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.XXX domain registrations begin

.XXX domainThe adult entertainment industry has been pushed into its own domain, ".XXX". ICM Registry, the administrators of the launch are opening up the doors to any site which wishes to adopt the .XXX moniker.Websites can now pre-register or even protect their brands from being registered onto the domain. Those interested in acquiring this top level domain should click through to ICM Registry to sign up. This is the beginning of the process, known as "Sunrise".Sunrise A is for ...

Social networking

Facebook is fast becoming irrelevant and has lost the real-time battle

I remember the glory days of Facebook. We used to share voraciously on our news feeds. Our movements. Interesting links. Videos. It was where the conversation happened. Daily. And then came Twitter.The real conversation (and the real-time one) shifted to Twitter. The shift was slow to begin with, which made Twitter a hollow place. After all, if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?Today, revolutions are sparked on ...

Mobile

The truth about BlackBerry’s encryption

BlackBerry (650 x 267) I've been thinking of not writing this piece in order to let the criminal underworld continue to operate, wrapped tightly in the warm blanket of incompetence. However, if you're an aspiring hoodlum or simply a curious, law abiding BBM addict, this article might be of interest to you. I draw from Ronen Halevy's analysis at the excellent Berry Review, so click through if you're interested in some further reading.There's this notion that communication from BlackBerry to BlackBerry is always secure. ...

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SA government ‘clarifies’ position on monitoring BlackBerry Messenger

BlackBerry MessengerRecent reports that South Africa's government was looking to regulate the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service were greeted with dismay and anger.In a recent speech, South African Deputy-Communications minister, Obed Bapela, called for called for new regulations that would allow police and intelligence authorities to access messages sent via BBM.Following heated reactions and international news reports on the matter, Bapela's boss, Communications minister Radhakrishna Roy Padayachie, has issued a "clarifying statement" saying that, "government has no intention to regulate or legislate ...

Social media

26 emerging market political figures on Facebook and Twitter

Speaking to your constituents once meant getting up on a podium and shouting into a microphone. Twitter and Facebook are now the global platforms for instant communication and politicians have taken to it like a duck to water. Listed below are a group of politicians who use Twitter and Facebook to talk to their faithful followers.South AmericaChile President, Michelle Bachelet -- Facebook fans: 295 097Her Facebook site is growing in popularity, and she recently began (and abandoned) a Twitter ...

Viral videos

Rebecca Black braai parody gaining traction

Remember Rebecca Black? The girl that turned Friday into something more than just another day of the week? That one. The meme that never seemed to go away.Some of the best things that came out of the Black world were the parodies.You may have thought we had gotten over this and that we had all moved on, but we haven't. So here's a little gem that has somehow worked Braai culture into the parody, and it's gaining traction. ...

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Cybercrime costs $114bn annually, says Symantec

NortonCybercrime costs the world US$114-billion every year. That's according to a report from global software security firm Symantec. The report adds that some 431-million adults have been victims of cybercrime in the past year.When adjusted to include financial losses and time lost, the global cost of cybercrime goes up to US$388-billion. According to Symantec, this means that cybercrime costs the world significantly more than the global black market in marijuana, cocaine and heroin combined (US$288-billion).Globally, every 14 seconds, 14 ...

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Popular radio DJ trends worldwide over racist slur

Popular South Africa radio DJ and rugby commentator, Darren Scott is trending world-wide on Twitter, following his use of the "K-word" late last week.The incident in question occurred at a work function, after Scott lost his temper at a colleague, Africa Tshoaedi. In a recent statement from Scott's PR team, Tshoaedi's presence at a bar after being told leave by Scott was seen as "provocative and [Scott] used strong language to tell the colleague to go away. In doing ...

Online journalism

Making AOL look foolish: Arrington continues to post on TechCrunch

arringtonIt is becoming increasingly clear that Mike Arrington lost his job at TechCrunch over his insistence to be an investor in his beat companies. Precisely what future he will have with the company, though, remains unclear.Arrington continues to post articles on Techcrunch in defiance of AOL's and Arianna Huffington's statements that he is no longer employed and that Erick Schonfeld is interim editor while a replacement is found.The decision to remove Arrington from an editorial position at TechCrunch was reportedly ...

Social networking

Are you wasting your employer’s time on Facebook?

Social networks The average person spends a sizeable amount of time on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ everyday. We are the social network generation, it shows in the way we live our lives and conduct ourselves.Fifty-seven percent of people communicate more with their friends online than they do in real life. Did you know that Facebook users apparently spend 700-billion minutes a month on the social network? That's just Facebook statistics, what about Twitter, Google+ and the many other networks that consume ...

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