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  • Twitter partners with mobile operators as it prepares for a possible $15bn IPO

    With Facebook on Wall Street and about to come to the end of its first official year of trading, everyone in the tech world is curious about when Twitter will file its initial public offering (IPO). There is has been much speculation around the microblogging's site IPO set for 2014. According to Greencrest Capital, a research firm for soon-to-IPO businesses, a project valuation for Twitter can be established using its performance in the secondary markets. "Using the secondary market for shares to mark enterprise value is a very difficult and opaque process. It is a rumor-rich and special-share-class...

  • Get ahead in social media: be useful

    Social media marketing is all about being useful to your target audience and helping people. In simple terms, solve the problems of the people you are trying to reach and provide them with information that can help them. It's as easy as that. Once you understand and are doing social media that way, you can build a name for yourself. Using social media in your business is a form of strategic marketing. Monitor and listen to the conversations online, mentions about your brand and products, and then use social media channels to direct and shape the conversation going on. Doing...

  • The 10 most followed tech brands on Twitter right now

    Asking whether your brand is on Twitter is a little redundant these days. It's been replaced by more pertinent questions, like: "what is your brand really doing on Twitter?" and "what are you doing to make Twitter work for your brand?". To get an idea of how to answer those questions it's worth looking at what the biggest brands on Twitter are doing right, what kind of tone they adopt and how they interact with their followers. Doing so can also give you an idea of how brands are perceived by the public. In that vein, Memeburn has collated...

  • The 10 most anticipated indie games of 2013

    This time of year has a serious lack of new releases. I’m not sure if people are still playing through the mass of games that are released towards the end of year, but January, even right up until March is a seriously dry gaming period, with perhaps only one or two titles that I find interesting. Luckily, for those of us who love these things, indie games provide a great alternative to AAA titles. Read more on Gearburn. 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 White House responds: sorry geeks, we won’t build you a Death Star

    Ah man! Just when we thought there was hope. The petition to ask the US presidency to start securing the resources and funding to build a Death Star by 2016 has been officially dismissed by the White House, which says it objects to blowing up planets. In an entertaining semi-serious official response, the authorities have squashed the petition (which was signed by more than 34 000 people) on the grounds that while it would generate employment, it would be too costly to fork out the estimated US$850-trillion in construction funding for the space station/battleship. It also said it was concerned...

  • RIP Aaron Swartz: Researchers celebrate activist with #pdftribute

    Academics, researchers and activists from around the world have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to internet activist and Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz who committed suicide this weekend. A couple of years ago Swartz allegedly used the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) computer network to download and distribute thousands of articles from fee-paying journal sites. US federal prosecutors then got wind of what Swartz had done and threatened to put him in jail for 35 years. According to the Wall Street Journal, the activist hanged himself after the prosecutors refused to broker a deal, insisting he plead guilty...

  • Anonymous hacks MIT site in response to Aaron Swartz suicide

    Hacker collective Anonymous has responded to the suicide of Reddit co-founder and internet activist Aaron Swartz by hacking a number of MIT sites. The group took over the cogen.mit.edu and rledev.mit.edu sites (both of which appear to have since been returned to normal), posting a tribute to Swartz and calling for reforms to existing online law. Their message is however still available through a release on Pastebin: Whether or not the government contributed to his suicide, the government's prosecution of Swartz was a grotesque miscarriage of justice, a distorted and perverse shadow of the justice that Aaron died fighting...

  • Samsung’s rise continues as Galaxy S range sales hit 100 million

    Global domination: all but complete. Samsung's Galaxy S range of flagship smartphones (as in the Galaxy S I, II and III) has passed the 100-million sales mark, according to the Korean manufacturer. Yes, Samsung has sold more than a 106-million units of its top-tier phones in less than three years -- according to local site Yonhap News, that number is composed of 25-million original Galaxy S phones, 40-million of its award-winning S IIs and 41-million units of the hugely successful follow-up, the S III. What's interesting to note is the acceleration in the pace of sales -- the company...

  • Bing managed to steal 0.2% of Google’s search market share in December

    Looks like all of Microsoft's Bing marketing stunts are starting to have an effect. Sort of. The search engine everyone loves to laugh at managed to steal a little ground from Google in the search market during December. According to recent research from Comscore, Google still leads the market it helped redefine with 66.7% market share Bing managed to get 16.3% of the US search engine market. Yahoo! meanwhile accounted for 12.2% (up 0.1 percentage points) of the market, with the rest being made up of smaller services. As The Next Web points out though, raw market share...

  • Major Chinese angel investor calls for more online freedom

    Like most of China’s big tech investment gurus, Xu Xiaoping is on Sina Weibo. And although fellow tech investor Kaifu Lee just spent some quality time with China’s State Security officers for advocating more press freedom in China, Xu Xiaoping has apparently not been intimidated into silence, and recently posted this call for greater internet freedom to his weibo account: As China opens the door to development, it needs to reduce the internet is closed off. For example, the extremely valuable international movie database imdb.com; at the very least that ought to be unblocked. China wants...

  • 17 movies to geek out to in 2013

    No matter what we say about the current state of Hollywood and the movie industry in general, one thing is for sure: it has never worked harder to bring geeks entertainment. The last year saw some great geek oriented films including The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers and Judge Dredd. There were also the not-so-great offerings such as the disappointments that were Prometheus and The Amazing Spiderman. This year there are quite a few movies that the geek community is expecting. This list could go on forever if every single movie was included so we've chosen a few of...

  • Funding piracy by mistake and killing Netbooks: top stories you should read

    Yep, pirates and assassins. And tech. But our latest round-up of top tech stories also outlines the problem with seeing online advertising as a numbers game, the man behind one of tech's biggest companies and the plan behind Google+. Can social media sell soap? This opinion piece uses the analogy that traditional advertisers were like Mad Men's Don Draper: they thought about what people would respond to, and were successful, because there were no metrics to prove otherwise. But online, most things could be tracked and neatly quantified -- until social media arrived. You may not get a direct...

  • Getting it right: 5 things to tick off your social media checklist for 2013

    As 2012 fades into our rearview mirrors, it is time to reflect on the past year to identify what we did right (and wrong) and changes we need to make in 2013 to derive more value out of our social media efforts. I have listed a number of behaviours below which I have noted on a number of platforms which people should either do more of or stop immediately. By doing so, it will make these environments better for all. Broadcast vs conversation Twitter was developed specifically to support online social interaction. This implies bi-directional dialogue between many or multiple entities....

  • Can BuzzFeed usher in a new golden age of journalism and advertising?

    It was just over a year ago that BuzzFeed hired editor-in-chief Ben Smith away from Politico to help build the cat-happy publication into a major media company. In the intervening months, it hasacquired a Facebook advertising company, hired a longform editor, set up a video division led by Ze Frank in a new Los Angeles office, and launched an entertainment section. Last week it closed a Series D round of US$19-million, even though the US$15-million it raised in a Series C round sits in the bank, virtually untouched. The new round brought the total funding raised to US$43.6-million and reportedly valued BuzzFeed at US$200-million. More...

  • Event tech startup Virtuvent to ‘set industry standard’ and ‘spark copy-cats’

    If you've ever watched a stable, HD webcast of a product announcement, easily registered for an event or enjoyed a high-speed internet connection while venturing around a trade show floor, you'll appreciate the companies that work behind the scenes to make it all work efficiently. Virtuvent, an events tech company with a strong South African connection, has a strong integrated approach and some notable events under its belt. Officially launched in October last year, Virtuvent is a B2B startup that targets large or enterprise events, with cloud-based software to manage the logistics, communications and video of the events. Read...