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  • Twitter makes first local account block against German hate group

    Back in January Twitter announced that it would be blocking tweets on a country-by-country basis. Now the policy has been implemented for the first time against a German hate group. The action was first spotted Financial Times, following the submission of a report by Twitter to Chilling Effects. The report reveals that the German Ministry of the Interior for Lower-Saxony had banned the “Besseres Hannover” (Better Hanover) organisation, which is apparently Neo Nazi in nature. Such organisations are illegal under German law. The ministry went so far as to request that the account be seized and that no future accounts...

  • Mugabe and Mandela to compete for top honours at the Bookmarks

    The Bookmarks, a digital award showcase which aims to recognise excellence in digital, has announced the finalists for this year's awards. The awards are an initiative of the Digital Media Marketing Association (DMMA). The shortlisted entries were selected by a panel of judges that includes top industry players. According to the Bookmarks committee, this year saw a record-breaking number of entries. "This year has truly reflected the immense popularity and competitive spirit within the digital realm of the industry. The increase in the number of entries is testament to the success and credibility of the Bookmarks Awards and I am...

  • The Onion gives TED a run for its money

    Look, we love TED talks here at Memeburn. We think they're great. But even we can admit that the ideas talked about in some of them are tenuous at best. Enter The Onion Talks. Yup that's right, one of the web's oldest news satire sites is taking TED on where it hurts. In the first of the series, "young media professional" Cameron Hughes outlines his vision for a future in which cars are driven by compost. While Hughes outlines the idea in detail he says he'll leave the execution to "other visionaries in other fields". Inspiring. Glorious. Genius. Hat...

  • 10 of the coolest photos from inside Google’s secret data centres

    Data centres aren't usually synonymous with beauty. But, of course Google would have the most stunning server rooms in the world.... that no one besides a handful of employees can see. But thanks to Google's new website 'Where the internet lives', you can take a virtual creep around its data centres from Finland to the US without infringing on other users' privacy. The interactive gallery is stocked with amazing photographs by Connie Zhou which are annotated with captions and clickable hotspots which give you more detail about what you're seeing. You can also head over to Street View...

  • Pirate Bay heads into the cloud, this time seriously

    When the Pirate Bay announced that it would be sailing its servers across the seven skies, we called its founders out for trolling the world. More believable is news that it is heading into the cloud, the legitimate one, used by serious businesses around the world. According to Torrent Freak, the online sharing site has moved all of its operations into the cloud. For the most part, it's doing so for the same reasons as any company would: costs will be cut and the site will have better up time. More importantly however, it makes the group virtually invulnerable to...

  • Big Data to be worth $28bn in 2012, will become ‘just data’ by 2020

    If you're of the opinion that Big Data is still some nebulous thing that you'll need to think about some day, you'd best wake up kiddo. It's here now and it's big business. The business of Big Data is essentially about mining the petabytes and exabytes of data we now deal with on a daily basis, using increasingly complex algorithms to make it useful. And according to tech research company Gartner, that business is set to be worth US$28-billion this year, growing to US$34-billion in 2013. Gartner says that a large portion of the money going into Big Data...

  • Mobile overtakes desktop internet in China

    When it comes to accessing the internet, mobile has a lot of advantages over traditional desktop PCs, particularly in emerging markets. Top of that list is the fact that it's cheaper. It should hardly be surprising then that mobile is now the number one means of accessing the web in China. According to an abstract of a report published by the China Internet Network Information Center: “Mobile phone has become No. 1 internet access terminal in China.... In the first half of 2012, the number of internet users using mobile phones to access the internet reached 388 million while that...

  • Why has the genesis of the mobile wallet been so slow?

    The mobile wallet has been touted as the next big thing for a number of years, so you would expect that by now the App-For-That maxim would ring true for everyone with a smartphone. Oddly enough while mobile payment services still seem to be positively fetal when it comes to real world application, industry gurus swear that mobile wallet use is significantly on the rise. Back in 2009, Gartner Group predicted that the number of mobile payment users around the world would be topping 190-million by 2012. This year, Gartner revised that number to 212.2 million users, with a...

  • The new Aakash: Can India’s student tablet really make an impact again?

    News recently dropped that the new version of the Aakash, India’s “student” version of a tablet computer, will launch on 11 November this year. The slate will be priced around US$42 for now, until the numbers scale up enough to pull the tag below US$35. The question is – does this second attempt come too late in the day for this little mickey? This is a first anywhere in the world, perhaps. An elected government getting into the “business” of e-learning by placing an order for a cheap, ‘Made In India’, computing device, and then handing over the same for...

  • Rethinking education: The effect of digital tools

    Following Jacques Coetzee’s excellent post on how people have used crowdlearning to redefine both learning and teaching, we thought it would be a great idea to showcase a few useful services and tools, and, importantly, discuss how the nascent online learning sector has changed education at its core. The matching of information with interest lies at the heart of what has made the internet indispensable. Google is successful because it connects a searcher with the information they need. This information varies greatly, often meeting a curiosity, entertainment or practical need. A number of tools have been developed to take this...

  • Reddit free speech scandal: ‘creep’ unmasked, CEO speaks out

    So by now you've heard of the drama between social bookmarking site Reddit and Gawker Media properties. It seems that after many articles across the web, Reddit's CEO has finally noticed that the site has found itself in "a pickle", according to a leaked memo. The issue began when Gawker's Adrian Chen decided to expose one of Reddit's moderators, Texas programmer Michael Brutsch (aka Violentacrez). The moderator labelled Reddit's "most powerful creep" was responsible for sub-pages “r/creepshots” and “r/jailbaits” pages dedicated to sexualised pictures of women and of under 18s. Chen's unmasking of Brutsch calls him out as...

  • Privacy — not that far off from piracy? Google CEO does a good juggling act

    A lot has been said recently about Google's privacy policy, after the internet giant was told by French-based Commission Nationale de l’Informatique (CNIL) that it is not being clear about information of users private data and how it is being stored or used. After initial questionnaires from CNIL, which it says were not appropriately answered by Google, an additional questionnaire were sent. Speaking at Google's annual Zeitgeist conference in Paradise Valley for his first public speaking in many months, CEO Larry Page touched on the antitrust probes, but again did not seem to relate any major clarification on its...

  • Amazon’s Jeff Bezos: Governments need to step in to stop patent wars

    This probably isn't going to sit well with advocates of business without government interference. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos things that governments need to step in to stop the litany of patent lawsuits in the tech space. Speaking to UK newspaper, The Metro, Bezos said that patent wars like the one being fought by Samsung and Apple are ruining innovation. In fact, he went so far as to say that the battles were a threat to society itself. Samsung and Apple have been the two companies most frequently at loggerheads when it comes to perceived infringements on patented technology, although...

  • Google told to change its privacy policy, give users more control… or else

    Google's questionable new privacy policy is in the spotlight again, after an investigation ordered by European Union data collection authorities has asked the company to give users more control over their privacy and amend its tools to avoid collecting an excessive amount of their data. Plus one to that. The French-based Commission Nationale de l’Informatique (CNIL), the organisation which conducted the study, released its findings today on the new consolidated privacy policy Google implemented in March. It said that it was not clear that Google respected core data collection principles and that the tech giant's policy didn't state any limits...

  • Meet the world’s 10 most Facebook addicted countries

    The idea that people get addicted to Facebook doesn't seem that strange. I mean you've got to wonder about those people who comment on your status the second you post it. But what about countries? Can an entire geographical entity be addicted to a social network? Maybe not literally, but you can certainly get an idea of which countries populations are spending the most time on Facebook. Whether that time counts as unhealthy or not isn't for us to say. According to social analytics service Social Bakers, the country currently at the top of the list is Brazil. Straight...