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  • Thanks for the congratulatory email LinkedIn but so what?

    I received an email from LinkedIn on 7 February which congratulated me for having one of the top one percent most viewed LinkedIn profiles in 2012. After my initial excitement waned and I got to hear from a whole bunch of other people that they also received the same email, I started thinking about how important the message LinkedIn sent me really was. Most people create a profile on LinkedIn for a specific reason and these generally revolve around getting employed, meeting new business partners and identifying new business opportunities for themselves or for the organisation they represent. Depending...

  • 7 Red Hot Chili startup lessons

    The Red Hot Chili Peppers (RHCP) may be one of the most celebrated rock groups of the '90s and early 21st century, but their journey to success shares a Parallel Universe with that of a typical startup company. Initial enthusiasm was followed by a lack of traction as they struggled through the late ‘80s confronting tragedy, personnel changes and false starts. But through experimentation they fostered creativity and progress because they don’t fear failure. This energy lead to a uniquely recognizable brand of funk, pop and rock that turned into commercial success. 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");

  • My geeky Valentine: 5 gifts for nerds in love

    I have real trouble buying Valentine’s Day presents for my husband. Either the things I want to buy are a tad too expensive, or we end up lapsing into buying the things we both love, which include graphic novels, game related paraphernalia or tattoos. I have however done a bit of research this year and managed to track down some awesome geeky bits and pieces that I think would appropriate for the technophile in your life. Read more on Gearburn. 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");

  • Instagram asks court to throw out a class action suit over its policy changes

    It seems the troubles caused by Instagram's decision to change its terms of service aren't over yet. The photo-sharing service is currently involved in a legal battle after a user filed a class-action suit against it, accusing it of breach of contract. The suit, lead by Instagram user Lucy Funes, was filed in December after Instagram's alterations to its policy left users in fear that their filtered photos would be used as adverts. Instagram relented after the outcry, changing the wording of the document (which may have actually made the situation worse for its users), which went into effect on...

  • ‘The Internship’: the movie starring Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and Google

    Silicon Valley is pretty mainstream these days. If you want proof look no further than the offerings that have our come to our screens over the last few years: The Social Network, that ridiculous Silicon Valley reality TV show and now The Internship Movie. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson's latest project sees them playing two “salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital world.” In a bid to get around that, they interview for a job at Google. Much of the movie takes place in Google's "Campus" and sees Vaugn and Wilson take part in a series of challenges...

  • Oscar Pistorius allegedly shoots girlfriend, sends Twitter into shock

    News that renowned paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius had allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend Reva Steenkamp sent Twitter into shock this morning. The man known around the world as "Blade Runner" apparently mistook Steenkamp for a burglar after she entered his Pretoria home in the early hours of Thursday morning. According to Afrikaans-language newspaper Die Beeld, which broke the story, Steenkamp was shot in the arm and head. Police have taken a 26-year-old suspect in for questioning, but could not name him until he had been formally charged. There is speculation that Steenkamp, an FHM model and law graduate,...

  • Nokia slides as Samsung and Apple take more than half the mobile market

    1.75-billion. That's how many new mobile phones landed up in the hands of people worldwide last year. But if you aren't Samsung or Apple, you're pretty much scrapping for leftovers. If you're wondering so much attention was given to the two companies' legal battles last year, the fact that they've completely dominated the mobile market for some time now should give you a hint. The pie they're fighting over is a pretty big one too. Recent estimates from IDC suggest that mobile device sales were worth US$170-billion in the fourth quarter of 2012 alone. Of the two, Samsung is...

  • The 16 most popular ‘Harlem Shake’ videos on YouTube

    By now you've probably seen at least one video relating to the internet phenomenon that is the Harlem Shake. Even if you don't know it by name, you'll recognise the pattern. Each video is set to the song Harlem Shake by electronic musician Baauer and each begins with one person dancing to the song alone, surrounded by other people. When the bass drops, the camera transitions to the entire crowd doing the dance, often appearing scantily clad. Almost inevitably, there have been comparisons with "Gangnam Style", which spawned its own meme in 2012. There are however crucial differences. Psy's...

  • Opera ditches Presto, moves to WebKit

    Norwegian software company Opera has ditched Presto, the rendering engine that currently powers Opera web browser, in favour of WebKit. WebKit powers the Apple Safari and Google Chrome browsers. That means it currently has the largest market share out of any layout engine on the market right now. The company is apparently tired of swimming against the tide of a web built for Chrome and Safari, although it says the changes will help it provide a leading browser on Android and iOS. "The WebKit engine is already very good, and we aim to take part in making it even...

  • AOL officially adds gadget review site gdgt to the family

    After some speculation it seems the rumours are true: AOL has added gadget review site gdgt to its list of online properties for an undisclosed amount. The review site announced the acquisition via a blog post saying it "couldn't be more excited". The post also further stated that "gdgt, its team, its technology, and perhaps most importantly its DNA, were a natural fit for AOL’s world-class lineup of tech sites." Under the leadership of Tim Armstrong, AOL has managed to net itself some nice online real estate. The company has focused heavily on blogs such as TechCrunch and Engadget and...

  • 5 things about LinkedIn that will drive you completely mad

    So were you one of the roughly 10-million people who got a mail from LinkedIn congratulating you on having one of the top 5% most viewed profiles? Did it make you feel special? Or, as in the case of Diane Truman, editor-in-chief of Zillow, did you find it creepy? I was thoroughly irritated by that mail. It felt very spammy, a blatant attempt to appeal to narcissism, and not entirely credible. If I’m one of the top 5% most viewed profiles, and I’ve never generated any work as a result of my presence on LinkedIn, then what does that...

  • It’s not rocket science: the real secret to communicating effectively online

    Yikes. Online media. It’s a little like a noisy bar where all of the cool people hang out but everyone talks at once. Loudly. So, how do you make yourself heard? You’ve got to know when and how to talk, so everyone else keeps quiet and listens, but also so the stranger you’ve got your eye on can hear you. If you’re newish to digital media, or even if you’re a veteran who’d like more responses from your target audience, I also have a secret technique for you. It’s fail-safe -- never letting me down in making new clients (especially...

  • 5 apps for the bigwig, the CEO, owner of the biggest office

    Being an employer is a job separate from what you already do every day at work. Once you are in charge of managing the various strengths and skills of your workforce, your views on productivity and the bottom line change forever. Here are five apps to help you choose, manage, motivate and retain the human capital that makes your organization tick. Office Time -- US$7.99 When it comes to monitoring how the productivity of your small team contributes to the firm's bottom line, there really is no better app than Office Time. Read more on Gearburn. 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");

  • Mayer plans to cut Yahoo!’s apps and strengthen Facebook alliance

    It seems Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer is getting down to business with some serious decisions. Mayer announced in an investor conference hosted by the Goldman Sachs Group that the company needs to streamline its mobile offering by cutting its apps from about 60 to 12, reports AllThingsD. "Ultimately, you don’t want to trouble users by making them download too many apps, but many apps are single-use," said Mayer. The CEO is searching for ways to innovate at the company and has expressed that Yahoo needs to get more aggressive and smart about its mobile play. "How many people at least...

  • Apple is not impressed by ‘silly sideshow’ of a lawsuit by investors

    You'd think that as CEO, Tim Cook would be seriously concerned if Apple shareholders sued the company. But it seems that Cook is downplaying the recent legal attempts by Greenlight Capital to prevent Apple from instituting new rules that require a common shareholder vote to issue preferred stock, calling the suit a "silly sideshow". According to the Wall Street Journal, the suit, lead by Greenlight Capital's David Einhorn, argues that the changes Apple proposes would violate US Securities and Exchange Commission regulations, as they bundle the preferred stock provision together with other items. Speaking at a Goldman Sachs conference yesterday,...