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  • YouTube music videos that have crossed the 100 million views mark

    YouTube has become so popular that video views can run into the hundreds of millions. We compiled a list of the Top 10 most popular YouTube videos, each with more than 100 million views, according to Visible Measures. Soulja Boy: Crank DatMusic Video | Universal 722,438,268 views Twilight Saga: New MoonFilm | Summit Entertainment 639,966,996 views Beyonce: Single LadiesMusic Video | Sony Music Entertainment / Columbia 522,039,429 views Michael Jackson: ThrillerMusic Video | Epic Records 443,535,722 views The Gummy Bear Song Music Video | Gummibear International 394,327,606 views Lady Gaga: Poker FaceMusic Video | Universal 374,606,128 views Lady Gaga: Bad RomanceMusic Video | Universal 360,020,327 views Timbaland: Apologize (feat. One Republic)Music Video | Mosley Music Group / Blackground / Interscope 355,404,824...

  • Twitter breaks news, but will it break journalism?

    Twitter's value to breaking news quickly and efficiently is beyond doubt, but the accuracy of the news being reported is far from perfect. This weekend, Twitter was abuzz with the news that South Africa’s former national police commissioner, Jackie Selebi, was found guilty of both charges he was facing. But the initial buzz on Twitter was wrong, or at least not 100% accurate. At first it was reported on Twitter that he was found guilty on charges of corruption and obstruction of justice. What happened initially was that journalists reporting from the courthouse got the first tweet wrong, which meant all the retweets got...

  • Four alternatives to YouTube for video marketing

    When it comes to video marketing, YouTube is usually the first video-sharing site that people think of when considering where to submit their video content. This isn’t surprising as YouTube is the undisputed leader in terms of audience reach, market share, and the volume of video content that is uploaded to it everyday. Ironically though, the site’s phenomenal success means that it is becoming increasingly hard to make your content stand out due to the large volumes of other content on every conceivable subject matter. Unless you hit the viral jackpot, which is tricky and unpredictable, you therefore may not...

  • Zoopy launches iPhone app

    The guys from Zoopy, a major African video sharing site, have released their official iPhone app, which allows users to view and share videos on the go. After downloading the app, my first impressions were that the app was pretty impressive. Its interface was well designed, generally slick and fast. The app has a featured section which highlights some of the best videos on Zoopy's site, the ability to search and a Zoopy TV section. A key feature of the app enables users to upload their own videos they have captured -- a treat with the new iPhone 4's HD video recording....

  • The future of mobile app development lies in simplicity

    With the move of computing power away from the desktop to cellphones and other mobile devices, computing is becoming increasingly intimate and integrated into daily life. In his latest book, "Mobile Mania", Simon Silvester (EVP Head of Planning at Young and Rubicam and Executive Planning Director, Wunderman Europe Middle East and Africa), argues that computings’ new intimacy, driving as it does aspects of our social, shopping, travel and personal communication, offers amazing opportunities for mobile app developers and entrepreneurs. Memeburn.com caught up with Simon Silvester to find out where he believes the future of mobile app development rests. Memeburn: You...

  • 5 popular open source eCommerce platforms

    There are so many off-the-shelf web solutions out there, many website owners are asking: Why should I bother building it myself? When thinking about their eCommerce platform, a site owner faces three key choices: the Software as a Service hosted solution, download and install an open source or purchased solution, or just build it yourself. There are also many hosted eCommerce solutions available such as Shopify, BigCartel or Vendr which may offer a quicker and easier setup, but perhaps don't offer the same ownership of content as downloadable, open-source software. The software reviewed below is by no means a complete list...

  • Move over mobile, what about web apps?

    Apps developers are rushing to mobile en masse yet there is another large market, says Joseph Puopolo, director of marketing at OPENapps, and it's web site applications. "Web site owners need apps for all sorts of functions, such as ticketing, etc. We are offering a marketplace for such apps and a platform that allows those apps to be used on all types of web sites without requiring special plugins." OPENapps moves beyond the "widget" concept in that it uses a site's CSS styling to automatically integrate into the site, and it pulls the application layer from the app host. This means...

  • Newspass: Why Google’s paywall plans may just work

    Google has been quietly testing a new paywall system for publishers it is calling “Newspass”. According to Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Google has been piloting the service with publishers in Italy. The search giant will apparently launch "an integrated payment system" allowing users to buy news content with just "one click". Newspass would allow publishers to use a single infrastructure for Web, mobile and tablet computers to monetise their content. Importantly, La Repubblica reports that consumers will have a single log-in across a multitude of news sites that would be flexible enough to accommodate various kinds of payments, including long-term subscriptions...

  • Is Google launching a new rival to Facebook?

    Rumours are flying on the internet that Google is about to go head-to-head with Facebook with a new social network called “Google Me”. If so, then it's a confrontation that has been a long time coming between the two heavyweights of the modern internet. Their rivalry dates back to one of the first big public blows to Google. Back in 2007, the search engine giant was working on a large investment deal to partner with Facebook. But the deal, instead of going to Google, ended up going to Microsoft, who bought 1.6 percent of Facebook with a $240-million investment. Since...

  • CAR, Getaway magazines to be available on iPad

    South African online publisher RamsayMedia has announced it is to make digital editions of its titles available on iPad "within weeks". The media house says it has signed an agreement with Zinio, a global leader in digital publishing technology, to publish CAR and Getaway using Zinio’s iPad App platform. The publisher says this move is the "latest development in RamsayMedia’s drive to deliver content to consumers using multiple touchpoints". Memeburn understands that the country's biggest online publisher News24 is also rumoured to have created a custom iPad application which will be imminently available. The soon-to-be available application is...

  • Saul Klein: Price of SA broadband an ‘absolute disgrace’

    One of South Africa’s most successful exports, web entrepreneur and venture capitalist Saul Klein, has labelled the cost of broadband in his home country “an absolute disgrace” and urged the members of The Silicon Cape to function as a pressure group in lobbying for cheaper broadband. Klein, who was born in Johannesburg and is married to a South African, currently manages a $2.5-billion venture capital fund, and is a “massive believer” in early stage venture capital. His CV reads like a greatest hits of the Internet over the last 10 years, from early work at Blogger, last.fm and Betfair then...

  • African entrepreneurs need to actively embrace world expertise

    The landing of a series of undersea cables is going to solve an infrastructural problem that has long plagued Africa. However, in order for the continent to properly realise the full potential of a global customer base, African technologists need to expose themselves more to the insights and learrnings of the developed world, writes Gareth Knight, the MD of Technovated and founder of the Tech4Africa conference. New international submarine communication cables are starting to ring the continent, bringing with them the promise of cheaper broadband. That means Africa will soon have the infrastructure to be able to compete more effectively...

  • Five ways to leverage Twitter without tweeting

    As everyone’s favorite micro-blogging platform, Twitter’s high rate of adoption by businesses isn’t surprising. Among other reasons, Twitter’s large user base, especially in countries like the US, means it is an effective way to extend your brand’s reach to large groups of people at a low cost, as well as to interact with your past, present and future customers. Besides Twitter’s core functionality of sharing short updates of text, video, pictures or files with a group of followers, you can also use it in several other strategic ways to build your business – and none of them involve writing even...

  • Mig33 riding the emerging market mobile wave

    The Singapore-based mobile social network and chat service mig33 claims to have grown to about 40-million registered users almost exclusively by virtue of its Java (J2ME) application. The J2me application is available on about 2 000 different mobile handsets since the service was founded in 2006. mig33 is riding a wave of rapid adoption of mobile devices across the world, and particularly in emerging markets, which is underpinning the growth of vast new markets. According to Gartner, by 2013 mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common Web access device worldwide. By 2014 more than three billion of the world’s...

  • iPhone apps capitalise on iOS4 update

    With the release of Apple's latest iPhone and iPod operating system iOS4 last week, the quality control team at the iTunes App Store has been hard-at-work approving updates to iPhone applications in the past week. Not only does this mean loads of updates for users, but it also means a couple of new apps showing up on the app store which have taken advantage of the new operating system's capabilities such as an improved battery life, the ability to create folders, and of course, multi-tasking. Here are three notable apps which caught my eye and are worthy of a...