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  • Apple hit by same hackers who took down Facebook

    It's not often that Number One Infinite Loop admits to weaknesses, but today Apple admitted that hackers had breached its employees' computers. The hackers are believed to be the same Chinese ones who caused chaos at Facebook late last week when they targeted employees' laptops. Apple says the attack it faced is much less severe and only affected a few its employees' Macintosh computers and that "there was no evidence that any data left Apple." The Cupertino-based giant said it would also release an app designed to protect its users from the malware used in the attack. With attacks on...

  • Russia’s Yandex on the up and up: 42% profit increase in 2012

    Things are looking good for Russian search and internet services giant Yandex. The company, which controls around 60% of Russia's search market, posted some seriously solid financial results for 2012. Revenues for the year were US$947.1-million, up 44% year-on-year while profits were up 42% to US$270.7-million for the year. While that's not quite not quite as impressive as the growth it showed from 2010 to 2011, its worth bearing in mind that Yandex spent a lot of time in 2012 expanding into other markets and launching a host of new products. This year meanwhile, the company launched the...

  • Alibaba rolls out new search engine, heats up competition with Google

    China’s biggest e-commerce company, Alibaba, now has a search engine. Using the name of its cloud computing division, the newly-launched search service is at s.aliyun.com and features tabs for searching news, sites, images, and maps. We reached out to Alibaba, but an Aliyun department representative could not comment on this new product. Aliyun might be best known to Chinese consumers as the name of Alibaba’s own mobile OS, which launched back in July 2011 (and whose flagship Acer phone was notoriously shot down by Google last year). Since its inception, Aliyun OS has gradually expanded into other web-based applications,...

  • How Nando’s became a victim of its own tactical advertising success

    Nobody does tactical advertising better than Nando’s. Over the years, the fast food chicken franchise established a reputation for putting out sharp, witty and timely online ads in response to current events. Before the days of Facebook and Twitter, it relied on print; now its ads are distributed via social media, rapidly going viral. It works incredibly well for it, so much so that it’s almost become a form of "prevertising". The moment there’s a big news event, people think: where’s the Nando’s ad? It's colonised our minds to a point where in a sense, we advertise for it...

  • Manti Te’o and the elusive catfish — social media’s new piranha

    By now, you’ve read about the Manti T’eo scandal. No? It’s a pretty hard story to summarise, because it’s crazier than a box full of angry snakes. Basically, a promising young college football player, Manti T’eo, fell in love online, with a perfect woman named Lennay Kekua. They spoke for hours over the phone, he chatted to her parents and siblings over email, and theirs was a truly modern romance. Tragically, Lennay Kekua died, on the same day that Manti’s grandmother passed away. After suffering these two devastating losses, Manti played an excellent game, and this young star captured...

  • Dashclock Widget for Android review: change is good

    If you’ve spoken to me (or more likely I’d have spoken to you about Android 4.2) I’d have undoubtedly mentioned how ridiculous I found the lockscreen widgets to be. Little did I know that a couple of months down the line an Android developer, Roman Nurik, would release an app which would instantly changed the way I use my device. It’s called Dashclock Widget. Widget the world warrior Firstly, what is a widget? This is for the benefit of other OS users who may be unfamiliar with the mini apps which actually run on your homescreens. Read more on Gearburn. var...

  • China set to overtake the US as the world’s top iOS and Android market

    Woah, China. Not only is the world's most populous nation home to over a billion mobile phone users, it's also surpassed the US to become the country with the most active iOS and Android smartphones and tablets in the world. New data from Flurry Analytics shows that, by the end of this month, there will be 246-million smart devices in China compared to 230-million in the States. According to the company's Vice President of Marketing, Peter Farago, Flurry arrived at the figure after tracking more than "2.4-billion anonymous, aggregated application sessions per day across more than 275 000 applications around...

  • Beginner investor? Here are 7 things to consider before funding a startup

    I have been dispensing a fair amount of startup advice of late, mostly picked up from hanging around some pretty hardcore venture capitalists (VCs). This time I thought we could look at a little something for the not-so-seasoned investors out there. So, if you've got some spare cash lying around, you might fancy yourself an investor. You've heard a few startups pitch and you're pretty sure that they are going revolutionise mobile/social/the web as we know it. You have the money and they have the killer power point so it is a marriage made in startup heaven. Read more on...

  • ‘Whopper123’ doesn’t cut it as a password: avoiding Burger King’s fate

    Why brands don’t have rules and regulations for passwords I’ll never know. Oh wait. The majority of them do. Yet, again a major brand has been hacked and social media gets a bad name. This time the victim was Burger King and the results were messy. The account’s profile image changed to that of competitor McDonald's, as was the account name. While this is a massive issue for both Burger King and McDonald's there is a silver lining. Burger King gained 30 000 followers following the hack. According to Gizmodo, the Whopper folks would have had to spend...

  • Outlook.com passes 60m users, exits preview mode

    When Microsoft announced that it was killing Hotmail in favour Outlook.com geeks around the world sighed with relief. A few months on, the service has 60-million users and has dropped the "preview" tag. Microsoft is also set to sound the final death-knell for Hotmail with a massive advertising push telling people to mover over to Outlook.com. At the same time it will begin forcing Hotmail users onto the new service. What Microsoft is saying, in effect, is Outlook.com is ready to start running at full capacity and it is ready to leave Hotmail behind as a relic of its...

  • Erm, Burger King, your Twitter account has been hacked [Update]

    Another social media tale of woe for the interested. It seems someone is having a bit of fun with Burger King's Twitter account. The popular fast food franchise may be the victim of an Anonymous hack or perhaps some other clever spark got bored and decided to entertain themselves. Our friendly neighborhood hackers tweeted the news of the hack with some glee though, wondering if the social media team was having a bad day. We're guessing the @burgerking social media team is having a bad day...— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) February 18, 2013 The account's profile image has been changed to that of...

  • Yahoo! could be making just millions a year from mobile [report]

    Ever since ex-Googler Marissa Mayer took over at Yahoo!, the CEO has been vocal about her vision for the ailing internet company, explaining how the future would be all about mobile, personalised content, mobile, strategic partnerships and, well, mobile. In the past few months, she oversaw the launch of redesigned Mail and Flickr apps, revealed that the company would be cutting down on its large app suite to focus on just a dozen key ones and announced plans to give all her employees a free high-end smartphone so they can experience the same type of devices their users own....

  • Ex Google China chief Kaifu Lee invites 30m weibo fans to join him on Twitter

    Never one to shy away from controversy, former Google China head Kaifu Lee has called upon his 30-million Sina Weibo followers to join him on Twitter. Lee was recently banned both from Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo for three days. While it's unclear precisely why he was banned, it's likely that the orders to do so came from Chinese authorities. The former Google chairman took to Twitter, saying “I’ve been blocked from Sina and Tencent Weibo for three days; you can find me here .” Given that Twitter is banned in China it's unlikely that many of his followers...

  • Are unfollowing and defriending really the next big trends in social media?

    I read an interesting quote recently: “Defriend and unfollow is the next trend.” ~ David Shing, Digital Prophet, AOL After reading this, I climbed onto Lord Google (but not in that prison movie kind of way) to verify whether someone wasn’t just pulling something -- I mean how outlandish is that statement? The popular kids can get away with doing that, but surely there are not enough of them to classify the move as a trend – you need the rest of us mortals to start doing that too for a noticeable impact. Then I found Shing’s talk at the Dublin...

  • 10 big content marketing trends to look out for in 2013

    Last year was a great year for content marketing, one that saw it established as a key discipline as brands looked to create a genuine rapport with their target audience. And there were big names leading the charge; the likes of Coca-Cola and Red Bull both embed content strategy as an integral part of their overall marketing strategy. Of course, with this new-found celebrity status comes a greater spotlight, and there are a number of key recurring themes and trends that everyone needs to get to grips with, if they are to really push forward with their content marketing...