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  • Path admits wrongdoing, fixes problem with new update

    Path, has apologised to its 2-million plus users for uploading users' iPhone address books without permission. Path is a social network that works as a "smart journal" aimed at helping you share life with "the ones you love", and is experiencing a revival since its version 2.0 release last year. The internet has been in an uproar with reports from iPhone users complaining that the service had uploaded their address books without their permission or knowledge. The company's founder Dave Morin, one of Facebook's original team, apologised to users in a long and detailed blogpost. "We made a mistake. Over the...

  • Nokia to house IMEA research centre in Nairobi

    Finnish communications giant Nokia has announced that Nairobi will be the new home of research and investment centre for the entire India Middle East and Africa (IMEA) region. The announcement was made by Nokia CEO Stephen Elop at an invite only event at the iHub, a well known tech incubator in Nairobi. Prominent blogger and iHub co-founder Erik Hersman broke the story with a tweet: Nokia has made a decision that Nairobi will be the center for research and investment for the entire EMEA region #ElopKE— Erik Hersman (@whiteafrican) February 9, 2012 Kenya is reportedly the first African...

  • 9 Questions and answers about successful startups – Harvard study

    Ever wondered what makes one startup succeed while another fails? Well a team of brains from Harvard Business School has put together a fascinating working paper called Performance Persistence in Entrepreneurship which answers questions related to just this. We scoured the 35 page document and found the following pearls of wisdom. Question: Are serial entrepreneurs more likely to succeed than first time entrepreneurs? Answer: Yes. All things being equal, the paper states that a VC backed entrepreneur who succeeds in a venture (by the paper’s definition, starts a company that goes public) has a 30% chance of succeeding in a follow up...

  • 10 Essential digital tools for budding authors

    Ironically, I experienced a great deal of writer’s block when writing this article. In fact, right now, all I can think of is Fatboy Slim's "right about now, the funk soul brother" which is of no help to any of us. But a deadline is a writer’s best friend, so I opened up Notepad, and went in search of a little inspiration. Where does a writer go to find apps that help you jolly well get on and write? The basics: Assuming you can write, the biggest problem you’re going to face is focusing on – ooh, did you see...

  • How to tell if your site should be concentrating on search or social

    Every day I'm asked the same questions. Do I need a Facebook page? Do I need a Twitter account? Do I need some kung-fu search engine optimisation skills? There is an ongoing misunderstanding around what it takes to get more traffic to your website, or let's say, more targeted traffic to your website, through the search engines. If your company sells fly fishing rods and you would like to become more visible in Google, then there are ways to determine whether you should focus more on social or search. The best part is that it's not too complicated,...

  • 21 Tech brand tattoos: Yahoo!, Google, Apple body art

    Tattoos are badass, but a Cisco Systems tattoo? The company killed the Flip camcorder. Not cool. Having said that, I can still understand wanting to be the talk of the LAN party. Those 3900 series routers are hot. I struggle however, when it comes to trying to comprehend the motivation behind the Real Media tattoo. Apart from the music industry, I can't think of any other industry that begets so many evangelical brand fanatics as the technology industry. Check out this mosaic of 21 tech brand tattoos we picked from a list of 80 consumer brands. Can you identify them...

  • New York VC invests in Fine Art startup

    A New York-based early-stage VC fund called Founder Collective is taking an unusual bet on a niche online market: Fine Art. According to TechCrunch, the company is investing a cool US$4-million in Paddle8 -- an online marketplace that aims to provide people “With new access points to premier artworks”. Founder Collective is reportedly no stranger to investing in niche tech markets, having previously put capital into luxury vehicle hire app Uber and open-source hardware outfit MakerBot. Paddle8 says it hopes the capital infusion will allow it to position itself as a destination of choice for everyone from beginner to...

  • Facebook wants to improve on social games in 2012

    Facebook wants to use its Open Graph make it easier for people to build social games, particularly in the mobile space. The social network may, however, have to do a little more to convince developers disgruntled by the low conversion rate from free to paid users. At the Inside Social Apps 2012 conference in San Francisco director of product management at Facebook Carl Sjogreen spoke about the social network’s desire to make it easier for people to build cross-platform apps. “If you are building a social application...it’s really important to think about cross-platform,” he said. Previously, said Sjorgreen, “You sort...

  • Indian eCommerce giant Flipkart buys out competitor Lets Buy

    Indian ecommerce powerhouse Flipkart has bought out rival Lets Buy. That’s according to Indian tech site Medianama. The site reports that Flipkart could have paid anywhere between US$20-million and US$30-million for its rival. Medianama reports, however, that the terms of the deal are not yet known and that it had not been confirmed by Flipkart co-founder Binny Bansal. LetsBuy investors, meanwhile, were reluctant to comment on any possible buyout. Vin Network co-founder Manish Vij, for instance, simply said: “LetsBuy is the second largest player in the country, and is the strongest competitor to Flipkart. From a comscore standpoint, it...

  • Chrome 17 features safer downloads, smarter prerendering

    Google has released version 17 of its popular Chrome browser. Given its rapid release schedule and its various beta and developer channels, there are no major surprises in this release. The new features in this update, however, are well worth the update. Aside from the usual bug and security fixes, Chrome 17 introduces Google's download scanner to ensure the executable files you download aren't known malware or viruses. In addition, Google's browser now features smarter pre rendering when you are typing a URL into the omnibox. This update came just a day after Google also launched Chrome for Android. Prerendering The...

  • Google ScreenWise pays you for your data

    You're the product! I hear this over and over on all of the geeky sites that I tend to frequent. It's a direct response to every article that comes out describing how yet another "free" online service is gathering every last shred of data on its users, in order to gain access to some of that precious advertising revenue. Now, Google is finally acknowledging that your data is worth a lot of money. In fact, it's willing to pay you for it. All you have to do is install the Google ScreenWise extension and then carry on with your every...

  • Apps4Africa looks to tech for climate change solutions

    Apps are important. After all, they're everywhere: on our smartphones, tablets, PCs and even TVs. There’s a reason people talk so enthusiastically about the so-called "app economy". One initiative is looking to recognise that with a global completion. Apps4Africa claims to encourage “individuals to develop technological solutions to environmental challenges” The latest iteration of the competition offers people the chance to win US$15 000 if they can provide a winning technological solution to the problem of climate change. So prominent was the first Apps4Africa competition in 2010 that US secretary of state Hillary Clinton congratulated the winners. ...

  • 5 Gum promotes Two Door Cinema Club tour using only social media [Update]

    There are a few things you need when it comes to organising a major music tour: the band, venues, equipment. If the tour is to be a success, however, you need a major across-the-line marketing campaign right? Chewing gum brand 5 Gum is looking to question that logic. The brand is organising a South African tour for up-and-coming UK band Two Door Cinema Club. Here’s the kicker though, 5 Gum is marketing the tour exclusively via social media and word of mouth. Fair enough. Social media has a guaranteed, quantifiable reach without the expense of traditional advertising. 5...

  • The Amazing Spiderman looks set to sling a web of viral proportions

    Yes it's going mad. It's all most of the internet is talking about it. Peter Parker's return to the big screen in the all new movie, The Amazing Spiderman. The last Spiderman franchise ended with more of fizzle than a bang, but this new "untold story" has all the geeks excited. Starring Andrew Garfield of The Social Network fame, the movie promises to be a 3D spectacular. With a YouTube count of more than 2-million views, this trailer is well on its way to some viral love. The trailer is one of the most discussed topic on aggregation site...

  • Not free, not open: The Memeburn interview with WhatsApp’s Brian Acton

    In one of only a handful of public interviews ever given by WhatsApp, co-founder Brian Acton talks exclusively to Memeburn about simplicity, speed and simplicity, and what it takes to make some cash. The fact that WhatsApp is so popular is no surprise, and yet to become the number one smartphone messaging app in a sea of same-same services is mysterious. Sure, people like to communicate, and will latch onto a service that lets them do it easily and cheaply. But for every WhatsApp, there are ten other flavours that have cuter logos, more features, more platforms, do more,...