Social networking

From Advogato to Zoopa: The ultimate list of social networks

Social networksFacebook. Twitter. LinkedIn. These social networks we all know. However, they are not the only social networks striving for your attention.Memeburn's already looked at the 29 professional niche social networks you should know about, and we also have a list of our favourite offbeat social networks.This list, however, is the ultimate list of all: As many social networks as we can find. We've ranked them alphabetically picking the most popular to lead each letter.How many are you ...

Web development

Is it time to rethink SSL?

SSL The recent attack on the lesser-known certificate authority known as DigiNotar, and previously on Comodo, has security experts pondering the future of certificate-based encryption and authentication. For many people, SSL or what is now generally known as TLS is some arcane security measure that involves certificates and usually results in an 's' being appended to the protocol they are using.Occasionally, it raises its head when you visit a website and your browser notifies you that a certificate is not ...

News

Malema ‘shoot the boer’ ruling divides South African tweeters

julius-malema1 The judgement delivered Monday in Julius Malema's hate-speech trial has sharply divided South African tweeters.The Equality court has found that the controversial ANC Youth League (ANCYL) President’s singing of an ANC revolutionary song containing the lyrics "dhubula ibhunu" (loosely translated to mean "shoot the boer") constitutes hate speech.Penned by Judge Collin Lamont, the ruling which has received attention from international news outlets, was unequivocal. He found that "The singing of the song by Malema constituted hate speech", and that "No ...

Gearburn

Review: Tunebug Vibe stalks flat surfaces for sweet music

GB Imagine you’re somewhere fairly quiet. Your den on a Sunday afternoon. A cubicle in an empty office*. A hotel room in a strange city. You only have your phone to play music on, and it’s got a sucky built-in speaker. You don't want to wear headphones. Plug the Tunebug Vibe into its headphone socket and make the music player or phone's sound output a bazillion times better.Remembering that this massive, massive number of 'a bazillion' is calculated off a low ...

News

A decade on: The world remembers 9/11

Flag The events of September 11 2001 reverberated around the world. They affected everyone, American and non-American alike. It was to be expected, therefore, that various forms of social media would be flooded with memorials and remembrances as people marked the tenth anniversary of the fateful attacks.The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, recognising the power of technology, created an official application "as a guide to understanding 9/11 through the eyes of who witnessed the events".Similarly, the New York Times ...

Advertising & Marketing

Email marketing and the challenges of the Freemium model

hotel-email-marketing-600-300 Freemium is a business model that works by offering a product, such as software, at no cost while charging a rate for advanced features and services. Though ideas about the value of free offerings have been the source of much debate, it's important to brush past the trivia and look deeper and more critically at why some internet companies are successful at employing the Freemium model while others are not.There are different types of free strategies, but a key ...

News

Vodacom SA to throttle Blackberry speeds

vodacomSouth African cellular network Vodacom will now throttle the speeds of Blackberry users in a bid to curb the behaviour of those it claims "are abusing the service".According to Vodacom, such users will now face their connections being downgraded from 3G to 2G (GPRS or EDGE) once they hit 100MB or more. There is currently no known date of when the speed cap will come under effect. Users of Blackberry Enterprise Services will remain unaffected.A statement from Vodacom's official ...

News

AOL and Yahoo! in possible merger talks following Bartz’s axing

yahoo_building A recent report from Bloomberg claims that AOL and Yahoo! are in early merger talks just a week after the firing of former Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz.The report claims that AOL CEO Tim Armstrong approached former Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz about a merger of the two companies last but year but was rejected. Carol Bartz's firing seems, however, to have opened the door for AOL to make a second attempt.According to Bloomberg, "Yahoo! is unlikely to be interested in ...

News

Alibaba CEO discusses future with Yahoo!

yahooJack Ma, founder of Alibaba was recently questioned regarding the future of Yahoo's stake in his firm. He gave no insight as to what may happen down the line. One point that he is adamant about is that Alibaba was in no way responsible for the very recent dismissal of Yahoo! chief Carol Bartz.Speculation has been rife that Yahoo! is now planning to dissociate itself from its Asian acquisitions, which include companies such as Alibaba. This may be part of ...

Gearburn

Congress fiddles while patents burn us

American politicos both Republican and Democrat agreed that something had to be done about patents, and the costly, innovation-choking mess they were making of American success. The new America Invents Act represents the most sweeping changes to the US' law in decades, but the bill is not expected to end the courtroom wrangling between technology giants. Experts rated it as pretty good tinkering, but not game-changing."My feeling is that it won't change the dynamics much of the ongoing patent wars," ...

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