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  • How the internet may be hurting our environment [Infographic]

    Here is a pretty comprehensive and well-researched infographic which looks into the effect the internet has on our environment. It makes the startling claim that "one search engine query can equate to driving your car three inches". The working world can also affect our environment, simply by working from home for two days a week can save the world a great deal of energy. Credit. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Paypal to help set up e-commerce hub in China

    US online payment service Paypal has agreed to help set up an international e-commerce hub in southwestern China as more foreign companies cash in on the country's fast-growing Internet market. Paypal and the government of Chongqing have signed a deal to jointly develop a foreign exchange settlement platform in the mega-city to enable users to pay for cross-border online shopping transactions, they said in a joint statement. They also agreed to set up five international e-commerce centres over the next few months for verification, investment promotion, national telesales, merchant training and regional business development. Chongqing has become a popular destination for foreign...

  • World’s largest internet market just got larger

    The world's biggest online market just got bigger. There are now 450-million Chinese internet users, which is just over a third of the country's 1,3-billion-strong population, claims the country's government. This is added to the country's rapidly growing mobile internet user base. The China Internet Network Information Center (CINIC) reported last year that there were at least 277 million mobile Web users in China, up 43 million in six months. This figure is likely to have now surpassed the 300-million mark. The total number of cellphone subscribers in China tops 600-million -- all potential mobile internet users as the smartphone...

  • US mayor tweets through snow crisis

    While other officials took heat for their lame response to paralysing US blizzards, Newark's mayor ingeniously used Twitter and earnt himself political kudos for helping dig out those in need. "I need street names and patience," Cory Booker told one worried tweeter as up to 80 centimeters (32 inches) of snow trapped many New Jersey residents in their homes. An avalanche of responses followed, many of which Booker answered with personal house calls, shovel in hand. His Twitter account, @CoryBooker, reads like a real-time history of one man's struggle to free his city from the snow. "I'm on my way to Treamont...

  • Memeburn’s outstanding memes of 2010

    Culture defines an era and the internet is our time’s Rosetta Blog. While the cultural touchstones might be ephemeral and fleeting, we have to realise and appreciate the journey that brought us here. An insignificant event or idea can gradually evolve into a complicated and awesome product that needs to be recognised. We need to embrace the year for what it has given us and Memeburn is proud to bring you (in no particular order) the Best Memes of 2010. Still not sure what a meme is? It's an idea or belief, or pattern of behaviour that spreads...

  • Groupon raises $500m

    Internet sensation Groupon, which specialises in dishing out local bargains, says it has raised $500-million, just weeks after rejecting a multi-billion-dollar takeover bid by Google. The mega-financing, revealed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), was part of a funding round launched on December 17 that could fetch up to $950-million dollars. Google was believed to have offered more than five billion dollars to buy up the online discount shopping site early this month, but Groupon decided to remain independent. The Chicago-based startup is also considering an initial public offering to issue common stock or shares for the first time as part...

  • Egyptian president urged to free jailed Facebook user

    Reporters Without Borders has issued a joint call with rights groups for Egypt's president to intervene after an Internet user was sentenced to jail for starting a Facebook group for army recruits. President Hosni Mubarak was asked to "intercede in the case of Ahmed Hassan Bassyouni, a young man who was sentenced to six months in prison by a military court" on November 29, it said in an statement received in Cairo. The sentence was handed down to Bassyouni "just for encouraging his fellow Egyptian Internet users to enlist in the Egyptian armed forces," said the Paris-based media watchdog. RSF said it...

  • China cracks down on VOIP phone services

    China wants to restrict Internet phone services -- a move that could affect thousands of businesses and individuals making cheap calls via web-based communications companies such as Skype. "We are carrying out with relevant authorities a campaign to crack down on illegal Voice over Internet Protocol phone services", the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said in a circular posted online earlier this month. In the brief notice, which did not offer details on the crackdown or a timetable for shutting down 'illegal' services, the ministry listed a telephone hotline for citizens to report any violations. The ministry declined comment when asked...

  • Skype brings video calling to iPhone, iPod, iPad

    Skype has finally launched a new application for the iPhone, iPod and iPad allowing video calls via its popular service. The latest version of Skype, available in the Apple App Store, takes advantage of the latest iPhones and iPod music players being equipped with front-facing cameras to offer the video calls. Skype is a popular voice-over-IP application, allowing computer users to bypass telecommunications companies by routing calls through the Internet. While previous versions of Skype allowed some mobile phone users to make voice calls, this is the first time mobile phone users will be able to join computer users in making video...

  • Memeburn’s tech winners of 2010: Apple, Microsoft, Zynga, WikiLeaks

    At times the technology stories of 2010 read like the pages of gossip magazines. Ex-HP CEO Mark Hurd’s sex scandal -- slander or truth? The Social Network’s portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg as the evil genius archetype --accurate or simply Hollywood sensationalism? As Julian Assange and Wikileaks became water-cooler conversation and the world watched the story unfold like a soap opera, everyone had an opinion. It’s been an incredible year in the tech sector, and as it draws to a close it's time to reflect on some of the definitive companies, people and products that made the world a better place. 1....

  • Memeburn’s tech losers of 2010: Google, Yahoo, netbooks, paywalls

    Most of the widely publicised failures of the year have happened to the most successful companies -- organisations that can easily weather experimental projects or changes. They are able to bounce back, even after massive setbacks because of their “failing forward” approaches: Risk management, PR, and monetary reserves set aside for research and development. They dare to break new ground, and provide valuable insight to entrepreneurs who were mulling similar experimental projects. In part two of our series (read Part one: Tech winners here), we take a look at some of the less successful developments in the tech world during...

  • Memorable tweets of 2010: BP, Aussies, WikiLeaks, Palin, Vuvuzela, Pigspotter

    The World Cup, the BP Gulf oil spill, Wikileaks, the launch of the iPad, Chilean miners... 2010 was a year with plenty of opportunities for online witticisms and criticisms. The 140-character-enforced brevity of Twitter means that it often distilled a current topic down to its essence. The phrase, “Did you see that tweet about…” became as common as the sound of vuvuzelas during this year. Selecting the best tweets was no easy task: There were more than two-billion tweets posted on a monthly basis in 2010. Here's ten of Memeburn's favourites: 1. “Breaking News: Paris Hilton to be charged with ambush...

  • Yola signs ‘potentially massive’ deal with HP

    Yola, the South African-based company that provides tools allowing anyone to build a simple website, has signed "a potentially massive" partnership deal with global computer manufacturer HP that could significantly expand its reach. The deal will see a Yola icon installed on the desktop of every HP computer sold in the future. And that's quite a few computers: According to Silicon Valley tech blog TechCrunch, HP sells two computers per second, or more than 60-million computers every year. Vinny Lingham, CEO and founder of Yola, explains: "There will be an icon on the desktop and other parts of the PC,...

  • 2010: 10 key tech moments that are shaping our future

    As 2010 draws to a close, it's time to reflect on some of the key technologies that have influenced, inspired and dominated the mobile, web and software product markets this year: 1. The Rise of the Tablets Announced in early January, Apple's iPad was one of the most significant product launches this year: The world's first fully functional tablet PC. Described as being revolutionary and magical, many early critics initially dismissed the device as nothing more than a larger version of the iPod Touch. Yet, it was anything but that. The iPad set the standard for tablet devices with...

  • You did what!? Six social media rules for the holidays

    We’ve all had a few embarrassing or incriminating mishaps on Facebook. After all, even if you untag yourself, you can’t remove other people’s photos. Relationships end over moments like this: “Uh, honey? Who’s this guy you’re hugging in the picture Alice took?” – and jobs can be placed on the line – “Guess what Mike? Apparently the hottie you met at the beach yesterday has posted that you offered her a contract.” This time of year is called the silly season for a reason. Things tend to get out of hand and onto the web far more easily. So be...