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It’s official: Chrome is the web’s most popular browser

It's finally happened. Chrome is now the world's most popular web browser. Microsoft haters the world over, rejoice. According to figures from online research company StatsCounter, Google's browser overtook Internet Explorer -- which has long dominated the broswer wars -- some time last week. Of the most popular browsers, Chrome is the only one that has shown real and consistent growth over the past year. Both Internet Explorer and Firefox have been on the decline, although the latter has shown ...

News

New Daily Maverick site goes live

Regular Memeburn readers may recall that we got a sneak preview of the new Daily Maverick site a few weeks back. Today the South African-based investigative news outfit's site is live. What we saw in the sneak preview is more or less what the Daily Maverick has given us. The site eschews the option of having as much of its content showing at one time as possible. Instead it's gone for a minimalist, linear, more blog-like approach. For anyone with short ...

News

YouTube turns seven: 72 hours of content now uploaded every minute

Think back to 2005. What were you doing then? Well Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim were getting ready to launch a site that would completely change the way we view video on the web. Yup seven years ago, YouTube first buffered its way into the world's imagination. Okay the company was actually officially founded in February of that year, but it was in May that its founders first decided to share the site with the world. Just over ...

News

Pakistan restores Twitter after weekend blockage

Pakistan has restored access to Twitter in the country after blocking it over the weekend, saying that it would turn to Interpol for help with screening sensitive content. Somewhat ironically, the country's interior minister took to the social network to explain that the government had chosen to shut it down because of "un Islamic" content, adding that the country's government had tried contacting Twitter, but that it had not been of any assistance. The series of tweets started out ...

News

WikiLeaks launches encrypted social network

fowl Everybody's favourite whistle-blowing organisation has branched out into social. WikiLeaks has just launched Friends of WikiLeaks (FoWL), an encrypted network, which it says is aimed at supporting anyone aligned with its goals and philosophies. According to the site's welcome page, FoWL: is a network of people from across the globe who defend WikiLeaks, its people, its alleged sources and its mission. We publicly and privately promote WikiLeaks and individuals and organisations aligned with the mission of WikiLeaks. This site will ...

Facebook, News

Mark Zuckerberg weds long-time girlfriend one day after IPO

Zuckerberg Wedding Mark Zuckerberg is now a married man. The Facebook founder and CEO wed his long-time girlfriend Priscilla Chan in a backyard ceremony in Palo Alto yesterday. The couple have been together for nearly eight years after meeting at Harvard, where Zuckerberg first put what would become Facebook in motion. The ceremony took place in front of 100 people in the back garden of the house the two share together. Zuckerberg and Chan had reportedly been planning the wedding in secret ...

Google

Google Knowledge Graph: What questions should we really be asking?

google piracy I don’t get all the fanfare about Google’s recent “Knowledge Graph” launch -- surely it’s just another step on Google’s path of evolving search? First, we had Google’s attempt to show us more than just links with Universal Search in 2007 – that started incorporating aspects like images and news. Secondarily, and totally coincidentally, we had Google Squared which was viewed as more of a computational engine that extracted data from webpages and presented them in search results in a ...

Facebook

Facebook IPO: What happens when the dust settles?

Facebook Like So it’s official. The starting figure for Facebook shares today is… US$38. It’s higher than expected (although not by much) and if many have their way it’s just the beginning. Not unsurprisingly there have been naysayers as you’d expect (perhaps more that you’d expect) but when you have a +US$100-billion IPO (the last one was Visa) mixed with additional recent large investment rounds and economic uncertainty seemingly looming around every corner, people invariably become polarised. So what happens ...

Facebook

Why Facebook’s IPO only increases its global impact

Facebook Ah man, anyone who thought Facebook was just a fad must be eating their words right now. Facebook’s IPO, however flat its opening may have turned out to be, is something that’s turning the world on its head. One of the biggest impacts of Facebook going public is that it is now in an elite class of its own. Not that it wasn’t already, but now it’s official. It’s not going anywhere, anytime soon, contrary to the disputes from ...

Memes, News

Are memes the future of news?

Cat News Comic-meme creation and consumption has taken internet culture by storm and seems to be only increasing in frequency and engagement. Memes come in all types but in this case ‘LOL cats’ and ‘Rage comics’ are being produced at a rate never seen before. Ben Huh wants to turn this mechanic into news delivery. In a recent interview the man behind I can haz cheezburger spoke of how he sees ‘meme-mechanics’ as the future of news content distribution. His argument centers on ...

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