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  • India’s gov’t taking legal action against offensive social media content

    India's government is not pulling any punches when it comes to its mission to keep things "clean" on social media platforms. According to a report by The Next Web, the country's officials have started sending legal notices to Twitter users who they reckon have stirred ethnic tensions by posting inflammatory and controversial content. The Indian government has had its eye on a number of social media platforms following the widespread panic and mass evacuation in Northern India, which it believes these sites are responsible for. The basis for this was around inflammatory mass text messages which spread rumours and innuendo...

  • Beauty subscription startup rubybox receives funding from HPV Africa

    Rubybox, the innovative, try-before-you-buy beauty subscription startup, announced that it has received funding from venture capitalist Hasso Plattner Ventures Africa, for an undisclosed sum. As part of the investment, rubybox is acquiring GlamBox SA, its major current competitor in the local beauty box market, making rubybox the dominant player in South Africa. “We are thrilled about the investment as we’re certain it, together with our 360 degree approach that pairs trial and education which leads to re-purchase, will help us grow rubyboxvar 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");

  • Facebook will not go to China… yet

    So Facebook is not planning on hitting the Chinese markets just yet it seems, big surprise. This according to Facebook's North Asia director, Jayne Leung, at the social media conference in Hong Kong, reports CNET. The statement was broken by a tweet from Meld Magazine editor Karen Poh, who is attending the conference. No plans to break into China market says Jayne Leung from Facebook North Asia Director #SMMAsia— Karen Poh (@karen_poh) September 7, 2012 Since 2007 there has been speculation on whether the social network will enter China when the company first registered the domain name Facebook.cn. Also, CEO...

  • A closer look at GE Software: a rising startup in Silicon Valley

    One of the largest startups in and around Silicon Valley is GE Global Software in San Ramon, California, a brand new division of giant General Electric, built from scratch into an organization of 400 engineers, growing to as many as 800 software engineers and researchers by year end. Betting big on software is a key business strategy for GE. The business group’s annual revenues were more than $142 billion in 2012. In 2008 they were nearly $180 billion. Software businesses have high profit marginvar 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");

  • There’s gold to be made in techno-pessimism

    Andrew Keen is probably one of the best known techno-pessimists and his services as a speaker are in high demand. Keen has spent many years lamenting the fall in quality of our culture because of amateurs rewriting our encyclopedias (Wikipedia) and competing with high quality TV (Youtube videos of skateboarding cats) and the decline of professional journalists and editors (and the rise of blogs). His book Cult of the Amateur: How blogs, MySpace, YouTube, and the rest of today's user-generated media are destroying...

  • Lies, damned lies: social media stats lessons from the Woolies whistleblower

    In his autobiography, Mark Twain quotes former British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli, saying “Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: 'There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.'” What has been happening over the last few months on Twitter has one thinking the same thought. What exactly is true? And how are statistics manipulated to make a company (or person) look good or bad? The veracity of numbers was again highlighted when US vice-presidential hopeful Paul Ryan,...

  • It’s official: Instagram is now part of Facebook

    Hipsters, it is my duty to inform you that we are now officially in the Instagram's Facebook era. We've known that the massively popular social image sharing app was heading to Zuckerberg's company since April, but now the deal has closed and Facebook has officially welcomed Instagram to the big blue team. There has been a lot of speculation about what Facebook will do with the artistic image sharing app, and its users have raised concerns that it would simply become a part of Facebook's existing photos offering. But in an official blog post, Facebook's vice president of engineering Mike...

  • Woolworths disables Facebook wall: cites ‘hate speech’

    South African retail giant Woolworths has disabled its Facebook wall after facing a barrage of accusations that its hiring policies discriminated against white people. Earlier this week, a blogger (who may or may not be South Africa's biggest online fraud) accused Woolworths of posting "racist" job ads on its website. Some of Woolworths’ job adverts state that the company is only seeking to hire non-white applicants for certain positions. Employment regulations in the country require any company that employs over 50 people to structure its workforce according to race, gender and disability. This prompted a social media shit-storm. People...

  • Do you really prefer Bing? Microsoft thinks so

    Ask someone to look something up on Bing and they'll generally roll their eyes at you. It's just not where you go when you want to search for something. That's Google's job and it does it better than anyone else. Except it might not. Microsoft claims that in a series of blind tests people preferred Bing by a ratio of almost 2:1. The tests are part of the Redmond-based giant's Bing It On challenge. The campaign essentially apes the Pepsi Challenge, which the soft drink company has been running since 1975. In the challenge you get five searches, with...

  • How Javascript is creating a web development renaissance

    It's a good time to be a web developer. As someone who's been building web applications since the 90s, I can happily say that I don't think the future of the web has ever looked rosier. There are a number of reasons for that, but chief among them I believe is the recent renaissance in the JavaScript language. JavaScript is the often maligned, ubiquitous language that all browsers run to perform dynamic, 'client-side' behaviour on web pages. It is often maligned because it is lacking in some areas, unusual in others and downright confusing in a few more. It was...

  • Does democracy die when governments are enemies of the internet?

    In recent months much attention has been drawn to the Indian government's cracking down on ISPs in an attempt to disrupt the flow of 'sensitive information'. The rationale behind blocking over 300 websites and heavily limiting SMS services is due to the fear of fueling existing tensions between Muslims and non-Muslims as fabricated images of violence and rumors started circulating. The Indian government also threatened some media websites with legal action if certain content wasn't removed and asked Google and Facebook to 'doctor' their sites so that sensitive content would not be made available. According to the Google Transparency Report...

  • CdTDroid, father of AndroidME, talks custom builds

    So in the second of my 'Interview with the Developer' series I ask ROM developer CdTDroid, Chris Turner, a couple of questions. A little background, CdTDroid is from New Zealand, and it’s definitely something I’ve noticed on the forums, the Kiwis and Aussies really do like their Android customised. I’ve experimented with a few of the custom ROMs out there for the Nexus Prime, and I must admit that CdTDroid’s AOSP Light, is my favourite by some distance. That said, this is one dev who doesn’t like chilling out, he maintains three different ROMs and their accompanying threads, impressive. Read more...

  • Easily embed entire streams of tweets with Twitter’s new tool

    Because we are the type of website which is likely to embed tweets where and whenever possible, it's nice to know that Twitter is making the whole sharing process even easier. There are situations where one tweet isn't enough: what if you'd like to embed a whole stream of tweets on your website? Previously, the way to do it involved a lot of copying and pasting or the use of a curation tool like Storify... but thanks to a new update, it's become a simpler process. Twitter's product manager Brian Ellin announced (via an official blog post) that the social...

  • Busted: Nokia caught cheating on Lumia 920 promo video

    Well now, this is a little bit awkward. Nokia has been caught out using a different camera in wait for it... its promo video for the new Nokia Lumia 920. As The Next Web points out, using simulated images in mobile phone ads isn't all that uncommon. Thing is, they tend to come with warning labels saying something along the lines of "on-screen images simulated". The Nokia video not only leaves you to assume that it's the 920 doing the shooting but also has big bold text purporting to show how brilliant the phone's image stabilization feature...

  • Foxconn compensates for labour shortages with forced ‘internships’

    Just when you thought Foxconn's reputation couldn't get any shadier. The manufacturing giant is reportedly recruiting students from nearby universities for two month internships in a bid to address labour shortages ahead of the launch of the upcoming iPhone 5. According to Chinese newspaper Shanghai Daily, thousands of students were forced into the company's factories after classes were suspended at the beginning of the semester. Students from a university in Huai'an in Jiangsu Province say they pitched up for school one day only to be driven to a Foxconn factory to begin working on the production line. In return...