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New Study: Facebook, Twitter played no role in UK riots

London-Riot A new study has revealed that Facebook and Twitter played no significant role in organising riots that rocked cities across the UK earlier this year. The is a collaborative effort by UK newspaper the Guardian and the London School of Economics, called "Reading the Riots". The study casts doubts on a number of popular perceptions around the riots, particularly around the role of social media. "Contrary to widespread speculation that rioters used social media to organise themselves and ...

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Assange granted legal lifeline as deportation order stayed

Julian Assange leaving Royal Court of Justice 13 July 2011 Julian Assange has been given another lifeline in his fight to not be extradited to Sweden, with British courts ruling that he may take the fight onto the UK Supreme Court. Last month, the Wikileaks founder’s battle to not be extradited to face questioning over allegations of rape was dealt a blow when a UK court ruled that he must be deported from the UK to face Swedish authorities. By convincing two High Court judges that the case was of "general ...

Video

Aussie pop band brings popular games to life [Video]

A relatively unknown Australian indie-pop band called Hey Geronimo have brought their favourite iPhone games to life in a music video for the title song off their debut album 'Why don’t we do something?'. Some of the popular games featured in the video include Angry Birds, Plants vs Zombies, Flight Control and Fruit Ninja. The band’s unique “real-life” version of these games is fast on its way to viral status on Youtube with almost 200 000 views in just a ...

Future Trends, Google

The unstoppable rise of Google Chrome

google_chrome_by_eliasdesigner Earlier this year I reported that Chrome was destined to become the default web browser for Ubuntu. At that time, Chrome still had a fair way to catch up to Firefox's userbase. Meanwhile, Microsoft's Internet Explorer was holding out strong as the preferred browser on the internet. These stats are changing fast. This month, StatCounter suggests that Chrome has finally stolen second place from Firefox if viewed on a global scale. Chrome usage has been growing steadily throughout the year, ...

Twitter

Why big time CEOs are tweeting up a storm

Black Twitter In August 2008 Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported 18 CEOs on Twitter. One year later, it put the number at 50 and now it appears it is no longer counting. Chief executives around the world have picked up on the value of Twitter for business, and also for bringing a human touch to the title of CEO just as they are being cast as Hollywood villains and targets for #Occupation. In emerging markets like South Africa, the numbers of tweeting CEOs are ...

Online journalism, Social networking

13 great social data tools for journalists

Social Data The nature of communication has fundamentally changed in the age of the network society. We are in contact with people via an email address, Twitter or Facebook name, or LinkedIn handle, even if we never have met them in real life. In the more traditional society of the past century our contacts were limited to people we knew face-to-face from our circle of family, neighbours, colleagues, and friends. Now our contacts are in a huge network of connected nodes. Some ...

Gearburn

App of the Week: This Day in Pink Floyd

This week I take a look at This Day In Pink Floyd, a digital companion to (and a concise encyclopaedia about) Pink Floyd, arguably the greatest band in modern existence. That is, of course, just my opinion (though it's true). We all have our favourites. You know what I'm talking about: that absolute gem of a group that you can listen to over and over again, that talented bunch of musicians that could never disappoint you, the band that you will ...

Gearburn

Eight household items your smartphone’s made redundant

There are items common only a few decades ago we'd simply not recognise if they were put in front of us. A fleem. A wringer. A carpet beater. A warming pan. Our kids are going to look the same way at these eight devices – all replaced by the smartphone. 1. Remote control - Have media centre, have smartphone? Then download something like Gmote (Android) or Air Mouse (iPhone). Sit on your couch, browse your collection, pick what you want. ...

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BlackBerry shareholders bail as stock slumps to seven year low

BlackBerry Failure It would seem the raft of new services and product offerings are either yet to bear fruit or have been pointless; because despite all its troubles, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion’s (RIM) shares have hit their worst levels since 2004. The clobbering RIM’s shares took were as a result of RIM finally admitting in an earnings outlook that sales of its much-maligned BlackBerry PlayBook tablet were not all that playful. Despite constantly dropping the price of the tablet, RIM has attempted to ...

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Farmville creator Zynga looks to go big with IPO

Social gaming giant Zynga is finally ready to take its stocks public. The San-Francisco-based company reportedly plans to raise around US$1.15-billion in an initial public offering that would value the company at US$7-billion. The expected IPO figure is significantly lower than the $15 to $20-billion valuation the maker of popular games like Farmville, Zynga Poker and Mafia Wars was reportedly looking for when discussions about an IPO first began in July. But it would, nonetheless, be the largest valuation by ...

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