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  • Rise and rise of mobile media

    Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun provides a glimpse of mobile media in the future.... Japanese media are the undisputed world leaders in mobile media. When many places on the planet weren’t even using their cellphones for SMS, the Japanese had mastered delivering content on the mobile platform, and making a solid business from it. Japan’s Asahi Shimbun is a big media player in world terms. The newspaper has a massive circulation of around 12-million (8-million for morning edition, 4-million for evening edition). Despite these outrageous figures, Asahi is only the second biggest newspaper in Japan. I’d just hate to see how big...

  • Move over iPhone: This is the ultimate converged phone

    Now this is the true iPhone killer we have all been waiting for. Sorry for all you guys that spent your $$$ buying the iPhone. This is the baby you: 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");

  • The local web: The year that was 2007

    It's been a cool year for the Web in South Africa. Year of the blog? We saw the arrival of two blog aggregators Afrigator and amatomu.com, and there was talk of a third. The former was recognised by CNN as a major web startup outside the US and also received mentions on the famous Read/Write Web. Amatomu got covered locally in FinWeek, Maverick, Intelligence and Financial Mail. Arthur Goldstuck did an anecdotal study that gave us the first rough picture of the local blogosphere. His study showed it was smaller than many of us thought. We also saw the truly brilliant Bolton...

  • Vinny Lingham: The man to watch in 2008

    Web entrepreneur Vinny Lingham will be my local web 2.0 story to watch for 2008. Despite his early critics, Vinny has put his money where his mouth is and secured some useful venture capital for his new baby, Synthasite. Earlier this year, Synthasite raised US$5-million in investment from a Richemont subsidiary, Swiss-based Columbus Venture Capital. It's not a huge amount by world standards, but certainly useful and easily enough to take the project, a typically inexpensive web 2.0 creation, to the next level. When I first blogged about Synthasite a while back, I hadn't used it much and admittedly was...

  • Cool Larry and Sergey Google presentation

    Spotted this interesting Google video on Stafford Masie's blog (the new local Google head). It's a relaxed, informal talk at TED on Google's philosophies around running their business and their various labs projects, with some mention of Orkut, Google News and other projects. (South Africa also gets a mention in it). It's worth a watch... 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");

  • After 10 Years of Blogs, the Future's Brighter Than Ever

    From Wired: In the 10 years since the first site known as a "weblog" went online, the blog has matured from a geek niche to the internet's dominant publishing paradigm. Blogs have come a long way since Dec. 17, 1997, when Jorn Barger coined the term "weblog" to describe the list of links on his Robot Wisdom website that "logged" his internet wanderings. In the decade hence, blogs have come to dominate the net, from 100 million personal diaries to the breaking news sections of the august The New York Times.... read onvar 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");

  • Blogger covers another side of ANC Polokwane conference

    Of all the news reports I've read on the African National Congress (ANC) Polokwane conference so far, the live coverage from our blogger Ndumiso Ngcobo, who is at the event, has honestly been the most interesting. The ANC conference is a major event for South Africa, set to determine the next leader of the country's ruling party and perhaps the political future of the country. Ndumiso was a natural choice to be our blogger at the conference. His brilliant writing on our Thought Leader platform has had us in stitches constantly for the past three months. We were keen to...

  • Jimmy Wales 'Facebook plans': Now watch the video

    Local blogger Dave Duarte has edited the original iCommons video of Jimmy Wales' presentation where the Wikipedia boss discusses and shows slides that have led to speculation he is planning a Facebook competitor. The initial story first broken on this blog about Wales' revelations and Nic Haralambolous's subsequent screenshots caused a major international blogging fest, with Techcrunch, Mashable, Wired and Techmeme all picking up on the story. In the video, Wales says he will be releasing his Facebook version as open source software, hoping to attract a "large amount of developers" to the project. In the video, Wales also elaborates more...

  • SA sites caught up in Google PageRank 'carnage'

    About a month ago, Google's latest pagerank updates saw a number of major international news sites, A-list bloggers and local sites have their rankings slashed. There was speculation in the international blogosphere that Google's move had to do with the legitimate practice of sites selling paid links, however this is unconfirmed as Google has yet to comment on the move. Pagerank is the formula Google uses to determine the order in which search results appear. The move has created an international outcry amongst many site owners as pagerank is often regarded (incorrectly) as an indication of the quality of the...

  • Is Facebook overrated?

    In amongst the hype and the frenzy, comes this from Time magazine: "You want to buy low expectations," says David Trainer, president of the business-valuation firm New Constructs. Google went public amid widespread skepticism, but Facebook has been anointed by its boosters as the next Google, despite MySpace's bigger audience and deeper pockets. As is always the case with the Web, some investors are going to make epic amounts of money. Others won't.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");

  • Future web trends

    Here's the presentation I did at a recent iCommons Innovations Series talk with Mr Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, a while back. Honoured to be in such company. I did an adapted version of it again at the recent "Publish Online" conference in Cape Town. The presentation now has a slightly less pretentious title: changed it from "Future of the web" to "Future web trends". It's got some crazy, out there predictions ("Decline of nation states") and some obvious predictions (Fast, ubiquitous, always-on internet) -- some of my own and some I've got from other sites, including Read Write Web and...

  • Why you may need to change your email password, now

    Now for something completely different: The web 2.0 world requires people to register accounts with logins and passwords these days. I am registered with so many of these services, some I use and some I don't use, that I've lost track. Apparently, the typical internet user these days has upwards of 21 different accounts that require passwords, says a British online-security consultant NTA Monitor in Wikipedia. Now I'm guessing that most people, like me, don't come up with a range of different passwords for each and every one of the many accounts they sign up for -- but tend to...

  • Venture Capital: The lies people tell

    Got this from a presentation by David Murray of Cape Venture Partners, a Venture Capital fund which has invested in quite a few successful businesses. Was alerted by a comment about 10 seconds after I posted this (literally) that it was originally adapted from Guy Kawasaki, here and here. So duly credited. Top ten lies entrepreneurs tell 1. “Our market is $X billion” 2. “We won’t need a second round of financing” 3. “A large contract with BigCo is signing next week” 4. “If we sell less than 50% of the company we still have control” 5. “All our estimates are very conservative” 6. “We...

  • Vodacom’s foray into mobile advertising

    Blogging from PublishOnline in Cape Town... Graunt Kruger who works for Vodacom's mobile advertising department had the audience at the conference gasping at the big numbers and big strategies. Graunt disagrees with me, but Vodacom -- who are now Online Publishing Association members -- are looking more and more like a media company these days. Here's the irony, Vodacom is one of the biggest advertisers in the country. But now the tables have turned as they are now accepting advertising on their mobile site, which attracts a big local audience of around 1,4-million monthly users and more than 16-million page impressions...

  • Ten more web trends for the future

    The good folks at Read/Write Web (still my most favourite website) had such an outrageous response to their first post on "10 web trends for the future", that they have come up with ten more -- or rather their users have come up with ten more. Some are obvious omissions (hyperlocal) others are a little on the obscure side ("Blog reading automatically input into our brain"), but never the less interesting. 1. Integration into everyday devices 2. Hyperlocal 3. Data retrievel/manipulation agents 4. Read/Write/Request Web (a.k.a. a "living machine agent") 5. User-controlled, open Internet Identity 6. New forms of Internet Interaction 7. Extended Reality 8. Expert Systems 9....