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  • ‘Facebook is the most appalling spying machine ever invented,’ says Assange

    Despite desperately fighting off a Swedish extradiction order from the United Kingdom, Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange has still managed to find time to sit down with the world's media. He however has chosen to ignore the traditional and expected choices of news-networks such as the BBC or CNN for lesser knowns such as India's NDTV. In his latest interview, with RT, a 24-hour Russian English-language satellite news channel, the Wikileaks co-founder yet again managed to make some rather interesting comments. The interview which RT billed as Assange hinting to his being in possession of even further damaging information yet...

  • The cutting edge: Look to the future, but don’t get lost in it

    One of the keys to success in the fast paced world of technology and internet culture is keeping your eyes on the horizon. It’s always about what’s on the up, what the next big thing is. It’s not enough to know what’s happening now; it’s all about what’s happening tomorrow. With the internet’s information machine distributing everything almost instantly around the world, no one wants to be the slightest bit late in hearing the buzz. It is obviously important to follow future trends. But looking in any one direction can have its drawbacks. The future may be important to bear...

  • Facebook could add video calls with possible Skype acquisition

    Boasting a slogan that it "helps you connect and share with the people in your life", social networking giant has lacked VoIP capability to justify such a slogan. There have been calls for some time now for such capability to be added to the site. According to reports this could soon be a possiblity. Rumours of Facebook adapting its current instant messaging system to include voice and video calls have been making the rounds. Earlier this year TGDaily, an online news site, reported that a "call" button began appearing to Facebook users in Israel but quickly dissapeared again. ...

  • Osama Bin Laden’s demise — The action tweets [Infographic]

    Osama bin Laden's death is the buzz word in most societies this week. There are people celebrating, people begging for proof of his death and people interested in how the man who has evaded capture for nearly a decade finally got caught. It's 'Osama bin Laden week' online and offline. Twitter in its bid to be the "platform that news breaks" has been tittering with news of bin Laden. In true social media fashion the people at Namesake, a social media startup based on conversation, have cleverly compiled information from bin Laden's last hour and the months that led...

  • Anonymous denies stealing data from Sony’s servers

    According to Sony, a file under the of hacktivist group Anonymous was left its online entertainment network servers. The company hasn't directly accused the group of planting the file. Sony, in a letter to a US congressional committee investigating data theft, provided its most detailed explanation yet of the hacker attacks on Sony Online Entertainment, the PlayStation Network and Qriocity streaming music service. Personal information such as the user names, passwords, addresses and birth dates of more than 100-million people may have been compromised in the attacks and the intruders may also have made off with credit and debit card data. Committee chairman...

  • First-time iDevice buyers: Buy now or wait?

    If you’re big on Apple products, chances are you’re already intimately familiar with the Mac Buyer’s Guide maintained by MacRumors. If you’re a first-time buyer, the guide simply provides recommendations based on product cycles and rumoured release dates for new products and refreshes. Though not 100% accurate, the Mac Buyer’s Guide is a great resource to consider if you’re ever in two minds about buying a particular Apple product right now, or to wait a few months for the new version. Here follows a quick summary for all major Apple products to date. iPod classic Apple didn’t release an update for the...

  • Internet democratising the video production industry

    The internet has not only changed the world, but the way we broadcast. Whilst the production industry has always been a service industry, there has always been a level of capital expenditure required to play in the rarefied air of commercials production that has kept the numbers of players few and the pickings ripe. That is however changing at an alarming rate, and the reasons are numerous. The advent of the internet, a paradigm that seemingly snuck in and took over our lives and the way we do things, has changed the way we broadcast. Genius! Seriously? You ask. Is...

  • Renren’s Wall Street debut off to a soaring start

    China's biggest social network, Renren, made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday. The company's shares soared raising $743.4 million through the sale of 53.1 million American Depositary Shares. Renren is trading on Wall Street under the symbol "RENN". The Beijing-based company seen as China's answer to Facebook initially priced the shares at between US$9 and US$11 but later raised the price to US$14. Renren shares soared as high as US$24 during the day's trading on Wednesday before closing at US$18.01. Renren chairman and chief executive Joseph Chen, who rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange,...

  • Group buying in South Africa – all hype?

    The online group buying industry (often called social buying, collective buying or even social commerce) has literally boomed in South Africa, as it has all over the world. Rather interesting, especially when one looks at the fact that other countries have up to six times the internet penetration than South Africa has, and have far more people with a great deal more buying power. So why has it grown so fast -- is it hype? Thus far, Groupon have rushed in and bought a lucky Twangoo, Wicount and Dealio are running radio adverts that must have cost a good package,...

  • Angry Birds creates a flap at this year’s Webbys

    The winners of the 15th annual Webby Awards were announced on Tuesday. Famous for identifying the break-out stars of the year, and awarding deserving industry leaders, this year's Webbys, with a good mix of both, should prove to be no different. The Webbys hosted by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences are held to honour excellence in website design, interactive advertising, film and video, mobile and applications in various categories. There are four main categories: "Websites," "Online Film and Video," "Interactive Advertising" and "Mobile and App," each including sub-categories. As always, two types of awards were handed out,...

  • A friendly warning — The other side of social marketing

    Naomi Klein’s NO LOGO chronicled a global backlash against a number of “super brands” that used advertising and branding in questionable ways to maximise their profits. The book helped produce a new class of conscientious consumers by highlighting some of the features of an overly branded and globalised world: No Space, No Choice and No Jobs. NO LOGO was the warning on the label of the bad mood rising against corporate brands that abused their role and influence in society. And while the world has changed since the book was first published, the reality that some brands choose to put...

  • Innovation journalism — Media coverage is important to startups

    Media coverage is very important for startups. It is how they gain respect in their community, it is how they can win investors, and it is invaluable in helping to recruit staff. Positive media coverage will also help gain users of their products and services, providing valuable marketing services that could cost tens of thousands of dollars. But the only reason media coverage of a startup and their product is valuable is that the media coverage is seen as a neutral third party -- it has no financial bias in its reporting. The only acceptable bias is a thirst for a great...

  • Internet freedom: South Africa doing poorly

    As the internet grows and users become more aware of its uses and better ways to use it, so does the concept of its freedom. After the scenes witnessed earlier this year as people in the Middle-East, used the internet as a tool for organisation to challenge oppressive regimes the importance of internet freedom cannot be denied. On the backdrop of the role the internet is playing in society today, Freedom House, the 70-year-old world renowned freedom and democracy watchdog has gauged internet freedom. The 2011 rankings were recently released. Looking at 15 countries, the pilot edition of the report...

  • Bin Laden’s raid live-tweeter now famous

    The Pakistani IT consultant who hoped for a quiet life in a summer resort town in Pakistan has become an internet sensation as the first to report the attack on the world's most wanted man. Sohaib Athar was just another witty voice on microblogging site Twitter until he heard the sound of helicopters near his home in a Abbottabad, 50 kilometres north of Islamabad early Monday. But Athar is now world famous with almost 90 000 Twitter followers as the first person to record the attack on Osama bin Laden's secret hideaway. He was swamped with emails and interview requests from media...

  • ‘Operation Iran’ — Anonymous does not ‘forgive’

    Anonymous, the free-form leaderless internet hacker group has moved in the last year from its history of being "prankster" group with actions such as "Operation Titstorm", to an actual "group" that does present an actual (online) threat to those who come into its cross-hairs. The latest victim to fall in Anonymous' line of fire -- the Iranian government. The Iranian regime's opinion of the internet has always been pretty clear. In 2006 it was declared an enemy of the internet by Reporters Without Borders for heavy censorship of the web and imprisonment and intimidation of bloggers. Iran then of course...