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Twitter mourns feminist poet Adrienne Rich

News of the death of American poet Adrienne Rich reverberated across Twitter, becoming a top globally trending topic just moments after it was first tweeted. The news broke on Twitter before it was published by any mainstream media. My deepest bows to Adrienne Rich, 4the power of her life, her presence, her words. May we all work toward her "dream of a common language."—T Tempest Williams (@TempestWilliams) March 28, 2012 Just got very sad news: the poet Adrienne Rich has died.— ...

Twitter

‘Pull to refresh’ — Yep, Twitter is patenting that

memeburn pull down No? Seriously? I was just reading Sarah Perez's latest column over at TechCrunch and it seems Twitter wants to patent "pull to refresh". You know that thing your official Twitter client does when you need to refresh your feed? Yep, Twitter is getting a lock down on that. I never really noticed that you couldn't do it with other apps, especially core iOS or Android ones. As Perez points out, however, none of these companies can actually implement this while ...

Emerging Markets

Konza Technology City: Does Kenya really need it?

konza_technology_city1 Konza Technology City, better known simply as, “Konza City”, is a multi-billion dollar totem of Kenya’s vision of a “Silicon Savannah”, a hat tip to the legendary Silicon Valley in the US. It’s an ambitious 20 year, 2 000 hectare, US$14.5-billion new town project endorsed by the Kenyan government which aims to make Kenya a middle-income country by 2030. The city will be built 64 kilometers South of Nairobi, in Konza, Machakos county and will feature a technology park, science park, ...

Twitter

4 Reasons someone should get Helen Zille away from Twitter

Helen Zille Last year I wrote a piece for Memeburn about ways I felt Helen Zille was using Twitter well. She was controversial even back then, but I liked her for four reasons: She was responsive She was unscripted She was active and She had a sense of humour Overall, I loved the fact that she was both accessible and real. No PR gloss: you got Helen pretty much undiluted. I didn’t mind the sarcasm; somehow it lent her a certain appealing authenticity. A ...

Advertising & Marketing, Mobile

10 Reasons mobile coupons are here to stay

Smartphone scanning QR code People want mobile coupons. Although vouchers are already very popular online, the overflow into mobile has now grown rapidly. In part due to mobile’s convenience and the global recession’s after-effects but mostly because everyone loves a bargain. The appeal of having a bargain specifically targeted to you, and delivered to your own mobile phone when and where you need it, and even when you didn’t know you need it is very powerful. Brands are now able to appeal to people’s ...

News

HTML5, smartphones will change the way we interact with companies

HTML5, together with massive growth in smartphone penetration, could see a lot more people interacting with companies using their mobile devices. Many companies -- such as banks and telcos -- already enjoy major business benefits by allowing customers to transact with them, perform routine service tasks, manage their own accounts and conduct research through Web-based Self-Service systems. Up until now, self-service has largely been limited to internet-connected desktop users. The rise of the smartphone is about to change all that. ...

News

Pair: The cutesy social network for couples that looks set to go big

Less than a week after going live, a new social network called Pair has been downloaded over 50 000 times and seen more than a million messages sent. Here’s the thing, it doesn’t connect with everyone you’ve ever known. It isn’t even a great professional networking tool. In fact, the only person it connects you with is your significant other. Geez, the only way you could stretch the definition of a social network any further is if you made one for ...

News

What if you could have more Twitter followers than Lady Gaga?

Fame What if you could have a million Twitter followers for a day? What would you do? Well, you might just have the chance to find out. A new site, called Fame, selects a winner from the pool of people who’ve connected to it via Twitter every day. Everyone on the site is then automatically followed to the daily winner before being automatically unfollowed the next day. It’s a pretty nifty idea. If you’re the daily winner, and people like your ...

Humour

Give us your Facebook password or we won’t hire you [Comic]

Facebook password The issue of employers demanding that current and future employees hand over their Facebook passwords has been causing a bit of a stir of late. Even Facebook itself got in on the action. We imagine the words "I quit" echoing across many a boardroom if more companies started applying the policy. In the United States, two lawyers have decided that enough is enough and intend sticking it to the man. Good for you lawyer boys. Even Senator Richard Blumenthal has ...

Gearburn

Mozilla shows off HTML 5, other new tech with MMORPG

Mozilla, in cooperation with French developer Little Workshop, launched a new MMORPG called BrowserQuest today to demonstrate what developers can do with HTML5, WebSocket, Canvas and other advanced web technologies, including Node.js. The game, which is actually quite fun in its own right, should work with virtually every modern desktop browser (except for Internet Explorer), as well as Safari on iOS and Firefox on Android. The mobile version is, in Mozilla's words, "more experimental," but should be seen as "an ...

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