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Twitter rolls out updates for iPhone, Android apps

Twitter has announced a series of updates for its iPhone and Android apps. The social network claims the updates “introduce new design and functionality improvements” but also “bring back high-demand features”. One of the features making a Lazarus-esque return from the grave is the swipe shortcut. This feature allows users to swipe a tweet in their timeline to “to reply to, retweet, favorite or share it, or view the Twitter user’s profile”, without leaving their own timeline. iPhone users meanwhile ...

Gearburn

iPhone 5 to launch late 2012 [Rumour]

The iPhone 5 is launching in the Northern hemisphere's autumn according to an “Asian reliable source”. The website can be added to the long list of rumour sites which fuel fans' fires, but the leak does at least follow the pattern of Apple's new launch cycle it began with the iPhone 4S. iPhones are known for launching in the early Summer, State-side. The iPhone 4S however, launched October 2011, so the Cupertino giant has proved it can buck its own trend. ...

News, Social media

Online reputation management, now with crowdsource sauce

Crowdsourcing This is interesting. Take the field of online reputation management, the practice of managing a person's or company's brand across the web and social networks, then add a bit of crowd source sauce using ranking techniques better known in chess grandmaster circles... and what do you get? Well, you should get improved accuracy in measuring what people are saying (and thinking) about you or your company online -- and you get to pay a whole lot of people to help you ...

News

Reddit users draft legislation to protect internet freedom

A group of Reddit users has banded together to write its own legislation aimed at protecting freedom on the web. The group, which has gathered around the sub reddit r/fia, is drafting a piece of legislation it calls the Free Internet Act (FIA). The people behind FIA claim they want to “promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation by preventing the restriction of liberty and preventing the means of censorship”. According to the group, “FIA will allow internet users to browse ...

News

New campaign celebrates SA constitution a la Nando’s

We The People Chicken A group of South Africans looking to celebrate the country’s constitution has come out with an innovative advert, borrowing from the style of fast food chicken franchise Nando’s. The advert plays on the immensely popular #mealforsix campaign and its accompanying “Last Dictator Standing” video ad. The Nando’s ad went viral and featured on a number of international sites. The franchise was, however, forced to pull it from Zimbabwean airwaves after militant groups threatened its staff. We the People, the group ...

News

TED Talks open up for public auditions

TED 2011 Here at Memeburn we love TED. The conference embodies the kind of innovation we so fervently believe in. Imagine our delight then when we found out that TED would be holding public auditions. Conference organisers say there will be series of 14 auditions in cities across the globe aimed at finding speakers for TED2013. This isn’t some half-baked attempt at keeping the fans happy either. The organisers claim that "more than half of the speakers at TED2013" will be found ...

News

Indian social network Ibibo claims six-million downloads of mobile “iBrowser”

Indian social networking site Ibibo claims that its “iBrowser” mobile web browser has been downloaded over six-million times since launching last year. The social network, which is owned by emerging markets internet giants Naspers and Tencent, claims that at least half of those downloads resulted in active users. According to Indian tech site Medianama, Ibibo iBrowser is essentially a repurposed version of Tencent's QQ Mobile browser. Running across the Symbian, Android and Java platforms, the browser can be used on ...

Venture capital

Why you should network when raising funds for your tech venture

Startup deal The value of attending networking events is often hard to quantify, as it takes valuable time, but it is worth the effort especially if you are considering starting your own business; building an innovative product or trying to raise funding. Funders invest in companies and founders they know Although we receive many proposals through our website at the VC firm I'm part of, all of the deals that we have concluded (i.e. invested in) to date, have been sourced through our networks. ...

Startups

From R50m to nothing: Lessons from the Global Vision story

Losing it all You hear this quite a bit in the start-up world: The thing about technology companies, or any company for that matter, is you have to “fail to succeed”. Many venture capitalists won’t invest in an entrepreneur who hasn’t failed at least once. Some start-ups rise from the ashes to develop into successful businesses. This is not always the case. Some fail, others thrive, some just evolve. Jon Jacobson, founder of high-profile Cape Town start-up Global Vision, rose to the ...

Twitter

10 Ways to annoy your Twitter followers

Black Twitter When I finally joined Twitter in 2007, it came as a welcome relief. I had become so sick and tired of Facebook and all the Facebook Application invites. Every Mafia Wars and Farmville invite I received seemed to push my blood pressure further and further into the red and Facebook had lost all meaning. On the other hand, Twitter was quiet. The people I got to interact with were a breath of fresh air because, it seemed, that everyone was fed ...

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