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  • 10 things the comments section has taught me about the web

    Of all the challenges faced by those who put content online, the comments facility must be the most vexing one. (There’s even a Twitter account, @AvoidComments, which reminds followers not to read the comments, ever. Sample tweet: Whenever you see a smiling child, remember: she's never read a comment in her life, and she's doing just fine.) Many websites have experimented with reining in the bad behaviour that predominates in a facility that offers a toxic combination of visibility and anonymity. Imposing standards all too often means sacrificing interaction, however. Recently, TechCrunch announced that it’s bringing its comments facility back;...

  • Facebook’s data and Mega’s suspicious aims: top tech stories you should read

    If you've ever run a university society, or looked after your employees salaries, you'll know that keeping tabs on more than a handful of people's data can be a nightmare. Now imagine having to keep track of a billion people. That's what the data brains behind Facebook have to deal with. Mind-boggling right? Creating a video with Twitter-owned Vine seems like a much more relaxing idea...until a massive news event happens right in front of you. Suddenly you're not so much a glorified gif artist as an on-the-spot reporter. The way things are going there's also a strong chance...

  • Why entrepreneurs will rule the world (for the next while)

    The world has changed in the last 10 years. The rate of technological development has rocketed – in part due to the high number of working engineers, the boom of the internet and self-perpetuating human empowerment which has resulted. The outcome of this rapid change has caused a fracturing of the traditional business model and the rise of the niche mega-market solutions. Conventional business has been a strong proponent of the idea of managing through processes and control in order to convert chaos into order. 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");

  • The hottest electric cars and technologies of 2013

    It's hard to believe that the electric car has been around for over a hundred years. If Nicola Tesla had his way (and I wish he did) then we would all be driving electric cars that were completely energetically sustainable. Alas, his dream was not realised and we all have paid the price. The electric car has seen better days, namely those of Tesla's time, but if it is ever going to become a viable alternative to the combustion engine (or possibly replace them) they are going to have to solve some very major problems. Read more on Gearburn....

  • Going through a social media crisis? Try over-communicating

    In spite of going “social” and the amount of networking tools, gadgets and countless hours of employee training available, there is never a lack of problems which can be attributed to communication. More often than not, it is due to lack of communication and the quality of the message. Since the time information management came to be the heart of most organizations' structure, effective communication has become vital. In the last few years, social media has taken up a major chunk of the responsibility for communication, with many organizations using it as a medium to connect with their customers. In...

  • HP’s new rules are set to tackle Chinese factories using child labour

    In an attempt to address the on-going problem of underage workers in electronic factories in China, HP has taken a strong new stance against labour abuses. The manufacturer is now mandating that all student work must be voluntary, students must be free to come and go as they please and that no more than 20% of a factory's workforce may be comprised of interns during peak periods. The company told the New York Times that it aims to reduce the level of underage workers to 10% in the future, as well as allow the students to "leave work at any...

  • Russia emerges as mobile ad powerhouse as Android keeps growing

    The latest State of Mobile Advertising report from Norwegian web browser maker Opera shows a couple of interesting trends, including the emergence of Russia as a mobile advertising power and the increasing importance of Android as a mobile advertising platform. The report, which is based on data from the Opera Mediaworks mobile ad platform during the last quarter of 2012, shows that mobile is accelerating as an advertising force. The fourth quarter of 2012, it says, represented more than a two-times increase in impressions and revenue to publishers compared to any other quarter in 2012. Of particular interest...

  • Twitter search now pulls in posts older than a week

    Looks like Twitter's on a bit of an update streak. The dust had barely settled on the updates to its Android and iOS apps when the social network announced that it would also be updating its search function to include older tweets. In an official blog post, Twitter announced that you will now be able to see tweets older than a week in your search results. The social network does however caution that the tweets that you’ll see in search results represent a fairly small percentage of total tweets ever sent. That number will however grow as Twitter's memory improves....

  • Google gets crowdsourcing with Indian mapathon

    Google's had a penchant for crowdsourcing elements of mapping service for some time now. Its Map Maker volunteers even made North Korea a little less mysterious. In India though, it looks like El Goog's trying to take things to the next level. According to an official post on the internet giant's India blog, it will be hosting a mapping competition with the aim of using people's knowledge of their neighborhoods to create better maps. The contest, which runs from 12 February to 25 March will reward the top 1 000 mappers in India with Android tablets, smartphones, gift...

  • 18 questions you should ask a VC before you sign your startup away

    So you have been lucky: your idea is the next Google and investors have decided put a pile of money into it. This is all good news -- after all, it is not easy to impress venture capitalists. Building a company from scratch is a very difficult business and you need to be prepared. Choosing the right VC is a tough decision. I was once told by a VC that the relationship between a startup and its VC is very much like a marriage. 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");

  • ‘Bang With Nobody’ rips off Bang With Friends, gets international attention

    This is hilarious. If you spend as much time hanging out online as we do, you've probably heard of Bang With Friends, the Facebook app that allows you to nominate people in your network that you want to hook up with and alerts you if they feel the same way. The internet being the internet, the app quickly became a meme and spawned a series of imitators. Bang With Professionals, which does the same thing, except for LinkedIn, made us smile. But since we heard about Bang With Nobody, we've been chuckling quietly to ourselves every few minutes. The...

  • Scroogled: Microsoft attacks Gmail to get you to use Outlook instead

    Woah there, Microsoft. We've said before that the company is starting to get its cool back... but, apparently, it's also starting to get its claws out. In an attempt to get you to switch to adopting its products instead of continuing to use those of its competitors, it's leveraging a not-so-subtle attack at the privacy concerns lodged against Google under the banner of its 'Scroogled' campaign. Yep. Scroogled. There's even a dedicated website which catalogues all the ways people get (you guessed it) screwed over by Google. The first part of the campaign involved Google shopping, and detailed how...

  • 5 simple things you can do on LinkedIn to boost your career

    If social networks were people then LinkedIn would be the grey-suited accountant sitting at the corner of a party too shy to talk to people. Twitter, of course would be the hipster chick and Facebook would be the jock in the cloakroom talking about his recent conquests. I recently saw a message posted on Facebook that read “Daughter, if you want to be successful in life, ignore the jock and spend time with the nerds in the class”; and it got me thinking: how often are we ignoring LinkedIn as a powerful tool to further our careers. LinkedIn isn’t pretty to...

  • Why advertising has a part to play in engaging digital story-telling

    Media content has evolved dramatically over the last 70 years, and the models traditionally used to fund such content are only just keeping up. The vast array of content today would probably overwhelm those pioneers who celebrated the first television broadcast back in 1928. Nearly 100 years later and instant access to an unlimited wealth of information is an intrinsic part of many of our daily lives. It is almost impossible to imagine a world without TV, or the internet, and – that equally feared and admired suave cousin that is always at every party - advertising. The rise of...

  • Twitter revamps its mobile apps to make it easier to discover on the go

    Twitter's mobile presence just got a careful restyle to make it easier to spot important updates and trends in the endless stream of random tweets you probably see daily. The updates to the Android and iOS apps, as well as the mobi site, allow you to see all the information you're looking for in a single continuous stream. The social network said the update is designed to make it easier to find what's "important to you when you’re on the go". To this end, they've tweaked the search functionality so it displays a unified stream of relevant people, and links,...