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Facebook to reach one billion users thanks to emerging markets

Facebook is set to reach one billion users by August 2012 thanks to emerging markets according to digital marketing firm iCrossing. The firm, made its projection based on the social networking juggernaut's recent growth. "Using a process of linear regression on the data from the end of 2008 onwards we expect Facebook to hit a billion active users around August 2012. Looking at the data from 2006-mid 2008 it looks like Facebook was growing at an exponential rate, however more ...

CES, Gearburn

5 Solar gadgets at CES

Not so long ago, your choice when it came to solar-powered gadgets was pretty much limited to calculators and seriously expensive wrist watches. Here at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, however, there’s a plethora of solar gadgets on offer. Here are a few that Gearburn came across. Solar lighted cover for Kindle The Kindle’s e-ink technology is great for your eyes, but it’s not so hot if you want to read at night without turning on a light (to avoid ...

News

Zeebox and BSkyB combine to create social TV

TV and social media. The perfect combination? British Sky Broadcasting and startup Zeebox would like to think so. While Zeebox launched last year October as part of an iPad, iPhone and web app, BskyB has now taken a 10% equity stake to further cement the importance social TV. The Zeebox service mixes tweets and status updates, plus a “living” TV guide to show users who is watching what. An undisclosed sum The service was launched by those behind the BBC iPlayer and has ...

Ecommerce

Freelancer.com outlines best jobs of 2011

The 50 fastest-growing online job categories for the fourth-quarter of 2011 were recently announced by Freelancer.com. Known as the "Fast 50", this current list of jobs highlights the best and brightest positions in the online industry. 114 000 jobs were posted in the third quarter of 2011. By the fourth quarter, over 134 820 were posted, according to Freelancer.com. Trending fourth-quarter jobs in 2011 SEO content writers jobs were destroyed by the Google Panda update (which effectively "rewrote" the rules for content writers). ...

CES, Innovation

Ericsson CEO says networked society will connect ‘everyone, everywhere’

hans_vestberg_1h The growing pace of connectivity is going to fundamentally change the way we function as individuals, businesses and humanity as a whole. So much so that we're all going to be part of something called the networked society. That was the message behind Ericsson CEO Hans Vestburg's keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Ericsson is a company with a long history. Its vision in the 135 years since its founding has been to connect the world. ...

Google

Google’s personalised search: Your world…or is it?

Google Google+ continued to defy its critics by growing 55% in the US in December compared to November according to Experian Hitwise. It’s no wonder the social network is growing at such a rate, considering that during the holidays all sorts of new Android devices landed with Google+ preloaded. Users were asked, upon switching on their phones, if they wanted to link or create a Google+ account and this links nicely with the idea that Google+ is about knowing your identity ...

CES, Cloud

CES 2012: Escort lets you avoid fines using the cloud

Speed limit Memeburn recently wrote about Ford's vision for a future in which cars have permanent cloud connectivity. Today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas we learned that real time cloud connectivity in your car isn't some distant vision of the future. It's here now and ready to go. At least that's according to John Larson, president and CEO of Escort, a company that produces peripheral devices for your car. One of the company's flagship products is called Escort Live, and ...

Social media

The disruptive power of social media on US foreign policy

US Flag Following Barack Obama’s successful 2008 election campaign which relied heavily on social media, it’s hardly surprising that Obama and social media are practically synonymous in the world of politics. What's less known though is the prominent role social media, under the guidance of Foreign Secretary Hillary Clinton, has played in his Presidency’s foreign policy. Memeburn, along with other international media, was afforded the chance to hear Washington’s thoughts on social media and foreign policy, via a virtual press conference conducted by ...

Facebook

Shades of Jane Austen’s Emma: The art of the Facebook photo pose

woman with lavender flower hair pin in her hair This piece was inspired by the Facebook Profile of a beautiful and rich young lady for whom, in order to protect her privacy, I have chosen the pseudonym of EmmaFB (After the title character in Jane Austen's Emma). When I first started investigating her Facebook, there were 468 tagged pictures of her. A few months later, she was tagged in 317 photos. She had untagged herself or deleted (if the photographs were in her own albums) over 100 pictures of ...

Innovation

5 Ways Ford is integrating tech into its future vision

Ford is best known as the manufacturer of some of the most iconic cars in history, from the Model T to the Mustang. While it’s still business as usual for the Dearborn, Michigan-based motoring giant, the increasing pace of technological convergance means that it is no longer possible just to be a car manufacturer. Therefore, Ford now claims that it is looking to increase its presence in the tech space. Here Memeburn explores five ways it is doing this. 1. ...

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