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  • Carte Blanche experiment allows viewers to choose stories via Facebook

    Johannesburg-based news and actuality show, Carte Blanche, has become one of the few TV programmes worldwide to combine social media and live television, effectively allowing its viewers to choose what they want to see on air. Eight stories were featured on Carte Blanche’s Facebook page -- and viewers were invited to choose four by Liking the inserts they wanted to see. “The story with the most Likes will go out first and the four with the least won’t go out at all,” said well-known anchor Derek Watts. Viewers selected the following four stories: Cannabis & Schizophrenia (564 Likes), Forensics (549...

  • Vodafone data reveals what we are using our phones for

    If you think the mobile phone is all about phoning, you would be wrong. One of the fastest growing segments in the mobile industry, the smartphone market, shows that people are increasingly using their phones to access data, which means browsing the web, playing games, accessing their email and engaging in social networking activities. At the Nokia World 2010 in London on Tuesday, Chief Executive Vodafone Group Vittorio Colao basically re-affirmed what we...

  • Microsoft bigwig to headline Durban tech conference

    Sun, sea -- and a hall filled with 2 500 technology geeks. That was the deal clincher for Microsoft’s chief technology officer (CTO) of Worldwide Services, Norm Judah, who has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at this year’s edition of Tech-Ed Africa 2010 in Durban. Tech-Ed Africa 2010 is Microsoft’s premier event for IT professionals and developers, and runs from 17-20 October at Durban’s iconic International Conference Centre (ICC). Judah is no...

  • Win an iPad with Memeburn and WantItAll!

    NOTE: This competition is now closed. Please see the runner-up and winning tweets here, but feel free to Like our Facebook pages, below. The legendary iPad is still not available on local retail shelves, but anticipation is already reaching fever pitch. And for you, the wait could be over. Memeburn and leading online shop WantItAll are giving away an iPad to one deserving reader. WantItAll.co.za, South Africa's premium online shopping site, offers more than 14-million products nationwide, and the iPad is currently its top-selling product. WantItAll delivers whatever you want, when you want it, directly to your door. (more…)

  • Vodacom social network The Grid ‘goes global’

    The Grid, Vodacom's mobile social network, says it is "going global". Following launches last year in Nigeria and Tanzania, from Thursday users worldwide can access the service that offers mobile chat and content sharing features. Vodacom, a South African mobile service player, claims the service has two million members in South Africa, Nigeria and Tanzania. Up until now, these users were only able to chat and share content with other Grid members from their own country. Members could also chat to their Google Talk, MSN Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger contacts from The Grid. With this latest release, Grid members --...

  • Hitler not nominated for the blog awards (yes, another one)

    In this, the 999999nth version, of the Hitler Downfall meme, the Fuhrer finds out he didn't crack a nomination for the 2010 Blog Awards. Oh dear. Note to readers: The original clip we posted was removed from You Tube. Read "Could this be the dumbest company in the world?" for more background on this. In the meantime, here the clip is again from another video-sharing site, Zoopy: The clip was apparently created by...

  • Leading current affairs TV show goes social

    Carte Blanche, South Africa's version of the actuality and documentary show 60-Minutes, is turning 22 this year and to celebrate they’re throwing a party and inviting everyone. The TV show's "It’s all about you” campaign will make use of its Facebook and Twitter presences to vote on which stories will be seen on Carte Blanche on Sunday, 12 September 2010. At the start of the broadcast, veteran anchor Derek Watts, who believes Carte Blanche doesn’t “look a day over 20,” will announce that viewers need to visit Carte Blanche’s Facebook page to choose which story goes out next, and in...

  • New SA comic series uses social media to find audience

    As frustration with South Africa’s national broadcaster continues to grow, many young film-makers find themselves giving up on their dreams of ever finding an audience for their work. FireStorm Productions, a new local production house, has taken matters into its own hands and used the power of social media to broadcast and publicise their new series entitled “(Almost) Legends”. It tells the story of seven different South Africans and how they hope...

  • Top social media sites of 2010, according to Time Magazine

    Time Magazine released its list of top 50 websites for 2010 yesterday, featuring what the magazine rates as the top online properties in a range of categories from news, health, education, games and social media. In the social media category, Time reckons the top five sites for 2010 are Gowalla, Foodspotting, LinkedIn, StockTwits, and Tumblr. Gowalla, says Time is a "more fun" Foursquare. Like Foursquare, Gowalla lets you "check in" to real-world places...

  • Tencent acquires major Chinese social network from Google

    China’s largest online company, Tencent, has bought Beijing-based social networking provider Comsenz from search giant Google and VC firm,Sequoia Capital for $60-million. Comsenz is the developer of Discuz, China’s most-used bulletin board system (BBS), with a reported 80% of Chinese sites running the BBS, and 70%of other BBS systems built on Discuz. The deal will further entrench Naspers, the South African media giant, in the Chinese market. Naspers has a 35% stake in Tencent, which is China's premier online game operator and its largest instant messaging provider. Naspers also controls a 28.7% stake in Digital Sky Technologies (DST), the Russian...

  • YouTube launches faster, more social and touch-friendly mobile site

    A brand new YouTube Mobile site, built in HTML5 has launched globally, adding support for more devices and promising faster downloads, social connectivity through Facebook, Twitter, and Google Buzz, and incorporating a touch-friendly interface. According to YouTube, the mobile device has become central to the video-sharing site's growth. Its mobile version now receives more than 100-million views a day, and every single minute that passes, one hour of video is uploaded to YouTube from a mobile device. The mobile internet is huge and growing fast. According to a Morgan Stanley report it's projected that within five years more users will connect...

  • The most dangerous places to surf the web

    Where in the World are you most likely to be hit by a malicious computer attack or virus? According to Internet Security company AVG web surfers in Turkey, Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan are the most likely to face threats while online. At the other end of the scale, some of the world’s safest surfers can be found in Japan and Taiwan, while seven of the 10 safest countries in which to surf the Internet are in Africa. As a continent, South America was "safest", and North America riskiest. Globally your chances of being attacked while online on any given day...

  • iPhone 4 here end September, tweets Vodacom CEO

    Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys has confirmed, in what appears to be an off-the-cuff tweet, that the iPhone 4 is to reach South African shores "end September". Uys' tweet went practically unnoticed for some time when he tweeted: "date for iPhone4 in SA from Apple is end of September. Will keep you posted..." The story has since broken on News24 and some other major news websites. This date is in line with an earlier Memeburn story which broke the news that the iPhone 4 was to make an appearance "in early September". Memeburn also confirmed from an "industry insider" that MTN would...

  • Naspers buys another price comparison site

    PriceCheck, a South African price comparison website, has been acquired by MIH, the investment arm of Naspers, the emerging market internet giant. Naspers recently made waves by announcing it was to buy a stake in a Russian internet company that holds a stake in Facebook, social network game creator Zynga and instant messaging service, ICQ. Last year, Naspers acquired a 91% stake in Brazilian e-commerce group Buscape.com Inc for $342-million as part of its strategy to expand into emerging markets. Buscape's flagship site is also a price comparison site. Contractual obligations are forcing parties in the PriceCheck deal to remain tight-lipped about...

  • SA Blog awards set to come of age in 2010

    Many South African blogs in 2010 have moved from a fun sideline project to a lucrative form of business. Keeping in line with this trend, the SA Blog Awards have also matured and bloggers will see statistics from their site forming part of the evaluation criteria for the judges in each of this year's categories. Now in its fifth year, the awards will take place on 25 September, and will feature more judges per category than in the past. The judges will be experts in their respective fields with a keen interest in social networking. Given the past success of the...