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  • Klout’s no good and here’s why

    I was recently shocked to see social media thinker David Graham say that the sentiment around Klout is going to change. If anything, the sentiment around Klout is going to die off as more people realise the algorithm and methodologies behind it are seriously flawed. Klout adds impetus to the saying that "there is no truth, only perception" because it acts as a mouthpiece for it -- showing users what it perceives to be the truth about their online personas. This filter of perception isn't infallible either, it's incredibly easy to game it. Yesterday I logged in and gave John Beale...

  • 6 tips for famous tweeting animals: a tribute to Solly the hippo

    Over the past few days, the story of a hippo trapped in a pool had people in South Africa captivated. As is the case with many newsworthy animals nowadays, "the hippo" (christened Solly) started tweeting about what he was going to do once he got out of the pool. Unfortunately rescue workers were not able to save Solly, who died today. Word is that he will continue tweeting in ghost form. In a bid to give him -- and any other animal -- the best start possible, the Sandton Pythons (who escaped from their Johannesburg homes in early 2012...

  • The social media playground: we’re the kids, brands are the adults

    Let’s imagine all social media platforms are a massive playground and all the millions of users are running around inside of it, climbing on things, playing games and exchanging conversation. Now imagine there’s an adult watching over the kids, keeping an eye over their every move, making notes of their behavior -- what games they are playing, what they are talking about and with whom. The “adult” represents big companies and brands and “kids” the general public and users of social media platforms. One increasingly hears of and sees a new Facebook game or competition that a brand has implemented on...

  • Lance Armstrong quits fighting USADA, sends shockwaves around the web

    Seven time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong will be stripped of all his titles and banned from cycling for life. This in the wake of his decision to stop fighting doping charges brought against him by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). “He will be banned for life and loss of results since Aug. 1, 1998,” USADA spokeswoman Annie Skinner told Bloomberg in an email. For his part Armstrong released a statement saying that to continue fighting the allegations in the "unconstitutional" setting presented by the USADA would be pointless: If I thought for one moment that by...

  • Check out Tim Cook’s Samsapple victory memo

    So Apple's taken victory in the massive patent trial between it and Samsung. And if you thought it was going to celebrate the victory with quiet dignity, think again. CEO Tim Cook has released a memo on the victory that's about as close in nature to shooting guns in the air as a tech boss is likely to get. In the memo, Cook claims that the company's fight against Samsung has always been about "values" rather than the patents themselves. He also applauded the jury for ruling the way it did, saying that it vindicated the suspicion that...

  • No Picket Fence: a new hub for South African entrepreneurial knowledge

    I’ll admit that I was skeptical about No Picket Fence, essentially a Quora for South African entrepreneurs. Like the popular question and answer site by ex-Facebook CTO, Adam D'Angelo, No Picket Fence is a knowledge market, but niched to cater exclusively for South African entrepreneurs. With a lot of functionality overlap I wondered, “what’s the point?" I’ve been lurking around the site for months now and it’s clear my initial skepticism has no merit. There’s something special here. Founders Michael Bouchier and Michael Cowen are candid about their appreciation of Quora. The site’s engagement format and the community quality inspired...

  • Samsung Q20: like the spray, only better

    Is this just another camcorder to film our daily lives of significant others, milestone events or silly pranks, or can this be the one camcorder you would have to record the rest of your life with? The Samsung HMX-Q20 fits into most coat sized pockets and is a cinch to carry around with you. But is it worth buying it on top of your already decent smartphone camera? Design I'm not sure, but it looks like every camcorder manufacturer has gotten really lazy. 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");

  • Naspers, Tiger Global throw $150m into Flipkart

    Boom, money time. Naspers and Tiger Global have invested US$150-million in Indian ecommerce giant Flipkart in its latest round of funding. While Naspers is new to the party, Tiger Global is a long-time investor in the company. In January, it contributed to the US$150-million. The funding effort suggests that the investing companies still see a big future for Flipkart despite the fact that things haven't been easy in the ecommerce space of late. According to Indian ecommerce site DeaCurry, Flipkart has had to put a minimum price cap on orders that qualify for free delivery. It's also had to...

  • Check out Samsung’s inspirational Paralympic ad

    A few weeks ago, we got you psyched for the Olympic Games with eight inspirational adverts. Thing is we're not sure any of them can even touch this ad from Samsung for the Paralympics. The message is simple. Sport doesn't care who you are. Everyone can participate. At the same time though, everyone -- no matter what physical challenges they might face -- needs to put in the same kind of dedication to get to the top. Too right too. Like their able-bodied counterparts, the people who'll competing in the Paralympics over the coming fortnight are athletes...

  • Chinese video giants Youku, Tudou complete $1bn merger

    This is big. Chinese online video monoliths Youku and Tudou have announced the completion of their billion dollar merger, with the latter set to halt trading on the Nasdaq today. The reason Tudou is the one to leave the stock market is because it's now a wholly owned subsidiary of Youku, although the company will now officially be known as Youku Tudou Inc. That puts to rest Tudou's earlier assertion that it would continue operating as a separate entity. The two video giants first announced plans for a merger back in March. Back then they suggested that the deal...

  • Extra vanity URLs roll out on Google+

    If you're a brand or a verified individual, Google+ just got a little more appealing. A new batch of custom URLs has just gone live on the platform. This news comes ten days after Google announced it would be allowing people to get their vanity on without needing to use a third-party service. According to Google+ team member Saurabh Sharma, the changes will roll out over the next few days and people will be given notice when their new URLs are ready to be activated: Today we're rolling out custom URLs to thousands more verified (and well-known) brands and...

  • Kill me now! ‘Lolz’, ‘Ridic’ & ‘Mwhahaha’ now in the Oxford Dictionaries Online

    It's official, we are all going to hell and lexicographers are leading the way. The geniuses at Oxford Dictionary decided a while ago that it needed to keep up with the times by adding popular social media words to its dictionary. Yes there's no need to be confused about the meaning of "LOL" because it's in the dictionary now. None of those embarrassing "lot of love" mistakes anymore. Now it seems we have more social/online speak in the dictionary's online version. According to a report by Time, the publishing house has added a host of abbreviations and online colloquialisms to...

  • Meet Microsoft’s first new logo in 25 years

    Ahem. The emperor has new clothes. This time though they're really there and a lot more sleek and modern. Microsoft has revealed its first new logo since 1987. The Redmond-based tech giant unveiled the new logo today, telling the Seattle Times, that it is intended to “signal the heritage but also signal the future — a newness and freshness”. The logo reportedly uses the Segoe, which has been used in the company's software and branding for some time now. Another first is the incorporation of a symbol into the logo. This places the four squares used in...

  • Facebook revamps iOS app from the ground up

    Looks like Facebook's rolling out the changes. It's just launched a fresh version of its iOS app after earlier revamping the Android version and updating its Messages function. A number of the updates are similar to the ones it rolled out in the refreshed Android app, meaning that you can now add to emoji to messages for instance. But it's also much more than that. For the first time, people accessing Facebook from their iPhones and iPads will be getting a native experience. That in and of itself pretty much guarantees a better experience than the web-based views that have...

  • The Oatmeal’s not the only one crowdfunding Tesla’s legacy

    We recently told your about The Oatmeal's efforts at raising money for a museum dedicated to Nikola Tesla. Well it turns out it isn't the only one using crowdfunding to honour the legacy of the nineteenth century scientist, inventor, and original geek. Memeburn's got wind of Kickstarter project aimed at bringing Tesla's story to life in the form of a documentary. The man behind the project is documentary television producer and founder of the now defunct Electric Motors Wil Cashen. He has used the Serbian inventor's story to inspire his own life's work (he created a retrofitted...