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  • Ex-BlackBerry boss dumps his entire stake in the company

    Somehow things keep spelling misfortune for BlackBerry. According to regulatory filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, former co-CEO of Blackberry Jim Balsillie has sold off his entire stake in the company. Just a year ago Balsillie was the one of the largest individual shareholders in the company with 26.8-million shares, but in the documents filed today that share number has been reduced to zero, reports Bloomberg. Balsillie’s arrival at BlackBerry in 1992 marked a turning point in the company's business, says the New York Times. According to the Times, a personal investment of US$125 000 from Balsillie saved...

  • Dropbox in talks with banks, could file an IPO in 2013

    The rumour mills are spinning again in Silicon Valley and this time all eyes are on popular file storage service Dropbox. According to people close to the matter, the service intends on going public this year, reports Quartz. The report states that Dropbox is already in talks with some banks in preparation for an IPO to gain market perceptions and reckons the service could likely be valued at about US$4-billion. Considered one of the hotest tech startups in Silicon Valley, Dropbox has managed to raise some respectable cash since launching in 2008. It commands a total venture capital funding of...

  • One for the books: Chinese copycat clones another Chinese app

    Usually we hear about stories of Chinese copycats aping foreign tech products, and examples of that aren’t hard to find. But thanks to Twitter user Samuel Wade and former Tech in Asia editor Rick, we’ve come across another case of copycatting in which it seems a Chinese copycat has stolen the design of a Chinese app. Just take a look at the image below. On the left is the official website of Mou, a markdown app developed by Chen Luo. On the right is the official website of Markdown Live. As you can see, the sites look very similar, and...

  • Valentines Day + Ferris Wheel = Google’s latest doodle

    Ah, those Googlers appreciate romance... even when it involves reptiles and sea creatures. In today's doodle, the search giant bundled George Washington Gale Ferris Jnr's birthday in with Valentines Day to create a theme park complete with sweeping roller coasters and flashing lights. The interactive variation on Google's search page logo celebrates the 154th birthday of the inventor of the Ferris Wheel and the memory of Saint Valentine with quirky tales about animals in love. Click on the heart-shaped button in the centre of the doodle and you'll be greeted with a spinning wheel and a selection of scenes like...

  • 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...