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  • Baidu CEO tells staff to disrupt, innovate… and be like wolves

    Be more wolf-like. That’s one of the rallying cries of Robin Li, CEO and founder of China’s top search engine, Baidu, in an internal email to all employees that was sent out yesterday. The morale-boosting email was leaked out to Techweb, giving an interesting glimpse into one of China’s top web companies at a time when it’s facing new competition in its core business. In the email, which was headlined “Change Starts With You and Me,” Robin Li calls on Baidu employees to think like wolves, to increase investment in innovation, and new businesses, and to be “willing to disrupt ourselves.” Outlining...

  • Is Windows 8 the most intuitive OS yet?

    Many opinions are flying around regarding the Windows 8 UI. Some mention that Microsoft are trying to fix something that was never broken while others note that they’re tired of learning new UI’s. Let’s face it, the Windows 8 UI resembles a mobile interface and it demonstrates the future of devices. This convergence of UI sees the space between mobile and desktop shrink even further. Are we really ready for that? Windows has, until now, been a universal operating system, lowest end users have been able to easily navigate the OS and high-end users could employ it to its full...

  • A rectangle has round corners. Let’s-see-what-happens patent awarded to Apple

    Patent no. D670,286, the "ornamental design for a portable display device" as stated in the patent application, has been awarded to Apple by the US Patent and Trademark Office yesterday. Basically, and in simple English, Apple now has the design patent coverage for rectangular shaped devices with round corners. A design patent is qualified by its drawings, especially solid lines. The patent in question has definite solid lines for the shape of design. While most of Apple's previous patent designs focused on smaller things like the home button and the side profile (yes even that), this design focuses on just...

  • Property goes AR with new Pam Golding app

    The next time you're browsing through the property section of a newspaper, you could find yourself pointing your smartphone at it: international property group Pam Golding has announced the launch of an augmented reality property app. Pam Golding says that it decided to launch the app because it believes that print still has a role to play in the industry. “While it’s true that digital marketing has changed the face of real estate forever, we acknowledge the important role the print media continues to play in advertising properties for sale, and in attracting buyers and sellers," says Pam Golding...

  • Google continues to slip in China search, map rankings

    It may be a synonym for online search in the rest of the world but in China, Google's a minor player. Its presence in the lucrative market is only getting smaller too. Recent numbers from Marbridge Consulting (via The Next Web) show that Google is now the fourth most popular search engine in China behind Baidu, Qihoo 360 and Sogou. A part of that decline is down to the throttling and frequent outages of Google in China. A much larger part however is down to the emergence of Qihoo. After launching in August, it has jumped to second...

  • Microsoft Office for iOS and Android is a reality, comes early 2013

    After many rumours over the last year, it seems that Microsoft Office for Android and iOS will be a reality. According to reports the Redmond giant will release its versions for its main rivals early in 2013. Office for iPad has already been a lingering rumour for a while. Office will be available for iOS first in late February or early March, with an offer to purchase an Office 365 subscription within the app, and allows for basic editing. Versions for Android will be available sometime in May. As a US spokesperson for Microsoft said: "We have said previously Office...

  • Nate Silver: How a math geek used big data to predict the US elections

    This year's US elections saw statistician Nate Silver crunching numbers and spewing predictions guided by big data and smart algorithms -- and the math geek is pretty famous today. Silver was already fairly well known for his work on baseball and political forecasting especially on New York Times owned blog Fivethirtyeight, but this election has shot his name through the stratosphere. In 2008 Silver called 49 out of 50 states, missing only Indiana (which went to Obama by 0.1%.) This year, according to projections, his data driven model correctly predicted 50 out of 50 states. Earlier in the election...

  • We’ve broken this startup thing

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how our ideals and idols are totally broken and that we needed to re-evaluate how we work on, and within online / digital / technology companies. So I was quite sad to see another idol admitting that same brokenness. I’m trying to figure out when and why it became so acceptable for us to: Leave the office at 7pm AND then go home to work some more. Not take any kind of non-working holiday. Working every single weekend. Compromise on every, single aspect of our lives in favour of work. 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...

  • Vodacom scuppers social play The Grid

    Vodacom has announced kill off its social networking play The Grid by 1 December. The location-based social network, which in 2010 had around two million members in South Africa, Nigeria and Tanzania, was accessible by mobile users around the world. The Grid, which was formed in 2007 alongside instant messaging service Meep, allowed people to chat to friends, see where they were on a map and share pictures and videos with them. It also briefly partnered with South African-based terrestrial TV network etv to show the daily mood of the country during the morning weather report. ...

  • 5 steps to building digital communities that really impact your business

    One of the more appealing opportunities for brands engaging with customers in social media is soliciting candid feedback about their products and service. With the right amount of investment in your communities these insights can have a profound impact on the way you conduct research, design business processes, train staff, build products and more. Strategy starts with defining clear objectives. The same applies to social media (or digital) strategy -- without clear objectives at the start, engagement falls flat. Traditionally these objectives are defined by the business and are in line with your brand ideals. Your brand ideals are all...

  • At the listening post: why you could benefit from a social command centre

    One of the biggest barriers most medium and large organisations face as they try to become truly social enterprises, is the low awareness of the importance of social monitoring and conversation among their operational employees and divisions. The result is that the social media strategy becomes driven largely by the marketing or public relations department, with few linkages to product strategy or customer service. That’s why we are starting to see large, innovative companies implement social media listening centres that serve as nerve centres for all their social media listening and activity. Here, they are able to get high-level situational...

  • The US election as seen on Instagram [Photos]

    America and the rest of the world can now begin the slow path to recovery after Tuesday night's election which saw President Barack Obama get re-elected as the 44th president of the United States. The president's victory tweet saw a record-breaking personal retweet number on Twitter with 378 633 retweets. According to Twitter, "With 20-million tweets, Election Day just became the most tweeted about event in US political history." On popular photo-based social network, Instagram, hashtags such as #4MoreYears, #uselection and #obama were also popular. Following the president's victory tweet and email we though we would give our pick of some of...

  • Obama thanks Twitter for victory, sets retweet record

    Four more years. That's how long US president Barack Obama has been given to implement his policies on America. While Republican contender Mitt Romney took some time to concede defeat, Obama's official Twitter account thanked people for giving him victory while some states were still being counted. This happened because of you. Thank you.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012 We're all in this together. That's how we campaigned, and that's who we are. Thank you. -bo— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012 Four more years. twitter.com/BarackObama/st…— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012 In the process, Obama set a new retweet record....

  • US election: Check out Donald Trump’s Lolworthy Twitter rant

    Known more for his big hair and his role in US reality TV show The Apprentice, businessman Donald Trump has come out against the re-election of President Barack Obama. In a series of vitriolic tweets, Trump calls the election "a sham and a travesty", and "a disgusting injustice". The capitalist, who made an early run at the Republican candidacy, clearly isn't an Obama fan: We can't let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012 Lets fight like hell and stop this great and...

  • Read Barack Obama’s victory email to his supporters

    Okay okay, it's not quite as cool as his victory tweet, but US president Barack Obama's email to his supporters prior to his victory speech is pretty powerful. The incumbent appears to have won by a much larger margin than many would have predicted, with analysts currently giving him 303 electoral college votes to Mitt Romney's 206. As was the case with the tweets he sent out upon victory, Obama thanks his supporters for getting him back into the White House. "You took ownership of this campaign five and ten dollars at a time", he says. He also suggest that...