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  • 5 social media mistakes businesses need to avoid making

    Social Media has been vaunted as the ultimate go-to marketing tool of our age. It has been said that if you are not involved in some level of social media marketing with your organisation, then you are missing the boat and your business prospects are going to sail away without you. What is not being spoken about so freely, however, are the extremely large social media marketing FAILS. How can it all go wrong? One of the best examples of how social media can go wrong for a company is the infamous Dell Computers incident, which started in 2005 when blogger...

  • The Tamagotchi nature of social networks

    A significant part of my day is spent maintaining my profiles on my social networks: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and now Google+. Some of my time spent in these networks is genuinely useful but a lot of it is spent in housekeeping chores, I'm constantly peppered with tasks: approve these friends, like these pages, it's Joe Smith's birthday wish him happy birthday, someone commented on a post you commented on, you were tagged in this post/photo... Sometimes it feels like I should spend my entire life here, tapping and typing all day long, running that hamster wheel. Google+ currently requires a lot of...

  • Microsoft blasted for ‘vile’ attempt to cash in on Amy Winehouse’s death

    Microsoft has been forced to apologise for a "tweet" which has been blasted as a blatant attempt to cash in on the death of 27-year-old British singer Amy Winehouse. Microsoft became the target of online ire over the weekend after the same Twitter account posted an update inviting people to remember Winehouse by buying digital versions of her "Back to Black" album at Zune. The Zune website is Microsoft's online store for downloading music, films and other entertainment content to computers, smartphones, and Xbox 360 videogame consoles. Replies on Twitter in part criticised the Microsoft message as "crass" and "vile." Winehouse's latest album...

  • Hackers fight back against global legal crackdown

    Italian hackers claiming affiliation with Anonymous and Lulzsec have announced they had accessed the website of Italy's cyber-police and published classified information. This is in revenge for the arrests of hackers in Europe and the United States, which saw LulzSec release a defiant statement to the FBI and international law authorities. After the announcement, made in a blog post, the Italian communications police unit admitted it had been hacked but did not confirm or deny that any information had been stolen. Lawmakers condemned an "unprecedented" attack that had breached Italy's security. The blog went on to say the leaked reports "will show...

  • ‘Apply with LinkedIn’ — The future of job applications

    Professional social networking site, LinkedIn, has launched a new plugin which allows users to apply for jobs directly via the service. The plugin, Apply with LinkedIn, is designed to make applying for a job easy, with the service calling it "the future of job applications". On the company's blog, Technical Product Manager, Jonathan Seitel said that LinkedIn's goal "is to help every professional put their best foot forward, anywhere across the web, when they take that leap to apply for a new position, a dream job". The plugin appears as a button much like, Twitter, Facebook or Google +1, which companies...

  • Finnish police to boost web surveillance following Norway attacks

    Finnish police have announced that they will monitor the internet more rigorously for evidence of extremist plots following last week's twin massacres in neighbouring Norway. Deputy police commissioner Robin Lardot said his forces will play closer attention to fragmented pieces of information -- known as "weak signals" -- in case they connect to a credible terrorist threat. The concept of weak signals is lifted from the world of corporate Strategic Early Warning Systems. The weak signals are anything discontinuous, or new, within the structure of a system. Lardot told public YLE radio that Finnish police previously enhanced their online surveillance...

  • Lulzsec and Anonymous: Showing us that internet security is a joke

    If you're a bit slow off the mark, you may be wondering who 'Louise Boat' is. LulzSec and Anonymous have been topping all of the major news sites for months now. That's because they're making a mockery of internet security on sites that you would expect to know better. That includes leaking the transaction logs of over 3 000 ATMs in the UK, hacking Sony and compromising the accounts of at least 37 500 people, taking out the CIA website, and now obtaining over a gigabyte of confidential data from NATO. In the UK, LulzSec reportedly emailed the National...

  • 5 chess principles for internet business practitioners

    Gamification and how we can apply mechanics and principles from the world of games to our products is an idea on the rise, but it does have its limits. Have you considered gamifying yourself as a business practitioner? Chess is a good place to start. Serious chess nerds have linked improvement in their game to enhanced business acumen. This is not completely unrealistic, given the well-documented positive influence of chess on child development in areas like self-esteem, organisational skills, better thinking and problem-solving abilities. Chess-playing managers recognise many parallels between chess and business. In both cases you are required...

  • Research In Motion to cut 2 000 jobs

    BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) has announced that it is cutting 2000 jobs and that its ailing chief operating officer plans to retire. RIM, which is facing increased competition from Apple's iPhone and mobile phones running Google's Android software, revealed plans last month to slash jobs this quarter in a bid to "streamline operations." The job cuts announced Monday amount to just over 10 percent of the global workforce of the Waterloo, Ontario-based company. RIM said in a statement that it would have around 17 000 employees when the layoffs are complete. "The workforce reduction is believed to be a prudent and...

  • LG’s Optimus prime-time smartphone

    Review: LG P970 Optimus Black. It’s big and it’s black. And really skinny. The obvious conclusion is that LG is going head to head with iPhone with the P970 Optimus Black by eschewing any exterior adornment. LG also clearly decided that it was going to go with one big stick: size counts. The display is BIG and BRIGHT. Instead of the iPhone’s relatively cramped 3.5”, you get a giant 4” slab of pixelly action. But LG was also building to a lower price-point, so you get 480×800 pixels but only 233 pixels per inch, while the iPhone’s 960×640 gives you...

  • Egyptian bloggers say revolution was built on more than just tweets

    Six months after they launched a revolution that ousted the regime, Egyptian bloggers have acknowledged that it takes more than a Facebook page to overthrow a dictator. "The internet played a key role but it was not the only tool. The revolution really belongs to the people," said Wael Abbas, a veteran Egyptian blogger who has been posting his thoughts in cyberspace since 2004. The 18-day revolution that brought an end to the 30-year rule of president Hosni Mubarak and his regime was largely played on the street, but bloggers do not underestimate the importance of Facebook and Twitter. "The internet helped...

  • 5 steps to show you’re a safe investment, even in an ‘unsafe’ market

    The US Chamber of Commerce have lamented the fact that American investors were losing out opportunities in emerging markets during a time when the recession was killing profits seemingly everywhere. Part of the fear is a lack of stability and concern over just how safe it is to put money in areas where returns have been massive. If your country’s investment profile doesn’t seem that great, it may not be so much your business, but the perception of your nation’s institutions that create uncertainty. The Index of Economic Freedom shows that an open market, fair rules and a...

  • Report: Apple considering buying Hulu

    Citing an unnamed source familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was looking into a possible acquisition of video-streaming site Hulu. Apple's interest in Hulu is in the early stages and may not result in a bid, the newspaper reported. Hulu, which broadcasts television shows through on-demand streaming, said earlier this month that it had 875 000 paid subscribers and was on track to approach half a billion dollars in revenue in 2011. According to media reports, Hulu's owners have been seeking to sell the company, and have met with prospective buyers including Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft. The site...

  • ‘FaceGlat’ brings orthodox judaic practices to social networking

    A new social networking site for ultra-Orthodox Jews takes customary segregation of the sexes online and also bars pictures or ads deemed immodest in ultra-Orthodox society. Go to www.faceglat.com and the home page has signs in Hebrew and English directing men to click on to the right of the page and women to the left. Sign up and you will see a page identical to those on Facebook, but here photos posted on a man's wall may only be of other men; likewise for the women's side. The virtual divide mirrors the practice at Orthodox Jewish synagogues, weddings and other events where...

  • Tweet-happy Michael Phelps beats Chinese great firewall

    Tweet-happy Olympic-swimmer Michael Phelps expressed surprise he was unaffected by China's ban on Twitter -- and said many Chinese fans were breaching the country's internet controls to read his posts. Phelps said he had expected not to be able to use Twitter, which along with Facebook was banned in the Communist nation after being accused of stirring ethnic unrest. But he said he had been able to access the service since arriving in Shanghai this week for the world championships, and had also set up an account on the Chinese Twitter equivalent, Weibo. "I just turned my phone on and it worked...