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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 ...

Startup news

Qooh.me: ‘A carnival fun ride of questions’

Qooh.me Ever wanted to know something about your friends or someone you know but were too afraid to ask? Wish there was an app for that? There probably is, but there is a also a web-service.Enter Qooh.me, the apparent answer to your problem. Qooh.me is a "web application that allows you to ask your friends or people you find interesting open and anonymous questions in order to get to know them better," says creator, Vincent Mabuza.The service essentially takes users ...

Gearburn

The Samsung SMART TV — Let’s talk tech

My previous connotations towards the aptly dubbed “idiot box” were ones of apathy. The reason this stigma has been around for decades, stems around our manner of interaction. When dealing with a PC, you address the computer and dialogue begins. You ask for a task, it performs a function, and the dance continues. In the case of the television, you are sunk into your couch and dragged through the experience as a mere third person spectator. Yet somehow Samsung have ...

News

Groupon possibly rethinking its IPO

groupon_logo11209US online deals giant Groupon is reportedly re-evaluating its plans to go public. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company has become hesitant because of volatility in the stock market.Citing a "person familiar with the matter", the newspaper said that Groupon would not be cancelling its initial public offering but is reassessing the timing.The Journal also reports that the group buying giant has cancelled a roadshow for potential investors which had been scheduled for next week.The ...

Gearburn

Resistance 3: A fitting end to the fight?

The closing chapter of a trilogy is always the most important. If you botch the ending any goodwill you may have manufactured in the opening chapters are for naught. Just look at the Matrix trilogy if you want an example of how a weak ending can mess up a trilogy.Unfortunately for the Resistance trilogy, as far as the narrative is concerned, this series is more Matrix than Lord of the Rings. Thankfully, games are more than just plot twists and ...

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Yahoo! CEO: ‘I’ve just been fired over the phone’

Carol BartzFollowing a tense period in which rumours swirled over when, or if, she would be axed, colourful Yahoo! CEO, Carol Bartz announced the end of her tenure at the internet company. The announcement was made via an email to staff, sent from Bartz's iPad.With the subject line, "Goodbye", the email went out to all Yahoo! employees was obtained by technology blog AllThingsD.In the email, Bartz -- as a "last f%*& you" to the Yahoo! board according to AllThingsD -- ...

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MTN Business to sponsor SA entrepreneurial reality TV show

MTN Business has announced that it will be sponsoring a new "Apprentice" style South African reality TV show, "The Big Break". The Big Break will root out South Africa's rising entrepreneurial stars and assist them in developing their businesses.Prizes to the tune of US$700 000 are up for grabs, and the show itself represents an opportunity for entrepreneurs to shine. Business segments general manager of MTN Business, Nomalanga Nkosi says,For MTN Business this is not just a sponsorship, ...

Gearburn

Facebook for iPhone update adds sharing and security features

Following Facebook’s recent privacy and sharing update, the iPhone version of the social networking app now also shares the same features thanks to its latest update. Version 3.5 of Facebook for iPhone lets users tag friends, as well as places in their status updates.It is now also easier to manage how the users see each post. These features are mirrored on Facebook.com and include the updated look to the group walls and profile page. The look is now exceptionally clean, ...

News

TechCrunch ‘on the precipice’

TechCrunchIn the wake of reports that founding editor Michael Arrington would be resigning, senior TechCrunch blogger MG Siegler believes the renowned blog may be "on the precipice".When it was first revealed that Arrington would be leaving the company he helped found to set up a venture capital fund, it was believed that the decision was an amicable one with the added bonus of a US$10-million cash injection from TechCrunch parent company AOL.Siegler's dramatic post, which appeared as the ...

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