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Facebook to become ‘your personalised newspaper’ with Interest Lists

Facebook has introduced a new product that it claims is “a whole new way to keep up with stuff you care about and tidy up your experience on Facebook”. The new feature, called Interest Lists, is basically a way for you to tidy up your news feed into sections determined by you. Facebook claims that doing so turns the social network into “your own personalised newspaper, with special sections—or feeds—for topics that matter to you”. In fact, the company has taken ...

Startup news

Yola boss Vinny Lingham steps down to launch new startup

Vinny Lingham Well-known Silicon Valley-based South African web entrepreneur Vinny Lingham has resigned as the CEO of Yola, the internet startup he founded about five years ago, to launch a new venture. The new venture -- Gyft -- promises "to change the way you think about gift cards". It plans to launch in May this year and is offering an early sign up for members. There is no indication of who is backing the venture (but Memeburn will find this out soon). Yola says ...

News

Pinterest drives more traffic than Twitter

Pintrest Want to drive traffic to your site? Forget Twitter (Okay maybe don’t forget it entirely) and get pinning. That’s right, Pinterest -- a two-year old social network with 11-million users -- drives more traffic to websites than Twitter -- a five year-old network with well over 100-million active users. According to the latest stats from Shareaholic, a third-party social measurement tool, Pinterest not only beat out Twitter, but also referred Google traffic and organic Bing searches. Shareaholic claims its findings ...

Apple

iPad > PCs

Ipad stuff Apple sold more iPads last quarter than any computer manufacturer in the world sold PCs. Read that again. Apple sold 15.4-million iPads between October and December. Compare this to HP (15.1-million PCs), Lenovo (13-million PCs), Dell (11.9-million PCs) and Acer (9.8-million PCs) and suddenly you’ll realise why we saw over 100 tablet competitors launched during 2011 by every hardware manufacturer. Tablets > PCs. iPad > PC. And, as much as Twitter and tech blogs tried to have you believe otherwise, the use of the ...

General Tech

Can ultrabooks halt the ‘post PC world’ onslaught?

Ultrabook At Apple’s iPad launch event CEO Tim Cook waxed lyrical about being in a post PC world. The overarching message seemed to be “tablets are the way forward”, even though the message was Apple was trying to convey was more along the lines of "our tablet is the way forward". But are we actually living in a post PC world, in which tablets are rapidly becoming the computing device of choice? The latest stats from tech research company Gartner would ...

Mxit, Social media

Hey MXit, where’s the share button?

Mxit MXit, the free instant messaging and social media platform, has been in the news lately, primarily because it was acquired by World of Avatar, a South African investment group lead by Alan Knott Craig Junior, last year. Where MXit has excelled in the pre-smartphone market has been in connecting to other services like Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk and Facebook while operating on the relatively cheap GPRS packet oriented mobile data service. Prior to BlackBerry and its infamous BBM free instant messaging service, ...

Social media

Kony 2012: Over 30-million views, but could it do more harm than good?

Kony 2012 The mission to bring Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony to the world's attention seems to be working. With more than 30-million views on two platforms in two days, the internet seem desperate to find out more about the man some have dubbed a war lord. On 7 March, non-profit organisation Invisible Children premiered a documentary titled "Kony 2012" -- the aim was to use social media to raise awareness to Kony's actions. Through celebrity and policymaker support, the campaign exploded ...

Apple

10 Twitter pics from the iPad launch

So it was the iPad 3 / iPad HD / “the new iPad” launch yesterday... what, you weren't in San Francisco? Well, the 755 seats at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts were all filled with journalists. Fortunately for you, they had cameras. The press has been speculating about the device for months -- everything from the name to the display and the release date has been rumoured and then passionately debated. Yesterday was the day, and the journalists wasted no ...

Facebook

Why Facebook keeps romancing Wall Street in its IPO

facebook banner Facebook has added 25 banks to its IPO offering -- a massive expansion from the original six banks named. It allows the banks offer Facebook stock to their clients in special deals and spreads a lot of favors among the Wall Street investment community. In The Wall Street Journal David Benolt reported: The social networking giant has just added five more lead investment banks to its IPO from the original six, according to an updated filing. On top of that, Facebook added ...

Infographic

The internet is big. Very big. [Infographic]

Ahh! Every day, 4.7 billion minutes are spent on Facebook? 35 million apps are downloaded? 294 billion emails are sent? My brain cannot begin to comprehend those figures. This infographic by MBA online tries to make them easier to understand… or maybe it’s just trying to overwhelm you. Yes, the internet is big. Just how big? Well, for example, there are more devices connected to the internet than there are people on earth. So it’s pretty big. And it’s growing rapidly ...

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