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White House adds voice to SOPA opposition

The controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), currently making its way through the US House of Representatives, has received another massive blow -- this time from above. In an official statement made on behalf of the Obama administration, three senior officials including Aneesh Chopra, the administration's Chief Technology Officer, have made it clear that any legislation coming across the president’s desk "must not threaten an open and innovative internet". The trio stressed, however, that this stance would not mean the end ...

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China now world’s largest online population

Last year the number of internet users grew by 56 million. The number of online users in China soared to well over half a billion, making this the country with the world’s largest online population. Of these 513 million users, 50% microblog, known as weibos to the Chinese. According to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), China’s online population rose to 513 million in 2011, which is a 12.2% increase from 2010. In 2010, 63.1 million users had a Weibos account. ...

Gearburn

Rydeen is backing Android to win the in-car infotainment battle

Will Android dominate the new in-car infotainment battleground?”. Walking around the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) last year, it was clear that cars would be the new battleground for operating systems. Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Automotive was the choice of Ford, Kia, Fiat and Nissan, while General Motors were onboard with Research In Motion’s QNX. We saw our first glimpse of Android in cars with the Roewe 350’s Continental AutoLinq system, and a year later it seems Android is gaining momentum. ...

Google

Google’s ‘Search Plus Your World’ doesn’t improve your search

There's been a lot of talk in the past 24 hours about how Google may be favouring its own social network Google+ with yesterday's "Search plus Your World" update. Getting lost in this heated discussion is the simple question of whether this update actually improves the search experience on Google. Google, in its announcement yesterday, said that it is "transforming Google into a search engine that understands not only content, but also people and relationships." After testing the update, though, ...

Gearburn

Jailbroken today — the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 running iOS 5.0.1

The iPhone 4S has been jailbroken. The video below is proof of concept, clearly showing an iPhone 4S booting untethered into a jailbroken state. The user, Pod2g loads Cydia and plays around in the app which is designed to work on jailbroken phones only. The phone also displays a clear network signal as a sign that its carrier is still operational. This means two things. One, not only is the iPhone 4S capable of being jailbroken, but the iPad 2 as ...

Infographic

How important is tech at university? [Infographic]

University is a big step for anyone. It can be pretty intimidating when you arrive – figuring new schedules, finding the right lecture theatre, and figuring what the hell your lecturers are talking about. These are all big challenges. On the other hand, you can get away with partying like you never have before and – most likely – never will again. All of these have been experienced by students throughout the ages. Today’s students, however, have more technology ...

News

Mocality Kenya scandal: ‘mortified’ Google ‘apologises unreservedly’

mocality A "mortified" Google has issued an apology to Kenyan mobile listings site Mocality over customers and data that was allegedly pilfered from the startup's database. Mocality CEO Stefan Magdalinski in a blog post on Friday accused Google of "telling untruths" and a "human-powered, systematic, months-long, fraudulent... attempt to undermine our business". The story hit the internet like wildfire on Friday afternoon, with major international sites and techblogs like The Register, Techcrunch, Boing Boing, The NextWeb, PaidContent and Slashgear all reporting on it. ...

News

Int’l storm brews over ‘fraudulent’ Google behaviour in Kenya [updated]

Google No Evil2 An international brouhaha is brewing over alleged "fraudulent" behaviour by Google in Kenya. Mocality, Kenya’s "largest" business directory, has accused Google of knowingly engaging in deceptive behaviour and telling "untruths". The Kenyan company is a three-year-old startup owned by South African-based emerging market internet giant, Naspers -- an US$18-billion company that has stakes in Facebook, Tencent and mail.ru -- and many other emerging market internet properties dotted around the world. Mocality says that Google illegally used the Kenyan site's database to boost its ...

YouTube

18 Classic films worth watching on YouTube

classic hollywood camera Just because you're a tech-savvy Memeburn reader doesn’t mean you don’t like classic films. Sure you might not be a theatre purist, yearning for a near-mythical golden age of film, but that doesn’t mean you’re ignorant to the comic charms of Charlie Chaplin, the directorial brilliance of Sergei Eisenstein or the beguiling beauty of Rita Hayworth. Luckily for you, Memeburn reader, you don’t have to go to specialist theatres or obscure video stores to get your fix of classic celluloid. ...

Android

Android is not winning

Android Family Fragmentation is busy killing Google’s OS, as Apple comes close to outselling Android for the first time. Sales of Apple iOS and Android smartphones are now neck and neck in the US. According to research outfit NPD Group, iOS phones accounted for 43% of smartphones sold in the US in October and November. Android’s share? 47%. That's the closest Apple’s operating system has ever been to Google’s “juggernaut”. But, "Android is winning". Yes, Apple’s share of sales in those months ...

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