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Good riddance Carol Bartz

Carol Bartz Personally, I've never liked Carol Bartz. For some reason, it is impossible for her name to be mentioned without a mental image of Sarah Palin forming in my head instead. And you don't need to know a great deal of my political views to understand that this isn't a good association.While Bartz does (presumably) know that Africa is a continent, and is highly unlikely to produce a reality TV show featuring her tackling grizzly bears in Alaska (actually, Hell, ...

News

US spends more time on Facebook than any other site: Nielsen

NielsenAmericans spend a lot of time on Facebook. We all knew that right? Well now it's official: US internet users spend more time on Facebook than any other website. That's according to the latest findings by media research house Nielsen.The research comes from Nielsen's "State of the Media" report for the third quarter of 2011. According to the research company, the report "presents a snapshot of the current social media landscape and audiences in the US and other major ...

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Despite her wishes, Carol Bartz leaves ‘doofus’ filled Yahoo! board

Carol Bartz After having called the rest of the board "doofuses", colourful ex-Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz has tendered her resignation from the Yahoo! board. This is according to papers filed to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).Though Bartz had been fired as CEO, she still held a seat on the Yahoo! board and in her explosive interview with Fortune Bartz had stated her wishes to remain on the Yahoo! board, saying, "I want to make sure that the employees don't believe ...

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AOL names new TechCrunch editor

TechCrunch AOL has named Erick Schonfield as the new editor of popular US technology blog TechCrunch. The announcement puts an end to days of controversy and uncertainty around the fate of site founder Michael Arrington.Much of the controversy arose after Arrington announced that he would be launching a US$20-million Venture Capital fund called CrunchFund. The fund would back some of the startups TechCrunch had previously written about. A number of commentators, however, felt that this represented a breach of journalistic ...

Conferences

Experience WordCamp Cape Town 2011

Some 20 renowned speakers will take to the stage when WordCamp Cape Town 2011 kicks off on the 15th of September.WordCamps are community-organised conferences, where discussions take place surrounding the blogging platform, WordPress. This will be Cape Town's second WordCamp to date.The conference is popular for allowing users to share ideas, learn about the challenges associated with Wordpress and participate in its development. WordPress founder, Matt Mullenweg organised the first WordCamp in San Francisco in 2006. He was also ...

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Samsung attempts to ban sales of Apple products in France

Samsung has filed a complaint in France which says that Apple's iPhone and the iPad tablets infringe on its patents.According to a spokesperson for Samsung, "The complaint focuses on three technology patents, and not on the design of the tablet."Sources say that the complaint revolves around three Samsung UMTS patents as well as the iPhone 4, 3GS and 3 models. Also included in the lawsuit are both iPads. Universal Mobile Telecommunications services or UMTS is a 3G standard ...

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Popular Mechanics to reward inventive entrepreneurs

Inventive entrepreneurs all over the world know what it's like to have that "one great idea". They know that it could change the world if they could just get a helping hand. If only someone would give them a little money to make a start in producing their product. Popular Mechanics aims to do just that with its annual "Inventor of the Year" award.The renowned science and technology magazine has challenged inventors from all walks of life to ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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