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  • 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...

  • Facebook moves closer to Microsoft with Bing deal

    In a move which shows the growing partnership between the two online giants, Microsoft has begun letting Bing search results reflect "likes" of people's Facebook friends as the social network and software company grew closer. Ever since Microsoft bought a 1.6% share in Facebook in 2007 for more than $200-million there has been low-level co-operation and general cosying between the two companies. The Bing deal has just made things a whole lot cosier. As the company's press release announcing the deal states, "According to a recent survey conducted by Bing and Impulse Research, 90 percent of people surveyed seek advice from...

  • Lady Gaga racks up record 10 million followers on Twitter

    As much as we may scoff and scorn, it seems nothing will hold back pop diva Lady Gaga. Adding yet another social-networking accolade to her mantle, Gaga has become the first person with more than 10-million followers on Twitter. Gaga is more than a popstar, she is now a one-person media company -- with similar broadcasting power to many media companies around the world. Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) was also the first person to ever reach 10-million fans on Facebook, and reach one-billion views on YouTube for her last original piece of work, her smash-hit single Born This Way. The most followed...

  • Nokia and Samsung rule supreme in Africa, RIM on the rise – InMobi

    InMobi, which claims to be the world's largest independent mobile advertising network, on Tuesday provided a snapshot of mobile advertising trends on the African continent, showing that 8 out of 10 mobile adverts in Africa are delivered on either Nokia or Samsung devices. The company notes that when it comes to smartphones in Africa, RIM reigns supreme, although RIM/iPhone OS/Android collectively only represent 4.1% of the total Africa ecosystem. In fact, in just two months, RIM has grown 2,5% share points while Nokia, which owns the majority market share (in total number of handsets, rather than just smartphones), has...

  • 12 emerging market startups to watch

    Emerging market startups are coming into their own and increasingly appearing on the radar of mainstream venture capitalists in established markets. Skype recently announced its interest in investing in Chinese startups. The VoIP service is not the only player seeking a slice of the emerging markets pie - the list of startups grows everyday. Here are 12 of the many companies staking their claim in up and coming emerging markets: DianDian, China DianDian which means "bit by bit" was founded by Chinese business man Jack Xu. Prior to starting this venture, he was managing RenRen and Kaixin, two Chinese Facebook clones,...

  • South Africa votes: The online ‘chatter’ [statistics]

    The general consesus emerging amongst the chattering classes is that tomorrow's elections in South Africa will become known as "The Toilet Elections of 2011." However, had that matter not so spectacularly erupted in the face of both major political parties, the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the African National Congress (ANC), this election could have very well become known as South Africa's Social Media Elections of 2011. Just as electioneering has stormed through social networks across the world in other countries -- mostly since Barack Obama utilised it in such a spectacular fashion in his run for President in 2008 -–...