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  • Facebook Places now live in South Africa

    Finally, after two months, Facebook Places in available in South Africa. Facebook places, just like Foursquare is about sharing your location with your friends as well as seeing where your friends are. The only difference between Facebook Places and Foursquare is that it is within Facebook. Before you can begin sharing your location with your friends, the social networking site requires your location. Just open your browser and click on to touch.facebook.com or use the Facebook app for your smartphone, and you’ll see a tab under “Inbox” called “Places.” Once you click on Places you will see recent check-ins...

  • China social networks: Expat foreigners, cool girls and hipsters

    Facebook holds sway as the default social network in many parts of the world across all internet demographics. In China, where Facebook is blocked, a handful of homegrown social networks attract segmented audiences, ranging from upmarket urban youth to university students and migrant workers. While the world’s big focus these days is on Renren preparing to go public, these other networks deserve a look: Douban — a more specialised social networking site, attracts art students and those passionate about books, cinema, culture, and music. Users connect according to their interests and often hold offline activities, such as trips to local art...

  • Wifi Trip: 5 cities, free wifi spots

    Travel in emerging markets is rising rapidly. Business men and women are constantly chasing the next big thing in these markets. The need for quick and easy internet access is a growing demand. You need to know how to get to your hotel, how to get around the city. You need to find a foreign exchange and figure out why your credit card isn’t work when you were promised it would. Having internet access could fix all these problems. In our Wifi Trip series, we are tracking down some of the best wifi spots around the globe and here...

  • New York Times unveils paywall

    The New York Times plans to begin charging for full access to its website is on the way. This move will be closely watched by other newspapers looking to boost online revenue. The Times will offer readers 20 free articles a month at NYTimes.com before they will be asked to sign on to one of three digital subscription plans that cost from US$15 to US$35 a month. Arthur Sulzberger, the Times publisher, announced the long-awaited move to a digital subscription model in a letter to readers published at NYTimes.com, the top US newspaper site with more than 30 million unique visitors...

  • Casey Heynes: Anti-bully champion and viral sensation

    Casey Heynes has just become an overnight internet hero. Heynes is seen in a YouTube clip body-slamming a bully. In a scene reminiscent of David and Goliath, where David is the aggressor and Goliath is a rather meek and mild pacifist, the much smaller David taunts Goliath relentlessly. Goliath, at first, does nothing and takes the punishment, but then suddenly something deep inside Goliath snaps and he unleashes the fury on a now, we’re sure, terrified David. David’s frail form is tossed into the concrete floor like a sack of potatoes and those who have ever been bullied gain...

  • Apps vs. The web: A big debate

    Not long ago, the ‘apps vs. the web’ debate only really made sense in the context of mobile. Now, at the initiative of companies like Apple, the issue is spreading not just to tablet computers, but to the desktop as well. Apple’s App Store has ported the concept of low cost or even free Apps from the mobile arena to the desktop, and brought with it the same controversies for both users and developers. What is an App? The term ‘App’ obviously has a fairly broad definition. The kinds of apps that are most pertinent to this debate however, are the...

  • Hacker group Anonymous declares war on ‘global banking cartel’

    The faceless, decentralised on-line community known as “Anonymous” posted a video on YouTube on Monday declaring war against the international banking system in a movement it is calling “Operation Empire State Rebellion”. In the video, Anonymous explains how this movement would involve a “relentless campaign of nonviolent, peaceful civil disobedience” until its demands are met. These demands begin with the resignation of Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, but ultimately it seeks to “break up the global banking cartel centered at the Federal Reserve, International Monetary Fund, Bank of International Settlements and World Bank”. This is the most ambitious goal...

  • Plaxo moves away from social networking

    Plaxo, creators of the ever popular address book, recently announced that it is phasing out its social network features as the company prepares for a major relaunch which will shift the focus back to managing users address books and subsequently see Plaxo return to its grass roots. One of the biggest online management complexity issues is the increasing problem of how to keep contact information updated and relevant within the ever growing inter-connectedness of the web. This issue is of course not limited to the partial address books found in the social networking sphere and includes other web-based contact management applications, email...

  • Bubbling in the cauldron: Is Twitter a sign?

    “Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble,” chanted the witches of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, cooking up trouble. Similarly, are the VCs of Silicon Valley cooking up trouble by helping to fuel a new bubble? Valuations for venture backed companies are certainly higher than they’ve been in a long time but are we in a bubble? The answer seems to be no. At least, not yet. I spoke with veteran VC Bill Davidow: “When I look at companies such as Facebook, Zynga etc, I see high valuations but at least these companies have business models with proven revenues. Whether they...

  • Twitter use in Indonesia on the rise

    Indonesia is now the source of 15 percent of the world’s Tweets, coming in third place globally behind the US and Brazil, according to the below recent analysis by Saling Silang. Indonesia’s Tweets peak on Thursdays, but weekends are highly active… …On weekends, Indonesians send out more Tweets per person than at any other time during the week… …Not surprisingly, mobile Twitter clients are highly popular, particularly on Blackberry (Indonesians are obsessed with Blackberry)… …Indonesians share a great deal, re-Tweeting more than they Tweet…

  • Piracy is theft and you know it

    When my brother and I used to game on our beloved Commodore 64 back in the 80s we used to save our Eid money every year to buy new games at the Dion store. As far as we were aware, that was the only place where you could actually buy games. That system of saving up meant we were guaranteed at least two new games a year. If we were really lucky, my dad would add on a few bucks and we’d buy a compilation set, that had five or six games in a pack. That yearly ritual of...

  • MWEB launches uncapped hosting

    South African Internet Service Provider, MWEB, has just announced the launch of Uncapped Hosting at only R19 a month. This market innovation mirrors its uncapped ADSL offering which was launched last year. This is said to be a first for consumers, in what MWEB refers to as its “continuing to drive innovation and change for the benefit of the South African internet space”. “We are constantly looking for ways to provide consumers with a world-class online experience and, with our new Uncapped Hosting product, supported by uncapped ADSL, South Africans will be able to afford a convenient, easy to...

  • Chrome and Groupon scoop big awards at South By Southwest

    Google’s Chrome Web browser which backs a music and imagery website browser won top honours at a South By Southwest Interactive (SXSW). The Wilderness Downtown, an interactive short film, was declared Best of Show at an awards ceremony late Tuesday that capped the Internet-oriented portion of the festival. “This was a labour of love for a lot of people,” said Radical Media music video director Chris Milk, who has worked with artists such as U2, Green Day, Courtney Love and Arcade Fire. “It would not have been possible without Google.” TheWildernessDowntown.com combines rich and smooth image streaming capabilities of HTML5 video coding...

  • Are you already a curator?

    Curation is a hot topic in regard to the internet but curation is nothing new — most of us do it without even thinking about it. Take a look around your home and you will likely see many curations: Your book shelf is probably a curated collection of your favourite books — you got rid of the ones you didn’t like. Your coffee table or books in your living room. These are likely the books that you want your visitors to see, they say something about you, it is a carefully curated expression of you. The same with your music. I know that...

  • Viral marketing with the creator of ‘The Oatmeal’ (SXSW2011)

    Meeting Matthew Inman, you’d never guess that this shy, slightly built 27-year-old is the caustic genius behind The Oatmeal, one of the web’s most phenomenally successful humour sites. You’d expect someone brash, angry, and overweight (like his characters). But then he opens his mouth, and the audience quickly goes from chuckling to screaming with laughter. Speaking at the interactive portion of the South by South West (SXSW) conference, Inman shared a few of his experiences in starting The Oatmeal, which in less than two years has generated a quarter of a billion views. Inman opens with a confession: “Disappointingly I don’t...