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  • 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 desktops and any smart device. The company launched four years ago in France, Belgium, and the UK, but now...

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

    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 even a developing hub in Africa, dubbed "The Silicon Cape" in Cape Town. "Entrepreneurship comes from young people, who have...

  • Six innovative mobile apps to keep your eye on [LeWeb]

    Here are six mobile apps that are making waves right now -- some are really well known and have been around for a while, others are brand new and hot. At the LeWeb conference in Paris, fast-becoming one of the hottest web tickets outside the US, we got a bit more insight into them: 1. Uber - your private driver Uber is the taxi of the future, all governed via slick iPhone and Android apps. It's a company that has received US$32-million in funding and attracted investors that include Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Goldman Sachs. Via Uber's app you can see...

  • YouTube launches localised Nigerian site

    Online video-sharing titan YouTube has launched a dedicated localised site for Nigeria. The announcement comes just days after a similar launch in Uganda. According to YouTube, the new site will "promote content that is most relevant to Nigerians". "Content uploaded by Nigerian users will show up as “browse pages” on the YouTube Nigeria site, creating a new virtual space for the national community and giving Nigerians the opportunity to increase their exposure online,” it claims. One Nigerian channel already making waves on the international scene is frequently used by YouTube as an example of what how people can use the...

  • Witchdoctors go online and get Social Media-tastic

    If there's one thing scamsters love, it's a new way to hawk their tawdry wares. While it’s not nearly as ancient and powerful as black magic and voodoo, the internet has a powerful juju. And Google AdWords. Welcome to online witchdocters. If you live in a developing country (and who knows, maybe even in some neighbourhoods in the developed world) you occasionally find flyers stuffed under your windscreen wipers offering the services of "traditional healers", witchdoctors and suchlike. They’re normally cheesy design-wise, but promise an astonishing range of cures: for marital problems, HIV and cancer, erectile dysfunction and a host...

  • Facebook, Twitter unveil top trending topics of 2011

    Status updates are at the very heart of the Facebook experience. They’re how its 800-million strong community shares thoughts, emotions and ideas. Now the world’s largest social network has taken those updates and collated them into a list of top trending topics for 2011. According to an official blog post, Facebook calls the method it's used to collate the topics "Memology". It claims to take "the pulse of this global community by comparing this year's status updates to last year's, unearthing the most popular topics and cultural trends -- or memes -- emerging on Facebook". Topping Facebook’s chart is...

  • The future of search is social: Q&A with Google’s Nelson Mattos

    Google's vice president of engineering for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, Nelson Mattos, commands god-like respect among googlers. He is, after all, the man responsible for engineering and product development. Mattos, the brain behind analytics products such as Google Trends and Google Instant, believes that Africa is in a unique position to change the way we experience the web via mobile devices. This is why Google is paying particular attention to the continent. Mattos spoke to Memeburn about the future of search and why it lies with social. He says that Google+ is not simply a social network,...

  • 9 web series worth watching

    The internet is practically heaving with top-quality “webisodes”. As such, selecting the best from a seemingly infinite bunch could be something of a Herculean task. Luckily, we have done the hard work for you and mined the funniest, weirdest and most uplifting web episodes from across the digital highway. Ask a Ninja Ask a Ninja launched in 2005 with its first episode Ninja Mart-Store. Since its debut, the series has released 117 episodes. The star of the show -- the Ninja -- was named one of the top online celebrities by Forbes magazine in 2007. Just two years after it first aired...

  • The week in RIM: Drama, drama, drama and a glimmer of hope

    A record low for RIM stock, drunken rowdiness aboard an Air Canada Flight, a disappointing update to RIM’s fiscal Q3 guidance, and yet, there's hope. It's just another typical week for RIM. Drama RIM announced during an update to its fiscal Q3 guidance, that it no longer expects to meet its full year adjusted diluted earnings per share target of $5.25-6.00. RIM shares have lost more than 70% of their value this fiscal year and ended on a record low of US$16 per share last week, continuing to trade well below book value of $18.92 per share. Trading below this value...

  • Gay teen tells tale of fear, bullying, suicide in viral video

    A simple but heart-wrenching YouTube video, originally posted in August, of gay teen Jonah Mowry telling his story, has recently gone viral across the internet. Set to the haunting Breathe Me by Australian pop-singer Sia, a then-13 year old Mowry -- silent throughout -- displays a series of flashcards in the 4min long video titled "What’s goin on..". Mowry tells of how since he started school, he has faced taunts, jibes, and homophobic slurs from bullying schoolmates."Gay. Fag. Dick. Douche. Homo. Asshole," Mowry writes explaining the hurtful names he’s been called throughout his school career. He goes on to say...

  • Facebook finally rolls out Timeline

    Facebook is finally rolling out its long-awaited Timeline feature. The first country to receive the update to the world's largest social network, announced in September, was New Zealand. According to an update on Facebook's official blog, "over a million people have signed up for the developer beta to access Timeline". The beta was initially designed to service developers looking to build apps on the platform. A number of ordinary Facebook users, however, took to the beta after their interest was piqued by the initial announcement of Timeline. The social networking giant says it will be using the wider roll...

  • Review: Infinity Blade II

    The gentle learning curve of mobile gaming is ever-present with Infinity Blade II, the sequel to the addictive, but repetitive, swords and sorcery adventure for iOS. Gone is the repetition (kind of), replaced by a branching structure which turns the once-linear cycle of death and rebirth into a whimsical, steel-plated action. Let me explain. A winning formula Infinity Blade II is all about death. Dying evolves your character, and each time you fight your way to the God King (or a similarly cool-looking boss) and are unceremoniously struck down, you begin again, but retain your items and statistics. Your nameless, gibberish-spewing...

  • Russian ‘Facebook rally’ hailed as success despite arrests

    Thousands of Russians gathered at a so-called “Facebook rally”, protesting the results of recent legislative elections in the country. The elections were won by Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party amidst widespread claims of fraud. Several thousand people reportedly gathered in Moscow, in what news service Russia Today calls, "unsanctioned rallies". Mirroring techniques used successfully in the Arab Spring uprisings, prominent Russian bloggers took to Facebook to organise the rallies. The march received no coverage on mainstream television. In fact one of the few channels to show the march, called Dozhd (meaning rain) is privately owned and broadcasts primarily online....

  • Web’s red light district ‘.xxx’ opens for business

    Following a concerted decade-long campaign, proponents of an online "red light district" -- a specific domain for adult entertainment sites -- can finally celebrate with the sale of ".xxx" websites going live this week. With reports that the web was running out of web addresses sparking off fears that an “iPocalypse” was imminent, earlier this year, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) -- a global body responsible for managing the internet’s domain name system -- voted to allow for the registration of new generic top-level domains names such as “.com,” “.org,” and “.net”. While ICANN’s decision allowed...

  • Microsoft app store next Feb – as Android Market hits 10bn

    When you’re this far behind, all you can do is be relentlessly up-beat. Which Microsoft was last night in the barn-raiser to build dev interst in the app store for the cross-platform “Metro” apps for Windows 8 devices. The store will go live in February, and offers developers the ability to hit the countless multitudes of Windows desktop and tablet users out there (should they hopefully upgrade to Win8), and the hoped-for buyers of Windows Phones that have so far been warmly received in their Mango incarnation. At the same time, Google’s director of the Android Developer Ecosystem, Eric...