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  • Internet giants show support to leaders at Paris G8

    As leaders gather in Paris for the G8 summit on Tuesday, the world's most powerful internet and media giants will join them in a show of strength amid international rows over online access, copyright and regulation. Top executives from online giants like Google, Facebook and Microsoft will tout the economic potential of the internet, which their host, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, has put on the agenda of the G8 summit two days later. After Tuesday and Wednesday's "e-G8" bash, some of the biggest names will then meet with G8 leaders at the summit in Deauville, northwestern France, on May 26...

  • India’s mobile banking sector set to grow

    India's poor populace could benefit from mobile banking, experts say. The hundreds of million with no access to financial services may put their faith in staggering pace that mobile phones usage is growing. Banking by phone could transform the workings of the rural economy, but the industry first needs to allay fears about transaction security and overcome low literacy levels and banks' limited reach in remote areas. Leading figures from the telecoms and banking sectors meeting in Mumbai last week said that mobile banking -- including money transfers, bill payments and remittances -- was largely untapped. "The potential for mobile banking is...

  • 4 social media tools and tips for the Rapture

    You should by now know as our friends at Family Radio ministry – an Oklahoma based Christian fundamentalist group – have informed us and gotten the web to buzz about, Saturday the 21st of May is the start of the end of days; The Rapture. For those not too versed in fundamentalist Christian thought, Family Radio's 89-year old leader Harold Camping "guarantees" and has taken to warning those from his native Oklahama -- where his ministry is based -- to Tanzania with thousands of billboards is that the much awaited Rapture will finally arrive on Saturday. Whilst much...

  • 10 things you should know about Instagram

    Instagram has captured the hearts of iPhone users around the world with its elegant design, filters that turn any photo into a potential work-of-art, and -- most importantly -- integrated social sharing that’s quick and easy. It’s enjoyed one of the most successfully launches ever for an iPhone app and is adding 130 000 users a week. The incredible thing is that it’s not even eight months old. Here’s what you should know about this hot new app. It was originally called Burbn. Kevin Systrom, founder, CEO and ex-Google employee, created an app called Burbn before Instagram (the company is still...

  • Playboy bares all online – full catalogue now available

    Whilst others cover up and hide, Playboy titillates and delights as it bares all online... for a nominal fee that is. The "entertainment and lifestyle" magazine has announced that it would be releasing its entire, voluminous, 57 year back-catalogue in a web-based service, i.Playboy.com. This online service, optimised for Apple's tablet, the iPad, is a subscription service and will include each issue with articles, features, ads and of course, the centrefold -- starting from its first iconic issue featuring Marilyn Monroe on the cover. The service will also be updated monthly to add each new issue published. So if in a fit...

  • Tech titans grilled by US lawmakers on online privacy

    Following a slew of online privacy breaches and concerns which prompted US lawmakers to haul in tech leaders, Apple, Facebook, and Google on Thursday fielded tough questions concerned that smartphones and popular mobile "apps" were putting people's privacy at risk. US Senator Jay Rockerfeller at the opening of the hearing convened on consumer privacy and protection in the mobile marketplace said, "I think online privacy is a basic American right and the companies that produce apps have to be regulated". He went on to say "with this new innovation comes gigantic risk." Facing questions from members of the Consumer Protection,...

  • Survey: Journalists criticise blogs and social media

    A survey of nearly 500 journalists across 15 countries has found that some journalists use social media and blogs to source and verify stories. But the majority don't. Nearly half of respondents (47 percent) said they used Twitter to source new story angles. Over a third said they used Facebook (35 percent). Blogs were also highlighted as a key element of this process with 30 percent saying they used blogs they were familiar with, while 42 percent also drew from blogs they had not visited before. However, the study also validated the continued importance of the PR representative with nearly...

  • Why is email so complicated? We don’t even know what it is

    If you’re looking for simplicity, it helps to start out with some well-defined terms. Where email is concerned, however, we seem to have skipped that step. We all think we know what email is, yet our impressions differ in subtle ways that inevitably create complexity. Isn't it just sending asynchronous messages over a network? The first time I encountered email was in 1978, at Grinnell College, in Iowa. Grinnell was very advanced, possessing a computer all its own. It was accessible only from a single terminal room, with a glass wall that let us see the front of the computer...

  • LinkedIn soars in first day of trading

    In a tech stock feeding frenzy reminiscent of the infamous dot-com boom, shares of the business social network, LinkedIn, more than doubled after launching on the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday. At times LinkedIn stock topped US$100, but closed the trading day at US$94.25 per share, giving the firm a market value close to US$10 billion. According to research firm Renaissance Capital which specializes in newly public companies, LinkedIn had the most valuable US internet IPO since Google became a publicly traded company in 2004. Renaissance also felt that this showing by LinkedIn could "pave the way for other social networking...

  • Bill Clinton calls for internet truth regulator

    Being a former President himself -- with a wife whose department has been heavily involved with internet matters -- Bill Clinton probably had heard of Barack Obama's new proposal regarding the internet before it was released. However it seems Clinton has a few things to say. In what seems like a "get-those-damned-kids-off-my-lawn" senior moment of not understanding the free-wheeling nature of the internet, Clinton last week made some rather startling calls. In an interview that aired on US business news network, CNBC, Clinton called for the creation of a new US government agency tasked with fact-checking the internet. If the...

  • Ten foolproof ways to be an online tosser

    One of the defining features of online writing, apart from the ability to include links, is the comments facility. Publishing an entry is only half of any blog; the rest evolves as comments are added and commenters argue amongst themselves. Reader response can be a source of invigorating debate, or it can drive one to despair at the state of human civilisation. Not caring about the comments you get on your blog requires the epidermal resilience of a Sumatran rhinoceros, and many of us would stop writing altogether if we took them to heart. Having picked up my share of stalkers...

  • LinkedIn stocks to launch at $45 per share

    On Wednesday, LinkedIn announced that its stock will debut at $45 per share in a move that valued the career-focused social networking firm at more than US$4-billion. The first major US social networking firm to go public, LinkedIn jacked up its initial public offering (IPO) share price for 7.84 million shares to US$45 just a week after it first set a target of US$32-35 per share. The sale could bring in more than US$354-million and see the shares trading on the New York Stock Exchange as early as Thursday. In case of high investor demand, the company has set aside an additional...

  • WebGrowth — Boosting your business’ Google ranking

    Many companies want to rank better in search. Many SEO tricks have seen companies try to fight their way to number one. Google's Panda has made things a little difficult for a few companies. Many SEO consultants claim to be able to help companies caught in the "Panda's" grip. Help companies work well with the "Panda". One such company is WebGrowth, a South African-based startup has a project management tool for SEO research using Google analytics, Google webmaster tools and Majestic SEO designed to meet the need - pulling data from the net to focus on boosting the profile of...

  • Attempts to revive PlayStation Network stumble

    It's coming on a month now, and with hacktivism group Anonymous even being drawn in as a player in this farce, or Shakespearean tragedy depending on your view; the saga of Sony's Playstation network continues. This comes after Sony's efforts to revive its PlayStation Network have stumbled after the firm discovered a flaw hackers could exploit when it came to resetting passwords. Sony temporarily disabled its PlayStation Network and Qriocity music streaming password reset pages to fix a vulnerability in a system that was just regaining its footing after a cyber-attack that resulted in it being shut down for...

  • Private investors set to profit big time with LinkedIn’s IPO

    Private investors in LinkedIn, the social network for business professionals, stand to make a hefty 46% profit in just two months, following the company's IPO this week. The underwriters for LinkedIn increased the initial price by 30 percent, which would value the company at more than US$4-billion. But if they price the deal too high it could dampen the crucial first day pop in share price and affect other IPOs. Clare Baldwin and Alina Selyukh at Reuters, reported: LinkedIn now plans to sell shares at US$42 to US$45 each, up from a previous range of US$32 to US$35. At the middle of...