Entrepreneurship, Le Web, Startups

12 absolutely incredible lessons for entrepreneurs from Bill Gross [LeWeb]

bill_gross_memeburn_leweb It's rare that you see a talk that resonates so deeply and makes complete, fundamental sense. You have the realisation that experience, genius and truth is in the same room as you and you are having those "aha" moments every minute -- and it's exhilarating. Bill Gross is an entrepreneurial genius. He runs a company called Idealab, started in 1996. He founded the company to create and build successful businesses that capitalise on innovations in areas with growth opportunities. Naturally ...

Mobile apps

Why you should be considering hybrid mobile apps

Apps If you've ever had any need to develop mobile apps, you'll probably be aware of the choice between going native or web app. For those not aware, native apps are developed using the language and platform of the phone in question (Objective C for iPhone, Java for Android etc.). Web apps, on the other hand, run in the mobile browser of the device. Like all great techie debates, the reasons for choosing one or the other relate to performance, design ...

Gearburn

Flipboard brings its magic to iPhone

Flipboard, the iPad application which turns social media into a glossy publication, is now available for the iPhone. Download Flipboard for iPhone, sign in or sign up, link your social media accounts and start seeing how it "declutters your social life." For iPhone users, the large-screen format of Flipboard has been condensed into a bite-sized experience thanks to the addition of a new feature called “Cover Stories”. With Cover Stories, Flipboard users can quickly catch up with their friends on Twitter ...

Advertising & Marketing

Why regionalised Yahoo! portals make sense

Yahoo! Yahoo! has been rolling out regionalised and localised versions of its portals for years. This year it rolled out portals in emerging markets like South Africa and Romania. The multinational online publisher also has a presence in key emerging market BRIC countries, including Brazil, Russia, India and China. It does not have a dedicated presence in any other part of Africa, besides South Africa and some North African countries. The veteran internet player, the old man of the internet, serves hundreds of ...

Infographic

What America’s piracy act means for business and innovation [Infographic]

America’s proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), if passed, has massive ramifications. Any website deemed to be hosting copyrighted material stands the chance of having access to its domain name blocked. That means a whole slew of mashups, fan tributes and unauthorised remixes would disappear from the internet forever. Sites that depend on online advertising could also have their revenue completely cut off, as the act would empower the Attorney General to ban them from using online payment facilities such ...

News

Facebook fixes bug that gave access to private photos

Social networking giant Facebook has fixed a bug in its photo sharing system. The bug allowed users to view pictures that other users, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, had made private. The bug was first spotted noted on a body-building forum and involved Facebook’s system of reporting inappropriate content. When a user reported a member’s profile picture as inappropriate, they were asked if they had other photographs to report. This then gave them access to other private photos. "We discovered ...

Gearburn

Citizen news anchor with Flud 2.0

You’ve heard of Citizen Journalist? Well how about Citizen News Anchor? Content-curation, the favoured buzzword of Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson comes to life in Flud, a Flipboard-like news aggregator app for iOS. While Flipboard captured the hearts and minds of iPad owners (and now iPhone), the very similar Flud 2.0 attempts to add a distinctive news aggregation flavour of its own. From the beating heart of San Diego where its corporate offices are based, Flud 2.0 promises “an information ecosystem where ...

Google, Le Web, News

The future is social, local, mobile, says Google’s Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt Google Chairman Eric Schmidt says that all the "interesting applications" of the future are going to be a combination of social, local and mobile. "All the best engineering is going into mobile apps," he said at the LeWeb conference in Paris. The fundamentals of social, mobile and local have been a fundamental truth for human beings for years and we're now using technology, specifically internet-connected phones, to enhance that. The social part is what we do as human beings -- we speak ...

Le Web, Social media

A new global revolution: Music streaming with Deezer [LeWeb]

Facebook's partnership with Spotify alerted the world to the growing popularity of music streaming services. A new global wave is coming to this dynamic space. French music streaming service, Deezer, has challenged Spotify by announcing that its service will now be open to the world, with a 200-country launch. Deezer is a web‐based online music streaming service that gives users instant access to music without the hassle of downloading an app. Users are able to listen to music on their ...

Le Web

‘Silicon Valley needs a competitor, get your act together’ – Eric Schmidt

ericschmidt_leweb Google Chairman Eric Schmidt threw down the gauntlet to the rest of the world, saying "Silicon Valley needs a competitor". "Competition is good. Get your act together," he said at the LeWeb 2011 conference in Paris. Schmidt said that Silicon Valley had shown the world a "model of innovation" and that there are a number of cities in the world that could be a tech hub to rival that in San Francisco. There are developing tech hubs in Paris, London, Berlin and ...

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