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  • Intel closes McAfee deal with US$7.7-billion

    US computer chip giant Intel announced on Monday that its $7.68 billion acquisition of computer security firm McAfee is now complete. Intel said that with the completion of the deal, McAfee becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel. McAfee will continue to sell security products and services under its own brand. California-based Intel, whose processors are behind nearly 80 percent of computers worldwide, revealed its plan to purchase McAfee – one of the world’s largest anti-virus software companies – in August. One issue across the internet is why Intel would purchase McAfee to begin with. Maybe Intel feels “there’s good...

  • A possible entry into the CRM market for Google?

    Through the success of Google Apps, Google has emerged as an enterprise apps contender. While their success to date has largely been with SMBs and early cloud adopters, the momentum is evident. Initially, Google targeted personal productivity and collaboration – Gmail, Calendar, Docs, etc. However, we’re wondering how long it will be before Google drives deeper into the enterprise. For example, will Google enter the customer relationship management (CRM) market? In 2010, Google stepped up their apps strategy with the Google Apps Marketplace, an online store offering business applications which integrate directly with Google Apps. The Marketplace lets businesses administer...

  • Muammar Gaddafi: Revolutionary, dictator, YouTube star

    A remixed dance version of a rambling speech by Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi has gone viral on the internet, and has been broadly embraced by Arab youths at the center of revolutionary movements shaking North Africa. And to add insult to injury for the dictator desperately holding on to power, the viral video was made by an Israeli DJ called Noy Alooshe, 31, a journalist, musician and internet buff. Alooshe, 31, said he was inspired after seeing the speech, in which Kadhafi made various wild gestures and banged on his podium. Alooshe told the New York Times that “he saw Colonel...

  • Faith and Facebook: 5 social media trends in religion

    Religion and social media seem to have a budding relationship. This month the Vatican released an app to help believers spread the Gospel — Pope2You, while affirmed that confessing one’s sins via social media was no substitute for the real thing in person. The Facebook group Why Islam offers users the option to call associates who are “more than happy to answer your questions about Islam” while you surf the page. And a Buddhist Twitter feed is offering followers a human guide to good living in an online world. These are just a few examples of the ways faiths...

  • Curation does not mean broken search

    Much has been written about how search is broken and this is why curation — in its many forms — is on the rise (Pearltrees is a client). Paul Kedrosky writing on Infectious Greed: Curation is the New Search is the New Curation “What has happened is that Google’s ranking algorithm, like any trading algorithm, has lost its alpha. It no longer has lists to draw and, on its own, it no longer generates the same outperformance — in part because it is, for practical purposes, reverse-engineered, well-understood and operating in an adaptive content landscape. Search results in many categories are...

  • South African social network receives international recognition

    Obami, a locally developed social networking site and learning management system for schools, was one of 10 companies from around the world selected to attend the 2011 Netexplorateur Forum which took place this month. The company presented its business concept to an audience of 1 600 politicians and businessmen at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Obami was initially launched as a generic social networking site, but with the growth of Facebook, Obami founder Barbara Mallinson chose to change its focus to serve the education sector. “We are so proud of being selected as a top 10 Netexplorateur 2011 company....

  • China’s online anti-government campaigners refuse to back down

    Tough security measures clamping down an online campaign in China have led organisers of the effort to condemn the harsh response of the Chinese state. The so-called “Jasmine rallies” – a reference to the “Jasmine revolution” in Tunisia that sparked unrest across the Arab world – are organised by internet users who say they have support in dozens of Chinese cities. The new statement – posted on Facebook, Twitter and other foreign social networking sites officially blocked in China – came one day after security personnel turned out in force to thwart gatherings in Beijing and Shanghai. “According to the...

  • Optimism high ahead of world’s largest IT gathering

    The self-styled “Davos of high-tech” open on Tuesday with the IT industry in an optimistic mood and over 4,200 tech firms from 70 countries expected to attend this year’s CeBIT. Big names that stayed away from the event during the financial crisis will be returning to Germany. Google, IBM, SAP, Microsoft, HP and Dell are among the top companies setting up their stalls in Hanover, northern Germany, for the five-day event that is likely to attract around 350,000 punters and self-confessed technology geeks. “CeBIT 2011 is the heart of the digital world and will show how rapidly the pulse of...

  • TED: Gearing up for mind-boggling experience

    Intriguing science and extraordinary undertakings are in store at a TED conference to inspire the brilliant and accomplished to change the world for the better. Technology titans, artists, scientists, and celebrities will be among those taking part in the annual event that has transformed from an elite gathering into an internet platform for “ideas worth spreading.” TED is renowned for a thought-sparking swirl of viewpoints, revelations, and creative presentations delivered by vaunted personalities asked to pack the talk of a lifetime in an 18-minute punch. Videos of “TED Talks” are made available free online at Ted.com. TED Talks have legions of followers and...

  • Google changes search formula to be more astute

    Google has decided to change its secret search formula in the United States to be more discerning when it comes to which websites are worth recommending and which should sink in the rankings. The move announced late last week was part of an ongoing duel between the search titan and low-quality websites that feature only content copied from elsewhere on the internet or use techniques to trick their way high in results. “Many of the changes we make are so subtle that very few people notice them,” Google principal engineer Matt Cutts and Google fellow Amit Singhal said in a blog...

  • Oscars 2.0: The social media experience

    It’s now common to watch a big event on TV with either a cellphone or laptop in hand. There is no getting away from the social media experience of such events — be it among your Twitter following or Facebook friends. The Oscars tapped into the social media frenzy last year. Social media played a major role in generating buzz for the broadcast, according to a report from LA-based social marketing agency Fanscape. According to Fanscape there were more than 100 000 tweets per hour during the actual awards ceremony. That’s nearly 40% more than the 2010 Super Bowl...

  • Supersport fires rugby commentator for ‘improper tweeting’

    Respected rugby pundit and former Western Province prop Andrew “Tank” Lanning has been fired as a Supersport rugby commentator for a series of tweets he sent while attending a commentary workshop on Wednesday. In a statement Supersport explains that “Lanning chose to tweet regarding various confidential matters pertaining to both SuperSport and SA rugby”. The tweets contained information about subscriber and viewer numbers of recent rugby games. But Lanning disagrees, claiming the offending tweets contained comments about rugby management and the way players are managed during a World Cup year. He believes that the broadcaster “completely over-reacted”. Lanning claims the tweets...

  • Social media in China: The same, but different

    Much has been written of late about the Chinese government’s efforts to control and censor the internet. The government’s censorship of websites is an important issue, but it is not the top priority of the country’s 420-million internet users (netizens). Their top priority? Connecting with other Chinese online. The internet has opened access to information for ordinary Chinese citizens in ways that were unimaginable just a few years ago. Coming from a world where information was pre-filtered by editors at state-run media, China’s internet is freewheeling by comparison. Quick Glance Chinese internet users are actively engaging in social media—especially home-grown social...

  • The 9 most engaging Facebook Pages

    What do the game of poker, a dead pop icon, a woman who travels in a large egg, and a little boy with a large head and English accent have in common? They all top the Facebook Page leader board in terms of “Likes”. It takes less than a second to like a Page, but do you go back to read, comment, share and participate? I took a look at the engagement and content scores of these Pages using SocialBakers.com and personally visited the Pages to see how the top Facebook pages engage with their users. # Page Likes FanScore* EngagementScore* ContentScore* 1 Texas Hold’em Poker 36...

  • Google Zeitgeist reveals where Oscar interest really lies

    It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for – glitz, glam, tears and gold statues. Get your box of popcorn ready and read on as Google reveals what internet users worldwide have been searching for ahead of the prestigious Academy Awards ceremony this Sunday. Darren Aronofsy’s psychological drama Black Swan comes out tops as the most popular search amongst ‘Best Picture’ nominees, according to Google Zeitgeist, a tool that provides insights into web search trends. The thriller is followed by the Coen brothers’ True Grit, The Fighter, The Social Network and The Kings Speech. Natalie Portman, who won the Golden...