Google+ draws Gmail, Contacts into its circle

Google is integrating features of its nascent social effort, Google+, into Gmail and contacts. The new features allow people to grow their circles, filter emails and contacts by circles, keep all their contact information up-to-date automatically and share photos to Google+, all from within Gmail. The new features are embedded right in the heart of the Gmail experience. According to Google, every time you open an email from someone “you can see the most recent post they’ve shared with you on ...

Viral videos

‘Christianist’ US Presidential candidate faces fire over viral YouTube ad

'Strong' Rick Perry In just over a day of being online, an advertisement -- which has gone viral -- of Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry has led to him facing staunch and sustained criticism online. In the 30 second ad, airing in the key battleground state of Iowa, a smiling Perry, the current governor of Texas, proudly declares his faith and promises to end what he terms “Obama's war on religion”. I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian, but you don't need to ...

Le Web, News, Social media

Next social wave to sweep away ‘nonsense’ like Foursquare: Forrester

Foursquare We are in a social, goldrush bubble era and we have literally "run out of time" to give to the increasing social services and applications that are proliferating on the internet, says George Colony, the boss of Forrester Research. He believes that the current crop of trendy social businesses like the location-based, check-in social network, Foursquare, are "nonsense" -- and they will eventually be swept away in a new "post-social era". This is because these services require more time of ...

Entrepreneurship, Le Web, Startups

12 absolutely incredible lessons for entrepreneurs from Bill Gross [LeWeb]

bill_gross_memeburn_leweb It's rare that you see a talk that resonates so deeply and makes complete, fundamental sense. You have the realisation that experience, genius and truth is in the same room as you and you are having those "aha" moments every minute -- and it's exhilarating. Bill Gross is an entrepreneurial genius. He runs a company called Idealab, started in 1996. He founded the company to create and build successful businesses that capitalise on innovations in areas with growth opportunities. Naturally ...

Mobile apps

Why you should be considering hybrid mobile apps

Apps If you've ever had any need to develop mobile apps, you'll probably be aware of the choice between going native or web app. For those not aware, native apps are developed using the language and platform of the phone in question (Objective C for iPhone, Java for Android etc.). Web apps, on the other hand, run in the mobile browser of the device. Like all great techie debates, the reasons for choosing one or the other relate to performance, design ...


Flipboard brings its magic to iPhone

Flipboard, the iPad application which turns social media into a glossy publication, is now available for the iPhone. Download Flipboard for iPhone, sign in or sign up, link your social media accounts and start seeing how it "declutters your social life." For iPhone users, the large-screen format of Flipboard has been condensed into a bite-sized experience thanks to the addition of a new feature called “Cover Stories”. With Cover Stories, Flipboard users can quickly catch up with their friends on Twitter ...

Advertising & Marketing

Why regionalised Yahoo! portals make sense

Yahoo! Yahoo! has been rolling out regionalised and localised versions of its portals for years. This year it rolled out portals in emerging markets like South Africa and Romania. The multinational online publisher also has a presence in key emerging market BRIC countries, including Brazil, Russia, India and China. It does not have a dedicated presence in any other part of Africa, besides South Africa and some North African countries. The veteran internet player, the old man of the internet, serves hundreds of ...


What America’s piracy act means for business and innovation [Infographic]

America’s proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), if passed, has massive ramifications. Any website deemed to be hosting copyrighted material stands the chance of having access to its domain name blocked. That means a whole slew of mashups, fan tributes and unauthorised remixes would disappear from the internet forever. Sites that depend on online advertising could also have their revenue completely cut off, as the act would empower the Attorney General to ban them from using online payment facilities such ...


Facebook fixes bug that gave access to private photos

Social networking giant Facebook has fixed a bug in its photo sharing system. The bug allowed users to view pictures that other users, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, had made private. The bug was first spotted noted on a body-building forum and involved Facebook’s system of reporting inappropriate content. When a user reported a member’s profile picture as inappropriate, they were asked if they had other photographs to report. This then gave them access to other private photos. "We discovered ...


Citizen news anchor with Flud 2.0

You’ve heard of Citizen Journalist? Well how about Citizen News Anchor? Content-curation, the favoured buzzword of Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson comes to life in Flud, a Flipboard-like news aggregator app for iOS. While Flipboard captured the hearts and minds of iPad owners (and now iPhone), the very similar Flud 2.0 attempts to add a distinctive news aggregation flavour of its own. From the beating heart of San Diego where its corporate offices are based, Flud 2.0 promises “an information ecosystem where ...






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