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  • How Dollar Shave Club used its viral video to attract investors

    Dollar Shave Club’s debut video is cool. Scratch that. It is damn cool. It might even have convinced a few people to buy the product. Here’s the thing; it’s also been attracting investors. In fact, it was doing so long before it was convincing us to stop giving most of the money we spend on razors to Roger Federer. According to Mashable, CEO Michael Dubin -- who’s also the star of the video -- used it to get US$1-million in funding out of the likes of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Andreessen Horowitz. "We develop great content," Dubin says, "and [the...

  • Huawei takes business products on the road

    Chinese tech giant Huawei is probably best known for its cheap mobile devices and 3G modems (although it did play a starring role at this year’s Mobile World Congress). Now though, it wants to show it can do enterprise too. As part of this, the company is demoing off a number of its new business products with a Mobile Truck Road Show. The Huawei truck is, which is currently making its way through South Africa, is equipped with a number of the company’s "enterprise solutions". These include cloud computing products and Virtual Teller Machines (VTMs),...

  • C’mon Google, give us the real Google+ numbers already

    The Wall Street Journal recently reported that things aren't looking so great for Google+. According to data from comScore, Google+'s users spend just about three minutes per month on the site. On Facebook, that number is closer to six or seven hours per month. Google itself, however, has never provided anybody with any useful data about the service and -- at worst -- is just using deliberately misleading information to provide the press with big numbers that look good but are absolutely meaningless. 100-million active users? In January, for example the company's CEO Larry Page said that the site had 90 million...

  • Apple iPad launch event: Memeburn’s iSoftware roundup

    Okay, so the new iPad doesn't appear to have a proper name -- yes everyone, Apple really is that cool -- but the software announcements that Apple rolled out during the launch certainly do. Some of them are updates, and some of them are new, some of them are borrowed, and some of them are blue. Okay, maybe not the last two. iOS 5.1 The first software announcement came in the form of an update to Apple's mobile operating system. Tim Cook and co. didn't have all that much to say about it, although we do know that it allows Japanese-speaking...

  • Apple unveils new iPad with retina display, new Apple TV

    Apple's CEO Tim Cook took the stage in San Francisco today to announce the next version of the iPad, as well as iOS 5.1 and a new AppleTV. The new iPad features a retina display and a faster processor. The wireless version will now support 4G LTE networks for significantly faster download speeds while on the go. The design of the new iPad looks virtually identical to the iPad2. The new AppleTV now supports 1080p playback and also comes with an updated user interface. iPad: Retina Display, Faster Processor, Better Camera The central focus of today’s event, of course, was the next...

  • You can now pin text to Pinterest

    Pinterest is all about images and video -- so if you run a text-heavy website, sorry, no pins for you. But someone saw the potential and developed a bookmarklet that lets you pin a cool quote to one of your Pinterest boards. That someone is creative web strategist Adam Rotman. He recently launched Pin a Quote, which lets you highlight text on a website that you think would make a good pin. It then converts the quote to an image and shows you a preview. You can then add a description like normal and pin it to one of your...

  • Shave like a boss with Dollar Shave Club [Video]

    Men of the world unite. Forget those expensive, battery-operated, five bladed razors you’ve been assaulting your face with. All you need to get rid of that five o’clock shadow is US$1 a month. That’s the message behind an advert for the Dollar Shave Club. The video features “Mike” taking you on a tour through the Dollar Shave Club factory, and includes a toddler shaving a man's head, a man dressed as a bear, and a money party. The company claims that it will send new razor blades to your door once a month. All you need to do is...

  • Super angel Fabrice Grinda on the emerging markets internet craze

    Fabrice Grinda is a well-known emerging markets super angel investor and entrepreneur. He’s crazy about the internet in the BRIC countries, especially Brazil and Russia. He is also the co-founder and current co-CEO of popular free online classifieds service OLX, a direct competitor of Craigslist. Memeburn caught up with the French entrepreneur to gain some insights into where the money is going in emerging markets. According to Grinda, Brazil and Russia are exciting markets for potential online and mobile investments. He also believes that South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria are growing rapidly economically and present a great opportunity for...

  • KONY 2012: A quest for justice via social media

    Grabbing more than five of the top trending topics on Twitter, the harrowing tale of Invisible Children is well on its way to a social media awakening. The trend is part of Invisible Children Inc.'s quest to bring to Joseph Kony, a Ugandan war rebel, to the world's attention. Invisible Children is a group that uses film and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony's rebel war in Uganda. The buzz was spurred by KONY 2012 a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to raise support for the arrest of the warlord and hopefully...

  • 13 Brands that are doing Pinterest right

    I’ve read a lot of articles recently telling you how to use Pinterest, but what really gets me excited is discovering a brand that actually does it perfectly. To be successful on Pinterest, brands need to take a more holistic approach to marketing. Like other social media platforms, Pinterest can be more effective and engaging than traditional advertising because consumers can actually see how the brand fits into their lives. "For most consumer brands, the idea behind your brand makes sense on Pinterest," said Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp. "Since you're not supposed to blast pictures of your products on Pinterest, try to...

  • Xtreme Data: Paving the way for BlackBerry killers in emerging markets?

    Quick, make a list of all the reasons BlackBerry is still so big in emerging markets. High up on anyone’s list is the fact that BlackBerry devices all offer unlimited web browsing, email, and instant chat in the form of BBM for a minimal, flat fee. The thing that allows BlackBerry to provide all of these things for a monthly flat fee is called BlackBerry Internet Services (BIS). But what if you could have all the benefits of BIS without actually having to own a BlackBerry? Nashua Mobile, a South Africa-based independent telecommunications service provider, is hoping to do exactly that. The...

  • EMEA region experiences massive Facebook outage

    What do you do when the world’s largest social network goes down? Facebook users from all over the Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region found themselves confronting that question today. Anyone trying to access the Facebook from their desktop was met with error messages saying their browser was unable to locate the site. People took to Twitter to confirm that it was down: Yes folks, it seems Facebook in the UK is down. Not sure why, will let you know if we find out any more! — Bournemouthecho (@Bournemouthecho) March 7, 2012   Looks like Facebook is proper down for lots of people! Ah...

  • Buy your theatre ‘tweet seats’ today. Really?

    I saw this tweet asking whether or not people would welcome the concept of tweet seats and subsequently read the article it pointed to. Naturally, I had to investigate further. Would you welcome 'tweet seats' in theatres? | Poll keruff.it/zhj0lH | Guardian — Technology (@keruff_tech) March 6, 2012   Have we really reached this place in our social media evolution? Is this direction we want it to go? I am rather hesitant, but it appears to be a growing trend within the United States. Live theatres in that country increasingly have a special section devoted to those who wish to tweet during the show....

  • Twitter now available in four right-to-left languages

    Twitter is now available in four new languages: Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and Urdu. These are the first right-to-left languages to be made available on the social network. The languages were added to the Twitter translation centre just over a month ago. The social network claims that some 13 000 volunteers then came together “translating and localising Twitter.com into these languages in record time”. At least three of these languages are spoken across the Middle East, where Twitter was frequently used as a means of spreading the message of the so-called Arab Spring revolutions. Arabic is also one of the fastest growing...

  • Emerging market fund launched for digital media innovation

    A well-known New York-based fund that focuses on emerging market media has launched an early-stage fund for entrepreneurs developing digital news and information businesses. The fund, called Digital News Ventures, has been launched by the Media Development Loan Fund (MDLF). The MDLF, which operates out of Prague, has invested more than $113-million in 79 independent news companies in 27 countries, mainly emerging markets, since 1995. It backs up all of its debt and equity investments with strategic advice and business assistance. Digital News Ventures will provide early-stage equity finance from $30 000 to $300 000 to entrepreneurs whose ideas...