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  • Sergey Brin & Google’s privacy dilemma

    Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, wrote that his comments about internet freedom made to The Guardian Newspaper needed some clarification. He begins by re-stating his original premise: "I believe the internet has been one of the greatest forces for good in the world over the past quarter century." He then goes on to say: "Today, the primary threat by far to internet freedom is government filtering of political dissent. This has been far more effective than I ever imagined possible across a number of nations." How I see it The problem with the internet is that the same methods that a company like Google...

  • Engage: Google’s latest move to help small businesses help themselves

    This week the Google Africa team came to Cape Town with their Google Engage for Agencies program. Google Engage is designed to empower eMarketing agencies of all shapes and sizes that provide their clients Google AdWords with the support and further training to better utilize AdWords and other Google products. Although the program is officially titled Engage for Agencies, there were quite a few additional service providers present at the event. This is because Google is interested in equipping a multitude of online marketing professionals to use AdWords to their fullest extent. Engage is welcoming webmasters, developers, consultants, and even...

  • Geeks will always geek out: tech designer dresses

    There are a few geeks floating about out here on the web and a few fashionistas too. So it is with no surprised that more than a few people got excited about these illustrations. It seems some very talented DeviantArt fan decided to create one-of-a-kind design sketches based on popular sites. Yes, it's very exciting. Yahoo, Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Megaupload, Google, MSN and DeviantArt are featured. They are actually quite stylish dresses and feature key elements of each site. Each dress is the same colour as the site it represents, but it also tries to embody what the site...

  • Meet the Facebook, Google and Zynga overlords [Infographic]

    We are all slaves to Mark Zuckerberg. Ok, this infographic is a bit dramatic, especially the whole ‘Internet slaves, meet your masters’ part and all the mobster-ish illustrations of major tech leaders, but it does have a point. As millions continue to sign up for Facebook or a Google account or play a game of Farmville, these companies are becoming more and more profitable and powerful. You probably know all about Google’s privacy problems and that Safari tracking debacle, and maybe you’ve heard about how it allegedly solicited money fraudulently from the customers of Kenyan business listings company Mocality. Did...

  • 7 Top tips for getting your company rolling with Microsoft Sharepoint

    Social business, knowledge management and change management are intrinsically interconnected. This is the glue that bonds people, business, process and technology perspectives together throughout the journey of business transformation. People, not processes or technologies, make good companies excellent companies, therefore the primary focus should always on people. With this in mind, it’s important to address how Microsoft’s SharePoint (essentially a broad platform of web technologies aimed at businesses) is introduced into an organisation and how to mobilise and engage users in the process. Addressing these concerns early means you can see how ready your business is to use...

  • Fake Instagram app spreads malware on Android devices

    You may recall that Instagram released an Android app earlier this month, and managed to blow past 5-million downloads in the first six days after the version was released. Now it seems the launch has been used as an opportunity to capitalise on the popularity of the app and spread some malware. IT security website Sophos reported that there is a Russian clone of the Instagram website that offers downloads of a fake app. The app doesn’t seem to be a very good copy of the real Instagram, but by the time you figure out that you haven’t downloaded the...

  • Is the Middle East the next great mobile ad frontier?

    So, you’re in the mobile advertising game, but things are starting to seem a bit crowded in the countries you operate in now. Where should you set your sights next? As it turns out, the answer might be to head East young man (or woman), but not too far East. The results of a new study by a mobile advertising network called Plus7 suggest that the Middle East may well be set for a mobile advertising boom. The study is based on a survey the company conducted across seven countries in the region (UAE, Saudi, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman...

  • Sina’s anonymous citizen reporting site launches, mysteriously disappears

    Sina is responsible for running some of China’s web properties. The Twitter-like Sina Weibo and its native blogging service are immensely popular. Hardly surprising then that its decision to launch a citizen reporting platform should make headlines. The thing is, it’s not making headlines because it’s wildly popular, but because it disappeared just moments after launching. The site, called Baoliao is meant to be an anonymous news reporting site. Along with a number of stories reporting on its launch it has, however, disappeared from the web. This isn’t some grand conspiracy either. The site and the articles on it did exist, very...

  • Stand a chance at receiving expert startup mentoring

    Running a startup is tricky: you have way more work than you would in an office job without any of the safety nets offered by a big corporate. You need all the help you can get. That help couldn’t come in a much better package than seasoned UK-based startup mentor Permjot Valia. Startups attending the Startup Acceleration Workshop at this year’s Net Prophet conference will have the opportunity to spend time with the CEO and founder of Help with Sales and prolific Angel investor. According to the conference organisers the course “gives technology startups the opportunity to greatly...

  • 5 Tips for making sure you don’t screw up your social media strategy

    It’s simple. Any brand or business that has previously made use of traditional marketing techniques needs to make the transition into the social media space. People now have the control over how, when and where they make purchase decisions, how they communicate and engage with brands as well as how they influence others' feelings or perceptions about a brand. Social media plays a pinnacle role in terms of helping companies get into their consumer's mindset, understand how they want to be communicated with and actively engage with them. But not everybody is getting it right. There are a number of brands constantly...

  • 7 of the dirtiest tricks SEO agencies can pull

    We have all heard the terms “black hat” SEO and “white hat” SEO; but what exactly are some of the downright nasty tricks that SEO practitioners can pull? How can we safeguard ourselves against these unscrupulous vigilantes? Let’s start with a generally accepted definition of what constitutes Black Hat SEO techniques. Simply put, Black Hat practices are those which: Generally contravene the search engine rules and regulations Create a poor user experience Unethically present content different to users and the search engine spiders The following are some of the more “popular” Black Hat SEO techniques that you need to be aware of: 1. Keyword stuffing This...

  • Hunting Kony: Reporter answers questions on Reddit

    Following the recent "Kony 2012" campaign by non-profit organisation Invisible Children, Newsweek reporter, Scott Johnson traveled to Uganda in search of Joseph Kony. On his return, Johnson took to Reddit to answer questions about his trip and the campaign. Kony is the head of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a group engaged in a violent campaign to establish theocratic government based on the Ten Commandments throughout Uganda. The LRA says that God has sent spirits to communicate this mission directly to Kony. The campaign became widely popular with support from prominent Hollywood figures and US heads of state. Hitting more...

  • When did tech journalism become about scooping product specs?

    Why has tech reporting become such tedious product journalism? Why are reporters trying to scoop each other on news that is essentially a spec sheet about a mass-produced product? Why are we reading about products as a news story and not in an ad? When I look at the tech press it is heavily focused on product reporting; about gadgets, features in apps or online services, and details about underlying technologies in software, hardware, and the internet. Product launches, especially by industry heavyweights such as Apple, are examined in great detail before the launch, in live reports from the launch, and for...

  • Designer of viral Steve Jobs silhouette image lands Coca Cola deal

    Hey, remember that kid who designed the iconic Apple logo incorporating Steve Jobs' silhouette after the tech icon’s death? He’s back. Hong Kong-based design student Jonathan Mak Long has designed a new logo for Coca Cola, after being approached by Ogilvy China. As Mak explains on his Tumblr account: If you are in Shanghai, you may come across a poster I designed for Coca-Cola. The Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy China got in touch with me, and offered me this amazing opportunity. I can’t thank them enough, and really hope we can keep doing work together in the future. Long’s tribute...

  • VCs, tech incubators get on board with Twitter’s patent agreement

    The tech industry has reacted positively to Twitter’s innovative patent agreement, announced earlier this week. The Innovator’s Patent Agreement, informally referred to as the IPA, is effectively a promise by the company to only use its patents defensively. It also promises that it will “not use the patents from employees’ inventions in offensive litigation without their permission”. According to The Next Web, big VC companies including Union Square Ventures, Spark Capital and SV Angel have already signed up to the agreement. Startups Yammer and Multizone as well as incubator Tech Stars meanwhile have all publicly backed the project. ...