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  • From ‘Winklevii’ to Facebook gunmen – This week in tech and web news

    We here at Memeburn know you our esteemed reader. Being the busy people you are we know -- that, try as you may, and as interested as you are -- it’s not always possible to keep up with everything. In light of that, starting today, you can expect this weekly Friday column giving a roundup of all the important -- and at times not so important -- tech and online news items from the week. But there's more! As an added bonus, it'll come with that special Memeburn spin you’ve come to enjoy… Mark Zuckerberg wins again After a marathon seven...

  • Meego’s last gasp with Nokia as N9 unveiled

    Nokia’s latest attempt to win back market share with its N9 phone received mixed reviews this week as it was shown to analysts and media at ComminAsia in Singapore. It is likely the last major phone Nokia will show running the promising Linux-based mobile operating system before it throws its lot in with Microsoft and Windows Phone 7. Fans lauded the N9′s ease of use without any "home" button — a feature of the iPhone and other rivals — while detractors mocked what they saw as its outdated Meego operating system. Unveiled by Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop at the CommunicAsia...

  • Google to face US antitrust probe

    The US Federal Trade Commission is poised to open a formal antitrust probe into whether Internet search giant Google has abused its dominance on the Web, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The newspaper, citing "people familiar with the matter," said the FTC is preparing to serve Google with civil subpoenas "signalling the start of a wide-ranging, formal antitrust investigation." Wall Street Journal sources say the five-member FTC commission will send Google the formal demands for information "within days” and other companies were likely to receive requests for information about their dealings with Google. The FTC declined to comment on the...

  • SEACOM extends internet connectivity for Zimbabwe

    SEACOM, the privately owned African internet connectivity provider, this week announced it had reached a deal with Mozambique to provide a new link to landlocked and much beleaguered Zimbabwe. In a press statement, the ICT company stated it had, "...signed a Master Services Agreement with Telecomunicações de Moçambique (TDM), the leading telecommunications service provider in Mozambique". What this agreement means is that TDM, a state-owned company, will allow its fibre-optic network to be used to link Zimbabweans to SEACOM's cable running along the Mozambican coast. "This agreement with TDM demonstrates our commitment to partner with established players to improve the range of...

  • Social media and the politics of disclosure: The Womma study

    After the response to the "Social Media Rate card" of popular radio DJ Gareth Cliff, key questions have arisen about how people and companies disclose their advertising relationships on social network platforms. Of course anyone, including Cliff, are in their rights to advertise products via "word-of-mouth" to their Twitter followers or Facebook friends, but there is a growing body of opinion on how social network-users should disclose this powerful type of advertising. Social media has disrupted the world of marketing, blurring boundaries and upsetting traditional advertising and media channels. We see this all the time. Individuals who tweet or Facebook...

  • How does Google’s ‘+1′ measure up to Facebook’s ‘Like’?

    Google was founded on the mantra of "give the users what they want and the rest will follow" and the launch of +1 (Plus One) is an attempt at just that. The search giant realised that Facebook’s "Like" button allowed Facebook access to key data concerning a user’s preferences online. By Liking and +1'ing, users are sending messages not only to their peers but also to the companies (read: Search Engines and Social Networks) who are providing the service. Whilst Google’s Pagerank algorithm might take into account aspects like links between sites, the actual content on the site...

  • India to investigate antitrust complaints against Apple

    India may investigate a complaint against Apple after allegations that the US computer giant violated local competition laws, an antitrust agency official told Dow Jones Newswires Wednesday. The official, who spoke to Dow Jones on condition of anonymity, said the complainant alleged Apple had broken Indian law by selling its iPhone 4 model through just two local mobile phone operators, Bharti Airtel and Aircel. Apple’s model of selling its iPhone through a limited number of operators, particularly in the States where the first model of the iPhone was only available through AT&T, has seen the Cupertino based company face criticism before. In...

  • Amazon bigwigs to jet into Cape Town for ‘Grand Opening’

    The world's most famous online retailer, Amazon.com, is gearing up for a big launch in Cape Town, with bigwigs flying into the country from the States. Among the executives will be Marc Onetto, Amazon's Senior Vice President of Operations and Customer Service. Onetto will be joined in August by members of the press for what Amazon are calling a "Grand Opening". The VP will view a "new facility", which is essentially the company's upgraded call centre that was set up last year. The centre, which has been operational since October 2010, came with the promise of 600 new jobs in its...

  • Dropbox, leading cloud computing service, suffers security failure

    Since the announcement of iCloud, cloud computing and other cloud services have leapt from the tech-world and into the world at large. With this excitement and popularity has come a fair amount of scrutiny, mainly asking whether cloud services can keep our data safe and secure? For leading cloud-service Dropbox the answer to that question was yes -- until Sunday. It had been reported that on Sunday some users noticed they were allowed into their Dropbox account after entering the wrong password. Confirming the reports, Dropbox has now revealed that what happened was that for four hours there was a "bug"...

  • Research shows iPad tops the tablet world

    A study released on Wednesday by the Online Publishers Association showed that Ninety-three percent of tablet users have downloaded apps to their devices. The average tablet user downloaded 20 apps, predominantly in the categories of weather, games, music, social networking and news. Of these users, seventy-nine percent paid for apps, spending an average of US$53 during the last twelve months. With a total of Twenty-six percent of all apps downloaded being paid apps, games make up more than 50 percent of the apps people are willing to pay money for. Tablet users, on the whole, seem to be happy with their...

  • RIM’s week from hell — A sign of things to come?

    The first quarter of Research in Motion (RIM)'s fiscal 2012 year results released last Friday, made it plain to see that the company is bleeding. Despite being up year-over-year, co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie announced RIM’s second consecutive negative quarter last week, and are predicting things will get worse in the next quarter. Announcements of impending layoffs, and a share repurchase program are not signs of a healthy company and yet when analysts question RIM’s leadership, Lazardis remains upbeat: "This is fun, as difficult as it gets we are changing the world. Jim and I have the perfect balance...

  • Jailed for Facebook: Be careful who you befriend

    Joanne Frail, a 40-year-old mother from Manchester, UK, was recently given eight months jail time for contempt of court. Her crime: engaging in Facebook conversations with Jamie Stewart, a defendant in a large-scale drugs trial in which Frail was a juror. According to a report in The Independent, when the Lord Judge handed down the sentence, all Frail could muster was a painful exclamation of "eight months!" before laying her head on the table in front of her and crying. It might not seem like a particularly heavy sentence, but this is no hardened criminal. Frail is a mother...

  • App of the week: Taptu

    Sticking with my news reader obsession, this week I take a look at Taptu, a free news, Google Reader and social media aggregation app that has caught my attention over the past few days. As I mentioned last week when reviewing the Reeder app, I am a news junkie and actually have to stop myself from refreshing my Google Reader tab every five minutes. I have my favourite sites that I read every day, which I think add value to my life. Be it humour, tech news, sport updates, music blogs or movie reviews, it is content that I enjoy...

  • IBM @100 years – Global innovation is about Silicon Valley not IBM

    Congratulations to IBM and its 100 years in business -- from making cheese graters to supercomputers, and much, much more. IBM is seen as very much an East Coast company, yet its history shows a strong and long connection with the Silicon Valley area, way before it was even called Silicon Valley. Innovation is key to the IBM brand, yet it does very little to promote that connection and its continued large presence in Silicon Valley. IBM has employed as many as 25 000 workers here, larger than Google (until fairly recently). This region has become the global icon for innovation, every...

  • Lulzsec ‘glorious leader’ arrested

    Having worked with the FBI, Scotland Yard announced the arrest of a 19-year old, Ryan Cleary. The arrest is notable as it is believed to be in connection with attacks on businesses and government agencies including the CIA, US Senate and Sony, by hacker group Lulzsec. Cleary, was detained on Monday at a house in the suburban town of Wickford in Essex, in connection with a month-long global rampage by the Lulzsec. He was being questioned Tuesday at a central London police station. A police source was widely quoted as saying they believed this to be a "significant arrest". But on a...