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Apple worth more than Greece, South Africa

In 2011, Apple briefly passed Exxon Mobil to become the world’s most valuable company. In the wake of the tech company announcing plans to completely reinvent the textbook, however, the tech giant's valuation rose above $400-billion – a record high. Shares in the Cupertino-based megalith fell back from the all time high, leaving it with a $398-billion market value at the end of trading. According to CNN Money, that still puts Apple well ahead of its nearest competitors and the ...

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Megaupload closed down, Anonymous strikes back

Anonymous is back. After months of peace and quiet, the self-appointed "Anonymous legion" of the internet has taken down websites belonging to the RIAA, Universal Music Group, MPAA, US Copyright Office, EMI and the cherry on top, the FBI itself. This was in retaliation for a federal indictment by the US Justice Department which shut down Megaupload, one of the internet’s largest online hosting sites. The "hacktivists" launched attacks on the various government sites (most of which are now back online) ...

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Apple looks to completely change textbooks with iBooks 2

illuminated apple Throughout his tenure at Apple, one of Steve Jobs' abiding passions was education. It should hardly be surprising then that the tech giant announced two brand new initiatives aimed at completely updating education during a special event held in New York City. The first initiative looks to completely reinvent the textbook with the launch of iBooks 2. Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller demonstrated the new iteration of iBooks using a biology textbook. The book included a ...

Video

Volkswagen follow up to 2011 viral success involves Star Wars, dogs [Video]

Car manufacturing giant Volkswagen has released a teaser for its 2012 Superbowl commercial. The ad will reprise the Star Wars theme of its wildly successful 2011 ad, but with a twist. The teaser features a chorus of dogs, some dressed in Star Wars regalia, barking out the Imperial March. Less than a day after being uploaded, the teaser had attracted nearly 60 000 hits. Volkswagen promises that the canine chorus will make proper sense come 5 February when the ...

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Google launches Woza Online: Free websites for SA businesses

Google has launched a service that will allow small and medium-sized South African businesses to build their own websites for free. The internet giant claims that the initiative, called Woza Online, will give businesses "the opportunity to create their own websites... and develop an online presence -- for free, and in under an hour". Google says that having a website means more success for small businesses -- so it's driving home the point by offering them for free. The search giant ...

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Wikipedia says it’s not done protesting SOPA

Wikipedia may be back to full working order, but the massive online encyclopaedia says it isn’t done fighting the Stop Online Piracy Act(SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). The Wikimedia foundation, which is the organisation behind Wikipedia and a variety of other Wiki projects, thanked the 162-million or so people who saw its message asking them “imagine a world without free knowledge”. The free online encyclopaedia went on to catalogue some of the achievements of those who felt called to ...

Emerging Markets, Social media

India on track to censor social media, curb freedom of expression

Spurred on by a lower court ruling, the Indian government has urged 21 companies, including technology behemoths Facebook and Google, to censor objectionable material hosted on their respective services. Many see the move by the Indian government to censor social media as a threat to freedom of expression. Instead of bowing to pressure, the companies in question are fighting back. Unlike classic authoritarian governments in emerging markets such as China and Russia, India has been relatively free. It therefore appears out ...

Social media

8+ ways social media is influencing the ANC

anc-logo South Africa's oldest political party, the African National Congress (ANC), is embracing the social media revolution like never before. The party is increasingly using Twitter, Facebook and other internet tools to promote itself and communicate with voters. The hashtag #ANC100, marking the party's recent centenary celebrations, moved through Twitter like wildfire, trending globally. But social media has, at times, also proved to be ill-fitted, with public slanging matches involving high-profile members becoming commonplace on Facebook and Twitter, from a former president ...

Android

Will a split Android market doom the OS?

android-broken Antonio Rodriguez, a successful serial entrepreneur and now a VC, is very pessimistic about the future of Android. In this post titled: Android as we know it will die in the next two years and what it means for you, he argues that the splintering of the Android market into many different versions will create an unsupportable multitude of operating systems and mobile hardware that will doom the operating system. I used to think that, as with Linux and web services in ...

Video

Clay Shirky explains why SOPA/PIPA is bad [TED Video]

Following the 18 January blackout protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act), TED has released a video of renowned New York University (NYU) professor Clay Shirky explaining why the bill passing before congress is bad. The talk, called "Defend Our Freedom To Share (Or Why SOPA is a Bad Idea)", took place at TED's New York offices. The video wasn't part of the company's traditional conference video lecture series about "ideas worth spreading". The 14 minute ...

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