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Retailer @home caught with its pants down on Facebook

@homepg A high-end home equipment store has been caught with its pants down... so to speak. @home -- a South African-based retailer that sells furniture, bedding and kitchen ware -- had pornographic content on its Facebook page for three hours before it was taken down. The post featured an image of a woman performing an act of fellatio on a male, and has spurred a slew of comments on the retailer’s Facebook page. "Come to @home this Christmas, the prices will blow ...

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Social media: a platform for ‘The Protester,’ TIME Person of the Year

Occupy Wall Street TIME magazine announced its person of the year: The Protester. This is hardly surprising since protesters have been making headlines across the world with a message for change. Since TIME magazine’s announcement "#TheProtester" and "#PersonOfTheYear" have been trending topics on Twitter. ‪#Person of the Year #The Protester...Get Up Stand Up For Your Right..Don't Give up the Fight..Keep on Struggling On..— MissDelicious1 (@DaDelicious1) December 14, 2011‬ ‪‬ ‪#Person of the year relieved#Time did not choose Bieber or the Kardashians.— CleisDesign (@CleisDesign) December 14, 2011‬ ‪‬ It all ...

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Japanese film beats Beyonce for the tweets per second record

A new tweets per second record has been set by a Japanse movie "Castle in the Sky". Twitter released a statement confirming the new record via its communications account, Twittercomms. "On Dec 9, the television screening in Japan of Hayao Miyazaki’s "Castle in the Sky" led to 25 088 Tweets per second -- a new Twitter record," said the mircoblogging platform. The movie was released in 1986 and was written and directed by prominent Japanese director, Hayao Miyazaki, who was named ...

Media 2.0, Tablets

Magazine mindset undermines tablet opportunity

Magazine and Tablets The rush by media owners to embrace tablets borders on the unseemly. And who can blame them given the continued decline of print revenue and resistance by folk to pay for content on the internet. Tablets, we are told, are much closer to print magazines than to the free-for-all interwebs. Publishers like tablets because they bring people back into "closed" environments through apps. Closing the circle and getting people to "stick" around on one media property was also the purpose of ...

Social networking

Are social networks really killing privacy?

1984 - George Orwell It was recently reported that Facebook co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg, had his private Facebook account hacked. The hackers were able to download a number of private photographs from Zuckerberg’s account and share them throughout the Web. They claimed that they were attempting to highlight the flaws in Facebook’s new privacy settings which were installed in late November. Interestingly, Facebook has refused to comment on the matter, but has subsequently repaired the "hole" which allowed the hackers entry to Zuckerberg's private account. This ...

Innovation, Mobile apps

How three big New York museums are embracing the app experience

Guggenheim In a classic case of “if you can’t beat 'em, join 'em", museums and art galleries around the world are embracing the opportunities of new technology in an effort to keep up with the times and grow their audiences, or, in some cases, just to hold onto them. The Guggenheim, the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art -- some of New York’s most prominent museums and art galleries are all are developing and showcasing their own ...

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PR-disaster fearing companies snatch up .xxx websites

xxx While primarily advertised as a place where online adult entertainment could be safely hosted, the web’s answer to a red-light district -- the recently launched .xxx domain name -- is seeing a brisk trade, but not from adult entertainment companies. As the promo pitch for .xxx sites states, “perhaps you’d like to create an adult entertainment website”, however, it’s the remainder of that pitch statement, “or maybe you’re here to keep your brand from being registered as a .xxx by someone ...

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Google reveals power of Japanese tsunami through Streetview

Google has launched a brand new site chronicling the devastation of the earthquake and Tsunami that rocked Japan earlier this year, as seen through the lenses of its Streetview cars. The site, called "Memories for the Future", allows users to take a before and after virtual tour of some of the worst affected areas in the country. The internet giant claims that the project is part of its coming good on the promise "to digitally archive the areas of Northeastern ...

Gearburn

Top Ten Non-Shooters of 2011

With endless shooters dominating the market, the more discerning gamer might want more from his game of the year nominees. Yes, 2011 was a great year for shooters, but what about those other pesky genres? Surely four hour campaigns and glossy graphics can’t be all that there is to this cruel gaming life? Luckily there is! And so on with our best non-shooters of 2011. Batman: Arkham City (PS3, XBOX 360, PC) Batman: Arkham Asylum was unlucky to lose out on game ...

Gearburn

PlayStation Vita user interface explored

The PlayStation Vita, Sony’s last-ditch attempt to wrangle in hand-held gamers who have migrated to the infinitely cheaper iOS and Android gaming market offers innovation via a smartphone-like UI. Hardware and software specifications have been rolling around the Internet, but until now, the Vita’s interface has not seen the light of day. Tellingly, the five-inch touchscreen navigates in a similar form to the Android OS. The display, crisp and lag-free, is built on gesture control, with a swipe navigating the animated ...

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