, there were so many issues on Friday that the Nasdaq is reportedly changing its IPO procedures, and underwriter Morgan Stanley had to step in to defend the US$38 opening price. For a while though, things looked good, with the price climbing to US$42 in late Friday trading. Today's pricing represents a 25% decrease from that high. The performance of the stock led many to question whether or not Facebook...

  • Skyfall: Check out the first teaser trailer for 007’s latest adventure [Video]

    Here's the thing about James Bond; no matter what directors do, fans of the franchise will still rush out to see it. Skyfall is Daniel Craig's third appearance as 007 and, judging by the first official teaser trailer for the film, he's going to be as gritty and weathered-looking as he was in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. It also doesn't look like fans of the franchise are likely to get clever one-liners or the implausible gadgets that some so fervently love. On the other hand, there will be beautiful women and lot's of explosion-filled action sequences, so...

  • Facebook goes crazy for Zuckerberg wedding

    So it turns out people care a lot more about the fact that Mark Zuckerberg got married this weekend than they do about the fact that his company raised billion of dollars in its IPO. Want proof? Just look at the number of likes each event has on the hoodied one's timeline. His marriage has over one-million likes: His IPO announcement meanwhile only got 511 likes: According to The Next Web, the wedding picture even surpasses Zuckerberg's goodbye note to Steve Jobs, which had 580 000 likes. There's a couple of obvious take-homes from this. People like weddings...

  • WordPress. Joomla. Drupal. Yawn. 25+ powerful CMSes for hipsters

    It's estimated that WordPress, Joomla and Drupal combined, constitute roughly 70% of the CMS market. Probably for good reason too. All three are highly customisable, extensible and have massive loyal -- some say cult-like -- user communities. CNN and Time run on Wordpress. Joomla boasts big clients such as eBay, Barnes & Noble, Ikea and Pizza Hut. Ever heard of a little site called The Economist? How about The White House? Drupal have those covered. Clearly, if you're cool you wouldn't be caught dead using one of these mainstream CMSes to bootstrap your project. Or maybe you would? Because hating...

  • Three reasons business needs a complete social mindshift

    There are a load of businesses and people out there still grappling with terms like "social media marketing". But that's just the tip of the iceberg. The truth is that there are a lot of organisations out there that still don't know how how to sell themselves to other businesses. In my mind there is a drastic shift that is needed. And the social media revolution (yes, I said revolution) has spurred on this need for evolution in business to business (B2B) thinkers. The major problem is highlighted in the term “B2B” itself. There should be no such term in...

  • Selling yourself in the digital era: It’s still about spreading ideas

    When it comes to selling yourself or your brand, the real task is to spread ideas. Simply put, we want to spread the idea that our brand is amazing, or that you would be crazy not to come to our show or who would vote for anyone other than our party? Yes I know there’s also other stuff, like product development and research and innovation, but in the end it’s the idea of what that product is, what feelings it evokes and how that idea spreads that will determine whether it will be successful or not. I have had to speak...

  • Diablo III — a hell of a good time [Review]

    Diablo 3 is a nuanced game, and even though engineering, art, and design complement each other perfectly, it’s still not a perfect. Nonetheless, it’s a hell of a good time. ‘Same same, but different’ -- the popular Thai-English saying -- has never had more meaning than when comparing Diablo 3 (D3) with its predecessors. With Diablo’s core mechanics in place, Blizzard Entertainment has managed the tightrope act of appealing to new fans while still pleasing diehards. Hack, slash and loot to your heart’s content, but this time enjoy more polish, less frustration and zero punishment. 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");

  • It’s official: Chrome is the web’s most popular browser

    It's finally happened. Chrome is now the world's most popular web browser. Microsoft haters the world over, rejoice. According to figures from online research company StatsCounter, Google's browser overtook Internet Explorer -- which has long dominated the broswer wars -- some time last week. Of the most popular browsers, Chrome is the only one that has shown real and consistent growth over the past year. Both Internet Explorer and Firefox have been on the decline, although the latter has shown some measure of recovery in the past week. Safari's growth meanwhile has been much slower than Chrome's. That said,...

  • New Daily Maverick site goes live

    Regular Memeburn readers may recall that we got a sneak preview of the new Daily Maverick site a few weeks back. Today the South African-based investigative news outfit's site is live. What we saw in the sneak preview is more or less what the Daily Maverick has given us. The site eschews the option of having as much of its content showing at one time as possible. Instead it's gone for a minimalist, linear, more blog-like approach. For anyone with short memory spans, here's what the old site looked like: The Daily Maverick is edited by SA media veteran Branko...

  • YouTube turns seven: 72 hours of content now uploaded every minute

    Think back to 2005. What were you doing then? Well Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim were getting ready to launch a site that would completely change the way we view video on the web. Yup seven years ago, YouTube first buffered its way into the world's imagination. Okay the company was actually officially founded in February of that year, but it was in May that its founders first decided to share the site with the world. Just over a year later, it would be bought out by internet giant Google. Today YouTube is the world's most popular...

  • Pakistan restores Twitter after weekend blockage

    Pakistan has restored access to Twitter in the country after blocking it over the weekend, saying that it would turn to Interpol for help with screening sensitive content. Somewhat ironically, the country's interior minister took to the social network to explain that the government had chosen to shut it down because of "un Islamic" content, adding that the country's government had tried contacting Twitter, but that it had not been of any assistance. The series of tweets started out with an assurance that social media would not be blocked in Pakistan: Dear all, I assure u that Twitter...

  • WikiLeaks launches encrypted social network

    Everybody's favourite whistle-blowing organisation has branched out into social. WikiLeaks has just launched Friends of WikiLeaks (FoWL), an encrypted network, which it says is aimed at supporting anyone aligned with its goals and philosophies. According to the site's welcome page, FoWL: is a network of people from across the globe who defend WikiLeaks, its people, its alleged sources and its mission. We publicly and privately promote WikiLeaks and individuals and organisations aligned with the mission of WikiLeaks. This site will help you to join with people like you in your area and across the world. You will make new...

  • Mark Zuckerberg weds long-time girlfriend one day after IPO

    Mark Zuckerberg is now a married man. The Facebook founder and CEO wed his long-time girlfriend Priscilla Chan in a backyard ceremony in Palo Alto yesterday. The couple have been together for nearly eight years after meeting at Harvard, where Zuckerberg first put what would become Facebook in motion. The ceremony took place in front of 100 people in the back garden of the house the two share together. Zuckerberg and Chan had reportedly been planning the wedding in secret for five months, with guests under the impression that they were there to celebrate Chan's graduation from medical school....

  • Google Knowledge Graph: What questions should we really be asking?

    I don’t get all the fanfare about Google’s recent “Knowledge Graph” launch -- surely it’s just another step on Google’s path of evolving search? First, we had Google’s attempt to show us more than just links with Universal Search in 2007 – that started incorporating aspects like images and news. Secondarily, and totally coincidentally, we had Google Squared which was viewed as more of a computational engine that extracted data from webpages and presented them in search results in a spreadsheet -- a Wolfram Alpha Lite, if you will. Squared was “retired” as a standalone site last year but...