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  • Entire Beatles catalogue finally available on iTunes

    The Beatles finally arrived on iTunes on Tuesday after what Apple's Steve Jobs described as "a long and winding road." "The Beatles. Now on iTunes," Apple.com announced in large black letters above a full screen picture of the "Fab Four" -- Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr -- from their heyday in the 1960s. "We're really excited to bring the Beatles' music to iTunes," McCartney said. "It's fantastic to see the songs we originally released on vinyl receive as much love in the digital world as they did the first time around." The vast catalog of Beatles hits has...

  • Should companies be restricting internet access at work?

    Seeing the movie 'The Social Network' left me both inspired and concerned. On the one hand it was great to finally see Hollywood give some credit to the folks behind the creation of the technology we take for granted. But it also made me realise how little the average company understands about the astonishing leaps and bounds we are making in computing, and how the traditional, narrow-minded office managers are stunting innovation. The work that I do sees me interacting with companies who are trying to manage their internal policies with regard to protecting their data. There is...

  • 9 tips on how to successfully market your non-profit on Facebook

    Non-profit and non-governmental organisations (NGO's) are often the most under-developed and under-visited pages on Facebook, and the internet at large. Why is it that the groups that reflect enough societal concern to be formed seem to struggle with online marketing as a way of further championing their cause? The first part of this answer is obvious - money. Most NPO’s and NGO’s I’ve worked with have a marketing budget which is smaller than some of my corporate clients’ monthly coffee budget. Social media marketing can be intimidating to non-corporate groups; many think that Facebook marketing is restricted to Facebook...

  • Two ‘street-wise youth culture’ portals hit Mxit

    Mxit, in partnership with Gate 7 CEO Emma Kaye, launched two new user generated content portals called Mopix and Zwakanaka in the first week of November. Within four days of going live, the portals had received in excess of 30 000 hits. Kaye is widely known as an innovator and industry leader in the fields of animation and mobility. She is recognised as one of the top 50 women globally in mobile entertainment. The first of the portals, Zwakanaka, is aimed at a street-wise youth culture that wants more than the classic once-off video and music downloads. Through MXit,...

  • Your next Google phone will be your mobile wallet: Schmidt

    A new Google mobile phone, embedded with a chip that makes it a virtual wallet so people can "tap and pay" is poised to make its debut, the Internet giant's chief said. The successor to the Internet firm's Nexus One smartphone runs on fresh "Gingerbread" software and is imbedded with a near-field communication chip for financial transactions, according to Google chief executive Eric Schmidt. "I have here an unannounced product that I carry around with me," Schmidt said on Monday while pulling a touch-screen smartphone from a jacket pocket during an on-stage chat at a Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. "You...

  • Blackberry Pearl 9105: Entry-level form meets high-end function

    If you’re a BlackBerry purist, you might view the Pearl 3G 9105 with its T9-style keyboard as blasphemous; the result of an unholy union between a Nokia "candybar-style" handset and a traditional QWERTY-style BlackBerry smartphone. Look closer however, and you’ll find a powerful device that cleverly bridges the gap between run-of-the-mill feature phones and high-end BlackBerry smartphones. A wolf in sheep's clothing, the Pearl 9105 comes packing top-tier features, including a 624 MHz processor, high speed HSDPA connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, GPS and Research In Motion’s advanced SureType technology for hammering out text on a compact, yet gorgeous 360...

  • Yahoo! opens up to freelance content creators

    Internet giant Yahoo! began opening up its properties to outside writers, photographers and videographers on Monday with the launch of the "Yahoo! Contributor Network." Yahoo! said the Yahoo! Contributor Network would give freelance content creators access to popular destinations such as Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Sports and the Yahoo! homepage. Yahoo! described the network as the "evolution" of Associated Content, a platform hosting 400 000 freelance contributors from around the United States which Yahoo! purchased in May for a reported US$100 million dollars. Chief executive Carol Bartz said Yahoo! had "retooled" the platform "to bring the people's voice to Yahoo!" "Bringing this...

  • Google releases ‘Hotpot’, a recommendation engine for Android

    Google launched a Hotpot recommendation engine that lets people tap into the tastes of trusted friends when it comes to local shops, restaurants, theaters and more. "We're making local search results for places on Google more personal, relevant and trustworthy," product manager Lior Ron said in a blog post. "When you rate places you like, we'll tell you about other related places you'll love." Hotpot meshes information from a Google Places compendium of more than 50-million spots around the world with users' ratings and preferences of friends they invite into their online circles. "Combining these three ingredients makes the hard task...

  • Google speaks out against government restrictions on internet

    Google on Monday decried restrictions on the internet by China, Vietnam and other countries, calling them the "trade barriers of the 21st century" and making a case for new trade rules and talks. "Trade officials and policy-makers should be deeply concerned about the impact of internet information restrictions on economic growth and trade interests," Google said in a policy paper. "And, they should be ready to use current trade rules and negotiating forums to reduce this threat." Google, which was involved in a spat with China this year over censorship and cyber-attacks, said "more than 40 governments now engage in broad-scale restriction...

  • Facebook takes on email

    Reporting from the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco. Project Titan is a secret no longer. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Monday that the company will begin rolling out a "modern messaging system," a tightly-integrated experience that will enable users to manage their e-mail directly from Facebook.com. Zuckerberg was clear that e-mail is only a part of the new offering, however. Young people find email 'too slow' "We don’t think that a modern messaging system is going to be email,” he said.  Facebook's existing messaging system already delivers four billion messages per day, Zuckerberg said, with young people finding email "too slow". Facebook Mail...

  • Facebook launch event — [Live blogging]

    Way back in February of 2010, Michael Arrington wrote on TechCrunch that "Facebook is completely rewriting their messaging product and is preparing to launch a fully-featured webmail product in its place, according to a source with knowledge of the product. Internally it’s known as Project Titan. Or, unofficially and perhaps over-enthusiastically, the Gmail killer." Facebook has been in lockdown all summer long developing a range of new features, and commentators are expecting big things from the event. Memeburn's San Francisco correspondent Kevin Grant is blogging live from the event... Cool crowd here, lots of technorati: Robert Scoble, Charlene Li, & Dan...

  • Apple: ‘Tomorrow is just another day…that you’ll never forget’

    Apple plans to make an iTunes-related announcement on Tuesday. The California gadget-maker said there would be "an exciting announcement from iTunes" at 7:00 am Pacific time (1500 GMT) on Tuesday but declined to reveal any further details. "Tomorrow is just another day. That you'll never forget," said an Apple teaser for the announcement on the home page of Apple.com. Apple launched the latest version of its online entertainment store, iTunes 10, in September along with a music-centered social network, Ping. According to Apple, more than one million users joined Ping in the 48 hours following its launch. Ping, available as a free download at...

  • Five reasons you might choose Facebook Mail over Gmail

    Today marks the beginning of a new age -- at least that’s what the folks at Facebook’s PR department would like us to believe. The momentous event? Facebook are believed to be launching fully fledged email capabilities for all their users. (Memeburn's Silicon Valley correspondent Kevin Grant will be live tweeting and writing from the event on this site: 10am San Francisco time; 1:30am Asia-Pacific Time; 8pm Central African Time CAT) That means all Facebook account holders will soon be able to send and receive emails from their own @facebook.com address. This is a huge leap forward from Facebook’s somewhat...

  • Five key findings about the mobile advertising landscape in Africa

    InMobi, the venture-backed mobile ad network with a focus on Asia, Africa and Indonesia, has announced African results from its landmark study "A Global Consumer View of Mobile Advertising". InMobi provides advertisers and publishers a display mobile advertising platform that claims to reach 50-million Africans through nearly three-billion ad impressions monthly. Of this figure the largest market is South Africa -- with one-billion impressions and 20-million consumers monthly making it "one of the highest monetised markets in the world". The survey, undertaken in partnership with digital marketing intelligence agency ComScore, interviewed 2 500 consumers in South Africa, Kenya,...

  • Five reasons why politicians should embrace social media

    As recent news has shown, the South African government has started showing a significant interest in the media. Take, for example, the highly controversial Protection of Information Bill which is seeking to restrict mainstream media and, in my honest opinion, to impose yet another layer of control by our seemingly well-intentioned and morally-astute government over the equally well-intentioned and morally-astute opinions of the media. Social media is not escaping the government's scrutiny either. Certain factions are poking their un-splintered, un-calloused and un-woodworked fingers into social media, even suggesting a method of control over a medium that is so...