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  • Who ‘owns’ your social graph?

    With all the time we spend on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest (the list goes on) our lives have become intertwined in more ways than we think. If we take recent court cases seriously, then soon our own social media connections could be "owned" in the future. It's also becoming increasingly obvious how important information will be in the future. Companies that have seen the benefits of using social media could increasingly go after their employees' connections, especially after a court ruling rejected the claim by Linda Eagle that her former employer Edcomm prevented her from accessing her personal and critical...

  • Apple and Samsung at it again… ding dong let’s get it on.

    The Apple vs Samsung patent war is heating up again with the two tech giants once more trading punches. The US injunction that the Cupertino company won earlier this year on the sales of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, has been reversed by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. It said that the district court in California "abused its discretion in entering an injunction". This is a reversal of the ruling that U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh, who conducted the Apple v. Samsung patent trial, made in July on the 8086604 patent, a "universal interface for retrieval of...

  • ‘No small challenge’: How an intern built Facebook’s mobile ad platform

    In some companies, being an intern means you don't get paid for making the coffee for a few months. Apparently that's very much not the case at Facebook. In a post on the social network's engineering blog, Peter Cottle -- a graduate student in the mechanical engineering program at UC Berkeley -- reveals how he was given the task of building its mobile advertising interface after less than a week's training. According to Cottle, the project was "the natural combination of three recent events at Facebook": the launch of promoted posts, the social network's mobile push and the roll...

  • India mobile sales to hit 250m in 2013, will be 326m by 2016

    India is a mobile country. Earleir this year, it became the first country on the planet to have more people access the web via mobile than desktop. That's because mobile phones entail a much lower barrier to entry than desktop computers do, which helps explain why they've become so prolific in the BRIC giant. Factor in an ever-growing network infrastructure and you can see why tech research company Gartner thinks some 250-million handsets will be sold in the country in 2013. Things are expected to keep growing at a steady rate through 2016 when sales will surpass 326-million units. “The...

  • The biggest Street View update ever includes palaces and Table Mountain

    So, have you spent enough of your time swimming with turtles in Australia? Good... because Google has just released a batch of new special Street View collections which let you explore everything from Russian palaces and Canadian parks to Danish castles and South African nature reserves. Street View programme manager Ulf Spitzer announced today that the team has released its "biggest ever update" and doubled the number of its Maps collections. Now you can see 360-degree interactive panoramic images of points of interest and historical sites in countries like South Africa, Japan, Spain, France, Brazil and Mexico. Some of the places...

  • Bad Piggies go all Gordon Ramsey, launch a cookbook

    Looks like Rovio's grinning green pigs are capable of more than just antagonizing birds. Today saw the Finnish mobile gaming giant launch a recipe book app for the iPad featuring the antagonists of the Angry Birds franchise of games. Given the habits of the pigs in those games, it should hardly be surprising that the recipes are all about eggs. Social is baked deep into the app, which means you can share and comment on the recipes with your friends. “We wanted to create a cookbook that brings a family together to actively do things together with the...

  • eBay set to take on Groupon with daily deals site

    If the continual woes of industry leader Groupon are anything to by, daily deals probably isn't the best space to be in at the moment. That's not going to stop eBay giving it a bash though. According to Reuters, the ecommerce giant has been quietly testing its own daily deals platform, called eBay Lifestyle Deals. Over the past few weeks the service has been running on a trial basis in selected US cities, with deals covering everything from dog walking services to massages and private gym sessions. "This is more competition for Groupon, but also more validation for...

  • Jimmy Wales talks online protest, censorship and the flow of information

    In a recent interview with prominent financial magazine Finweek, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales spoke about how the internet has impacted on the world's protest movements and how governments have sought to quell those movements. He also spoke about the measures some governments are taking to try to curb the free flow of information online, legitimate or illegitimate, is essentially "impotent". With Finweek's permission, Memeburn has selected extracts from the interview, which strike right at the heart of these topics. There are fascinating scientific discussions to be had about information and its probable fundamental place in our universe, but...

  • Why is Big Data still a marketing headache?

    People the world over are having sleepless nights as they continue to get to grips with Big Data. It's a two-word phrase with far-reaching ramifications. Some reckon it has the potential to answer all the unanswered marketing questions in the universe. They see it as the Holy Grail as it were... So what’s the big issue? Well, let’s take a look at some of the data (yes that was intentional) that we have to go on. A recent study of nearly 800 of the top Fortune 1 000 companies showed the following: In a list of what they rely on to...

  • Eric Schmidt: Android-Apple fight will define industry, MS Surface could be big

    Eric Schmidt thinks the battle between Google's mobile platform Android and Apple could be the "defining fight in the industry today.” He also believes that Microsoft's Surface could be a "big deal", if it works and that riding in a self-driving car is life-changing. “We've not seen platform fights at this scale,” he said in an interview with AllThingsD. “The beneficiary is you guys (i.e., consumers). Prices are dropping rapidly. That’s a wonderful value proposition.” While the Google chairman was willing to speak about the importance of the fight, he was more reluctant to talk about how patents might affect...

  • What would China be like if the Great Firewall came crashing down?

    Everyone knows that China’s internet is censored. There’s the government-run firewall that blocks and interferes with unwanted sites, and then there’s the extensive network of self-censors at all of China’s internet companies who delete content they fear might incur the wrath of the regime. But what if that wasn't true? What would happen if tomorrow, the “Great Firewall” was torn down and Chinese internet companies were told they no longer needed to censor their content? It’s a fascinating question, and quite an important one. In a recent speech, Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei said that China must open up or die, especially...

  • Obama beats up Romney, on Facebook that is

    US President Barack Obama has laid a sucker punch at his chief rival in the race to the White House Mitt Romney by adding of more than one-million "likes" on his Facebook campaign page this week, according to tracking website "Inside Facebook". Started in September, this shows the largest number of once-off "likes" for either of the two candidates. To date, the largest single day spike in "likes" was 189 000 for Obama. Paid messages, or "sponsored" posts, can help to boost visibility on Facebook, yet the Obama campaign management has given no indication of any such strategy. "There are...

  • Rockmelt launches social browser for iOS

    There are only a few big names in the browser wars: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari. At a stretch you could throw Opera in there too. At least people have heard of it, if only because they use its mobile offering. Among the smaller browsers that have tried to stake a claim in the market, Rockemlt stood out. In part this was down to its built-in integration of social media. But it also had serious backing in the form of Netscape founder Marc Andreessen. In the last little while though, things have been quiet...

  • Steve Wozniak: FNB innovations are ‘game-changing’

    Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has described the innovations put out by South African banking giant First National Bank (FNB) as "game-changing". Speaking at the bank's annual leadership conference, Wozniak said he was impressed by the kind of thinking he saw in action at FNB: I have addressed many conferences, but this is one of the first where I felt that I was so impressed by financial innovations, some of which we have not seen in the US, and are truly game-changing for all other banks. This is one of the few occasions where I have met bankers who think...

  • LinkedIn’s 4 tips for getting people to notice you

    Look, we all know that LinkedIn is incredibly important. That it's gone beyond being an online CV is obvious. It's also much more than just a place for making online business connections. The professional social network is a great place for promoting content, your business, and most importantly yourself. But with over 150-million registered users, getting noticed can sometimes be a little tricky. Most of use recognise that merely filling out a profile isn't going to cut it. As LinkedIn's Nicole Williams notes "being part of an online community means engaging regularly to make an impact." Knowing where...