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  • The Kissinger Cables: Wikileaks makes largest release yet

    Wikileaks has made over 1.7-million diplomatic cables available to the public, the largest ever release of formerly confidential information to come from the whistle-blowing organisation. Labeled the "Kissinger Cables", they include diplomatic records from 1973 to 1976. Of the 1.7-million cables, 205 901 are connected to former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger. The full release is around 700-million words long and apparently contains "significant revelations about US involvements with fascist dictatorships, particularly in Latin America, under Franco's Spain (including about the Spanish royal family) and in Greece under the regime of the Colonels." Unlike its previous releases...

  • Why magnetic content is vital to your social media communication strategy

    Did you know that a great magnetic content marketing strategy can boost your social media presence and help you produce interesting, relevant, and consistent engagement with your target audience? Your magnetic content plan can help you keep the goals with your social media strategy focused and on topic so that you can streamline your marketing message. When planning your magnetic content strategy for your social media campaign, it's important that you stay systematic and organized in the following areas: the type of content you are going to publish, when you are going to publish the content, which networks you are...

  • Thief 4 preview: sneaking evolved

    It all begins with Garrett, the beloved protagonist and anti-hero of the original Thief trilogy. In deciding to reboot the franchise, the first question Ubisoft Montreal tackled was this: would Garrett return or not? How to reinvent a character loved by so many old-timers while simultaneously modernising him for a new generation of players? Was Ubisoft prepared to enter into a pact with a legion of gamers who still fondly remember the good old days? It seems it was, because Ubisoft decided Garrett would indeed return, and in doing so, signaled its intention to create the first full-fledged Thief...

  • How much are you worth to Facebook?

    The poorest people in the world achieve hardly any physical privacy. They can’t afford it. A billion people enjoy Facebook because it’s free. What parallels can we draw? Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights entrenches our rights to privacy. Sounds nice, but does it make any sense? Not more sense than the other Declaration articles in our societal system where money rules. Life consists of transactions, many of which are illusionary. In the virtual world, it’s only worse. After money, attention is the most important currency, but the social network users can’t trade with it, only Facebook...

  • Invasion: will international attention boost or badger African tech startups?

    As Africa keeps emitting positive economic signals, international investment will continue to rise. The question is, how will it affect Africa's tech startup scene? Will it boost the fledgling ecosystem, or cannibalise greenfield opportunities? There's a balance in the middle there somewhere, and it's worth exploring. For example, Futurex is the latest international security company to see opportunity in Africa. Based out of Texas USA, the 30-year old company company specialises in encryption for secure transactions. Futurex will be represented in South Africa by Stanchion Payment Solutions. Read more on Ventureburn. 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");

  • Abuse, rape claims roll in against TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington

    TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington appears to be in increasingly hot water. After Gawker unearthed allegations that the blogger and businessman beat his girlfriend and raped another woman, a slew of reports came in from colleagues and tech heavyweights appearing to confirm Arrington's abusive tendencies. The allegations started late last week when one of Arrington's ex-girlfriends, Jenn Allen, the CEO and founder of start-up RTist.com, posted a public status update to more than 4 500 Facebook followers, claiming that Arrington had been physically abusive towards her and had threatened to "murder" her if she ever told anyone. When Gawker posted...

  • Claiming fair use won’t save you if you post content from YouTube’s partners

    If you're a frequent YouTube-r, you've probably seen them: the notices warning that the video you were trying to watch has been removed after a copyright infringement claim. If you're the person who posted the video, and you file a counter-notice arguing the video falls under fair use and the copyright holder doesn't take any further legal action, YouTube can put that video right back where it was. Except, it seems, if the content belongs to one of the music groups it's partnered with. YouTube itself doesn't make judgements on whether or not the contents of a video could be...

  • Google in possible talks to buy WhatsApp

    Google may be in talks with WhatsApp to purchase the mobile chat platform for up to US$1-billion. That's according to rumours reported by Digital Trends. According to the report, the deal started a week ago and the mobile platform seems to be "playing hardball". WhatsApp was founded in 2009 by ex Yahoo! employees Brian Acton and Jan Koum. The company delivers more than one-billion messages a day and has more than 200-million users with more than 100-million downloads on Google's Play store alone. If the rumours are true, WhatsApp will be the next billion dollar tech acquisition, following Facebook's 2012...

  • Meet SandFlea, the robot capable of jumping over buildings

    The next level of urban surveillance is here: meet SandFlea, an 11 pound (5kg) race car like robot that can jump. Yes, it literally hurdles 30 ft (just over nine metres) into the air, enabling it to jump over a standard wall, onto a roof up a flight of stairs or into a second story window. Built by Boston Dynamics, the SandFlea uses gyro stabilization to keep it level during the jump. This also ensures a smooth landing with big rubber wheels to absorb shock as it hits a surface. The gyroscope also makes for a clear view...

  • New Facebook Home ad: and you thought the one with chairs was odd?

    Facebook's ad agency has done it again. Yup, it's made an ad that makes about as much sense as the climax of a Russian art film. The ad stars a young businessman boarding a plane and features a pair of reading beach bums in the carry-on luggage compartments, drag queens, a chocolate-covered infant and, of course, cats. All of this is apparently designed to show you how Facebook Home will transform your life, or at least the way you look at your phone. Every time the man looks at his phone, he escapes back into his imagination with the...

  • 40m of WeChat’s 300m users live outside China

    Yesterday at Boao Forum For Asia 2013, Tencent’s President Martin Lau revealed on stage that WeChat has over 40-million overseas users. That’s out of a total user-base of just over 300-million. Echoing the thoughts of Tencent founder and CEO Pony Ma, Lau believes that mobile internet growth has given a chance for Chinese and Asian technology companies to put themselves onto the global stage. That also includes WeChat competitors, such as NHN Japan’s Line and Korean-made KakaoTalk which has 120-million and over 70-million worldwide users, respectively. Lau also claims that WeChat has topped the app store in Malaysia, the Philippines,...

  • SMI: the smart way to integrate search into your social strategy

    One of the biggest challenges I have with my clients is getting them to understand that ‘search’, or much to my dismay what many of my clients often refer to as cost-per-click (cringe), can no longer be separated from your digital marketing strategy. One of the challenges is getting clients to understand that search is no longer a separate element to your digital strategy; rather a fundamental component to the strategy and everything you do needs to feed back into it – whether it be organic or paid for. The pitfall is that a lot of people see search...

  • Twitter’s silent partner and Facebook’s ad genesis: top stories you should read

    Imagine if you'd helped start one of the most successful social networks on the planet. You'd probably expect people to know who you are, right? Not if you're Jason Goldman. Twitter's 'secret' early employee was more focused on making sure Twitter survived than in building his own fame. Techie glory wasn't a problem for Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, but, like Goldman, they also had to worry about how their social network was going to make money. It's a path that would eventually lead them to Facebook Home. And the Facebook power duo could probably sympathise with some of...

  • 6 kinds of techie you’ll find in every fashionable coffee shop

    Jeez. Self-employed techies. A big part of our working life is the coffee-shop-hop. We find our favourite places and we build relationships. We choose preferred tables, menu items and waiters and over time, people begin to know us by name. But then… There are six types of people who make coffee-shop-hopping unpleasant. You know who they are; you’ve engaged with them before. So we’ve gone one step further, by naming (and hopefully shaming) each member of the Coffee Shop Mafia. Vinnie: the public Skyper Coffee shops are a haven for tech types and creatives, but forget the age of information –...

  • Preparing your startup for an exit? Here are 7 things you should do

    You have a startup. Chances are you will raise some decent cash because your idea is that good. You know it's only a matter of time before you're ready to sell it off to the highest bidder. That's great. We are here to prepare you for that moment. Just because your company is great and the technology is amazing doesn't mean the big guns will come calling. Sometimes no matter how great the startup, it escapes the notice of the buyers. More often than not, you have to go find the buyers. Read more on Ventureburn. 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...