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  • Google+ draws Gmail, Contacts into its circle

    Google is integrating features of its nascent social effort, Google+, into Gmail and contacts. The new features allow people to grow their circles, filter emails and contacts by circles, keep all their contact information up-to-date automatically and share photos to Google+, all from within Gmail. The new features are embedded right in the heart of the Gmail experience. According to Google, every time you open an email from someone “you can see the most recent post they’ve shared with you on the right-hand side of the conversation”. But what if said person isn't already in your circles? Not a problem,...

  • ‘Christianist’ US Presidential candidate faces fire over viral YouTube ad

    In just over a day of being online, an advertisement -- which has gone viral -- of Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry has led to him facing staunch and sustained criticism online. In the 30 second ad, airing in the key battleground state of Iowa, a smiling Perry, the current governor of Texas, proudly declares his faith and promises to end what he terms “Obama's war on religion”. I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian, but you don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly...

  • Next social wave to sweep away ‘nonsense’ like Foursquare: Forrester

    We are in a social, goldrush bubble era and we have literally "run out of time" to give to the increasing social services and applications that are proliferating on the internet, says George Colony, the boss of Forrester Research. He believes that the current crop of trendy social businesses like the location-based, check-in social network, Foursquare, are "nonsense" -- and they will eventually be swept away in a new "post-social era". This is because these services require more time of users... time that users cannot give. Colony says that people in the Western world are "using social" more than they...

  • 12 absolutely incredible lessons for entrepreneurs from Bill Gross [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 the internet is a key focus for the company. Idealab has been busy: It has started about 100 companies, had...

  • Why you should be considering hybrid mobile 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 and even philosophy. Not everyone, however, is aware of the existence of a third option -- a hybrid of...

  • 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 and Facebook. It's a smart, friendly app and leagues better than trawling through the ponderous Facebook/Twitter apps for iPhone....

  • Why regionalised Yahoo! portals make sense

    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 millions of page impressions a month. Daily, it says it serves 15-billion ad impressions. That’s a boat-load of inventory. The...

  • 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 as PayPal and Visa. Despite fact that the law is American, its jurisdiction does not stop at US borders. Court orders...

  • 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 a bug in one of our reporting flows that allows people to report multiple instances of inappropriate content simultaneously,"...

  • 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 the audience is empowered to influence the news.” So much like Flipboard, then. What can Flud 2.0 offer over...

  • The future is social, local, mobile, says Google’s 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 to our friends and network. The mobile part is we are always on the move and travelling. The local...

  • 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...