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  • So much for mobile in emerging markets? InMobi pulls out of Africa, Russia

    Multi-national mobile ad network InMobi is set to close up its operations in Africa and Russia. The San Francisco headquartered company claims to be the world's largest independent mobile ad network, with operations on five continents, with offices in Bangalore, Johannesburg, London, Nairobi, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Seoul, Singapore and Tokyo. In a statement, InMobi admitted that it would be closing the offices, but said that it would continue servicing the affected markets: Like all successful and growing businesses, we routinely review our business to determine how to optimally serve our customers. We are changing the...

  • Zynga fires 100 people, tries to use Apple event as cover, fails

    Oh man, you can just see the bosses at Zynga rubbing their hands in glee when they hatched this one. The social gaming giant just fired 100 people, attempting to hide the move behind the hype of Apple's iPad mini launch. According to Ars Techica, employees were notified that they'd been axed during the event and were given two hours to vacate the premises. So while most of the tech world began dissecting Apple's latest range of iProducts, employees across Zynga's US offices were clearing out their desks. The company has been struggling of late, especially as a slew of competitors move into...

  • With every iLaunch an iParody: here’s the iPad Mini’s

    He's back. Yup the all rapping all dominating Steve Jobs from the iPhone 5 ad, and this time he's launching the iPad Mini. Tim Cook's still a loser, Jobs is still "dope" and only interested in grabbing hold of all the money. The mantra: "you just bought our gadgets, buy some more", after all, you're already lined up at the store. Innovation you say? Well Amazon's Jeff Bezos would like to have a word about that. Man, if only this rap battle could've really happened. And yes, there is a reference to Maps. 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");

  • Skype gets newer look for Windows 8, and stays awake while you sleep

    With the advent of Windows 8 and the completely new look it has received, many are somewhat sceptical. But at the same time Skype has decided to change its look for the new OS with a "new full-screen immersive and uncluttered Skype experience" that should please, especially if you use the video calling feature a lot. Mark Gillett, Skype's chief development and operations officer, writes on the company's blog that bringing "the people and messages that matter most to you at the heart of our new experience". Skype was bought by Microsoft last year, and has over 40-million concurrent...

  • How should your Facebook campaign target emerging markets?

    Eight years after launching, Facebook now claims to have over one-billion “active users” logging in per month. The announcement was timely considering Facebook’s faltering share price. Whether or not all user accounts are authentic, this figure is significant when creating integrated marketing communication plans targeting new markets. Where are Facebook’s users in the world? It’s important that you research individual target markets/countries for user statistics before investing time or money in the tool. Facebook’s user base is highest in North America and Europe. There are significant amounts of people using Facebook in emerging markets and Facebook intends to increase these numbers....

  • Newsweeklies: the product is right, the medium is wrong

    It's not been a pretty picture for print for a while now. The latest blow came on Wednesday when Newsweek announced it was to go digital only after citing annual loses of around US$40-million. Other newsweeklies may suffer a similar fate -- the latest data shows double-digit ad falls for Time and The Week. Yet only four percent for The Economist, whose digital revenues are much higher than the others. None, it seems, are really gearing up to crack the beast that is regular subscription and week-old news. It's just a different world I guess. Or is...

  • Bowers & Wilkins C5: best in-ear phones for gym ever?

    This is the one article you can safely ignore Betteridge’s Law of Headlines. The answer in this case is, yes. Or mostly yes. But first I have to come clean. I have a shameful secret. I have a kink. It’s not just a kink, it’s an aural kink. I’m not proud of it, that’s just how I'm made. I don’t judge other’s kinks, I’d ask you’re GGG in turn. Since I was a baby I've had this kink, and it’s not going away. 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");

  • Yahoo’s third quarter a little meh but there is hope

    Yahoo has reported its third quarterly earnings for 2012 and its first since former Google top female exec, Marissa Mayer, took over. The company made US$1.089-billion in revenue, just two percent higher than last year. The Sunnyvale company reports that its GAAP revenue was only US$1.202-million for this third quarter of 2012, down one percent from the third quarter of 2011 and also slightly down from the second quarter this year. According to the internet veteran, "Excluding restructuring charges for both years, operating income on a non-GAAP basis was US$177-million in the third quarter of 2012 compared to US$175-million in...

  • Apps, OSes, and devices: how China’s mobile internet usage has grown

    In the gradual but massive shift to the mobile internet, Asia is leading the way. The continent has seen 192.5% growth in mobile internet traffic in recent years -- way more than any other region. Pushing all this forward is China, with just over a billion mobile subscribers, coupled with a fast-expanding middle class that’s taking Asia’s mobile web the way of smartphones and 3G connectivity. Let’s unpack China’s role in this -- from apps to mobile OS to lifestyles -- with help from a new report from UCWeb. This infographic uses data from Statcounter. And bear in mind here that...

  • Anonymous steps into Wikileaks territory, plans to launch TYLER

    nonymous is set to take Wikileaks on at its own game with the launch of its own whistleblowing network: TYLER. According to the hacker collective, the network will be 'secure, no cost and decentralized' and will circumvent some of the problems inherent in Wikileaks. Speaking to the Voice of Russia, an unnamed hacker confirmed that the network -- set to launch on the day that some believe the Mayans predicted the world would end (21 December 2012) -- was being created because of the growing rift between Anonymous and Wikileaks. The whistleblowing organisation, it says, has begun using coercive fund-raising...

  • Samsung denies shortchanging Apple on LCD panels

    In the already strenuous relationship between Apple and Samsung, the Korea Times reports that the Asian smartphone maker will be stopping its shipments of LCD panels, used in the iPhone and iPad, to Apple manufacturers. A spokesman of the Korean giant was very quick to respond, saying that the rumours are "100%" false, as reported by CNET. "Samsung Display has never tried to cut the supply for LCD panels to Apple," the spokesman said. Currently, even though the two smartphone companies are embroiled in several legal battles regarding patent infringement, Samsung is the largest supplier of LCD displays to Apple,...

  • Twitter could kill ‘favourite’, replace with star or like buttons

    Looks like Twitter is contemplating a redesign for the 'favourite' button. Some users are reportedly seeing stars and likes in place of the current format. Twitter isn't averse to tweaking the formats of its tweets. Back in May it rolled out an update which made the favourite more prominent. As The NextWeb notes, the star feature is what fledgling social network App.net. It's also a way of sorting things in Gmail -- so hardly an original concept then. Facebook might not be too fond of Twitter using a like button meanwhile. One thing you might not know is that the favourite...

  • 3 tips for entering the US market: From Russia, with love of startups

    Culturally, socially and historically, Silicon Valley and Moscow are worlds (or at least 5800 miles) apart. But in a small pocket of Moscow, a growing number of entrepreneurs – supported by a growing number of enthusiastic local venture capitalists – are beginning to make the Russian capital a key pushpin on the tech startup map. The international success of these startups will ultimately dictate how the Russian high-tech community is viewed, but there is a raw (and at times admittedly naïve) passion for creating high tech that has begun to get Russia international attention. Read more on Ventureburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var...

  • Reddit, Flipboard, Minecraft down as Amazon Web Services fail

    It's not a good day to have your site hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Major sites including Reddit, FastCompany, Minecraft and Flipboard have gone down due to a fault in the hosting platform. The site is down right now.It appears to be a network-related issue. We are investigating.— reddit status (@redditstatus) October 22, 2012 Looking into a site outage now. Looks like status.aws.amazon.com has a performance alert. @fastcompany @fastcoexist— mankins (@mankins) October 22, 2012 According to The Next Web, Amazon is fighting off a “degraded performance for a small number of EBS volumes in a single Availability Zone”. A similar, but far...

  • Microsoft trots Bill Gates out to sell Windows 8

    He may no longer be the CEO, but in most people's minds Bill Gates is still Microsoft. That's probably why the Redmond-based tech giant took its co-founder away from trying to kill malaria with lasers and sat him down for an interview to explain how incredibly important Windows 8 is. Gates seems to buy into current CEO Steve Ballmer's vision for the operating system, so much so that he already has a Surface. He calls the tablet "an unbelievably great product" and seems to love the marriage of touch and keyboard. And if you thought Gates was going to...