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  • Social networks: Macau loves Facebook, Estonia into diversity

    People in the tiny Asian nation of Macau love Facebook. No seriously, around 90% of them check the social network on their phone at least once a month. That's according to the latest State of Mobile report from mobile web browser Opera Mini. This particular report focuses on social media and Macau's addiction to Facebook isn't the only surprising finding. Estonia for instance isn't exactly picky when it comes to the social networks it frequents. The tech-savvy Eastern European country has a high representation of both Facebook and Twitter, as well as more regional networks such as Odnoklassniki and...

  • WhatBook? FaceApp? Rumours fly that Facebook wants to buy WhatsApp

    WhatsApp, the multiplatform messaging app that has taken the world by storm, has been in talks with Facebook, and when Facebook is in talks with a company the likely outcome is that it wants to buy. Whether such a move would be good or bad is debatable. After its own messaging app was a bit of a flop, an acquisition like this would give Facebook a dominating platform. But is it a good or bad idea? That's very debatable. It would certainly give Zuckerberg's baby a massive boost (does it still need more?) as it will then have a very...

  • By giving a voice to Hamas, Twitter is enabling the enemy says congressman

    It seems Twitter's ability to give the voiceless a voice is a becoming a real problem and could land in it some trouble if a few Republicans have their way, reports the New York Times. Texas Congressman Ted Poe, along with six unnamed Republicans, has sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) demanding that Twitter ban tweet from Hamas and Hezbollah, as they are on the State Department’s list of terrorist organizations. "Allowing foreign terrorist organizations like Hamas to operate on Twitter is enabling the enemy," Poe said in his email. "Failure to block access arms them...

  • China’s Taobao and Tmall hit $158bn in sales for 2012 so far

    China’s largest ecommerce company Alibaba has just announced that two of its sites, Taobao and Tmall, have collectively hit RMB 1-trillion (US$159.5-billion) in sales for the whole of 2012. Well, from January to the end of November. That huge figure has been hit one month before the end of the year, reached on the night of November 30th. When we heard Alibaba CEO and founder Jack Ma talk in September of last year at the company’s annual conference, he said he was aiming for “one trillion RMB in transactions” in China in 2012 on Tmall and Taobao. So he’s now...

  • John McAfee captured…or not?

    Anti-virus pioneer and murder suspect John McAfee has been captured...or he's still on the run. It depends which news source you believe really. McAfee is the lead suspect in the murder of his neighbour Gregory Faull. The American retiree was found floating in his pool with a gun shot wound to the back of his head. The software billionaire has since been on the run, claiming to have hidden in sand with a box over his head while police searched his property on the island of Ambergris Caye off the coast of Belize. At the time he said there was...

  • 100 SA sites hacked by ‘Moroccan Ghosts’

    Some 100 South African websites have been hacked, allegedly in retaliation to the country's support for the Algerian-funded Polisario Front. The organisation is a Sahrawi rebel national liberation movement working for the independence of Western Sahara from Morocco. Since 1979, the Polisario Front has been recognized by the United Nations as the representative of the people of Western Sahara. The Moroccan hackers defaced the sites in question, leaving the message: Moroccan Ghosts.. Website Hacked!! Coz You Support The Algerian Front of Polisario.. Dedicated To All Moroccans.. According to specialist website Hackread, today is the second in a row that the...

  • Microsoft reportedly set to bake music player into SkyDrive

    Google's done it, so has Apple and Amazon. Hell it even looks like BlackBerry's getting in on the action. Now Microsoft looks set to bake a music player into SkyDrive. According to Liveside, the Redmond-based tech giant is close to putting a music player into SkyDrive, meaning that it is likely gearing up to release a cloud-based music locker. What this boils down to is that people will able to play music stored on SkyDrive from any browser or app that integrated with the cloud-storage service. As PC Mag points out however, it's unclear just how deeply (if at all)...

  • Big money: the 22 richest people in tech

    If, like Bruno Mars and Travie McCoy, you "wanna be a billionaire so frikkin' bad" then it looks like tech is still a good way to go. Even your company's IPO flops, as was the case with Facebook, you can still end up being one of the richest people on the planet. Yup, despite losing around USUS$6.8-billion since January Mark Zuckerberg is still in the top 100 of the world's 200 richest people. In fact, out of the 200 people on Bloomberg Markets’ inaugural rich list, 22 made their fortunes from technology. Some are mainstays of rich lists like...

  • Ethical robots and forced piracy: top tech stories you have to read

    Can machines have morals? Should anyone own the internet? Is the consumer software space all but saturated? Are outdated regulations actually making it inconvenient to not be a pirate? Yep, it's time for another round up of some of the top tech stories we've found on the web. Moral machines Machine ethics. Well, there's something you probably haven't thought about since I, Robot. But with the rapid advancements in technology (self-driving cars were part of sci-fi stories once -- now they're driving around California) it's becoming an interesting topic: how do you tell a machine what action to take in complicated...

  • Connected tech communities and competitive advantage: the Kenyan way

    In the last couple weeks I’ve had the opportunity to be in Nigeria (Maker Faire Africa), followed by South Africa (AfricaCom). Along with Kenya, these countries represent the biggest technology countries on the continent. They are the regional tech hub cities at this point in Africa. In both places I was struck by how different each country is, and the challenges and opportunities that arise due to the tech community’s connectedness, regulatory stance and local entrepreneurship culture. Some Theories South Africa has so much infrastructure, you’re immediately struck by how money isn’t an issue there. The lesson I took away from the...

  • Skype DUALphone review: an overly-expensive novelty

    Ever wanted to chat to a friend over Skype without being forced to sit at a desk staring at a computer screen? Behold Skype’s DUALphone 4088, a cordless telephone that lets you strike up conversations with friends overseas without the burden of having to see their face. It all comes in a sturdy box bearing an Ethernet cable, a landline cord and a docking base (plus charger). Plug the Ethernet cable and landline cord into their respective homes and you have a phone capable of making not only Skype calls but… you guessed it, landline calls too. Read more on...

  • Why we’re not quite ready for the hardware startup renaissance

    "The Hardware Renaissance". It's unmissable. Paul Graham has noticed it and, certainly, my credit card has. Where once, entrepreneurs turned to software to form their 'next big thing', there is an increasing trend towards hardware in this space and, while many would seem to point to the likes of Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms as the driving force behind this shift, I believe that the credit should really be handed to two guys in Cupertino who changed the way the world feels about hardware; Steve Jobs and Jonathan Ive. 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");

  • Will Facebook’s split from Zynga see it make its own games?

    Things have been strained between Facebook and social gaming giant Zynga for a while. Now it looks like they're making the split official. The signs that Zynga was looking to distance itself from the social network it made its name on have been there for anyone to see. Its decision to start building games for Google+ and the announcement that it was building its own platform were among the most obvious clues. Now the two have filed papers with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revising their long-standing contractual agreements. Under the new terms, Facebook will treat Zynga...

  • Facebook gets 72 hours to remove paedophile monitoring page

    A Northern Irish man, who is a convicted sex offender, has won a court order, forcing the removal of a Facebook page designed to monitor paedophiles in the country. According to the BBC, the court ruled that the sight constituted harassment and infringed on the man's human rights. The social network was given 72 hours to remove the page, called 'Keeping our kids safe from predators'. In response, a Facebook spokesperson said it was considering its "next steps in light of the court's judgements". According to the judge, the man had served his punishment and did not deserve to be...

  • Microsoft: IE sucks… less

    The latest marketing ad for Internet Explorer is refreshingly honest. Rather than making big, bold claims about the browser it lists the marginal bits of progress it's made. In the ad, the company takes a gentle dig at it fiercest critics as well as itself. The subject of the ad is an extreme IE hating troll. He's got "that cartoon" up in his room, you know the one that shows Firefox and Chrome slugging it out while Internet Explorer sits around eating glue. He's even got an "I 'recycle bin' coffee cup". The ad sees him engage in...