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  • Shave like a boss with Dollar Shave Club [Video]

    Men of the world unite. Forget those expensive, battery-operated, five bladed razors you’ve been assaulting your face with. All you need to get rid of that five o’clock shadow is US$1 a month. That’s the message behind an advert for the Dollar Shave Club. The video features “Mike” taking you on a tour through the Dollar Shave Club factory, and includes a toddler shaving a man's head, a man dressed as a bear, and a money party. The company claims that it will send new razor blades to your door once a month. All you need to do is...

  • Super angel Fabrice Grinda on the emerging markets internet craze

    Fabrice Grinda is a well-known emerging markets super angel investor and entrepreneur. He’s crazy about the internet in the BRIC countries, especially Brazil and Russia. He is also the co-founder and current co-CEO of popular free online classifieds service OLX, a direct competitor of Craigslist. Memeburn caught up with the French entrepreneur to gain some insights into where the money is going in emerging markets. According to Grinda, Brazil and Russia are exciting markets for potential online and mobile investments. He also believes that South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria are growing rapidly economically and present a great opportunity for...

  • KONY 2012: A quest for justice via social media

    Grabbing more than five of the top trending topics on Twitter, the harrowing tale of Invisible Children is well on its way to a social media awakening. The trend is part of Invisible Children Inc.'s quest to bring to Joseph Kony, a Ugandan war rebel, to the world's attention. Invisible Children is a group that uses film and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony's rebel war in Uganda. The buzz was spurred by KONY 2012 a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to raise support for the arrest of the warlord and hopefully...

  • 13 Brands that are doing Pinterest right

    I’ve read a lot of articles recently telling you how to use Pinterest, but what really gets me excited is discovering a brand that actually does it perfectly. To be successful on Pinterest, brands need to take a more holistic approach to marketing. Like other social media platforms, Pinterest can be more effective and engaging than traditional advertising because consumers can actually see how the brand fits into their lives. "For most consumer brands, the idea behind your brand makes sense on Pinterest," said Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp. "Since you're not supposed to blast pictures of your products on Pinterest, try to...

  • Xtreme Data: Paving the way for BlackBerry killers in emerging markets?

    Quick, make a list of all the reasons BlackBerry is still so big in emerging markets. High up on anyone’s list is the fact that BlackBerry devices all offer unlimited web browsing, email, and instant chat in the form of BBM for a minimal, flat fee. The thing that allows BlackBerry to provide all of these things for a monthly flat fee is called BlackBerry Internet Services (BIS). But what if you could have all the benefits of BIS without actually having to own a BlackBerry? Nashua Mobile, a South Africa-based independent telecommunications service provider, is hoping to do exactly that. The...

  • EMEA region experiences massive Facebook outage

    What do you do when the world’s largest social network goes down? Facebook users from all over the Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region found themselves confronting that question today. Anyone trying to access the Facebook from their desktop was met with error messages saying their browser was unable to locate the site. People took to Twitter to confirm that it was down: Yes folks, it seems Facebook in the UK is down. Not sure why, will let you know if we find out any more! — Bournemouthecho (@Bournemouthecho) March 7, 2012   Looks like Facebook is proper down for lots of people! Ah...

  • Buy your theatre ‘tweet seats’ today. Really?

    I saw this tweet asking whether or not people would welcome the concept of tweet seats and subsequently read the article it pointed to. Naturally, I had to investigate further. Would you welcome 'tweet seats' in theatres? | Poll keruff.it/zhj0lH | Guardian — Technology (@keruff_tech) March 6, 2012   Have we really reached this place in our social media evolution? Is this direction we want it to go? I am rather hesitant, but it appears to be a growing trend within the United States. Live theatres in that country increasingly have a special section devoted to those who wish to tweet during the show....

  • Twitter now available in four right-to-left languages

    Twitter is now available in four new languages: Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and Urdu. These are the first right-to-left languages to be made available on the social network. The languages were added to the Twitter translation centre just over a month ago. The social network claims that some 13 000 volunteers then came together “translating and localising Twitter.com into these languages in record time”. At least three of these languages are spoken across the Middle East, where Twitter was frequently used as a means of spreading the message of the so-called Arab Spring revolutions. Arabic is also one of the fastest growing...

  • Emerging market fund launched for digital media innovation

    A well-known New York-based fund that focuses on emerging market media has launched an early-stage fund for entrepreneurs developing digital news and information businesses. The fund, called Digital News Ventures, has been launched by the Media Development Loan Fund (MDLF). The MDLF, which operates out of Prague, has invested more than $113-million in 79 independent news companies in 27 countries, mainly emerging markets, since 1995. It backs up all of its debt and equity investments with strategic advice and business assistance. Digital News Ventures will provide early-stage equity finance from $30 000 to $300 000 to entrepreneurs whose ideas...

  • LulzSec leader turns out to be FBI mole

    A leading player in hacktivist group LulzSec has been feeding the FBI information for months. That's according to a report from Fox News. The report claims that Hector Xavier Monsegur, whose online moniker is 'Sabu', helped officials locate five top-ranking members of the group across two continents. Two of the suspects are from the UK, another two are from Ireland, and the fifth is a US citizen. Speaking to Fox News, an FBI official claimed the arrests would be “devastating to the organisation,” and that the agency would be “chopping off the head of LulzSec" with the arrests. ...

  • ‘Personal cloud’ access to be included in 90% of devices by 2013

    Dropbox, Apple iCloud, Mezeo...There are a fair number of personal cloud products out there and they’ve changed the way we view storage. Taking your documents with you once meant carrying physical storage devices everywhere you went. Now all you need is an internet connection. Thing is, we all know this. What we might not know is that the cloud could also completely change the way we access content across our devices. Think about it. If your smartphone is grabbing everything you need from the cloud it could break completely free from its own physical storage limitations. You could...

  • Google rebrands Android Market, other entertainment services as Google Play

    What’s in a name? Quite a lot if the latest announcement from Google is any indication. The internet giant is changing the name of the Android Market to the Google Play Store. Well, it’s actually a little more complicated than that. Google Play is a cloud-based service that will consolidate Android Market, Google Music and the Google eBookstore into one destination. Google calls Play “a digital entertainment destination where you can find, enjoy and share your favourite music, movies, books and apps on the web and on your Android phone or tablet”. In an official blog post, the company claims...

  • The hows and the whats — 5 tough questions VCs ask

    Over the past six months I have spoken with a wide variety of people who have shown, in varying degrees, interest in investing in my company. Many of these VCs have specific ways that they conduct a call, interview or meeting. Many of them have lead me down long and wasteful due diligence processes, many have been kind, some have been blunt and harsh but all have been pedantic and specific about the types of questions they ask. I have found that, on the whole, the questions are standard and the steps straight-forward but there are always the tough questions...

  • How M-Pesa disrupts entire economies

    Back in 2011, I was asked to give my thoughts on what I thought would trend in mobile within between then and 2020. One of my predictions was that: “Mobile money will shift economies on a large-scale and across borders.” It came as an interesting discovery to learn therefore that according to recent Africa Development Bank (AfDB) research, increased uptake of M-Pesa, which is the literal mother of mobile money, is said to be contributing to inflation in Kenya. Inflation was a major problem in the Kenyan economy in 2011, having hit a high of 19.7% towards the end of...

  • How do 11 of the most popular athletes on Twitter rank on Klout?

    It makes sense for athletes to be social media-savvy. After all, they’re constantly in the public eye and can go from being treated like deities to dirt in an instant. Platforms such as Twitter and Facebook allow them to interact with the public on a more human level. It’s hardly surprising, therefore, that sports people are among the most followed on Twitter and most well-liked on Facebook. It’s well and good having loads of fans, but how well does that translate into online influence? In an attempt to see how influential the most popular sports people out there are one social...